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How to Easily Make the Best Coffee Favors in the World

I love coffee. You presumably love coffee, or at least you know someone who does. Coffee is one of the top consumed beverages in the United States with around 82% of coffee lovers admitting they drink it every single day. So, it’s no surprise why coffee makes an insanely smart wedding favor idea. It’s a gift that your guests will enjoy and actually use, so you know your favors will be money well spent.

This bag is our handmade-a-day find, too:

Cute State Themed Wedding Coffee Bags

by mavora art and design

Today we’re sharing how to make coffee favors for your wedding thanks to some handmade ingenuity over at Mavora Art and Design. These coffee favor bags are cute and easy to put together. Find out how…

How to Make Coffee Favors

It is so easy to make coffee favors in just a few steps. With help from an expert like Marova Art and Design, your finished favors will look amazing thanks to her attention to detail.

Step 1: Order your coffee favor bags.

Pick a favorite design and figure out how many you’ll need. These bags are customized for your event and so beautifully designed! Take a look:

Cheers Whole Bean Coffee Favor Bags | How to Make Coffee Favors

by mavora art and design

Cheers Coffee Favor Bags with Eyeglass StickersCheers Whole Bean Coffee Favor Bags | How to Make Coffee Favors

by mavora art and design

Whole Beans Wedding Coffee BagsCheers Whole Bean Coffee Favor Bags | How to Make Coffee Favors

by mavora art and design

Perfect Blend Coffee Favor BagCheers Whole Bean Coffee Favor Bags | How to Make Coffee Favors

by mavora art and design

Be sure to order well ahead of time, as their schedule fills up quickly. You can order here.

Step 2: Decide what coffee you wish to use + order in bulk.

The favor bags don’t come with coffee inside them, so you’ll want to decide what kind of coffee to use and order in bulk. We’ve been asked whether whole bean or ground is better, and normally I’d pick whole bean because it stays fresh longer. However, that’s because I’m a coffee addict and I have the grinder and everything to make it work — and your guests won’t necessarily have a coffee grinder. Therefore, pick ground — and keep in the freezer before you’re ready to use it about one to two weeks before the wedding to keep it fresh.

Top Picks for Ground Coffee: This coffee blend from Wolfgang Puck (delish), this from Starbucks, mellow and enjoyable brew from Kirkland, or this organic coffee, which has some pretty great reviews.

A few days to a week before your wedding…

Step 3: Remove coffee from freezer; measure and scoop into zip lock bags.

As a good rule of thumb for how much coffee to use in favors, you should include enough to make one full 12 cup pot of coffee per favor. These zip lock bags (also from here) keep your coffee fresh inside the kraft paper bags.

Zip Lock Coffee Bag

by mavora art and design

Step 4: Place zip lock coffee bags inside coffee bags.

After your coffee is all scooped and in zip lock bags, place them inside your coffee favor bags. Tie with baker’s twine.

Coffee Wedding Favors – Discuss

What do you think of coffee favors? Will you be giving them to guests at your bridal shower or wedding reception? Why or why not?

Also, if you have any questions, ask them below. We’re here to help!

xo
-E.

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance

Have you given any thought to what you will pick as your wedding song yet?  Your wedding song is traditionally the song played during your first dance.  Although picking a wedding song sounds easy enough, it can be a daunting task.  You only get to pick one, so you ought to make it a good one! And we’re here to help. In this post, we’re sharing seven wedding song tips so your first dance goes off without a hitch. Read on to get started…

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance | photo: peterson design & photography | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-song-tips
photo: peterson design & photography | see the real wedding

Wedding Song Tips

1. Choose a song that is meaningful.

The song you choose will forever be your song.  Don’t pick one that’s popular at the moment, just for popularity’s sake. Dig a little! Look for one that represents you as a couple or one that draws upon your unique story… maybe even the first song you danced to together or heard on a first date. (I mean, I wouldn’t pick Escape by Enrique, that’s just me. Ha.)

2. Choose a song that isn’t too long.

When Andrew and I got married, our original song choice was six minutes long. Six whole minutes! We were sort of kidding when we brought it up to our DJ, but thankfully he coaxed us in a different direction.

Two to four minutes is a pretty good rule of thumb.  Any longer and guests are going to get bored. You will also start to feel like you have been dancing FOREVER. Our song was 2:30.  It was perfect: just long enough for a nice slow dance and a few twirls, for good measure. ;)

3.  Make sure you can dance to it.

A slow song is good, but it should have a little tempo to it. You want to be moving on the floor instead of an awkward sway, like you did during your sixth-grade dance in the gym.

4. Practice.

Listen to it at home and dance in your living room. See if it works for you.  Practice will make you feel less awkward on the dance floor, too.

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance | photo: photos by kristopher | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-song-tips

photo: photos by kristopher | see the real wedding

5. Listen to the lyrics… very, very closely.

I can’t tell you how many couples chose a song that is seemingly perfect, only to hear the lyrics closer and realize it is really not appropriate for a wedding song.  Consider what the song says and what it really means before selecting it. You MUST read this hilarious article about 17 songs that aren’t as romantic as you think. It is SPOT ON.

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick, and Why

Wondering what kind of boutonniere to pick? We’ll help! Find out which boutonniere style fits in best with your wedding theme. Plus, get more advice on wedding themes in the book, The Inspired Wedding.

Hi, lovelies! My, oh my, it is gorgeous outside. Spring finally got serious with winter and showed him the door, making this the most beautiful spring I’ve seen in some time. Hello, 65 and sunny! Where have you been? Anyway, I hope it’s spring-y where you are, too! Today we’re talking about what kind of boutonniere to pick for your wedding, depending on your theme. When it comes to your wedding theme, it’s all about the details. Simply put: themed details make for a more cohesive event. And today, we’re showing you what kind of boutonniere to pick for your groom and groomsmen. So whether you’re planning a beach wedding, a modern loft-style reception, a vintage ceremony, or you’re tying the knot in a woodland wedding, we’ve got you covered! See which boutonnieres we’ve handpicked just for you, based on a handful of seven delightful themes (you’ll find similar themes in my new book, too, which will help you plan the ultimate themed wedding). Enjoy!

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick

Let’s begin with finds for your nautical or beach themed wedding.

Nautical / Beach

For a nautical wedding, what kind of boutonniere to pick depends on what colors you’ve selected. If you’re opting for a traditional navy blue and white color palette, a striped boutonniere, like this one, is ideal.

striped navy and white ribbon boutonniere with jute twine and anchor charm | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

knotted rope boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If you’re not sure on color, you can opt for something with a nautical twist: this knotted boutonniere features a figure 8 knot made from jute twine.

Or, a compass boutonniere is a fun alternative to a traditional boutonniere and can be easily attached to his lapel.

compass boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If your wedding is specifically beach themed, a starfish boutonniere like this one fits perfectly.

starfish boutonniere for beach wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by twining vines

Bohemian

For a bohemian wedding, it’s all about the whimsical and the free-spirited feel. As such, feathers tie in perfectly with your boutonniere choice. This is one of our favorites:

feather boutonniere for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by feather divine

Another option is a fun, whimsical fabric boutonniere… like these!

fabric boutonnieres for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cottonbird designs

Modern

For a modern wedding, opt for something minimalist. For instance, here is a flower boutonniere (made of clay):

clay dogwood boutonniere for modern wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by parsi

Succulents are always a nice boutonniere option, too. If you’re planning a more elegant modern wedding, skip the burlap and opt for one with a clean, simple look, like this:

modern boutonniere made of succulent | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by lot450 shop

And remember, for a modern wedding his boutonniere doesn’t have to resemble a traditional boutonniere at all. For instance, check out this button boutonniere we found:

modern button boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by nonimode

Another example of a modern boutonniere is a lapel pin. We spotted these wood ones here, which is fitting for a modern wedding with a rustic, outdoorsy feel.

squirrel lapel pin as modern wedding boutonniere alternative | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cabin + cub

And finally, a very minimal dried flower, like this boutonniere made from blue echinops, gives you yet another option:

modern boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by eucca

How to Pick a Boutonniere – Vintage

For a vintage wedding, pick a boutonniere with nostalgic details. One of my favorites: a bountonniere handmade from a page from a vintage book.

vintage boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

This one, too, with a hint of lace:

lace and vintage book page boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

And this cameo ‘button’ boutonniere is made from vintage finds:

vintage button boutonniere | photo: clay austin | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic creek, photo by clay austin photography

by rustic creek, photos by clay austin photography

Rustic

When deciding what kind of boutonniere to pick for a rustic wedding, burlap is usually a bride’s number one choice. Add birch flowers and you have a stunning combination, like this:

< flowers wrapped in burlap | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic blend

We talked about succulents as a modern boutonniere option, but succulents can work for rustic weddings, too. Opt for one that has a burlap or jute-wrapped stem for a little more rustic flair.

succulent boutonnieres for rustic wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by flora

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How to Properly Wear a Statement Necklace

Wondering how to wear a wedding dress with statement necklace? We’ll show you! But first, don’t forget to do this + follow this.

Hello, loves! Ok, so let’s chat: what do you think of statement necklaces? I love the look, but just between you and me, it took me awhile to get to the comfort level of wearing them. At first, it felt like, hey, what is this gigantic thing on my neck. And then I finally got to the point where I could piece together an outfit and work the heck out of it. Okay, maybe I didn’t, but I had enough confidence to feel like I was really pulling it off, and that’s all you really need, right? ;)

Today we’re talking about bridal statement necklaces and answering the burning question of what wedding dress looks best with one. If you’re dress shopping, keep in mind some jewelry that you really want to wear — it will help when you make your decision. We were inspired to write this by an Ask Emmaline question that came in to the inbox from reader, Ashleigh. She says…

“I want to wear a statement necklace for my wedding jewelry but I’ve never worn one before. How big is too big and what type of wedding dress looks best with one? Thanks in advance!”

Ashleigh, your question rings true to so many brides-to-be! When it comes to picking a wedding dress with a statement necklace, two styles you’ll want to consider are:

o strapless
o v-neck

*If you’re going with a v-neck wedding dress, we recommend one with small straps.

We’ve found that any other dress style besides strapless or v-neck tends to overwhelm your look. I love pairing a sweetheart neckline with a bib or statement necklace because it really fills in the empty space and ties the whole look together. Also, in response to your question on how big is too big, the answer is totally up to you. If you feel comfortable wearing it, go for it! There is no particular one-size-fits-all here. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up photos of a few Real Brides rocking their own statement necklaces, along with a few handpicked statement necklaces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace

statement necklace | photo: red white and green photography | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/wedding-dress-with-statement-necklace/statement necklace worn by bride with sweetheart strapless gown

photo: red white and green photography via style me pretty

statement-necklace-bride

photo: brooke courtney

bride with statement necklace strapless gown

photo: sarah sousa via style me pretty

statement necklace with vneck gown

photo: one tree photo

And some statement necklaces to inspire you…


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: sukran kirtis jewelry


left + right: queen me jewelry llc

statement necklace | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/wedding-dress-with-statement-necklace/

by abigail grace bridal

And check this out: it’s a rhinestone bolero. We’ve never seen anything like this! Ah, so pretty.

rhinestone-bolero

by abigail grace bridal

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by abigail grace bridal