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Painted Mason Jar Centerpiece

Good morning! It’s Friday, can you believe it? It feels like I was just talking about how fast last week went by. We are kicking off this beautiful Friday morning with a painted mason jar centerpiece spotted over at Beach Blues, today’s #HANDMADEADAY find! When it comes to painted mason jars, Missy of Beach Blues is the expert. She has some of the prettiest painted mason jars I’ve ever seen — and a bunch of color combinations to top it off. If you’re looking for a color palette, I recommend checking out her ready-made designs where she has tons of pretty shades (even ombre). In this find, she’s paired together a light pink and white mason jar set, tied them together with a personalized ribbon, and filled them with elegant flowers. It’s an easy-to-do centerpiece that ties in well with a shabby chic, romantic, or classic wedding theme. See the photos below!

Painted Mason Jar Centerpiece

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painted mason jar centerpieces pink white

painted mason jar centerpieces shabby chic

Giveaway: Win a Paper Flower Backdrop!

Have you seen the paper flower backdrops, centerpieces, and decor over at PaperFlora yet? If not, you should — there’s so much prettiness in bloom!

paper flowers left

by paperflora

Paper Flowers for Wedding Decor, Centerpieces & More

One of our favorite new trends — well, it’s been trending for awhile, but it’s still on point this season — is paper flowers as decor throughout your space. We’ve seen paper flowers along the aisle, as ceremony backdrops, at the head table, as centerpieces for receptions, adorning a cake, and more. Paper flowers are in — and they aren’t going anywhere for a long time to come.

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These Flower Vase Favors are Brilliant — Here’s Why

When we received this question from bride-to-be, Amy, we couldn’t wait to share what we found with you! Here’s her question, submitted to us on the Ask Emmaline inbox:

Hi Emmaline! I am looking for wedding favors that can also add to our decorations. I was thinking of giving flowers since we’re having a bohemian rustic wedding and we’ll be using wildflowers throughout. Do you have any advice on how to give flowers as favors? What container to use, how big they should be, etc.? Thanks!

We love the idea of giving flowers as favors, Amy! It’s a thoughtful gift guests can actually use, which is our favorite kind of favor! When giving flower favors, be sure to provide a small glass or bottle. A tag is also appropriate, so guests know they’re favors and should be taken home. They should also be kept fresh before placing on tables — and when it comes to the flowers you pick, anything goes! On our quest for the perfect flower favors, these flower vase favors from JoBlake came to mind. We love ’em because they are essentially THREE wedding details in one: they’re 1) favors, 2) place cards, and 3) decorations. Talk about a time (and money) -saver! Individually, they’re lovely decor pieces; in a group, they’re visually stunning! Plus, they can be used for your wedding reception or bridal shower. Take a look:

Flower Vase Favors

flower vase favors
by joblake

We love these because they’re handmade + chock full of love. Joanna, the designer, even made these for her own wedding. TIP: She said her mother-in-law stored her flowers in the fridge and put them out in the vases the day of the wedding to keep them fresh.

place card escort card
by joblake

flower vase favors with tag

by joblake

by joblake

flower vase favors in jars

by joblake

Lovely! You can find out more about these favors and take a closer look in the shop.

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Thanks for your question, Amy, and we hope this helped to answer your questions. If you’re a bride-to-be (or a bridesmaid, MOH, mom of the bride, etc.) and need advice, we’re here to help! Just submit your question here.

xo
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12 (Easy!) Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas to Steal

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You love a little do-it-yourself decor, but not when it means an overwhelming amount of work, right? We hear you. And you know what? We also think wedding decor should look really awesome, especially when you’re going the extra mile to add handcrafted touches to it. That’s why you’ll find twelve easy vintage wedding decor ideas in today’s post to get that creative inspiration flowing! You’ll love these finds, whether you need just a few extra touches throughout your reception or you’re starting from scratch and need some serious inspiration. Plus, we picked decor ideas that were pretty easy to implement, which leaves you more time to find that perfect wedding dress or hunt down the perfect handmade wedding finds. Anyway, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas

While you’re browsing these, let us know which one is your favorite! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

1. This vintage spoon used as a table number

It’s easy, and functional, too! Just buy them and place in vintage bottles (like these or these). It honestly couldn’t be easier. (Plus, Kerrie from Wooden Hive is awesome.)

vintage spoon table number idea

wooden hive

2. These skeleton keys used for place cards

Just use skeleton keys, attached to simple place cards.

key to happy marriage place cards

romabea images via wedding chicks

3. This vintage mirror turned signage

thrift store mirror with paint to make a wedding sign

matthew nigel via wedding chicks

4. These antique glass bottles turned vases

vintage bottles turned vases

photo: whitney rae photography via style me pretty

5. This ordinary thrift frame turned ‘our love story’ display

our love story glass frame turned vintage decor

photo: katherine birkbeck photography via the lovely find

6. An ordinary pallet becomes a showcase for photographs

pallet decorated with vintage photo frames

Here’s a closer look:

pallet decor idea

photo: this modern love via love my dress

7. This centerpiece idea with cloche and silver platter is perfection

centerpiece idea with silver platter

photo: this modern love via love my dress

8. This ceremony space with antique chandelier

What struck me first was the chandelier; and, I have to say, that handwritten scroll backdrop is pretty incredible.

chandelier above ceremony space with handwritten scroll

photo: this modern romance

9. This easy mason jar centerpiece idea

And it’s already made for you!

baby's breath centerpiece table number in mason jar

by montana snow

10. This wreath with vintage type letter

For your ceremony entrance + re-used at home after the big day

monogram wreath

by two inspire you

11. These mason jars hanging from ceremony chairs

And talk about those colorful hearts sticking in the ground!

vintage mason jars hanging from chair backs

photo: one love photography via style me pretty

12. These gold candlesticks used instead of floral centerpieces

Ah, so gorgeous.

candlesticks as vintage decor

photo: amy nicole photo via ruffled blog

Are you planning a vintage wedding? Tell us your favorite vintage wedding decor ideas below!

xo
-E.

Succulent Planters for Centerpieces

Have you seen the incredible modern decor pieces at Shade on Shape yet? I’m so inspired by them! I’m always on the lookout for chic ways to display succulents (you know, my favorite plants in the universe) and these succulent planters are a new favorite find. If you’re planning a modern wedding or have a penchant for geometric shapes, you’ll love these succulent planters, too. I think they would look lovely as part of a modern wedding centerpiece vignette.

Succulent Planters for Centerpieces

Succulent Planters

These wooden geometric mini planters are perfect for succulents or other cactus plant varieties. The wooden planters are painted for you and available in custom colors. I love when wedding decor can double as home decor; two birds, one stone! I’d love to use these planters as a centerpiece and afterward in my home. Beautiful!

Succulent Planters for Centerpieces

To find out more about these succulent planters, check out Shade on Shape. The plants themselves aren’t included in the price (but you can get a whole bunch of ’em here). You can also find succulents at your local garden store, but it’s more expensive to purchase them individually. Buy succulents in bulk and you’ll definitely save a little money. I’m planning to fill my window boxes with nothing but succulents and I’m buying them in bulk. It doesn’t beat plants directly to your doorstep, either! No carting them around and spilling dirt all over the back seat of the car. Unless that’s just me. Ha.

Oh, also… if you like those, you’ll also appreciate these mod painted wooden vases! I know I do.

Painted Wooden VasesPainted Wooden Vases

Happy Planning!


-E.

Tell us: Do you plan to use succulents in your wedding decor? Would you use succulent planters or do you prefer a different vessel?

DIY Cupcake Bouquet

Brides: are you serving cupcakes at your wedding? Bored of the same old display? Want to cross “centerpieces” AND “cake” off your to-do list at the same time? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve heard of the cupcake in a jar – heck, we’ve even seen cupcakes on candlesticks – but a DIY cupcake bouquet is a fresh + fun idea. Instead of displaying cupcakes on the same old tray or tower, display them in a pot instead! These rose-frosting-topped cupcake bouquets are perfect for spring and summer weddings, bridal showers, and parties, and they double as your centerpiece, too. Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner, you have no excuse but to whip up a batch of cupcakes this weekend and give ’em to your mom. (And, it’s EASY! Even I could make ’em, which is saying a lot. I’m no baker.) Besides, do you know anyone who would turn down a bouquet of cupcakes? Me either. So, grab your favorite cupcake mix, delicious frosting, some decorative cupcake wrappers, and a few other easy-to-find supplies and prepare to be inspired! Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page for full step-by-step tutorials. Enjoy!

DIY Cupcake Bouquet Ideas
photo credits: top left – edible moments | bottom left – perfect wedding | right – culinary couture blog

DIY Cupcake Bouquet

A cupcake bouquet is a vessel – typically a gardening pot to fit into the ‘bouquet’ theme – filled with cupcakes. The cupcakes look like blooms because their tops have been piped with frosting to look like roses; the cupcakes are attached to toothpicks set in Styrofoam so they appear to be ‘blooming’ right out of their pot. And, if I do say so myself, they look almost too pretty to eat. (Let’s be honest, though, it’s still cake. Delicious. Icing-topped. Cake. I can’t pass that up.)

This cupcake bouquet by Edible Moments is one of my favorites. I love the white rose-topped cupcakes and the chocolate cake. I also love how she added the fake leaves that look so real. And, her frosting piping skills are amazing.

diy cupcake bouquet - pink cupcake bouquet (by edible moments)close-up of cupcake bouquet by edible moments:

I came across this blog called 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s filled with so many great ideas! I especially love the animated gif she created on the tutorial which shows how to pipe roses. She makes it look do-able, even for a total novice baker, like myself.

diy cupcake bouquet (by 52 kitchen adventures)

diy cupcake bouquet by 52 kitchen adventures

Feeling adventurous? Add macarons on a stick, a little tulle, and cupcakes (with a decorative container) and you get this pretty little masterpiece. By Raspberri Cupcakes.

diy cupcake bouquet with macarons (by raspberri cupcakes)

by raspberri cupcakes

And, I’m no baker… so instead of me pretending to know what I’m talking about, I’ll leave the rest up to the pros! Check out these AMAZING resources (in no particular order) for how to make your own DIY cupcake bouquet:

o Get the full-scoop on how to make a cupcake bouquet from 52 Adventures, along with a piped roses tutorial image;

o Learn how to make the cupcake bouquet with macarons from Raspberri Cupcakes; and

o Check out the cupcake bouquet tutorial from Edible Moments.

After checking out these sources, I’m ready to go out and make these myself! I’ll let you know how it turns out. :)

Happy Planning Baking (+ Bowl Licking + Icing Stealing + Cake Eating)! P.S. My diet is coming back from vacation soon and she’s gonna be ticked.


-E.

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8 Unique Beach Wedding Centerpieces

Brides: Are you planning a beach themed wedding and tired of seeing the same beach wedding centerpieces time and time again? Are you looking for unique, creative beach wedding ideas but your search is coming up short? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re planning a beach wedding, rustic wedding, wedding in the woods, or otherwise (heck, even a state themed wedding), I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s all about knowing where to look. The most unique wedding details – like beach wedding centerpieces, for example, aren’t found in a magazine spread. They’re tucked away in little corners of the world in coastal beach houses, found on shelves in antique shops with creaky wood floors, picked up along the shoreline of the coast, and, most of all, they’re handmade with two hands and a whole lotta love. Today we’re featuring one such artisan, By The Seashore, a husband and wife team located near the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. (I can’t help but hear this song as I write this. I love NC.) One glimpse into Carol and Andrew’s shop makes one dream of relaxing on the beach, and what could be more relaxing than a beach wedding? So, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to be inspired with eight unique ideas for beach wedding centerpieces. We think you’re going to love what we’ve found… and you’ve probably never seen anything like these before. Enjoy!

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - sea urchin air plant holder by By The Seashore

Beach Wedding Centerpieces

1. Sea Urchin Air Plant

To kick off the list, we’re featuring this gorgeous sea urchin air plant, one of my favorite beach wedding centerpieces to date. Air plants are easy to care for and only require a little water and indirect sunlight. When placed in a sea urchin holder in the center of a table, an air plant provides a chic, modern beach wedding look.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - sea urchin air plant by By The Seashore

2. Sea Urchin Tree

This sea urchin tree is one of the most original wedding centerpieces I’ve ever seen. It can be placed on a mirrored base or tray of sand in the center of your tables. Planning a beach wedding around the holidays? This is another fun approach to a ‘tree’ that ties in your theme beautifully.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - sea urchin tree by By The Seashore

3. Beach Glassware on a Vintage Tray

Barnacle bottles and scalloped bottles placed on a vintage tray is simple – yet chic – and can be reused later as home decor.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - beach glass decor by By The Seashore10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - beach glass decor by By The Seashore

4. Sandy Snow Globes

These sandy snow globes feature white sand, a starfish, white coral, a sea biscuit, limpet shell, and more. One of my favorite parts of this centerpiece? It can be opened to add your own seashells or decorative touches, like a seashell from the shore at your wedding.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - beach snow globe centerpiece idea by By The Seashore

4. Driftwood Votive Candle Holder

We’ve seen plenty of beach wedding centerpieces in the past, but none like this driftwood votive candle holder. This is such a fun idea and adds a romantic glow to your reception tables at night. Guests will be hoping to take one of these home – that’s for sure!

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - driftwood votive candle holder by By The Seashore

5. Limpet Shell Frame

Arrange seashells, starfish, and coral around this limpet shell frame, which can be used at your wedding to display a table number. If you’re buying one for each table, give them away to close friends and family members after the wedding; keep a frame for yourself and display a favorite beach wedding photo.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - limpet shell and starfish frame by By The Seashore

6. Cast Iron Crawfish

Place this crawfish on a tray filled with white pebbles, as shown, for a low-profile – but completely memorable – beach centerpiece.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - crawfish paperweight cast iron by By The Seashore

6. Seashell Air Plant Holder

This air plant is housed in a sea-inspired seashell in an inspiring shade of blue. Love.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - conch shell by By The Seashore

7. Cast Iron Starfish

Place this cast iron starfish on a decorative tray with coral, as shown, for a totally memorable centerpiece you’ll definitely re-use as home decor.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - cast iron starfish by By The Seashore

8. Sea Urchin Candle Holder

Similarly to the sea urchin tree we mentioned above, this sea urchin candle holder is a unique piece that serves two purposes: one, as decor, and two, as a vessel for candlelight in the evening.

10 Beach Wedding Centerpieces via EmmalineBride.com - sea urchin candle holder by By The Seashore

To see more ideas for beach wedding centerpieces, beach wedding decor, find ring bearer shell ‘pillows’, and more creative finds, visit By The Seashore. You can also find By The Seashore in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.

Happy Planning!


-E.

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5 Ways to Use Felt Wedding Bouquets

Have you considered felt wedding bouquets for your upcoming day? While the idea of using felt may not have crossed your mind, we think it is a fun idea definitely worth consideration. If your heart is already set on carrying a fresh flower bouquet down the aisle, there are plenty of ways to use felt wedding bouquets on your special day. The lovely Cole of Handmade Colectibles, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, has perfected her green crafting thumb to create beautiful felt wedding bouquets in any color of the rainbow to tie into your color palette perfectly. These felt bouquets, unlike fresh flowers that wilt, will last forever and can be used as decor in your home after you say “I Do”. Read on to find out five ways to use felt wedding bouquets for your day and check out tons of inspiration from this lovely shop!

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

5 Ways to Use Felt Wedding Bouquets

1. Carry felt bouquets in lieu of fresh flowers down the aisle.

This is the most popular way to use felt bouquets but still worth noting. Instead of fresh flowers, carry a beautiful handmade felt wedding bouquet down the aisle in any color you choose. Gift your bridesmaids with felt bouquets to carry which can be saved as a keepsake for years to come. Plus, no one will be allergic to the bouquets and break out into hives, always a plus.

2. Wear as a wrist corsage for your wedding rehearsal.

Wear a wrist corsage of felt flowers down the aisle at your rehearsal or gift these corsages to your mother, mother in law, grandmother, special aunt, etc. to wear instead of a fresh floral corsage. This one will last forever and can be placed in a jewelry box.

3. Display as bridal shower or wedding reception centerpieces.

Deck out your centerpieces with felt bouquets instead of fresh! At bridal showers, for instance, one guest at each table always goes home with the centerpiece (we’ve all been there!); give the gift of these forever blooms which will never wilt and can be enjoyed in a pretty vase for years to come.

4. Use as ceremony decoration down the aisle or secured to chairs.

Add miniature felt bouquets to mason jars and place down the aisle or wrap a bouquet in ribbon and secure to the end of a pew. These flowers require no refrigeration so you can decorate well in advance and never worry about wilting down the aisleway.

5. Toss a felt bouquet at your reception.

Instead of a fresh flower bouquet, toss a felt bouquet. The lucky girl who catches the bouquet can keep it forever and, who knows, maybe she’ll even carry the bouquet down the aisle on her wedding day!

Now that you know how to use them, get inspired with these hand-picked felt wedding bouquets by Handmade Colectibles:

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

felt wedding bouquets

by handmade colectibles

There’s plenty more to see in the shop! If you visit, tell Cole Emmaline Bride sent you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and check back first thing Monday morning for fresh handmade wedding inspiration!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

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