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30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas

Hi loves and Happy Friday! Are you having a Happy Halloween so far? We hope so. I’ve already sampled plenty of candy. Skittles. Snickers. M&Ms. So far, so good. I have to make sure they taste good enough to pass out to Trick or Treaters, you know. I take candy quality control quite seriously here.

Anyway. Today we’re highlighting a unique yet memorable theme: a Halloween wedding! If you’re a bride who dreams of a fall wedding, brisk temps, an orange-and-black color palette, just add in a little and this theme is perfect for you! Read on to see thirty of our favorite hand-picked Halloween wedding ideas for a fun – and surprisingly stylish – wedding theme. Enjoy!

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Halloween Wedding Ideas

1. Mr. and Mrs. (Frankenstein + His Bride) Coffee Mugs

Perfect for pumpkin spice coffee. Hot cocoa. Tea. Hot apple cider. YUM.

halloween wedding ideas via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding from

by lenny mud

2. Halloween Wedding Bouquet

I love this orange and black Halloween wedding bouquet oh-so-much.

halloween wedding bouquet via 30 Amazing Halloween Ideas from EmmalineBride.comhalloween wedding bouquet via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

bouquet by all for love, L.O.V.E., photo by diana marie photography

3. Elegant Halo Headband

halloween wedding ideas

by bellas bowtique

4. Halloween Wedding Invitations

halloween wedding ideas

by jessica strayer design

5. Black Flower Lapel

halloween wedding ideas

by ethereal flowers

6. Halloween Houses as Decor

halloween wedding ideas

by rodica

halloween wedding ideas

by rodica

7. Halloween Ring Box

For a Day of the Dead wedding, perhaps?

halloween wedding

by bragging bags

8. Bow Tie + Suspenders for Groomsmen

halloween wedding via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by bebecha

9. Chic Paper Garland

orange paper garland via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by everly lane design

10. Hot Orange Heels

hot orange heels via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by paris xox

11. Orange and Black Striped Straws

orange and black striped straws via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by back to zero

12. Orange and White Striped Treat Bags

halloween wedding favor treat bags via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by oh la la paper

13. Orange and Black Clutch Purse

orange and black clutch purse via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by eclu

14. Halloween Inspired Garter

by seventh studio

15. Hair Accessory for the Girls

by wee gardens

16. Boutonniere for the Boys

halloween wedding boutonniere via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding from

by tellable design

17. Escort Cards

halloween escort cards via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by shanna michele designs

18. Cuff Links for Groomsmen

halloween wedding cuff links via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by the lysine contigency

19. “Boo” Halloween Wedding Cupcake Toppers

boo halloween cupcake toppers via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by ms apple

20. Halloween Wedding Coaster Favors

by my little chickadee creations

21. Halloween Wedding Black Cake Stand

by adaura

22. Orange and Black Ring Pillow

by crafting4u

23. Halloween Wedding Bunting

by sugar owl design

24. Delectable Orange + Black Cookies

by the fancy lady gourmet

25. Orange + Black Necklace for Bridesmaids

by rustic gem

26. Cocktail Rim Sugars

by dell cove spice company

27. Printable Halloween Accents

printable halloween accents

by blush printables

28. Black and Orange Fringe Decor

orange and black fringe decoration via 30 Amazing Halloween Wedding Ideas from

by caramelos

29. Halloween Wedding Photo Booth Props

halloween photo booth prop

by whisker works

30. Black Chandelier

black chandelier

by uncommon

So, dish: which of these ideas is your favorite? I love those heels. And those mugs. And ALL OF THE THINGS. I just love Halloween, and how perfect that it falls on a Friday this year?


P.S. This is a re-post in honor of Halloween, originally posted in 2012. Still lovin’ it today. Happy Halloween!

7 Fun Ideas for Polaroids at Weddings

One of our favorite wedding ideas is the use of Polaroid cameras. Sure, they’re a throwback, vintage-inspired idea, but Polaroids are a consistent crowd-pleaser. Today we’re sharing seven fun ideas for using Polaroids at weddings including a polaroid guest book, a life-size Polaroid photo booth backdrop (use it for your wedding, bachelorette party, or outdoor party this summer!), a Polaroid cake topper, and more. We’ve also located the supplies you’ll need to make these a reality. And, to make this post even sweeter, we’re giving away a Polaroid-inspired find below. What is it? Read on to find out…

Polaroids at Weddings: 7 Fun Ideas

1. Polaroid Guest Book

Up first is the unique Polaroid guest book, an idea I wish I had known about for my own wedding.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book

photo: kate miller photography via junebug weddings

How It Works

To make a Polaroid guest book, you’ll want to gather the following:

Polaroid camera
film (tons and tons of it)
– blank journal or scrapbook
– glue or double-sided tape
– fine-point markers (these are my favorite)

On a table, display a sign that tells guests to use a camera to take a photo and sign your guest book. You can either have guests take a photo and hang on a clothesline with clothespins (see above) or place the photographs inside a book (see below). Since this will be a new idea for many guests, you’ll want to include a sign that gives clear directions (something simple like, “Snap a photo and sign our guest book” will do the trick).

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book chalkboard sign

via pinterest

Guests will take a photo, print, and stick it in your guest book while signing their name underneath. The bride and groom should take the first photos as an example for guests to follow.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid guest book

photo: angela and evan photography via seattle bride mag

If you opt for hanging the photos instead, you can compile the completed photos in a scrapbook of your own after the wedding.

2. Polaroid Save the Date Magnets

If you plan to use Polaroids at your wedding, consider sending a themed save the date magnet to guests to kick off the fun. We spotted these over at Fifth Vintage and love them. You can have filters applied to give your save the dates a vintage look.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid save the date magnets

fifth vintage

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid save the date magnets

fifth vintage

P.S. You can win a set of these! Scroll to bottom of post for details.

3. Polaroid Escort Cards / Seating Charts

Think outside the box: skip a traditional seating chart and use Polaroids instead! Here are three inspiring examples:

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid escort cards

via the knot

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid escort card display

photo: leo druker via rustic wedding chic

Polaroids at Weddings - escort cards

photo: matt guegan via bridal musings

If you’re wondering, but Emma, how in the heck do I get all of those photos?! the answer is simple: Facebook. Oh, and clever sleuthing for those who are not on Facebook. You can pull up a user’s profile pic, snap a photo (or print it out and glue to a makeshift Polaroid-inspired cut-out), and assemble the photos in alphabetical order. Write the guest’s table assignment on the back so they know where to be seated. For guests not on Facebook, ask friends or family members to grab a (copy of a) photograph for you to use.

4. Polaroid Cake Topper

Ah, one of my favorite ideas: a polaroid cake topper! This one’s easy: he snaps a photo, she snaps a photo, and the photos are placed into the top of a cake using a simple place card holder.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid cake topper

left | beth armsheimer, right | devlin photos via hifi weddings

5. Life Size Polaroid Photobooth Backdrop

Make your own Polaroid photo booth backdrop using foam board. Guests can stand behind it for their photo to be taken. (‘Employ’ someone to be your photographer or have guests take photos of each other.)

Polaroids at Weddings - life sized polaroid photo backdrop

photo: love ala via style me pretty

6. Polaroid Place Cards

If you prefer a personal touch to place cards, consider using Polaroids! I think this would be pretty time consuming for each place setting (the seating chart above would be, too, but I think it’s too cool an idea to pass up) so you can always just make them for the bride and groom or wedding party.

Polaroids at Weddings - polaroid place cards for bride and groom

photo: aok photography via boho weddings

7. Polaroid Wedding Favors

Need a unique favor? Check out these mini polaroid magnets! You could have them made using your favorite engagement photos.

Polaroids at Weddings - mini polaroid magnets

mini polaroid magnets

Which of these ideas is your favorite?

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Giveaway! Win Polaroid Save the Dates!

We’ve teamed up with the always inspiring Fifth Vintage to offer fifty (50) Polaroid save the date magnets for one lucky reader! Enter for a chance to win below.

Polaroid Wedding Save the Date (by Fifth Vintage)

o Enter between 4/28/14-5/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 50 Polaroid Save the Date Magnets by Fifth Vintage. (50 Prints of 4.25″ x 5.5″ Vintage Photo Wedding Save The Date Polaroid Magnets with Matte Finishing)
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/5; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $69 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
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5 Wedding Photo Props You’ll Love

Hello, hello! It’s Tuesday and today we’re talking about wedding photo props. Handcrafted touches like wedding photo props, signs, banners, and even mustaches-on-a-stick can make any wedding photograph more memorable. We’re showcasing five wedding photo props we’ve found at Liddabits Design Shop to inspire you with cute touches like a Just Married banner or photo props that say, “I’m His Mrs” and “I’m Her Mr”. Cute! Read on for more…

Just Married - Wedding Photo Props (image: kelsey lauren photography, banner: liddabits via

photo by kelsey lauren photography

Wedding Photo Props

The ‘Just Married’ banner above is perfect: so colorful and cheery! This next set of signs reads, “I’m His Mrs.” and “I’m Her Mr.” and can be made in custom colors to tie into your palette.

Mr. and Mrs. - Photo Props (image: kelsey lauren photography, banner: liddabits via

photo by kelsey lauren photography

These signs are also charming and read, “Wifey” and “Hubby”. Cute!

Photo Props:  Hubby / Wifey (by LiddaBits via

Have a custom sign made with your names! Here are two unique examples:

Photo Props:  Custom Name Sign (photo: inner song photography, sign by LiddaBits via

photo: inner song photography

Wedding Photo Props:  Personalized Name Sign (photo by Jaime Bilbrey of Our Ampersand Photo, sign by LiddaBits via
photo by jaime bilbrey of our ampersand photo

To view more wedding photo props (and decorative touches like chair signs, favor tags, and much, much more) visit Liddabits Design Shop.

Happy Planning!


Ampersand Photo Prop

We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weekend! Today, we’re showcasing one of our favorite photo props by a sweet little shop known as Liddabits. Liz, owner + designer, creates some of the most adorable photo props we’ve ever seen. One in particular that has stolen our hearts is this ampersand photo prop, perfect for wedding photo booths and engagement photos. Take a look:

ampersand photo prop

by liddabits // photo credit: joe martinez photography

Ampersand Photo Prop

This ampersand photo prop is created on a 10″ stick with cardstock measuring 6″x5″. It arrives pre-assembled + photo-ready!

ampersand photo prop

by liddabits // photo credit: joe martinez photography

ampersand photo prop

by liddabits // photo credit: kelsey lauren photography

ampersand photo prop

by liddabits

For details on this prop, to view more photo props, and to place an order, visit Liddabits, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Check back here bright + early Monday morning for a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration (PLUS a brand new giveaway!)

Happy Planning!


P.S. Be sure to enter this week’s giveaway before it ends (11:59pm EST tonight). Good luck!

The Ultimate Photo Booth Backdrop

What makes a wedding photo booth more fun? A handmade photo booth backdrop, of course! Earlier today, we talked about how to entertain guests at a wedding which included one of our favorite activities: a photo booth. The key to a perfect photo booth is a proper backdrop to ‘frame’ your photos with bright colors, unexpected decor (such as picture frames or props), and patterns to tie into your theme. One of our favorite backdrops is by April and Alison, the super-sweet dynamic duo behind The High Five Factory. This sweet shop offers handmade photo booth backdrops for your wedding or party designed with colorful strips of fabric that can easily tie into your wedding palette or theme. Plus, there is a pole pocket inside the top of the backdrop for easy hanging on a clothesline or homemade stand. Check out this brilliant design – which we call the ultimate photo booth backdrop – after the jump!

photo booth backdrop

by the high five factory

Photo Booth Backdrop

photo booth

by the high five factory

photo booth

by the high five factory

photo booth

by the high five factory

photo booth backdrops

by the high five factory

photo booth

by the high five factory

photo booth

by the high five factory

photo booth

by the high five factory

Aren’t they lovely? These backdrops would work well for your wedding day – and for parties ever after! There are also plenty of cute props available such as clouds and hearts. Adorable!

by the high five factory

photo booth props

by the high five factory

To see more additional pretty designs, check out the full collection at The High Five Factory. Tell ’em Emmaline Bride sent you!

More coming up next!

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Happy Planning!


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How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

Want to entertain guests at a wedding? Wondering what you can do to make your reception fun for guests who don’t like to dance, or while guests wait for the reception to begin? We’ve rounded up some of our best entertaining ideas for your wedding from lawn games to a kissing booth — even a life-size Jenga game. Read on to find out more…

how to entertain guests at a wedding

via bz events / photo credit: bonnie berry photography

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

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1. Wedding Lawn Games

Corn Toss

Another classic wedding lawn game is corn toss. One of our favorite custom corn toss games is handmade by Style My Corntoss, where you can order one made for your wedding (shown below).

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by style my corntoss / photo credit: shyla photography

Aren’t these custom toss bags cute, too?

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by style my corntoss / photo credit: shyla photography

Lawn Jenga

This might be the most brilliant lawn game yet: lawn jenga! It’s HUGE!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - lawn jenga!
photo via hgtv, jenga set: via

Immediately I knew I had to find out where to buy these…. and, I found them! You can buy a set here.

2. Wedding Kissing Booth

Create a custom kissing booth! Utilize in lieu of a receiving line, where guests can step up and say hello to the newly wedded couple. Or, use as a darling backdrop for couples to kiss in as a photo booth.

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - wedding kissing booth

photo credit: josh goleman

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

photo credit: josh goleman

3. Hire a Silhouette Artist

For a bit of fun mid-reception, hire a silhouette artist to create silhouette drawings for guests! This doubles as a unique wedding favor, too!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Silhouette Artist

by cut arts / photo credit: kim le photography

Or, have guests paste them into a book with their names written underneath. What a unique twist on a traditional guest book!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding

by cut arts / photo credit: kim le photography

4. Photo Booth

What could be more fun than a photo booth at a wedding? A photo booth guarantees guests will be smiling all night long (and guests will love the keepsake snapshots).

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Photo Booth

photo credit: abigail seymour

5. Plenty of Dancing

Guests LOVE to dance. Make sure you have ample dance floor space and excellent music playing all night long. Most of all, make sure you and your groom are out there dancing, too. It’s the best way to keep the party going!

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding - Dancing

photo credit: altmix photography via the loveliest day

A few more ideas we love include a cupcake and champagne cocktail hour, a 90’s cover band, a caricaturist, an ice cream bar, a bon fire, sky lanterns at night, and a sparkler grand exit. Remember, it’s your wedding day so tie in fun elements you and the groom love and guests will enjoy it, too!

Don’t forget to entertain kids, too! Click here for a fun post just for the kiddos.

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There’s more wedding inspiration coming up next! Stay tuned!

Happy Planning!


P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaway yet?

5 Must-Haves for Your Perfect Photo Booth

Today, we’re sharing with you five must haves you need in order to plan your perfect photo booth. In a perfect world, wedding photo booths would set up themselves, guests would jump right in to smile for the camera, the lighting would be perfect, the backdrop impeccable, and there would be no camera or electrical malfunctions of any kind. We can’t eliminate any imperfections but we can share with you five of our favorite requirements to help you plan your perfect photo booth without a hitch! Read on to see which five made the cut after the jump!

photo credit: caroline photo | via style me pretty

5 Must-Haves for Your Perfect Photo Booth

1. Sign

Direct guests to your photo booth with a fun sign. It also helps to give guests a little instruction, particularly for those who may never have seen a wedding photo booth before.

perfect photo booth

photo credit | via style me pretty

perfect photo booth

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2. Backdrop

Dress up your photo booth with a fun, decorative backdrop. A boring white wall simply won’t do – you need to add a little pop of color. We’ve seen beautiful photo booth backdrop options with everything from quilts, strips of brightly colored fabric or ribbon, sequins, garland, and more. Here are a few of our hand-picked favorites to inspire you…

Have you ever considered a unique option with a completely handmade touch? We’re impressed by this gorgeous decorative tree trunk backdrop that was created by Brandon Kidd. We think it’s pretty amazing!

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Consider a few additional options like streamers, fringe, and garland.

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perfect photo booth

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perfect photo booth

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This beautiful chevron fringe DIY from A Beautiful Mess has stolen our hearts.

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Love crepe paper? We do, too! Create this fun DIY checkered backdrop created by The Eclectic Life via Pinterest:


A crystal curtain? Why not? We spotted this beautiful blingy backdrop via Save On Crafts. New Years Eve, anyone?


For a unique twist, tie in some photo frames for an unforgettable look.

Build Your Own

Want to build your own backdrop? Check out this tutorial we spotted via Wedding Bee.

3. Camera

This one’s obvious, but certainly worth mentioning since there are plenty of options available. You can hire a professional photo booth company or a photographer who specializes in photo booth operation to take the photographs for your guests. We love this option because it requires no set up from the couple (which leaves you stress-free on your wedding day… or when the equipment decides to have technical difficulty.) Another option is a camera with instant film.


Don’t forget plenty of film!

4. Props

A photo booth needs props. Props help guests get into fun-photo-mode by breaking the ice a little. You can’t help but grin ear to ear while holding a mustache on a stick, a silly hat, or wearing an extra large pair of glasses. Check out these hand-picked photo booth props handmade by Whisker Works, beginning with our personal favorite: The Inquisitor.


Too much fun!








Special Offer

We love photo booth props for weddings, so we couldn’t help but share this amazing limited time offer with you by our featured artisan, Whisker Works, whose work is shown in the props above. They are offering FREE shipping as a special for Christmas with an exclusive Emmaline Bride only code SHIP4FREE at checkout. If you’re planning a holiday party, what could be more fun than a handmade photo booth and props for your relatives? Order quickly, though – time is running out on Christmas delivery! All orders placed today (December 19th) will be placed within 24 hours, making delivery for Christmas Eve very likely… click here to place your order!

5. Light

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you how important light is. Light essentially makes or a breaks a photograph. That’s why we recommend hiring a professional photographer to either assist in taking the photographs for guests during a particular portion of the reception or assist in setup of your photo booth area. He or she can show you how much light is required and where it should be positioned. A photo booth company that specializes in such can come to set up the entire area with custom options available. We are familiar with Shutter Booth (a sponsor of EB) which is option you will likely find available in your area. Whether your venue is outdoors or indoors, be sure there’s plenty of light!

And, remember… if planning a photo booth sounds like too much to tackle yourselves, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Hire a professional to assist or enlist in the help of a photo-booth-savvy friend to help. This will majorly relieve your stress, result in no setup duties by you or your groom on the wedding day, and you’ll never know about any technical difficulties (if they even occur, which is very unlikely) throughout the night because someone else will be in charge. This also means you’ll have more time to enjoy it – be sure to enjoy your photo booth, too! Guests love photos with the main guests of honor, so get you and the groom in on the action, too.

Happy Planning!


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