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Flower Inspired Bags / Clutches for Weddings (+ Giveaway!)

When you are blessed to see so many beautiful handmade finds on a daily basis as we are, you might assume we see the things over and over again. But that’s the beauty of handmade weddings: there’s always something new to love. To admire. To adore. There’s always a new collection launching, a new color palette inspiring, and a new trend hitting the market. And, we have to tell you: the creativity that comes from small shops turns into BIG ideas. That’s why we love, love, love our community here at Emmaline Bride and we’re so excited you’re here to plan your wedding along with us. Just wanted to tell you that. :)

When it comes to clutch purses, for instance, you would think after seeing hundreds of styles and designs, we’ve seen them all. But that’s not the case. As one example, have you seen the beautiful flower inspired bags and clutches over at ANGEE W.? It’s brimming with lacy textures and feminine detailing! And their ivory rosebud clutch is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorites from their shop to show you what we mean. Plus, we’ve teamed up with them to give one of these beautiful bags away to a lucky bride-to-be! Will it be you? Find out which bag is our newest wedding giveaway and enter for a chance to win!

(Pssst. If you’re not subscribed, you’re missing out on all the fun! Do it now — it’s quick & easy and you can do it over morning coffee.)

chiffon flower clutch | flower bags clutches weddings by ANGEE W.

clutch: angee w.

Your Bridesmaid Will Be So Happy with These Cover Ups

We’re all about helping you navigate the various wedding dilemmas that sneak up on you while you plan. Today, we’re tackling bridesmaid cover ups.

Problem: your bridesmaid dress is sleeveless or strapless and you’re getting married outdoors / taking photos outside where it will be cold –OR– you would prefer bridesmaids to have a little coverage during the ceremony.

Solution: just add a cover up. But make it one that she’ll love!

A pashmina, shawl, bolero, or a wrap are a few options when it comes to bridesmaid cover ups. We love the idea of something feminine and flowy that she’ll love to wear, especially in the late summer or fall when all you need is something lightweight. We spotted these gorgeous bridesmaid cover ups at Coralie Beatrix and they fit the bill perfectly. They’re lightweight, available in a variety of colors, made in your choice of lace or chiffon, and they’re priced right. Plus, these cover ups complement infinity dresses perfectly (especially these signature “Octopus” dresses here). Take a look at the bridesmaid cover ups we found below, today’s handmade-a-day find!

Bridesmaid Cover Ups

Here’s one example in chiffon:

Bridesmaid Cover Ups | by Coralie Beatrix | Photo Tina Chiou |

by coralie beatrix

This Dress with Chiffon Bottom Will Make You Love Grey

Have you ever imagined wearing a wedding dress in a non-traditional color, like light pink, a hint of blue, or maybe even grey? After today you just might! We’re sharing a stunning grey wedding dress with chiffon bottom as our handmade-a-day find. It is handmade (and custom, just for you!) by the talented Milamira Bridal. We’re obsessed with their romantic wedding dresses! Read on to see photos of the ethereal Icidora and then tell us: would YOU wear a grey wedding dress?

P.S. If you prefer white, it can be made just for you in an off-white color.

Wedding Dress with Chiffon Bottom Skirt

grey wedding dress chiffon bottom | by milamira bridal |

by milamira bridal

This wedding dress features a chiffon skirt and fitted bodice with hand sewn lace applique, thin straps and a romantic greyish tulle skirt. There are two layers of this chiffon bottom: a light grey chiffon layer and one layer of soft off-white tulle. This wedding dress is ballet inspired and offers a feminine beauty and romantic look and feel. There is a beautiful back button closure featuring buttons in an off-white color that are rose flower shaped. The soft satin ribbon sash is included.

grey wedding dress chiffon bottom | by milamira bridal |

by milamira bridal

This beautiful dress is handmade with love in Saint Petersburg, Russia, just for you.

by milamira bridal

grey wedding dress chiffon bottom | by milamira bridal |

by milamira bridal

And, if you don’t like it in grey, you can have it made in completely off-white. This is such a beautiful dress. I would want to wear it everyday. Oh, and you won’t believe the beautiful price. And it’s 100% handmade! Love, love, love.

Photos by the amazing Ksenia Milushkina Photography


Gold Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses with Sequin Bodice

Chiffon is one of summer’s favorite fabrics because it’s so lightweight and airy. That’s why you’ve probably seen many chiffon dresses showcased for spring and summer weddings — it’ll keep you and your bridesmaids cool & calm, even when it’s ninety degrees and humid as can be. When I was on a mission to find gold bridesmaid dresses for a bride-to-be, this sweet little number from Dahl caught my eye. It has a pretty shade of gold infused with light champagne, a dramatic boatneck style, comfortable knee-length skirt, and a sequined bodice. It’s obvious these dresses offer a little something that everyone could love! Don’t just take my word for it: take a look! It is today’s #HANDMADEADAY find!

Gold Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses

Gold Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses with Sequin Bodice | by Dahl |

Flowy Chiffon Wedding Dress

It’s time for another gorgeous wedding dress to inspire you! I adore everything about this flowy chiffon wedding dress and its sweet v-shaped neckline. We spotted it over at Mila Mira Bridal and thought you might like it, too. Chiffon is one of my favorite fabrics, especially for spring and summer weddings: it’s so soft and airy for hot weather, and styled perfectly for a free-spirited bohemian wedding.

I’m curious to know — what do you think of this style? What does YOUR dream dress look like?

Flowy Chiffon Wedding Dress

This dress features a ruched chiffon bodice and hand sewn corded lace appliqué. I adore the low back style — a huge trend this season.

flowy chiffon wedding dress

by mila mira bridal

flowy chiffon wedding dress 2

by mila mira bridal

by mila mira bridal

gown by mila mira bridal | photos by ksenia milushkina photography


Modern & Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown

I loved everything about my wedding gown, right down to the very last stitch. But when I see a wedding gown like this, it makes me wonder how anyone can pick the perfect gown anymore. How can you decide when there are so many incredible + awe-inspiring options? I guess it comes down to this — wait for the one that steals your breath. The one you keep thinking about over, and over. The one that, when tried on, just feels right. I guess those rules never go out of style.

Today we’re sharing an utterly romantic chiffon wedding gown from Truvelle. This gown is perfect for a spring or summer wedding (perhaps mountainside?) paired with a one of these and a handful of boho accents. But that’s just me. Take a look and see why I’m so nuts over it…

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown

For starters, this wedding gown features a sweetheart neckline and a low back. The skirt is made from a whopping ten yards of hand-draped chiffon. The bodice is made of French lace; while the back dips into a lace up. I love, love, love the back. Take a look at this beautiful gown:

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown |

by truvelle

by truvelle

Romantic Chiffon Wedding Gown |

by truvelle

Ahh, so stunning. Also, I felt it worth noting that this dress also has a fully boned top for structure and support, which means many brides can skip the bra on this one.

You can find out more about this dress and see the other dreamy designs over at Truvelle.

Tell us:

What do you think of this gown?


What to Wear Instead of Veil for Reception? – Ask EB

Hi, loves! Emma here and we are bringing you a new Ask Emmaline question today, one that we’ve received more than once — and for good reason! Brides who don’t want to wear a wedding veil (or simply something different for the reception) always want to see some veil alternatives. And they want to know if they have to even wear a veil at all. Remember, a bride doesn’t have to do anything. We are firm believers in “your wedding, your way” here at Emmaline Bride and when it comes down to it, you should do anything you want to do. At the end of the day, you can say you did it YOUR way, not anyone else’s. You only get one wedding day, so you might as well make it everything you’ve dreamed it would be. Here’s what Shannon wrote us:

“I can’t decide if I should wear a veil for the ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for what to wear instead of a veil at the reception?”

Great question, Shannon! When you’re deciding what to wear instead of a veil (even for just the reception), consider your hairstyle. Will you be wearing an updo? Will you wear your hair down? Will you pick this amazing Gibson Tuck, rock a top knot, or maybe some boho-inspired braids? Whatever you decide, do a trial run and wear a veil alternative with it so you know ahead of time how it will look all put together.

What to Wear Instead of Veil

Some of our favorite veil alternatives include hair pins, hair flowers, hair combs, fascinators, or headbands (you can find all of these in The Marketplace. And, these are just a few suggestions — there are a dozen more! Today we’re sharing a handful of favorite veil alternatives from Fancie Strands to inspire you. Which veil alternative is most similar to your style?

7 Wedding Veil Alternative Ideas

1. Rhinestone + Lace Hair Flower

rhinestone lace hair flower | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

2. Hair Pins

Rhinestone Champagne Blush Wedding Hair Clips by Fanciestrands | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

3. Ivory Chiffon Hair Flower

ivory chiffon hair flower | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

4. Tulle Headband

tulle headband | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

5. Pearl Hair Flower

hair flower with rose gold pearls | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

6. Gold Sequin Hair Piece

gold sequin bridal hair piece | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

7. Ivory Flower Fascinator

ivory flower fascinator | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

8. Bridal Headpiece

bridal flower headpiece | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

You can see these and more over at Fancie Strands.


7 Tips for Buying a Wedding Dress Online (PHOTOS)

Buying a wedding dress online? Don’t miss this post! We’re outlining seven of the most important tips to ensure you buy your dream dress safely. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss advice-packed posts like these!

bride wearing dress with boots
by joan shum, photo: kim hayes photography

Hi, gorgeous! Emma here and if you’re thinking about buying a wedding dress online, you’re not alone! I mean, you’re obviously part of the modern age and you just don’t have time to be running around from bridal store to bridal store. We get it. We really do. It’s amazing how easy it is to buy anything online. This is coming from the girl who orders this in bulk online (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it because it is so convenient). I buy amazing socks like these that fit flats like whoa. I stock up on k-cups so I don’t ever have a coffee outage. I buy things online and then I’m excited when it comes to my door like it’s Christmas morning.

But anyway, this isn’t about me. This is about you. And shopping online for your wedding has never been easier, what with our Marketplace filled to the brim with handmade finds and with shops on Etsy with emerging new wedding dress designers. Plus, every designer offers galleries of their newest gowns, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your yoga pants and favorite couch cushion to find your dream dress.

gibson bespoke

silk charmeuse wedding dress bohemian | via

gibson bespoke

Before you say yes to the dress, we want to give you a few pointers to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know about buying a wedding dress online so you stay safe AND you get exactly what you want. Feel free to ask questions at the end of this post, too — we have a Facebook comment form built-in so you don’t even have to log in (we know you’re already logged in to Facebook at work, you sneaky little bride, you. We won’t tell.) We’re also sharing some fantastic wedding gowns we know you’ll obsess over as much as we do. Who knows? Maybe one of these will be The Dress. Enjoy!

If you’re reading this on the homepage, click ‘continue reading’ below to see the full article.

by pure magnolia couture

by jillian fellers, photo, left: hooton images

wedding dress handmade long ivory sleeveless
by apilat creative atelie

Buying Wedding Dress Online? Read These 7 Tips First

1. Read reviews.

Read reviews first! It’s always helpful to do your homework. Places like Etsy offer reviews right inside a designer’s shop, so you can see first-hand what real brides have to say. You can also see reviews on Weddingwire, Ebay, Amazon, etc. Also, if you see a negative review out of many positives, don’t let it necessarily deter you: read the review and consider whether there was a simple communication error or perhaps a misunderstanding. If a majority of the reviews are glowing, it’s probably a safe place to buy.

bohemian wedding dress with bow on back | via

gibson bespoke


solitary pearl

left to right
1 – pure magnolia couture
2 – claire lafaye
3 – pure magnolia couture
4 – joan shum

2. Don’t cut corners.

One of the biggest mistakes brides make when buying a wedding dress online is trying to save money by cutting corners. Don’t cut corners, especially when it comes to your wedding dress. For instance, if you find a gorgeous gown out of your budget, don’t seek a vendor who will copy the style and make it for you. It’s not just because we think that’s wrong, but also because the result is almost NEVER what you expect. Plus, the designer who made the dress you love is an expert. You can’t just copy expertise. We’ve heard some horror stories and you know what? Many brides end up spending more money in the process (you know, like having to spend more money to scramble and find a new dress weeks before the wedding because theirs never arrived or was completely wrong? Yes, that’s (unfortunately) a true story from a bride.)

If the dress you found is completely out of your budget (as in, totally unattainable), do this instead: figure out what makes it the dream dress to you. Is it the flowy chiffon fabric? The sweetheart neckline? The way the back has lace appliques? Once you identify what about the dress makes it a dream come true, you’ll be able to search for other dresses that have a similar feature that might be more within your reach.

lace bohemian wedding gown | photo: kirsty-lyn jameson | via

gibson bespoke, photos: kirsty-lyn jameson

vneck wedding dress with black sash | via

by barzelai

3. Don’t buy the first wedding dress you see.

It’s tempting, I know! You’ve found the perfect dress and it’s only a quick click away. Instead, sleep on it. You might wake up tomorrow and think, what was I thinking? Or, you might wake up and decide to go ahead, at which case, congrats — that sure was fast!

4. Order well in advance.

If you’re ordering a handmade wedding dress, make sure you check the designer’s schedule to make sure you’ll have your wedding dress at least three months before the big day. This will ensure your dress will be ready for your big day, even if shipping takes forever or your dress isn’t completed on time. You’ll need to have it professionally fitted, too, and seamstresses have busy schedules, too. You will also enjoy the extra time to try on veils with your dress (to pick the perfect style), as well as any accessories (i.e. a sash, wrap, your jewelry, or shoes).


2013 Wedding Trends: Pleats!

Hello, loves! Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about one of our favorite hot new 2013 wedding trends: pleats! A pleat (also known as a plait) is a double or multiple fold, typically in garments. There are various of pleat styles used (like accordion, box, and knife) and pleats were originally used to provide movement of freedom in clothing. Today, pleats are often used for style, one we that seems to be popping up everywhere lately! Read on to see five hand-picked handmade items using pleats to inspire your upcoming wedding. Then, tell us… do you love pleats? Or is this a trend you’d on which you’d like to pass? Enjoy!

2013 Wedding Trend: Pleats!

1. Flower Girls in Pleated Dresses

My #1 essential rule of flower girl dresses? Twirlabiity. This particular style offers just that AND in an exceptional color palette with a flowing style she’ll love. By Nastershum Wedding.

pleated flower girl dresses

by nastershum wedding

2. The Pleated Bag

Gorgeous accessory shop, Lolos specializes in pleated bags… in fact, Lolo offers an incredible collection of pleated bags with romantic handmade rosettes. Plus, there are TONS of colors from which to choose.

pleated bridesmaid bag
pleated bridesmaid clutch

3. Pleated Gowns (+ Bridesmaid Dresses)

Ah… I know I’m not alone when I say that designer Claire La Faye can do no wrong. This stunning ‘Love Me Do’ bohemian wedding gown features silk chiffon and a diagonal row of organza and chiffon flowers with swoon-worthy silk pleating detail.

pleated wedding gown

dress by claire la faye, photo by jeff shanes

And… this pink pleated dress for bridesmaids? Incredible. By Wonderxue.

pleated wedding dress

by wonderxue

4. Pretty in Pearls + Pleats

Pleats aren’t limited to ensemble alone: incorporate this feminine style into your accessories, too, like your garter. This particular pleated garter (with pearls) is by Atelier Rousseau and I love it oh-so-much.

pleated pink garter by atelier rousseau

pleated garter by atelier rousseau

5. Pleated Ruffle Necklace

And, last but not least, take a peek at this pretty pleated necklace with ruffles by Femme Petal, a perfect gift for bridesmaids.

pleated necklace with ruffles

by femme petal

Discuss: Do you like pleats?

P.S. Crave creative handmade wedding ideas? Take a look here!

How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Are you newly engaged and wondering how to select the perfect wedding dress? Today, we’re kicking off the first in our new series, The Ultimate Gown Guide, with how to select a sweetheart wedding dress! If you are wondering what is a sweetheart wedding dress, you’ve come to the right place… or, if you are already neckline-savvy and familiar with the sweetheart style, you’ll still love the inspiration we have in store. Read on about how to select a sweetheart wedding dress, find out why this may be the most flattering fit for you, and see an assortment of our favorites!

sweetheart wedding dress

gown ouma | photo: galaxie andrews

How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Here are a few tips to get you started:

What is a sweetheart neckline?

A sweetheart neckline, one style usually found on a strapless wedding gown, features a low cut front and is scalloped with two curves on either side that hits below the collar bone. As a visual, consider the top portion of a heart across the bodice. A sweetheart neckline on a wedding gown accentuates one’s neck, collarbone, shoulders, and bust. I adore a sweetheart neckline, which is why I selected one for my own gown a few years ago. Even though you can wear a necklace with this particular style, it is certainly not required. I think sometimes the au naturale look is best!

Is a sweetheart wedding dress right for you?

It’s true what they say; when you find the perfect gown you’ll just know. With that being said, to know if it is truly the right fit for you, you’ll need to try one on. When I tried on wedding gowns, I thought I would absolutely want a strapless gown that was straight across – no sweetheart for this girl. And, wouldn’t you know… the minute I tried one on I was in love. The end result? My wedding dress had a sweetheart neckline and now it is my favorite type of dress. You never know until you give it a try. Worst case scenario: it won’t be the right style for you but at least you’ll know… and perhaps find a style you like even better!

For inspiration, we’ve gathered together a few favorite sweetheart wedding dresses we think you’ll love…

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: michael haug for Nonpareil Magazine

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: colleen mcguirk | photo: laura kate photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: meaghan cook

Are all sweetheart dresses strapless?

Of course not! Here are two dresses we found that offer a little more coverage with the same sweetheart neckline you know and love.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

And, we can’t forget about the bridesmaids! They’d love a sweetheart neckline, too.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: jessica chavez photography

gown: alexandra grecco

gown: jennafer grace

Now we want to know… what do you think of a sweetheart wedding dress? Would you wear one?

Happy Planning!


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