Hi, loves! Emma here. And, I’ll be honest: normally, a handkerchief isn’t my favorite thing in the world. I’m more of a tissue kind of girl. Call me new-fashioned but I like to blow my nose and then, you know, THROW IT AWAY. But I do love when wedding handkerchiefs are used in creative ways at weddings: for tears of joy favors, wrapped around your bouquet as something blue, or as gifts for the wedding party. I even love handkerchiefs on shoes. So, I get it: there are going to be happy tears a-flowin’ on your big day and you might as well have hankies at the ready. That makes total sense.
So, when I saw this ‘Hurry Up and Be My Husband Already‘ handkerchief (shown below, #1) over at The Polka Dotted Bee, I just had to look further into her hankie collection. And I couldn’t resist all the lovely finds there were! So today we’re sharing seven of them and I have to admit — I’m slowly becoming more of a hankie girl because these are just too cute to resist. You can even have custom hankies made FROM YOUR HANDWRITING, which is pretty amazing.
Bottom line? Even if you’re not on board with the whole hankie thing, you’ll totally love these personalized wedding handkerchiefs. Promise. See them for yourself, below!
Have you asked your bridesmaids to stand up in your wedding yet? If not, you might want to ask with a creative be my bridesmaid gift idea. One of our favorites is this will you be my bridesmaid handkerchief spotted over at Petite 25 Studios. It’s not only a cute way to ask; it’s a super-soft handkerchief she can use and enjoy for years to come. It’s also helpful for the wedding day for those happy tears. You can customize this handkerchief for your bridesmaid, maid / matron of honor, junior bridesmaid, or flower girl. The handkerchief measures 11 x 11, is made with 100% cotton, and has sweet scalloping along the edges. We love the floral print! It’s placed in a kraft box with a satin ribbon and ready for giving.
Hi, lovelies! Emma here. If you follow the old custom of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and this for your shoe, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered up the best, most modern something blue ideas — thirty-two in all — to tie into your ceremony. We begin with one of the loveliest clutch purses ever…
Something Blue Ideas
1. Clutch Purse
Carry a clutch purse in your favorite shade of blue. Or, pick a purse with a beautiful blue brooch or floral clip attached to the outside; an inner liner of blue is another fantastic something blue idea.
A bouquet of blue flowers (think: hydrangeas) is one of our favorite something blue ideas. We love the ribbon wrapped around the handle, too, for an extra dose of crave-worthy color. (Want a different color bouquet? Go for it and simply wrap your blue ribbon around the handle. Easy!)
Toss blue flower petals down the aisle instead of the traditional white or pink.
23. Aisle Runner
A blue aisle runner, constructed from simple blue fabric, is one way to accent your ceremony space.
24. Aisle Decor
Use shepherd’s hooks to hang mason jars filled with blue hydrangeas as decor that looks lovely and doubles as your something blue.
25. Ring Pillow
Have your ring bearer carry a pillow with blue stitching or made of blue fabric. The ribbon that holds the rings can even be the smallest something blue (still counts!)
26. Ring Bearer’s Suit
The ring bearer can be your good luck charm, donning a blue suit or blue necktie and vest.
27. Flower Girl’s Dress
Or, ask the flower girl to wear a soft blue dress instead of traditional colors such as white or pink.
A boutonniere can be wrapped in dark blue ribbon. You’ll notice in the image below that this groom also has a light blue checkered shirt, a dark blue necktie, and a pocket square with a tiny blue checkered pattern, all of which fit into something blue ideas mentioned above. It’s always good to have a visual.
I know there are even more little known something blue ideas. What’s your favorite? For my something blue, I wore a garter. What will you wear (or, what did you wear) for something blue? Comment below + let’s chat about it.
Need something old, something new, and something blue? We’ve found all three in a fun, easy-to-do craft project. This DIY wedding dress hankie, spotted over at Craftsy and created by Bumblebee Linens, use your own embroidered monogram to add a little “something blue“. It’s designed for those happy tears and can be wrapped around your bouquet so it’s ready when you need it. Makes a cute bridesmaid gift idea, too. Take a look:
Brides: need something old and something new and something blue for your wedding? We’ll leave the “borrowed” part up to you, but the lovely Becca and Louise is taking care of the above! These beautiful vintage handkerchief wedding shoes will be your something old (a vintage handkerchief), something new (a pair of heels), and even something blue (if you choose a blue color for your shoes). Shoes like these are one of the reasons why we love handmade weddings: each detail is totally hand-picked and unique to each bride. This week, we’re giving away a pair of vintage handkerchief wedding shoes to one lucky Emmaline Bride reader! Read on to see these awe-inspiring shoes + enter for a chance to win!
Vintage Handkerchief Wedding Shoes
Becca and Louise lets you get creative by offering tons of colors for your shoes. Incorporate your favorite color (or wedding color palette) with a shade that suits your style. Here are the colors from which you can pick:
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Giveaway: Win vintage handkerchief wedding shoes
o Enter between 7/22/14-7/28/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below o Prize: Custom wedding shoes embellished with vintage printed handkerchief. 2.5 inch heel with pointed toe and ankle strap. Giveaway winner will be able to select their shoe size, shoe color, and handkerchief for a one-of-a-kind pair of wedding shoes! o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/29; 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 3 months to use prize o Prize value: $140; 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
It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this question from bride-to-be, Lana, who asks, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning my wedding and my parents have been so helpful, especially my mom. She has been helping with every DIY detail, even taking some of the bigger projects (my centerpieces) to eliminate my stress. I want to thank my parents for all they’ve done for our wedding; any advice?” Fantastic question! You can never thank your parents enough for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you, and your wedding is no exception. Whether they are contributing their time, money, support, or they’re just being totally awesome per usual, it’s important to thank your parents at your wedding. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites ways to thank your parents at your wedding PLUS we’re giving away one of our favorite finds by Paper Street Press!
P.S. This is a must-have photo! Pin this for later! (Hover mouse over photo and click ‘pin it’.)
Present your parents with a card or letter as a thank you. For a card, write a few lines inside with specifics of why you’d like to say thanks at your wedding. If you’d like to include a longer letter, consider something along the lines of “remember when” where you write things you’re thankful for, whether before or during the wedding planning process.
6. Thank You Gifts
Present your parents with gifts of thanks. A few examples include jewelry…
And, last but not least, enjoy your wedding day. Your parents want you to be happy and savor every moment of your wedding day. You (and presumably they) have put lots of time and energy into this day, so make sure you show your appreciation by enjoying it. Practice these wedding acts of kindness and be gracious to all who help you make your day wonderful. Oh, and it goes without saying: never be a bridezilla. It doesn’t look good on anyone. And, be sure to say thank you during the planning process.
P.S. I love this cute photo of the bride’s parents!
Now that you have some ideas on how to thank parents at your wedding, it’s time to win a lovely gift! We’ve teamed up with Paper Street Press to offer a custom art print to one lucky reader (as seen below and above in #1).
About the Prize
Kleenex not included! Bring your mama to tears with these personalized, sentimental wedding-day gifts. You will receive a unique pair of fully-customized 8″ x 10″ prints; one for each set of parents. Additional prints are available for just $10 each.
o Enter between 5/15/14-5/21/14 (11:59pm EST) o Prize: Personalized Pair of Parents Thank You Prints o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/22; winner announced on this blog post and emailed o Winner has 72 hours to respond to 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: $40 | No cash value o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win o Use entry form below to enter
Happy Monday! We’re so excited to start a brand new week of handmade wedding loveliness with you all… especially when it begins with a wedding giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Jane’s Daughters to offer a beautiful burlap wedding bouquet for one lucky bride-to-be. This bouquet is made of rosettes formed from natural burlap and is an ideal bouquet for a country or rustic wedding theme. Ready to find out more? Read on to see the full scoop!
Burlap Wedding Bouquet
So, what is a burlap bouquet? A burlap bouquet is one which is handcrafted from burlap and formed into rosettes. This particular bouquet is made of 17 light ivory roses with natural burlap roses throughout. For a vintage touch, there is a piece of antique lace (or ivory tulle, if you prefer) affixed underneath the flowers. The bouquet also includes ivory berries and soft greens for fullness.
Win a Burlap Wedding Bouquet!
Want to get your hands on one for FREE? Now’s your chance! Between 1/27-2/2/14 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win! Use the entry form below to enter. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog post on 2/3/14. Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 72 hours (or a new winner will be selected). No purchase necessary. No cash value. Prize value: $62. FREE shipping included to U.S. only. Winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Good luck!
Do you need ideas for something old, new, borrowed, and blue? We’ve found eight of them! This wedding tradition (from an old English rhyme) is said to bring good luck to the bride. It doesn’t mean you’ll have bad luck if you don’t oblige, but it’s a fun wedding tradition to participate in nonetheless. On a strict budget? Don’t panic: most of these items can be borrowed from a loved one (old, borrowed, and blue) and your ‘new’ can always be your wedding dress. Read on to see our ideas for something old, new, borrowed, and blue; PLUS, find out where you can get a sought-after sixpence for your shoe!
New is the most fun – it means you, you know, have to buy a little something for you! A dress sash, garter, or new pair of heels are a few favorites. If you don’t want to spend extra, your new wedding dress can count!
“Something Borrowed” can be anyhting: a ring you borrowed from your sister, a brooch from your grandmother, or do what I did: wear your mother’s veil. Lucky for me, my mom has exceptional taste. You can also use part of her veil and turn it into a custom hair piece or blusher veil.
“Something Blue” can be completely bold or very subtle. A clutch purse with a blue flower pin, for instance, or a pair of blue earrings are perfect examples. For even more subtlety, pin a thin light blue ribbon to the underside of your gown with a simple safety pin. A single stitch of blue thread (hidden, of course) is another great example. A pair of something blue underwear is another easy example: I mean, who needs an excuse to shop for pretty underthings? (I heart these. Plus, this weekend, 40% off and free shipping. Score. And, no, they’re not a sponsor, just one of my most favorite stores!) And, last but not least, we’ve seen a lot of these shoes popping up in Real Weddings. The back logo has, you guessed it, just the right amount of blue.