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7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand

Hi, loves! Happy, Happy Monday! We’re excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration here at Emmaline Bride with a fresh new Ask Emmaline question. But first… what do you think of wedding lemonade stands? Yay? Nay? That’s what reader Steph wanted to know when she wrote us last week. She says, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning the bar for my outdoor wedding. I’ve heard of a wedding lemonade stand, but I have no idea what it entails. Any tips so it doesn’t look cheesy?” Thanks for writing, Steph! We, too, have been swept up in the sweet-as-sugar bar ideas popping up everywhere (like here, mostly). And, like you, we don’t think every idea is a winner (as many can be downright cheesy). We do, however, think a lemonade stand at a wedding can be a fun, festive way to incorporate a favorite summertime drink and another way to use those clever mason jars with handles. I know, I know… but bear with us on this one. As long as you follow these tips, your wedding lemonade stand will be one your guests will love…

7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand

via the knot, photo: nikki mills

Wedding Lemonade Stand: 7 Helpful Tips

1. It’s all about presentation!

Presentation will make or break your lemonade stand. Don’t make it look too child-like, since it’s still being used for a wedding. Use old wood pallets or repurposed lumbar to create a stand, like one of these. Accentuate the stand with lettering that stands out and reads simply, ‘Lemonade’ (see top image above).

7 Tips for a Wedding Lemonade Stand
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Also, I spotted this next idea and I think the presentation is gorgeous… but it seems like an awful waste of fresh produce, sitting in the hot sun all day. Perhaps you could accentuate with a few lemons or limes in vases (even try the wax ones from Hobby Lobby?) Or try this centerpiece idea and modify it to work with your bar. Just a thought.

wedding lemonade stand

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Burlap tablecloth? Custom chalk lettering? I adore this.

wedding lemonade stand
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2. Let guests help themselves.

A lemonade stand is an excellent way to offer guests a fuss-free bar experience. Stock your lemonade stand with the essentials including drink dispensers (like this, one of my favorites especially if you’re offering mason jars as drinking glasses). I highly recommend getting a drink dispenser that comes with a stand. This way, glasses can be placed underneath the spout on the table (rather than off the table causing a mess). You’ll also want to include festive straws for sipping (something like this), and glassware (plastic wear if your venue prohibits glass). And, last but not least, don’t forget to have lemons slices inside — it looks pretty and infuses the lemonade with extra flavor.

3. Location, location, location.

Make sure your lemonade stand is visible and easy-to-access. You wouldn’t want guests to miss it!

4. Offer a couple of drink varieties.

We get it, you’re nuts about lemonade — but not everyone is. Offer a few alternate drinks just in case (bottled soda, beer, and water are all fantastic on ice in galvanized tubs).

5. Have plenty of batches ready-to-go.

You can’t call it a proper wedding lemonade stand if your drink dispensers run dry within an hour! Make sure you have plenty of drink mix and water on hand to keep the bar stocked. It is helpful to hire a bartender to keep an eye on drink levels and replenish, when needed. (Pay them handsomely, too. Tending bar isn’t easy!)

lemonade bar wedding
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6. Don’t forget the ice.

Make sure you have lots of ice to keep the drinks cold, especially important at those hot and humid outdoor weddings. If you want HUGE ice cubes that look pretty and really pack an icy punch, make lemon ice cubes in a muffin pan. I spotted this idea here and it’s a good one. I’m definitely going to use this idea to make lemon-infused water all summer long.

7. A lemonade stand is best for…

So, who would want a wedding lemonade stand anyway? A lemonade stand it fitting if your wedding is outdoors during the summer months, or incorporates yellow into its charming palette, or has a rustic, outdoorsy vibe. It is also ideal when you want a no-fuss bar option (that is as fun as it is festive).

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And, don’t stop there! Need other ideas for your bar? check out these tips on how to stock the bar!

We have more coming up next including a new giveaway! Stay tuned! (P.S. Follow us on Facebook, say hello + stay connected for the latest!)

Tell us: would you have a wedding lemonade stand?

Why or why not? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

xo
-E.

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15 Creative Wedding Coaster Ideas

One of our favorite handcrafted details for a wedding bar is a bespoke coaster. We’ve seen coasters given as wedding favors, used as escort cards, printed with a thank you message to wedding guests, and used as a unique advice guest book alternative, just to name a few ideas. A coaster is a conversation starter for guests and offers functionality as a drink ‘saver’ or label, as well as to protect a tabletop. As a drink saver, guests can place a coaster above the rim of their glass to signify the drink is still being consumed so it is not bussed. And, as a label, guests can identify a drink as theirs by writing their name on it (these are one example). A wedding coaster can also be used just as a festive addition to your decor. To inspire your reception, we’ve rounded up fifteen creative wedding coaster ideas below. Take a peek and let us know if you plan to use wedding coasters and, if so, tell us what yours will say!

Wedding Coaster Ideas

1. Enjoy Coaster

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy.

wood wedding coaster enjoy

julie song ink, photo: ryan ray photography via style me pretty

2. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is one way to show off your new initial.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

3. Thank You to Parents

We talked about unique ways to thank parents at your wedding recently. This coaster is another fantastic idea!

thank you parents wedding coaster

photo: emma case

4. 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.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

5. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors.

wedding coaster favors

photo: ryan timm via style me pretty

Here’s an example of coaster wedding favors you can have customized:

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

6. Don’t Take My Drink

Earlier we mentioned how 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”, as one example.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

7. Wedding Advice

Place these wedding advice coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! Plus, you don’t have to fuss with a traditional guest book: this takes the place of one.

advice wedding coaster

david’s bridal

8. 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

9. Hip Hip Hooray

Gold ‘hip hip hooray’ wedding coasters are a fitting touch to a festive fête.

hip hip hooray wedding coaster

odd daughter paper co.

10. Thank You to Guests

What could be better than heartfelt thank you coasters for wedding guests? Add your own personalized message.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

11. 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

12. Eat Drink & Be Married

We love this modern “eat, drink and be married” coaster set. It ties into nearly any wedding theme you can imagine!

eat drink be married wedding coaster

ruffhouse art

13. 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

14. Happily Ever After

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

lived happily ever after wedding coaster

print smitten

15. Save the Date Coaster

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

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Which of these wedding coaster ideas is your favorite?

Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

xo,
-E.

5 Tips for the Morning of the Wedding

Hello, loves! Whether your wedding is fast-approaching or in the distance, be sure to bookmark this post (press CTRL + D or pin it)! Today we’re revealing five tips for the morning of the wedding to ensure it goes off without a hitch. Getting ready for your wedding is memorable because it is filled with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. Plus, it’s a great chance to chill with your best girlfriends to relax, get pampered, and primp to look your best. Read on to see the five essential tips… plus, a little birdie told us there’s a special giveaway happening, too! Check it out below…

bridesmaids jumping on the bed

photo: nadi bay photography

Morning of the Wedding

Little touches and details will make the morning of the wedding more memorable for yourself and your bridal party. Here are a few suggestions we think will help.

1. Details.

Details, details, details. You’ve been so used to this throughout your wedding planning, so don’t stop when planning the morning of the wedding! Sweet little touches will make it more memorable. Here’s a mini-inspiration board to nudge your creativity:

getting ready - morning of the wedding ideas

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1 – white paper lanterns | blue paper lanterns
2 – banner
3 – drink dispenser
4 – striped straws
5 – door hanger
6 – plastic drinking glasses
7 – tote bag

2. Schedule your hair and makeup early.

Make sure your hair stylist and makeup artist are scheduled well ahead of time. And, make sure the appointment is as early as possible. This allows for any extra time it may take to get your hairstyle just right, or to redo anything that doesn’t come out perfect the first time. Plus, you’ll be less stressed and can relax if you know you have more than enough time to get to the aisle on time.

getting ready morning of the wedding

photo: ashley caroline | see the real wedding

3. Have food and drinks available.

This is sometimes something we recommend as one of the MOH duties, but it bears repeating here. You’ll want to offer food and drinks to your wedding party the morning of the wedding. Nothing too fancy or complicated: orange juice, coffee, mimosas, and/or water are some suggestions. Use a drink dispenser and plastic glassware for ease. For food, think small finger-foods like rolled sandwiches, veggies, or fruit. Drinking straws make for no-mess lipstick.

4. Make sure these photos are on your list.

Don’t forget to capture these 18 Must-Have Getting Ready Photos!

5. Wear comfortable clothing.

While getting ready, wear clothing that won’t mess up your hair or makeup. The best advice? Wear a button-down shirt or robe that doesn’t need to be lifted above your head.

bridesmaid getting ready robes

photo (left) – hagerty photography, robes – the lil wedding shop

And… wouldn’t it be nice to win a set of FREE personalized bridesmaid robes? Now you can! Enter below!

Giveaway: Spa Robes

Between 2/5-2/11/14 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a set of five spa robes for the morning of your wedding! These robes — by The Lil Wedding Shop — are personalized + perfect for bridesmaid gifts. Prize value: $160. No cash value. FREE shipping included to the U.S. (hooray!) Winner will be randomly selected on 2/12 and announced on this post. Winner will be contacted via email: be sure to check your inbox and spam bins! Winner must respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be randomly selected. Use entry form below to enter. No purchase necessary. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!

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Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

What are you planning for the morning of the wedding?

Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear from you. :)