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18 Unique Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

wooden lantern centerpiece

by little bit my style

Are you wondering how to make your centerpieces look their best? Are you stumped on rustic wedding centerpieces you can pull together yourself? We’re here to help! Today we’re showing you eighteen unique ideas for centerpieces including finds like flower boxes, painted mason jars, lace wrapped mason jars, fabric flowers, birch wood, and more. If you’re not sure where to start, this list will certainly get your creativity flowing! Enjoy!

12 Must-Have Classic Guest Books for Weddings

chalkboard and floral guest book

by crafty pie press

Hi, lovelies! Happy Thursday! We’ve talked about guest book alternatives in the past, but there’s something wonderfully simple about a classic guest book: guests sign their names, add a few well wishes, and you have a keepsake book to flip through as a keepsake. It’s easy! And when someone like Crafty Pie Press is behind the design process, you can bet your guest book is going to look beautiful and fit in perfectly with your wedding theme. Today we’re sharing twelve of our favorite classic guest books from their shop… PLUS, you can score an exclusive coupon code! Enjoy!

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride: Photo of the Day

bride getting married holds her favorite wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding

Planning your wedding? The book, “The Handcrafted Wedding” is being held up by this bride on her wedding day as today’s photo pick. The photo was captured by Michelle Gardella Photography and is just one from this Americana Inspired Wedding. The Handcrafted Wedding is described as, “Bursting with creativity and fun! The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent. The details are the heart of a wedding and in The Handcrafted Wedding you’ll discover how to incorporate the romantic details of your unique story into an event that captures the essence of your relationship.” By author Emma Arendoski, Editor of Emmaline Bride. Buy the Book Here!

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride

Find more real brides and see their weddings in our Real Weddings Section.

4 Books Every Bride Should Read Before the Wedding

Before you tie the knot, you want to know your partner really well, right? We’ve rounded up four top books every bride should read before the wedding to focus on what really matters: a long and happy marriage. We’ve included one on love, one on happiness, a book on inspiring yourself, and a fun book you can work on together. Find out what made our list…

Books Every Bride Should Read Before the Wedding

1. The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman

This book covers the languages of love, pretty appropriate for a couple getting married, no? As the book states, “By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction.”

the 5 love languages book via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

How to focus on things that really matter and find your happiness.

the happiness project book via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

3. The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual by Caroline Tiger

This is an essential guide for every couple just starting their new life together.

newlywed instruction manual via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

4. What I Love About You by Kate Marshall and David Marshall

This is a fun book you fill in together: you’ll discover and remember reasons why you love one another.

what i love about you book

Looking for wedding planning books, I recommend The Handcrafted Wedding and The Inspired Wedding.


9 Utterly Romantic Wedding Readings from Books

Bride-to-be, Anna, wrote to us asking about wedding readings from books. She says, “What are your favorite wedding readings from books? We’re planning a book-themed wedding so we’d love to pick a few from the classics.” Great question, Anna, and a fantastic way to plan a themed wedding! Read on to see which readings from books made our must-have list for your wedding…

romantic wedding readings from books

hemingway house wedding — how fitting! | photo: filda konec photography

Wedding Readings from Books

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“Once for all, I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

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2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

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3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…

What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything that is not elevated and great. An unworthy thought can no more germinate in it, than a nettle on a glacier. The serene and lofty soul, inaccessible to vulgar passions and emotions, dominating the clouds and the shades of this world, its follies, its lies, its hatreds, its vanities, its miseries, inhabits the blue of heaven, and no longer feels anything but profound and subterranean shocks of destiny, as the crests of mountains feel the shocks of earthquake.

If there did not exist some one who loved, the sun would become extinct.”

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

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5. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

“At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”

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6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same… my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”

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7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

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8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“‘I am,’ he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. ‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’”

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9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches… I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…

I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.”

(I adore this one!)

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10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Oh, how can you forget about one of the most beloved stories, The Notebook?

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

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P.S. I use the Kindle app, and I noticed you can read many of thesevia for free!

What do you think of these wedding readings? Are you using book inspired readings at your wedding?

Tell us below!


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Planning a Handmade Wedding? Shop Here!

Hello, dear readers of Emmaline Bride! We noticed a new following on Facebook (welcome!), along with plenty of new readers of our newsletter! With all of these pretty new faces, we wanted to take an opportunity to tell you a little more about the handmade wedding shop, also known as The Marketplace. If you’re planning a handmade wedding, Emmaline Bride is the place to be! We’re the world’s largest handmade wedding shop + blog, featuring the best handmade artists, items, ideas, DIY projects, Real Weddings, The Bridal Book, and more. If you want to shop for your handmade wedding, The Marketplace is the ultimate shop! It’s a curated collection of the best artists and the most beautiful items: essentially everything you could want for your perfect day is all in one place. Read on to find out more about The Marketplace and how it can help you plan a beautiful day…

handmade wedding shop |

Handmade Wedding Shop: The Marketplace

When you visit The Marketplace, you’ll see newly added items on the homepage. Today, for instance, we spotted these beautiful items:

Handmade Wedding Shop | Emmaline Bride® - The Marketplace

You’ll also see a navigation bar at the top with ten main categories: there’s accessories, attire, books, cake, decor, favors, flowers, gifts, jewelry, and paper goods. On the main page, you can browse by picture (see below).

Handmade Wedding Shop — Browse:

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Everything in the handmade wedding shop is handcrafted with love by a talented artist. Each of our artists are hand-selected to bring you the very best! (If you’re an artist and want to join, you can apply here.) Ready to shop? Head over there now!

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5 (Stress-Free!) Last Minute Gift Ideas

Hi, loves! Merry Christmas Eve! If you’re still looking for a few last minute gift ideas, fear not: we’re here to help! We’re taking a quick break from wedding planning today to share some stress-free last minute gift ideas to keep your gift list in check. While many last minute gifts = stress, these are all intended to be quick + easy so you have more time to enjoy the holiday preparations. Enjoy our carefully hand-picked list… and don’t stress — remember, here at EB we’re all about stress-free ideas, so don’t let the holidays throw you off track. And… we’ll be back in full swing on Thursday with giveaways, wedding inspiration, and more, so be sure to stop by + visit us after Christmas. :) Read on for our hand-picked last minute gift ideas that we know they’ll love… plus a few of our favorite picks, recommendations, and recipes! Enjoy!

stress free and last minute gift ideas

5 Stress-Free Last Minute Gift Ideas

1. Subscription Boxes

subscription boxes - last minute gift ideas

First, what’s a subscription box? A subscription box is a more modern “______ of the month” club. The box, depending on what type you choose, is sent to your door and is filled to the gills with something fantastic inside. A subscription box is more than a gift card; it’s a monthly surprise for the recipient and a surefire way to ensure they will look forward to seeing something in the mailbox other than bills. PLUS, you can sign up for one online now as a gift for a friend, just in time for Christmas. Which three did we try? What did we think? Here are our picks:


stitchfix - last minute gift ideas

Perfect for… fashionistas

What is Stitchfix, you ask? It is a one-time or monthly subscription service (you decide!) that allows you to complete a style profile to receive styled, totally personalized clothing and accessories with tips on how to wear them… straight to your door. You have three days to review the products. Try it on, see what works, and return anything that you don’t love. You only pay for the pieces you keep (along with the styling fee, but that is credited toward your products purchased). It’s like having a personal stylist — but the freedom and privacy of trying on pieces in your own home. Don’t just read about it, give it a try for yourself or give as a gift to a friend. A gift subscription is perfect for the holidays. Hello, new clothes! I didn’t receive my first box yet, but it’s set to come VERY soon. I’ve read plenty of reviews on the interwebs, though, and people have been more than satisfied with the service. I can’t wait to see what I receive (I’ve already completed the style profile), which I’ll be happy to share with you when it arrives. Can’t. wait.

Ready to Try?

Get started now! Complete your style profile and get started today! You can also buy a gift card for a friend here.


whimseybox -last minute gift ideas

Perfect for… crafters + diy lovers

This subscription box is perfect for the recipient who loves do-it-yourself ideas and crafts. Plus, who doesn’t love a new craft delivered to your front door every month? The folks at Whimseybox have this idea down pat. I received last month’s box recently and was so excited to rip it open. The project was a special fabric material that you dye and use as an alternative to paper gift wrapping. I loved it, and can’t wait to see what other projects they’ll come out with next. Seriously, I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t really love it myself — and this one is five stars all the way.

Ready to Try?

Special Offer: Get $5 off your first box with this link.

Bezel Box

bezel box - last minute gift ideas

Perfect for… jewelry lovers

Bezel Box is one for jewelry lovers, like me! I received my first Bezel Box recently and it was such a delight to receive. First, the box is insanely adorable — it’s black with hot pink writing. When you open the box, you see hot-pink tissue paper wrapped gifts — there were three in four total in mine — to open. It felt like Christmas morning opening each little wrapped package to reveal a piece of gorgeous, beautifully-made jewelry. I thought presentation alone was enough to recommend, but then I looked at the quality of the pieces. They’re beautiful! This is definitely a gift-worthy subscription box. One could create a pretty substantial jewelry collection in a few short months.

Ready to Try?

Get started now! Sign up for a gift subscription at Bezel Box. There are two different size boxes available to fit your budget!

2. Gift Cards

gift cards - last minute gift ideas

Okay, okay, I know, this one’s easy! But hear me out: gift cards are one of the most perfect gift ideas of all time! Who doesn’t love to spend a little on themselves after the holiday is over? A gift card gives the recipient the opportunity to do a little shopping on themselves. If you don’t have time to run out to the store to buy a gift card, try an e-gift card instead. It’s delivered via email to your recipient (so it gets there faster than Santa Claus can fly).

Here are some of our suggestions: Gift Card | (Because We ♥ Handmade)

iTunes Gift Card | (Music Rules.)

Amazon Gift Card | (uh, everything under one roof! Anything they could imagine!)

Barnes & Noble Gift Card (Can you go there and NOT find something? I think not.)

Groupon | (So many exciting things to do / see / new places to eat, all near you!)

3. Homemade Treats

homemade treats - last minute gift ideas

If you’re a good baker (or good faker, one who is great at easy recipes after much practice, like me), prepare a homemade gift of cookies, dessert bars, or treats for your gift recipient. Place in a pretty box or bag (check your grocery store for some decorative Christmas wrapping made solely for desserts-to-go) and add a tag.

Need recipe ideas? I’ve tried these and LOVED them all.

Easy Sugar Cookies (PERFECT sugar cookie recipe. my go-to.)

Easy Shortbread Recipe (delish.)

Mock ‘Tagalong’ Cookies (easy + amazing.)

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (though my Mom’s are better.)

Crunch Top Apple Pie (lots of butter. and amazing because of it.)

Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies (oh, tell me about it. this is heavenly.)

4. Books

boxes - last minute gift ideas

I love giving books to people as gifts. Books are an excellent way to show someone you’ve been listening to their interests, like learning how to garden, tackling a few fun DIY projects, traveling cross-country, or learning more about a particular area of interest. I purchased books for a few people on my list this year and it was fun picking them out. There are SO MANY amazing books out there. Luckily, many bookstores are still open today for Christmas Eve, so pop in there and grab a few, wrap in pretty paper, and add a bow. It’s a thoughtful book because you picked it out yourself with them in mind.

Books We Recommend:

The Handcrafted Wedding (for the bride-to-be)

The Can’t Cook Book (for the wannabe chef or chef-in-training)

Instacraft (DIYs for the home)

Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids (for kids, under $4! great reviews)

1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die (for music lovers)

Braids, Buns & Twists (for beauty/hairstyle lovers)

1,000 Places to See (for people who love to travel)

Dad Is Fat (for people who ♥ humor — by Jim Gaffigan. I looked at this at Target and laughed so hard out loud that I had to shut it and put it back on the shelf.) – Sidebar: I also recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres. Both are laugh-out-loud and excellent.

Mini Farming (for gardening)

Craft Beer World (for craft beer lovers)

Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets (for makeup lovers – I’ve been eying this one for awhile.)

… you get the idea. THERE ARE MILLIONS. People love books.

5. Music

music - last minute gift ideas

Music is one of those hit-or-miss things, but when you listen to an album and you LOVE it, passing along a new copy of the album to a friend or family member can be a great way to share your favorite tunes. If you know of his or her favorite genre, shopping is easier; if not, opt for something you enjoy that’s sort of mid-range. Music is something that triggers memories, and you always seem to remember where you were when listening to a particular album during a time of your life. Plus, a recommendation is one of the best ways to share new music — hence why I love a gift like this. Run to a store that’s open today and grab an album, wrap it up, and add a bow. Or, give an iTunes or Amazon e-gift certificate and mention a suggestion for an album you think they’ll love: it gives them the freedom to go with your suggestion or pick something else.

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I hope our list of last minute gift ideas has helped you!



Disclosure: Since we love our readers, it is our policy to only recommend products we love, would try ourselves, and/or would recommend to our loved ones. We received a Bezel Box and a Whimseybox to try, both of which knocked our socks off. If they didn’t, we’d tell you otherwise. Some links above go to affiliate links. All opinions stated above = our own.

What last minute gift ideas would you add to the list?

P.S. Don’t forget to win some gifts for yourself: view our current wedding giveaways for your chance to win!

Handmade Guest Books of Heirloom Quality

Your guest book will be a lasting memory and heirloom to cherish for years to come. That’s why we love these handmade guest books by Alternative Journals which are made with the finest materials and craftsmanship to last through the years. Celine of Alternative Journals (and quite honestly one of the kindest artisans we’ve ever met) puts two loving hands into each book. Each guest book is handmade from cover to cover with each page individually cut and folded into signatures, sewn together to create a text block. She mentions this is an important feature she adds that others don’t, “so your pages don’t fall out as you reach the end of your book.” Take a peek at three new colors just launched for the fall collection (we told you our Artisans are gearing up for the new season!) including a deep purple, blush, and gray linen:

handmade guest books

This dark purple guest book is a beautiful color. It is covered in linen with the name of the bride and groom, along with the wedding date, handwritten in a calligraphy style font. The book holds 164 pages for names and wishes of guests to be written on both sides. Book measures 8.5 by 8.5 inches. The ribbon color is custom selected by you and includes satin chocolate brown (pictured), ivory, white, pale yellow, burgundy, taupe, turquoise, black, velvet in dark fuchsia, fudge brown, green moss, and white organza ribbon. Other colors available upon request. Each of the books showcased today offer the same specs above.

handmade guest books

This is such a pretty shade of pink named ‘Blush’. This book is shown with a peach satin ribbon.

handmade guest books

This classic gray guest book – also covered in linen – features an ivory satin ribbon. I love this book because it coordinates with any wedding color scheme.

handmade guest books

Aren’t they lovely? View more at Alternative Journals, a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace!

Special Offer

EmmalineBride fans (only!) get 10% off all week long through August 29th! Use coupon code EMB10 at checkout. :)

Happy Planning!


P.S. Did you enter the giveaway yet? :)

Keepsake Wedding Planning Book

It doesn’t take long after you get engaged for the ideas to start swirling around in your head. Suddenly finding a photographer, deciding on your wedding cake, and paging through wedding magazines become new priorities to you. With all of your ideas swirling around, you’ll want one place to keep it all organized. To do so, we recommend using a keepsake wedding planning book. Having a book you can physically hold in your hands and take with you is helpful for keeping notes, ideas, notes, and more available when meeting with vendors. You can also tear out pictures from wedding magazines, print out articles + DIY ideas, and paperclip your bridesmaid dress swatch to carry around with you. Your book will keep everything organized to help you plan your perfect as-little-stress-as-possible wedding day.

Each keepsake wedding planning book is handmade with love + care just for you by Annelyn Designs. Each book features sturdy hard covers and pretty embossed paper on top with plenty of customization available. Your book will become a lasting keepsake with laminated covers and tabs to eliminate tears, rips, and bends. A decorative satin ribbon along the binding completes the look and also functions as a bookmark. Our favorite part? We love the expandable folders on the front and back covers which are useful for holding on to deposit slips, business cards, sample fabrics, seating charts, color swatches, and more.

keepsake wedding planning book
keepsake wedding planning book
keepsake wedding planning book
keepsake wedding planning book

To see more designs + personalization options, visit Annelyn Designs, featured artisan in The Marketplace!

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Happy Planning!