Mirror Table Number Idea – DIY Wedding Decor

Have you ever stumbled upon something so lovely AND functional that it becomes an a-ha moment? That’s pretty much what happened when I stumped upon this mirror table number idea, where photographer Mary Fields captured a most elegant photo shoot designed by I Heart Rehabs. Here at Emmaline Bride, we love handmade + re-purposed finds, so we couldn’t have been more excited to find a cool vintage find turned functional in this centerpiece idea. See? Table numbers don’t have to be boring.

Here, take a look:

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Vintage Mirror Table Number

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Isn’t it lovely? It’s perfect for the vintage themed wedding! Look for vintage swing mirrors on Ebay (the word ‘ornate’ is a plus) or, for a lower price point, look for a shabby chic option like this. My word, that’s gorgeous. Then, use some liquid chalk right on the mirror to write the table number.

Also, double points because…

1. It won’t blow away.

Planning an outdoor wedding? A tabletop mirror will stay put. No worrying about it blowing away or keeping it in place.

2. It adds a thematic touch.

You can add any kind of mirror you choose to fit your theme: vintage, beachy-cottage, shabby chic, even modern! Here’s one I love (and it’s way smaller in person, even though this looks like a full-length mirror from the photo). And you know how much I love themes.

ornate shabby chic table mirror | use this as a vintage mirror table number! great find from amazon.

3. It’s reusable!

Give these away after the wedding because, really, who doesn’t love an old timey mirror? And who couldn’t use one for their vanity? (Raises hand.)

xo
-E.

When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

You always hear about people saying yes to the dress, but what about saying no? It’s tough to say no sometimes, but it’s so essential to one’s happiness. Why say yes to a dress you’re not totally, 100% in love with? After all, you get to pick one dress… so make it a good one. Today we’re sharing three tips on when to say no to the dress, along with an exciting Real Bride update with EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa. Hint: She said yes to her dress– and she’s got some tips to help you do the same! Enjoy!

When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

When to Say No to the Dress

Say NO to the Dress If… it doesn’t make you feel absolutely beautiful.

If the dress doesn’t make you feel totally gorgeous, guess what? It’s NOT the one! Simple as that.

Say NO to the Dress If… it’s only because of a style you always wanted

Don’t fall into the trap of shopping only for the dress style you THINK you want. Be sure to try on styles even if you don’t think they’d look good on you. You might be surprised! Vanessa, one of our EB Real Bride Bloggers, gives this advice to brides after she tried on her dresses. “My advice is to try on as many styles as possible at your first stop. I found that styles I originally loved were not really for me after all, and by your second stop you will have a better idea of what you want!”

Say NO to the Dress If… you have doubts.

If you really like a dress, but you’re not 100% sure it’s The One, sleep on it. Walk away and think it over. If you find yourself dreaming about it days later, go back and try it on again. Then you’ll know for sure.

EB TIP: How do you know when it’s the perfect dress? Well, you won’t want to take it off. :)

Real Bride Update: Vanessa Finds Her Dress!

We’re happy to report that EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa, has found her wedding dress!

UPDATE

Vanessa gives us some tips + an update:

“I found my dress! That was really exciting because I thought that process might be really time-consuming, but the fourth dress I tried on at the second store was The One. Also, don’t forget to look online ahead of time and bookmark photos of the styles you want. My mom printed photos of every dress I wanted to try on and placed them in the order of what I liked best — this saved so much time, since bridal appointments fly by!”

Great tips, Vanessa!

Well, what does it look like?!?

I know, we’re dying to know, too! However, Vanessa is keeping her dress a secret, and we don’t blame her– we wouldn’t want her groom to see it before the wedding! We even know where she bought it, but we think that might give it away so our lips are sealed!

Have you found your dress yet?

Tell us your successes (and failures!) of wedding dress shopping so far. We’d love to hear from you!

xo
-E.

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

We received this heartfelt Ask Emmaline question from Cassie, who is getting married this summer. Her grandfather passed away and she wants to honor him on her special day. She writes,

My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I’d love to include a mention to him in some way at my wedding. What’s an appropriate way to do so?

First of all, we are sorry to hear about your grandfather’s passing. To help you honor him at your wedding, we’ve gathered seven of our most cherished suggestions.

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

1. Put your loved one’s photo inside a locket.

When Abby’s father passed away, she placed his photo inside a locket. On her wedding day, she wrapped the locket around her bouquet so he could be with her as she walked down the aisle.

photo charm of bride's dad in locket wrapped around bouquet - via How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

photo: meagan nicole photography

2. Sew a piece of fabric from their clothing into your gown.

Abby also took an old blue shirt of her father’s, cut out a heart, and had it sewn into her gown. Since it was blue, it also served as “something blue” for her ceremony.

bride's father's shirt sewn in heart on her gown via How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

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3. Play their favorite song.

Did he or she have a favorite song or band? Add it to your playlist for dinner (slow song) or reception (dance music) in honor of them.

4. Create a photo table.

Display photos in picture frames on a table at your reception. Include a decorative sign, like this:


credits: left – prairie lane boutique, right – nathan westerfield via southern weddings

If you prefer, hang photos across a wood frame using twine and miniature clothespins. Or, turn wood logs into a makeshift stand with a rustic vibe.


photo credits – left: jo photo online, right rachel peters

5. Mention loved ones who have passed in your ceremony program.

In a section of your program, include a mention underneath ‘In Loving Memory’ with name(s) listed.

6. Light a candle.

At your ceremony, light a special candle in honor of loved ones who have passed.

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7. Save a seat.

Tie a ribbon on a chair, place a ‘reserved’ sign, or put a framed photograph of a loved one who passed away to save them a seat.

framed photo on chair at ceremony via How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed at Wedding

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Just because someone has passed away doesn’t mean they aren’t there to celebrate with you in spirit. And remember, this is a happy occasion! Smile and remember that they wouldn’t want you to be sad; they would want you to celebrate and enjoy your special day.

xo
-E.

Need wedding advice? Just Ask Emmaline! We’re always here to help. ♥

Do you have any suggestions to add?

We’d love to read your suggestions. Let us know how you plan to honor loved ones who have passed at your wedding. You can add a comment below.

Napa Private Estate Wedding: Christine + Mitch

Today we’re featuring this Napa private estate wedding photographed by White Ivory Photography. Christine and Mitch’s wedding in Napa Valley, California has plenty of beautiful details!

Their photographer Sandra tells us, “It’s a classic wedding with a slight rustic flair, influenced by the Tuscan style architecture of the winery with hints of Tiffany blue, black and burlap. The couple, Christine and Mitch, traveled from Vancouver, B.C with their closest of friends and family to celebrate their sweet union.”

bride and groom in front of wedding party, bridesmaids wearing one-shoulder black dresses

Napa Private Estate Wedding

The bride wore a beautiful strapless lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. She completed her look with an elegant wedding dress sash, a beautiful pearl necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a classic wedding veil.

bride wearing a lace strapless gown; being zipped up while she gets ready before the ceremony

the bride and groom's wedding rings on a tiffany blue background

the bride's pearl earrings with a tiffany and co. box

personalized bride wedding hanger

on left, the groomsmen shoes are lined up in a row featuring a lace-up style; on right, the groom puts his shoes on

the bridesmaids received customized clutch purses in black.  their bridesmaid dresses were black with a one shoulder style neckline

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the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids behind her helping her tie her dress sash onto her gown

the beautiful bride in strapless style sweetheart lace wedding dress and an ivory dress sash

the groom looks on as he waits for his bride before the first look

the bride surprises the groom behind him before the first look

the bride and groom share a special kiss before the ceremony

The elegant winery ceremony was set outside, with wood chairs and baby’s breath bouquets as aisle decor.

the baby's breath bouquets were tied to the aisle way with ribbon as simple, yet elegant ceremony decor

winery wedding ceremony with deep brown wood chairs

wine barrels work great as makeshift flower holders for a winery wedding

the bouquets and boutonnieres were filled with white roses; the bride's bouquet also featured white gerbera daisies

the bride's bouquet was wrapped in a piece of burlap with lace around it; it contained white roses and some white gerbera daisies

the bride walks down the aisle

the bridesmaids holding their bouquets; the bridesmaids wore black one shoulder style dresses

the groom puts the ring on his bride

the bride and groom's first kiss-- married!

The wedding reception featured elegant round tables with the wedding party seated at a rectangular head table. To ‘reserve’ the seats, small bouquets of baby’s breath wrapped in burlap ribbon were tied to the chair backs.

the reception had beautiful round tables with a rectangular head table

The couple had sweet bursts of Tiffany blue everywhere — even in these elegant cupcakes that were designed like miniature Tiffany & Co. boxes.

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The bride and groom chose to have a small cake for the cake cutting along with cupcakes for guests. Their cake was square shaped and featured Tiffany blue icing with a white ribbon on top in place of a cake topper.

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Other details included custom wedding programs in a basket for guests to pick up, along with handfuls of white and Tiffany-blue M&Ms that featured ‘LOVE’ on the front.

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Napa Private Estate
Getting Ready Venue: Westin Verasa – Napa
Hair and Make-Up: Betten Chaston
Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films
Florist: Garden Party Napa
Cake: Supreme Sweets
Transportation: Elite Limo Services
Caterer: Alex’s
DJ: Love in the Mix
Musician: Daniel Moir
Officiant: Evan Kavanaugh

Are you planning your California wedding? Need a photographer? Then you have to visit White Ivory Photography. You can easily contact Sandra by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.