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17 Coasters That Will Look Absolutely Lovely at Weddings

How will you incorporate your personal style into your wedding bar? The first things couples always tackle are drinks and glassware, but what about fun and unexpected details that can make your bar really POP? Besides fun swizzle sticks or straws like these and a signature drink sign, wedding coasters are another detail we love to see at receptions. We have seen coasters given as favors, we have seen coaster save the dates, escort cards, and we have seen them turned into creative guest book alternatives. A unique wedding coaster can act as an element of decor for your theme, as well as offer functionality by keeping tables clean of condensation and acting as a “drink saver” (more on that below). To illustrate how awesome wedding coasters can be, we’ve rounded-up seventeen finds to inspire your unique wedding bar style. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Coasters for Weddings

1. Birch wood wedding coasters

These wedding coasters are essential for a rustic wedding bar. By Pixels and Timber.

birch wedding coasters personalized

by pixels and timber

2. Coasters as your Save the Date

These wedding coasters are so pretty! Send them in the mail as a save the date announcement instead of a traditional card. By Paper Street Press.

save the date coasters

by paper street press

3. Eat, Drink and Be Married

These coasters are elegant and feature a fun saying: “Eat, Drink and Be Married”. We love this example which features the couple’s names, wedding date, and website address. Perfect for guests to visit after the wedding if you’re showcasing photos on your wedding website. By Ruffhouse Art.

eat drink and be married coasters

by ruffhouse art

4. With Love from Chicago

Or Detroit. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC. Wherever your love adventure began! By Allie Hasson. Sidebar: it looks like this is the last batch of wedding coasters with “Chicago” and they might not be making more (sadface). Hmmm. I say, ask them anyway and maybe they’ll get a huge response and make them for all cities, since they’re incredibly lovely! I call dibs on Romeo.

from chicago with love wedding coasters

by allie hasson

5. Fondest Memories

These are coasters AND cute memories in one! Have guests write down their favorite good times with the bride and groom. By Starboard Press.

fondest memories with the bride and groom wedding coasters

by starboard press

6. Cheers Wedding Coasters

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy. Spotted at Julie Song Ink.

cheers coasters

julie song ink

7. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is a fun way to show off your new initial. By When it Rains Shop.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

8. Thank You to Parents

We’ve talked about unique ways to thank parents and guests at your wedding. This coaster is another fantastic way to do it! By Dinglewood Design.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

9. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram. By Dear LC.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

10. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors, like these by My Little Chickadee Creations which are custom and handmade.

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

11. Please Don’t Take My Drink

A wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing“. I swear, the number of drinks “cleaned up” while people are dancing is incredible! It will save you money, too, as a bonus, since most guests go get a new drink when they discover theirs is gone.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

12. My Wish for the Newlyweds

Place these wedding coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! This also takes the place of a guest book (similarly to #5, above). By Starboard Press.

my wish for the newlyweds wedding coasters advice

by starboard press

13. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

chalkboard wedding coasters

kate aspen

14. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

wedding coasters personalized with photo

via evermine

15. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

coaster escort cards wedding

photo: k seidl photo via style me pretty

16. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

and they lived happily ever after wedding coasters in green

print smitten

17. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the d-ate coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Will you be using wedding coasters at your reception?

Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.


Giveaway: Win a Paper Flower Backdrop!

Have you seen the paper flower backdrops, centerpieces, and decor over at PaperFlora yet? If not, you should — there’s so much prettiness in bloom!

paper flowers left

by paperflora

Paper Flowers for Wedding Decor, Centerpieces & More

One of our favorite new trends — well, it’s been trending for awhile, but it’s still on point this season — is paper flowers as decor throughout your space. We’ve seen paper flowers along the aisle, as ceremony backdrops, at the head table, as centerpieces for receptions, adorning a cake, and more. Paper flowers are in — and they aren’t going anywhere for a long time to come.

by paperflora

Love Is Sweet Kraft Paper Favor Bags

We are pretty obsessed with the work over at Mavora Art and Design and it’s no surprise: Abby’s save the date tags, invitations, and favor bags are creative, modern, and truly one of a kind. Today we’re sharing her new Love Is Sweet kraft paper favor bags, just in time for Valentine’s Day and those late-winter weddings. These bags are the finishing touch to your decor and can hold cookies, doughnuts, or candy. Take a look!

Kraft Paper Favor Bags

Love Is Sweet Kraft Paper Favor Bags by Mavora

Love Is Sweet Kraft Paper Favor Bags by Mavora

Love Is Sweet Kraft Paper Favor Bags by Mavora

These are so cute and we love how they’re custom made with your names and wedding date. That’s just one reason why we love handmade so much: everything is made just for you.

Go + Get ‘Em!

You can grab your kraft paper favor bags here (+ save 10% this weekend on favor bags with offer code BAG10 at checkout).


Banner Wedding Cake Topper from Ready Go

Do you want a cake topper that is custom made and modern? We’ve found a beautiful collection of banner wedding cake topper styles + bride and groom cut-outs over at ReadyGo. What do you think of these?

Banner Wedding Cake Topper

Banner Wedding Cake Topper

You can also customize the bride and groom to look like you! Add glasses, put your hair in a bun, change the skin tone or eyes… you get the idea. Take a peek:

bride and groom cut out cake toppers

custom banner wedding cake topper

You can find more at Ready Go Wedding Co.


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Wedding Bouquets Made of Paper

What is it about wedding bouquets made of paper that you love? My love is multifaceted, I tell you. For starters, your wedding bouquet can be made in any color.

yellow and mint paper wedding bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via

photo: amy & jordan

Your bouquet can be made in any season at any time of year with any style of flower you choose.

photo: amy & jordan

Each paper flower bloom is hand-molded, one-by-one: a painstaking labor of love. And it’s all made just for you. You can even pick a wedding detail and have your bouquet created in those exact colors.

coordinate paper bouquet to color palette | wedding bouquets made of paper via

photo: amy & jordan

Or, perhaps have one made in an array of colors that you adore.

bride holding paper bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via

photos: ginger and mint photography

Maybe I’m smitten because paper bouquets last forever, meaning you won’t get all sappy like I did when I eventually had to toss my bouquet in the trash.

photos: ggd photographie

Maybe I love ’em because they never wilt. Never fade. Never lose their luster.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

A wedding bouquet made of paper just makes sense. And it makes even more sense when you have one made by someone who knows their stuff, like Chantal of Dragonfly Expression.

boho style | wedding bouquets made of paper via

photos: ggd photographie

I love fresh flowers just like the next girl, but having a wedding bouquet made of paper doesn’t mean you have to forgo fresh at your wedding. It just means you have one less fresh bouquet to worry about.

colorful mix | wedding bouquets made of paper via

Which leaves you more time for other things, like figuring out which of these photos you must add to your list. Or crossing this fun idea off your list.

photos: (L) dragonfly expression | (R) cargile photography

photos: (l) flashes of life photography | (r) dragonfly expression

hot pink + colorful mix | wedding bouquets made of paper via

They’re whimsical. Free-spirited. Colorful. Fun.

paper wedding bouquet | wedding bouquets made of paper via

photo: devicfotos

And I just love them.

See more wedding bouquets made of paper

Want to see more? Head over to Dragonfly Expression for the full collection of paper bouquets. We’re proud to showcase Dragonfly Expression as a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride in The Marketplace.


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7 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

Have you popped into The Marketplace lately? Holy wow, it’s bursting at the seams with lovely handmade items! We’ve picked seven handmade paper decorations to share with you today including an illustrated wedding program, a sweet card to give your groom, a creative bouquet alternative, and more! Find out which items made a lasting impression…

What’s Hot in The Marketplace

1. Illustrated Wedding Program

We start with this illustrated program, so beautiful it deserves to be framed after the wedding. By Tying the Knots.

illustrated wedding program via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

tying the knots

2. I’ve Been In Love With You for _x_ Days

Solve for x. Don’t worry, Paperlaced will help you figure out the exact number of days. Use this card to send a love note to your groom!

ive been with you for days via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


3. Book Page Bouquet

Faux flowers that last forever can be infinitely sweeter than fresh flowers that wilt. We love paper bouquets, like this one from Diddlebug.

book page bouquet via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


4. Floral Save the Date Cards

Floral prints steal my heart, pretty much anytime I see them. This new save the date from Olive Berry Paper is a new personal favorite!

floral save the date cards via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

olive berry paper

5. Garden Wedding Invitation

Planning a garden wedding? Keep things sweetly simple + elegant with these invites from Sparkvites.

wedding invitation garden via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


6. Bridal Shower Tea Party Invite

Need bridal shower inspiration? This tea party themed invite from Serendipity Beyond Design is a pretty touch for a feminine fete.

bridal shower tea party invitations via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

serendipity beyond design

7. Lovestruck Bridal Shower Games (Printable)

And, what is the number one entertainment at a bridal shower? Games, of course! Paper Street Press offers these printable bridal shower games that are anything but ordinary.

bridal shower printable games via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

paper street press

To see more handmade paper decorations…

Want to see more? Head over to The Marketplace to be inspired! Warning: you’ll probably want to buy everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Decorating Your Reception Hall? Try This Easy Trick!

Hi, loves! Emma here. I’m going to just go ahead and admit it: today’s feature is so gorgeous that I am considering a total revamp of our office with this easy decorating trick slathered EVERYWHERE. And then all over my bedroom. And bathroom. (Okay, I don’t think my husband would want to live in a paper flower forest, but one can dream, right?) Anyways, today we’re sharing one easy trick to decorating your reception hall. Every bride wants her reception hall to look its very best on the big day. And, let’s be honest: some reception walls can be pretty boring. Well, it’s time to dress them up. And, I promise once you see this paper flower backdrop from Dragonfly Expression, you won’t be able to un-see it… and that means you’ll want to ensconce your entire reception site with it. And that’s not a bad thing. See why…

white paper flower wall for decorating your reception hall

Decorating Your Reception Hall

A paper flower backdrop is one easy trick to decorating your reception hall. It covers evenly, can be used on one wall (or adjoining walls), and adds instant elegance to any room. While paper flower backdrops can come in a variety of colors, I especially like this one in white because it makes everything else around it POP without looking too busy.

white flower backdrop for decorating your reception hallcake with paper flower backdrop

Here’s a close-up of the flowers:

white paper flower wall for decorating your reception hall

Find Out More

Ready to find out more? Start decorating your reception hall today with Dragonfly Expression. Chantal would be delighted to speak to you about your wedding and help with decorating it! She makes it so easy — she does all the hard work and makes paper look so unbelievable! She’s a sweetheart to work with, too. Click here for her shop.

Beautiful photos above by Laura Clarke; styling by Lisa Ho via Style Me Pretty