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Which Wedding Details to Skip? – Real Bride Advice

We checked in with Real Bride Newlywed, Vicki, for some candid wedding advice for our readers. We wanted to know which wedding details to skip, based on what she did for her own wedding. (Cause, you know, hindsight is always 20/20!) Vicki offers up her advice to our readers PLUS she gives insight on which projects were easiest to tackle herself. Enjoy!

p.s. Here’s the beautiful bride and her groom on her wedding day!


Take it away, Vicki!

Which Wedding Details to Skip?

Vicki: “This answer is totally dependent on the bride. Personally, I skipped having fresh flowers because that takes a huge chunk out of a budget. Our centerpieces and boutonnieres were all dried flowers (and guitar picks for the groomsmen) and the bridesmaids carried clutches they can reuse instead of flowers.”

Here’s a photo of the clutches and the boutonniere from Vicki’s wedding:

bride and bridesmaids with clutches

Vicki: “If you are a bride on a budget, I would advise you to decide what details are most important to you. For example, ours were photography, and foot & alcohol. We cut flowers completely out of the budget (saving a couple thousand dollars in the process!) because I didn’t feel like I needed them. My advice: figure out what is important and what is not in the beginning; it makes it much easier in the long run!”

What were the easiest details to DIY? What were the most challenging?

Vicki: “Our entire wedding was DIY. We were paying for the wedding mostly ourselves, so DIY elements and handmade finds were extremely helpful in keeping with the budget. Our DIY projects also allowed us to have our personalities show! The easiest DIY was the centerpieces (blue mason jars tied with twine with dried baby’s breath and lavender).”

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“We also had burlap runners that I cut from a roll paired with two tea lights from IKEA. The most challenging was the invites—I’m sure everyone has struggled with formatting and printing issues with irregular documents! With the help of my husband, I figured it out, but it was good I had extra paper!”

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Great advice, Vicki! Thanks for sharing with our readers! You can see Vicki’s Real Wedding here.

So, loves: what’s a wedding detail you might do without? Share below in the comments section!


All photos above courtesy of BG Productions Photography & Videography

DIY Dahlia Flower Brooch

Ah, a DIY dahlia flower brooch: the perfect accessory for the crafty, not-so-crafty, or last-minute holiday gift wrapper (like me!) who wants to use something other than throw-away bows. We spotted this darling DIY dahlia flower brooch tutorial over at Not Martha and we love how easy it is to do. I can think of so many ways to use this brooch: as a gift topper, as an alternative to a corsage (place a pin on the back for wearing), or as a cute brooch for your tote bag or purse. And… there’s even a little surprise on the back to make this a truly personalized handmade gift. Take a peek…

red diy dahlia flower brooch via not martha

DIY Dahlia Flower Brooch

The red flowers above seemed appropriate for the holiday season, but you can use any colors you’d like for this tutorial. For winter weddings (or holiday gifts), opt for red and green or white and ice blue. Spring or summer soiree? Yellow and green, blue, orange, light green, and pink all fit the bill. These would also be cute in autumn with gold, orange, crimson, and brown. Oh, the possibilities of these sweet little flowers.

colorful diy dahlia flower brooch tutorial via not martha

My favorite part of these flowers, though, isn’t just how cute they look or how versatile they can be… it’s the secret personalized message that can go on the back. Love, love, love.

diy dahlia flower brooch back via not martha

OK, if you’re like me you’re ready to get crafting: head over to the full tutorial! If you make one (or a dozen) of these, please do send them in for us. We’d love to add our readers’ DIY dahlia flower brooch creations to this post. We always love to see what you create.

Oh, and I just had to add: we’re a little nuts about felt wedding ideas here today, no? Check out the earlier post — 25+ Felt Wedding Ideas You’ll Actually Love — just in case you missed it!

Happy Crafting!


P.S. Have you entered our wedding giveaways this week? There are so. many. amazing. items.

Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings + Crafts

Planning your wedding is 10x more frustrating when you don’t know where to buy a particular item. For instance, when Kellymarie wanted to make these rustic escort card horseshoes (see #5) she asked us for our help. We sought out the ultimate list of where to buy horseshoes for weddings (and crafts!) so your wedding can be 10x less frustrating. Read on to see what we’ve found…

where to buy horseshoes for weddings crafts

Where to Buy Horseshoes for Weddings

There are two types of horseshoes: old and rusty (authentically used on horses or salvaged from an old barn) or brand-new and silver in color. Here’s where to buy both:

where to buy horseshoes for weddings - rustic old authentic horse shoes

o Old, rusty & used horseshoes

Our top pick: EBAY! Check out all of these amazing listings going on right now. I suddenly want/need 50 of them. ;) Photo above via this awesome listing. Another place to look: estate sales. I’ve seen at least one rusty horseshoe at nearly EVERY estate sale I’ve been to.

where to buy horeshoes for weddings new silver horseshoes

o New, silver-y, and clean horseshoes

Our top pick: AMAZON! These horseshoes seem like a pretty amazing deal. Plus, they’ll be shipped straight to your door. (Those suckers can get heavy.)

And, if you’re putting together those escort card horseshoes as we mentioned earlier, you’ll need tags. Just use regular white paper luggage tags (find them at your local craft store – I know Hobby Lobby sells them for sure) and white cotton twine. Hand-write the names using a permanent (fine-point) Sharpie marker. That’s it! So easy.

Hope it helps, lovelies!

Thanks to Kelly-Marie for writing! (Psst. Have a wedding question for us? Send it in here and we could answer it in an upcoming post!)

Tune in tomorrow… we have some exciting features planned!

Happy Planning!


Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses / Mugs

Brides: wondering where to buy mason jar drinking glasses for your wedding? Want to make mason jar drinking glasses but want the kind with a handle? You’ve come to the right place! This post will show you the best places to buy mason jars with handles to use as drinking glasses AND how to save a bunch of money doing it. Read on to find out more…

Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses (w/ Handles)

Where to Buy Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

I’ve purchased many mason jars in the past, and I always order from the same place. Amazon. Why? I can almost never find the mason jar drinking glasses with the handle at my local stores, nor do I feel like picking up two or three boxes of quart or pint-sized mason jars and lugging them around with me all the way home. Plus, ordering mason jars in bulk is always a money-saver, which matters oh-so-much when planning your wedding.

Libby Fair Mason Jar Mugs

If I had to pick, the Libby Fair 16 1/2 oz. mason jar drinking glasses are my fave. They even feature a cute little country fair emblem on them, which is perfect for a country wedding.

libbey county fair mason jar drinking glasses with handle

libbey fair

Golden Harvest Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

You can also try these by Golden Harvest, which feature a smooth front.

mason jar drinking mug glasses

golden harvest

Ball Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

The most inexpensive ones are probably these by Ball, but they’re a bit smaller (12 oz) and I haven’t tried them myself, so I won’t vouch for them. The reviews look promising, though!

mason jar drinking mugs


Anyways, I always buy mason jars here because they arrive right to my door (you can get a lot of ’em for free two-day shipping, which is awesome, especially in a last-minute party panic) and the prices are always so reasonable. Whenever brides ask us where to buy mason jar drinking glasses, mason jars, or jelly jars, the answer is always Amazon. Plus, you can pair ’em with striped drinking straws easily all-in-one order. And, stripey straws make drinking out of mason jars infinitely more awesome. (And, some people just don’t like to drink out of a jar, so a straw definitely helps.) Besides, have you seen how many amazing striped and patterned drinking straws are available today? It’s amazing. Ah, well, we’ll talk about that in an upcoming post. :)

Hope it helps!


Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects

Hello, loves! Happy Monday! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. We’re kicking off the brand new week with DIY wedding ideas using custom stamps. If you love do-it-yourself projects but you need a professional touch, consider adding a custom stamp to your supply list. These custom stamps by Paper Sushi, for example, can help you make save the date cards or wedding favors with ease. Read on to find out more…

Custom Stamps

A wood slice wedding favor attached to a formal card becomes a keepsake save the date magnet for a rustic wedding.

Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)

Here’s a close-up of the custom stamp:

Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)

Making a favor in a jar? Don’t forget to attach a custom ‘from the kitchen of’ stamp on a tag.

Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)

Place candies inside a muslin favor bag, stamped with your initials.

Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)

Want to make your own save the date cards? A custom stamp can be made to personalize simple kraft cards with the pertinent information.

Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)Custom Stamps for DIY Wedding Projects (by Paper Sushi)

Using custom stamps for your DIY projects is easy and the possibilities are endless! Check out Paper Sushi to see any of the stamps you see here + more in the shop.

Paper Sushi is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned. :)

Happy Planning!


Tell us: are you using custom stamps in your wedding decor?

P.S. Enter for a chance to win in our current giveaways going on now!

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations

Brides: want to try your hand at a little DIY? Need a professionally designed set of printable wedding invitations? Today you can have both! We’re loving the gorgeous collection of DIY printable wedding invitations at Melissa Gail Creative. Printable wedding invitations is one way to do-it-yourself while maintaining a stylish, cohesive look. Read on to see four DIY printable wedding invitations plus win free invitations custom made for you! It’s all inside…

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations

1. Turquoise Vineyard

Turquoise-loving brides: this is the invitation for you! I adore the typography, vines, and color.

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - turquoise
DIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - turquoise

2. Bokeh Effect

Apply the bokeh effect to your invites with this custom suite.

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - bokeh effectDIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - bokeh effect

3. Champagne Bubbles

Ooh! Champagne bubbles grace this invitation in purple (with other colors available).

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - champagne bubbles in purpleDIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - champagne bubbles in purple

4. Art Deco Gold + Gray

Gold and gray is a chic color palette, especially for fall.

DIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - gold and gray art decoDIY Printable Wedding Invitations (by Melissa Gail Creative) - gold and gray art deco rsvp card


Enter for a chance to win the invitation style shown in #4 above, ‘Art Deco Gold + Gray’. Custom colors available (if gold and gray isn’t your style). One (1) winner will be randomly selected and will win a custom design print in colors of his or her choice. Note: This is a printable wedding suite with no cards provided. Winner must print themselves (instructions available). Prize value: $30. No cash value. Open to all!


– Invitation (5 x 5 inches or 8 x 8 inches- your choice) JPG
– RSVP Card (5 x 3.5 inches) JPG
– Info Card (5 x 3.5 inches) JPG
– Thank you Card (5 x 3.5 inches) JPG


Enter for a chance to win between 8/21 – 8/27/13 (11:59pm EST). Use entry form below. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on the blog 8/28/13. Winner will be contacted via email. Winner must claim within 72 hours (+ order within 6 months). Good luck!

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Happy Planning!


5 Rules for Mason Jar Glasses or Favors

Brides: are you using mason jar glasses for your bar? Planning to give favors packaged in mason jars for guests? Don’t miss this post! Read these five rules to ensure your drinking glasses or favors are well-received by guests. We’ll also show you a few key ingredients for drinking glasses guests will love, along with a chic way to personalize a mason jar favor. It’s all inside…

5 Rules to Mason Jar Glasses (or Favors)

1. Accessorize.

Mason Jar Glasses - colorful #striped #straws and daisy lids! #wedding #lids #mason #jars #favors #mason-jar #drinking #glasses

lids by pieces to party, straws by green paper straws

Some people don’t like drinking directly out of mason jar glasses, so be sure to include straws with your jars. To make instant drinking glasses (complete with a spot for a straw), use mason jar daisy lids (shown above, bottom left). A straw fits right in the center. You can find daisy lids at vintage or antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales, or here, which I love because they look like the old zinc lids.

Name Tag

Use jute twine strung through chalkboard tags (you can buy them at Hobby Lobby or Michaels) and tie one around each jar. Guests can use a piece of chalk (or a chalk pen) to write their name and keep track of their glass. Or, try these stick-on labels.

Mason Jar Glasses - easy peel and stick chalkboard labels for guests to write their name on their jar

I’ve tried using chalkboard paint on mason jars to create labels, but that was before the stick-on labels were available. It’s much easier — and less messy — with the stickers.

Plastic Alternative

We received an email from a bride’s mom who wanted to know if there were plastic mason jars available, since her daughter’s venue does not allow for glass. Great question, Pam! Actually, there is an option… crisis averted thanks to the folks at Aladdin. I love this and want a pair of ’em just because.

Mason Jar Glasses - mason jar tumbler by aladdin - plastic + perfect for #wedding #venues with a no glass rule

It’s way too pricey to buy one for each guest, but the bride and groom or the wedding party can enjoy ’em.

2. Make sure the wedding favor is delicious — or functional.


When giving a favor, make sure it’s something you would also enjoy. A few ideas include mason jars filled with honey, coffee beans, nuts, tea, cookie mix, trail mix, cupcakes, or candy. Include ingredients in case anyone is allergic.

Mason Jar Glasses - #edible #wedding #favors #mason #jar

top left – by aloha cakes by andrea, bottom left – the mason jar cookie company, top right, bottom left – by the favor box


Make sure a favor you give your guests is functional. Two common non-edible options include candles (make ’em yourself or buy them) or drinking glasses, which guests can take home and re-use.

3. Buy local!

Buy handmade. Shop local. Support small business. Give guests favors of local products and include a sticker with the business’ name. Guests — especially out of town — love to experience of local fare.

3. Personalize.

A wedding favor deserves plenty of personalization. If you’re giving edible favors, top it off with a mason jar label on the lid. Custom lid stickers make the gift more personal and can be tied into your decor. These lid stickers are custom made by The Ink Lab.

Mason Jar Glasses - custom #mason #jar #lid #stickers by The Ink Lab

by the ink lab, photo on left by jade and matthew take pictures

Use your new monogram for a personal touch.

Mason Jar Glasses - Personalized Mason Jar Lid Stickers by The Ink Lab

by the ink lab

4. Make sure no one can miss ’em.

Making mason jar glasses or wedding favors can be a costly or timely process. Make sure none of your favors go unnoticed! Place your favors on a table where guests won’t miss them, or place one at each guest’s seat. If you are giving guests mason jar glasses, place them all together near the bar with a sign that tells guests to grab a glass, a tag, and fill it up.

Mason Jar Glasses - Glass for the Night for Whatever Tastes Right - include a #sign with your #mason #jar #drinking #glasses so guests can't miss 'em! - photo by michelle edmonds

via a paper proposal via style me pretty | photo by michelle edmonds

5. Buy in bulk.

You can buy mason jars in most stores, but you can’t always count on a great price or options. Plus, lugging around a hundred or more mason jars isn’t an especially fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Make it easy on yourself and buy in bulk. You can pick from different sizes (jelly jar, quart, pint, and 4 oz jars), vintage inspired blue jars (or traditional clear), and you can buy a ton at once. You can even find those mason jar glasses with handles, which I have yet to find in my local store. Plus, it’s all shipped straight to your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Happy Planning!


Now it’s YOUR turn: are you using mason jar glasses? Giving mason jar favors? Tell us!