It’s Friday… and if you’re trying to save a few bucks with DIY projects or you just feel like getting crafty, here are a few tips to help! DIY projects can be fun, but they tend to get overwhelming if you don’t follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out the secrets to successful DIY projects PLUS see a handful of DIY kits you can grab now with instructions and craft supplies to get you started!
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 absolutely must pack in your wedding bag. 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. (Extras can always be kept in a large tote bag and stored in your bridal suite.) What would YOU pack in your wedding bag if you only had room for seven things? Here’s what made our list…
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!
By My Bridesmaid Balloon Kits
Here’s a preview of the kit:
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 + 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…
How to Welcome Guests to a Wedding
1. Send save the dates.
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:
– A Bag, Box, or Tote Bag
– Decorative tag for the bags
– Card to welcome guests
– An Itinerary
– Bottled Water
– Favorite local treat (such as cookies)
– A Map
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.
6. Tell your story with unique ceremony programs.
Get guests more acquainted with your unique story. These ceremony programs tell how you met, how + where he proposed, and even gives details about your wedding party!
7. Include a thank you card…
… at each guest’s seat. What a lovely sentiment!
8. Use escort cards.
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.)
10. Greet each guest.
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.
BONUS! Receive a bonus entry during the week if you “like” Once Upon Supplies on Facebook!
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.
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And the winner is… #9, Sally! Congrats!
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).
-THE EB TEAM
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!
Airbrush Makeup for your Wedding
What is Airbrush Makeup?
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…
Before + After 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!
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If you’re ready, go ahead and order a kit – like I said, I love mine! Tell them Emmaline Bride sent you! Good luck!
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.
Printable save the dates are a great idea if you want a beautiful custom card printed immediately. Submit your favorite photo (from your engagement shoot, perhaps?) to be turned into beautiful, high-quality printable save the dates! Once you receive the high quality .PDF file, save the file onto a flash drive and bring to your favorite local printer. Print, address, stamp + send! It’s easy! We spotted these utterly adorable printable save the dates by Blush Printables who are design geniuses + provide a plethora of printables in their shop. Take a peek at this beautiful sampling of two printable save the dates available:
More coming up soon!
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Emmaline Bride! Moms – today’s your day – enjoy every minute of it! You deserve a full day of pampering because you have the toughest job on earth.
Daughters – looking for a handmade gift for mom? We love this adorable sewing kit in a jar which is perfect for moms (or, if you already bought for mom, these make great bridesmaid gifts, too!) Just add a few sewing essentials + a little personalization for a gift she’ll love.
These DIY strawberry pincushions are a fun accessory for the jar…
Remember, the best gift you can give your Mom today is your time. Give her a call, stop by her house and give her a big hug and a kiss! That’s what moms really want for Mother’s Day. And, of course, a pretty bouquet of flowers is always nice, too. :)
Enjoy the day! ♥
-THE EB TEAM
Looking for a vintage-inspired handmade gift for bridesmaids? We’ve found it! This vintage bridesmaid sewing kit by Gloaming Designs is perfect for crafty bridesmaids. Your girls can add the essentials to their clutch as an emergency wedding day kit, too. It features vintage French pieces and contains an eggcup pin cushion, needle book of linen, a thimble, a pack of buttons and lace. It is packaged for easy gifting in a classic wood veneer bakery tray with vintage French butter paper. Lovely!
-THE EB TEAM