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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.


Is the Cost of Open Bar at Weddings *Really* Worth It?

Hello, loves! Today we’re tackling the hot topic of whether the cost of an open bar at weddings is worth it. Yesterday we received an email from soon-to-be weds, Ben and Sophie, who are getting married in May. They recently picked their wedding venue and now they’re tackling the high cost of an open bar. They ask,

Hey, Emmaline! We’re torn on this one: should we have an open bar at our wedding? Or do you think guests are OK with cash bar instead? It’s more of a cost issue than anything and we can’t decide if we should cut our bar budget. What do you think?Ben & Sophie

Open Bar Set Up for Wedding | photo: gina and ryan |

photo: gina and ryan via style me pretty

Let’s dive into this one, shall we?

“Wearing My Hair Down for the Wedding, But… ?” – Ask Emmaline

Bride-to-be Liz wrote to us with a new Ask Emmaline question about hairstyles for her wedding. She asks…

Dear Emmaline, I am getting married in a few months and don’t know what to wear in my hair. I’m not crazy about veils but I know I want to wear my hair down and curled (it’s pretty long). I’m worried without a veil it won’t look elegant enough for my wedding day. Do you have any advice on what I can do to make it look more formal?Liz

lace and crystal hair piece

by sibo designs

Which Return Address to Use on Wedding Invitations?

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday! Did you enter this week’s wedding giveaways yet? You should. They’re FREE and pretty amazing. Click here!

Which return address should you use on your invitations and reply cards? That’s what bride-to-be, Kyra, wanted to know in our most recent Ask Emmaline question! She writes,

Dear Emmaline, I am ordering invitations right now but I have a question. What return address am I supposed to use? My parents? Mine? Help!Kyra

We’re here to help! Read on for the answer!

return address invitations

by chicks and hens

3 Reasons Why Every Couple Should Have a Wedding Website
(Plus, a $500 Giveaway!)

Do you have a wedding website for your big day yet? If not, you should! Today we’re telling you three reasons why a wedding website is something every couple should have. We’ll also share some of our favorite wedding website designs and let you in on how to get a FREE wedding website from Minted for a limited time. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Minted to give away a huge $500 gift card to one lucky reader as a special giveaway! Read on for more…

wedding website 1

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings?

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings? We will tell you! → | design: basic invite

via basic invite

Writing thank you cards for every wedding event, shower, party, and your reception is a must. But when should thank you cards be ordered? Should you cross thank you’s off the list now, or wait until a specific event or after your honeymoon? We’ll tell you! Plus, we’re showing you three different types of cards to consider AND sharing a really awesome custom-design tool we spotted over at Basic Invite. It’s all inside…

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date (Giveaway!)

Should you send a save the date? Wondering what is a save the date and when it should be sent? A save the date is generally a card sent in the mail to guests six to eight months before the ceremony. It tells guests when and where the wedding will take place.

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

A save the date is less formal than an invitation and does not need to coordinate directly with your theme (since you probably haven’t ironed out those details this far in advance quite yet). Now, should you send them or do you even need to? You might — here are three reasons when a save the date card is an absolute must. Plus, read on to see some handpicked save-the-date cards from Fifth Vintage and enter for a chance to win 100 save the dates for your big day!

When to Send a Save the Date

You should absolutely send a save the date if any of the following apply:

1. If you are planning a destination wedding

2. If your wedding is held on a holiday weekend or during a busy time of year

3. If guests will be traveling many miles to join in festivities

If your wedding applies to any of these, sending save the dates will ensure more guests have the ability to attend. Since the goal is to have as many friends and family present on your big day, sending a save the date increases the chance they’ll be able to attend. This will give guests time to make travel arrangements, save some extra cash, and plan accordingly.

Don’t Forget — You should only send save the date cards to people who will definitely be invited to your wedding. Once you send it, there’s really no going back.

Save the Date Cards

Here are some examples of save the date cards we spotted over at Fifth Vintage. These save the dates are unique because they utilize your engagement photos (or favorite photo) and gives it a vintage-inspired look. Plus, they’re in postcard form — and you already know how we feel about that!

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

I especially love this calendar style save the date:

cute calendar via 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

And these cute polaroid style save the date magnets:

polaroid style save the date magnets - 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

Save the Date Giveaway

Ready to enter for a chance to win save the date cards of your own? The lovely Fifth Vintage is graciously offering 100 save the date cards to one lucky reader in the style shown below:

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

o Giveaway dates: 7/17/15-7/24/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a set of 100 save the date cards by Fifth Vintage
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $126 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

20 Questions You *Need* to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Ready to book your wedding reception venue? WAIT! — don’t do anything until you ask these important questions. They’ll save you a headache later on and guarantee that you and your venue are on the same page. After all, don’t you want to spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the fun, like this cute couple?

bride and groom smiling

photo: william kim photography | see the real wedding

We thought so! Read on to begin…

Questions to Ask Wedding Venue

1. Is our wedding date available?

The most popular of the questions to ask your wedding venue? Your date! Find out if your date is available and, if so, how to book it to ensure your date is saved.

2. How many other weddings are booked on the same day?

It’s helpful to know how many other weddings are happening at the same time as yours. It’s fine if there are additional weddings the same day, as long as ample staff can handle the size of your event.

3. How much is the deposit?

Be very clear about how much you owe to reserve the date, when it is due, and how you can make a payment.

4. How many deposits are required?

If more than one deposit is required, find out when they are due and which method payment can be made.

5. Do we owe for “extra” costs?

These extra costs are sometimes in fine print and can include a cleaning fee, overtime charge, or gratuity. Make sure you get all the costs before signing anything.

7 Reasons Your Dress *Might* Need a Sash

When you’ve finally found The Dress, you might be ready to pick out your veil (or alternative), shoes, or even a dress sash. But does your dress even need a sash? Generally, a dress is perfect as is — but a sash can sometimes add a little glam or sparkle to a dress. A sash is never a requirement — but whether or not to wear one really depends on the dress you choose and how the sash will complement your overall look. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why your dress might need a sash.

brooch dress sash

by the storied sash

On to the inspiration and, might I add, some of the loveliest sashes we’ve seen yet! Will you be wearing one?

Does Your Dress Need a Sash?

Here are reasons why your dress might need a sash:

1. You found one you really, really love — and you just couldn’t say no.

I get it. A late night shopping online or browsing Pinterest caused you to find a sash you just couldn’t turn down.

millinery flower sash

by angee w.

pearl sash with ribbon

by angee w.

2. Your dress is elegant, but simple — and you crave a little bling.

A sash is the best way to add a little sparkle and shine to your dress. Pearls, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or colorful blooms are just a few ways brides choose to add a dose of pretty, personal style.

by simply weddings

Sometimes you just need some rhinestones…

gorgeous sparkly sash

by enrich by millie

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