“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? If you have any tips on what to wear instead of a veil, I’d appreciate it!”
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.
You can also change up your look mid-day: wear a veil for the ceremony and swap to a headband in the evening. Furthermore, you can wear a hair crown during the ceremony and swap to nothing for a no-fuss look at your reception.
Ah, endless possibilities. See how much freedom there is when you’re the bride? You get to make all of the decisions!
Now, on to the loveliness!
What to Wear Instead of a Veil
From hair combs to hair crowns, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for what to wear instead of a veil on your wedding day. You can find even more ideas in The Marketplace.
These are just a few of the many hair accessories you can choose. What’s your favorite style above? I’m loving the draped look lately, where you see the accessory just from the back. It’s gorgeous and perfect for a hair down hairstyle You should also see these hairstyle ideas for inspiration, too.
Do you have a wedding question?Ask Emmaline! Your question might appear in an upcoming Wedding Advice Wednesdays feature. Regardless, we’re always happy to help via email, too.
Spotted: a unique way for guests to leave their mark! Introducing wedding advice coasters, one of our favorite new guest book alternatives to date. Crafted by Paper Street Press, these clever coasters are a unique place for guests to leave their tips and well-wishes for the happy couple.
Wedding Advice Coasters
These custom coasters make an excellent icebreaker at your wedding. They measure 4″ x 4″ and are made with ultra-thick matte card stock. A fine point Sharpie marker is recommended for use. Text and colors are fully customizable. Find out more here.
What do you think about faux flower bouquets? Would you carry fake blooms instead of fresh flowers down the aisle? The emerging trend of fake flower bouquets has become increasingly more popular among brides — and for good reason. Read on to find out why and get inspired with faux flower bouquets for your big day…
Unlike fresh flowers, faux bouquets will never wilt; they last forever. Your bouquet becomes a lasting heirloom instead of a temporary purchase. If you’re allergic to fresh flowers, a bouquet alternative won’t make your nose run or your eyes itch. And, any type of bloom is in season for silk blooms year-round!
1. Brooch Bouquet
A brooch bouquet is constructed with antique brooches and wire to form a ‘bouquet’. This is my favorite bouquet alternative style; where was it when I tied the knot? By The Ritzy Rose.
While a bound guest book has been the guest book staple for years, it is not your only option! Meet the Poster Guest Book, a fresh alternative to the traditional flip-through book. In this post, you’ll discover four reasons to use a poster guest book, get inspired by AmpersandInk Designs‘ poster guest book collection, and you’ll realize why you need one of your very own. (P.S. There’s a free printable hidden in this post!)
Poster Guest Book
A poster guest book is considered a guest book alternative, which means it allows for signatures but isn’t in ‘book’ form. A poster guest book is different than a traditional book, but it’s easy to use.
How to Use a Poster Guest Book
Place your poster guest book on a table at your reception. Choose a high-traffic area that is well-lit. Be sure to fully stock with smudge-free permanent markers so guests don’t have to wait to sign their name. To encourage guest participation, include a simple sign that reads: ‘Please sign our guest book‘. (Pssst. Here’s a FREE printable for you! Print on 5×7″ card stock; frame. P.S. Licensed for personal use only.) After the wedding, frame the poster and display on a favorite wall in your home.
4 Reasons to Use a Poster Guest Book
1. It keeps a record of guests in attendance.
First, it’s functional. A guest book is designed to keep a record of wedding guests; this poster does just that. Lines are provided underneath your main image onto which guests can sign.
2. It preserves the memory of your wedding theme and style.
Honey, what were our wedding colors? becomes a question of the past. The wedding poster guest book will encapsulate these details – like flowers, the location, wedding theme, or color palette – right into its design.
3. It is personalized with your names, date, and any “extras”.
Make it your own: include your names, the wedding date, your wedding song, and pets.
4. It will become a lasting keepsake in your home.
The last time I flipped through my wedding guest book – on my bookshelf – was after the wedding. A wedding poster guest book can be framed and displayed on a wall in your home; you’ll get to see it every day!
Here are a few hand-picked poster guest book prints by AmpersandInk Designs. Which one is your favorite?
Ready to order a poster guest book of your very own? Visit AmpersandInk Designs to see more poster designs, to inquire about custom guest book orders, and to buy yours!
Good morning, beautiful! Grab your coffee or tea and get ready to kickstart your day with Emmaline Bride! Today we’re sharing three unique ring pillow alternatives for your wedding ceremony. There’s nothing wrong with the traditional ring pillow – in fact, we love traditional ring pillows – but sometimes your ceremony requires a specific thematic touch. These ring pillow alternatives showcase three different wedding themes: modern, vintage, and rustic. Read on to find out more…
Ring Pillow Alternatives
Ring Pillow Alternatives #1: The Dish
First, we have this lovely hand-painted ring bearer dish. A ring bearer dish is one of our favorite ring pillow alternatives because it can hold your jewelry even after the wedding day. This ring pillow alternative is our pick for a modern wedding theme. This beautiful dish is handmade by Magic Brushes Workshop.
And, last but not least is the ring bearer box. This box is beautifully carved and includes moss onto which you can place your rings. This ring bearer box is perfect for a rustic wedding. By White Tulip Boutique.
True or false: the guest book is an important detail of your reception. True! You will treasure a guest book (or guest book alternative) after the wedding to remember who shared in your special day. (Read more about why you need one). With so many fun + unique new guest book alternatives, today’s guest book is anything but boring… and today we’re making sure your guest book goes off without a hitch! Find out about seven guest book mistakes to avoid to ensure guests stop by your guest book (or alternative), sign in, and leave a memorable note for you to enjoy for years to come. We’ll also give you some tips on where to find delightful handmade wedding guest books, guest book alternatives, and guest book supplies for your wedding. PLUS, we’re offering a FREE printable guest book sign for you to print. Enjoy!
Guests can’t sign it if they can’t find it! Make sure your guest book is placed on its own table with a clearly labeled sign. (Pssst… We’re offering a FREE printable sign at the bottom of this post!)
It is also helpful to place the guest book near your reception entrance to ensure guests find it right away. Draw attention to your table with decor, like a pretty garland in your wedding’s color palette. These two garlands are handmade by The Kraft Room and are customizable.
Guest Book Mistakes #2: The Not-Enough-Pens (or Wrong Pens!) Situation
Whether you have a guest book or guest book alternative, make sure there are PLENTY of pens and that they are the proper style pen for your particular guest book. For instance, if guests are signing on a traditional guest book, make sure the pen won’t bleed through onto the next page. (Try these.) You’ll also want enough pens so they don’t run out of ink quickly. And, you’ll want a pen that works on your style book (like these for dark paper or these for writing on wood). Test your selected pen before the big day.
Guest Book Mistakes #3: The Confusing Guest Book Alternative
If you’re using a unique guest book alternative – like a guest book sketch, the one-word challenge, or monogram, for instance – make sure you provide instructions for guests on how to sign it (and where) to eliminate confusion for guests. If you have a clear-cut direction, guests will be more likely to sign.
Make sure your guest book is located in a well-lit location in a high-traffic area, like near the entrance (or the bar). If needed, add your own mason jar lanterns to place on the table. Buy mason jars (we love ’em in blue!), place a battery-operated tea light inside each one, and place on your guest book table.
Make DIY Lanterns to Add Light!
Guest Book Mistakes #5: The Non-Stocked Station
Keep your guest book area organized + well-stocked! This is especially for guest book alternatives, which require additional supplies. If you’re using a guest book thumbprint tree, for instance (as shown below), make sure it is placed on an easel. Also, ensure there are plenty of thumbprint ink pads and wipes (+ small trash can to dispose of) for guests to use to remove the ink.
If you’re asking guests to sign cards to leave their well wishes, make sure you have plenty of cards (and a few extras for mistakes). We love these cards spotted at The Kraft Room in TONS of gorgeous colors to tie into your decor!
Guest Book Mistakes #6: The Never-Reading-Again Situation
Make sure your guest book is enjoyed for years to come- not stashed away in a box in the attic. If guests are signing a traditional guest book, place it on a bookshelf in your home that is easily seen so you can flip through it at anytime. If you’re interested in a guest book alternative that does double-duty as home decor, check out this unique framed 3D guest book alternative by Suzy Shoppe.
Now you have no excuse! Your guest “book” will be enjoyed for years to come.
Guest Book Mistakes #7: The Leave-Without-Signing Situation
Don’t let guests leave without signing! To prevent this from happening, make it fun + easy for guests! One of my favorite guest book ideas is to use mad lib cards placed at each guest’s seat. Guests fill in the blanks – with nouns, verbs, or pronouns – to complete a sweet, light-hearted and often hilarious story for the couple. Cards are then placed in a designated box. Since each card is already placed at guests’ seats, they’ll be more likely to fill ’em out and place in the designated box before dancing even begins!
We’ve created a simple guest book sign for you to print + use for FREE! It can be printed onto 5″ x 7″ card stock and framed. It has gray text, which can be printed onto any color card stock you choose… but we recommend white or ivory so it is clearly visible.
How to Download
o To download, click on the image below (or click here) and select, “Download… direct download“. Save to your computer. (File is a PDF, which can be opened in Adobe.) Open file. Print.
Personal use only.
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And there you have it: seven guest book mistakes to avoid! If you’d add any to the list, share below… or ask any questions you have about guest books + I’ll be happy to answer ’em for you! Also… if you’re new to the blog, you can find out more about Emmaline Bride here.