When it comes to your perfect wedding day, it starts with perfect vendors. Let’s face it: wedding vendors make or break your day! Wedding blogs help you find inspiration; handmade vendors create one-of-a-kind pieces, decor, and must-have items; wedding planners turn inspiration into fruition (and work tirelessly to coordinate every single detail), and wedding photographers capture it all for years to come. Hair stylists and makeup artists help you look your best, while seamstresses ensure your dress fits like a glove. Officiants make your ceremony memorable (and meaningful). Wedding videographers turn your memories into a full-length film to relive over and over again. Disc jockeys and bands entertain guests and provide ambiance during dinner, venue staff coordinate proper seating, lighting, and food service; and your caterer (and baker!) will be the difference between guests being satisfied (or wishing the food was better). These are just a few of the wedding vendors that make a wedding oh-so-memorable — and it takes hard work to do it. We’ve talked before about how important it is to thank your parents, how to perform random acts of wedding kindness, and 10 rules to keep your bridesmaids happy. Tipping is important, but it’s also essential to thank your wedding vendors by showing them your appreciation. Today, we’re showing you how to thank your wedding vendors right from the start. Read on to find out more PLUS enter for a chance to win a set of beautiful thank you cards from the lovely Sarka of Citrus Press. Let’s begin, shall we?
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We received this Ask Emmaline question from Britney yesterday and it’s a good one! She asks, “I am looking for mason jars with handles and lids for a decent price. I have had no luck and I am starting to worry I wont find any. Also, do you have any ideas or any way to cover the mason jar before the guests get to their drinks?” Fantastic question! With mason jar drinking glasses being so popular at weddings, we’ve had numerous requests from brides-to-be asking where to buy them. And, keeping those mason jars covered before guests grab them for drinking is an important detail to note. Read on to see our response…
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’.)
Brides: are you having an outdoor wedding? Do you need to protect your wedding cake from the elements (and worst of all… bugs)? You’ve come to the right place. We received this recent Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Sara, who says, “Hi, Emmaline. I am getting married outdoors this summer and will have my wedding cake on display. How do I protect it from the elements (like dirt, bugs, and leaves) without it looking tacky?” Great question! After spending money on your gorgeous cake (and having it made to perfection), the last thing you want to do is have to cover it up. For outdoor weddings, though, it’s important to protect wedding cake from the elements. Read on to see four surefire ways to protect wedding cake outdoors without stripping it of its loveliness…
Protect Wedding Cake: 4 Easy Tips
There are a few steps you can take to protect your wedding cake outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Put a Lid on It.
Want an easy way to switch up your look? Whether you’re running wedding errands like completing your wedding registry or planning your wedding day look, layered necklaces are one way to do it! I (Emma here!) love this look, but I — perhaps like you — wondered the proper way to layer necklaces. As in, uh, am I doing it right? If you’re wondering how to layer necklaces, you’re not alone; with every new emerging fashion trend, there’s a certain way to do it right. So, let’s explore this trend together, shall we? Read on to find out how to layer necklaces and get inspired with some handmade looks. And, once you’ve learned how to layer necklaces, you can enter for a chance to win a delicate layering necklace to add to your collection by Delicate and Layered (fitting, isn’t it?) Ooh, you don’t want to miss this one!
We spotted this gorgeous DIY rustic place setting and we love how easy it is to re-create this look. So, today we’re showing you how it’s done with a simple tutorial and supply list so you can wow your guests at your wedding reception, engagement party, or bridal shower! Let’s get started, shall we?
If you’d like to dabble in DIY invitations (but with a professional edge), we have the solution for you. Have you considered stamping your own invitations? Our friend Leela of NATIVE BEAR creates these amazing stamp your own invitation sets customized for your wedding day. Whether you’re looking to stamp your own invitations, save the date, or an entire invite suite (including a response card and return address stamp), you’ll find it here. Plus, the designs are totally stylish– I couldn’t pick a favorite because I love ‘em all! And, they’re hand-carved… that’s handmade to the umpth degree. Take a peek at a few stamp your own invitations sets and tell us what you think…
Stamp Your Own Invitations
There are four designs we’ve picked to share today, beginning with a feather-inspired suite.
1. Feather Crest
Brides: have you heard of a DIY champagne bar? It’s our new favorite trend! A champagne bar, also known as a bubbly bar, is a fun bar idea for your wedding reception, bridal shower, or bachelorette party. It’s also a delightful way to serve mimosas to your bridal party while getting ready. We are so honored to share this fun champagne bar inspiration with you today featuring a handful of totally awesome vendors. Take a peek at the champagne bar below to spark your creativity! We love this idea…
Once in awhile, we come across an idea so amazing and inspiring and we wonder, why isn’t everyone doing this?! If you’re planning your own wedding bar and want to wow your guests with hand-picked craft beer selections, listen up: you need to make this DIY beer bar. It will take a little ingenuity, a handful of kegs, chalkboard tags (just glue or nail them to the wood), some paint, and a little woodworking on your part, but the result? A totally memorable fill-it-up bar that guests will love. Oh, and the best part? No bartender required! Read on to see the inspiration…
Today we’re talking about the first dance at your wedding, a topic not discussed very often. However, we feel it is an important part of your reception: it is, after all, your first official dance and the song you pick will be your song. So, today we’re sharing seven first dance mistakes to avoid to ensure yours goes off without a hitch. Also, tell us: what song have you picked for your first dance?