What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! 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.

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Giveaway: Win a Vintage Key Necklace!

Oh, we love a fun wedding theme and a new giveaway! These key wedding theme ideas are awe-inspiring. Subscribe now for the latest!

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by whichgoose

You may have noticed by now that we love unique wedding themes at Emmaline Bride! With handmade weddings, creativity is boundless and we’re always finding new and interesting ways to combine cute finds with wedding theme ideas. We were inspired for this blog round-up by Kerrie of Woodenhive who makes hand-stamped wedding forks, cake servers, spoons, and now keys, all of which make adorable wedding gifts (and for the holidays, too). We admire how she uses vintage keys and re-purposes them into keepsake key necklaces for the bride or bridesmaids to wear. She’s giving away one of these cool necklaces to a bride-to-be in our latest wedding giveaway, so we thought it would be fun to round-up other key themed wedding ideas, too! This idea can be based around a ‘key to my heart’ or a vintage skeleton key theme. As with all wedding themes, just a few of your favorite ideas will do! Which finds do you like best?

8 Hot Cocoa Favor Ideas for Weddings

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! The beginning of the snow-filled holiday season always gets me in an cozy mood. It doesn’t take long to find me unpacking slippers, fuzzy socks, blankets, and holly jolly decorations faster than you can say coffee is ready. 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 cocoa 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. Enjoy!

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

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Giveaway: Win a Wedding Guest Book!

You could win a wedding guest book! Read on to find out more and subscribe for the latest!

Giveaway: Win a Wedding Guest Book

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Don’t you just love a new wedding giveaway, especially on a Friday? We do, too! We are excitedly sharing the beautiful new wedding guest book collection from Paper Peach with a few of our favorite finds and a giveaway! These 8×10″ wedding guest books are beautifully designed with personalized illustrations on the front and back, custom binding, and vibrant patterns. One lucky bride-to-be will win a wedding guest book in the design of her choice thanks to the folks of Paper Peach! Find out how YOU could be our lucky winner…

Druzy Bar Necklaces for Bridesmaids

You’ll adore these druzy bar necklaces we’ve hand-picked for your bridesmaids! Subscribe to the blog for posts straight to your inbox!

20+ Sparkling Druzy Bar Necklaces | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/druzy-bar-necklaces-bridesmaids/

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Hi, loves! Emma here. It’s no secret I’m obsessed with the druzy jewelry trend, but druzy bar necklaces are my new favorite way to wear it. Bar necklaces as a whole are a fashionable layering piece right now; druzy bar necklaces takes this trend one step further with vibrant bursts of color. These necklaces make unique bridesmaid gifts for a few good reasons: druzy looks luxurious, but is more affordable than you might think; druzy bar necklaces can be worn by themselves or layered on the wedding day (and everyday); and finally, there are so many vibrant colors available that you’re sure to find a shade that coordinates with your wedding color palette perfectly. Check out our round-up below featuring twenty druzy bar necklaces in a variety of shades and tell me which one you love best! There’s a fuschia druzy necklace in this round-up that I need in my life, along with the one in emerald green. It’s stunning! Enjoy!

DIY Pearl Chair Backs for Weddings

These DIY pearl chair backs are one of our favorite projects right now! Find out more below and subscribe for more inspiration right to your inbox.

DIY Pearl Chair Backs by Totally Dazzled

via totally dazzled 2016 lookbook

You’ll love these DIY pearl chair backs we’re sharing today by Totally Dazzled! These pearl strands will look beautiful on the backs of your reception chairs and make a lovely alternative to a chair sign (if that’s not your style). Make just a couple for the bride and groom’s chairs, or make a handful to place on the chair backs of your entire wedding party. You can also use this project as a beautiful way to ‘reserve’ the bride’s chair at the bridal shower or bachelorette party. Find out how it’s done and get the supplies you need to DIY your own pearl chair backs this weekend!

Beautiful Sacramento Weddings at The Ridge

Find out more about Sacramento weddings at The Ridge in today’s blog post! While you’re here, subscribe for future posts like this!

Weddings at The Ridge in Auburn, California | Wedding Venues

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Picking your perfect wedding venue in Sacramento just got so much easier! We recently discovered The Ridge Golf Course and Events Center located in picturesque Auburn, California with lavish greenery, rolling hills, and cascading oak trees. This sounds like the perfect wedding venue for a couple who loves the outdoors! Find out more about this beautiful wedding venue…

17 Unique Gifts for Couples (+ Giveaway!)

Want cool couples gift ideas for weddings, bridal showers, and the holidays? You’re just scored the ultimate gift list of unique finds! Subscribe now for the latest from EB to your inbox!

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by blackbird supply

Is your BFF newly engaged and you’re looking for unique gifts for couples as a surprise? Do you want to give your favorite engaged couple a fun gift they don’t already own or a non wedding registry gift? You’ve come to the right place! Emma here and I love unique gift ideas for couples, especially newly engaged couples, as it’s when they really start getting excited about the upcoming wedding, all of its details, and life ever after. With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to create a fun couples gifts list chock full of handmade charm. We shared some of our favorite first Christmas ornaments for newly engaged or married couples and this is the perfect companion gift guide! Take a look and let us know which one is your favorite. And… this gift guide is even sweeter thanks to a giveaway from Bottle Breacher, as seen below in #1! One lucky couple will win a set of bottle openers! Find out more below and enjoy!

Unique Gifts for Couples

1. These bottle openers

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by bottle breacher

This is our giveaway item! See bottom of post for details.

These Are the Cutest Tote Bags for Bridesmaids

Personalized tote bags for bridesmaids are on our radar today! See how cute (and personalized) these bags really are. And join the list for updates to your inbox!

Personalized Tote Bags for Bridesmaids

by zcreate design

Spotted: the most adorable bridesmaid tote bags we’ve ever seen! We couldn’t resist picking these totes as today’s handmade-a-day find just in time for the holidays. Fill them up with other bridesmaid gifts, wrap ’em in pretty paper, and present them to your girls while getting ready the morning of the wedding. We love the personalized names on the front (and the modern cursive font), heart detail, and the ribbon. Handmade by ZCreate Design.