holiday Archive

30 Beautiful Ideas for Winter Weddings

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Tis the season for sparkly snowflakes, cozy feather accessories, and glitter-dipped candles… all of which you’ll find in today’s feature! We’ve found thirty handpicked (handmade!) ideas for winter weddings you’ll love including bouquet alternatives for the wedding party, sparkly details, a creative guest book with snowflakes, snowflake table numbers, a wintry floral crown for your bridal shoot, a snowflake corsage for your mom, cozy wrap-me-up shawls, coffee cup wraps for your coffee bar, and much more. Grab a cup of festive coffee (it’s not too early for me! bring it on along with the Christmas music, I say) and prepare to be inspired! P.S. Love something you see here? You can find out more in the resources list at the end of this post.

Ideas – Winter Weddings

flower bouquet with rhinestones by BridalBouquetsbyKy | ideas winter weddings |

30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas

Hi loves and Happy Friday! Are you excited about Halloween tomorrow? We hope so! Little Andrew is going to be a fuzzy lion and when he walks his tail wags just a little. It’s so adorable. Plus, I’ve already sampled plenty of candy. Skittles. Snickers. M&Ms. So far, so good. I have to make sure they taste good enough to pass out to Trick or Treaters, you know. I take candy quality control quite seriously here.

Today we’re highlighting our favorite Halloween wedding ideas in honor of the season! If you’re a bride who dreams of a fall wedding, brisk temps, an orange-and-black color palette, this may be the theme for you. Read on to see thirty of our favorite hand-picked Halloween wedding ideas for a fun – and surprisingly stylish – wedding theme. And, as just a tip: you needn’t go nuts on the Halloween themed ideas here. Just a few will do — you still want it to look like a wedding (and not a Halloween party), after all. Enjoy!

Halloween Wedding Ideas

1. Halloween Wedding Invitations

vintage halloween invitations

by my lady dye

2. Mr. and Mrs. (Frankenstein + His Bride) Coffee Mugs

Perfect for pumpkin spice coffee. Hot cocoa. Tea. Hot apple cider. YUM.

halloween wedding ideas via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding from

by lenny mud

8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

Hi lovelies + Happy 4th of July! So, you’re supposed to go to Aunt So-and-So’s BBQ this afternoon and “bring a dish to pass”, but you just now realized you’ve got zip? Fear not. In this post, we’ve rounded up eight festive, totally easy last-minute 4th of July desserts. So, grab a cup of coffee, wakey wakey, and get ready for an explosion of deliciousness just in time for the 4th. With each of these, it’s just a quick hop to the store + a quick whip-up in the kitchen. Of course, #1 looks the hardest of all, but it is dubbed ‘easy’ sparkler cake. So, it’s gotta be, right? Regardless, we’ll save your bbq. And you’ll save some face. Enjoy!

Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

1. Easy 4th of July Sparkler Cake

4th of july sparkler cake


2. White Chocolate, Red + Blue Dipped Strawberries

white chocolate strawberries via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

yummy healthy easy

3. Patriotic Cones

red white blue patriotic cones via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

the pretty bee

4. Cheese + Fruit Platter

Made with blueberries, watermelon, and feta cheese!

cheese and fruit 4th of july platter via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

home is where the boat is

5. Easy Red White and Blue Cupcakes

fruity 4th of july cupcakes via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

your cupofcake

6. Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers (with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip)

red white and blue fruit skewers via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

skinny taste

7. Flag Rice Krispie Treat

american flag rice krispie via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

parties for pennies

8. Festive Meringue Treats

The easiest of them all! See why… It’s cheating, but we won’t tell. ;)

festive treats for the 4th via 8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

via (and, btw, I love the name of this site) — no biggie

Happy 4th of July! Home of the Free… Because of the Brave. ♥


Giveway: Get in the Spirit with Holiday Cards!

We’re popping in again on this gorgeous, snow-filled Thanksgiving weekend to bring you a fantastic giveaway, the first of many coming up this holiday season! (In case you missed it, check out the Black Friday deals going on now!) This giveaway is brought to you by the lovely Grand Designs by Joanna who just unveiled two new holiday cards. Joanna is offering a set of 50 free holiday cards to one lucky reader, which can be customized with “The First Noel” or “Merry and Married” to reflect your first holiday season together! Take a look…

holiday cards giveaway

holiday cards giveaway back

holiday cards giveaway

holiday cards giveaway back

Holiday Cards Giveaway

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 11/28-12/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Celebrate your first holiday season as Mr. and Mrs. with newlywed holiday cards featuring your wedding photo and personalized holiday greeting. Cards measure 5×7 and are printed on 130lb gloss card stock in your choice of colors with a festive backside design. Envelopes included. Prize Details – 50 free holiday cards personalized with winner’s photo, message and choice of colors. Winner may select from either design. $100 value.
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping to U.S. and Canada only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Good Luck!


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Giveaway: Win the Perfect Holiday Hair Accessory

Hi there, how was your weekend? Fast? Mine too. And can you believe this Thursday is Thanksgiving? That’s crazy! To kick off this holiday week, we’re working on a special giveaway with our friend Kimber of KimArt to help you get in the holly-jolly spirit. One lucky Emmaline Bride reader will win the perfect holiday hair accessory: this red berry hair comb that can be worn in nearly any hairstyle. Here, take a look:

Holiday Hair Accessory

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 11/24-11/28/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: One (1) Holiday Winter Berry Hair Comb from KimArt

This hair comb is the perfect winter accessory, with beautiful red berries! Size: approx 3 inches wide. Wear this tucked into a side bun or an up-do! *Please note – the original has sold. Each berry hair comb is now made to order and the placement & size of berries may vary ever so slightly.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $22 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Good Luck!

P.S. You are following us on Instagram, right? Oh good. Just checking! ;)

Clutch Purses by Salato Designs

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away? It’s crazy how quickly the holidays come around the corner. To kick off the season, we teamed up with Katie of Salato Designs to give away a holiday clutch purse to one lucky reader. Since the giveaway winner will be announced in one week, that will be right around Thanksgiving when the holidays officially begin! Take a look at this glitzy, gold clutch that is sure to turn heads:

gold holiday clutch purse

Win a Holiday Clutch Purse!

Here are the details:

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 11/19-11/25/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Gold Holiday Clutch by Salato Designs. Winner will choose between the thick or thin gold print. This clutch is cotton on top and white vegan leather on the bottom. Bright brass metal zipper. 9.5W 11.5L
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months 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

Good Luck!

22 Christmas Wedding Ideas: Red & Green

We love to hear from you, especially when there’s a wedding planning question you need answered. Here’s a new question we received from bride-to-be, Kayleigh. She writes, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning a Christmas wedding but I’m worried it will look more like a Christmas party. Do you have any Christmas wedding ideas or pointers?” When planning your Christmas themed wedding, the goal is to achieve a festive look with emphasis on elegance. You can use red and green in your decor, but use the combination sparingly. For instance, a little red and green in your bouquet or your boutonnieres is great, but you don’t need to use the color combination on every hand-picked piece. To show you what we mean, we’ve rounded up twenty-two of our favorite Christmas wedding ideas in red and green. We’ve rounded up stunning wedding invitations, tasty treats, accessories, gift ideas, and more for the merrily wed couple. And, I promise these picks are perfectly elegant. Read on to find out more…

Christmas Wedding Ideas

Oh, and P.S. mistletoe is a must. Hang it above your photo booth for impromptu snapshots and use it in one of your wedding portraits.

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where to buy //

1 – mistletoe | bizou bizou
2 – christmas wedding invitations + programs | kayleigh dumond
3 – christmas wedding hair comb | kimart
4 – tartan plaid clutch purse | juneberry stitches
5 – christmas boutonnieres | whichgoose
6 – poinsettia-inspired hair pins | hair blossoms boutique
7 – tartan plaid bow tie | black safari
8 – christmas wedding ring pillow | kirahley kreations
9 – cake topper (nutcracker) | gimme some sugar
10 – tartan handkerchief for groomsmen | aristocrafts
11 – red garnet bracelet | laura stark
12 – sparkly red dress sash | sparklesm
13 – emerald engagement ring | kristin coffin jewelry
14 – felt acorns | fairyfolk weddings
15 – moss monogram | spotted leopard
16 – peppermint cake pops | nicole’s homemade treats
17 – ribbon wands | kate kate nyc
18 – christmas wedding print (great as a guest book!) | michael dexter design
19 – bridesmaid dresses in red | photo: emma + josh (see the Christmas themed wedding!)
20, 22 – christmas wedding cake, cranberry candles | photo: joe hendricks
21 – christmas wedding bouquet | serendipity bridal

Now it’s your turn:

Which of these Christmas wedding ideas is your favorite?


Wedding Party Bags for the Holidays

Hi, loves! So… Thanksgiving is less than a week away, temps are dropping over the weekend (maybe even a dusting of snow?) and I’m getting more and more antsy to turn on Christmas music on full blast. All day. With this version of Santa Baby on repeat. Ah, the holiday season: the time for Christmas themed wedding ideas, sequined accessories, delicious desserts, hot cocoa, chic cocktails (+ mocktails), and glamorous gifts for loved ones. Speaking of… I was browsing Emma Gordon London recently and couldn’t help but ooh and aah over the chic + sparkly wedding party bags in her collection. These make excellent wedding party bags for the holiday especially, with gold sequin, sparkly cobalt blue, and glittery black bags available. If you’re planning a holiday wedding — or your bridesmaids are wearing little black bridesmaid dresses — consider these party bags for their wedding gift. After all, it’s a gift they can use for the wedding day… and beyond. PLUS, we’re in the gift-giving spirit ourselves, so read on to see how you can win a little something for your stocking! Enjoy!

7 Stylish Wedding Party Bags for the Holidays

black sequin purse - wedding party bags

Prefer it in gold? This is one of my favorites!

gold sequin and black wedding party bags

Love a sparkly touch of navy blue? Check out this lovely find…

navy sparkle wedding party bags for the holidays

A black and gold bow clutch is always a chic and sophisticated look.

black and gold bow wedding party bags

I love how Emma tied in chic white lace with this black clutch bag.

black and white lace wedding party bags

An envelope style clutch with gold trim is the perfect accessory to carry through New Years!

black and gold envelope clutch purse - wedding party bags

Instead of white lace (shown above), this bag features a pop of emerald green.

green lace wedding party bags holiday

Here’s one of my favorite floral wedding accessories…

black satin wedding party bags with white flowers

… and polka dots? Always a favorite!

gold and black polka dot clutch bag

Finally, this black satin clutch with hand-stitched beads is one that every bridesmaid will love…

black satin wedding party clutch purse

… and there’s even a matching one for you!

white satin pearl bridal clutch purse

Bridal Clutch Purse Giveaway

‘Tis the season to be jolly… and here’s a chance to win a free wedding bridal clutch for YOU! Between 11/22-11/28/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win using the entry form below. One winner will receive the Sophia ivory satin clutch. This bag features hand-stitched pearls on the front flap of the clutch with light blue and white striped lining (for something blue). Retail value: $100. Free shipping included to the U.S. only. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Winner randomly selected on 11/29 and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 72 hours and ‘order’ bag within 6 months. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!


Which of these wedding party bags caught your eye?

Newlywed Holiday Cards: “Be Merry + Married”

Have a holly, jolly… wait, it’s too early for Christmas music. It’s only November 1st and I, for one, am still eating pumpkin seeds and Halloween candy. Today on Twitter, we sparked a little friendly debate on when is too early to listen to Christmas music (this is one of my favorite albums). I love the holidays like the next person, but Thanksgiving should be given its full glory before Santa rolls out his red carpet. My vote: Christmas music after Thanksgiving — or at least after November 25th. (On Twitter, many of you agreed — what do you think? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.) Anyways… Christmas music is one thing; the holiday card is another. If you want custom holiday cards printed, you’ll need to order them now to ensure delivery. Since we’re feeling in the early-Christmas mood, we’re helping you with a pretty giveaway by Smitten on Paper. Is there a cuter way to announce your first holiday season together as newlyweds?

Newlywed Holiday Cards:  Be Merry + Married

Newlywed Holiday Cards

We’re giving away a set of one hundred (100) newlywed holiday cards to one lucky winner thanks to our friends at Smitten n Paper. The holiday card design is shown above and below and features, ‘Be Merry + Married’ with your photo on the front. Smitten on Paper is one sweet shop that has it all from weddings to holidays. We are honored to offer this prize to you with plenty of time for holiday delivery. The (randomly-selected) winner can select a custom photo to be used on the card, along with customized printing on the envelopes and his or her return address.

Newlywed Holiday Cards:  Be Merry + MarriedNewlywed Holiday Cards:  Be Merry + Married

Newlywed Holiday Cards Giveaway

If the winner is getting married in 2014, he or she can place the ‘order’ next year as long as it’s within 6 months (no later than May 2014). Enter between 11/1-11/7/13 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One winner will be selected and announced on this blog post on 11/8. Winner will be contacted via email and has 72 (business) hours to respond and confirm receipt of prize. Prize value: $211.00. No cash value. Free shipping included anywhere (hooray!) Envelope printing included (another hooray!) This is the ultimate newlywed holiday cards prize pack, loves. The ultimate.

Entry Form

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Since I’m curious what you think… vote in the poll below!

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