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Easy (+ Cheap!) DIY Wine Bottle Candles

Hi, loves! You know that feeling when you stumble upon something so incredibly cool and you say, wow, why didn’t I think of that? I had one of those a-ha moments today when I spotted wine bottle candles. If you’re planning a wine themed wedding or you just happen to love go gaga over wine, this is the find for you! These wine bottle candles are awesome on three levels: they’re a) easy, b) cheap to make, and c) they look fantastic. Plus, they’re sure to delight your guests and will be an instant conversation piece. Read on to find out more…

wine bottle with cork candle via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


Wine Bottle Candles

Wine bottle candles are exactly what they sound like: candles that use wine bottles as a vessel. Since you (or someone you know) probably has wine bottles sitting around, waiting to be recycled, gather them up and the cost will be even more inexpensive. Basically, all you need is a favorite wine bottle, one of these, and a match to light it. You can use these wine bottle candles as chic centerpieces — I especially like the idea of lining them across the center of a long rectangular reception table.

wine cork candles via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


See? They wine cork candles are quite basic really…

wine cork candle set via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


… and yet, they’re such an awesome idea.

wine cork candles set via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


You can grab a set of these for your next dinner party to try ’em out! I know I’m grabbing a set right after I publish this post to the interwebs…

There’s more coming up next, so you should stay tuned! In the meantime, stalk our Pinterest boards.


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3 Most Popular Unity Ceremony Ideas

Well, we’ve gotta say, our Ask Emmaline inbox is blowing up! We love reading your wedding questions… like this one that comes from bride-to-be, Megan. She writes, “We want to do a unity ceremony at our wedding. Is there more than one type?” Fantastic question! Today we’ll show you three of the most popular unity ceremony ideas and tell you how they work. Let’s begin, shall we?

Unity Ceremony Ideas

The three most popular unity ceremony ideas are the sand ceremony, the unity candle, and the wine ceremony. Each of these unity ceremony ideas are used to show a couple’s partnership and is usually performed after the vows have been read.

1. Sand Ceremony

For a sand ceremony, you’ll need three containers (two the same size, one larger) and sand. At the ceremony, two containers are filled with sand; the larger container in the middle is empty. The bride and groom then pour their containers of sand into the center container to mix the two together as a sign of their unity. This is an especially fitting idea for beach weddings.

Sand Unity Ceremony (photo: michelle gardella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: michelle gardella | see the real wedding

Here’s an example of a sand ceremony set:

Sand Unity Ceremony Set - Unity Ceremony Ideas


2. Unity Candle Ceremony

The unity candle ceremony is the most traditional of the three. It uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the “unity candle”) placed in the center. The taper candles are lit and the bride and groom use them to light the unity candle together as a sign of their unity.

Unity Candle Ceremony (photo: liv hefner photography) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: liv hefner photography | see the real wedding

Here’s a unity candle set that’s personalized (we love!):

Personalized unity candle set (by Susabella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas class=


3. Wine Ceremony

There are two ways you can do a wine ceremony. One example is to have a wine box ceremony, where you place a bottle of wine inside a personalized wood box along with two (pre-written) letters, one from the bride and one from the groom. Together, you nail the box shut and open on your first anniversary.

Wine Ceremony (photo: meghan christine) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: meghan christine | see the real wedding

Look for a personalized wine box, like this one:

Wine Ceremony Box (by PNZ Designs, photo by I {Heart} Photos, bouquet by Curious Floral)

box: pnz designs, bouquet: curious floral, photo: i {heart} photos

Another type of wine ceremony involves actual pouring of wine. You’ll need two wine glasses filled with wine and a decanter. Together, pour the wine into the decanter and then into your wine glasses and sip.

Wine - Unity Ceremony Ideas (photo: sarah lyn)

photo: sarah lyn photography via floridian weddings

You can find a personalized set like this:

Wine Ceremony Set by Scissormill- Unity Ceremony Ideas


Which of these unity ceremony ideas is your favorite?

Are you doing a unity ceremony at your wedding? Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear about your wedding, whether you’re picking a traditional unity ceremony, non-traditional, or skipping it altogether.

P.S. Do you have a wedding advice question? Just Ask Emmaline! It’s free… and your question may appear in an upcoming post!


DIY Glitter Candle Holders

We spotted these gorgeous (+ easy to do!) DIY glitter candle holders via Weddingstar and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you need a fun + easy DIY to do this weekend, this is it! I’ve seen glitter candle holders done before, but none have resulted in such a gorgeous design worthy of your wedding centerpiece. With just a few simple supplies (you know, a little spray-on adhesive, gold glitter, and a few tealight luminaries) you can steal this look for your wedding centerpieces. I love the idea of pairing a trio of these glittery candle holders with a vase of fresh flowers. At night, they’ll look stunning with specks of gold glitter and romantic candlelight shining through.

DIY Glitter Candle Holders (via Weddingstar)
DIY Glitter Candle Holders (via Weddingstar)

via weddingstar

DIY Glitter Candle Holders

You can grab the entire tutorial by the lovely Kasia over at Weddingstar. This is one DIY I’ll be tackling as home decor. Wouldn’t they look great on the back patio or dining room? I think so.

Happy Weekend! ♥


DIY Floral Display

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday! If you’re looking for DIY wedding inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! After spending time ooh-ing and aah-ing over one very lovely flower display, we decided to break it down – piece-by-beautiful-piece – into one very do-able idea you can try at home. This floral display is soft and elegant, will wow your guests, and incorporates a few delightful finds like baby’s breath, white and blush roses, candles, glass bottles, and vases. PLUS, to make this display even sweeter, we’ve compiled a shopping list for those hard-to-find accent pieces (like french galvanized vases and cone-shaped glass bottles). Ready to get started? Read on to get the full scoop!

First, here’s the awe-inspiring look, created by bride Caitlyn via Style Me Pretty (photos by Raw Photo Design, floral design by Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design):

diy floral display

photo by raw photo design

diy floral display

photo by raw photo design

Where to Buy

Below is a visual shopping list. Click on an image below to see where to buy (note: the links direct to Amazon, wherein we are an affiliate; however, feel free to shop wherever you wish!)

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How To: DIY Floral Display

First and foremost, you’ll need to create this DIY floral display with baby’s breath and a mixture of both white and blush roses. Simply place the roses in silver mint julep vases and french galvanized vases along the back (in a row). Next, create a stunning visual with glass bottles – varying styles preferred – placed in front of the vases and filled with sprigs of baby’s breath. We recommend tying in unique glass bottle styles like round, cone, bulb, and “ms. b” style (all represented above). Finally, place tea lights or votive candles in glass candle holders, place in front of the glass bottles, and light. (Note: We recommend using long-burning candles so the display will look great all evening long.) Voilà – you’re done!

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Happy Planning!