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12 Most Creative Alternatives to Try for Weddings

donut stand weddings

garland by katz corner boutique

Happy Wednesday, loves! When you are knee-deep in planning your wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in cookie cutter ideas or traditional ways of doing everything. We encourage you to think outside the box when planning your big day; skip traditions you don’t like, participate in the ones you love, and start a few of your own! To kick start your creativity, we’ve gathered our favorite wedding alternatives to transform every detail of your big day. Read on to see which wedding alternatives made the cut…

Money-Saving Tip → Seating Charts for Weddings

seating plan instead of escort cards

by paper bound love

We love finding ways to save you time, money, and stress while planning your wedding. When Stacy wrote us asking about escort cards, we couldn’t wait to swoop in and give her this awesome card alternative (for couples who want something different). She writes,

“Hi Emmaline, I’m looking for escort cards but I’m already at the top of my budget. Are escort cards required? Should I make them myself?”

Find out our suggestion!

15 Top Picks for Alternative Wedding Gift Ideas

alternative wedding gift ideas

A gift registry is a great way to shop for bridal shower gifts for a favorite couple. While the wedding registry is another place to shop for wedding gifts, sometimes you just want to think outside the registry for the actual wedding gift (if you’re not already giving cash, that is). To inspire your gift selection, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite alternative wedding gift ideas that might not be on the registry but are solid gift choices nonetheless. We’ve divided them into three categories to make it easy. Which of these gift picks is your favorite?

40 Alternative Wedding Bouquets (PHOTOS)

bride with bridesamaids holding alternative bouquets by valleyflowerdesign

bouquets by valley flower design

If a real flower bouquet isn’t your thing and you want something different, or you’re not crazy about the idea of paying for flowers that will wilt, then you’ll love what we have planned for you today! You don’t have to be a bride on a budget or planning a non-traditional wedding to crave the beauty and versatility of alternative wedding bouquets. After all, an alternative bouquet lasts forever, never wilts, and will look beautiful as decor on your desk for years to come. Today we’re sharing forty hand-picked flowers just for you including vibrant full-bloom peonies, vintage brooch bouquets, rich crepe paper flowers (they look so real!), paper flowers made from book pages, and more! Let the inspiration begin!

50 Best (+ Most Geeky) Star Wars Ideas for Weddings

The new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens opens nationwide tomorrow. If you haven’t heard about the movie or seen the crazy amount of merchandise, you’re probably living under a rock. ;) With the anticipation of the movie, the force has been strong around here at EB headquarters. So strong, in fact, that we wanted to do a HUGE Star Wars wedding themed post. In this Star Wars wedding guide, you’ll find everything from a charming wedding ring set to a light saber grand exit. We’ve tossed in details you won’t find anywhere else like Yoda soda, deathstar ice spheres, handmade R2D2 heels, Lego Stormtrooper boutonnieres, a groom’s cake he’ll absolutely love, and Real Wedding ideas from couples who are just as geeked out as you are. With over fifty geeky visuals, you’re bound to find something to love right here! Ready to get started? As Yoda might say, Plan a wedding, you will. Enjoy!

awesome star wars wedding photo with bride and groom and stormtroopers | Geeky Star Wars Ideas Weddings http://emmalinebride.com/themes/geeky-star-wars-ideas-weddings/

Lace Tambourine for the Flower Girl

We love this lace tambourine! It is today’s #HANDMADEADAY find and we spotted it over at Alternative Journals, a shop where we always find something new to admire. Why have your flower girl toss petals when she can play one of these down the aisle? It’s way more fun (and there’s no cleanup required). Awesome! There’s a floral patterned one, too, below.

Lace Tambourine

This tambourine measures 6″ in size and features lace (or floral fabric).

lace tambourine for the flower girl

7 Stunning Bridal Hair Combs You’ll Love

Pssst. There’s a giveaway inside!

Happy Monday, love! What’s your favorite bridal hair accessory? A veil? A headband? Maybe a vintage-inspired bridal cap, or even a fascinator like this? Today we’re talking about one of my favorite hair accessories: the hair comb. Bridal hair combs are exceptionally versatile pieces which can be worn with any hairstyle. You can skip a veil altogether and wear a hair comb as a focal piece, slipped into a hair bun, top knot, or a hair down hairstyle. A bridal hair comb can also be attached to your veil and worn during the ceremony as a statement piece; afterward, wear just the comb during the reception.

Since we’re crazy about the bridal hair combs over at Lottie-Da Designs, we’re sharing seven of our favorites to inspire your search for the perfect comb. And, to make this Monday even sweeter, we’re giving one away to a lucky bride! So, go grab your favorite coffee mug, fill it up (make my coffee a double!) and get ready to be inspired… and, maybe even win one of these! Good luck!

P.S. Need a discount so you can get yours right away? No problem –> just enter Emmaline15 at checkout for 15% off any item for a limited time!

Bridal Hair Combs

These handpicked bridal hair combs have pearls, rhinestones, crystals, and more. Some are available in gold, while others are in silver; however, many are available in both options so be sure to ask if you have a preference. Read on to see the ones we’ve found and scroll to the bottom for the giveaway details.

1. Juliet Hair Comb

Bridal Hair Combs | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bridal-hair-combs/

by lottie da designs

2. Zahra Hair Comb

Bridal Hair Combs | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bridal-hair-combs/

by lottie da designs

3. Sasha Hair Comb

Bridal Hair Combs | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/bridal-hair-combs/

by lottie da designs

What to Wear Instead of Veil for Reception? – Ask EB

Hi, loves! Emma here and we are bringing you a new Ask Emmaline question today, one that we’ve received more than once — and for good reason! Brides who don’t want to wear a wedding veil (or simply something different for the reception) always want to see some veil alternatives. And they want to know if they have to even wear a veil at all. Remember, a bride doesn’t have to do anything. We are firm believers in “your wedding, your way” here at Emmaline Bride and when it comes down to it, you should do anything you want to do. At the end of the day, you can say you did it YOUR way, not anyone else’s. You only get one wedding day, so you might as well make it everything you’ve dreamed it would be. Here’s what Shannon wrote us:

“I can’t decide if I should wear a veil for the ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for what to wear instead of a veil at the reception?”

Great question, Shannon! When you’re deciding what to wear instead of a veil (even for just the reception), consider your hairstyle. Will you be wearing an updo? Will you wear your hair down? Will you pick this amazing Gibson Tuck, rock a top knot, or maybe some boho-inspired braids? Whatever you decide, do a trial run and wear a veil alternative with it so you know ahead of time how it will look all put together.

What to Wear Instead of Veil

Some of our favorite veil alternatives include hair pins, hair flowers, hair combs, fascinators, or headbands (you can find all of these in The Marketplace. And, these are just a few suggestions — there are a dozen more! Today we’re sharing a handful of favorite veil alternatives from Fancie Strands to inspire you. Which veil alternative is most similar to your style?

7 Wedding Veil Alternative Ideas

1. Rhinestone + Lace Hair Flower

rhinestone lace hair flower | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

2. Hair Pins

Rhinestone Champagne Blush Wedding Hair Clips by Fanciestrands | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

3. Ivory Chiffon Hair Flower

ivory chiffon hair flower | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

4. Tulle Headband

tulle headband | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

5. Pearl Hair Flower

hair flower with rose gold pearls | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

6. Gold Sequin Hair Piece

gold sequin bridal hair piece | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

7. Ivory Flower Fascinator

ivory flower fascinator | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

8. Bridal Headpiece

bridal flower headpiece | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

You can see these and more over at Fancie Strands.

xo
-E.

“Alternative to Throwing Rice?” – Ask Emmaline (Giveaway!)

*Giveaway inside!

Searching for an alternative to throwing rice? We’ve found the perfect, number-one answer for you. Be sure to subscribe or you’ll miss out on future posts like this one!

Want to make a grand exit at your ceremony, but your venue doesn’t allow you to throw rice or confetti? You’re not alone. Many venues are saying no to messy or potentially hazardous ceremony tosses. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! See Jessica’s Ask Emmaline question about an alternative to throwing rice:

Hi Emmaline! I had my heart set on our guests tossing rice in the air as we exited the ceremony, but our venue forbids it. My mom suggested we do something different. Is there an alternative to throwing rice?

Jessica, throwing rice is so last year. ;) Kidding. But we have the perfect alternative to throwing rice: ribbon wands! We love these ribbon wands because they make NO MESS. Plus, your ribbon wands can include a bell so you hear wedding bells ringing as guests wave them in the air. Instead of a quick toss of rice with cleanup and hassle, these ribbon wands from Craft Up Your Life are customized in your colors. You can even reuse them as you make your reception grand entrance! Here, take a look at some of the colors available (there are TONS of color combinations):

Alternative to Throwing Rice: Ribbon Wands

navy and pink ribbon wands

WIN RIBBON WANDS!

We’ve teamed up with Craft Up Your Life to offer 100 ribbon wands to one lucky reader! This is a alternative to tossing rice and we love the pretty colors available.

o Enter between 3/17/15-3/23/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 100 Send Off Wedding Wands
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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Good Luck!

xo
-E.

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Bridal Headband With Veil or Without? – Ask Emmaline

Wondering what to wear instead of a veil? A bridal headband is one lovely option! Read on to find out more + be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post.

Are you considering a veil alternative for your big day? A bridal headband is one of our favorite choices, especially since it is extremely versatile. It can be worn with nearly any hairstyle and can be paired with a veil or without. You can even wear it with a veil for just the ceremony portion, and remove the veil for the reception. This question to our Ask Emmaline inbox couldn’t have come at a better time, since the lovely Blair Nadeau Millinery just released a beautiful new collection of bridal headbands, halo headbands, fascinators, and more for the discerning bride-to-be. Alicia asks,

I want to wear something other than a bridal veil, but I want it to be fancy enough. Also, am I supposed to wear a veil with a bridal crown or headband or is it better without?

Great question, Alicia! One of the wonderful things about a bridal headband or crown is that it can be worn with or without a veil. There’s no requirement — as the bride, you get to decide whether or not you wear a veil at all. It’s really up to your own personal preference. We think they look great with or without, and can really show off any hairstyle (whether up or down) nicely. To inspire you, here are a few handpicked (+ handmade!) bridal headbands we found that will fit the bill nicely. Some of these headbands can even be transitioned to a sash, which we love. Take a look…

Bridal Headband with Veil or Without

half crown gold

opal crystal headband

doris crystal headband with veil

antonia crystal lace bridal headband

carolyn lace headband

diana floral headband

amanda floral crown gatsby inspired

Aren’t they lovely? You can see even more from the collection here.

credits //

bridal headbands / crowns / any veils shown: blair nadeau millinery
photos: whitney heard photography

xo
-E.

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