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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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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!
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
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…
The pedestals don’t have to be the same, either. Mix and match colors or look for unique styles on the stands themselves:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next, this modern teal collection includes three mod prints, each slightly different than the other to set it apart.
Planning a hot pink and black wedding? This is the perfect collection!
Lately, I’ve been pining over orange and navy blue palettes. Isn’t this assortment such a pretty combination?
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.
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.