50 Best Cactus Ideas for Beautiful Southwestern Weddings

couple sitting outside engagement desert cactus | photo: gaby j photography

photo: gaby j photography via style me pretty

Hi, Emma here and holy cow, I’m totally in love with cactus inspired finds lately, particularly for Southwestern themed weddings. I thought I loved succulents — but cacti is where it’s at. And I know, cacti is technically a succulent, but you get the idea. Today we’re sharing some beautiful inspiration for cactus weddings. This bohemian-inspired, tribal-print-loving, Southwestern-themed trend is happening all over the place and you’ll see why when you get a glimpse of the list. We’re going B I G today with a round-up of fifty handmade finds and real wedding ideas. So, go grab a huge cup of coffee (mine isn’t quite kicking in today, you too?) or tea (if that’s your thing) and get ready for an explosion of creative genius by super talented artists. Enjoy!

Giveaway: Win a Custom Address Stamp for Weddings + More

Custom Address Stamp Weddings | by Diva Gone Domestic | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/custom-address-stamp-weddings/

It’s time for a brand new giveaway! We’ve teamed up with the oh-so-sweet Tara of Diva Gone Domestic to send one lucky winner a custom address stamp! You have many save the date cards, invitations, and thank you cards to mail our to guests. Why not make your life a little bit easier with a stamp that will handle the return addressing for you? :) The winner can pick his or her favorite custom return address stamp from the shop. There are so many designs to choose from with rustic, modern, art deco, beach, fall, country, etc. themes! What’s your favorite design?

This Leaf Cake Topper is Perfect for Fall Weddings

maple leaf cake topper set | by Petite25 | via http://emmalinebride.com/fall/leaf-cake-topper-fall-weddings/

If you haven’t topped the cake for your fall wedding yet, allow us to help! We spotted this cute leaf cake topper over at Petite25 Studios and it is perfect for fall weddings.

Maple Leaf Cake Toppers

The leaves are carved with your initials and wedding date or personalized to your specifications. Other customizations include “I Do” and “Me Too”, “We” and “Do”, “True” and “Love”, or “Better” and “Together”. The leaf measures 3.5 inches x 3 inches in size, with an additional 5 inches for the stake. The stake is easy to add to the top of any cake.

maple leaf cake topper | by Petite25 | via http://emmalinebride.com/fall/leaf-cake-topper-fall-weddings/

You can find out more right here!

50 Best Table Names for Weddings

table names for weddings

by the love paper co, photo: jen owens

Goodbye boring… hello, unique reception tables! Make your reception tables pop by replacing traditional table numbers with table names. Each table name is an opportunity to share your unique love story or tie in your wedding theme. And, I have to admit: the most memorable weddings I’ve attended were those with clever table names (like songs by The Beatles and types of wine). What will your table names say about you? We’ve rounded up fifty of the best wedding table name ideas to inspire your own creative twist with everything from states you love to favorite tv couples. Read on for the full list!

Modern Red and White Heart Invitations for Weddings

Modern Red and White Heart Wedding Invitations -- love these! By Lucy Loves Paper. | http://emmalinebride.com/invites/heart-invitations-weddings/

We’re rounding out today’s awesome posts with one more: our #HANDMADEADAY find! Today’s pick is from Lucy Loves Paper and it has stolen our little handmade hearts — quite literally. These red and white heart invitations will set the tone for your romantically modern wedding and looks beautiful with a red color palette, as shown. (Not into this color combination? Custom colors are available.)

12 Incredible Dresses Under $500 for Beautiful Boho Weddings

strapless boho wedding dress | dresses boho weddings http://emmalinebride.com/bridal-gowns/dresses-boho-weddings/

The new collection from Barzelai is here! And wait until you see the beautiful dresses we have spotted! If you’re a boho bride, you’ll adore these sweet embellishments from embroidered collars and lace to deep v necklines and flowy silhouettes. Whether your style is a casual backyard wedding, an elegant seaside wedding, or a wedding in the woods, a boho wedding dress may be perfect for you! Read on to see our favorite handpicked dresses from the new collection. Plus, did we mention all of these are under $500? We thought you’d love that! Enjoy!

Why This Lip Balm Makes an Amazing Bridal Shower Favor

If you’re female between the ages of 8 and 98, you probably have some sort of addiction to lip balm. Or chapstick. Or even lipstick, lip stain, or a lip pencil. We love our lips. We consistently get dry lips, so we’re always putting on layer after layer of lip balm. We love shine, so we pile on a top coat. We crave color, so we have an entire makeup case devoted to just lipsticks. (Unless that’s… just me?) Everyone I know seems to love lip balm in some way or shape, and that’s why lip balm makes an amazing bridal shower favor.

Now, lip balm makes a great favor: this is true. But not just any lip balm. Today we’re talking about the good stuff. Meet The Favor Stylist, your go-to gal when you need lip balm stat, whether it be for a bridal shower, wedding, birthday party, or just a night out with your girlfriends. They’re also ideal for the bachelorette party: you know, the “last sail before her veil”.

last sail before the veil | lip balm shower favor by The Favor Stylist | http://emmalinebride.com/favors/lip-balm-shower-favor/

by the favor stylist

Today we’ll tell you four reasons why this collection of lip balm shower favors is more amazing than others. Read on for the full scoop!

A Dreamy Seaside Wedding Shoot at Glen Cove Marina

Do you envision a classic wedding infused with a soft pastel color palette, sophisticated touches of glamour by way of lustrous pearls and vintage inspired lace, and an elegant seaside wedding venue? Then you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with this styled shoot captured by Christine Glebov Photography and designed by Your Moments – Wedding & Event Planning. The venue they selected was an exceptional choice. Christine tells us, “When the idea for this wedding shoot initiated, we knew right away The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina in Vallejo, California would be the perfect venue. Surrounded by majestic yachts and sailboats and lovely bay views, the pristine newly restored Lighthouse is a 1910 historic landmark with large windows throughout and grand white column verandas. Adjacent to the estate is a private boat dock where newlyweds and guests can charter their own yacht or sailboat. Courtesy of Bay View Charters, that is exactly what our couple, Nick and Laurel, did to enjoy the warm sunset and refreshing bay breeze.”

In this seaside wedding styled shoot, you’ll find pastel inspired floral design by Megan Haney Designs, pearls, lace, silver mercury glass, candlelight, crystal, elegant calligraphy, and much more. As Christine put it so eloquently, this shoot is “seaside meets classic Hollywood“. We couldn’t agree more! Take a look…

Sea Inspired Wedding Ideas / Styled Shoot

To set the tone for this seaside wedding, A Quaint Soiree created a customized handwritten watercolor calligraphy invitation suite and linen banner. The linen banner (shown below) was displayed alongside a sailboat with the saying Like the Sea has Pearls, You Have My Heart.

As the Sea Has Pearls, You Have My Heart | photo: christine glebov | linen calligraphy: a quaint soiree | via A Dreamy Seaside Wedding Shoot at Glen Cove Marina http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/seaside-wedding-glen-cove-marina/

photo: christine glebov, linen banner: a quaint soiree