Category: details

Take 5 → Vintage Summer Wedding + Creative Ideas

It’s time for a fun new series at Emmaline Bride! Be sure you’re following along so you don’t miss any inspiration along the way.

When we spotted these vintage Real Wedding details captured by Justin & Mary and designed by mStarr Event Design, it was the bouquets (from Petal Floral Design) that first caught my eye. Then it was the escort cards, and those chic centerpieces, and the boutonnieres! So, today we’re kicking off a brand new series every Monday called Take 5, where we bring you five stunning ideas from one single real wedding. We’re all about the details here (especially handmade ones!) at Emmaline Bride, so we know you crave creativity as much as we do. For our first feature, we’re sharing five unique ideas including a naked wedding cake, a decorative way to hold wedding cards, a reception table to dream of, and more. We even threw in two bonuses just because we couldn’t help ourselves. ;) Enjoy!

Vintage Summer Wedding

1. These bridesmaid dresses

… and those bouquets!

bride and bridesmaids

photo: justin & mary

2. This inventive card drawer, instead of a card box

Cute idea — and reusable, too.

card drawer

photo: justin & mary

3. This naked wedding cake

I like the flowers on top, in lieu of a traditional cake topper.

naked wedding cake

photo: justin & mary

4. The head table

Just the right amount of everything: flowers, taper candles, a draped ceiling and romantic lighting. Perfection.

reception seating

photo: justin & mary

5. The unique bookmark escort cards

The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!

photo: justin & mary

Bonus Finds

The groom’s socks as your “something blue”

Fun idea — and one we haven’t seen done before.

something blue groom socks

photo: justin & mary

And the outdoor games, like corn hole

Lawn games are a terrific idea, especially for entertaining guests during cocktail hour or before dinner. You can get custom corn hole games here.

photo: justin & mary

There are dozens more — see the original Real Wedding here.

xo
-E.

Giveaway: Win a Set of Chalkboard Chair Signs

Happy Wednesday, loves! It’s snowing outside EB headquarters today. Actually snowing. On April 22nd. Luckily it won’t stick around, but still. This past 70 degree weather weekend was a tease. Anyway… remember when we talked about how you can totally spruce up your space with chair signs? Well, today we’re helping you do it thanks to the lovelies of The Find Sac. They’re giving away one set of bride and groom chalkboard signs to a lucky reader! You can find out all the details below and get a peek at the design being offered. Oh, and be sure to share this with a friend. It’s good karma, I swear. Just click on the ‘Facebook’ or ‘Twitter’ buttons below the post.

Chalkboard Chair Signs

These signs have a chic chalkboard design and a botanical floral design.

Chalkboard Chair Signs | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/chalkboard-chair-signs/

by the find sac

Giveaway: Chalkboard Chair Signs

o Enter between 4/22/15-4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Chair signs by The Find Sac

About

These chalkboard chair signs are printed on heavy 110 lb. heavy card-stock. Each sign comes with a lux gold, pink or green ribbon. These beautiful chair signs are a terrific way to highlight the bride and groom’s seating in an elegant way. Matching table numbers available.

Here’s another view:

Chalkboard Chair Signs | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/chalkboard-chair-signs/

by the find sac

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $22 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick, and Why

Wondering what kind of boutonniere to pick? We’ll help! Find out which boutonniere style fits in best with your wedding theme. Plus, get more advice on wedding themes in the book, The Inspired Wedding.

Hi, lovelies! My, oh my, it is gorgeous outside. Spring finally got serious with winter and showed him the door, making this the most beautiful spring I’ve seen in some time. Hello, 65 and sunny! Where have you been? Anyway, I hope it’s spring-y where you are, too! Today we’re talking about what kind of boutonniere to pick for your wedding, depending on your theme. When it comes to your wedding theme, it’s all about the details. Simply put: themed details make for a more cohesive event. And today, we’re showing you what kind of boutonniere to pick for your groom and groomsmen. So whether you’re planning a beach wedding, a modern loft-style reception, a vintage ceremony, or you’re tying the knot in a woodland wedding, we’ve got you covered! See which boutonnieres we’ve handpicked just for you, based on a handful of seven delightful themes (you’ll find similar themes in my new book, too, which will help you plan the ultimate themed wedding). Enjoy!

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick

Let’s begin with finds for your nautical or beach themed wedding.

Nautical / Beach

For a nautical wedding, what kind of boutonniere to pick depends on what colors you’ve selected. If you’re opting for a traditional navy blue and white color palette, a striped boutonniere, like this one, is ideal.

striped navy and white ribbon boutonniere with jute twine and anchor charm | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

knotted rope boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If you’re not sure on color, you can opt for something with a nautical twist: this knotted boutonniere features a figure 8 knot made from jute twine.

Or, a compass boutonniere is a fun alternative to a traditional boutonniere and can be easily attached to his lapel.

compass boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If your wedding is specifically beach themed, a starfish boutonniere like this one fits perfectly.

starfish boutonniere for beach wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by twining vines

Bohemian

For a bohemian wedding, it’s all about the whimsical and the free-spirited feel. As such, feathers tie in perfectly with your boutonniere choice. This is one of our favorites:

feather boutonniere for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by feather divine

Another option is a fun, whimsical fabric boutonniere… like these!

fabric boutonnieres for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cottonbird designs

Modern

For a modern wedding, opt for something minimalist. For instance, here is a flower boutonniere (made of clay):

clay dogwood boutonniere for modern wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by parsi

Succulents are always a nice boutonniere option, too. If you’re planning a more elegant modern wedding, skip the burlap and opt for one with a clean, simple look, like this:

modern boutonniere made of succulent | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by lot450 shop

And remember, for a modern wedding his boutonniere doesn’t have to resemble a traditional boutonniere at all. For instance, check out this button boutonniere we found:

modern button boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by nonimode

Another example of a modern boutonniere is a lapel pin. We spotted these wood ones here, which is fitting for a modern wedding with a rustic, outdoorsy feel.

squirrel lapel pin as modern wedding boutonniere alternative | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cabin + cub

And finally, a very minimal dried flower, like this boutonniere made from blue echinops, gives you yet another option:

modern boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by eucca

How to Pick a Boutonniere – Vintage

For a vintage wedding, pick a boutonniere with nostalgic details. One of my favorites: a bountonniere handmade from a page from a vintage book.

vintage boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

This one, too, with a hint of lace:

lace and vintage book page boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

And this cameo ‘button’ boutonniere is made from vintage finds:

vintage button boutonniere | photo: clay austin | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic creek, photo by clay austin photography

by rustic creek, photos by clay austin photography

Rustic

When deciding what kind of boutonniere to pick for a rustic wedding, burlap is usually a bride’s number one choice. Add birch flowers and you have a stunning combination, like this:

< flowers wrapped in burlap | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic blend

We talked about succulents as a modern boutonniere option, but succulents can work for rustic weddings, too. Opt for one that has a burlap or jute-wrapped stem for a little more rustic flair.

succulent boutonnieres for rustic wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by flora

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50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas

If you think burlap is going out of style anytime soon, think again! Burlap has been the go-to for shabby chic and rustic weddings for awhile, but there are always fresh, versatile ways to use it. Today we’re sharing a HUGE round-up of fifty burlap wedding ideas to inspire your wedding decor. We’ve found an aisle runner, bridesmaid clutches, an oh-so-sweet sand unity ceremony set, chair ribbons, cake toppers, bouquets, a boutonniere, and more. And if you weren’t a fan of burlap before, we bet this post is going to change your mind.

love backdrop by dasherie | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by dasherie

Are you up for the challenge? On to the list!

Burlap Wedding Ideas

1. This LOVE backdrop with ribbon + burlap strips

love backdrop with burlap and ribbon | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by dasherie

2. This bag, complete with blush pink + ruffles

burlap clutch bag | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by juneberry stitches, photo: jessica frey photography

3. This guest book with burlap strip

One of the cutest guest books to date!

burlap covered guest book | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by lo rustique

4. This darling ‘cards’ burlap signage

cards sign burlap for wire basket | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by montana snow

5. This delicate burlap hair flower

burlap hair flowers | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by leflowers

6. This burlap and lace chair ribbon

burlap and lace aisle decor | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by pink slip inspiration, photo: bella luz

7. This bridesmaid photo frame gift

bridesmaids photo frame with burlap | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by crystal cove ds

8. These burlap wedding place cards

burlap place cards | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by anna lou avenue

9. This burlap bow photo frame

burlap photo frame | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by lo rustique

10. This burlap card sack (instead of a box)

burlap card sack | 50 Best Burlap Wedding Ideas | via http://emmalinebride.com/decor/burlap-wedding-ideas/

by rustic homemade

Giveaway: $100 for Rhinestone Wedding Brooches & More!

Are you a bride-to-be who loves sparkly, shimmery things? Who doesn’t, am I right? I love sparkly details just like the next girl, so I was so excited when we heard about this amazing giveaway opportunity. Our friends Natalie and Christine over at Totally Dazzled sell the prettiest rhinestone buckles, brooches, and buttons; they know people who love sparkles as much as they do will find exactly what they want at their store. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why they want to give YOU $100 credit towards rhinestone wedding brooches and more from their collection.

Their unique collection of hand-picked rhinestone wedding brooches, clips, buckles, buttons, and more can be used for a ton of wedding DIY projects, from brooch bouquets (incorporate brooches into your fresh flower stems) to place cards (add a rhinestone clip to ordinary place cards for dazzling decor), just to name a few. So, get ready to spoil yourself: read on to be inspired by our favorite finds below and then scroll down for your chance to win!

Rhinestone Wedding Brooches, Clips & More

Giveaway!

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/16/15-1/22/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: $100 Shopping Spree towards anything at Totally Dazzled
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 store credit | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

rhinestone wedding brooches giveaway

Good Luck!

xo
-E.

5 Reasons You Probably Need a Bridal Brooch Bouquet

Do you need a bridal brooch bouquet? If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you just might. But why? Today we’re sharing five reasons why along with a plethora of wedding brooch bouquet ideas to inspire you. And, while you we use the super-strong word need lightly, you probably will really, really want one. And we don’t blame you. Here are five reasons why.

Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

You probably need a bridal brooch bouquet if…

1. You want the flexibility of coordinating your colors, exactly.

Want pink, but a specific, ultra-bright pink that matches your bridesmaid dresses to a T? You probably need a bridal brooch bouquet.

gorgeous brooch bouquet with purple flower - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

pink silk and brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

the ritzy rose

2. Your wedding will be held in an extremely hot, humid area.

This is especially true if your wedding is going to be held outdoors, where the sun and humidity is particularly cruel to beautiful blooms. Plus, it will be held by you, a bride who may or may not be sweating profusely after hours of hair and makeup and taking pre-ceremony photos outside. This is also applicable if you are not interested in having to spritz your bouquet with water to keep it fresh, or don’t want to have a cooler nearby to keep the bouquet(s) until it’s time for the ceremony to begin. Brooch bouquets look amazing at any temperature.

brooch bouquet up close - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

red brooch bouquet

j. arends designs

3. You want a bouquet that lasts forever.

A fresh flower bouquet won’t last. It just won’t. It won’t even smell fantastic after a few days. Sure, you can hang it upside down and dry it out and arrange it in a pretty vase, but will it ever look exactly as it did on your wedding day? No. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I had a fresh flower bouquet and throwing it away was pretty devastating. So why didn’t I have a bridal brooch bouquet? BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW IT EXISTED! If I had, you bet I would have looked into it because I could still gaze at it on my desk.

bride-holding-brooch-bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

j. arends designs

brooch bouquet with yellow details

the ritzy rose

4. You want to incorporate an heirloom or memento.

A bridal brooch bouquet is made with brooches attached to metal ‘stems’. With that being said, the flexibility of a brooch bouquet allows you to add special mementos or heirloom pieces to your custom bouquet. Your grandmother’s brooch? Added. The brooch your mother pinned to her dress sash in her own wedding? Added. It’s easy — and when you have professional brooch bouquet makers (like The Ritzy Rose or J. Arends Designs, both featured here) at the helm, you bet it will look FANTASTIC.

ivory brooch bouquet large

j. arends designs

bride holding brooch bouquet

the ritzy rose

red white and blue brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

5. You want something different.

Fresh flowers are gorgeous, this is true; but, what if you want something different? Unique? Unlike anyone else’s? A brooch bouquet has been a trend for the last few years, but it is only growing in popularity. So, if you’re a discerning bride who wants a beautiful, bright, colorful, keepsake bouquet that lasts forever and is something your cousin isn’t having at HER wedding (oh, you’re so competitive), you probably need a brooch bouquet.

brooch bouquet with rhinestone initial and wrapped in satin ribbon - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

the ritzy rose

black and peacock brooch bouquet - Wedding Brooch Bouquet Ideas

j. arends designs

the ritzy rose

A sixth and unofficial point to state is that a wedding brooch bouquet is also a great way to invest your budget. It costs more than a traditional fresh bouquet, but since it lasts forever, you’re pretty much investing in a gorgeous piece that you’ll be able to pass down (or keep on that lovely china cabinet in the vase from your bridal shower for years to come).

So, what do you think? Are you going to have a brooch bouquet? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below in our comments section + we’ll discuss.

xo
-E.

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