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12 Most Creative Alternatives to Try for Weddings

donut stand weddings

garland by katz corner boutique

Happy Wednesday, loves! When you are knee-deep in planning your wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in cookie cutter ideas or traditional ways of doing everything. We encourage you to think outside the box when planning your big day; skip traditions you don’t like, participate in the ones you love, and start a few of your own! To kick start your creativity, we’ve gathered our favorite wedding alternatives to transform every detail of your big day. Read on to see which wedding alternatives made the cut…

“Bridal Cover Ups for Summer Weddings?” – Ask Emmaline

gold bead lace capelet top | bridal cover ups for spring/summer weddings | by tessa kim | photo: deyla huss photography

by tessa kim, photo: deyla huss photography

We received a new Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Shana. She asks,

“Hi Emmaline! I am having a church wedding and want to wear something to cover my shoulders, as I’m wearing a strapless wedding dress. I’ve only seen bridal cover ups for winter weddings and need something cooler for July. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!”

Hi, Shana! Great question! We’ve been browsing bridal cover ups and wraps for summer and we definitely have some ideas for you…

5 Wedding Registry Gifts for Coffee Lovers

wifey coffee mug

by deighan design

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. If you’ve been following me on Twitter for some time now, you’re more than aware how much I love coffee. There’s a quote I heard once that I find absolutely true: “There’s a time and a place for decaf. The time is never and the place is in the trash.” Haha. I couldn’t agree more. Now that I’m pregnant (in the home stretch now!), I haven’t been able to partake in my favorite beverage, but once Baby Boy is here I’m going right back to it. Anyway, all this coffee talk has made me think about your wedding registry and how, if you love coffee like me, you should definitely add coffee themed gifts to your list. We’re sharing our five favorite gifts for coffee lovers with you today in the hopes it helps you with your own wedding registry — or helps a friend pick out the best gifts for coffee lovers! Read on to see what we’ve found…

50 Best Rustic Wedding Boutonnieres

rustic boutonniere

by the bohemian peony, photo: lindsey reed photography

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. So, tell me if this sounds like you: you’re planning a rustic wedding and almost every single detail has been accounted for. You even picked out what to wear while getting ready. And then you realize, oh no, boutonnieres! The wedding boutonniere is one of the most commonly overlooked details, and yet, there are so many rustic wedding boutonnieres to choose from… especially handcrafted ones! We’ve worked on a very comprehensive list of fifty rustic boutonnieres to inspire you today so you can pick one he’ll love, relax, and cross yet another thing off of your to-do list. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Why These Silk Bouquets Are Brilliant for Weddings

by fashion touch weddings

Silk wedding bouquets are a brilliant alternative to fresh flowers when the bride wants a bouquet that lasts forever. Instead of putting a lot of money into a bouquet that wilts and gets thrown in the trash, a silk bouquet looks beautiful for years to come. I’m very particular when it comes so silk bouquets, but when I spotted these over at Fashion Touch Weddings I knew we had found something beautiful. These are handmade bouquets, made with two hands, love, and high-quality materials not found in other bouquets. Plus, they’re an exceptional price! Wait until you see my favorite bouquets I’ve hand-picked just for you. My favorite? It has to be the blush pink peonies — you’ll know which one when you see it below! Enjoy!

Painted Bridesmaid Glasses

painted bridesmaid glasses

by pickle lily design

We found a perfect handmade gift for bridesmaids they’re sure to use again: wine glasses! These painted bridesmaid glasses make a great gift for sipping champagne, wine or her favorite cocktail on the wedding day and beyond. Uncork a bottle of champagne for mimosas while getting ready and present to your girls in these custom painted bridesmaid glasses. Throughout the ceremony, use the glasses for toasting, at the head table and afterward as a special keepsake gift with her name and picture painted onto it.

A Beautiful Wedding at The Gables Restaurant (Real Weddings)

DIY Wedding in Philadelphia at The Gables at Chadds Ford (Gables Restaurant Weddings) | http://www.emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/the-gables-restaurant-weddings-jeannie-dave/ | photo: BG Productions Photography & Videography - Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Meet Jeannie and Dave! This awesome couple had their wedding at The Gables at Chadds Ford this past October and it was beautiful! The couple chose maroon and gray colors. They included DIY touches like the bouquets and boutonnieres created by the bride. The invitations were made by one of her bridesmaids. They also reused jars, vases, and small tea sets for table decor. Cathie and Jen from BG Productions Photography captured their day with such vivid detail. We can’t wait for you to see it! Take a look…

25 Flower Inspired Ideas for Spring Weddings

lovebirdsgoods

by lovebirds goods

Hi, lovelies! Happy Monday! Emma here and I am so happy to see you here on this beautiful Monday morning. How is your wedding planning going? Need some fresh inspiration? We’ve been busy whipping up some fun ideas for you and we know you’ll love what we have in store. (P.S. Be sure you’re subscribed for the latest!) Today we’re sharing flower inspired wedding ideas with pops of pretty pink. You don’t even have to plan a flower themed wedding; just a few hints here and there will really highlight the beautiful spring season. Check out our twenty-five finds below and tell us: which one is your favorite?

Chair Signs Are a Great Idea — Here’s Why

bride groom chair signs | by zcreate design | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/chair-signs-for-bride-and-groom/

by zcreate design

Hi, loves! Emma here. There’s one reception detail that often goes overlooked: wedding chair signs. And yet, there’s three perfectly good reasons to use them. First, they serve as a way to ‘reserve’ the bride and groom’s chairs at the head table or sweetheart table. Second, they add an element of decor to an otherwise unused space. And third, they’ll look great in your wedding photos. Plus, chair signs won’t break the bank, so there’s probably a good chance you could work them into your budget. You can even reuse them as photo props, or re-purpose them into hanging decor for your home.

Now that you know why they’re used, let’s take a look at some beautiful examples by ZCreate Design! Wait until you what they’ve created…

Cute Figurine Cake Toppers That Look Like You

cute kissing couple cake topper vancouver hockey jerseys | figurine cake toppers that look like you | by artifice producciones | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/figurine-cake-toppers/

by artifice producciones

Have you found the perfect cake topper yet? If not, perhaps it’s because you don’t know how many amazing options there really are! When I was looking for me & A’s cake toppers, it was before Etsy was so well-known. I was left with a handful of options at a local store, since I specifically wanted figurines. (I got lucky and found a set that kind-of looked like us, but I can’t believe the creative cake toppers available today!) To inspire you, we’re sharing these cute figurine cake toppers by Artifice Producciones which are custom-made to look like you! They tell us, “We can craft unique wedding cake toppers and figurines to suit the individual personalities, interests and styles of each couple. From realistic facial features, to the clothing style and colors, the poses and expressions are all up to our client taste.” Get a glimpse of their collection and save money on your own with a special discount code…