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DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

October 29, 2014 Leave a Comment

We’re always looking for cute, inspiring ways to make your wedding reception awesome. Case in point? This diy mojito in a jar we spotted over at Company Forty Two. I loved these right away, so I knew you’d probably want to see them, too. I always see the traditional mason jars, but rarely do people use these quilted jelly jars nearly enough. And I don’t know why because they’re so insanely cute.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Plus, they’re a smaller size which makes it easier for filling at drink dispensers.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

These custom drink stirrers from Company Forty Two are the finishing touch to a perfect mojito in a jar. And don’t forget those mint leaves + lime wedges as garnish.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Pin this for summer, lovelies: this is one cold drink that will be hot in the spring and summer wedding season.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Mojito in a Jar » Recipe

Here’s an excellent big-batch mojito recipe we found for you from Chow. It yields 20 servings, which is perfect for putting in one of these.

yields 20 servings

You’ll need…

♥ 8 oz. jelly jars

For the base:

♥ 1 cup granulated sugar
♥ 1 cup water
♥ 1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/3 cup packed)
♥ 2 cups tightly packed fresh mint leaves (from about 2 bunches)
♥ 1 (750-milliliter) bottle white rum
♥ 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 18 medium limes)

To serve:

♥ Ice
♥ 2 1/4 cups club soda, chilled
♥ 12 fresh mint sprigs

Make up a batch!

For the base:

1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint leaves, stir to combine, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a 1-1/2- to 2-quart container and strain the syrup, discarding the solids. Add the rum and lime juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve:

1. For 1 drink, fill an 8-oz jar with ice. Add 1/2 cup of the Mojito base, top with 3 tablespoons of the club soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig.


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If you’re a mojito maven + plan to whip up these for dinner parties on the regular, add this to your registry. It even comes with a muddler!

(Don’t forget to grab the drink stirrers here!)


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Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials — Win It!

October 29, 2014 11 Comments

Giveaway inside! ♥

Hi, Happy Wednesday to you! So, have you picked out a ring pillow yet? If you’re opting for a traditional ring pillow (that’s what I did) for your ceremony, then we have a treat for you today. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Kayla of BE Timeless to offer a custom ring bearer pillow with initials to one lucky reader. This sweet, simple ring bearer pillow ties into any wedding theme you choose, whether it be traditional, rustic, modern, or even beach. There are custom colors available, which means this ring pillow will also coordinate beautifully with your color palette. Enough talking about it, on to the prize!

ring bearer pillow with initials

About the Prize

This giveaway is for a custom ring bearer pillow with initials. Size: 5″ x 5″ pillow. It is made with 100% cotton and stuffed with premium poly fill. The design is silk screened in one of these available colors: black, white, gray, blue, navy blue, red, or green. A satin ribbon is attached above the “+” sign. Available ribbon colors: white, ivory, black, yellow, gray (silver), or blue.

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 10/29-11/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 5×5 Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $14 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


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Unique Bridesmaid Gift Idea ❯❯ Photo of the Day

October 28, 2014 Leave a Comment

One bridesmaid gift idea you may have considered is a piece of jewelry, maybe even one that has a personalized element to it, right? Well, you’ll love today’s photo of the day and this unique bridesmaid gift idea. We spotted it over at Georgie Designs, where Robyn is always whipping up custom orders for her brides. One bride-to-be had a special request: an initial charm and an additional one with the year the bride met the bridesmaid. Isn’t that a sweet idea? Here’s how they turned out:

handstamped bracelet with initial and year they met - unique bridesmaid gift idea

Unique Bridesmaid Gift Idea

Now these pretties are getting ready to ship and send out to the lucky bridesmaids. And you can be next in line: just head over to Georgie Designs to see the many design inspirations. Have a custom idea? Just ask – Robyn is happy to work with you!

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P.S. Need more bridesmaid ideas like this? Head over to The Marketplace. It’s amazing + chock-full of beautiful bridesmaid gifts (+ everything else handmade for your wedding).

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Kendra Scott Jewelry Giveaway

October 28, 2014 Leave a Comment

Were you hoping to add gorgeous earrings and necklace set to your wish list this year? Now’s your chance to win it for F R E E.

kendra scott jewelry

This necklace and earrings set is the perfect gift for you, bride-to-be, or as a thank you to your MOH, bridesmaids, or your mom. Isn’t it lovely? And now you can get it for free thanks to this exclusive Kendra Scott Jewelry Giveaway brought to you by Junebug Weddings + Emmaline Bride!

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We’ve partnered with our friends over at Junebug Weddings to offer this giveaway! Head over to the giveaway now to enter! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Good Luck!



Wedding Bouquets Made of Paper

October 28, 2014 Leave a Comment

What is it about wedding bouquets made of paper that you love? My love is multifaceted, I tell you. For starters, your wedding bouquet can be made in any color.

yellow and mint paper wedding bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

photo: amy & jordan

Your bouquet can be made in any season at any time of year with any style of flower you choose.

photo: amy & jordan

Each paper flower bloom is hand-molded, one-by-one: a painstaking labor of love. And it’s all made just for you. You can even pick a wedding detail and have your bouquet created in those exact colors.

coordinate paper bouquet to color palette | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

photo: amy & jordan

Or, perhaps have one made in an array of colors that you adore.

bride holding paper bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

photos: ginger and mint photography

Maybe I’m smitten because paper bouquets last forever, meaning you won’t get all sappy like I did when I eventually had to toss my bouquet in the trash.

photos: ggd photographie

Maybe I love ‘em because they never wilt. Never fade. Never lose their luster.

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A wedding bouquet made of paper just makes sense. And it makes even more sense when you have one made by someone who knows their stuff, like Chantal of Dragonfly Expression.

boho style | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

photos: ggd photographie

I love fresh flowers just like the next girl, but having a wedding bouquet made of paper doesn’t mean you have to forgo fresh at your wedding. It just means you have one less fresh bouquet to worry about.

colorful mix | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

Which leaves you more time for other things, like figuring out which of these photos you must add to your list. Or crossing this fun idea off your list.

photos: (L) dragonfly expression | (R) cargile photography

photos: (l) flashes of life photography | (r) dragonfly expression

hot pink + colorful mix | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

They’re whimsical. Free-spirited. Colorful. Fun.

paper wedding bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via emmalinebride.com

photo: devicfotos

And I just love them.

See more wedding bouquets made of paper

Want to see more? Head over to Dragonfly Expression for the full collection of paper bouquets. We’re proud to showcase Dragonfly Expression as a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride in The Marketplace.


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8 Real Wedding Details You’ll Want to Steal

October 28, 2014 Leave a Comment

Hi, there. One of our goals at Emmaline Bride is to show you real wedding details you can actually do. As in, real wedding details that are totally attainable, easy-to-find and can be done yourself (without driving you crazy). In this feature, you’ll find eight real wedding details you will want to steal + use for your own big day, including a darling bridesmaid dress, a help-yourself beverage station, stay warm basket, and more. I know your time is valuable, so I’m keeping it to eight.

But by now you know me enough to know that, if you let me, I would share eighty. As Sweet Georgia Brown would tell ya, ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, here are the totally gorgeous handpicked wedding details I’ve discovered.

And you are going to want to steal each one.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Real Wedding Details to Steal: Laura & Josh

1. These incredibly cute bridesmaid dresses.

I’ve never seen a wedding where the bridesmaids looked so darn stylish. Wear-again? Absolutely. Those Peter Pan collars are so cute.

pink bridemaid dresses

Finally, a bridesmaid dress that doesn’t look like your typical dress.

2. These milk bottles + lemonade container + mojitos bar.

And those straws. I’ve seen countless other beverage bars, but this one looks so appealing.

Or maybe I’m just thirsty.

Either way, those straws look oh-so-cute in milk bottles, the mason jar’s younger, sassier kid sister.

3. Keep Warm Blanket Basket

The idea of a blanket basket for guests to grab if they get chilly is not a new one. However, it’s all about the way you put it all together. The basket has to look inviting, the blankets must look cozy, and it has to be pulled together in such a way that guests feel like they really can help themselves. This one is perfect.

keep warm flannel blankets

And, plaid fleece? Get out. My fall favorite.

4. Late Night… Chocolate

At first glance, you see a delightful wedding reception table setting. Look closely and you’ll see… why, yes, a late night chocolate candy.

I love this because it’s the fun of a wedding favor, but one that guests don’t feel obligated to take home. Instead, they enjoy it at your wedding as a late snack, on a quick break from the dance floor during We Are Family while sipping on white wine. You know, just in time for the hustle. Or maybe that’s just me.

late night chocolate favor on wedding reception table

5. Taper Candles

I love the vintage touch of the silver candelabras and taper candles, scatted along the table in larger pairings and single tapers. This is a beautiful alternative to full floral centerpieces and works especially well for long reception tables.

candleabras with taper candles

6. Soft, Billowy Draped Ceiling

To soften any look, white billowy curtains will do the trick. The drapery in this wedding brought such a soft elegance to its decor.

soft billowy curtains ceiling wedding reception

7. Petals Strewn to One Side of the Aisle

Instead of petals strewn down the center, they put them just along the side.

petals strewn to one side of the aisle

8. Modern, Elegant Wedding Cake

This two-tiered cake is a thing of beauty. And, that pedestal stand is a must!

small two tiered white wedding cake modern

white cake on pedestal stand

sources //

spotted via the lane
photos by jemma keech
bridesmaid dresses via asos
cake by hello naomi
wedding planning / styling: all by THE BRIDE (!) – who, might we add, did an awesome job


So, what do you think of these real wedding details? Which one is your favorite? Dish.

Oh, and we’ve been L O V I N G your sweet sentiments in our inbox. Your wedding dilemmas = not a problem for us. Let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Shoot us an email with your wedding woes + we’ll swoop in to help!

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Don’t Let it Fall! BIG Wedding Jenga >> POTD

October 27, 2014 Leave a Comment

Don’t let it fall! This big wedding Jenga photo is terrific. This giant size tumble tower is a hit among party guests for receptions and especially a way to keep all the kids (even the big ones) having fun! The blocks were tumbling just as Tamara from Silver Thumb Photography captured the guests’ reaction. The couple Meghan and John definitely know how to throw a party!

Big Wedding Jenga

Big wedding Jenga game, terrific reception fun

We love this photo! Check out more photos from this wedding. Find your wedding vendors in our wedding vendor guide!

P.S. Want a life-size tumble tower? Get one here.


Newly Engaged? Here’s a Cute Gift Idea

October 27, 2014 2 Comments

Remember when we talked about what to do after getting engaged? Well, one of the things I said you would need was a solid notebook. A 5 x 8″ notebook like this will do just fine; it’s simple, easy-to-carry anywhere, and contains plenty of pages to last a long time. You never know when creativity or wedding planning ideas will strike, so you’ll want to be ready with a pen and a pad of paper. Another thing you’ll want to have is a portfolio organizer, which will keep business cards (from wedding pros you meet), address labels (with your address to stick on giveaway forms at wedding shows), color swatches, a pen, and said notebook (mentioned above) all in one place. And I’ll bet you’ve never seen a portfolio organizer as cute as these by Allisa Jacobs.

Oh, and she’s having an awesome giveaway right now but I’ll get to that in a minute.

yellow polka dot portfolio organizer via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Newly Engaged Gift Idea: Portfolio Organizer

This chic portfolio organizer is one of our favorite items by Allisa Jacobs. Could these be any cuter? They’re pretty much 10/10 on the cuteness scale.

portfolio organizer polka dots via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Each portfolio organizer features two interior pockets and a panel made of the highest quality designer print fabric. Your favorite pen (we all have one; this is mine!) tucks into its own spot, so you’ll never be all, “Um, can I borrow your pen?” No one wants to be that person. And then you never return the pen…

portfolio organizer via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

It is made with heavy natural cotton and has an elastic to keep everything all pulled together.

elastic on back of portfolio via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Plus, they’re covered in the sweetest patterned fabric. I’m having trouble picking a favorite, can you tell?

However, I do looooove this Southwestern design.

southwestern porfolio organizer design via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com


lotsa colors portfolio via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

notepad organizer floral via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

And you’ll definitely be using this long after the wedding planning is over. I need a notebook with me at all times. Grocery lists in my head? Forget about it. I always forget the eggs. Somehow I never forget the ice cream. But that’s another story for another day.

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Get These + Enter a Giveaway

You can find these + equally adorable clutches (and more) at Allisa Jacobs. As I mentioned, she is offering a giveaway right now for a copy of my book + a $50 gift card to her shop! Get to it!


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