ceremony Archive

How to Decorate with Burlap and Lace

how to decorate weddings with burlap and lace

by ling’s wedding

Hi, loves! Today we’re fielding a new Ask Emmaline question from Jen who wants to know about decorating her wedding with burlap and lace — a popular combination. She asks a question we know other brides are probably wondering, too! ↓

Hi Emmaline! My wedding is rustic and shabby chic. I want to use burlap and lace as decor but I’m not sure where to start. Do I buy a roll from the store and make everything myself? What do you recommend? I am trying mostly DIY projects and need advice. Thank you!

Jen

Hi, Jen! Great question. Burlap is a tricky material to work with, even though everywhere you look you see perfectly executed runners, wraps, favors, bouquets, and more. While you certainly can give burlap a solid go with a roll from a craft store (I’ve grabbed some from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon online for a little savings), I generally don’t recommend it unless you’ve worked with it before. Here’s why: burlap is a tough, strong-smelling fabric that sheds everywhere. And while I love it, your best bet is to use imitation burlap (especially on tables because the smell really is that strong!) OR buy your supplies from a pro burlap designer (who uses both real and faux burlap). For accents like table runners with lace, for example, getting one pre-made is the best route because the designer has worked with it before and will have a custom table runner made to fit your specifications (and table sizes)…

6 Cute Signs for the Flower Girl/Ring Bearer to Hold

here comes the bride ring bearer walking down aisle with pennant flag

by the ritzy rose | photo: studio tran

Today we’re tackling one part of your ceremony: what the flower girl and/or ring bearer will hold or carry down the aisle. There is the traditional choice of a flower basket or ring pillow, but what if you don’t want to do what everyone does? If your venue won’t let you toss petals, your flower girl or ring bearer is shy, or you just want to do something unique, you’ll love these signs for the flower girl or ring bearer to hold from The Ritzy Rose. These range from cute phrases like, “You think I’m cute? Wait for the bride” to “Uncle ___, here comes your girl”. Check out our favorite six signs below including one for the reception! Enjoy!

16 Signage Ideas That Look Beautiful for Weddings (PHOTOS)

Whether you are newly engaged or about to cross the finish line with wedding planning, you absolutely need to see this post! One of the easiest ways you can personalize your ceremony and reception comes down to one thing: signage. Today we’re talking about personalized, beautiful, one-of-a-kind signage that guests will not only notice but remember for years to come. There are a handful of unexpected places where signage can be added and many of these might surprise you. Read on to find out more to beautify your space…

wedding welcome signage

by paper and pine co.

Giveaway: Win Monogrammed Bouquet Ribbons

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We have another fabulous (+ free) giveaway in store for you! But first, have you visited the lovely Oatmeal Lace Design lately? McKay is an inspiration: she’s always finding creative ways to make your wedding more personal and heartfelt. One of our favorite items in her collection is her monogrammed bouquet ribbon. We’re giving away a set of three bouquet ribbons to one lucky reader: one for the bride, one for the Maid of Honor, and one for a bridesmaid. You can buy more if you’d like to give one to every bridesmaid in your wedding party. Each ribbon is handmade and features an individual monogram in your choice of embroidery thread color. This ribbon can be wrapped around your bouquet handle for a charming and personalized touch, like this:

monogrammed bouquet ribbons | by oatmeal lace design | photo: lauren rosenau photography | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/bouquet-ribbons/

by oatmeal lace design, photos: lauren rosenau photography

Read on to see how you can win!

How to Plan Your Ceremony: Order of Events

It’s Tuesday, time to tackle your ceremony to-do list! When we heard from Sarah, we knew it would be the next ‘Ask Emmaline’ feature because it is such a common question asked by couples. She writes,

I am working on my ceremony right now. My fiancé and I are getting married outdoors in the woods. The officiant is a family friend (and this is his 1st wedding). What’s the proper order of events for the ceremony so I know we don’t miss anything? Thanks!

Sarah

Great question, Sarah! Whether you’re planning a religious or civil ceremony, the following order of events will be fairly similar. When you fill in the blanks with your own touches (particular readings or prayers, songs, etc.), that’s where you’ll see the personalized parts of your big day come to life. Here is an “Order of Events” you can follow to help you plan!

wedding ceremony order of events | http://emmalinebride.com/ceremony/order-events/ | photo: shutterfreek

photo: shutterfreek | see the real wedding here

Are Wedding Programs Required? – Ask Emmaline

Hello, loves! If you’re planning your wedding ceremony, this is a must-read post. And, if you’re not planning your ceremony yet, this is a must-bookmark post. (Hit Ctrl + D to save it for later or Pin on Pinterest!) We’re answering one of the most commonly asked ceremony questions: are wedding programs required and are they a good idea? That’s what bride-to-be, Lindsay, wanted to know when she asked us:

“Dear Emmaline, My wedding is in February and I’m planning my ceremony. Do I really need ceremony programs? Will guests even notice if I skip them altogether? I’m on a budget, so I want to make sure I’m spending money wisely. Thanks for your help!”

Great question, Lindsay! The answer to this question depends on what’s right for your specific event, but we’re here to help! Read on for the answer to Lindsay’s question, see our list of pros and cons, and get inspired with handmade wedding programs (plus one clever alternative)…

Are Wedding Programs Required? via EmmalineBride.com (modern wedding program fans by Hoopla Love)

by hoopla love

These “Love is Patient” Aisle Signs Look Beautiful for Weddings

Every once in awhile, we stumble upon an aisle decoration that we absolutely adore… and this is one of them! The lovely Country Bliss Designs makes these “Love is Patient” signs based on the popular verse from 1 Corinthians 13, a favorite among couples as a ceremony reading. As you walk down the aisle, you’ll see the verse written out on large, easy-to-read signage with pretty calligraphy. Take a look! It’s today’s #HANDMADEADAY pick!


Love is Patient Aisle Signs

Love is Patient Aisle Signs by Country Bliss Designs

by country bliss designs

Winter Wedding Confetti — #HANDMADEADAY

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ll love this tossing confetti from Flowerfetti! Tossing confetti is given to guests to toss for your walk down the aisle as newlyweds. Not all confetti is the same: Flowerfetti is biodegradable (unlike rice) and offers a delightful holiday-inspired fragrance. This specific confetti uses roses (a symbol for love), lavender (devotion), and rosemary (remembrance), along with fragrant cedar greenery, berries, and ivy. This confetti is perfect for a winter wedding send-off! It is fabric safe, eco-friendly, and photographs beautifully, leaving petal strewn paths behind.


Winter Wedding Confetti

We recommend filling petal cones with the confetti and pass it out to guests before the ceremony. You can get petal cones here.

winter wedding confetti

by flowerfetti

by flowerfetti

Ready to get yours? Head over to Flowerfetti for details!

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There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned!

xox
-E.

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