DIY Sailboat Favors

Hi, loves! Happy weekend! If you’re planning a nautical or beach themed wedding, prepare to be inspired! We spotted this amazing DIY over at Tidewater and Tulle and simply had to to share it. These DIY nautical sailboats can be made as favors for guests or as decor for your reception tables. Whether you make a few (or a hundred), guests will find these utterly charming. We sure do!

DIY Sailboat Favors

All you need are a few easy-to-find supplies (like driftwood, eyelet fabric, and a drill) and you’re ready to get crafting.

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via tidewater and tulle

Ready to roll up your sleeves? Head over to the full tutorial here. If you make these, share them with us – leave a comment below! We’d love to see how yours turned out.


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7 Best Groomsmen Gifts (In Photos!)

You’ve found the 7 Best Groomsmen Gifts! Check out these awesome gifts for your groomsmen made by Featured Artists at Emmaline Bride. These seven gifts include custom bottle openers, drinking flasks, beer glasses and mugs. You’ll also see cufflinks, beer soap, and more after the click…

groomsmen gift bottle opener - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Bottle Breacher

Best Groomsmen Gifts

1. The Bottle Opener

Every guy needs a bottle opener. A man and his beer opener shouldn’t be separated so don’t leave your groomsman hanging when he’s about to crack open a cold brew. Check out these cool bottle openers that will make the perfect gift for your groomsmen.

50 cal bottle openers - Best Groomsmen Ideas

Made by Bottle Breacher

army bottle opener groomsmen gift - Best Groomsmen Ideas

Made by Bottle Breacher

Best Man bottle opener - Groomsmen Gifts Ideas

Made by Engrave Me This

Groomsmen bottle openers - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Dreamwillow

Bottle opener belt buckles for groomsmen - Best Groomsmen Ideas

Made by Metalogical

Bottle opener belt buckle for your best man - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Metalogical

Hand Forged Bottle Openers for Groomsmen Gifts - Groomsmen gift Ideas

Made by Metalogical

2. Drinking Flasks

Custom drinking flasks are perfect for groomsmen gifts! Have your groomsmen initials and your wedding date, or a special message inscribed on the flask. Their flask will last forever and always signify your friendship.

groomsmen gift drinking flasks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Brad Goodell

personalized groomsmen flasks - Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Made by Brad Goodell

leather groomsmen flasks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

glass groomsmen flasks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

mustache groomsmen flasks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

3. Drinking Glasses

Roll out another barrel and pour me a beer! Personalized beer glasses and mugs make for a wonderful gift.

Groomsmen beer glasses - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Brad Goodell

Personalized groomsmen beer mug - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Brad Goodell

groomsmen deer beer stein - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Brad Goodell

4. Cufflinks

Custom cufflinks for your wedding are an easy hit! You’ll save your groomsmen from buying or remembering to bring their own. Because of you, they’ll always have a pair of awesome cufflinks for all of those future engagements.

groomsmen cuff link gifts - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by White Truffle Studio

groomsmen gamer cufflinks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Cuftlynx

lego groomsmen cufflinks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by hersilverlining

custom groomsmen cufflinks - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Spiffing Jewelry

5. Beer Soap

Beer soap is the coolest of all soaps… no really, it is! These soaps made from craft beer will make your friends smell good and have you to thank when they do.

groomsmen beer soap - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Good Clean Soap

groomsmen gift beer soap - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Good Clean Soap

6. Knives + Corkscrews

If your groomsmen are avid outdoors-men, then a personalized knife for thee. Choose between a custom inscribed pocket knife or a single bladed folding knife. Another great gift is a corkscrew! The corkscrew, bottle opener, knife combination is perfect for a wine enthusiast.

Groomsmen gift pocket knives - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

groomsmen corkscrew gifts - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

custom groomsmen gift knives - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

Personalized bottle opener for groomsmen - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Engrave Me This

7. Wallets

Every groomsmen should have a wallet. Especially one of these premier leather wallets known for their ruggedness. Either make for a great pocket wallet that can be tanned to your preferred color.

leather wallet for groomsmen gifts - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Mr. Lentz

groomsmen gift wallet - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Mr. Lentz

groomsmen wallet with chain - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Mr. Lentz

leather groomsmen wallet - Best Groomsmen Gifts

Made by Mr. Lentz

High five and happy hunting for your groomsmen gifts! You can purchase these gifts by clicking on the photos. See more gift ideas in our Marketplace.

3 Most Popular Unity Ceremony Ideas

Well, we’ve gotta say, our Ask Emmaline inbox is blowing up! We love reading your wedding questions… like this one that comes from bride-to-be, Megan. She writes, “We want to do a unity ceremony at our wedding. Is there more than one type?” Fantastic question! Today we’ll show you three of the most popular unity ceremony ideas and tell you how they work. Let’s begin, shall we?

Unity Ceremony Ideas

The three most popular unity ceremony ideas are the sand ceremony, the unity candle, and the wine ceremony. Each of these unity ceremony ideas are used to show a couple’s partnership and is usually performed after the vows have been read.

1. Sand Ceremony

For a sand ceremony, you’ll need three containers (two the same size, one larger) and sand. At the ceremony, two containers are filled with sand; the larger container in the middle is empty. The bride and groom then pour their containers of sand into the center container to mix the two together as a sign of their unity. This is an especially fitting idea for beach weddings.

Sand Unity Ceremony (photo: michelle gardella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: michelle gardella | see the real wedding

Here’s an example of a sand ceremony set:

Sand Unity Ceremony Set - Unity Ceremony Ideas

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2. Unity Candle Ceremony

The unity candle ceremony is the most traditional of the three. It uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the “unity candle”) placed in the center. The taper candles are lit and the bride and groom use them to light the unity candle together as a sign of their unity.

Unity Candle Ceremony (photo: liv hefner photography) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: liv hefner photography | see the real wedding

Here’s a unity candle set that’s personalized (we love!):

Personalized unity candle set (by Susabella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas class=

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3. Wine Ceremony

There are two ways you can do a wine ceremony. One example is to have a wine box ceremony, where you place a bottle of wine inside a personalized wood box along with two (pre-written) letters, one from the bride and one from the groom. Together, you nail the box shut and open on your first anniversary.

Wine Ceremony (photo: meghan christine) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: meghan christine | see the real wedding

Look for a personalized wine box, like this one:

Wine Ceremony Box (by PNZ Designs, photo by I {Heart} Photos, bouquet by Curious Floral)

box: pnz designs, bouquet: curious floral, photo: i {heart} photos

Another type of wine ceremony involves actual pouring of wine. You’ll need two wine glasses filled with wine and a decanter. Together, pour the wine into the decanter and then into your wine glasses and sip.

Wine - Unity Ceremony Ideas (photo: sarah lyn)

photo: sarah lyn photography via floridian weddings

You can find a personalized set like this:

Wine Ceremony Set by Scissormill- Unity Ceremony Ideas

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Which of these unity ceremony ideas is your favorite?

Are you doing a unity ceremony at your wedding? Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear about your wedding, whether you’re picking a traditional unity ceremony, non-traditional, or skipping it altogether.

P.S. Do you have a wedding advice question? Just Ask Emmaline! It’s free… and your question may appear in an upcoming post!


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Honeymoon Venue: Secrets Resorts & Spas

We love to find a new honeymoon venue for our readers, so when we saw the gorgeous images from Secrets Resorts & Spas, we knew we couldn’t help but share them. If you are looking to get away and enjoy paradise after planning your wedding, this may be the perfect location for you. Read on to find out more…

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue: Secrets Resorts & Spas

At Secrets Resorts & Spas, you’ll enjoy dining at gourmet a la carte restaurants, toast the future with premium brand cocktails at any one of the multiple chic bars and lounges, and enjoy each other’s company with endless daytime activities, dance classes, snorkeling, Hobie Cats, and more.

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

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Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

If you like what you see here, you can find out more at SecretsResorts.com. There are some fantastic specials going on now, too.

This is a sponsored post by Secrets Resorts & Spas.

31 Most Unique Antler Wedding Ideas

Hi, brides! Question: Are you planning an antler wedding? (“A what…?!”) I know, I know. An antler wedding is probably one of the most unusual wedding themes out there, but bear with us: it’s a trend we think rustic-loving brides will positively adore. Think: deer monograms, antler-decorated everything, ‘doe’ and ‘buck’ chair signs, faux antlers tucked into your bouquet… you get the idea. Since we are all-aboard this trend, we’ve rounded up thirty-one of the most unique antler wedding ideas to inspire your big day. And, it goes without saying: we love faux antlers… no need to round up real ones. (Try making DIY faux antlers using branches or make a set with clay.) Okay, ready to be inspired? Let’s begin…

Antler Wedding Ideas

For this round-up, we’ve spotted a little bit of everything. You’ll find antler place cards for your wedding party with charming calligraphy tags, stickers, antler wax seals, a guest book, bottle openers with a chic antler print, and much more. Many of these finds are handmade, while others were spotted via Real Weddings so you can see how couples pulled off a (chic!) antler wedding. See the full list of vendors and sources after the post!

31 Most Unique Antler Wedding Ideas via EmmalineBride.com
Antler Wedding Invitations by Amanda Day RoseWedding Cake with Antlers (photo: bayly + moore)Antler Wedding Centerpiece (photo: woodnote photography)Faux Antler Mount31 Most Unique Antler Wedding Ideas via EmmalineBride.comAntler Wedding Bottle Opener Favors (by Big Yellow Dog Designs)Photo Wall with Antlers in the Center (photo: the gemmers)antler wedding bouquet (photo: zac x wolf)antler wedding ring box (pnz designs) and antler wedding thank you card (amanda rose design)antler wedding invitations (behold designz)use faux antlers as a photo booth prop at your antler wedding (photo: ben christensen)antler decor on wedding cake (photo: pictilio)

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1 – antlers with calligraphy tags | photo: laura catherine photography via burnett’s boards
2 – antler stickers | petite paperie
3 – antler wax seal | back to zero
4 – monogrammed antler wedding stamp | empress stationery
5 – thank you antler detail card | viola prints
6 – antler wedding ornament favor | vaniteaz
7 – antler wedding place card | ivory isle designs
8 – guest book with antler detail | pnz designs
9 – deer cuff links | the little chickadee
10 – antler coffee scoop for your coffee bar | the dapper fox
11 – antler wedding invitation | amanda day rose paperie
12 – antler wedding cake | photo: bayly + moore via magnolia rouge
13 – antler wedding centerpiece | photo: woodnote photography via style me pretty
14 – faux antler mount | white faux taxidermy
15 – gold foil antler print | lemon fresh designs
16 – antler necklace | vintage stamp jewels
17 – antler wedding centerpiece | photo: misha hettie via the storibook
18 – antler centerpiece | photo: reeling films via martha stewart weddings
19 – antler chandelier | the shabby antler
20 – antler wedding table runner | rustic coastal designs
21 – deer coasters | hello nutcase
22 – antler glassware | vital
23 – the hunt is over + antler decor | photo: kassie moore via southern weddings
24 – antler wedding bottle opener favors | big yellow dog designs
25 – photo wall with antlers as focal point | photo: the gemmers via the wedding chicks
26 – antler wedding bouquet | photo: zac x wolf
27 – antler ring box | pnz designs
28 – thank you cards with antler detail | amanda day rose paperie
29 – antler wedding invitations | behold designz
30 – antler photo booth inspiration | photo: ben christensen via green wedding shoes
31 – antler decor on wedding cake / dessert bar | photo: pictilio via style me pretty

Talk Back

What do you think of the antler wedding theme? Leave your comments, questions, and thoughts below. We’d love to hear from you! :)


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How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

Hi, loves! It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question. This one comes from bride-to-be, Angela, who says, “I am planning a cake bar at my wedding with multiple wedding cakes instead of one cake. I plan to have different flavors for each cake but I have no idea how to display them. Any tips?” Great question! Read on to find out how to display multiple wedding cakes at your reception with one simple idea…

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

The answer? Pedestal stands! Cake pedestals (also known as cake stands) can be used to display multiple wedding cakes or desserts with ease. When displaying multiple wedding cakes (or desserts), use pedestals at varying heights. This will draw visual interest to your table. Here are a few beautiful (+ handmade!) cake pedestals by Roxy Heart Vintage to inspire you…

How to Display Multiple Wedding CakesHow to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

The pedestals don’t have to be the same, either. Mix and match colors or look for unique styles on the stands themselves:

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

Presumably, you’ll probably still want a ‘wedding’ cake that is for you and the groom to cut. Make sure it stands out from the rest by placing on its own unique pedestal. This lace-inspired design is one such example.

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

To see these pedestal cake stands (and more!), visit Roxy Heart Vintage, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

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We hope this advice helps! Brides: if you have any questions or comments, leave them below. We’re always happy to help! If you have wedding advice questions of your own, just Ask Emmaline! Your question may appear in an upcoming post.


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P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaways yet? They’re amazing. Get to it!

Trend Alert: Mismatched Clutches

Hi, loves! Meet the newest trend in bridesmaid gift-giving: mismatched clutches. Giving clutch purses to bridesmaids as a thank you gift isn’t a new idea, but we love this fresh approach. Instead of picking the same clutch to give to each bridesmaid, consider mismatched clutches instead: it allows you to pick a unique pattern or print that suits her unique style while tying in your color palette for a cohesive look. Ready to find out more? Read on to see a few hand-picked finds we spotted over at BagEnvy Handbags which exemplifies this trend perfectly.

Mismatched Clutches - Pick a favorite color palette or pattern and design your own clutches for your girls

Mismatched Clutches

Whether you’re still crazy about chevron or you’re looking for some modern geometric prints, we’ve found a little bit of everything that you (and your bridesmaids) will love. Here’s a collection in modern green that we think is ideal for spring weddings.

Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

Next, this modern teal collection includes three mod prints, each slightly different than the other to set it apart.

Modern Teal Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

Planning a hot pink and black wedding? This is the perfect collection!

Hot Pink and Black Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

Lately, I’ve been pining over orange and navy blue palettes. Isn’t this assortment such a pretty combination?

Orange and Navy Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

If you’re planning a nautical wedding, I think these mismatched clutches would fit right in. The navy and white clutch in the middle has my name written all over it.

Modern Navy and Lime Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

If you’re opting for a set of mismatched clutches she can wear with anything (for the wedding and beyond!), you’ll love this set.

Grey and Navy Modern Mismatched Clutches - pick a purse each bridesmaid will love in a particular color with her own unique pattern or print.

Mismatched Clutches

Want to see more? Check out the shop at BagEnvy Handbags for the full collection! You can also see these bags in The Marketplace.


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DISCUSS: What do you think of this trend?