4 Creative Ways to Customize Your Bouquet (+ Win!)

Hi, loves! It’s time for another giveaway, but first… have you ever wondered how to customize your bouquet? You can add a personal, handmade spin to nearly every area of your wedding, so why not do the same to your bouquet? Whether you’ve selected fresh floral blooms or a handmade, last-forever bouquet, we’re going to show you how to customize it. Read on to find out four creative ways to customize your bouquet PLUS enter for a chance to win one of them by SparkleSM!

4 Creative Ways to Customize Your Bouquet

1. Wrap it up

Bouquet wraps come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and types, but we’re quite partial to the rhinestone kind! They’re sparkly and handmade and perfect for the bride’s bouquet. These rhinestone bouquet wraps are handmade by SparkleSM.

Customize your bouquet with a crystal bouquet wrap

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Customize your bouquet with a rhinestone bouquet wrap

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2. Add heirlooms

If you have heirloom brooches or vintage hat pins from your grandmother, mother, or special member of your family, you can incorporate them into your bouquet design. Just bring them to your florist and ask if they’ll incorporate them to your design.

3. Make your own bouquet

One surefire way to customize your bouquet is by making it yourself! You can have complete customization about what sizes, colors, and types of blooms are added. Plus, you can be very specific on cost. You can do it customize your bouquet for less if you buy wholesale wedding flowers and/or buy flowers in bulk. If you buy flowers that are in season and are in bloom all year around (like roses as one example), you’ll save even more! Not sure how to make your own bouquet? It’s easy to learn! Check out this DIY boho wedding bouquet we shared or get inspired with these DIY bouquet ideas made by real brides.

4. Add a personalized charm

These bouquet charms can be personalized with your initials and the wedding date, as well as a custom stone. We spotted them over at juliethefish designs.

Customize your bouquet with a just love bouquet charm

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Customize your bouquet with a custom wedding bouquet charm

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Giveaway: Customize Your Bouquet with a Wrap

Now that you’ve learned some creative ways to customize your bouquet, it’s time to win one! We’ve teamed up with the lovely SparkleSM to offer a beautiful rhinestone bouquet wrap to one lucky reader. Get the full scoop below!

o Enter between 7/23/14-7/29/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Custom designed and hand sewn, the Emme rhinestone crystal bouquet wrap is the perfect final touch to highlight your bridal bouquet! The Emme design (shown in image below) measures 5″ long, and can be tied either vertically or horizontally depending on the size of the bouquet and overall look.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/30; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $55; no cash value
o Shipping cost responsibility of winner
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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Good Luck!
xo
-E.

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31 Wedding Hairstyles: Day 23 – Sleek Updo

Hi, loves! Emma here. Can I tell you a secret? I’m loving these wedding hairstyles, but I am secretly having trouble coming up with unique, totally-captures-the-look names for these styles. I mean, seriously, how many times can you say something is a pulled back updo and make it sound unique? Ah, well. Updos are pretty similar, you have to admit, but today’s sleek updo is one of our favorites for a traditional wedding. I love the way the bride’s hair is pulled away from her face, highlighting those earrings and that neckline! Oh, and that dress! It’s gorgeous. Take a look…

Sleek Updo Wedding Hairstyle

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What do you think of this sleek updo? Will you be choosing it as your wedding day hairstyle?

xo
-E.

Ann’s Bridal Bargains Review

Hello! We’ve talked about Ann’s Bridal Bargains in the past, but today we’re sharing a special Ann’s Bridal Bargains review with you today! We received a few of their newest invitation designs by mail and we snapped a few photographs. It’s one thing to hear about great invitations; it’s another to see them in person. Read on to see what we thought and why…

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First and foremost, these invitations were really pretty to see in person. Plus, it gave us an opportunity to feel the quality of the paper and the ink. The ink was printed vibrantly across the board and the paper was premium grade. We received four invitations: here are the details of each.

Starfish & Seashells

Of the four invitations, two of them were beach-inspired. The first, shown below, is printed on white cardstock and features a whimsical seashell and starfish print. Here’s a close-up of the print at the bottom of the invite:

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What I liked about this invitation was how it was all-in-one: with the envelope, invitation, and response card all attached as one, there’s less work to do by the bride for assembly (and less costly than each piece individually!)

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Sandy Beach Suite

We also received a sandy beach-inspired invitation. Since my photo didn’t do this one justice, I wanted to show you the photo from their site:

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This suite features a blue sky with billowy clouds, a palm tree, and sandy shoreline. It’s perfect for a destination wedding.

Whimsical Love Bird Print

The next invitation is my favorite of the bunch! It’s a whimsical bird inspired print and the colors are so vibrant!

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Check out the close-up:

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Vintage Inspired Invite

Last but not least is this red-and-white vintage inspired invitation. It’s bold and features letterpress and pretty flourishes. This invitation is beautiful — the camera doesn’t do this one justice! The paper quality is really nice and heavy, too.

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Special Offer! Holy smokes, you guys, Ann’s is offering 15% off ALL wedding invitations through 9/30/14 with this handy little offer code: EMMALINE15. Take advantage of it!

If you’re interested in the invitations from our Ann’s Bridal Bargains Review today, visit AnnsBridalBargains.com. You’ll find these and many other beautiful invitation suites on their website.

This is a sponsored post by Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

Vintage Handkerchief Wedding Shoes

Brides: need something old and something new and something blue for your wedding? We’ll leave the “borrowed” part up to you, but the lovely Becca and Louise is taking care of the above! These beautiful vintage handkerchief wedding shoes will be your something old (a vintage handkerchief), something new (a pair of heels), and even something blue (if you choose a blue color for your shoes). Shoes like these are one of the reasons why we love handmade weddings: each detail is totally hand-picked and unique to each bride. This week, we’re giving away a pair of vintage handkerchief wedding shoes to one lucky Emmaline Bride reader! Read on to see these awe-inspiring shoes + enter for a chance to win!

Vintage Handkerchief Wedding Shoes

Vintage Handkerchief Wedding Shoes

Vintage Handkerchief Wedding Shoes

Becca and Louise lets you get creative by offering tons of colors for your shoes. Incorporate your favorite color (or wedding color palette) with a shade that suits your style. Here are the colors from which you can pick:

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Giveaway: Win vintage handkerchief wedding shoes

o Enter between 7/22/14-7/28/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Custom wedding shoes embellished with vintage printed handkerchief. 2.5 inch heel with pointed toe and ankle strap. Giveaway winner will be able to select their shoe size, shoe color, and handkerchief for a one-of-a-kind pair of wedding shoes!
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/29; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $140; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good luck!

To find out more about these handkerchief wedding shoes, visit Becca & Louise.

xo
-E.

Las Vegas Country Club Wedding: Danielle + Sean

You won’t want to miss Danielle and Sean’s Las Vegas Country Club wedding! Their wedding was this past May in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were lots of details like Danielle’s gorgeous dress, bouquet picture charms, custom labeled wine bottles, and personalized cake topper. The team of photographers from Imagine Studios captured all of the emotions and documented every aspect of the wedding day to the T! See the photos and relive Danielle and Sean saying “I Do” after the jump…

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Scott from Imagine Studios tells us, “These Las Vegas locals, Danielle and Sean, were married on a beautiful sunny day at the Las Vegas Country Club. It was a gorgeous wedding filled with laughter, DIY decorations, and custom wine bottles to all the guests! Being very family oriented, their son was the best man. Romantic photos were captured at sunset with the Las Vegas skyline and the golf course as a backdrop. They danced the night away on the patio outside under the stars.”

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

Imagine Studios - Las Vegas Country Club Wedding

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Imagine Studios - best man gets down and dances

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Imagine Studios - groom searches for the bridal garter

Las Vegas wedding vendors:

Floral Arrangements: ACS Floral & Events
Ceremony + Reception LocationLas Vegas Country Club

If you were amazed at how beautiful Danielle and Sean’s wedding photographs turned out like we were, then check out Imagine Studios. You can also see Scott’s wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Imagine Studios. All rights reserved.

7 Wedding Workout Tips You’re Missing

Wedding workout tips are one of the most sought-after topics on the web, and for good reason. Has there ever been a more perfect reason to get in shape than right now as you plan your wedding? When I (Emma here!) am not blogging about weddings or babies, I am workin’ on my fitness (+ eight million other things). I workout to get those endorphins pumping and feel stress-free. Fitness is so much more than being a particular weight, or looking a certain way, or fitting into a particular size. Fitness is about being healthy and feeling good about yourself. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. Being happy. Finding your bliss. And, when it comes to a wedding workout, it means releasing those awesome feel-good endorphins to curb your wedding stress. I read a quote recently on Pinterest that said something along the lines of, “Life’s too short to be at a constant battle with yourself.” It’s true! If you’ve ever wanted to start fresh and get in shape, now’s the time: today we’re sharing a new Emmaline Bride club you’ll want to join along with motivation and wedding workout tips you’re missing. You’ll find out how to pinpoint why you want to get in shape, along with finding out the best way to stay motivated. It’s time to get energized for the big day (and feel amazing when you walk down the aisle). Ready to get started? Read on to see which wedding workout tips made the list… and, you’ll want to be a part of our brand new fitness crew! Find out more…

Wedding workout tips | Get a cute sweating for the wedding tank top to motivate you.

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Wedding Workout Tips

1. Get inspired.

Pinterest is a treasure-trove of fitness quotes and inspiration. It’s also, however, an amazing resource for the most delicious recipes. So, instead of following all the tempting desserts, follow a particular fitness board that can help you stay focused. Those pumpkin spice cream cheese doughnut holes will be there again someday (but once you get to your goal, you won’t want / need / crave them anymore). Our fitness board will keep you motivated.

2. Make an inspiration board.

Pinterest is fantastic for organizing digital images, but an inspiration board that sits on your desk or in your bedroom is a constant reminder of your goals without having to be connected to the interwebs. When you make an inspiration board that shows your goals and aspirations (for fitness and life, in general), you’re mentally psyching yourself up to reach the goals. In the most inspiring book I’ve ever read, the author talks about reaching goals by making the decision that you ARE going to do it. As Yoda would say, “Do or do not. There is no try.” You’re making the effort that says, yes, I will be fit, I will finally start my journal, I will get rid of clutter in my house. I will get more sleep, drink more water, eat more protein. I will make the most out of every day. You get the idea.

3. Make a list of reasons why.

When it comes to a wedding workout, what is your end goal? Do you want your arms to be super toned so you’ll look awesome in your strapless gown? Want to get rid of that arm jiggle (aka tone your triceps) so you can wave without your arms waving back? (My fitness instructor used to say that all the time and it made me laugh.)

wedding workout tips:  try this routine to get rid of arm jiggle.
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Do you want strong calves, a raised seat, defined abs for your bikini post-wedding, or all of the above? Do you want to feel energetic and start a new life with your spouse-to-be on healthy footing? There’s no wrong reason to work on your fitness, and there’s always something everyone can improve upon.

4. Let’s workout together: Emmaline Fit (#EBFIT)

Start tomorrow RIGHT NOW. I’m currently working on a 30 Day Ab Challenge and 30 Day Squat Challenge. I’m going to start again August 1st. Here are the challenges:

I love to work out, but I always need motivation. You too? Good. Let’s workout together. We are starting a newsletter this week called Emmaline Fit and it’s for everyone (engaged or not engaged) who wants to get fit. We’ll be getting you supercharged + motivated right to your inbox absolutely free! Plus, you’ll be joining up with a group of people who also want to keep fit (and chat about it on Twitter at #EBFIT (’cause we’re hashtag crazy). It’s newsletter-based, so you have to join to be a part of the fun:

We’ll deliver exclusive wedding workout tips 2x per week and will be jam-packed with the best fitness ideas and workout motivation from the web. It’ll be fun. Promise. Let’s get in shape together, k? It’s much easier in a group!

5. Keep going.

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And this.

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And this. Sure thing, Gosling.

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And this one gets me every time…

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But substitute ‘run’ for ‘walking really fast’ because I refuse to run.

6. Make a plan that’s convenient for you.

If going to a gym is too pricey or inconvenient (and seriously, sometimes it’s just not enough motivation to drag you from the couch to go to the gym), bring the gym to you! There’s this company called DailyBurn that delivers professional workouts straight to you so you can work out in your very own living room. I like the concept because professional trainers are EXPENSIVE. And time-consuming. And you’re busy! Now it’s easy to get in shape on your own schedule from your own home. No more gyms filled with grunting weight-lifters who make you feel intimidated. No more wasting your night waiting in line for the last elliptical. Or that weird smell in the locker room. Or the sweaty seat left behind by someone who didn’t use the wipes. (Can you tell I’m pretty much a workout-at-home kind of chick? Not a big fan of the gym.) You can try a free 30-Day Free Trial and get your motivation pumpin’. I also love to use DVD workouts and


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7. Get new workout gear.

Sometimes, it just takes a few great pieces to motivate you.


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I like to stroll Target’s fitness section because they always have pretty reasonably priced things (I also love their colorful sports bras, wish I could get one in every color). I wear a pair of kicks that are super bright + colorful + comfy. Sometimes when you have new apparel you have a fresh sense of motivation.

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So, take a stroll through your favorite store and pick out a few running tanks or shorts. Grab that cute new sports bra. Grab that cute new sports bra. Check out the top 20 fitness accessories here.

8. Cross it off.

Shout-out to my sister for this awesome idea: grab a poster board and make a calendar. Hang it up on a wall where you’ll see it all the time. Use a big red permanent marker to make an X on the days you work out. This way, you’ll have a sense of urgency to cross off that particular day (and you’ll get to stay motivated by seeing how much hard work you’ve put in for those crossed off days). Another great way to keep on track is by setting your alarm and working out first thing in the morning. It gets it off of your plate and you’ll feel super-charged for the day.

Now it’s your turn…

Would you add any wedding workout tips to the list? Tell us below!

And, here’s that signup again (free!) to join our #EBFIT club! (Sign up here. It’s FREE!) You can unsubscribe at any time. But we don’t think you’ll want to.

xo
-E.

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Wedding Hairstyles: Day 21 – Easy 5 Minute Fishtail Updo (+ How-To Video)

Hi, loves! Happy Monday! We’re kicking off the brand new week with a beautiful hairstyle pick and a how-to video tutorial! This easy five minute fishtail updo is a beautiful look for your wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, or even as an updo for trying on dresses. I know a five minute fishtail updo is a tall order but Hair and Makeup by Steph makes it look oh-so-possible! We’ve included the how-to video with this post so you can see how it’s done. Take a peek!

Easy 5 Minute Fishtail Updo

This hairstyle is perfect for the bride or her bridesmaids! Check out the Easy 5 Minute Fishtail Updo + How-To Video by Hair and Makeup By Steph http://wp.me/p1g0if-oXk

via Hair and Makeup by StephSo, what do you think of this look? Will you be giving this fishtail updo a try?

xo
-E.

Wedding Alcohol Calculator

Happy Weekend, loves! We always love to find helpful infographics that can help you plan. If you’re wondering how much alcohol you’ll need (and how to stock the bar), this wedding alcohol calculator will help! This infographic will tell you how much you’ll need to buy for 25, 50, or 100 guests at a wedding. More guests? Just multiply. Take a look…

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wedding alcohol calculator

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Wedding Alcohol Calculator

If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, what kind? Are you going to have a bartender or will guests serve themselves?

xo
-E.

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