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“Do You Really Need a Guest Book?” – Ask Emmaline

do you really need a guest book

It’s time for a new Ask Emmaline question! Bride-to-be, Stacy, asks us:

Dear Emmaline, I have been seeing many guest books and I am wondering, do we really need a guest book?

Stacy

Great question, Stacy! When you’re planning a wedding, there are many details which you may be thinking of skipping to save some money. But should you skip the guest book? We’ll tell you…

When to Take Off Heels at Wedding? – Ask Emmaline

bride with blue flats

by walkin on air

It’s Saturday and we know you’re probably knee-deep in wedding planning (or at least you want to cross something off of your list). Earlier this week, we tackled the question of when to take off your veil at your wedding. After the post, we invited you to submit an Ask Emmaline question and Julie sent us this one! She asks,

Hi Emmaline! I picked out a pair of heels to wear for the ceremony, but I usually don’t like wearing heels for a long period of time. I’m worried my feet will hurt. How soon can I take them off at the reception? Or am I supposed to wear them all night?

Julie

Hey, Julie! You’re not alone– I’d venture to guess that most brides (and guests!) feel the same as you do. They want to look elegant in heels for the ceremony while being able to show off their dance moves and mingle without aching feet. What’s a bride to do? We’ll tell you…

“When to Take Off Veil at Wedding?” – Ask Emmaline

bride wearing birdcage veil

by shelby ashley bridal fashions, photo: stacy vitallo

It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Today we’re tackling an Ask Emmaline question submitted by bride-to-be Caroline. She asks…

Hi Emmaline, I’ve picked a long veil for my wedding. Do I wear it for the entire wedding, or just the ceremony? When do I take it off?

Caroline

Great question, Caroline! Everybody knows the veil is an important part of the bride’s ensemble, but no one ever tells you when to put it on or when to take it off. We’re here to help!

3 Easy Ways to Choose Your Save the Date
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save the date calendar style

by paper street press

Are you engaged and ready to share the news, but you’re not sure how to choose your save the date? We’re here to help! While save the dates are not required, we definitely recommend sending them. A save the date — sent four to six months before your wedding — does the following: it serves as an official announcement, shares your excitement, and gives your guests advance notice to make travel arrangements, if necessary. It also lets guests know they’re on the list so they can save the date on their calendar. (Note: If your wedding is out-of-state or on a holiday weekend, a save the date is a must.) Today we’re showing you just how easy it is to pick save the date cards with some new designs by Paper Street Press. We’re also offering a giveaway with Paper Street Press that will make sending your save the date cards, invitations, and more SO MUCH EASIER. See? Mondays aren’t so bad. :) Read on to find out more!

9 “Getting Ready” Rules You Need to Know for Weddings
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getting ready

bow-back tanks: bridal bliss couture, photo: amber hatley photography

Getting ready for your wedding is an event in itself. The hair. The makeup. The pop mix your MOH made blaring from a nearby speaker. The (happy) tears. The waterproof-mascara (I swear by this one, and I’m pregnant so I cry a lot, ha!) The bridesmaid gift-giving moment. The first look after putting on the gown. There is so much to love about getting ready before the wedding, so you might as well make it a special part of your day. Today we’re sharing some rules you should know for getting ready to ensure you and your entire bridal party have an absolute blast. We’re also sharing some getting ready attire ideas and a special giveaway from Memento that you’ll want to win and start wearing RIGHT NOW. So, grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and get ready to jot down a few notes for the big day!

5 Easy DIY Secrets Every Bride Should Know

It’s Monday… which means we’re sharing helpful hints for the bride! If you’re trying to save a few bucks with DIY projects or you just feel like getting crafty, here are a few tips to help! DIY projects can be fun, but they tend to get overwhelming if you don’t follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out the secrets to successful DIY projects PLUS see a handful of DIY kits you can grab now with instructions and craft supplies to get you started!

diy tips

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.

serephine

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 | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/cost-bar-weddings/

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

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