Category: DIY

Giveaway: Save the Date Stamp for DIY Cards

Want to make your own save the date cards? This stamp will help! We’re giving one away… but first, be sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out on future giveaways like these.

Are you ready to kick off a brand new week of wedding inspiration? We sure are! We’re excited to present the first of many exciting posts this week, starting with a new giveaway. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at a little DIY charm, this save the date stamp is a great place to start! You can create your own (easy) save the date cards with this stamp spotted over at Apropos Roasters, who is giving one away to a lucky EB reader. Will it be you? Find out how to enter for your chance to win below…

Save the Date Stamp

Here are a few examples of what the stamp looks like. There are a few styles to choose from, too.

save the date stamp for DIY cards

from apropos roasters

save the date stamp for DIY cards

from apropos roasters

You can stamp them on simple shipping tags, like these, and add a ribbon or twine.

from apropos roasters


o Enter between 4/20/15-4/26/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Save the Date Stamp from Apropos Roasters

Save the date in true DIY style! This custom design wedding stamp is all you need to create an adorable save-the-date invitation. Mark the calendar with a romantic heart.

♥ 2.5″ square calendar stamp
♥ 1/2″ Heart “marker” stamp

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $45 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

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12 Fun + Creative Wedding Reception Backdrops

Are you planning a lovely handmade wedding? Get tons of ideas here and here!

If you’re looking for wedding reception backdrops — incredible, creative, and totally awe-inspiring backdrops — you’ve come to the right place! We’ve talked about backdrops in the past, including these creative ceremony doors and flower backdrops, which is still one of my favorite posts to date. Today, we’re honing in on wedding reception backdrops for use behind your head table, cake table, or as a photo booth wall. We’ve rounded up a mix of twelve unique finds from some of our favorite places. Ready to get started? Bring on the coffee (um, I’m rounding out my first pot as we speak. Hey, give me a break, I’m a tired mama!)

Bring on the inspiration!

Wedding Reception Backdrops

1. This huge heart backdrop

This would look stunning in your head table or sweetheart table photos. Or, have guests sign the little wood rounds as a makeshift guest book and hang it in your bedroom after the wedding. Love, love, love.

heart made of wood | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via the pretty blog

2. This palette backdrop

Perfect for an outdoor photo booth.

strike a pose | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via style me pretty

3. An exposed brick wall

One of our favorite looks is a modern exposed brick wall, which looks great as-is. Can you imagine lucking out with a wall like this?!

elegant brick wall backdrop | photo: theo milo | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via style unveiled, photo: theo milo photography

If you’re lucky enough to have a wall like this at your reception, use it to your advantage as a backdrop.

left – via l. hewitt | right – via style me pretty

Go Faux: If you don’t have a real brick wall, go faux! You can use a backdrop support kit (we have a really inexpensive one, like this that works great) and faux brick fabric (like this from Spoonflower) draped from it. Or, if you have a spare wall, you can use removable faux brick wallpaper like this. It’s amazing and looks surprisingly realistic.

4. And this colorful fringe-y backdrop


diy fringe backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via oh happy day

5. This mod geometric backdrop (with DIY instructions)

You can make this one yourself here.

geometric backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via
via project wedding

6. This large tri-fold backdrop with custom wording

trifold wedding backdrop | photo: imago vita | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via style me pretty, photo: imago vita photography

7. And this one with cut-outs of the bride and groom

Now guests can snap photos with the newlyweds while they’re off dancing their you-know-whats off. Oh and you can go get your own life-size cardboard cut-outs aka life size standees here.

backdrop with cut outs of the bride and groom | Wedding Reception Backdrops via
via wedding chicks

8. This amazing gold sequin backdrop

This is so versatile — use it for your reception, shower, bachelorette party, New Years…

gold sequins | Wedding Reception Backdrops via
via modern celebrations — p.s. love that dress? it’s from here

9. These hanging flowers

This hanging flower backdrop can go anywhere! It’s so pretty, indoors or out.

hanging flowers backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via
via blue orchid creations

10. This backdrop for an outdoor wedding

I love the green backdrop and those handmade pinwheels! Great idea — and you can get the full diy details here.

diy wedding reception backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via
via east coast creative

11. This barn door backdrop

Perfect for a country / rustic wedding.

rustic door backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

photo: birds of a feather photography via style me pretty

12. This ribbon backdrop is everything

This is so stunning! Wow, can my garage look like this?!

ribbon backdrop | Wedding Reception Backdrops via

via coco cozy

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Your Turn:

What do you think of these wedding reception backdrops? Are you using a backdrop as part of your decor?


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Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas – Ask EB

We love hearing from our brides… and their moms, too! When Susan wrote to us about her daughter’s bridal shower, we swooped right in with inspiration. She’s planning a kitchen themed bridal shower, but was having trouble finding the perfect invites with a more modern feel. To help, we found kitchen bridal shower invitations with matching recipe cards for guests to fill out and bring to the party. Once we found those, it was easy to piece together some additional ideas. Check out the invitations by Lucy Loves Paper and see what else we found including a state cutting board, apron, personalized rolling pin (ahh, I want one of these), a recipe box, cookbook, and favors. Which of these finds do you love best? Besides those invites, I’m crazy over that apron… it’s darling!

Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas

It began with these invites + recipe cards…

by lucy loves paper

… and here’s the inspiration board!

kitchen bridal shower invitations + ideas via


♡ personalized recipe card | lucy loves paper
♡ whisk favors | kate aspen
♡ kitchen bridal shower invitations | lucy loves paper
♡ measuring spoon favors | kate aspen
♡ apron | flirty aprons
♡ cookbook | the newlywed cookbook
♡ rolling pin | valek rolling pins
♡ unfinished recipe card box | darice
♡ state cutting board (shown with michigan; any state available!) | aheirloom

Happy Planning!


P.S. Do you need help with a wedding question? Just Ask Emmaline — it’s FREE and your question might appear in an upcoming post!

DIY Bridesmaid Beach Bag

Planning a beach bachelorette party? Here’s the perfect gift idea! Be sure you’re signed up for updates so you stay in the loop.

Spring and summer are right around the corner, which means lazy days on the beach are finally on the way! If you’re planning a bachelorette bash at the beach, you’ll love this DIY bridesmaid beach bag gift idea. We’ve pieced together our favorite essentials for your girls including an essential tote bag, sunnies, flip flops, an adorable sun hat, beauty products, and more. Enjoy!

DIY Bridesmaid Beach Bag

DIY Bridesmaid Beach Bag | via

What’s in the Bag

Tote Bag

We love this new canvas tote with aqua stripes. It has enough room for her swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, and everything you see here. By Thirty One Gifts, where you can get it embroidered, too.

LOVE Bracelet

This gold jewelry piece is simple and oh-so-sweet. It’s the perfect everyday bracelet she can wear to the beach — and beyond. By Ava Hope Designs.

Embroidered Towels

She can lay out in style on her own personalized beach towel. These are by Memento.

Bridesmaid Sunglasses

These fun bridesmaid sunglasses can be worn on the beach + at the wedding! Spotted here.

Flip Flops

These aren’t just ANY old flip flops. They have custom sayings that leave your mark in the sand! Our fave for this bag? “Follow me, bring wine”. There are more available, too! By Sand Imprint Sandals.

Floppy Sun Hat

I’m ordering this one stat. If you need a floppy hat (I mean, really, who doesn’t?) then this is one that’s inexpensive AND adorable. Spotted here.

Beauty Products

Fill a wristlet (we spotted the one shown from Thirty One Gifts) with some favorite beauty products, like nail polish, a stick of sunblock, waterproof mascara (this one is from Pürminerals), and her all-in-one makeup solution in a compact form (also from Pü The lip balm is ultra-nourishing and essential because, hot pink. From Maybelline.

Book to Read

And, last but not least, throw in a book she can read on the beach. I recommend Yes Please, but that’s because Amy Poehler is my spirit animal. Yours might be Tina Fey, in which case this would be an awesome choice. Or Mindy Kaling’s book which was so funny I laughed out loud (and I was sort of bummed when I finished reading it). Another favorite? This book by Ellen Degeneres. Pick any book she’d like (but we recommend something funny and entertaining). I mean, a dramatic book is just a little too serious for a relaxing bach weekend, ya know?

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She’ll L O V E this gift. Promise. I know I would!


What’s your favorite find above?

PIN IT: DIY Bridesmaid Beach Bag

DIY Bridesmaid Beach Bag | via

This post is sponsored by Thirty One Gifts and PurMinerals.