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

susabella

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 width=

susabella

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

scissormill

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!


-E.

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)

sources //
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! :)


-E.

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.


-E.

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.


-E.

DISCUSS: What do you think of this trend?

Duluth Winter Wedding: Mindy + Tony

This Duluth winter wedding was on Valentine’s Day (which was especially fitting because the groom’s last name is Hart!) at the majestic Sacred Heart Music Center. Mindy and Tony’s wedding photographer was Stacey from LaCoursiere Photography, who captured some truly magical moments including wintry scenes and warm hearts. The photos await your eager eyes after the jump…

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

Duluth Winter Wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - bride getting ready with daughter

LaCoursiere Photography - bride's dress and bouquet

LaCoursiere Photography - bride at the church

LaCoursiere Photography - bride getting ready before wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - groom's jacket and flowers

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and groom's first look

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and groom in the snow

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - duluth winter wedding

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and bridesmaids

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and groom at the altar

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and groom married at the altar

LaCoursiere Photography - valentine's day wedding candy

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and groom under the lights

LaCoursiere Photography - bride and grooms embrace

Wedding Vendors:

VENUE: Sacred Heart Music Center
FLOWERS: Peterson Anderson Flowers
CUPCAKES: Cake Occasions
DJ ENTERTAINMENT: Dave Deville Entertainment

If you enjoyed Mindy and Tony’s wedding photos, be sure to check out their photographer LaCoursiere Photography. You can also see Stacey’s wedding photography business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of LaCoursiere Photography. All Rights Reserved.

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie

Brides: if your groom is wearing a bow tie for your wedding (or thinking about it), don’t miss this post! Today we’re sharing three tips for wearing a bow tie so he can rock one in style. We’re also sharing inspiration, showing you how to tie a bow tie, and we’re giving away a bow tie and suspenders set to one lucky reader from Element Boutique! It’s all inside…

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: paige and blake green photography)

bow tie and suspenders: element boutique, photo: paige and blake green photography

Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie

1. Wear a bow tie only if the style suits you.

Don’t wear a bow tie just because it’s “in” or a trend; wear one if it actually suits your style (and you feel comfortable wearing one).

2. Pick a color that coordinates with your palette.

If you’re not into a bright or poppy pattern, pick a solid bow tie for your wedding. A black bow tie paired with a white button down shirt and suit is a classic look that’s always in style.

black bow ties (photo: brumley and wells)

photo: brumley & wells via style me pretty

Also, don’t let the bow tie be a distraction: if you’re wearing a suit jacket or button down shirt that has a bold pattern, go neutral on the bow tie. Likewise, if your attire is more subtle, select a more striking bow tie. If you’re selecting bow ties for groomsmen, coordinate their ties with the bridesmaid dresses.

3. Learn how to tie it before the ceremony.

Practice tying the bow tie before the big day. Here’s a handy guide to help:

how to tie a bow tie

via blog landerette via jared purrington

Bow Tie Inspiration

Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: anne marie photography)

photo: anne marie photography via style me pretty

Orange Bow Ties (photo: jophoto)

photo: jophoto

groom wearing bow tie and suspenders (photo: emily g photography)

photo: emily g photography via 100 layer cake

In this example, the groom stood out by wearing a necktie, while the groomsmen wore bow ties.

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie

via blue rose

Giveaway: Win a Bow Tie and Suspenders Set!

Now it’s your chance to win a bow tie and suspenders set! One lucky reader will win a set of bow tie and adjustable suspenders of his or her choice.

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: paige and blake green photography)

bow tie and suspenders: element boutique, photo: paige and blake green photography

See the full details below:

o Enter between 3/26-4/1/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: bow tie and suspenders in any color or size by Element Boutique
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 4/2; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $60 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

win a bow tie and suspenders set

element boutique

Good luck!

TOMS Wedding Shoes: “Just Married”

Want a comfy pair of wedding shoes you & the groom will both love? Check out these TOMS wedding shoes! We love the collection over at BStreet SHoes which are hand-painted and designed by Blake, who’s obviously awesome and passionate about his work… he’s sold over 1,500 custom pairs (and counting)! Our favorite is this pair that features ‘Just’ and ‘Married’. Cute! Take a peek!

TOMS Wedding Shoes featuring 'Just' and 'Married'
TOMS Wedding Shoes featuring 'Just' and 'Married'TOMS Wedding Shoes featuring 'Just' and 'Married'TOMS Painted Wedding Shoes featuring 'Just' and 'Married'

TOMS Wedding Shoes

Want to see more? Head over to BStreet Shoes to see more. We noticed Blake also sells custom Converse and Nike, among others. You can also see his work in The Marketplace as a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride.

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What do you think of TOMS wedding shoes? Would you wear a pair?

Nebraska DIY Wedding: Sandra + Loren

This Nebraska DIY wedding was full of fun and handmade creativity! Meet Sandra and Loren. Their wedding was this past summer at the Auld Pavilion in Lincoln, NE. Their photographer was Aubrey from The Leekers, who captured their wedding and all of its amazing details. Aubrey tells us, “Their wedding was overflowing with creativity, DIY decorations, fun bright colors, polka-dots, a Boston Terrier with a bow tie, succulents, a coffee bar, cool arches made by the groom, confetti showers, bursts of rain showers, pinwheels, bow ties, laughs, love, and so much more.” Find out more after the jump…

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

Nebraska DIY Wedding

First, check out some of the amazing handmade details… like the paper pinwheels…

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

… succulents, held by bridesmaids…

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

… a handmade camera boutonniere and brooch bouquet…

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

.. and an amazing arch made by the groom!

The Leekers - Auld Pavilion Wedding

See more of the DIY details below…

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - handmade nebraska wedding

The Leekers - handmade nebraska wedding

The Leekers - handmade nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Nebraska DIY Wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

The Leekers - Lincoln Nebraska wedding

Aubrey says, “The creative energy that was poured into this wedding (and so many of our recent weddings) has blown my mind. What a fun wedding! Congrats to the happy creative couple!”

Vendors + More:

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Auld Pavilion | Lincoln, NE
Wedding Gown | Queen of Heartz
Coffee Bar | Kinetic Brew
Decorations (chandeliers, streamers, buntings, arches, etc.) | DIY by the bride + groom!!
Boutonnieres| DIY by the bride!

Did you enjoy their DIY wedding? Then be sure to check out their photographer The Leekers. You can also see Aubrey’s wedding photography business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of The Leekers. All Rights Reserved.

5 New Spring Flower Girl Dresses

Brides: are you planning a spring or summer wedding? Need attire for your flower girl that she’ll want to wear? We’ve found five dresses she’ll love! We recently popped in over at Beane and Company and we’re loving Jenna’s new collection! She handcrafts beautiful custom flower girl dresses and ring bearer suits we know you’ll love… and they’re perfect for spring and summer weddings. See our five hand-picked favorites and find out more after the jump!

Spring Flower Girl Dresses

1. Green Patterned Print

This one (named Quinn) is one of my favorites. The green design is so poppy and the bow detail is adorable.

green dot dress - spring flower girl dresses #wedding

2. Linen Flower Girl Dress

This style has a collar that reminds me of petals — perfect for spring! The hair crown is a nice touch, too.

linen dress with collar detail - spring flower girl dresses #wedding

3. Ivory Dress

This ivory dress goes with any theme! I love the long length and the short sleeves.

ivory dress (love the hair crown, too!) - spring flower girl dresses #wedding

4. Mint Flower Girl Dress

Mad for mint? She’ll love this style, especially with the unique touches like a scalloped collar and rhinestone buttons.

mint - spring flower girl dresses #wedding

5. Yellow Plaid Flower Girl Dress

I love this yellow plaid print! Pair it with the coordinating ring bearer suit, also available!

yellow plaid - spring flower girl dresses #wedding

Want to see more? Visit Beane and Company to see the full collection! You can see their shop here. You’ll also find more for your flower girl and ring bearer in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride, where Beane and Company is a Featured Artist. Check it out!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Which of these spring flower girl dresses is your favorite?