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    21 Most Unique Boutonniere Ideas

    Posted May 31, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 10 Comments

    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?)

    Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

    1. Spark Plug Boutonniere

    By The Ritzy Rose.

    spark plug boutonniere (by The Ritzy Rose) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

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    15 Barn Wedding Ideas Every Bride Should Know

    Posted April 5, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 7 Comments

    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.

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    5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

    Posted December 21, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments

    Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

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    Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California

    Posted December 7, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments

    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!

    handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

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    Happily Ever After Banner

    Posted February 10, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

    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!

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    Doily Bunting

    Posted May 13, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments

    A twist on traditional bunting: doily bunting! This is an easy-to-DIY decor piece guests will love. Just dye ordinary white paper doilies, secure onto twine or jute and hang. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers or backyard parties! Spotted via Pinterest from here.

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    Moss Bunting Garland

    Posted April 26, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

    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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    Rustic Wedding Charm: New Hampshire Real Wedding

    Posted March 29, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 8 Comments

    rustic wedding barn

    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! ♥

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    Tommy & Debbie’s Handmade Backyard Wedding

    Posted February 25, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 8 Comments

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    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.

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    Handmade Ruffle Cards, Bunting + a Valentine’s Day DIY

    Posted February 12, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

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    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:

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    “Marry Me” Cupcake Bunting

    Posted January 19, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments

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    DIY School-Themed Tablescape

    Posted October 19, 2010 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 5 Comments


    wedding diy by lauren elise crafted

    Hello lovely EB readers! It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and today I am bringing you an entire table design that will provide you with some inspiration if you are considering a school-themed wedding or event. I have some great suggestions for you that are both easy and economical but provide you with that great handmade look that we all love.

    Because I was a student not too long ago, fall reminds me of all things school. The pencils, the paper, the notebooks, all that inspired me while creating this vintage schoolyard chic tablescape. I absolutely fell in love with the idea of incorporating this theme into a wedding and I think the design possibilities are endless. You can include family heirlooms, elements that you have around your house, and even unique vintage store/flea market finds. Here is a list of elements that I used in my design and a possible starting point for you if you want to recreate this look for your own event.

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    School-Themed Inspiration + Where to Find:

    {1} * Family Photographs & Heirlooms:  These are easy to obtain because you already own them. Your guests will love looking at grade school pictures of your families through the ages, old report cards, or even kindergarten art projects. All of these things will allow your guests to feel more connected to you. Include some fun toys or mementos from your childhood to make it even more personal.

    {2} * Antique Store Finds: You can find some great deals on vintage school supplies at nearby antique stores or online on Ebay and Etsy. Look for old books, a globe, composition notebooks, pencils, typewriters, or even a child’s desk. I have found so many little trinkets and toys throughout the years that would be perfect for an event like this and most of them would not break-the-bank either.

    {3} * Lined & Graph Paper: To me, school paper is the best purchase because it is inexpensive and it can be used in countless ways. I made a few examples of some paper goods using lined, graph, and handwriting paper (the type with the dotted line through the middle). Cut paper into triangles and thread with string to make bunting. Fold the paper accordion style and make paper pinwheels. Cut out paper in the shape of a leaf, write guests’ names and table numbers, and pin into apples to act as escort cards (as well as a snack!). Or roll into a cone and fill with pom poms (or flower petals, bird seed, etc.) so that guests have something to shower you with as you come back up the aisle.

    {4} * Library Cards & Pockets: I used the library cards as save-the-dates. You can either buy premade cards and stamp the details onto it or you can design your own cards (I used Illustrator). Library cards could also be used as escort cards, invitations, or place cards.

    {5} * Pencils, Colored Pencils, Markers, Crayons, Chalk: These writing utensils can be handed out to guests as favors and used for signing the guest book.

    {6} * Flash Cards: I designed my own flash cards and had them printed out so that guests could sign the cards, hang and display them, and have them become a part of the décor. You could also display vintage flash cards for a touch of old ephemera.

    {7} * Chalkboards: Chalkboards can be hung as signs at the ceremony and reception but also work as table numbers or props in a photobooth. Buy a small container of chalkboard paint so that your guests can write chalk messages over all kinds of things.

    {8} * Polaroid Composition Book: Buy a composition book to use as a guest sign in. If you have a Polaroid camera handy, guests can take snapshots of themselves and include them in your book. If you create a little photobooth area, guests can use props and backdrops to take silly pictures.

    {9} * Note Folding Station: Passing notes in class is a big part of school and a note station would be a great way for guests to do something interactive and pass their own sweet messages to the bride and groom. Give examples so that guests will know how to do the folding. Leave out a bunch of colored pencils and markers so that your notes can become works of art for you to admire for years to come.

    So what do you think? Wouldn’t this be a great theme for a wedding? I really like how it can be personalized with all the family memorabilia. Your guests will really appreciate it!




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