Category: bride

Fun ‘Before and After’ Getting Ready Photo

Hey, loves: add this one to the list! The bride had a before and after getting ready photo taken by her photographer, where the wedding party wore their ‘getting ready’ attire in one shot and their dresses in the next shot. It’s a cute idea, especially if you have special ‘getting ready’ attire planned! Add this one to your (already growing, I’m sure!) list of must-have getting ready photos! Oh, and wouldn’t this be equally cute for the groomsmen? Of course, I’m thinking tees and jeans, after playing pool or something; not boxers. It takes them all of about fifteen minutes to get ready. While the ladies are primping, I’m pretty certain they spend most of their allotted ‘get ready’ time playing video games, toasting, and playing pool, to be perfectly honest. :)

Getting Ready Photo: Before + After

before and after bridesmaids getting ready photo

xo
-E.

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Tulle Wedding Veils (+ GIVEAWAY!) from Melinda Rose Design

* Giveaway inside!

We’ve talked about wedding veils and alternatives many times, but when it comes right down to it I am enamored with tulle wedding veils. They’re the most classic veil style and the most elegant (in my opinion). And, unlike many other styles, tulle wedding veils can be worn with any hairstyle you choose from updos to hair down styles. I popped into one of our favorite wedding veil shops, Melinda Rose Design, and I’ve been oohing and aahing over her collection of veils all morning. Here, take a look: this top veil is my favorite.

Tulle Wedding Veils

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Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.

Giveaway!

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/16/15-1/22/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Wedding Veil. Simple yet elegant tulle bridal veil with a raw edge. Available in white, diamond white, or ivory. Fingertip length (40 inches/ 102 cm) classic U shape. Available in light fullness, medium fullness (pictured) or full. Secures in the hair with a metal comb and made with bridal illusion tulle.

Pictured here:

Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S. and Canada only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $60 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.

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Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.

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9 Romantically Vintage Wedding Accessory Ideas

Are you planning a vintage wedding? It’s one of my favorite themes: it is classic, elegant, and timeless. Plus, it is one wedding theme that will never go out of style. In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, the chapter entitled Romantically Vintage is overflowing with vintage wedding tips and suggestions for decor, attire, favors, and more. To give you a glimpse of this style, I’m sharing vintage wedding accessory ideas in this feature. It’s so easy to finish your bridal look with vintage touches: here are nine to get you started!

Vintage Wedding Accessory Ideas

1. Vintage Wedding Dress

This dress is one of my favorite true vintage finds to date. The open back, long sleeves, and lace detail is stunning.

vintage wedding dress - 9 Romantically Vintage Wedding Accessory Ideas

daughters of simone

2. Handkerchief

To use a hankie as an accessory, simply wrap it around the stems of your bouquet. Use a simple dress pin to keep it secure.


dreamy cottage

3. Bridal Capelet

Some brides like to cover their strapless dress for the ceremony; others just love the look of vintage detailing around the top. Here’s one stunning vintage detailed capelet as one example.

vintage wedding accessory ideas - bridal capelet

glory by jeannie lee | photo: white-klump photography via style me pretty

4. Burlap Bouquet with Vintage Lace

This bouquet will last forever! Plus, it’s gorgeous, especially with that layer of vintage lace underneath.

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5. Lace Heels

These heels are custom-made with a hint of lace for the vintage-loving bride. I want these just because.

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becca and louise

6. Garter

This garter is vintage inspired with rhinestones set on a satin ribbon.

gold garter vintage wedding accessory ideas

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7. Earrings

These earrings are circa 1950s and are a true vintage find! They’re simple enough to go with any gown you choose, but stunning enough to make a statement.

vintage earrings

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8. Hair Comb

This hair comb–and her hairstyle!–is a perfect example of skipping a veil, yet still incorporating your vintage theme.

vintage wedding accessory ideas - hair comb

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9. Lace Clutch

And, last but not least, don’t forget a clutch purse to carry your essentials: it features a swatch of vintage lace to embellish the front.

vintage lace clutch purse

davie and chiyo

What do you think of these vintage wedding accessory ideas? You can find more vintage wedding ideas in my new book in bookstores now (Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Amazon).


-E.

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? 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.


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If you’ve tried the above and still prefer no veil, you’re in luck: there are plenty of stylish wedding veil alternatives from which to choose. And you know what?

You don’t even have to wear anything in your hair if you don’t want to.

See? These brides rocked a no-veil, no-anything look beautifully.

Oh hey, no veil!


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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.

Hair Comb

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Hair Flower


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Halo Hair Wrap

halo hair wrap | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Beaded Halo Hair Piece

beaded halo hair piece | what to wear instead of a veil


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Wreath Hair Crown


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Feather Headband

feather headband | what to wear instead of a veil

tessa kim, photo: deyla huss

Bridal Fascinator Hair Flower

bridal fascinator hair flower | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Glass Bead Headpiece


divine by andrea

Hair Pin

hair pin | what to wear instead of a veil

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Floral Hair Crown

floral hair crown | what to wear instead of a veil

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Draped Hair Comb

grecian hair comb | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

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.

xo
-E.

Banner Wedding Cake Topper from Ready Go

Do you want a cake topper that is custom made and modern? We’ve found a beautiful collection of banner wedding cake topper styles + bride and groom cut-outs over at ReadyGo. What do you think of these?

Banner Wedding Cake Topper

Banner Wedding Cake Topper

You can also customize the bride and groom to look like you! Add glasses, put your hair in a bun, change the skin tone or eyes… you get the idea. Take a peek:

bride and groom cut out cake toppers

custom banner wedding cake topper

You can find more at Ready Go Wedding Co.

xo
-E.

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