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These Swizzle Sticks are Perfect for Mason Jars at Weddings

Are you planning to have a signature drink or mason jar drinks at your wedding? We talked this week about our obsession with wedding coasters as a favorite bar detail; swizzle sticks are a close second! Swizzle sticks are functional as actual drink stirrers, but more or less they’re used as a fun decoration. To share some swizzle-spiration with you today, we are sharing a new creation from Company Forty Two, where Shelly is once again inspiring us to want a huge bash just because! Her party decor and handmade details are amazing! Come on in and take a look at these swizzle sticks, today’s #HANDMADEADAY wedding find!

Swizzle Sticks – Weddings: Drink Details

Wedding swizzle sticks by Company Forty Two | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/swizzle-sticks-weddings/

by company forty two

by company forty two

Wedding swizzle sticks by Company Forty Two | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/swizzle-sticks-weddings/

by company forty two

Find out more about these swizzle sticks and see other finishing touches for your reception at Company Forty Two.

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xo
-E.

17 Coasters That Will Look Absolutely Lovely at Weddings

How will you incorporate your personal style into your wedding bar? The first things couples always tackle are drinks and glassware, but what about fun and unexpected details that can make your bar really POP? Besides fun swizzle sticks or straws like these and a signature drink sign, wedding coasters are another detail we love to see at receptions. We have seen coasters given as favors, we have seen coaster save the dates, escort cards, and we have seen them turned into creative guest book alternatives. A unique wedding coaster can act as an element of decor for your theme, as well as offer functionality by keeping tables clean of condensation and acting as a “drink saver” (more on that below). To illustrate how awesome wedding coasters can be, we’ve rounded-up seventeen finds to inspire your unique wedding bar style. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Coasters for Weddings

1. Birch wood wedding coasters

These wedding coasters are essential for a rustic wedding bar. By Pixels and Timber.

birch wedding coasters personalized

by pixels and timber

2. Coasters as your Save the Date

These wedding coasters are so pretty! Send them in the mail as a save the date announcement instead of a traditional card. By Paper Street Press.

save the date coasters

by paper street press

3. Eat, Drink and Be Married

These coasters are elegant and feature a fun saying: “Eat, Drink and Be Married”. We love this example which features the couple’s names, wedding date, and website address. Perfect for guests to visit after the wedding if you’re showcasing photos on your wedding website. By Ruffhouse Art.

eat drink and be married coasters

by ruffhouse art

4. With Love from Chicago

Or Detroit. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC. Wherever your love adventure began! By Allie Hasson. Sidebar: it looks like this is the last batch of wedding coasters with “Chicago” and they might not be making more (sadface). Hmmm. I say, ask them anyway and maybe they’ll get a huge response and make them for all cities, since they’re incredibly lovely! I call dibs on Romeo.

from chicago with love wedding coasters

by allie hasson

5. Fondest Memories

These are coasters AND cute memories in one! Have guests write down their favorite good times with the bride and groom. By Starboard Press.

fondest memories with the bride and groom wedding coasters

by starboard press

6. Cheers Wedding Coasters

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy. Spotted at Julie Song Ink.

cheers coasters

julie song ink

7. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is a fun way to show off your new initial. By When it Rains Shop.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

8. Thank You to Parents

We’ve talked about unique ways to thank parents and guests at your wedding. This coaster is another fantastic way to do it! By Dinglewood Design.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

9. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram. By Dear LC.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

10. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors, like these by My Little Chickadee Creations which are custom and handmade.

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

11. Please Don’t Take My Drink

A wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing“. I swear, the number of drinks “cleaned up” while people are dancing is incredible! It will save you money, too, as a bonus, since most guests go get a new drink when they discover theirs is gone.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

12. My Wish for the Newlyweds

Place these wedding coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! This also takes the place of a guest book (similarly to #5, above). By Starboard Press.

my wish for the newlyweds wedding coasters advice

by starboard press

13. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

chalkboard wedding coasters

kate aspen

14. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

wedding coasters personalized with photo

via evermine

15. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

coaster escort cards wedding

photo: k seidl photo via style me pretty

16. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

and they lived happily ever after wedding coasters in green

print smitten

17. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the d-ate coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Will you be using wedding coasters at your reception?

Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.

xo,
-E.

How to Use Mirror Signs at Your Wedding

Move over, chalkboard! Well, we still love our beloved chalkboards but mirror signs are taking center stage at weddings as a chic alternative. A mirror can be hand-lettered with a paint pen (like these, which have a fine point) to add an extra dose of pretty to your ceremony or reception space. We’ve seen them used as welcome signs for guests, we’ve seen a mirror in lieu of a paper program, as a bar menu, and more. Today we’re sharing how to use mirror signs at your wedding with five unique finds. Plus, we found a few other mirror inspired decor we know you’d love. Check it all out below…

Use wedding mirror signs as decor at your wedding | photo: cyrience | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by coastal calligraphy, photo: cyrience

Wedding Mirror Signs

1. Use a mirror to welcome guests

A simple mirror and paint will do!

Use a mirror and paint to welcome guests to your wedding.  Photo: Rylee Hitchner | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

photo: rylee hitchner via style me pretty

This sign ties in the couple’s travel-inspired theme, too.

This welcome sign features the couple's travel theme | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by bee curious designs

2. Use a sign to share your ceremony details.

No need for paper programs!

Skip a paper program and use a mirror sign instead! | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by the lovely glass jar

3. A sign can be used to show guests to their seats.

At the reception, a mirror sign can be used as a seating chart. Here are two examples:

Please Be Seated mirror sign | photo: charlie juliet | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

photo: charlie juliet via style me pretty

mirror sign for your wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by bee curious designs

4. Use a sign to draw attention to a special bar.

Having a cigar or scotch bar for the gentlemen? A mirror sign will really make it POP.

cigar bar mirror sign | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by bee curious designs

scotch bar mirror sign | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by bee curious designs

5. Or, use a sign to draw attention to special beverages at your bar.

This is especially fitting if you have a signature beverage or cocktail.

This decorative bar mirror is one of our favorite wedding mirror signs!  It's ideal for displaying a signature cocktail. | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

by sugar and chic shop

A simple ‘cheers’ is a good fit, too!

Cheers wedding mirror signs | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-mirror-signs/

photo: harwell photography via style me pretty

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And, I just couldn’t help but mention these additional finds we spotted. This gold ampersand mirror sign will look fab as part of your decor; mirror coasters are a cute touch for your sweetheart table! From Hop Studio.

by hop studio

I love this monogram mirror cake topper…

monogram gold mirror cake topper

by lovey dovey darling

… and these mirror table numbers.

handpainted table number mirrors

What do you think of these wedding mirror signs? Do you like mirror decor? Or, do you prefer chalkboards? Tell us below!

xo
-E.

Silver or Gold Personalized Bar Necklace

In case you haven’t noticed, the wedding giveaways just keep getting more and more frequent. That’s just one of the reasons why you’ll want to subscribe, especially this holiday season. We work with the best artists in the biz… and there are so many wonderful FREE giveaways being offered, every day from now through Christmas! You won’t want to miss it.

Speaking of wonderful giveaways, here’s a new one! We’ve teamed up with Silver Lotus Designs to offer a silver or gold personalized bar necklace! This is a beautiful jewelry piece for the bride-to-be, her Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, mom, flower girl, or anyone who could use a little cheer this holiday season. Makes a cute gift for new moms, too, which is why we’re sharing it over on Emmaline Baby today (and why I put this on my own gift list this holiday season).

Silver or Gold Personalized Bar Necklace

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Every Wedding Should Have These Coasters

When I went to a wedding last summer, the funniest thing happened. Every time I went to dance, I came back and my drink was gone. Poof. Not empty… missing. Does this happen to you, too? It’s a common occurrence at wedding receptions where the tables are constantly cleared of glasses and silverware in an attempt to keep things neat and tidy.

I get it, I really do. But honestly. I was only gone a minute!

Anyways, that’s why after I found these, I had to let you in on the secret. Every wedding should have these coasters.

wedding coasters im dancing dont take my drink

The coasters read—quite brilliantly, might I add—“Please don’t take my drink. I’m dancing”.

Smart. Simple. I like.

Love These Wedding Coasters?

I found them at Evermine where you can order yours in a plethora of pretty colors.

xo
Emma

Wedding Alcohol Calculator

Happy Weekend, loves! We always love to find helpful infographics that can help you plan. If you’re wondering how much alcohol you’ll need (and how to stock the bar), this wedding alcohol calculator will help! This infographic will tell you how much you’ll need to buy for 25, 50, or 100 guests at a wedding. More guests? Just multiply. Take a look…

wedding alcohol calculator top
wedding alcohol calculator

via homeaway

Wedding Alcohol Calculator

If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, what kind? Are you going to have a bartender or will guests serve themselves?

xo
-E.

7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand

Hi, loves! Happy, Happy Monday! We’re excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration here at Emmaline Bride with a fresh new Ask Emmaline question. But first… what do you think of wedding lemonade stands? Yay? Nay? That’s what reader Steph wanted to know when she wrote us last week. She says, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning the bar for my outdoor wedding. I’ve heard of a wedding lemonade stand, but I have no idea what it entails. Any tips so it doesn’t look cheesy?” Thanks for writing, Steph! We, too, have been swept up in the sweet-as-sugar bar ideas popping up everywhere (like here, mostly). And, like you, we don’t think every idea is a winner (as many can be downright cheesy). We do, however, think a lemonade stand at a wedding can be a fun, festive way to incorporate a favorite summertime drink and another way to use those clever mason jars with handles. I know, I know… but bear with us on this one. As long as you follow these tips, your wedding lemonade stand will be one your guests will love…

7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand

via the knot, photo: nikki mills

Wedding Lemonade Stand: 7 Helpful Tips

1. It’s all about presentation!

Presentation will make or break your lemonade stand. Don’t make it look too child-like, since it’s still being used for a wedding. Use old wood pallets or repurposed lumbar to create a stand, like one of these. Accentuate the stand with lettering that stands out and reads simply, ‘Lemonade’ (see top image above).

7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand
via here

Also, I spotted this next idea and I think the presentation is gorgeous… but it seems like an awful waste of fresh produce, sitting in the hot sun all day. Perhaps you could accentuate with a few lemons or limes in vases (even try the wax ones from Hobby Lobby?) Or try this centerpiece idea and modify it to work with your bar. Just a thought.

wedding lemonade stand

via here

Burlap tablecloth? Custom chalk lettering? I adore this.

wedding lemonade stand
via here

2. Let guests help themselves.

A lemonade stand is an excellent way to offer guests a fuss-free bar experience. Stock your lemonade stand with the essentials including drink dispensers (like this, one of my favorites especially if you’re offering mason jars as drinking glasses). I highly recommend getting a drink dispenser that comes with a stand. This way, glasses can be placed underneath the spout on the table (rather than off the table causing a mess). You’ll also want to include festive straws for sipping (something like this), and glassware (plastic wear if your venue prohibits glass). And, last but not least, don’t forget to have lemons slices inside — it looks pretty and infuses the lemonade with extra flavor.

3. Location, location, location.

Make sure your lemonade stand is visible and easy-to-access. You wouldn’t want guests to miss it!

4. Offer a couple of drink varieties.

We get it, you’re nuts about lemonade — but not everyone is. Offer a few alternate drinks just in case (bottled soda, beer, and water are all fantastic on ice in galvanized tubs).

5. Have plenty of batches ready-to-go.

You can’t call it a proper wedding lemonade stand if your drink dispensers run dry within an hour! Make sure you have plenty of drink mix and water on hand to keep the bar stocked. It is helpful to hire a bartender to keep an eye on drink levels and replenish, when needed. (Pay them handsomely, too. Tending bar isn’t easy!)

lemonade bar wedding
spotted here

6. Don’t forget the ice.

Make sure you have lots of ice to keep the drinks cold, especially important at those hot and humid outdoor weddings. If you want HUGE ice cubes that look pretty and really pack an icy punch, make lemon ice cubes in a muffin pan. I spotted this idea here and it’s a good one. I’m definitely going to use this idea to make lemon-infused water all summer long.

7. A lemonade stand is best for…

So, who would want a wedding lemonade stand anyway? A lemonade stand it fitting if your wedding is outdoors during the summer months, or incorporates yellow into its charming palette, or has a rustic, outdoorsy vibe. It is also ideal when you want a no-fuss bar option (that is as fun as it is festive).

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And, don’t stop there! Need other ideas for your bar? check out these tips on how to stock the bar!

We have more coming up next including a new giveaway! Stay tuned! (P.S. Follow us on Facebook, say hello + stay connected for the latest!)

Tell us: would you have a wedding lemonade stand?

Why or why not? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

xo
-E.

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Mason Jars with Handles? – Ask Emmaline

We received this Ask Emmaline question from Britney yesterday and it’s a good one! She asks, “I am looking for mason jars with handles and lids for a decent price. I have had no luck and I am starting to worry I wont find any. Also, do you have any ideas or any way to cover the mason jar before the guests get to their drinks?” Fantastic question! With mason jar drinking glasses being so popular at weddings, we’ve had numerous requests from brides-to-be asking where to buy them. And, keeping those mason jars covered before guests grab them for drinking is an important detail to note. Read on to see our response…

Mason Jars with Handles

left: photo by megan thiele, right: via pinterest

Mason Jars with Handles

Where to Buy

Our go-to for mason jars with handles is either Libbey (in this county fair design or smooth jar design.

Mason Jars with Handles - county fair design

by libbey

Mason Jars with Handles - smooth design

by libbey

How to Keep ‘Em Covered

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to keep the mason jars covered until guests are ready to drink from them. You can do one of two things:

1. Add a Lid

A lid can keep your mason jar clear of debris. Try a daisy lid, which has small openings (but will lessen the chance of anything getting in).

pewter daisy lid for mason jars with handles

via pieces to party

A daisy lid also has a hole in the center — perfect for adding your favorite drinking straws!

colorful striped drinking straws

bella cupcake couture

2. Place them top-down

If you want to save money on lids, skip them altogether! Instead, place the mason jars with the top face-down on your drink table. This will keep jars clean and ready for filling up at the bar!

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We hope our advice helped! If you have any additional questions about mason jars as drinking glasses, just let us know. (Start a discussion with a comment below or submit an Ask Emmaline question of your own!) We’re sort of experts on the topic after being such huge fans of them for so long! I even use one at home for iced coffee. :)

xo
-E.

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