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DIY Banana Split Bites

posted on April 19, 2012 2 Comments

We’re kicking off your morning with a sugar rush in a delectable bite-size serving: DIY banana split bites! If you love ice cream – and delightful desserts for guests, these DIY banana split bites are perfect for you! We spotted these treats at The Family Kitchen and we think they’d make a sweet addition to your dessert table or as favors for guests. Worried they’ll melt? Prepare + freeze in small (4 oz.) mason jars (remember when we showed you ice cream in a jar?), wrap in a thank you favor tag, and serve to guests with a spoon. Don’t forget the rainbow sprinkles… we think it’s the best part!

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20 Dress Sash Styles Your Bridal Shop Won’t Carry

posted on April 18, 2012 3 Comments

You found the perfect wedding dress… now it’s time to make it your own! A dress sash – tied around the waist – can embellish any gown with your own distinct personal style. Today, we’re bringing you twenty dress sash styles you can’t find at a bridal shop: these are all handmade with two hands by the lovely SparkleSM! If you crave individuality, have a discerning taste, or want a custom dress sash made just for you, look no further! Read on to see which dress sash styles made the cut, why we love ‘em, and find out which dress sash was given the Emmaline Bride Top Pick approval. Enjoy!

20 Dress Sash Styles

1. Rosemary

Soft satin ribbon + tons of sparkle caught our eye on this dress sash! We love how the rhinestones surround the ribbon so it doesn’t get lost in the same shade of your wedding dress.

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Leather & Leaves Headband Collection

posted on April 18, 2012 0 Comments

Happy Wednesday! We’re head over heels for the new leather & leaves headband collection spotted at Acute Designs. The designer, Regina, creates these metallic beaded leaves in gold, silver, or bronze, atop a faux leather and elastic band. This leather & leaves headband collection is perfect bling for the bride, as shown below; it also makes a great gift for your bridesmaids, paired with a neutral or metallic bridesmaid dress. Plus, it’s affordably priced! Read on to find out more PLUS find out how you can get 20% off…

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DIY Sprout Cupcakes

posted on April 17, 2012 2 Comments

If you’re planning a nature-inspired wedding or bridal shower, you’ll love these green-inspired DIY sprout cupcakes! To make them at home, simply bake up a batch of miniature-sized chocolate cupcakes – hold the frosting – and add these sweet sugary sprout cupcake toppers by Mimicafe Union. These cupcakes look like tiny little (edible) sprouts, which are made from fondant. You can also order the cupcakes with the terra cotta pots for easy “planting”. Add a thank you tag and guests can take these DIY sprout cupcakes to go! Take a closer look…

DIY Sprout Cupcakes

Each edible “sprout” cupcake topper measures 1.5″ in diameter.

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Handmade Wedding: Mike and Karolina

posted on April 16, 2012 6 Comments

Mike and Karolina’s handmade wedding was stylish! Their fall wedding in West Milford, New Jersey was a remarkable event that incorporated many handmade and DIY details. These handmade details and this couple’s magical day was photographed by the photography team of Brian and Rachel from 47 Moments Photography. The bride, Karolina, tells us all about her wedding day and the DIY elements that made it special…

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FREE Save the Dates Giveaway!

posted on April 16, 2012 153 Comments

Want free save the dates? This week, you could win 100 FREE save the dates (postcards) from Yellow Brick Graphics! Read on for details on how to enter for a chance to win…

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How to Arrange Flowers (in a Mason Jar) Like a Pro

posted on April 15, 2012 3 Comments

Happy Sunday, loves! Hope your weekend has been relaxing + filled with fun. If you’re planning a rustic or shabby chic wedding, chances are you may have considered mason jar centerpieces filled with your favorite flowers. Today, we’re showing you how to arrange flowers in a mason jar like a pro with one simple trick: frog lids! What are frog lids, you ask? Frog lids, upcycled by the lovely Brianna Paige Designs, are lids with metal “grids” for floral placement. This means you’ll have no more droopy flowers and no more confusion on how to arrange ‘em! Read on for more…

But first… isn’t this a lovely setup?

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Fabric Wrapped Letters

posted on April 14, 2012 2 Comments

Happy Weekend! We spotted these fabric wrapped letters by Forest Girl Design and think they are oh-so-sweet! Each whimsical letter is crafted by hand and is covered completely in beautiful patterned fabric. Use a monogram letter to display in your handmade wedding as décor – either at your ceremony or reception – and display in your home after the big day. Read on to see a few of our favorites…

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How to Style Short Hair for Weddings

posted on April 13, 2012 6 Comments

Short hair brides: this is your lucky day! Today we’re showing you how to style short hair for weddings with a few of our favorite hand-picked Real Wedding + handmade inspiration from around the web. It seems like magazines + blogs tend to cater towards brides with longer locks, and that just isn’t fair. I (Emma here!) used to have super-short hair (almost pixie-cut-esque) so I know first-hand that finding short hairstyles isn’t the easiest thing to do. That’s why we’re sharing a little love for our short hair brides with some of the sassiest, sweetest short hairstyles we could find. If you rock a short head of hair, use it to its fullest, sassiest advantage: wear a small hair accessory or veil to show off those strands. Or, skip the accessory altogether. Read on for tips on how to style short hair for weddings + images to inspire you…

How to Style Short Hair for Weddings

This photograph is one of my favorites… ever. Not only is her hair incredible, but I love how the couple is embraced + kissing in the car. It may be pre-ceremony (he isn’t wearing a ring yet) or maybe he opted for no ring. Either way, this photograph captures true love…

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Tulle Bridesmaid Skirt

posted on April 13, 2012 7 Comments

Happy Friday! Today, we’re encouraging you to think outside the box with a tulle bridesmaid skirt instead of a traditional bridesmaid dress. Wear again? Yes! Colorful? Of course! Boring? Never! Simply pair a tulle bridesmaid skirt with a re-wearable tank, blouse, or lacy top – all of which she can wear again – as an alternative to a never-wear-again dress. Today, we’re sharing some tulle bridesmaid skirt inspiration with you from a few handmade artisans. Read on for more…

Tulle Bridesmaid Skirt

This first example reminds me of the movie, Bridesmaids! The killer heels + tank tops are killer… and the bride striking up a pose (in a tulle skirt of her own!) is priceless.

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