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8 Delightful Hot Chocolate Favors for Weddings

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? For me, it was a total transformation of fall to winter. We were hit by the massive snowstorm and had a total of about 8″ of glistening snow which fell steadily for about twenty-four hours. It was so beautiful; the first snowfall always is. The beginning of the snow-filled holiday season always gets me in an instant cozy mood. It doesn’t take long to find me unpacking slippers, fuzzy socks, blankets, and holly jolly decorations faster than you can say hey Em, coffee is ready. (And believe me, I come running.) Anyway, with the frigid temps around here we wanted to warm you up with some hot chocolate favors for weddings, bridal showers, and holiday parties. We’ve found hot cocoa favors on a stick, in a cone, inside an ornament, in a jar, a tube, a bag, and a box. We’ve even found some cute wooden spoons for stirring. So, if it’s hot chocolate favors you’re after, you’ll find it right here! And… if you’re feeling extra creative, head down to number eight for an amazing DIY tutorial we found. Happy hot-chocolating & enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Favors Weddings - Apropos Roasters | http://emmalinebride.com/favors/hot-chocolate-favors-weddings/

by apropos roasters

Wow! A Unique Woodsy Wedding in North Carolina

Wow, prepare to be impressed by this unique woodsy wedding! First meet the wonderful couple, Jen and Chris. Their forest wedding was at the Black Mountain Sanctuary near Asheville, North Carolina. The wedding day was wet with lots of rain, but cleared enough for their outdoor ceremony. That sign of good luck continued throughout the day. Later that evening, wedding guests enjoyed toasting marshmallows around a roaring bonfire and even a desert station with s’mores. Then Jen and Chris rocked the dance floor and ended the night with a sparkler sendoff. Carolyn and Geoff from Carolyn Scott Photography were the creative team that captured these amazing photos…

Carolyn Scott Photography | Unique Woodsy Wedding in North Carolina at Black Mountain Sanctuary - http://wp.me/p1g0if-xTG

Jen + Chris’ Unique Woodsy Wedding

Giveaway: Win a Personalized Silver Bar Necklace

It’s Friday… giveaway time! We’ve teamed up with the lovely team of Spiffing Jewelry to offer a personalized silver bar necklace to one lucky reader! This necklace can be stamped to read anything you’d like — up to 15 characters. Have it stamped with your name, initials, wedding date, ‘Mrs’, a bridesmaid’s name, nickname, etc. — anything your little heart desires! Here’s a photo example of what this necklace looks like, along with an array of font style examples from which to choose…

sterling silver bar necklace

30 Beautiful Ideas for Winter Weddings

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Tis the season for sparkly snowflakes, cozy feather accessories, and glitter-dipped candles… all of which you’ll find in today’s feature! We’ve found thirty handpicked (handmade!) ideas for winter weddings you’ll love including bouquet alternatives for the wedding party, sparkly details, a creative guest book with snowflakes, snowflake table numbers, a wintry floral crown for your bridal shoot, a snowflake corsage for your mom, cozy wrap-me-up shawls, coffee cup wraps for your coffee bar, and much more. Grab a cup of festive coffee (it’s not too early for me! bring it on along with the Christmas music, I say) and prepare to be inspired! P.S. Love something you see here? You can find out more in the resources list at the end of this post.

Ideas – Winter Weddings

flower bouquet with rhinestones by BridalBouquetsbyKy | ideas winter weddings | http://emmalinebride.com/themes/ideas-winter-weddings/

Giveaway: Win an Infinity Necklace & Earrings Jewelry Set

It’s time for another fab giveaway! (Don’t forget to subscribe or you’ll miss out on surprises like these!) Here’s another beautiful giveaway item up for grabs: an infinity necklace and earrings set from The Fabulous Jewelry! This jewelry set is perfect for the bride, bridesmaid or maid of honor. You know how much we love infinity inspired jewelry — now you can win a set of your very own! Enter below…

jewelry set

by the fabulous jewelry

What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Bride-to-be, Michele, asks:

“Help! I’ve tried on a few wedding veils in a store but I didn’t like how they looked. I don’t think a veil is my style and I just don’t see myself wearing a veil at my wedding. Does a bride have to wear a veil? Or is there something else I can wear as an alternative?”

Fantastic question! For starters, you asked if the bride has to wear a veil. Remember that it’s your wedding: there are no rules. A bride doesn’t have to do anything or wear anything that she doesn’t want to, so a veil is definitely not a requirement.

Now, before we show you some wedding hair accessory options, if you try on a veil in store make sure you also…

1.) try on a veil while wearing your dress (or a similar style)
2.) try on the veil with a hairstyle you plan to wear the day-of
3.) try on several veil styles

The third one — trying on several veil styles — is especially important because one style can look better on some people than others. Your face shape, hairstyle, dress, and personal style are all factors when it comes to picking the perfect veil — or veil alternative. Also, trying on many different veil styles to see which one you like best is also a great rule of thumb. For example, a bandeau veil — like this one, shown below from Serephine — is a unique veil style that differs greatly from a traditional, classic look.


Giveaway: Win $100 Store Credit to Jadiecakes

Hello, love! Emma here. Believe me when I say you need to subscribe to our updates if you’re not already on the list. I say that because we have some creative ideas and wedding inspiration coming your way and some incredible giveaways, too! And we really don’t want you to miss out. :) To kick things off, we’re giving away a $100 store credit to the beautiful shop Jadiecakes. Tara, the designer and owner, has been whipping up some amazing new products for wedding and home. These clutch purses for bridesmaids are just one of my favorite items… wait until you see the rest, including pillows for the holiday season that would look great on that love seat in your living room.

Read on to see some of our favorite finds from Jadiecakes and enter for a chance to win a sweet $100 store credit to use on anything in the shop! Enjoy!

From bridesmaid clutches…

cute bridesmaid burlap wristlets

by jadiecakes

30 Best Wedding Dresses on Etsy Under $800

Hi, loves! Emma here. Today I’m letting you in on a little secret:

Your wedding gown doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to be beautiful.

Some of the prettiest wedding dresses are under $1000 — even $800 or less! — as I’ll prove to you in this post. You see, it’s not the dress that makes the bride; instead, it is the beautiful bride that makes the dress! Any wedding dress which is properly fitted to your individual measurements, paired with accessories, and accompanied by a smile that lights up a room looks way better than an ill-fitting garment upwards of $2000 or more. To show you how you can stay on budget AND have the wedding dress of your dreams, we’ve rounded up thirty best Etsy wedding dresses to share. Each dress is handmade with two hands, a sewing machine, and a whole lotta love! Plus, you have the opportunity to speak directly to the designer who will work one-on-one with you to handcraft your wedding gown.

And if you’re nervous about buying a wedding dress online, don’t be: it’s completely safe if you 1) check reviews before you buy, 2) send your exact measurements, 3) allow for plenty of time for it to arrive, and 4) have it professionally fitted by a local seamstress (if needed). And, just to be sure, read the fine print and return policy before you buy. But that’s just smart practice for buying anything online. :)

Grab some coffee and prepare to be amazed! We’ve found some truly incredible wedding dresses here…

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Bridal Gowns Under $800

1. This beaded sweetheart neckline gown

By Love Raveglia.

beaded sequin wedding gown

by love raveglia | see the price

Cufflinks to Surprise the Groom on the Wedding Day

How will you surprise the groom on your wedding day? Have a love note delivered to the room while he gets ready, a cooler at the ready with his favorite beverages to enjoy with the groomsmen, or something sweet stitched to the back of his tie? There are many ways to surprise the groom on your wedding day, but a pair of groom cufflinks is one of our favorites! A pair of cufflinks he can wear on the wedding day and beyond makes a great keepsake gift. Pick a pair that says something sweet or sentimental, wrap them up in a box, and have the ring bearer or flower girl deliver them to him right before the ceremony. Here are a few we spotted at Over The Moon Bridal to give you some ideas…

Groom Cufflinks

groom cufflinks - today i marry my best friend

by over the moon bridal

The Only Registry Tool You’ll Need for Weddings (+ Win It!)

Are you ready to get organized (and stay organized) with your wedding registry, a custom wedding website, and guest list manager tool all-in-one? If these tools were available when I planned my wedding, I would have jumped on board immediately. Instead of having your registry information in one place, a wedding website in another, and a guest list manager on multiple files, Zankyou combines it all into one modern and easy-to-use place. See how Zankyou’s helpful wedding registry and guest list tools will provide an organized wedding planning experience for you and your guests. Plus, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a premium pack to get you started for FREE!

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