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“What Decorations to Use for Reception Wall?” – Ask Emmaline

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. When real bride, Cady, emailed us with a wedding decor question, we couldn’t wait to swoop in to help. She writes,

“There is a white wall behind my head table and it looks so bare. I know we’ll want photos taken of us during dinner, speeches, etc. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to decorate it easily? I’m not very skilled at DIYs. Thank you!”Cady

Great question, Cady! There are many backdrops which come to mind, but my favorite and the easiest suggestion is a paper flower backdrop. Paper flowers are incredibly versatile. They can…

1) be customized in size: either big enough to cover a giant wall, such as a head table
2) tie into any wedding theme from vintage to modern (based on type of paper used, i.e. newspaper or book pages for vintage; brightly-colored or patterned paper for modern weddings)
3) incorporate your color palette with ease
4) be used as a chic photo booth backdrop
5) be re-used after the big day as home or office decor

And since you mentioned that you’re not a huge DIY fan, you’ll be relieved to know that THESE paper flowers are handmade for you by PaperFlora, so you can let Natalie take care of the beautiful flower-making! All you have to do is order your custom colors, styles, and sizes; and then assemble them on your wall! It’s the easiest way to get a chic and stylish backdrop which will make your wedding reception pop.

Check out my favorites from PaperFlora:

large paper flower backdrop

by paperflora

14 Most Beautiful Ceremony Backdrops Using Doors

One of our favorite rustic wedding details is the use of re-purposed doors as ceremony backdrops or decor. The more weathered they are, the better! To prove that ceremony backdrops are actually a beautiful DIY idea, we’ve rounded up fourteen of our favorite examples. Some of these are ceremony backdrops, while others are aisleway doors designed for the bride to make a true grand entrance — even outdoors! Get ready to break out the hammer + nails: you’re going to be on the lookout for castaway doors to re-purpose after this post! I know I am, if even just for my patio. ;) Enjoy!

P.S. Need to find doors for your project? Try here for vintage finds or Ebay.

Ceremony Backdrops – Doors

1. Outdoor Ceremony Setup

outdoor wedding ceremony doors | via Ceremony Backdrops Doors | photo: Nathan Nowack

photo: nathan nowack

18 Fun (& Easy!) Hot Pink and Black Bachelorette Party Ideas

Are you wondering how to plan an amazing bachelorette party but you have no idea where to start? Let us help! Today we’re sharing some amazing ideas for a hot pink and black bachelorette party the bride will absolutely love. There are just a few quick pointers to get you started and then it’s on to the inspiration! Ready to begin? Let’s go!

last fling before the ring bachelorette party prop by Liddabits | fun bachelorette party ideas |

by liddabits

P.S. Brides, share this with your Maid of Honor and bridesmaids on Facebook! Click here to share.

Cute Wedding Countdown and Decor Sign All-in-One

Wait until you see this adorable engagement gift idea! The front side of this sign has a chalkboard countdown for the number of days until you’re married; the reverse side is a painted sign with a sweet love quote on it. Use it as a countdown at your bridal shower and the reverse as decor at your reception (and at home). This sign is completely hand-painted and hand-lettered — no vinyl or stencils used here! That means each piece is completely one-of-a-kind… and we love that. By Prairie Boutique.

Wedding Countdown Sign

How many days until you’re married? One of my friends is getting married in thirty-seven short days! And I can’t wait to celebrate!

days until mr and mrs

by prairie boutique

other side of sign

by prairie boutique

This is such a brilliant idea. Find out more here and tell us what you think in the comment box below!


21 Most Beautiful Welcome Signs for Weddings

What is the first impression you will make on guests at your wedding? The entrance! A beautiful welcome sign will give your guests an instant warm welcome and add a little decor to your space. When you are picking the perfect welcome sign, choose one that complements your wedding theme, color palette, and style. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up twenty-one unique wedding welcome signs with ideas for rustic, modern, classic, beach, and more! Which of these signs is your favorite? I love #1… #11… and #18 is my favorite! Grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired… enjoy!

Wedding Welcome Signs

1. Can I Get a Witness?

can i get a witness wedding sign by country bliss designs | signs entrance weddings |

sign by country bliss designs

17 Coasters That Will Look Absolutely Lovely at Weddings

How will you incorporate your personal style into your wedding bar? The first things couples always tackle are drinks and glassware, but what about fun and unexpected details that can make your bar really POP? Besides fun swizzle sticks or straws like these and a signature drink sign, wedding coasters are another detail we love to see at receptions. We have seen coasters given as favors, we have seen coaster save the dates, escort cards, and we have seen them turned into creative guest book alternatives. A unique wedding coaster can act as an element of decor for your theme, as well as offer functionality by keeping tables clean of condensation and acting as a “drink saver” (more on that below). To illustrate how awesome wedding coasters can be, we’ve rounded-up seventeen finds to inspire your unique wedding bar style. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Coasters for Weddings

1. Birch wood wedding coasters

These wedding coasters are essential for a rustic wedding bar. By Pixels and Timber.

birch wedding coasters personalized

by pixels and timber

2. Coasters as your Save the Date

These wedding coasters are so pretty! Send them in the mail as a save the date announcement instead of a traditional card. By Paper Street Press.

save the date coasters

by paper street press

3. Eat, Drink and Be Married

These coasters are elegant and feature a fun saying: “Eat, Drink and Be Married”. We love this example which features the couple’s names, wedding date, and website address. Perfect for guests to visit after the wedding if you’re showcasing photos on your wedding website. By Ruffhouse Art.

eat drink and be married coasters

by ruffhouse art

4. With Love from Chicago

Or Detroit. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC. Wherever your love adventure began! By Allie Hasson. Sidebar: it looks like this is the last batch of wedding coasters with “Chicago” and they might not be making more (sadface). Hmmm. I say, ask them anyway and maybe they’ll get a huge response and make them for all cities, since they’re incredibly lovely! I call dibs on Romeo.

from chicago with love wedding coasters

by allie hasson

5. Fondest Memories

These are coasters AND cute memories in one! Have guests write down their favorite good times with the bride and groom. By Starboard Press.

fondest memories with the bride and groom wedding coasters

by starboard press

6. Cheers Wedding Coasters

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy. Spotted at Julie Song Ink.

cheers coasters

julie song ink

7. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is a fun way to show off your new initial. By When it Rains Shop.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

8. Thank You to Parents

We’ve talked about unique ways to thank parents and guests at your wedding. This coaster is another fantastic way to do it! By Dinglewood Design.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

9. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram. By Dear LC.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

10. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors, like these by My Little Chickadee Creations which are custom and handmade.

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

11. Please Don’t Take My Drink

A wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing“. I swear, the number of drinks “cleaned up” while people are dancing is incredible! It will save you money, too, as a bonus, since most guests go get a new drink when they discover theirs is gone.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

12. My Wish for the Newlyweds

Place these wedding coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! This also takes the place of a guest book (similarly to #5, above). By Starboard Press.

my wish for the newlyweds wedding coasters advice

by starboard press

13. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

chalkboard wedding coasters

kate aspen

14. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

wedding coasters personalized with photo

via evermine

15. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

coaster escort cards wedding

photo: k seidl photo via style me pretty

16. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

and they lived happily ever after wedding coasters in green

print smitten

17. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the d-ate coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Will you be using wedding coasters at your reception?

Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.


14 Monogram Gift Ideas That Will Make the Best Day Ever

** Giveaway inside!

Hi, loves! Emma here. One reason why we’re so in love with handmade weddings is because they’re so detail-obsessed. Each detail in a handcrafted wedding is lovingly pieced together, whether created by your own two hands or lovingly made by a professional artisan. The outcome is a more beautiful and personalized wedding day from start to finish.

One of the easiest ways to add a personal touch to your decor is by using your monogram. Your monogram is your own personal stamp, which can be used throughout including bridal accessories, wedding invitations, favors, decorations, and more. You can use a three-letter monogram (with your initials and first letter of your last name combined together, like mine — EAA) or your last initial (mine — A), whichever you prefer.

Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorite monogram wedding ideas to make your wedding stand out. We’ve found cake toppers, custom cufflinks, decor pieces, and jewelry, with a little something for everyone. There’s even a monogram cowgirl hat for rustic brides! Plus, we’ve teamed up with Advantage Bridal to give away one personalized bridal gift to a lucky reader as our latest wedding giveaways. Find out what it is below!

Personalized Wedding Gifts

1. This wedding cake topper

monogrammed wedding cake topper

monogrammed wedding cake topper by susabellas

2. This gold bar monogram necklace

gold monogram bar necklace
monogram necklace by vintage stamp jewels

3. This ring dish

Use it to carry your rings — and afterward to set your ring on when washing your hands or cleaning.

monogrammed wedding ring dish
monogrammed ring dish by susabellas

4. This monogram cowgirl hat

This cowgirl hat is perfect for the rustic-loving western brides out there. Cute for the bachelorette party, too!

monogram wedding cowboy hat

monogrammed cowgirl hat by southern ever after

5. These monogrammed wedding pillows

Buy a set of two and place at your sweetheart table. It’s like a chair sign — only better (and cozier).

monogram chair pillows by homeglow

6. This single letter monogram guest book alternative

Instead of a regular book, have guests sign on this letter with a permanent (ultra) fine point marker, like this.

rustic monogram letter guest book

monogram guest book alternative by roxy heart vintage

7. This monogram bridal robe for getting ready

monogram bride robe

monogram bride robe by advantage bridal

8. This pair of monogrammed toasting flutes

monogram champagne flutes
monogram wedding flutes by MEKU

9. This pair of custom wedding corn-toss boards

For fun outside during cocktail hour!

monogram cornhole wedding boards

monogram cornhole game board by jrh cornhole

10. These custom monogram wedding koozies

rustic monogram wedding koozies
monogram drink koozies by rook design co.

11. This essential monogrammed garter

monogrammed wedding garter in blue stitching

monogrammed garter by southern ever after

12. These monogram cuff links

monogram cuff links
monogram cuff links by over the moon bridal

13. This rustic ring box

rustic tree slice monogram ring box
ring box by end grain wood shoppe

14. This huge wood monogram sign

Hang it up at your ceremony or reception space and afterward in your home.

monogram sign by host and toast studio

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Win one of these monogram gift ideas!

Monogrammed Bridal Robe Giveaway

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Happy Planning!