We are kicking off this beautiful Wednesday morning with a brand new giveaway! But first… have you asked your bridesmaids to be in your wedding yet? We’ve showed you some creative ways to ask, but here’s a new one! This ‘pop the balloon’ kit from Petite25 Studios is a unique way to “pop the question” to bridesmaids in a memorable way. One lucky reader will win ten kits — find out more about how it works below!
A fun way to ask that special girl in your life to stand by your side— with a secret message in a balloon. When she pops the balloon (with the safety pin) your message as well as a burst of confetti will fill the air. Great for bridal showers, favors or revealing a secret message. A definite BURST of fun to get the party started!
Set includes: gift box, balloon filled with confetti, gift tag, Pop Me! tag adhered to the box, your message and satin ribbon. The message will read: “It’s my turn to ‘pop’ the question. Will you be my …?”
Hello, loves! You’ve heard of emergency wedding kits in the past, but carrying around all that extra “stuff” can weigh heavily on your wedding bag. And, most wedding bags or clutches can only carry so much! Today, we’re cutting down on the clutter and sharing the seven things you must pack in your wedding bag at the very least. These carefully selected items are what we feel will keep you happy, pain-free, and embarrassment-free, too. We could always add more to the list – like mascara, and eye makeup remover – but we’re focusing more on things you’ll want to keep on hand. What would you pack in your wedding bag if you only had room for seven things? Here’s what made our cut…
When you find the perfect wedding bag, be sure to fill it with these items. Here’s what to pack in your wedding bag:
1. Pocket Mirror
You won’t have to ask your MOH if you have something in your teeth, if your mascara is running, or your lipstick is smudged if you carry one of these. Pick one up at the dollar store or bring the one that’s already in your powder compact (free!). Want a pretty monogrammed one? We spotted this at Peachwik. So cute!
If you use your mirror and do have something in your teeth, you can at least fix the situation with some floss. If you already have a pack of floss or flossers at home, this one’s free. Just toss one or two in your wedding bag.
3. Bobby Pins
Bring a pack of bobby pins and your style will stay perfect all night. I love these in particular because they don’t slip. Worrying about your up-do falling out of place is a thing of the past!
4. Tissues (or Handkerchief)
Allergies? Tears of joy? Mascara before it runs? Cold? Prepare with a pack of travel tissues at a local dollar store – or just grab a few from home (free!) and fold them. You can also carry a handkerchief, like this one spotted at Duryea Place Designs.
5. Spot Remover
Spill wine on your dress? Coffee? Lipstick smudge? Mascara? Arm yourself with one of these and prevent that stain from sticking around.
You’ll kiss, sip, talk, and smile all night long. Keep those lips looking their best! Be sure to bring along your favorite lipstick. This one is called ‘Gentlemen Prefer Pink‘ by Revlon.
7. Aspirin (or Pain Medication of Your Choice)
Don’t let a headache ruin your day. Bring along aspirin or other preferred medication in a small pill box (this one tackles #1 and #7 at once) or one with a bridal flair, like this spotted at Kelly’s Magnets.
If you have extra room…
8. Foldable Flats
Flip flops won’t fit in a regular clutch, but these fold right up. At the end of the night, you can slip these on for the drive home to keep those feet happy. (Most of all, if your heels break or you get blisters, you’ll have a backup plan.) If you prefer, toss a pair of flip flops you already own in a tote bag hidden under the head table. The flip-flops shown in the photo are from Old Navy.
Hello + Happy Thursday! Today we’re talking about how to welcome guests to your wedding. When you’re a wedding guest, it feels nice to be welcomed and included, right? Today we’re going to show you how to make sure your guests feel welcomed, whether they’re traveling from across the country or around the corner. When A & I tied the knot, we were blessed by the number of guests who traveled far and wide to attend. Our wedding took place in Michigan, yet we had guests from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New York, Illinois, and Texas – that’s eight states! Luckily, all of our out-of-town guests previously lived in the area, so they already knew the best places to eat, where to stay, and the best places to see downtown. What about your wedding? Will there be out of town guests who are unfamiliar with the area? Are there things you can do to make them feel a little more comfortable? How can you make local guests feel just as welcome? We have all the answers – and more! – in today’s post. We’ll tell you how to welcome your guests with twelve helpful tips including DIY wedding welcome bags, a clever ceremony program idea, transporting to and from the reception, and more! Read on for the full scoop…
Give guests (particularly out-of-town guests) adequate notice with save the date cards sent approximately six months before your wedding. You don’t need to include specifics yet – just the city, state, and date.
2. Include an accommodations card with wedding invitations.
When you send invitations, add an accommodations card for out-of-town guests. The card should include at least one recommended hotel. Remember to check online reviews first and if possible, go in person to check it out. Let the hotel know about the wedding and see if you they can offer a block of rooms; some hotels offer a discount, too, depending on the number of guests who reserve a room. And, as always, all invitations should include a map.
3. Offer wedding welcome bags to out-of-town guests.
Want to make your own DIY wedding welcome bags? It’s EASY! Here’s what you need:
Simply fill the welcome bags and bring them to the hotel a few days before the wedding. Most hotels will deliver the bags to guests’ rooms for you, so they’re waiting when they check in. (They’ll love it!)
4. Arrange for day-of transportation to and from the hotel.
A & I went to a wedding in Chicago where the bride and groom pre-paid for a driver to take wedding guests from the hotel to the reception (and back to the hotel at the end of the night). They arranged specific pick up and drop off times throughout the evening. It was such a nice surprise and saved guests the hassle of parking or navigating around the city.
5. Greet guests with a welcome sign at the ceremony / reception.
Let them know they’ve found the right place with a custom sign.
Guests will know you’ve been excitedly awaiting their arrival with escort cards. They’re always a nice touch!
9. Give wedding favors with local flair.
Nothing welcomes guests more than handmade wedding favors, especially locally made favorites. Consider locally crafted coffee, honey, jam, jelly, candles, or candy. Plus, you support local business! (Also, refer to this post.)
Spend time with your guests, whether it’s with a welcoming line as guests enter your reception, after dinner walking table-to-table with your groom, or out on the dance floor.
11. Provide comfortable must-haves at your wedding.
Feeling welcomed and comfortable often go hand-in-hand. You can make your guests feel more comfortable at your reception, especially if it’s held outdoors, by providing a few items such as inexpensive flip flops for a beach wedding, a blanket for chilly weather, mosquito repellent, and much more. (I cover these and more in my book.)
12. Send sincere thank you notes after the wedding.
Make sure you follow-up with a thank you note that is hand-written and from the heart. Check out these thank you tips to get started.
Discussion: What would you add to the list? Tell us below!
Hello, hello! It’s Monday… which means it’s time for a brand new giveaway at Emmaline Bride! If you’re looking for a fun + quirky way to decorate your wedding favors, look no further: this week, we’re offering a unique wedding favor decorating kit! This decorating kit by Once Upon Supplies includes darling details like kraft stickers, doilies, blue heart stickers, washi tape, baker’s twine, and tags to embellish your wedding favors, bridal shower favors, or gifts. Read on to find out more…
Wedding Favor Decorating Kit
This unique wedding favor decorating kit includes the following:
o 1 teal dots washi tape (10m / ~11 yd) o 1 turquoise & white washi tape (10m / ~11 yd) o 1 powder blue & white stripes baker’s twine (8 yd) o 1 ocean & white stripes baker’s twine (8 yrd) o 48 medium powder blue heart stickers (1.5″) o 30 medium round kraft stickers with retro mustache design (1.5″ diameter) o 36 mini powder blue heart stickers (0.75″) o 30 small lace paper doilies o 30 small Manila gift tags
How to Enter
Between Monday, April 1st and Sunday, April 7th (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win! Simply visit Once Upon Supplies and view their entire collection. Return here and comment below on an item from their shop you like best. You can enter with a comment one (1) time per day all week long.
Receive additional entries during the week if you…
o Tweet the giveaway on Twitter* o Share the giveaway on Facebook* o Pin the giveaway on Pinterest*
* if you use these methods, leave an additional comment below for each
You may enter for a chance to win up to four (4) times per day using each method once time: comment, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
One lucky Emmaline Bride reader will win one (1) wedding favor decorating kit as shown above. The kit is valued at $38. No cash value. Winner will be randomly selected using random.org on April 8th, 2013 and announced on our blog. Winner will be notified via email. Past giveaway winners within thirty days not eligible to win. Multiple entries from the same I.P. address will void your entries. No purchase necessary.
Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!
5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know
1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.
What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:
However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)
2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).
It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.
If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.
Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):
Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.
And, here’s the result:
3. Pace yourself.
It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!
4. Call in your crew to help.
Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)
5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.
Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.
For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!
Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!
P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaway? Do it now!
Winne Announced! August 20, 2012: The winner is… Brittney! Congrats! Thank you to all who entered… be sure to check out Dirty Deeds Soaps to purchase a shaving kit if you weren’t a lucky winner. This makes a great gift for the groom, best man, or father.
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Hello, loves! Happy Monday! This week, we’re giving you the chance to surprise your honey with a gift for him! We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks of Dirty Deeds Soaps to offer a beer soap shaving kit giveaway, complete with beer soap, a wooden soap holder, a badger bristle brush, and instructions on ‘The Art of the Manly Shave’. Read on to see how you can win…
Beer Soap Shaving Kit Giveaway
How to Enter
Between August 13 – August 19th, enter for a chance to win a beer soap shaving kit! Simply visit Dirty Deeds Soaps and return here to comment on which beer soap scent you’d select for the Badger Shaving Kit. There are over 15 scents to choose from… which one sounds perfect for him? Comment below (once daily) with your favorite beer soap scent.
You may also gain additional entries through the following methods…
o share the giveaway link on Facebook* o share the giveaway link on Twitter* o pin the giveaway image on Pinterest*
*please leave additional comments per entry method above for proper recognition
Winner will be randomly selected using random.org on Monday, August 20th. Winner will be announced on this blog post (and contacted via email). No purchase necessary. No cash value. Winner will receive one (1) badger shaving kit with choice of one (1) beer soap. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. You may enter up to four times per day, using one of each method above (comment, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest).
Have you ever wanted to try airbrush makeup for your wedding? Wondering how airbrush makeup stands up versus traditional makeup? Will it be too heavy? Today, we’re giving you the lowdown on airbrush makeup for your wedding with a review you won’t want to miss… scroll down to find out more!
Unlike traditional makeup (rubbed onto and into the skin), airbrush makeup sprays a fine mist of makeup that sits on the skin, which allows it to breathe. Airbrush makeup provides flawless coverage that looks natural and can also minimize skin imperfections. Plus, airbrush makeup can last up to 24 hours!
When Dinair sent me an airbrush makeup kit to try and review to our readers, I was excited (and a bit nervous) to give it a try. Airbrush makeup at home? Anytime I want? What a fun idea! While I had a terrific experience for my own wedding (thanks to an amazing artist) I wanted to know how this airbrush kit could help me at home. I did my research first, and here are a few before and afters from their site…
When I received the kit, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. I received the Personal/Pro Kit which includes plenty of products to play with, complete with the compressor, airbrush tool, foundation, blush, eyeliner, moist & dewy moisturizer, eyebrow + shadow stencil guide, a concealer sample – even a facial tanner! The makeup arrived in a clear cosmetic bag, which I love because it keeps my airbrush makeup organized and in a convenient carrying case. I also received a special cleanser for my airbrush tool so it always stays clean between applications (the cleanser smells so good – like oranges. And, it’s non-toxic and biodegradable.)
After I assembled my kit and watched the video, I was ready to begin. I washed my face and used their light & dewy moisturizer – which is both light AND dewy, I love this stuff – and my skin was already glowing. I added in a few drops of foundation (less is more) and I practiced by rocking the lever (as described in the video) while remembering to keep the proper distance between my skin and the applicator. I did notice that on my first try, I went a little overboard with foundation, so I gave it another try. One of the tips they offer is to look for change, not makeup, which is definitely a great tip. (If you wait until you see the makeup, you’ll already have applied too much.) You can also listen for the change, and you can feel it on your skin, too. I washed my face again, re-moisturized, and gave it another go. My second application was perfect – not too much, not too little, and oh-so-subtle. I tried the blush, the eye shadow, and applied my own favorite lip gloss in a neutral shade. I felt like I wasn’t even wearing makeup (it felt light on my skin) yet it looked flawless. The true test: my husband saw my makeup and didn’t know I airbrushed it on. (You never want to look made up!) He said it looked, “natural”. Ah, success! I love this product.
– I LOVED the video that came with the kit. It was modern, concise, and very thorough. I felt inspired to begin (and armed with powerful how-to knowledge for a successful first application).
– The kit comes with a clear attachment that includes a large wooden swab with cotton on one end. This is a guide to ensure you’re holding the airbrush tool far enough away from your face for different applications (foundation, blush, shadow, etc). I found this to be incredibly helpful and a must-have tool!
– There is a new band Dinair recently added to their airbrush tools (mine came with this) that goes around the ‘on’ switch. It keeps you from pressing it too fast or applying too much makeup at once. Genius! I tried the product with and without the band; it definitely works well with the band and is a great addition to the product.
– The team at Dinair matched me with the proper foundation before the kit was shipped. All I had to do was submit an image; they took care of the rest! This is a benefit because with traditional makeup, I always feel like I select the wrong shade; I feel like the makeup I received is PERFECT for my skin. It blends seamlessly.
– The brow kit is a fun addition; I’m so happy to have this included in my kit. I received a few brow stencils that are clear; just apply over your eyebrow, spray, and voila… a perfectly filled-in brow.
Honestly, the only con is that I wish I ordered a second bottle of foundation before it shipped so I’d never run out! This product is great and I’ll definitely be buying makeup refills from Dinair in the future. (Their makeup prices are reasonable, too!)
If you’ve ever considered airbrush wedding makeup or everyday use, I strongly recommend a Dinair airbrush kit! I love my kit. Even if you plan to hire a makeup artist for the big day, she’ll be able to give you pointers and plenty of trial runs to see if airbrush makeup is right for you. My normally dry, sensitive skin stood up to the test; it looked better than any traditional makeup foundation I’ve ever tried.
– WATCH THE VIDEO. I can’t stress this enough! Then, practice, practice, practice.
– Use just a few drops! With this type of makeup, it’s true what they say in the video: less is more.
– Once you’ve become confident with your application skills, debut your look at wedding related events (dress shopping, your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner) to see how it holds up throughout the day. Mine? It looked fresh all day – something I’ve never been able to achieve with traditional makeup.
– If you’re not confident enough to apply airbrush makeup for your wedding yourself (just as doing your own hair may seem like a huge task day-of), enlist the help of a talented, professional airbrush makeup artist. You can still use your airbrush wedding makeup for wedding-related events leading up to the big day. I hired an excellent airbrush artist for my wedding; even if I knew how to use the airbrush kit back then, the idea of doing my own makeup would probably stress me out the morning of the wedding. Instead, your makeup artist can give you a flawless look (and has years of experience) and give you a list of the makeup shades used so you can recreate the look at home post honeymoon. Win, win!
This is a sponsored post by Dinair who sent a airbrush kit in exchange for Emma’s full, honest feedback and product review. Since we value our readers, we vow to always give our full, complete, honest feedback. If we don’t like a product, we promise to tell you the truth.