Category: ceremony

Rustic Wedding Ring Box

What is a ring box? A wedding ring box is an alternative to a ring pillow, which is used as a vessel for holding your wedding rings until the exchange of vows.

While a traditional ring pillow can be used, many couples are choosing alternatives as a fun thematic touch. This rustic wedding ring box — today’s handmade-a-day pick — is one example. The box is handmade by Red Heart Creations and can be re-used after the ceremony as a safe place for holding your rings (if you’re cleaning or painting) or as a jewelry box.

Rustic Wedding Ring Box

Wedding Ring Box Holder

This ring box is hand made and finished to give it a distressed, loved-in feel. It features your initials on the top and can be used as a ring pillow alternative, photo prop, or as a keepsake at home. This rustic wedding ring box measures 2 5/8″ x 2 11/16″.

Rustic Wedding Ring Box | Wedding Ring Box Holder

Rustic Wedding Ring Box | Round Ring Box

Rustic Wedding Ring Box for Ceremony

Want to buy a wedding ring box of your own? Visit Red Heart Creations to get your box custom made! I want one just because it’s so charming; I can already picture where I would place it at home!

Comment below about what type of ring pillow (or alternative) you’re planning to use for your ceremony. We’d love to hear all about it!


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12 Cute Flower Girl Basket Alternatives (+ Giveaway!)

Before the bride makes her grand entrance, the flower girl traditionally tosses petals along the aisle. But what if you want something different? Or what if your venue doesn’t allow petals to be tossed? That’s where we come in! Today we’re sharing flower girl basket alternatives we know you’ll love. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Alternative Journals to give away one of these flower girl basket alternatives to one lucky reader! What is the giveaway prize, you ask? Read on to find out!

Flower Girl Basket Alternatives

1. Wand

A flower girl star wand is something every flower girl would love to carry! By Jennifer Raichman.

flower girl star wand

handmade by jennifer raichman

Want a more rustic vibe? Opt for this grapevine heart wand instead! Handmade by Michele’s Cottage.

heart wand by micheles cottage

handmade by michele’s cottage

Planning a vintage wedding? This Victorian inspired wand features silk hydrangea petals and comes with a matching headband. By Kate Kate NYC.

victorian flower girl wand with matching headband

by kate kate nyc

2. Sign

A sign tells guests the bride is on her way. One example? This “Here Comes the Bride” sign: always a cute touch! By Rustic Blend.

here comes the bride sign by rustic blend

Another example of a sign is one that is personalized for the groom, like this one (shown below by Starry Night Signs):

here comes your bride sign by starry night signs

One of my favorites is this “Here Comes the Love of Your Life” by Just for Keeps:

Here comes the love of your life sign by Just for Keeps

3. Banner

Another type of sign is a banner, which is one terrific option when you have two flower girls. Each can hold a side and walk down the aisle together. This banner is handmade by Little Zebra’s Boutique.

time to tie the knot banner

by little zebra’s boutique

4. Tambourine

A lace or floral tambourine is a fun way for the flower girl to announce the bride’s arrival! Plus, she’ll love to play with it even after the ceremony. By Alternative Journals.

lace flower girl tambourine

by alternative journals

Lavender Toss Bags — Ceremony Exit Ideas

Every couple ought to have a grand exit after the ceremony! A grand exit is where the couple walks down the aisle together — now married! — and guests applaud. This is also the time when guests throw things — like rice, petals, or lavender — at the newlyweds. I’m not sure why throwing things at the newlyweds equals festivity, but it does and that’s just the way it is. ;) We’ve seen flags waved, bubbles blown, bells rung, and ribbons twirled. We’ve even seen confetti popped into the air. (See the best ceremony exit ideas here.) We recommend a ceremony exit because it’s a fun way to kick off the reception.

One of our favorite ceremony toss ideas is lavender because it’s natural, organic, earthy, and exudes the loveliest fragrance. Our friends over at Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. make it easy for your guests to toss lavender by pre–packing it into these sweet muslin toss bags. This is today’s handpicked item of the day and you can find out the full details below.

Lavender Toss Bags

While Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. usually focuses on soap favors, they’re now offering lavender toss bags because they’re such a delicate and fragrant wedding detail. They fill natural muslin bags with french organic lavender buds for guests to toss as the newlyweds walk down the aisle. We recommend placing these bags in a large basket at your ceremony entrance so guests can take one as they arrive. If you prefer, you can leave a toss bag at each guest’s seat with a simple tag telling them to, “Please toss as the newlyweds exit the ceremony”.

lavender wedding toss bags

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

lavender toss bags for ceremony

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

lavender toss bags wedding ceremony

lavender toss bags: four sisters farm soap co.

Love these toss bags? You can find out more and/or buy them here.


31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

Hi, Emma here! Happy Friday! The other day, a friend sent me a link to her wedding shoes and they were not only gorgeous, but they really showed off her fun and colorful personality. (Click here to see them — she chose the hot pink / sparkly pair.) But she had one concern: are they too crazy? Colorful? Should she wear something more bridal? You know, something more subtle, made of ivory and covered in lace? Although lovely, never settle for what you really want. Wedding shoes can be anything you want them to be — some brides choose a classic ivory or white shoe, while others choose hot pink, blue, or purple — even bright green. Some brides go custom with hand-drawn or hand-painted shoes, while others chose a simple pair of flats. And then you have the fun brides who wear sneakers, VANS, TOMS, or Chucks, and the brides who wear sandals for their beach wedding. And then you have the free-spirited brides who book it down the beach in bare feet and a big smile. No matter what shoe you pick, just remember: it’s completely up to you! This is a chance to let your creativity shine!

In today’s post, we’re featuring thirty-one of the best handmade wedding shoes including flats, heels, sandals, flip-flips, platform pumps, wedges, and flats. And all of these are handmade! Click on the link below the photo to find out more information (as well as more styles by that particular vendor). And, oh, just wait until you see this first pair below: it’s my absolute favorite. Enjoy!

Handmade Wedding Shoes

1. These lovely ballet flats with strap

I love these! I want a pair in coral, too.

ballet flats with strap | via 31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

by walkin on air

ballet flats with strap | via 31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

by walkin on air

2. These gold sandals

bohemian gold wedding sandals | via 31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

by bella belle shoe

3. These awesome VANS with your name on the back

These custom VANS are hand-painted with your new name on the back. Cool idea! | via 31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

by bstreet shoes

4. These cute ivory wedge beach sandals

Ivory Wedge Sandals for Beach Wedding | via 31 Best Handmade Wedding Shoes

by my dream wedding

Ribbon Wands with Bells → Ceremony Toss Alternative

After the ceremony, guests like to toss something at the newlyweds as they make their grand exit. We’ve shared some of our favorite ceremony tossing ideas in the past, but happens when your venue says you can’t toss anything? Some venues are doing so, since rice and petals require too much cleanup afterward. So, we recommend these ribbon wands with bells instead. We love them because they’re colorful (and custom to coordinate with your palette), they are lovely noisemakers, which makes them festive; and they’re mess-free! You can’t get much better than that! Check out a few of our favorite ribbon wands below, all handpicked from the lovely Kate Kate NYC, ribbon wand extraordinaire!

Ribbon Wands with Bells

by kate kate nyc

ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

orange pink ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

This next one is my favorite…

Modern Air Plant Wedding Decor

I love when wedding decor can be re-used as home decor. Loooove it. So when I (Emma here!) spotted these modern hanging air plant holders over at Handmade Sam Made, I couldn’t resist sharing their geometric awesomeness with you. But first, what is an air plant, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!

What is an Air Plant?

These is an air plant? Here’s what it looks like:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

An air plant — aka Tillandsia, if you want to get technical — is a sometimes rootless tropical plant with grasslike leaves, according to Google. Water and airborne nutrients are absorbed through its leaves.

Air Plant Wedding Decor

An air plant makes an exceptionally lovely flower alternative for wedding decor, especially for a modern wedding because it offers a minimalist look (similar to the succulent). If you want to decorate your wedding with air plants, we recommend using them as centerpieces, like so:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Or in a vase:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Another way to use air plants as decor is to hang them, whether from trees, rafters, or displayed on a back wall as a sconce or plant holder. These brass Himmeli designs are some of the prettiest I’ve seen yet…

50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…

happily ever after starts here | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas


Note: if you’re reading this on the homepage, it’s a VERY image-intensive post, so we’ve split it in two. You’ll want to click ‘keep reading’ to see the full article.

Mountain Wedding Ideas

First, let’s dream up a breathtaking ceremony space, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony |

photo: bwright photovia style me pretty

Ahhh, so pretty.

You can plan a mountain wedding in any season. In the spring or summer, deck out your ceremony space with an arch, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony arch |
photo: christina kiffney photography

Or plan an elegant fall or winter wedding:

left: venue, via harpers bazaar | right: via style me pretty, photo: cory ryan, venue: stein lodge

Imagine a nighttime reception with mountain views and pretty lights…

mountain wedding |

photo: bwright photo, via style me pretty

… or a see-through tent at night so you don’t miss the views, even when it’s chilly outside.

elegant tent for mountain wedding |

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

Here’s a sweetheart table that’s pure perfection…

sweetheart table mountain wedding |

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception |

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift |

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding |

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas
photo: our labor of love

Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:

mountain save the date |

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date |

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova |

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites |

by sparkvites

by starboard press

Have guests find their seats in a really creative way, like these ‘lift ticket’ cards…

lift ticket escort cards |

by four13designs

See the full post here.

7 Reasons to Get Married in The Outer Banks

If you’ve ever considered a beach or destination wedding, I (Emma here!) recommend The Outer Banks for your destination. I can say that whole-heartedly because I’ve been there — multiple times! — on family vacations in the past, so I have seen first-hand what it has to offer. While vacationing, I’ve seen actual weddings taking place on the beach. I’ve also seen hundreds of wedding photographs of couples who got married in The Outer Banks. It is truly a gorgeous place to wed. The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and some of the coolest beach houses I’ve ever seen. OBX, as it’s often referred to, boasts dozens of amenities for couples choosing to wed here. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why a beach wedding in The Outer Banks is a match made in heaven. Read on to find out more…



The Outer Banks Weddings

1. It’s a destination wedding spot — without the passport.

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, here’s your chance — and guests don’t even have to travel out of the country! No passport needed here, and yet you still get to enjoy total beach wedding heaven.

2. It’s family-friendly.

The Outer Banks offers anything you could need while at your wedding nearby for guests of all ages. Families with children will find restaurants that are kid-friendly, along with convenience stores for anything they could need (and beach stores with all of those extras they maybe forgot to bring). There are also tons of kid-friendly activities nearby that children will enjoy, like learning about the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or learn about The Lost Colony. This means while guests arrive and get settled in, you can rest assured that everyone is having fun and staying busy before the wedding day arrives.

3. The beach houses are amazing.

The beach houses you can rent for lodging are incredible! Many of the houses are very large with multiple bedrooms (with sleeping for 10+ people) so a whole crew can stay in one house. There are also small houses for smaller groups or individual families. The beach houses and resorts are also ideal for a beach reception (provided this is outlined in your rental agreement). You can see some of the beautiful houses and resorts here… and many of them are a short walk from the beach. Which also means (#4)…

4. You can have a ceremony and reception at one location.

Save yourself the hassle of travel between venues! You can have a ceremony on the beach and a reception at a beach house, just a short walk away.

5. It offers some of the most amazing oceanic views.

Every location offers a stunning, picturesque view. And at night, the sunset over the ocean is incredible!

6. There are activities for you and guests to enjoy.

There are endless things to do right there for you and guests to enjoy all throughout Dare County, from Jockey’s Ridge for sand dune climbing or kite flying, to climbing the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, to paddle-boarding or sailing or golfing on some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. Or, you can just relax on the beach. There are amazing restaurants, historical landmarks, places to bike and run, fish, and one of my most favorite places in the world is just a drive away: The Elizabethan Gardens. This place is purely magical. If you go to The Outer Banks, you must go here.

7. You can honeymoon right there.

After the wedding, you won’t want to leave… and who says you have to? You can honeymoon right there on The Outer Banks and save yourself the extra time and hassle of more travel.

Don’t just take our word for it: check out some more reasons why The Outer Banks weddings are amazing! You can also get up-to-date information with their e-newsletter and their travel guide. You can also check out more on the official OBX website.

Here are some photos taken from Real Outer Banks Weddings:

It’s a really beautiful place! If I was planning a beach wedding for a friend, this would be the first place I’d recommend!

This is a sponsored post by The Outer Banks.

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Giveaway: Flower Confetti for Ceremony Toss

What will your guests toss or do to celebrate their excitement as you make your grand ceremony exit? Will they throw rice? Blow bubbles? Use noisemakers? Ring bells? Wave these festive signs? Or maybe toss freshly dried flower confetti? If you win this fabulous giveaway, guests can toss freshly dried flower confetti (aka Flowerfetti), an eco-friendly option! Read on to see how you can win this wonderful prize for tossing at your grand exit…

Wedding Toss with Flower Confetti | photo: brett symes photography | via

photo: brett symes photography via want that wedding; confetti cones by flowerfetti

We’ve teamed up with the lovely Alice of Flowerfetti to give away ten cups of eco flower confetti to one lucky bride. Once the winner redeems her prize, she’ll ship the confetti one month before the wedding for freshness. You can use this flower confetti for tossing, to sprinkle on tables, or for your flower girl to sprinkle down the path before you. The wildflower confetti consists of dried flowers, rose petals, hydrangea petals, daisies and small pansies, and is fabric safe, eco-friendly, and photographs beautifully. If you wish, you can order petal cones like these, too, for placing your flower confetti.

flowerfetti petal cone
by flowerfetti

The winner’s confetti will look similar to this:

by flowerfetti

Giveaway: Win Flower Confetti for Ceremony Toss

Here’s the full scoop:

o Enter between 4/15/15-4/21/15 (11:59pm EST).
o Prize: Flower confetti | 10 cups to serve approx. 30 guests or sprinkle on up to ten tables. Includes dried flowers, rose petals, hydrangea petals, daisies and small pansies. By Flowerfetti.
o FREE shipping to the U.S.
o Petal cones not included (but are available for purchase)
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to use prize | flower confetti will be shipped one month before wedding for freshness
o Prize value: $45 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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