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30 Beautiful Ideas for Winter Weddings

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Tis the season for sparkly snowflakes, cozy feather accessories, and glitter-dipped candles… all of which you’ll find in today’s feature! We’ve found thirty handpicked (handmade!) ideas for winter weddings you’ll love including bouquet alternatives for the wedding party, sparkly details, a creative guest book with snowflakes, snowflake table numbers, a wintry floral crown for your bridal shoot, a snowflake corsage for your mom, cozy wrap-me-up shawls, coffee cup wraps for your coffee bar, and much more. Grab a cup of festive coffee (it’s not too early for me! bring it on along with the Christmas music, I say) and prepare to be inspired! P.S. Love something you see here? You can find out more in the resources list at the end of this post.

Ideas – Winter Weddings

flower bouquet with rhinestones by BridalBouquetsbyKy | ideas winter weddings |

Candle Centerpiece Idea — Handmade-a-Day

A charming candle centerpiece idea is today’s handmade-a-day find! Be sure you’re on the list so you don’t miss future blog posts.

Candle Centerpiece Idea -- Handmade-a-Day

by VENdecor handmade

Earlier this week, we talked about ways to save money on your wedding. One of those tips was to choose non-floral centerpieces instead of large floral blooms. As inspiration, we are sharing this candle centerpiece idea from VEN Decor Handmade. It features handmade green leaf garland and a trio of candles in the center. Romantic lighting is always a welcome addition to your reception space and we love how this candle centerpiece comes together. Did you know each leaf is made of green crepe paper and completely handmade? That’s pretty incredible.

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!

“Scented Candles at Wedding Receptions?” — Ask Emmaline

The latest Ask Emmaline question comes from bride-to-be, Christina, who asks…

[su_quote cite=”Christina”]”I want to use scented candles at my reception tables but I can’t decide what scent to use. I asked my friend about her favorite scent and she advised against scented candles completely. What do you think of scented candles at wedding receptions?”[/su_quote]

Your friend is right — you should never use scented candles at wedding receptions. And I know it’s tempting, since those fall and winter candles are especially delicious smelling (I think I burn this one from September through November every year, pretty much every day!) Here’s why using scented candles at wedding receptions is a classically bad idea.

Why You Should Never Use Scented Candles at Wedding Receptions |

Handmade Soy Candles

We’re rolling right along with these fantastic wedding giveaways for the month of August! The next amazing prize up for grabs is this set of handmade soy candles by the gentlemen of Hart + Hawthorn, maker of men’s grooming gifts, candles, and soaps. Each candle is dye-free and hand poured in Ohio and packaged with a stamped kraft paper cover. The candles are available in a variety of scents made from essential oils and fragrances. Read on to see how you can win this fabulous trio…

Handmade Soy Candles

handmade soy candles

This set of three twelve-oz. candles measure approximately 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall. They burn for approximately 60 hours. These handmade soy candles are made with Wooden Wicks that give off a faint crackling sound when burning. The wooden wicks are harvested from FSC certified sustainable wood.

handmade soy candles

handmade soy candles

o Prize: Handmade soy candles by Hart + Hawthorn. Pick your favorite scents! See the available scents here.
o Enter between 8/4/14-8/10/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/11; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $42; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!


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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50 Most Creative Bridal Shower Favors

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Hello, loves! We’ve talked about wedding favors, but have you thought about bridal shower favors yet? If you’re planning a bridal shower, you’ll want to pick out a favor to say thank you to guests. If you’re a Maid of Honor, Mom, Bridesmaid, or friend planning a bridal shower for a bride-to-be, you’ll want to bookmark this post for future reference! We’ve scoured the web to find fifty of the most creative bridal shower favors to inspire your memorable event. And, this isn’t just any old list: each hand-picked favor is one we know your guests will actually enjoy. If you’re spending money on favors, you might as well buy favors guests will enjoy, right? That’s what we think, too! Read on to see which bridal shower favors made the list (note: favors listed in random order; each favor is equally amazing). Also, keep in mind that many of these favors are applicable as wedding favors, too. Enjoy!

Bridal Shower Favors

1. Bridal Shower Lip Balms


by the favor stylist

2. Wedding Dress Cookies

wedding dress cookies

by for the love of cookies

3. Wildflower Seed Packets

wildflower seed packets

by mavora art and design

4. Measuring Spoons

measuring spoon favors

by kate aspen

5. Macaron Bridal Shower Favors

Ombre! Love these:

pink ombre macarons

by indayani baked goods

Or coordinate with your bridal shower color palette:


by indayani baked goods

6. Wrapped Soap Favors

rustic soap favors

by rustic joy soap

7. Candy Favor Bags

50 Best Bridal Shower Favors: candy favor bags (by mavora art and design)

by mavora art and design

8. Soy Candles

50 Best Bridal Shower Favors: soy candle favors (by lulu sugar)

by lulu sugar

9. Soap Favors in Muslin Bags

50 Best Bridal Shower Favors: soap favors bridal shower muslin favor bags (by psj boutique)

by psjsoapcottage

10. Sugar Scrub Favors

sugar scrub favors

by lulu sugar

11. Cupcake in a Jar Favors

cupcakes in a jar bridal shower favor

by sweet sisters cupcake

12. Swish Coffee Cup + Beans Favor

diy coffee cup favors

we made these! see the DIY here

13. Wedding Cake Flavored Rim Sugar

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: wedding cake flavored rim sugar (by dell cove spices)

by dell cove spices

14. Wine Glass Charm Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: bridal shower wine glass charm favors (by convertible girl shop)

by convertible girl shop

15. Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: organic dark chocolate covered almonds (by apropos roasters)

by apropos roasters

16. Heart Shaped Ring Dish Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: heart ring dish favors (by darrielle's clay art)

by darrielle’s clay art

17. Cocktail Drink Sugar Cube Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: cocktail drink sugar cube bridal shower favors (by dell cove spices)

by dell cove spices

18. Bridal Shower Cake Pops

cake pops

by crumbtastic

19. Bride and Groom Pretzel Rod Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: bridal shower pretzel rod favors (by plaine old jane)

by plain olde jane

20. Lavender Sachet Bridal Shower Favors

lavender sachet favors

by the artsy hippie

21. Wine Bottle Stoppers

wine bridal shower toppers

by kara’s vineyard wedding

22. Tea Bridal Shower Favors

tea favors

by lulu island honey

23. Plantable Seed Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: plantable seed favors (by recycled ideas)

by recycled ideas

24. Honey in a Jar Bridal Shower Favor

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: honey bridal shower favors (by holy honey)

by holy honey

25. Candy Stick Favors

Make ’em yourself with rock candy sticks and tags.

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: candy stick bridal shower favors (by hello sugar)

candy sicks

26. Caramel Bridal Shower Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: here comes the bride caramel favors (by the caramel jar)

by the caramel jar

27. Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: chocolate covered espresso bean favors (by apropos roasters)

by apropos roasters

28. Chocolate Lollipop Favors

chocolate wedding cake lollipops

by rosebud chocolates

29. Whisk Bridal Shower Favor

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: whisk bridal shower favor

by kate aspen

30. Cotton Candy Bridal Shower Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: cotton candy bridal shower favors

by sweetopia cotton candy

31. Love Bird Wine Bottle Stopper

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: love bird wine bottle stopper favor

by weddingstar

32. Succulent Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: succulent bridal shower favors

by jiimz

33. Daisy Seed Packets

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: daisy seed packets bridal shower (by white tulip boutique)

by white tulip boutique

34. S’mores in a Jar

smores in a jar favors

by viveltre

35. Nail Polish Favor Tags

Just add these tags to a favorite polish… like this!

nail polish bridal shower favors

tags by print smitten

36. Margarita Salt Favor in a Tin

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: margarita salt favor (by dell cove spices)

by dell cove spices

37. Pocket Mirror Bridal Shower Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: pocket mirror bridal shower favors (by gami works)

by gamiworks

38. Marshmallows on a Stick Favors

marshmallow pop favors

by viveltre

39. Gourmet Lollipop Favors

lollipop favors

by luxe lollipops

40. Air Plant Favors

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: sea urchin air plant favors (by air plant shop)

by air plant shop

41. Honey Favors

honey jar favors

by bumble and branch

42. Mini Planter Pots

Just add air plants or succulents!

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: mini planter pots (by redstone works)

by redwood stoneworks

43. Wedding Tea Favors

tea favors in a bag

by dell cove spices

44. Chocolate Marshmallows

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: chocolate marshmallows (by whimsy and spice)

by whimsy and spice

45. Popcorn Favors

popcorn bridal shower favors

by dell cove spices

46. Chocolate Favor Bars

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: chocolate favor bars (by cocoa and honey)

by cocoa and honey

47. Rose Soap Favors

rose soaps

by favors by angelique

48. Hershey Kiss Favors

hershey kiss favors

by sweet party goodies

49. Wish Bracelet

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: wish bracelet (by made by dina)

by made by dina

50. Gourmet Popcorn Seasoning

50 Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas: gourmet popcorn seasoning (by dell cove spices)

by dell cove spices

Happy Planning!


Tell us: which of these bridal shower favors is your favorite? Please share your comment below!

Soy Candles (+ Handmade, Too!)

The number one sign of a fun wedding reception? Guests dancing, laughing, and celebrating until the very last song. If you want your reception to last, add candles to your planning checklist. Candles will create a romantic atmosphere and function as additional light throughout the evening. We spotted these beautiful soy candles by the folks at Luminology and we love them for two reasons… read on to find out more!

soy candles

Soy Candles

We love these soy candles for two reasons: they’re handmade and the mini bowls can be reused as decor in your home after the candles burn out.

soy - handmade candles
soy - handmade candles
soy - handmade candles
soy - handmade candles

To view more, check out Luminology.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Planning!


How to Cut Wine Bottles for Candle Holders

Have you ever wondered how to cut wine bottles to re-purpose as candle holders? Today you’ll learn how to put old wine bottles to good use as re-usable candle holders. We love when wedding centerpieces make a statement (remember the cascading hydrangea table runner?) and these candles are no exception! They can be grouped together on tables for a romantic glow or placed along a path for a soft, ethereal light. After your wedding day, they can be reused on your patio while entertaining or in your love nest during a romantic dinner.

Read on for info on the candle holder tutorial, find out where to order handmade holders and learn an alternate idea you can do in less than a minute. Enjoy!

how to cut wine bottles
how to cut wine bottles

images above via the good life

How to Cut Wine Bottles

Our favorite tutorial is via this real bride‘s step-by-step instruction via Weddingbee. She was inspired by the picture on the left; her recreation is shown on the right.

how to cut wine bottles

We think she did a beautiful job! The best part? Her wedding scheme is gold and green and she was able to incorporate the colors into her wine bottle holders. The bonus? She worked on it with her fiancee, a great DIY idea for date night.

To make them, she gathered old bottles donated by family and friends and removed the labels. To remove the labels, just use water, razor blades and goo gone to remove the sticky residue. She mentions to have a few extra bottles just in case, as a few of hers cracked or split while she was making them. After the labels were removed, she cut the bottles herself with instructions from this terrific video by Dan Rojas entitled how to cut wine bottles in 30 seconds. Then, she cut the bottoms with a cutting tool and boiling water. She does a terrific job explaining the entire how-to, so find out the full tutorial here. Tip: She makes an important note about safety: once the candle is burning, the top of the bottle will get extremely hot. So, please don’t touch + be sure to keep away from children and pets.

Buy Handmade Candle Holders

Now, if learning how to cut wine bottles yourself isn’t your cup of… er, wine, we recommend buying handmade! We found some of the most amazing wine bottle candle holders via The Good Life which we displayed in the first two images of this post. Here are a few more favorites from the very same shop:

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Wine Bottle Candle Holders in Less Than A Minute

Turn any wine bottle into an oil lamp with this glass candle insert by National Artcraft via Amazon. (Emmaline Bride is an affiliate of Amazon, but you can buy it wherever you’d like!) Just add oil to the insert, place into the top of a wine bottle and light the wick. Now you have a beautiful wine bottle candle in less than a minute!

Wine Bottle Guest Book

And, if you’re incorporating a wine theme throughout your entire wedding, consider this amazing wine bottle guest book idea via EVCreations via The Marketplace! Guests write their names onto a wine bottle to be opened at your one year, five year and ten year anniversaries. We LOVE this idea!

wine bottle guest book

We hope you enjoyed these wine bottle ideas today. If you decide to DIY, please send us pictures! We’d love to see your work and possibly feature in an upcoming follow-up post. Thanks!

Happy Planning!