Category: flowers

Giveaway: Win a Paper Flower Backdrop!

Have you seen the paper flower backdrops, centerpieces, and decor over at PaperFlora yet? If not, you should — there’s so much prettiness in bloom!

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Paper Flowers for Wedding Decor, Centerpieces & More

One of our favorite new trends — well, it’s been trending for awhile, but it’s still on point this season — is paper flowers as decor throughout your space. We’ve seen paper flowers along the aisle, as ceremony backdrops, at the head table, as centerpieces for receptions, adorning a cake, and more. Paper flowers are in — and they aren’t going anywhere for a long time to come.

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These Flower Vase Favors are Brilliant — Here’s Why

When we received this question from bride-to-be, Amy, we couldn’t wait to share what we found with you! Here’s her question, submitted to us on the Ask Emmaline inbox:

Hi Emmaline! I am looking for wedding favors that can also add to our decorations. I was thinking of giving flowers since we’re having a bohemian rustic wedding and we’ll be using wildflowers throughout. Do you have any advice on how to give flowers as favors? What container to use, how big they should be, etc.? Thanks!

We love the idea of giving flowers as favors, Amy! It’s a thoughtful gift guests can actually use, which is our favorite kind of favor! When giving flower favors, be sure to provide a small glass or bottle. A tag is also appropriate, so guests know they’re favors and should be taken home. They should also be kept fresh before placing on tables — and when it comes to the flowers you pick, anything goes! On our quest for the perfect flower favors, these flower vase favors from JoBlake came to mind. We love ’em because they are essentially THREE wedding details in one: they’re 1) favors, 2) place cards, and 3) decorations. Talk about a time (and money) -saver! Individually, they’re lovely decor pieces; in a group, they’re visually stunning! Plus, they can be used for your wedding reception or bridal shower. Take a look:

Flower Vase Favors

flower vase favors
by joblake

We love these because they’re handmade + chock full of love. Joanna, the designer, even made these for her own wedding. TIP: She said her mother-in-law stored her flowers in the fridge and put them out in the vases the day of the wedding to keep them fresh.

place card escort card
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flower vase favors with tag

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flower vase favors in jars

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Lovely! You can find out more about these favors and take a closer look in the shop.

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Thanks for your question, Amy, and we hope this helped to answer your questions. If you’re a bride-to-be (or a bridesmaid, MOH, mom of the bride, etc.) and need advice, we’re here to help! Just submit your question here.

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/
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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/
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You Have to See This Anemone Wedding Bouquet

Oh, how I adore the anemone flower! Happy Friday, loves! Today we’re talking about an anemone wedding bouquet that is handmade and lasts forever. I know: pretty amazing, right? Our Featured Artist, Melissa of The Sunny Bee Boutique, is redefining flower bouquets for brides who want something different. Instead of fresh flowers, she uses fabric flowers along with sola flowers so that your bouquet will never wilt, never require water, and will always look amazing. The anemone bouquet from her collection is my absolute favorite. Here, just take a look and you’ll see why!

Anemone Bouquet

This bouquet isn’t solely made of fabric: it also features hand-dyed sola flowers. There are hand-dyed fabric rosettes and fabric anemones with black centers. You can even select what size bouquet you’d like (she has a few options) along with what color ribbon to include around the handle.

anemone wedding bouquet

anemone wedding bouquet with black and white and yellow and gray

I’m also obsessing over this classic anemone flower bouquet (you know, just in case the pop of yellow + grey isn’t your thing).

Since the bouquet ought to coordinate with the boutonniere, here’s an anemone bout she has to match! Melissa has really thought of everything.

You can see more bouquets, like these, in her shop!

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There’s more coming up soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime… why not explore our Real Weddings gallery? Oh, and you ARE subscribed, yes?

xo
-E.

Hanging Mason Jar Vases: What Size to Use

Are you looking for chic ceremony decor? Just use hanging mason jar vases! But first… you have to admit that mason jars have pretty much taken over the wedding world. We’ve seen our beloved pint-sized jars used as drinking glasses, projects and insanely creative mason jar ideas, and we’ve even seen a plastic version of mason jars for non-glass venues. That’s how much they’re loved. Today we’re answering an Ask Emmaline question from Marie, who asks, “I’m hanging mason jar vases for my ceremony aisle. What size should I use?” Read on to find out…

decorate the ceremony aisle with hanging blue mason jar vases filled with flowers hanging mason jar vases

Hanging Mason Jar Vases

The right size for hanging mason jar vases is 16 oz (1 pint). This is the perfect size mason jar because your flowers and the amount of water you will need won’t make these jars too heavy to hang. We recommend hanging them from the back of each chair along the aisle (use a heavy wire and pliers around the base to create a loop; secure tightly and hang from a chair back).< Note: if you are making mason jar hanging vases, you'll want to make sure you use these. It will keep your flowers looking perfect all day long./p>

blue mason jars filled with white hydrangea flowers and attached to chairs hanging mason jar vases
photos above via classic creations

If you prefer, you can display your chic mason jar hanging vases from shepherd’s hooks along the aisle way. Want to make your own? Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make hanging mason jar flower vases.

via, LTR: we heart photography | chris loh photography via offbeat bride | etsy

Hope it helps, Marie!

Do you have a question? Just Ask Emmaline! Our team is happy to address your wedding issues + save you unnecessary stress. Submit your wedding questions here!

30 Wedding Cakes: #1 – Naked Wedding Cake + Flowers

Hello, loves! Happy weekend! We’re popping in to tell you that our monthly series for September is 30 Wedding Cakes (you may remember our 31 Hairstyles in July, followed by 31 Giveaways in August). We’re a little late to the party, so to speak, but we’ll be filling in the blanks to ensure we hit the 30 mark before October. Let’s hit it and kick off the first of many gorgeous wedding cakes: the naked wedding cake with peonies.

Naked Wedding Cake with Flowers on Top via 30 Wedding Cakes - cake: deux bakery, photo: anna j photography

Naked Wedding Cake: Two Tiered with Peonies

This gorgeous two-tiered naked wedding cake is given its name of ‘naked’ because of its unique non-frosted exterior. Naked wedding cakes are trending and for good reason: they allow your cake’s fillings to be visible. Plus, it’s just fun to have something different, no? This particular naked wedding cake is topped with fresh peonies, ranunculus, and roses. It features a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling. By Deux Bakery. Photo by Anna J Photography.

xo
-E.

Wildflower Seed Favors

Are you planning an outdoor, nature-inspired wedding? Do you want wedding favors guests will actually use? We’ve found it! We’re excited to present giveaway #30 in our 31 Wedding Giveaways Series for August. We’ve teamed up with Jacquelyn Vaccaro to offer fifty (50) wildflower seed favors to one lucky reader. See a glimpse + find out more…

Seed Packet Favors

wildflower seed favors

About the Prize

Jacquelyn tells us: “Each glassine envelope measures 4.25 x 2.75 unfolded and 3″ x 2.75″ folded and sealed and contains a beautiful combination of perennial wildflower seeds. The tags attached have been hand cut using a heavy gauge kraft card stock and then embellished with natural jute or double sided satin ribbon of your color choice. You choose the wording and let me do the rest!”

wildflower seed favor envelopes

wildflower seed favors ribbon

About the wildflower seeds: “I use an extremely high quality perennial wildflower mixture. They are 99.59% pure seed and 84% viable. The seeds are a combination of: Siberian Wallflower, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Blue Flax, Lupine, Purple Coneflower, Blanketflower, Sweet William, Shasta Daisy, Dwarf Columbine, Lavendar Hyssop, Dwarf Evening Primrose, Mexican Hat, New England Aster, English Daisy, Black Eyed Susan & Gloriosa Daisy. Directions on how to plant are printed on an adhesive label and attached to the backs.”

wildflower seeds

ribbon colors

Giveaway!

Okay, loves: you know how this works! Check out the giveaway details below:

o Enter between 8/29/14-9/4/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: 50 Wildflower Seed Favors by Jacquelyn Vaccaro
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 9/5; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to use prize
o Prize value: $100; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo
-E.

White Peony Bridal Bouquet

If I told you peonies weren’t my favorite wedding flower, I (Emma here!) would be lying. Ever since I flipped through my first wedding magazine post-engagement, I’ve been fascinated with this sweet fragrant bloom. I used to be in awe of the pink peonies, though… until I spotted the all white peony bridal bouquet. It is classic, elegant, traditional, and totally brimming with gorgeousness: take a peek!

White Peony Bridal Bouquet

white peony bridal bouquet

white peony bridal bouquet

white peony bridal bouquet

photos | via style me pretty | photographer: erin hearts court

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xo
-E.

P.S. There are AMAZING wedding giveaways happening right now. If I could enter them all, I would; since I can’t, you better!