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Top 10 Reusable Wedding Decorations

Hello, loves, and Happy Monday! We hope you had a great weekend. I (Emma here!) love Mondays in particular since we get to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration and launch a new giveaway (details on that coming up next!) This weekend, I had the honor of signing copies of my new book in lovely Northville, Michigan at Next Chapter Bookstore and Bistro. I wanted to extend my gratitude to those who came out to visit me and purchase a copy. It was wonderful to see your smiling faces!

To kick off the brand new week, we’re talking about reusable wedding decorations. Instead of buying decorations to be thrown away after your wedding, consider reusable wedding decorations meant as keepsakes in your home. To show you what we mean – and provide plenty of inspiration! – we’ve compiled ten favorite new finds. Read on to see which decorations made the list + find how we recommend using ’em. Enjoy!

Reusable Wedding Decorations

1. Bride + Groom Custom Illustration Print

Who wouldn’t love a custom illustration made in their image? This find is one of my favorite illustrations to date. At the wedding, display on an easel for guests to view upon entering the reception; after the big day, frame and display in your love nest. Illustrated with love by Barbara Szepesi Szűcs Illustrations

reusable wedding decorations - illustrated print

barbara szepesi szűcs illustrations

reusable wedding decorations - bride and groom illustrated print

barbara szepesi szűcs illustrations

2. Custom Wedding Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery hoops are all the rage these days – and weddings are no exception. This modern take on the vintage classic is custom-made with your initials or names, along with your wedding date. Display as part of a vignette on your cake table or guest book table; after the wedding, place on your bookshelf. Grab yours at Merriweather Council.

reusable wedding decorations - custom wedding embroidery hoop

by merriweather council

reusable wedding decorations - custom wedding embroidery hoop

by merriweather council

3. Personalized Wedding Sign

This personalized wedding sign is made of the highest quality wood and is a must-have for newlyweds. It features your new last name and ‘established in’ with your wedding year. A classic! By Smoky Mountain Woodcrafts.

reusable wedding decorations - personalized wedding sign

by smoky mountain wood crafts

4. Typography Custom Wedding Canvas Gift

This custom wedding canvas makes a great decoration for your home and double-duty by sharing little pieces of your love story to your guests. You select the words to display and Geezees does the rest!

reusable wedding decorations - typography custom wedding canvas gift

by geezees

5. Vintage Personalized Cake Server

Fact: you need a cake server at your wedding. Why not buy one that you’ll actually want to re-use after the big day? We love this personalized set of cake forks and a vintage cake server spotted at Wooden Hive. After the first cake cutting, you can re-use for years serving up smiles on anniversaries and birthdays.

reusable wedding decorations - vintage personalized cake server

by wooden hive

6. Champagne Tub with Monogram

Chill your favorite champagne or wine for your wedding and re-use while entertaining guests in your home. We love the monogram for an extra-special touch. By Susabellas.

reusable wedding decorations - champagne tub with monogram

by susabellas

7. Fall Wedding Guest Book Tree

This is one of our favorite reusable wedding decorations, as it offers three parts: a guest book alternative, a decorative (+ thematic) wedding accent, and an art piece for your home. Love, love, love. By SuzyShoppe.

reusable wedding decorations - fall wedding guest book tree

by suzyshoppe
reusable wedding decorations - fall wedding guest book tree
by suzyshoppe
reusable wedding decorations - fall wedding guest book tree
by suzyshoppe

8. Custom Address Stamp

This find is less of a decoration at your wedding and more of a decoration that each guest will see upon being invited (equally important). Plus, it cuts down on time spent hand-writing your address on each envelope. After the wedding, use the stamp on all correspondence – holiday cards, thank you notes, and more!

by paper sushi

9. Custom Cartoon Coffee Mugs

Serve up smiles with hot cocoa or coffee at your wedding in these adorable, custom-illustrated coffee mugs; keep the smiles going by reusing these mugs every morning! What a sweet idea. By Wandersketch.

reusable wedding decorations - custom cartoon coffee mugs

by wandersketch

reusable wedding decorations - custom cartoon coffee mugs

by wandersketch

10. Large Wooden Monogram Letter

This large wooden monogram letter can be used as a guest book (have guests sign the monogram letter with permanent marker) and displayed on a wall in your home afterward. Available in a multitude of punchy colors for a bold touch. By Wild Cherry Wood Shop.

reusable wedding decorations - large wooden monogram letter

by wild cherry wood shop

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Share your favorite ideas for reusing wedding decor in the comments area below or let us know your favorite find above!

Happy Planning!


Top 12 Wedding Calligraphy Ideas

Hello, loves! Today we’re talking about wedding calligraphy – the fanciful art of writing – which can be applied across your entire wedding spectrum. Hiring a wedding calligrapher may sound like a luxury request, but it can be affordable AND make a world of a difference in the overall look and quality of your wedding. I am a self-proclaimed handwriting nerd, which all began when my mom saw my hurried handwriting in 3rd grade, sat me down at her desk, and taught me to write more legibly. Ever since, I’ve developed a knack for pretty writing, calligraphy, and design, realizing that taking a little extra time and patience really does go a long way. If you need someone to give you a helping hand and turn your wedding stationery into works of art, we’re here to help! We’ve located the top twelve wedding calligraphy ideas by handmade artisans who are skilled in the craft and ready to create a personalized suite for your big day. Read on to be inspired…

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

Wedding Calligraphy Ideas

1. Hand-Addressed Envelopes

My favorite use of wedding calligraphy will always be personalized invitations. Guests take notice instantly – and invitations set the tons of your entire event.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

2. Personalized Save the Dates

Why not go the extra mile and add wedding calligraphy stickers and addressed save the date envelopes? This is such a pretty style.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by k is for calligraphy

3. Place Cards for Guests

Calligraphy place cards contribute to a chic tablescape.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wet ink calligraphy

4. Favor Tags with Flourish

Add instant style to your wedding favors with hang tags featuring hand-calligraphy.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by k is for calligraphy

5. Wedding Calligraphy Address Stamp

Save time with a return address stamp, specially made just for you!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by paper sushi

6. Wedding Escort Cards

Show guests where to be seated with a stylish escort card frame featuring pretty wedding calligraphy cards.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by festoons and flourish

7. Cocktails Here Sign

Make your cocktails area pop with this sweet ‘cocktails here’ sign.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by a fabulous fete

8. Tented Table Numbers

Similarly to place cards, tented table numbers contribute to a pretty tablescape. This is one of my favorite table numbers to date!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by km calligraphy

9. Bridesmaid Wedding Calligraphy Mugs

Give the head table a little something extra: just add custom mugs!

wedding calligraphy ideas

by wandersketch

10. Wedding Napkins with Flair

The bride and groom can use custom ‘bon appetite’ wedding calligraphy napkins – and reuse after the big day in their love nest.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by linea carta

11. Wedding Menu

Make a statement with a gorgeous wedding menu sign that displays your food with flourish.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by makewells

12. ‘Just Married’ with Personalization

Ride in style with a ‘Just Married’ calligraphy sign you’ll love to save as a keepsake.

wedding calligraphy ideas

by lavender calligraphy

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Happy Planning!


What’s Hot This Weekend – August 18th Edition

Happy Weekend! Hope you’re having a great Saturday! At Emmaline Bride, we don’t think your wedding planning inspiration should be put on pause because it’s the weekend… so, we bring you ‘The Weekend Edition’ every Saturday, bustling with the best-of-the-best handmade wedding inspiration, beauty, fashion, real wedding details, DIY ideas, and more to keep you inspired all weekend long. This week, we’ve discovered a little bit of everything, like a DIY chalkboard idea to try, a must-see metallic cake stand, a new hairstyle trend, a heart backed dress, a pretty invitation suite, and much, much more. So, get ready to be inspired… and read on to see what made this week’s list! (P.S. Are you subscribed yet? It’s FREE!)

handmade wedding

diy chalkboard via lila grace

handmade Wedding – The Weekend Edition (August 18th)

We kick off The Weekend Edition with one super-sweet and clever idea by Lila Grace. This DIY love story chalkboard idea shares your important dates and is easy to tackle in an afternoon! Check out the full tutorial here.

handmade wedding

by lila grace

Next up… how do you make a small wedding cake more fun? Why, add a metallic cake stand of course! Check out this fanciful find from A Fabulous Fete. There’s more to love in their shop, too.

handmade wedding cake stand

by a fabulous fete

Need a pretty bouquet to inspire your own? This find mixes peonies and anemones in a most delightful way.

handmade wedding bridal bouquet

photo by katie slater photography via studio blush

Need a quick DIY hairstyle this weekend? Check out this find by The Beauty Department.

handmade wedding hairstyle idea

by the beauty department

Recently engaged? Tell your guests to save the date with this pretty watercolor save the date by Felice Design.

handmade wedding watercolor save the date

by felice design

I’m hooked on metallic nailpolish… so, naturally, I loved this tutorial upon first glance.

handmade wedding manicure idea

via pshiiit

Get outta here… rain cloud earrings? Too cute! By Whimsy and Magic.

handmade wedding cloud earrings for bridesmaids

by whimsy and magic

The folks at You Smell Soap offer TONS of ideas for wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts, like this fragrant gift set with decadent luxury soap bars and their mini paper soaps, which fit conveniently in one’s clutch purse. I want to try them all!

handmade wedding soap by you smell

by you smell soap

This peachy gold ring is a unique fashionable accessory piece (+ affordable, too!) By Rosella Resin.

handmade wedding peach and gold ring

by rosella resin

This heart-backed dress is adorable. We talked about it a LONG time ago in the blog, but it’s now back in stock and her best selling style! It’s called “If I Only Had a Heart Dress“. By Alexandra Grecco.

handmade wedding heart backed dress

by alexandra grecco

A metallic, never-die succulent idea for wedding centerpieces (and for the home after the big day!)

handmade wedding metallic succulents

by waterstone succulents

Stamp your invites with this personalized initial stamp by Paper Sushi and reuse for years on stationery.

handmade wedding initial stamp

by paper sushi

What a fabulous anemone-inspired invitation suite…

handmade wedding invitation with anemones

by mequeni

… and an anemone inspired bridesmaid clutch to match!

handmade wedding anemone clutch purse

by bag boy

Well, loves, this week’s ‘Weekend Edition’ has come to a close, but hopefully that is enough pretty to keep you inspired until Monday. We’ll be back bright and early then with a brand new week of handmade loveliness… you won’t want to miss it! Be sure to enter this week’s giveaway (which ends Sunday at 11:59pm EST) for a chance to win a special gift for your groom, best man, or dad! Good luck!

Have a great weekend!