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Registry Must-Haves from Target: #3 – Dream Team

It’s week three in our registry collaboration with Target! This week, we’re focusing on Dream Team — this is a helpful registry for when you have to make two tastes work in one bedroom. What to do? Target helps you to combine your hobbies together in an effortless way, thanks to their many registry gift ideas. Take a look at a few finds we included this week including a chic headboard, an alarm clock for those early morning runs, comfy pillows, a luxurious sheet set, a kettlebell for toning, and a Fitbit for keeping track of your exercise routine (and sleep)…

Registry Must-Haves from Target

Wedding Registry Must-Haves from Target - Week #3

Take 5 → Vintage Summer Wedding + Creative Ideas

It’s time for a fun new series at Emmaline Bride! Be sure you’re following along so you don’t miss any inspiration along the way.

[W]hen we spotted these vintage Real Wedding details captured by Justin & Mary and designed by mStarr Event Design, it was the bouquets (from Petal Floral Design) that first caught my eye. Then it was the escort cards, and those chic centerpieces, and the boutonnieres! So, today we’re kicking off a brand new series every Monday called Take 5, where we bring you five stunning ideas from one single real wedding. We’re all about the details here (especially handmade ones!) at Emmaline Bride, so we know you crave creativity as much as we do. For our first feature, we’re sharing five unique ideas including a naked wedding cake, a decorative way to hold wedding cards, a reception table to dream of, and more. We even threw in two bonuses just because we couldn’t help ourselves. ;) Enjoy!

Vintage Summer Wedding

1. These bridesmaid dresses

… and those bouquets!

bride and bridesmaids

photo: justin & mary

2. This inventive card drawer, instead of a card box

Cute idea — and reusable, too.

card drawer

photo: justin & mary

3. This naked wedding cake

I like the flowers on top, in lieu of a traditional cake topper.

naked wedding cake

photo: justin & mary

4. The head table

Just the right amount of everything: flowers, taper candles, a draped ceiling and romantic lighting. Perfection.

reception seating

photo: justin & mary

5. The unique bookmark escort cards

The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!

photo: justin & mary

Bonus Finds

The groom’s socks as your “something blue”

Fun idea — and one we haven’t seen done before.

something blue groom socks

photo: justin & mary

And the outdoor games, like corn hole

Lawn games are a terrific idea, especially for entertaining guests during cocktail hour or before dinner. You can get custom corn hole games here.

photo: justin & mary

There are dozens more — see the original Real Wedding here.

xo
-E.

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick, and Why

Wondering what kind of boutonniere to pick? We’ll help! Find out which boutonniere style fits in best with your wedding theme. Plus, get more advice on wedding themes in the book, The Inspired Wedding.

[H]i, lovelies! My, oh my, it is gorgeous outside. Spring finally got serious with winter and showed him the door, making this the most beautiful spring I’ve seen in some time. Hello, 65 and sunny! Where have you been? Anyway, I hope it’s spring-y where you are, too! Today we’re talking about what kind of boutonniere to pick for your wedding, depending on your theme. When it comes to your wedding theme, it’s all about the details. Simply put: themed details make for a more cohesive event. And today, we’re showing you what kind of boutonniere to pick for your groom and groomsmen. So whether you’re planning a beach wedding, a modern loft-style reception, a vintage ceremony, or you’re tying the knot in a woodland wedding, we’ve got you covered! See which boutonnieres we’ve handpicked just for you, based on a handful of seven delightful themes (you’ll find similar themes in my new book, too, which will help you plan the ultimate themed wedding). Enjoy!

What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick

Let’s begin with finds for your nautical or beach themed wedding.

Nautical / Beach

For a nautical wedding, what kind of boutonniere to pick depends on what colors you’ve selected. If you’re opting for a traditional navy blue and white color palette, a striped boutonniere, like this one, is ideal.

striped navy and white ribbon boutonniere with jute twine and anchor charm | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

knotted rope boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If you’re not sure on color, you can opt for something with a nautical twist: this knotted boutonniere features a figure 8 knot made from jute twine.

Or, a compass boutonniere is a fun alternative to a traditional boutonniere and can be easily attached to his lapel.

compass boutonniere for nautical wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by all for love by gina

If your wedding is specifically beach themed, a starfish boutonniere like this one fits perfectly.

starfish boutonniere for beach wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by twining vines

Bohemian

For a bohemian wedding, it’s all about the whimsical and the free-spirited feel. As such, feathers tie in perfectly with your boutonniere choice. This is one of our favorites:

feather boutonniere for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by feather divine

Another option is a fun, whimsical fabric boutonniere… like these!

fabric boutonnieres for bohemian wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cottonbird designs

Modern

For a modern wedding, opt for something minimalist. For instance, here is a flower boutonniere (made of clay):

clay dogwood boutonniere for modern wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by parsi

Succulents are always a nice boutonniere option, too. If you’re planning a more elegant modern wedding, skip the burlap and opt for one with a clean, simple look, like this:

modern boutonniere made of succulent | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by lot450 shop

And remember, for a modern wedding his boutonniere doesn’t have to resemble a traditional boutonniere at all. For instance, check out this button boutonniere we found:

modern button boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by nonimode

Another example of a modern boutonniere is a lapel pin. We spotted these wood ones here, which is fitting for a modern wedding with a rustic, outdoorsy feel.

squirrel lapel pin as modern wedding boutonniere alternative | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by cabin + cub

And finally, a very minimal dried flower, like this boutonniere made from blue echinops, gives you yet another option:

modern boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by eucca

How to Pick a Boutonniere – Vintage

For a vintage wedding, pick a boutonniere with nostalgic details. One of my favorites: a bountonniere handmade from a page from a vintage book.

vintage boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

This one, too, with a hint of lace:

lace and vintage book page boutonniere | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by the sunny bee

And this cameo ‘button’ boutonniere is made from vintage finds:

vintage button boutonniere | photo: clay austin | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic creek, photo by clay austin photography

by rustic creek, photos by clay austin photography

Rustic

When deciding what kind of boutonniere to pick for a rustic wedding, burlap is usually a bride’s number one choice. Add birch flowers and you have a stunning combination, like this:

< flowers wrapped in burlap | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by rustic blend

We talked about succulents as a modern boutonniere option, but succulents can work for rustic weddings, too. Opt for one that has a burlap or jute-wrapped stem for a little more rustic flair.

succulent boutonnieres for rustic wedding | via What Kind of Boutonniere to Pick (and Why) http://emmalinebride.com/groom/what-kind-of-boutonniere/
by flora

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7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

Want to get to your wedding on time? Follow these tips and you’ll be good as gold. Oh, and be sure to follow along or you might miss other helpful tips like this.

[O]ne of the biggest things to avoid on your wedding day is being late, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re the bride, the groom, father, mother, best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid or groomsman; being late is stressful. Even guests and wedding vendors worry about being on time for the ceremony. There’s a reason why this song from My Fair Lady was such a hit. It’s not just about being punctual, either; being on time for your wedding will give you peace of mind all day and keep you stress-free. We want you to be a happy bride, not one who is stressed out, sweating, and freaking out as she’s traveling to her ceremony site. And that’s why we’re here to help you out.

See? You can spend less time stressing + more time snapping photos that are happy & carefree, like this (if you’re doing a first look):

carefree bride and groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: kristyn hogan via cedarwood weddings

Today we’re sharing seven helpful tips to be on time for your wedding. And hey, it may not be the sexiest or the most exciting topic, but it certainly is important. We’ll even let you in on the number one time-waster that happens to nearly every bride — but you can totally avoid it. Read on to get started…

Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

1. Don’t leave any projects or last-minute tasks for the day before or day of the wedding.

As tempting as it sounds to say, oh I’ll get to that tomorrow, you don’t want to be running around to finish a project or deliver favors to the reception site or do anything but be pampered on the day of the wedding. I recommend avoiding anything non-pamper-y the week of the wedding, simply because you’ll be busy enough as it is with the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and packing for your honeymoon. Oh, and you know, BEING EXCITED FOR THE BEST DAY EVER. You don’t have time to worry about to-dos at this point! It’s time to relax.

2. Set two alarms for yourself.

Make sure you’re up way ahead of schedule, too. Get up earlier than you think you would need to. And set two alarms in case one fails (or, you’re like me, and in your sleep still manage to hit ‘snooze’.) It also helps to have someone make sure you’re up by coming over or a simple phone call.

And it never hurts to have an actual watch. We rely so much on technology and, if you’re like me, you lose your phone every two minutes.


left: girls love like | right: lillyanlou

Oh, and a gift for the groom? Definitely a watch. And a cute note to tell him to meet you there with the time.

cute gift idea for the groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding
photo: leoni bolt photography

3. Pack your bag the week before.

Gather up all of those things you’ll need the day of the wedding the week before. (Pssst… here are some tips on what to pack in your bag.) You’ll want to include what you’ll wear while getting ready, your wedding photo list, your makeup, touch-up lipstick, wedding emergency kit, nylons, lingerie, heels, etc. If you have everything ready to go one week ahead of time, you’ll still be able to add to it when you inevitably think of things you forgot (like these for the reception, or your checklist of things not to forget at your wedding). Other things to remember are tip money for vendors, gifts for your wedding party, and a small notebook with the numbers of all of your vendors in case you need to reach them. Also, a spare phone charger is absolutely necessary.

4. Have a back-up plan.

What’s your plan B if your hairstylist doesn’t show? Or if your car breaks down? Or if your gown is wrinkled? Have someone reliable you can count on who may be able to help, just in case. Elect one of your bridesmaids to help you style your hair. And, bring a travel garment steamer — for SURE. You’ll need it for eliminating wrinkles on your gown and bridesmaid dresses.

5. Provide a itinerary for your entire wedding party, parents, and vendors.

An itinerary is crucial to keep everyone on schedule. And plan the times a little earlier than you would think: it’s surprising how fast time goes by and you’ll want to allow plenty of extra time for getting ready and travel.

Also… delegate someone to be in charge of the schedule. Pick someone who is incessantly punctual, whether that is your Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, or mom. And make sure it’s someone who takes charge and speaks up, so they can keep everyone in line and on schedule.

groom wearing watch | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: matt ramos photography

Also, you’ll want to elect one of the groomsmen — like the Best Man — to be in charge of keeping the gentlemen on time while they are getting ready.

wedding itinerary | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

via splash of silver

6. Schedule your hair appointment at least one hour earlier than you would think.

It goes by too fast — and you can always use a little extra time, just in case.

And the number-one time waster…

7. Don’t schedule everyone’s hair and makeup at the same time and location.

This is a big one! As tempting as it is to have your entire crew get their hair and makeup and nails done at the same time and location, it can really put you behind schedule. Here’s what we recommend instead:

o get ready at a salon with a team of dedicated stylists (plural), hired for the whole crew

Or, if you’d prefer to get ready at your hotel, resort, or somewhere else…

o have bridesmaids arrive with hair and makeup done

They can still join in on the getting-ready festivities (and photo-ops) and put on their dress, shoes, and accessories then, without the added stress of getting everyone’s hair and makeup completed while the clock is ticking.

bridesmaids helping bride get ready | photo: milk photography | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: milk photography via style me pretty

It’s also worth noting that you should ALWAYS…

o get ready as EARLY AS POSSIBLE

Nothing is worse than running late AND hurrying on your hair and makeup.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

And, keep in mind… sometimes it happens. Being late won’t ruin your wedding! Being on time makes it less stressful, but don’t let something small irk or get in the way of your perfect day. These things happen.

xo
-E.

Now it’s your turn…

What tips to be on time would you add to the list?

Tell us below!

The #1 Mistake Most Brides Make (and How to Avoid It)

*Giveaway inside!

[T]here is one huge mistake most brides make after the wedding, and it’s totally avoidable. So, what is it? It’s more about what brides aren’t doing that is the mistake. Brides are letting their wedding photos go by the wayside, sitting on a hard drive or flash drive, never to be looked at again. Waiting to print out your photos and assemble them in an album is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. And it’s scary because you could lose those memories forever, if something were to happen to your hard drive, flash drive, or your computer gets a virus. I (Emma here!) know first-hand because something similar almost happened to me. I had a bunch of photos on a hard drive for years, photos of Andrew and I dating, photos of us in college, engaged, newly married… you know, just a TON of photo files sitting on a hard drive. Then one day, Andrew wanted to grab a few photos from a trip we took and print them out. But when he went to download them, the hard drive no longer worked; it was corrupted. It appeared as though no images existed. Just like that.

Yikes.

We searched on Google and found, to our dismay, that a corrupted hard drive could need to be reformatted, as in ERASED. Gone. No more. Memories erased in a heartbeat. And, luckily our wedding photos weren’t on there, but can you imagine? Well, we took our hard drive to a computer expert (shout-out to our local computer shop, Tech City Electronics who SAVED OUR HARD DRIVE!) and we got ALL of those photos back. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky? After that day, I learned an important lesson and I back up EVERYTHING. And I print those photos now. Every sweet Baby Andrew smile and video moment (there are thousands, and he’s just under a year!), every cat photo of them sleeping in boxes or drawers or on top of laundry heaps (again, thousands), every home project, family vacation, DIY project, holiday, birthday, and everything else. I mean, why risk it?

Anyways, we would hate for your wedding photos to go missing. So we’re here to help you with a discount and a giveaway so you can print out those photos and put them in a beautiful keepsake photo album. But first… check out some of the new photo album designs we spotted over at Indigo Album Design, one of our go-to sources for professional handmade (+ high quality) photo albums. These albums are incredible!

Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas – Ask EB

[W]e love hearing from our brides… and their moms, too! When Susan wrote to us about her daughter’s bridal shower, we swooped right in with inspiration. She’s planning a kitchen themed bridal shower, but was having trouble finding the perfect invites with a more modern feel. To help, we found kitchen bridal shower invitations with matching recipe cards for guests to fill out and bring to the party. Once we found those, it was easy to piece together some additional ideas. Check out the invitations by Lucy Loves Paper and see what else we found including a state cutting board, apron, personalized rolling pin (ahh, I want one of these), a recipe box, cookbook, and favors. Which of these finds do you love best? Besides those invites, I’m crazy over that apron… it’s darling!

Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations + Ideas

It began with these invites + recipe cards…

by lucy loves paper

… and here’s the inspiration board!

kitchen bridal shower invitations + ideas via http://emmalinebride.com/bridal-shower/kitchen-bridal-shower-invitations/

Resources

♡ personalized recipe card | lucy loves paper
♡ whisk favors | kate aspen
♡ kitchen bridal shower invitations | lucy loves paper
♡ measuring spoon favors | kate aspen
♡ apron | flirty aprons
♡ cookbook | the newlywed cookbook
♡ rolling pin | valek rolling pins
♡ unfinished recipe card box | darice
♡ state cutting board (shown with michigan; any state available!) | aheirloom

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.

P.S. Do you need help with a wedding question? Just Ask Emmaline — it’s FREE and your question might appear in an upcoming post!

How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z

Want to be a happy bride? Crave no-stress planning? You’ve come to the right place! Before you read, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future posts.

[P]lanning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. At Emmaline Bride, our goal is to help you plan a beautiful wedding without the stress. I mean, it’s supposed to be fun, right? And we know that if you’re a happy bride, you’ll have an easier time planning your Best Day Ever. To help, we’ve made this helpful guide to keep things in perspective. You’ll also want to grab this and this, since they’ll outline tons of wedding ideas (without overwhelming you. Promise.) Read on to begin…

Happy Bride: A to Z

Want to be a happy bride? Just follow these simple rules, below.

jumping on bed bridesmaids | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

photo: closer to love photography | via style me pretty

Ask for help when you need it.

And, appreciate help when you get it.

Be good to yourself.

You, beautiful you. You are perfect just the way you are. Don’t feel pressure to suddenly be a certain size, to spend a certain amount of money, or to look a particular way. Your fiancee proposed to YOU, because he wants to marry YOU. Stay true to yourself.

Continue doing regular things.

Watch your shows. Go out with friends. Take your fiance on regular date nights. Read. Exercise. Go for a walk. Work. Accomplish goals. Don’t let wedding planning consume you. You’ll have more fun with it if you don’t let it “take over” your regular day-to-day.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Hey, unexpected stuff is going to happen. Rolling with it and laughing? That’s how you stay happy.

Enjoy the little, fleeting moments.

Ah, those sweet little moments you get to experience while you plan (and during the wedding day itself) go by so fast. Savor them! The proposal. The engagement. The engagement photos. Picking out invitations. The dress. Fun times with bridesmaids. The list goes on and on. Bottom line? Enjoy it all.

Happy Bride! photo: jose villa | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

photo: jose villa | via style me pretty

Find bridesmaid dresses that aren’t ridiculously expensive.

Happy Bridesmaids = Happy Bride. So, when you pick out a bridesmaid dress that isn’t super pricey, they’ll love you for it. While you’re at it, no bow on the butt. And nothing too short, showy, low cut, or unforgiving in material. Your lovely ladies will thank you for it.

Give thoughtful, useful gifts.

Give gifts with heart. Buy handmade. Support small businesses. Be thoughtful in gift-giving, whether it is for wedding party attendants, your parents, vendors, guests (favors), or gifts for your future spouse. Thoughtful gifts are more memorable and, therefore, rule.

High five your flower girls and ring bearer.

Hey, being the little guy or gal isn’t easy — and walking down that aisle is intimidating. Say good job and give them an awesome gift or toy for after ceremony (even if they didn’t quite make it down the aisle without sobbing or running away).

bridesmaid robes by Doie | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

robes: doie, photo: escreation

Invest in a pretty bag for your essentials.

Being prepared for wedding day emergencies will keep you happy all day long. A pretty purse (like this one we spotted here) filled with 7 things you MUST pack in your wedding bag is all you need.

white lace wedding clutch | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

good marvin

Jot down important must-haves.

Make a list of three most important things things to include at your wedding. Have your fiance do the same, and then make sure you include all of these on your big day.

bride dancing | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/
photo: jesi haack

Keep things in perspective.

It can be really easy to let things get out of control while wedding planning. When you start to freak out because you don’t have these with ribbons tied on the backs of each one, STOP. Ask yourself, do I really need this? Do I really want to spend money on this? Will this make a HUGE difference in the quality of our day? If not, feel free to skip it.

Listen.

Listen to your fiance when he tells you he wants a groom’s cake, or when he wants a certain song played at the reception. Listen when he doesn’t want to spend the entire night talking about color palettes because he wants to curl up and watch a movie with you. Listen to your bridesmaids when they try to talk you into picking one dress over another. You’ll learn more by listening.

Make lists and set realistic goals.

Making lists (and using checklists, like this free printable checklist, will keep you organized. Organized brides = less stressed out brides = happiness. Also, set a few goals along the way (like this week, I’ll order cake; next week, I’ll decide what shoes to wear). Don’t overload yourself.

Nix the negativity.

Those people on your Facebook wall that are always ranting about negative things? Hide them. Those wedding forums where people are overwhelming you by obsessing over their own, weird wedding goals? Stop reading them. Instead, surround yourself with positive people. You’ll radiate positivity, too.

Order something special for the honeymoon.

Do you know anyone who doesn’t get happy over new pjs, a new robe, or pretty underwear? Me either. There’s no better time than now to order it for your amazing honeymoon vacay.

Plan surprises for the groom.

A new watch delivered to his room before the ceremony? A special message sewn to the back of his tie? A pair of socks so he doesn’t get cold feet? A note that says, “I can’t wait to kiss you” delivered to him by the flower girl? (Swoon.) These are just a few cute ways to surprise the groom. These sweet surprises will make you giddy with excitement. It’s like Jimmy Durante said: “Make someone happy… and you will be happy, too“.

cant wait to kiss you | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/
via pinterest

That’s one of my favorite songs ever.

Or this “can’t wait to be your wife” card. So. cute.

cant wait to be your wife | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

storey shop

Quit worrying so much.

There’s so much pressure on one day — and there’s bound to be a few unexpected twists along the way. I heard a quote that worrying is like standing outside with an umbrella waiting for it to rain. Believe it will be everything you’ve dreamed and it will be!

Register and have fun doing it.

Registering for your wedding is one of the most exciting things ever. It’s also a fun way to bond with your spouse-to-be and learn even more about their hobbies, style, and favorite things. Pair it with a dinner out and make a date of it. Oh, and when it starts to get tiring, QUIT. Start again another day.

Snap plenty of photos of everyone at your wedding.

I love this photo of all of your guests! Add it to your list.

a picture of everyone at your wedding | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

photo: tessa barton

Try on tons of wedding gowns.

But do it for fun. You’ll eventually find it, but until you do… there’s no other time in life to try on beautiful, intricately made gowns with the possibility of ordering one to be custom made for you. And that’s pretty amazing in itself.

flowy wedding dress | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

leanimal

Use the newlywed title to your advantage.

On your honeymoon, don’t be afraid to tell people you’re celebating. When A and I went on ours, we got an upgrade for our rental car (oh, hey, red convertible!) and a free dinner and other fun festive things.

wifey tee | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

deighan design

It’s not about getting stuff, either: it’s about the fun that comes with being the newlyweds! Finally. So don’t be afraid to tell people. People can be so awesome: we had complete strangers offering to snap photos of us (it’s important to get some of just the two of you, instead of awful selfies that are too close up or cut off your faces), along with sharing sweet words of advice. I swear, complete strangers + kindness = the best.

just married sign | How to Be a Happy Bride from A to Z via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/happy-bride-a-to-z/

lily and val

Veer away from too many DIY projects.

DIY projects are fun (or they can be), but too many of them and not much time to complete them all? That’s just a headache. Pick a few that you want to do and start on them well in advance, if DIY is your thing. If not, delegate the tasks to someone else — then you’ll have even less on your plate to worry about.

Wear a new perfume.

When you wear a new perfume for the wedding, the scent will forever remind you of your big day. Do this — it’s such a great idea.

(e)Xercise.

Hey, those endorphins get kicking and happiness takes over. Exercise is my go-to for instant happy.

Yes to Pampering.

Pamper yourself. Get a massage. Spoil yourself on the morning of the wedding with the works: full hair, makeup, nails, toenails. Buy a gorgeous pair of heels.

Zen = Gratefulness.

You’ll find your zen in gratefulness. After all, they say grateful people are the happiest people; that means grateful brides are the happiest brides.

What would you add to the list? Are you a stressed out bride, or a happy bride? How can we help?

xo
-E.