Handmade Wedding Archive

What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Bride-to-be, Michele, asks:

“Help! I’ve tried on a few wedding veils in a store but I didn’t like how they looked. I don’t think a veil is my style and I just don’t see myself wearing a veil at my wedding. Does a bride have to wear a veil? Or is there something else I can wear as an alternative?”

Fantastic question! For starters, you asked if the bride has to wear a veil. Remember that it’s your wedding: there are no rules. A bride doesn’t have to do anything or wear anything that she doesn’t want to, so a veil is definitely not a requirement.

Now, before we show you some wedding hair accessory options, if you try on a veil in store make sure you also…

1.) try on a veil while wearing your dress (or a similar style)
2.) try on the veil with a hairstyle you plan to wear the day-of
3.) try on several veil styles

The third one — trying on several veil styles — is especially important because one style can look better on some people than others. Your face shape, hairstyle, dress, and personal style are all factors when it comes to picking the perfect veil — or veil alternative. Also, trying on many different veil styles to see which one you like best is also a great rule of thumb. For example, a bandeau veil — like this one, shown below from Serephine — is a unique veil style that differs greatly from a traditional, classic look.


30 Best Wedding Dresses on Etsy Under $800

Hi, loves! Emma here. Today I’m letting you in on a little secret:

Your wedding gown doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to be beautiful.

Some of the prettiest wedding dresses are under $1000 — even $800 or less! — as I’ll prove to you in this post. You see, it’s not the dress that makes the bride; instead, it is the beautiful bride that makes the dress! Any wedding dress which is properly fitted to your individual measurements, paired with accessories, and accompanied by a smile that lights up a room looks way better than an ill-fitting garment upwards of $2000 or more. To show you how you can stay on budget AND have the wedding dress of your dreams, we’ve rounded up thirty best Etsy wedding dresses to share. Each dress is handmade with two hands, a sewing machine, and a whole lotta love! Plus, you have the opportunity to speak directly to the designer who will work one-on-one with you to handcraft your wedding gown.

And if you’re nervous about buying a wedding dress online, don’t be: it’s completely safe if you 1) check reviews before you buy, 2) send your exact measurements, 3) allow for plenty of time for it to arrive, and 4) have it professionally fitted by a local seamstress (if needed). And, just to be sure, read the fine print and return policy before you buy. But that’s just smart practice for buying anything online. :)

Grab some coffee and prepare to be amazed! We’ve found some truly incredible wedding dresses here…

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Bridal Gowns Under $800

1. This beaded sweetheart neckline gown

By Love Raveglia.

beaded sequin wedding gown

by love raveglia | see the price

Cufflinks to Surprise the Groom on the Wedding Day

How will you surprise the groom on your wedding day? Have a love note delivered to the room while he gets ready, a cooler at the ready with his favorite beverages to enjoy with the groomsmen, or something sweet stitched to the back of his tie? There are many ways to surprise the groom on your wedding day, but a pair of groom cufflinks is one of our favorites! A pair of cufflinks he can wear on the wedding day and beyond makes a great keepsake gift. Pick a pair that says something sweet or sentimental, wrap them up in a box, and have the ring bearer or flower girl deliver them to him right before the ceremony. Here are a few we spotted at Over The Moon Bridal to give you some ideas…

Groom Cufflinks

groom cufflinks - today i marry my best friend

by over the moon bridal

10 Perfect Gifts for Mother of the Bride (+ Giveaway!)

Happy Friday, loves! Emma here. We’ve talked about gift giving ideas for bridesmaids, rounded up guy-approved groomsmen gifts, shared flower girl gift ideas, and even gifts for the bride for the wedding day. But what about the mother of the bride? That’s where today’s feature comes in! We’re sharing ten handpicked gift ideas your mom will love. Plus, we’re giving one of these gift ideas away thanks to Tracy Tayan Designs to a lucky reader! What’s up for grabs? Read on to find out!

TIP: A handwritten card is the finishing touch! Write a few words from the heart and include it with the gift.

Mother of the Bride Gift Ideas

mother of the bride with the bride

photo: jeff loves jessica

Are Wedding Programs Required? – Ask Emmaline

Hello, loves! If you’re planning your wedding ceremony, this is a must-read post. And, if you’re not planning your ceremony yet, this is a must-bookmark post. (Hit Ctrl + D to save it for later or Pin on Pinterest!) We’re answering one of the most commonly asked ceremony questions: are wedding programs required and are they a good idea? That’s what bride-to-be, Lindsay, wanted to know when she asked us:

“Dear Emmaline, My wedding is in February and I’m planning my ceremony. Do I really need ceremony programs? Will guests even notice if I skip them altogether? I’m on a budget, so I want to make sure I’m spending money wisely. Thanks for your help!”

Great question, Lindsay! The answer to this question depends on what’s right for your specific event, but we’re here to help! Read on for the answer to Lindsay’s question, see our list of pros and cons, and get inspired with handmade wedding programs (plus one clever alternative)…

Are Wedding Programs Required? via EmmalineBride.com (modern wedding program fans by Hoopla Love)

by hoopla love

Sunglasses Favors: Easy (& Affordable!) to Make for Weddings

Are you looking for a favor guests will actually use (and one they don’t always see)? We’ve found just the thing, especially for spring and summer weddings! These fun sunglasses favors — paired with these personalized tags from Tickled Pink Paper & Ink — can be used during your outdoor ceremony so guests aren’t squinting in the sun, worn in your photo booth as props, and worn after the wedding all season long. We’ve tracked down the perfect bulk sunglasses here (even the reviews are awesome). We love the even more because you can pick from hot pink, green, blue, orange, yellow, or classic white or black.

Sunglasses Favors

All you need to do is get a personalized stamp (go here), tags of your choice, twine or string, and sunglasses (you can find them here).

sunglasses favors

by tickled pink paper and ink

Why Classic Guest Books Are *Always* a Great Choice for Weddings

Hi, lovelies! Emma here and it’s time to get down to business! Wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to cross “guest book” off your seemingly long list of wedding to-do’s. Today, you’re going to pick a guest book. That’s all there is to it! And since we’ve shared so many alternative guest books in the past, there’s really no reason you can’t find one you love in the archives, in The Marketplace, or right here in this carefully curated list. But first, let me get something off my chest. When did a simple guest book become boring? While lovely, not everyone envisions globes or maps or creative wall prints or large monogram letters as guest books. Some of us love a traditional, classic book! A guest book will never let you down; there are no accessories like batteries for a camera or special markers or photo paper required (even though you know I love these). There is just simple paper, a pen, and a line for guests to write their heartfelt wishes. So, we’re helping you out: we’re sharing twenty-five guest books with a little something for everyone! Just wait until you see the list! Read on for more…

ribbon and lace wedding guest book by claire magnolia

by claire magnolia

NEW → 7 Glamorous Bridal Accessories from Cloe Noel for 2016

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. I love this time of year — and it is not just because of pumpkin spice everything and pretty leaves falling from trees. This is an exciting time of year because wedding designers and handmade artisans release new products for their 2016 collections and we get a sneak peek! Plus, we get to share these amazing new pieces with you!

Today we’re sharing a collection of glamorous bridal accessories from the lovely Cloe Noel. Designer Kim Ortiz has created sashes, hair accessories, cuff bracelets, and more for the bride in this collection named Elegance. These pieces are Hollywood Glamour at its finest, complete with sparkly rhinestones, delicate beading, vintage lace, and classic pearl embellishments at every turn. Today we’re showcasing seven favorites including a rhinestone cuff bracelet (#1) that is my absolute favorite. Which one do you love?

(photos by La Candella Weddings)

Bridal Clutch Purse by Cloe Noel - Photo by La Candella Weddings

by cloe noel

“Unique Baseball Wedding Ideas for the Groom?” – Ask Emmaline

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline wedding question! This comes from Trish who asks,

Hi Emmaline! My groom loves baseball and we even play together on a softball team in the spring. I want to surprise him with some baseball ideas at our wedding, but still keep with our stylish wedding decor. Do you have ideas on what I can add? Thanks!”Trish

Baseball Wedding Ideas

Great question, Trish! I love that you want to surprise him with some baseball inspired wedding ideas! There are tons of ways to do it without taking over your theme, so to speak. For instance, some of the easiest ways to do it are with a cake topper, groom’s cake, ring pillow, or even your shoes or garter. I’ve rounded up some ideas for you below to inspire you. They’re all handmade, too, making them extra-special! Take a look…

1. A baseball wedding cake topper

sports cake topper by lovebirds goods

by lovebirds goods

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