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Wedding Menu Cards: 3 Reasons You Need Them
(+ Giveaway!)

Wedding Menu Cards:  3 Reasons Why You Might Need/Want Them for Your Wedding | menu by Blush Paperie | via http://emmalinebride.com/invites/wedding-menu-cards/

by blush paperie

Hello, lovelies! Today we’re talking about an often overlooked reception topic: wedding menu cards. Do you need them? What can they do for your look and decor? Where do you buy them? We’ll be answering all of the above – and more! – with three reasons why you may need wedding menu cards for your reception. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Blush Paperie for a special giveaway for our readers: one lucky bride-to-be will win a set of 100 custom wedding menus! Read on to find out more…

7 Things Your Bridesmaids Need to Hear You Say

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7 Things Bridesmaids Need to Hear You Say

photo: ashley caroline photography via real wedding

Hi, loves! Emma here. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a bride-to-be who is a) planning her wedding and b) curious about bridesmaid etiquette for the bride. I read this cringe-worthy article about a bridezilla with a capital B that really struck a chord. It’s hard to believe a bride could be such a crazed lunatic (to put it loosely), but I’m sure it happens more often than I think. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it needn’t break character. The bridesmaids you’ve asked to be a part of your day are presumably your best friends. Sisters. Cousins. Loved ones. Don’t let this wonderful time in your life bring out the worst in you. We’ve prepared this post to keep things in perspective and stay on the good side of your wedding party. After all, it’s one day — one amazing, totally memorable and awesome day — and you’d like them to remember it just as fondly, right? Exactly. Read on to see seven things your bridesmaids need to hear you say…

Who Pays for Flower Girl Dress?
(Plus, 12 Flower Girl Dresses Under $100!)

flower girls

by olivia kate couture, photo: jen jar photography

Bride-to-be Allie wrote us this week with a common wedding etiquette question we know you’re probably wondering, too! She asks,

Hi Emmaline! My niece is the flower girl in my wedding and I just started looking at flower girl dresses. I showed some to my sister (my niece’s mom) to see her thoughts on the dresses I found. I was wondering, who pays for the flower girl dress? Who picks it out? Thanks in advance!

Great question, Allie! Here’s the wedding etiquette on who pays for the flower girl dress at your wedding…

When to Take Off Heels at Wedding? – Ask Emmaline

bride with blue flats

by walkin on air

It’s Saturday and we know you’re probably knee-deep in wedding planning (or at least you want to cross something off of your list). Earlier this week, we tackled the question of when to take off your veil at your wedding. After the post, we invited you to submit an Ask Emmaline question and Julie sent us this one! She asks,

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Hi Emmaline! I picked out a pair of heels to wear for the ceremony, but I usually don’t like wearing heels for a long period of time. I’m worried my feet will hurt. How soon can I take them off at the reception? Or am I supposed to wear them all night?

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Hey, Julie! You’re not alone– I’d venture to guess that most brides (and guests!) feel the same as you do. They want to look elegant in heels for the ceremony while being able to show off their dance moves and mingle without aching feet. What’s a bride to do? We’ll tell you…

How to Tell Guests Children are Not Invited to Wedding

Here’s a great question we received from Nicole who asks,

[su_quote cite=”Nicole”]Help! How do we inform our guests that our wedding is a no children event?[/su_quote]

Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a hotly debated issue but here’s some good news: there is no right or wrong answer. Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is completely up to you. Some couples decide to invite adults only so they can have a night out and stay late, or as a way to cut costs and stay on budget. Others choose to invite children so everyone is invited and adults do not need to worry about finding a babysitter. Either way is great! I’ve been to many weddings with children in attendance and many weddings without; either way, it’s always a fun time. However, if you choose to have an adult-only event, it is important to make your intentions clear on your invitation — and to say it with grace. Instead of stating, “No children”, let’s say it with a little more grace.

cute kids photo wedding (photo: jennifer bagwell)

photo: jennifer bagwell

How to (Easily!) Address Invitations in a Straight Line

If you ask any wedding etiquette expert, he or she would tell you hand-addressing your wedding invitations is a must. Traditionally, hand-writing or calligraphy is used to address invitations because it looks more polished than a printed label and adds a personalized touch. This means you can either a) hire a calligrapher, or b) give it a go by hand-addressing it all yourself. But what if you have trouble addressing invitations in a straight line? Don’t worry — we just found the super easy way to address invitations in a straight line thanks to The Lettermate!


Address Envelopes in Straight Lines

The Lettermate is created as “an envelope addressing guide for those of us that have trouble writing in a straight line.” Which, let’s be honest, is pretty much most of us. It’s not just about writing in a straight line, though: it’s a plastic guide that is designed to give you a consistent and evenly spaced lines every time.

tool for writing in straight lines

by the lettermate