Category: handmade

Giveaway: Win a Handmade Wedding Bouquet!

Did you know Emmaline Bride has more giveaways than any other wedding blog? It’s true. And they’re all totally FREE. Be sure to subscribe, though, or you’ll totally miss out.

Are you looking for a perfect, forever-lasting handmade wedding bouquet? We’ve found a perfect one for you! And today is your lucky day because we’re giving one away courtesy of The Sunny Bee Boutique! Get the full scoop below, including some photos of this beautiful item. The winner will receive a bouquet similar to the one below, custom-made in her choice of colors. Eeeeeee! (Can you tell we’re excited?)

Handmade Wedding Bouquet

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rustic cream handmade wedding bouquet

Giveaway: Win a Custom Map for Wedding Invitations!

We love Mondays because we always have a new giveaway to announce! This week, we’ve teamed up with Zoe from Designer Maps by Zoe (you may remember these lovely maps from a recent post) to offer a custom map to one lucky reader! This map is hand drawn and turned into a digital file for printing at home. Here are a few examples along with the full details on this wonderful prize. Good luck!

Custom Map for Wedding Invitation

About the Prize

Choose from the following:

1.) TOUR THE CITY – This map is ideal for your out of town guests. What better way for them to explore the city/town/village where you are getting married then by including a handy map of all major attractions and even your favorite spots! Pop it in with your invitations, or even leave it in a welcome basket.

2.) THE BIG DAY- This map offers your guests an inside look to your wedding day. Highlight the ceremony, reception, accommodation and any other venue you’d like your guests to be cleared up on for the big day!

3.) OUR LOVE STORY- This map shows your friends and family the story of how you two met and your journey as a couple so far. Include where each of you grew up, where you met, where you got engaged, and where you’re getting married!

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Giveaway Details

o Enter between 3/16/15-3/22/15 (11:59pm EST).
o Prize: One (1) Custom Map for Wedding Invitation, Save the Date, etc. (DIGITAL FILE)
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $250 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

♥ | ♥ | ♥

xo
-E.

Fake Wedding Cakes That Actually Look Real

Are you wondering if fake wedding cakes can really look the part? In this post, you’ll find out and see if a fake cake is the right choice for you. Subscribe so you don’t miss future cake-inspired posts like this one!

Are you a bride who loves cake, but you loathe the idea of spending hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on a wedding cake? Do you have a specific vision in mind, but you think it would be too complicated or too expensive? Or perhaps you’re planning a summer wedding and you don’t want to worry about your cake standing the humid, hotter-than-hot temps outdoors. If you said yes to any of these, one of these fake wedding cakes might be the right choice for you.

fake wedding cakes | via http://emmalinebride.com/reception/fake-wedding-cakes-look-real/

glam fete by bri

What are faux wedding cakes?

A fake wedding cake is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a display that is made entirely of Styrofoam and gumpaste, fabric, or fondant. It is designed to look like a real cake.

Can You Still Do a Cake Cutting?

Yes! Many fake wedding cakes are designed to have a ‘slice’ removed, so it looks more realistic. Or, we’ve seen some cakes that are three tiered, with the top being the only ‘real’ cake (the bottom two are dummies). You can have a small one-tiered cake made just for you and set it aside. It’s not exactly the same, but you get the idea.

Will Anyone Know the Difference?

Probably not. I mean, it’s not like anyone is going to actually go up and touch it. In fact, many guests totally miss the cake at the beginning of the reception anyway, and the cake cutting happens almost immediately (right before dinner). And many times, a couple will have a really gorgeous wedding cake, but it’s not big enough to feed everyone. That’s because there are sheet cakes in the kitchen, and your caterers will be serving cake to guests from the sheet cake anyway. So, who will know?

How Are They Used?

Fake wedding cakes (also known as faux cakes or dummy cakes) have been used for years in photo shoots, but couples are using them at their reception, too. These cakes will stand up through any weather, any amount of time, and you don’t have to worry about keeping it covered or away from bugs and direct sunlight.


Fake Wedding Cakes: 12 Realistic Examples

Now that you know more about what fake wedding cakes are, we can show you the pretties that we found! Now, not all fake wedding cakes are created equally, so if you’re going to pick one be careful. You’ll want to pick one that actually looks real so it wont look hokey or cheap. On our quest, we found some of the prettiest fake wedding cakes that ever existed! These look real… but they’re totally faux.


left, right: glam fete by bri

left: glam fete by bri | right: owlishnesses


left: glam fete by bri | right: sugar on top sugar art


left, right: sugar on top sugar art


left: glam fete by bri | right: sugar on top sugar art


left: sugar on top sugar art | right: glam fete by bri

Would you pick a fake wedding cake instead of a real one? Why or why not?

xo
-E.

7 Tips for Buying a Wedding Dress Online (PHOTOS)

Buying a wedding dress online? Don’t miss this post! We’re outlining seven of the most important tips to ensure you buy your dream dress safely. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss advice-packed posts like these!

bride wearing dress with boots
by joan shum, photo: kim hayes photography

Hi, gorgeous! Emma here and if you’re thinking about buying a wedding dress online, you’re not alone! I mean, you’re obviously part of the modern age and you just don’t have time to be running around from bridal store to bridal store. We get it. We really do. It’s amazing how easy it is to buy anything online. This is coming from the girl who orders this in bulk online (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it because it is so convenient). I buy amazing socks like these that fit flats like whoa. I stock up on k-cups so I don’t ever have a coffee outage. I buy things online and then I’m excited when it comes to my door like it’s Christmas morning.

But anyway, this isn’t about me. This is about you. And shopping online for your wedding has never been easier, what with our Marketplace filled to the brim with handmade finds and with shops on Etsy with emerging new wedding dress designers. Plus, every designer offers galleries of their newest gowns, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your yoga pants and favorite couch cushion to find your dream dress.

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silk charmeuse wedding dress bohemian | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke

Before you say yes to the dress, we want to give you a few pointers to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know about buying a wedding dress online so you stay safe AND you get exactly what you want. Feel free to ask questions at the end of this post, too — we have a Facebook comment form built-in so you don’t even have to log in (we know you’re already logged in to Facebook at work, you sneaky little bride, you. We won’t tell.) We’re also sharing some fantastic wedding gowns we know you’ll obsess over as much as we do. Who knows? Maybe one of these will be The Dress. Enjoy!

If you’re reading this on the homepage, click ‘continue reading’ below to see the full article.

by pure magnolia couture

by jillian fellers, photo, left: hooton images

wedding dress handmade long ivory sleeveless
by apilat creative atelie

Buying Wedding Dress Online? Read These 7 Tips First

1. Read reviews.

Read reviews first! It’s always helpful to do your homework. Places like Etsy offer reviews right inside a designer’s shop, so you can see first-hand what real brides have to say. You can also see reviews on Weddingwire, Ebay, Amazon, etc. Also, if you see a negative review out of many positives, don’t let it necessarily deter you: read the review and consider whether there was a simple communication error or perhaps a misunderstanding. If a majority of the reviews are glowing, it’s probably a safe place to buy.

bohemian wedding dress with bow on back | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke

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solitary pearl

left to right
1 – pure magnolia couture
2 – claire lafaye
3 – pure magnolia couture
4 – joan shum

2. Don’t cut corners.

One of the biggest mistakes brides make when buying a wedding dress online is trying to save money by cutting corners. Don’t cut corners, especially when it comes to your wedding dress. For instance, if you find a gorgeous gown out of your budget, don’t seek a vendor who will copy the style and make it for you. It’s not just because we think that’s wrong, but also because the result is almost NEVER what you expect. Plus, the designer who made the dress you love is an expert. You can’t just copy expertise. We’ve heard some horror stories and you know what? Many brides end up spending more money in the process (you know, like having to spend more money to scramble and find a new dress weeks before the wedding because theirs never arrived or was completely wrong? Yes, that’s (unfortunately) a true story from a bride.)

If the dress you found is completely out of your budget (as in, totally unattainable), do this instead: figure out what makes it the dream dress to you. Is it the flowy chiffon fabric? The sweetheart neckline? The way the back has lace appliques? Once you identify what about the dress makes it a dream come true, you’ll be able to search for other dresses that have a similar feature that might be more within your reach.

lace bohemian wedding gown | photo: kirsty-lyn jameson | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke, photos: kirsty-lyn jameson

vneck wedding dress with black sash | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

by barzelai

3. Don’t buy the first wedding dress you see.

It’s tempting, I know! You’ve found the perfect dress and it’s only a quick click away. Instead, sleep on it. You might wake up tomorrow and think, what was I thinking? Or, you might wake up and decide to go ahead, at which case, congrats — that sure was fast!

4. Order well in advance.

If you’re ordering a handmade wedding dress, make sure you check the designer’s schedule to make sure you’ll have your wedding dress at least three months before the big day. This will ensure your dress will be ready for your big day, even if shipping takes forever or your dress isn’t completed on time. You’ll need to have it professionally fitted, too, and seamstresses have busy schedules, too. You will also enjoy the extra time to try on veils with your dress (to pick the perfect style), as well as any accessories (i.e. a sash, wrap, your jewelry, or shoes).

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