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7 Creative Paper Flower Bouquets (+ Giveaway #18)

posted on August 19, 2014 4 Comments

I (Emma here!) love fresh flowers, but there’s something about paper flower bouquets that steals my little handmade heart. No wilting. No worrying about whether they’ll keep in water prior to your wedding. No fretting over freshness, or having to toss it in the trash after the big day. Paper flower bouquets are all the pretty of fresh blooms packed into paper-crafted posies, roses, and calla lilies, just to name a few. Paper flowers = money savings. Paper flowers = always in season + any color you crave! Plus, they last forever. Read on to see seven paper flower bouquets to pick for weddings… PLUS, win a bouquet of paper flowers for your big day (or for your home) from Diddlebug! Enjoy!

Paper Flower Bouquets

We’ve hand-picked seven beautiful paper flower bouquets from Diddlebug to share with you today. Which of these finds is your favorite? One of them is being given away…

1. Paper Rose

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Wedding Card Box Suitcase

posted on August 18, 2014 0 Comments

One of our favorite parts of handmade weddings? The decor! There are so many creative twists on traditional items that we’ve been finding lately. We especially love when artists make keepsake-quality items you can use long after the wedding is over. For instance, this wedding card box suitcase over at PNZ Designs can be used to hold cards from guests, guest book notes, or pop open the suitcase and use it as a creative escort card display. The front is embellished with your monogram, etched in wood and stained to perfection. Love, love, love.

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31 Giveaways: #17 – State Rubber Stamp

posted on August 18, 2014 26 Comments

We are excited to announce #17 in our 31 Giveaways series: a custom state rubber stamp with your address and name! This stamp is by Paper Street Press and makes an awesome housewarming or newlywed gift. We’re giving away a custom stamp to one lucky reader, complete with personalization and an ink pad in color of his or her choice. Will it be yours? Find out…

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Ask Emmaline: “Head Table for Large Wedding Party?”

posted on August 18, 2014 0 Comments

Good morning and happy, happy Monday to you! We’re so excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration with you. We’re kicking it off, in fact, with one of the latest Ask Emmaline questions. It came to us from Michele who asks, “I’m having a large wedding party and need a head table idea on how to arrange everyone. I don’t want to split the group, but I have no idea how to make it work. I’d rather not have a separate sweetheart table, since we want to sit with our wedding party. Any idea on a head table for large wedding party? Thanks!” Great question, Michele! And, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We recently saw this Real Wedding where the couple had a beautiful head table, ideal for a large wedding party. The couple was able to be surrounded by the entire party without splitting the group. Take a look!

Head Table Idea for Large Wedding Party

In this photo, you would think the couple is sitting at their own table…

Head Table for Large Wedding Party


Fun Baton Rouge Wedding: Jesse + Katelyn

posted on August 15, 2014 1 Comment

We’re excited to feature this fun Baton Rouge Wedding! Jesse and Katelyn really know how to get married in style. Family and friends watched as these two best friends were married at the spectacular Gatehouse this past May. Tate from Tate Tullier Photography documented the entire wedding day. The emotions were joyous and real. The photos were fun, fresh, and intimate. The wedding was amazing! See it…

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31 Giveaways: #16 – Secret Message Locket

posted on August 15, 2014 6 Comments

Hello, hello! It’s time for another fantastic giveaway, #16 in our 31 Wedding Giveaways series! And, might I add, it’s a good one. (But really, they’re all pretty amazing, no?) We’ve teamed up with Rachel of Peachtree Lane to offer a secret message locket to one lucky reader. This locket opens and has enough room for a small, folded, sweetly-written note for yourself or a loved one. You can keep a special date close to your heart or use it as a cute way to ask, ‘Be My Bridesmaid‘. We also love the idea of this necklace with a ‘Will You Marry Me’ inside. I can see it now: she goes to open the necklace, read the note, and as she does he gets down on one knee and holds out the ring box… so sweet. Read on to find out more…

Secret Message Locket

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Ask Emmaline: “What to Put in Bridesmaid Bags?”
(+ Giveaway #15)

posted on August 15, 2014 11 Comments

Holy smokes, you guys: you’ve been blowing up our Ask Emmaline inbox! Your wedding questions are awesome, our readers are the best on the planet, and we can’t wait to answer them all. Bride-to-be, Nicky, asks us, “I just bought cosmetic pouches for my bridesmaids, but I have no idea what to put in them. Do you give them as-is or are you supposed to put other gifts inside? Help!” Fantastic question, and an easy one at that! For starters, no, you don’t have to fill bridesmaid bags with any extra gifts, unless you want to (and your budget allows). If you do decide to add gifts, we’ve rounded up ten fun ideas for what to put in bridesmaid bags below. PLUS, we’ve teamed up with Almquist Design Studio to give away a set of bridesmaid bags to one lucky reader. Now you’ll have ideas for what to put in bridesmaid bags (and a set of cute handmade bags to give!) Enjoy!

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5 Best Monthly Boxes to Try Right Now

posted on August 14, 2014 6 Comments

Have you jumped onto the subscription boxes / monthly boxes bandwagon yet? Want to try the best monthly boxes out there? Get ready to start because we’re bringing them to you! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to test, try, and wait patiently for an entire slew of monthly boxes to tell you which ones truly rock. Which ones are the best. Which ones give you the most bang for your buck. And, today, we present our findings! We’ve selected five of the best monthly boxes spanning across five categories for women including clothing, nails, wedding, makeup, and jewelry. Any of these would make an awesome gift for the you, the bride (or your bridesmaids)! So… which ones lived up to our standards? Find out below… and then tell us: which of these are you eager to try?

Best Monthly Boxes to Try

For Clothing

1. StitchFix

Ah… of all of the monthly boxes I’ve ever tried, this is my ultimate favorite. I’ve tried StitchFix myself a few times, probably more times than I’d like to admit! (It’s addicting.) Here’s how it works: you complete a quick style profile and schedule a “fix”, the date when a giant, totally-gorgeous box of hand-picked, styled-for-you clothing arrives on your doorstep. Hand-picked. By a stylist who knows what they’re doing (most of the time). Try ‘em on and keep the ones you want… return the ones you don’t want in the pre-paid shipping envelope. It’s so. so. so. easy. If you hate trying on clothes at stores, this is the ultimate fix.

P.S. Dudes: there’s now (finally!) a men’s clothing service, similar to Stitch Fix. It’s called Trunk Club.

5 Best Monthly Boxes to Try Right Now


31 Giveaways: #14 – Belt Buckle Bottle Opener

posted on August 14, 2014 6 Comments

Belt buckle bottle opener. Try saying that five times fast! One of the best things that happens when handmade artisans share their talents with the world is you get custom, personalized gifts that keep on giving. That’s what happened when Metalogical designer and owner, Chris, received this glowing feedback from a newlywed couple: “In the rush of wedding-mess, I never got back to you, but I wanted to let you know that the buckles were a huge hit—the guys loved them, and spent the entire week showing them off. I’m not sure that we’ve gone out with the crew even once since then when someone wasn’t wearing them—thank you again for your beautiful work!” How’s that for a glowing recommendation! This unique belt buckle bottle opener features your groom (or groomsman’s) initials personalized right on the front. The buckle can be attached to one of his in-house belts (or your own) so you’ll always have an opener at the ready. This makes an exceptional gift for the groom, groomsmen, and best man, and you can be sure it is a gift they’ll ACTUALLY USE. Read on to find out how you can win one as Giveaway #14 in this month’s AWESOME giveaway series!

Belt Buckle Bottle Opener

Belt Buckle Bottle Opener (by Metalogical)


Ask Emmaline: “Flower Sash for Wedding Dress?”

posted on August 14, 2014 0 Comments

Good morning! Bride-to-be Alecia wrote to us last night (via our Ask Emmaline section) and needed help in a jif. She says, “My wedding dress is beautiful, but I want to personalize it in some way. I love flower sashes… do you have any suggestions? My wedding is in a few weeks so I need help fast!” Alecia, you’ve come to the right place: we spotted a handful of stunning flower sashes ideal for weddings by designer NIA PERSON. Read on to see which ten flower sashes made our list from this beautiful shop… and which one received the EB Editor’s Pick!

Flower Sash for Wedding Dress

1. White Flower Sash with Rhinestones

Flower Sash for Wedding Dress in White

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