The groom is unique: why should he wear the same old floral boutonniere? Today we’re inspiring you to get creative and think outside the traditional bout box. We’ve rounded up the most unique alternative boutonniere ideas from around the web and we’ve included a little something for everyone. There’s a spark plug boutonniere for the mechanic, a compass for the sailor, a guitar pick boutonniere for the music-lover – even hops for the home brewer! We’ve also incorporated favorite wedding theme ideas like a starfish boutonniere for the beach, a skeleton key for a vintage wedding, and a cotton boutonniere for rustic weddings. Read on to get inspired and see which alternative boutonniere ideas made the list! (P.S. And, we want to know… what’s the most unique boutonniere you’ve ever seen?)
It’s Monday… which means we’re sharing helpful hints for the bride! If you’re trying to save a few bucks with DIY projects or you just feel like getting crafty, here are a few tips to help! DIY projects can be fun, but they tend to get overwhelming if you don’t follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out the secrets to successful DIY projects PLUS see a handful of DIY kits you can grab now with instructions and craft supplies to get you started!
Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today we’re talking about rustic, awe-inspiring, best-of-the-best barn wedding ideas. If you dream of getting married in a barn, on a farm, or in the woods surrounded by nature-inspired, homespun decor, this is the post for you! We’ve compiled fifteen of the top barn wedding ideas we think every bride should know. We’ve combined both handmade wedding finds with Real Wedding examples to inspire your perfect wedding day. So, grab a huge cup of coffee and get ready to take in all of the gorgeousness that awaits… enjoy!
Barn Wedding Ideas
1. A whimsical ‘you & me’ sign.
2. The most beautiful barn entryway. Ever.
3. A charming red barn wedding invitation.
4. White paper lanterns draped throughout your reception.
5. This one’s a tie: horseshoes as escort cards (+ favors)…
…and these gingham beer cozies.
6. Cowboy boots for the bride.
And, of course, for her bridesmaids, too.
7. These ring boxes for your ceremony.
8. This gorgeous outdoor display with a birdcage card box, desserts, and photos.
Don’t forget the hay bales!
9. A moss wedding monogram.
10. This wedding bouquet.
I’m still swooning over this bouquet featured in this vintage country wedding earlier this week. Lovely.
11. Rustic napkin rings for table settings.
12. A charming barn wood sign for your reception.
13. Mason jar lanterns like these.
14. White lights… and a barn dance area like this one.
15. ‘Just Married’ bunting for your getaway car.
More Barn Wedding Ideas + Inspiration
Looking for more rustic or barn wedding ideas? Here are a few posts to continue the inspiration:
o Check out this DIY Barn Wedding
o Get inspired with charming rustic fall wedding ideas
o Your groom will need this ring
o This barn wedding will make you smile
o 50 Must-Have Burlap Wedding Items
o Check out these log bowls, this amazing ceremony in the woods, grab a few rustic chalkboards, this rustic invite, and quite possibly the most amazing rustic wedding menu we’ve ever seen!
o How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods
Need even more rustic wedding ideas? Here you go!
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Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today’s Real Wedding feature has it all: a gorgeous couple, a beautiful California location (The North Ranch in Westlake Village), handmade wedding details, a stunning gown, hot pair of heels, purple bridesmaid dresses, one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen, and pink and white wedding details abound! Yesterday I gushed about our amazing readers and today’s Real Wedding is an example of a bride who stayed happy-as-can-be, even when a little drama happened on her wedding day. Her priest was being flown in from South Africa but had to cancel due to weather, and her hair and makeup appointment ran a few hours behind. But, instead of going into freak-out mode, her photographer, Shillawna, tells us this gorgeous girl didn’t stop smiling – not once! Isadora and Omar included charming handmade details like a ‘bride’ wedding dress hanger, custom photo booth chalkboard sign, paper poms, bunting, hanging candle votives, custom favor bags, and more… even delicate teacups (one of my many wedding obsessions, as discussed here) and charming miniature teapots. So, without further adieu, read on to see this lovely pink and white California wedding and find out more by the bride! (Wedding styled by Featured Artisan Thoey of EcoMonster and photographed by the lovely Shillawna Ruffner). Enjoy!
This is one of the most adorable cake toppers I’ve ever seen. The bride made it herself and tells us, “I made [the cake topper] using wood doll heads and wood clothespins. I painted the head and eyes and bought little pieces of fabric from a local fabric store. I used some of the extra pieces from the wedding dress to make a little belt and added a flower to the hair from the same little pieces. The platform the bride and groom are on top is half 3/4 of the salt cylinder that I wrapped with pink paper that I used from the wedding menus, and covered it with veil material I used from the headpiece on the bride. I spent about $20 and they were so much fun to make!”
The bride also made the centerpieces. She tells us, “For the center pieces I collected glass Martinelli bottles and Italian soda bottles from Trader Joe’s, washed off the label, and turned them into chic vases that were placed on top or beside vintage books found in yard sales.”
Isadora tells us about other details she handmade herself: “We used EcoMonster’s DIY tea bag kit for our favors that included tea bags and honey sticks. One of our favorite pieces of the wedding where the gorgeous flowers! They were purchased wholesale at the flower district of Los Angeles and were so fresh and smelled lovely! To entertain guests we set up a photo booth with a backdrop of ribbons purchased at wholesale, tied to a dowel from Home Depot and numerous props.”
Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California
Congratulations, Isadora and Omar – we wish you many happy years! Thank you to EcoMonster – stylist extraordinaire – and the lovely Shillawna Ruffner Photographer who captured these incredible photographs. Shillawna Ruffner is a Preferred Emmaline Bride Photographer and would love to capture your wedding: check out her listing in The Bridal Book to get in touch and view her portfolio. She is based in California (+ happy to travel!)
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To add a decorative touch to your wedding reception, consider this happily ever after banner! We’ve shared some of our favorites through the years like this burlap and lace banner, We’ve Decided on Forever banner, and now we have a new favorite! This happily ever after banner by the lovely Loft Life Press uses hand painted decorative imagery to spell out words or names. For instance, bunting creates the “H”, a wedding chapel creates an “A”, and bright red hearts with white lettering creates “P”. I love the pretty cake stand that spells out “T”. The designer, Darah, is so talented! Read on to see more images of the Happily Ever After banner plus check out a few other decorative banners such as a bridal shower banner spelled out in flowers!
Happily Ever After Banner
This high quality happily ever after banner is hand painted then printed onto thick cream cardstock. It is pre-strung for your convenience with red and white baker’s twine (love!) and can be displayed at your wedding reception or ceremony with ease. Tell guests you’re planning to live happily ever after… and, reuse in your love nest on anniversaries!
Instead of a happily ever after banner, you can request a custom banner with your names spelled out in decorative imagery. For instance, check out this bride and groom banner created for lovebirds Kate + Ben:
Bridal Shower Banner
P.S.S. Did you know that Emmaline Bride posts FRESH content daily? That’s right – we don’t believe your wedding planning should come to a weekly close, so neither does the inspiration! Check back every day (including weekends!) to see what’s new at Emmaline Bride! ♥
Spotted: Moss wedding bunting for a rustic chic reception! Moss garland flags are attached to a backing and measure about 5″ wide at 4 1/2 feet long. Picture-perfect for weddings, parties, and summer barbecues. By FloraBond.
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Today we are sharing a charming rustic wedding with tons of DIY details. Sarah and Pete married on October 2, 2010 at Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon, New Hampshire. HinkleyPhoto based in New Hampshire provided the beautiful imagery and captured every last detail. We especially love the 3-tiered wedding cake, the flowers (provided by EH Floral), and the happy couple (that’s what it’s all about). The bride looked positively stunning. We adore her gown, peep-toed heels, and red cardigan: we love when brides add a bold burst of color! Additional details such as the tent with red + white lanterns, the rustic table settings, bunting, and handmade photo booth added memorable, personal details to the day. The bride, Sarah, recounts the day in her own words. Take it away, Sarah! ♥
“When my husband and I got engaged and first started thinking about where we wanted to get married we both immediately thought of Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast just north of the White Mountains in Lisbon, New Hampshire. We first visited this location for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend back in 2008 and subsequently fell in love with the place and its owners.
The few days leading up to our wedding were rainy, cold, stressful… and wonderful! We arrived a few days early and began the preparations for our amazing weekend. About half way through our first day the rain began. All of a sudden it was like monsoon season had arrived in our sleepy little corner of New England and wouldn’t stop! For two… whole… days it rained. Because of this ALL of the preparation had to wait until the morning of the wedding.
Thankfully we have an amazing group of family and friends and they all came to the venue the afternoon of the day before and helped to decorate the wedding tent. It was a blur of activity with cousins and uncles rigging all of the lighting, aunts and moms setting up the reception tables, and even my husband’s 90 year old grandmother chipped in and got all of the candles set up and ready to go. The next morning all of those people came back and helped with the finishing touches. It was the perfect example of the saying “it takes a village”.
The day of our wedding, October 2, 2010, arrived and the weather was BEAUTIFUL… it was a perfect crisp autumn day in New England. The love we felt was overwhelming… everywhere we looked we were reminded of the love and support it took to get us to our wedding day. From the faces of our wedding guests smiling back at us at we took our vows to the tables squares our aunt so lovingly sewed for the wedding tables; the dance floor that was packed all night long to the favor bags that were filled cookies made from my husband’s old family recipe and baked by my mother; from my godfather who performed the wedding ceremony to the programs and escort cards we designed and made ourselves; the amazing florist who understood our vision and made it her own to the husband and wife photographers who captured it all so beautifully; and the lights and lanterns my husband and his cousins and uncles hung to our PERFECT “First Look” moment on top of a hill overlooking the grounds of the bed and breakfast.
I always look back at our wedding weekend as a true reflection of my husband and I. We planned the entire thing as a team and everything about it represented what we hold most dear… family, friends, laughter and love. The fact that we created this event out of our love for each other is amazing to me…. we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our marriage.”
This beautiful handmade backyard wedding was submitted by Aimee Adams of LoveBIRDS | artistic weddings and we’re digging all the incredible personalized details! Tommy & Debbie’s wedding emphasizes the importance of incorporating memorable details to tell your unique love story.
In fact, your wedding can be absolutely beautiful no matter what your budget may be. Tommy and Debbie handcrafted most of the details themselves, including their beautiful pergola (under which they were married), the whimsical banners and tasty treats, among other things. They used recycled wood for the pergola and tables, and found other details at garage sales and thrift stores. Bottom line? When it comes to a couple who is truly in love, budget is no issue – this couple married on a budget of $5000 and their wedding, as you can see, was spectacular.
We’re excited to hear the full scoop from the bride, Debbie, in her own words. Take it away, Debbie!
Tommy and I are huge fans of the music group “The Avett Brothers” and one of our many favorite songs by them is “January Wedding”. When we got engaged in September 2010, we had big plans to get married the following year on September 10, 2011 (09-10-11) because we loved the date and because we thought one year was the comfortable and expected amount of time to be engaged. The only problem was that the song “January Wedding” kept coming up in our thoughts and we kept wishing we could feature the song somehow in the wedding and make it relevant. Fast Forward to November 2010 and we still had this huge feeling that we should just go for it and move the wedding up to January 2011 so that we could use the song. It may sound silly, be one November morning we just decided to change everything and commit to having our January Wedding inspired by The Avett Brothers.
Two problems: (1) January was two months away. (2) January is in the middle of crazy Oklahoma winter (and we wanted to use our backyard!)
Tommy and I had been planning on getting married at our home in our backyard for quite some time. In early preparation for this, Tommy built a pergola in our backyard knowing that it was going to be the pergola we said “I do” under. Planning a backyard wedding in the middle of Oklahoma winter is pretty daring, but we checked the farmer’s almanac and it said our winter would be “mild”…so again, we confirmed our decision to just go with it.
Our other challenge was that we did not want to spend over $5000 for our wedding. We decided that saving our money for an awesome European honeymoon was more important to us. I wanted to be sure that not only was our wedding under budget, but I also wanted our wedding to absolutely reflect down to the core who Tommy and I are as individuals and as a team. So, we did our best to keep as much of the planning between the two of us and to keep all the details of the wedding as close to home as possible.
Tommy and I used our existing furniture and artwork as the main backdrop to represent us. For additional tables and chairs, Tommy either made them by hand using leftover wood from the pergola or we ventured to garage sales and thrift stores. Our outside deck and large pergola (which Tommy and I built together also) were turned into a large tent creating a nice outdoor enclosed space attached to our home. We were also given a large outdoor heater that was broken and told if we could get it working then it was ours to keep. My amazing husband was able to get the heater working and we got to use it in the tent (and now we have a free outdoor heater!).
We also purchased small detail items such as lanterns (which we hung from the pergola), handkerchiefs (which I used to make the “Sweet Love” banner over the dessert table), dishes (used for dinner), and two porcelain birds from estate sales and thrift stores. I got our hand knitted lovebirds from Etsy and used it as our wedding cake topper. I had a girlfriend hand make my bridal bouquet, Tommy’s boutonniere, and two pin corsages for our moms. They all turned out perfect and beautiful! I also made a personal guest book called “Mad Love Libs” in which I created a story letter from our guests to us. (We got to read our guest book later and they were hilarious!) I also made bookmark size handouts for the ceremony that had the words to our wedding ceremony songs printed for the guests. For favors, everyone was given a glass mug and a packet of hot cocoa with a “Our Warmest Thanks” handwritten note from us tied to the handle of the mug. So many items were given to us from friends and family (I am so grateful), but I was over the moon thrilled to feature my late grandmother’s antique date calendar with our wedding date on our entrance table.
Tommy also made a huge table from left over wood in which dinner from a local pizzeria, The Wedge pizzeria in OKC, was brilliantly displayed and served. The Wedge pizzeria is Tommy and I’s favorite dinner spot and also the place we officially got engaged. We love this local restaurant because not only is their food delicious, but they use a lot of local vendors and ingredients. In addition to brick oven pizza, my mother made her popular homemade shrimp fried rice and coconut covered rice balls to tie in our Pacific Islander background. My mother also made all three cakes from scratch! The cakes were an absolute success and many people complimented and raved that they were the best cakes they’ve ever had… especially at a wedding! I also made my favorite brownies and made sure to have Tommy and I’s favorite sweet snacks (frosted animal cookies, ring pops, and sour patch kids). All in all, Tommy and I, with uber help from our friends and family, were able to create the perfect and unique wedding for us. It was better than we had imagined and under budget!
Additional fun details…
My engagement ring is also my wedding ring. We found my amazing ring at a local antique store, Antique Avenue Market in OKC. The ring dates back to the 1880’s! I have yet to find a band that I like with it because it is so perfect all on its own. Tommy’s wedding band is a handmade wooden band purchased at a local art gallery, DNA Galleries, in OKC. I purchased my wedding gown off the rack and on sale for only $98! My mother did all the alterations. My amazing shoes cost more than the gown and were purchased at a local shoe shop, Shoe Gypsy in Nichols Hills. My birdcage veil was borrowed from a friend. All the original art in our home is work by Tommy.
Ceremony start: January Wedding by The Avett Brothers | Bridal walk: Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros | First Dance: The Greatest Sum by The Avett Brothers (electric version)
Many thanks to Aimee for submitting these images, and thanks to Debbie & Tommy for sharing the details and images of your beautiful wedding day with our readers! You make a beautiful couple and we wish you many years of happiness.
All images courtesy Aimee Adams (LoveBIRDS | artistic weddings) Photography. All rights reserved.
Get acquainted with one of our lovely handmade artisans, Ashley Pahl! (You can find her work in our marketplace). Ashley designs beautiful handmade ruffle lace cards, note cards, favor bags and more. Check out a few of our favorites:
She also creates adorable handmade cards with bunting… even a garland gift set!
As a special treat for our readers, Ashley has constructed a fun garland idea for a quick + easy Valentine’s Day card! Enjoy! xo
Handmade Surprise Love Note Tutorial
By Ashley Pahl
Need a quick, but pretty and creative Valentine card? Try this super-secret, surprise love letter! Unassuming on the outside, declaration of love on the inside. To get started, you will need:
● Card stock, any color, with an envelope that fits
● Small hole punch
● 10″ – 12″ of thin string
● 5 pieces of paper in various colors
● pen or marker
Fold your paper in half. You could leave the outside blank, or write something secretive or alluring. Punch a small hole through both flaps, about one inch of the way down the card.
Using your favorite paper colors, cut five rectangles 1″ by 3/4″. Fold them in half so that when folded, they measure 1/2″ x 3/4″. About 2″ from the end of the string, attach the five paper flags by putting string in the paper folds, gluing the inside flaps together, and pressing on the flag to make sure they stick. Space flags equally on the string, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart.
Using a pen or marker, write “I ♥ You”, one letter per flag.
Open card, and write a message if you desire, or leave blank. Tie ends of garland through the holes, wrapping string around either side of the card. Place in an envelope for your love on Valentine’s Day, and watch them be surprised as your secret message unfolds on a paper garland banner!
Thanks, Ashley! Be sure to check out her blog, Indie Pretty Projects.
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