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When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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You always hear about people saying yes to the dress, but what about saying no? It’s tough to say no sometimes, but it’s so essential to one’s happiness. Why say yes to a dress you’re not totally, 100% in love with? After all, you get to pick one dress… so make it a good one. Today we’re sharing three tips on when to say no to the dress, along with an exciting Real Bride update with EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa. Hint: She said yes to her dress– and she’s got some tips to help you do the same! Enjoy!

When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

When to Say No to the Dress

Say NO to the Dress If… it doesn’t make you feel absolutely beautiful.

If the dress doesn’t make you feel totally gorgeous, guess what? It’s NOT the one! Simple as that.

Say NO to the Dress If… it’s only because of a style you always wanted

Don’t fall into the trap of shopping only for the dress style you THINK you want. Be sure to try on styles even if you don’t think they’d look good on you. You might be surprised! Vanessa, one of our EB Real Bride Bloggers, gives this advice to brides after she tried on her dresses. “My advice is to try on as many styles as possible at your first stop. I found that styles I originally loved were not really for me after all, and by your second stop you will have a better idea of what you want!”

Say NO to the Dress If… you have doubts.

If you really like a dress, but you’re not 100% sure it’s The One, sleep on it. Walk away and think it over. If you find yourself dreaming about it days later, go back and try it on again. Then you’ll know for sure.

EB TIP: How do you know when it’s the perfect dress? Well, you won’t want to take it off. :)

Real Bride Update: Vanessa Finds Her Dress!

We’re happy to report that EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa, has found her wedding dress!

UPDATE

Vanessa gives us some tips + an update:

“I found my dress! That was really exciting because I thought that process might be really time-consuming, but the fourth dress I tried on at the second store was The One. Also, don’t forget to look online ahead of time and bookmark photos of the styles you want. My mom printed photos of every dress I wanted to try on and placed them in the order of what I liked best — this saved so much time, since bridal appointments fly by!”

Great tips, Vanessa!

Well, what does it look like?!?

I know, we’re dying to know, too! However, Vanessa is keeping her dress a secret, and we don’t blame her– we wouldn’t want her groom to see it before the wedding! We even know where she bought it, but we think that might give it away so our lips are sealed!

Have you found your dress yet?

Tell us your successes (and failures!) of wedding dress shopping so far. We’d love to hear from you!

xo
-E.

The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options – Ask Emmaline

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Holy smokes, you guys: keep the wedding advice questions coming! We’re loving ‘em! Today we’re sharing a question we received from Leah. She is getting married this spring but has a question on what to do about wedding meal options. Here’s her question:

The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options - Ask Emmaline

Wedding Meal Options

“I’m getting married in May and I’m worried about our reception dinner. Some of our guests have dietary restrictions and we’re having a family style dinner instead of a buffet. Our wedding meal options are chicken, fish, beef, or vegetarian. I don’t want anything to get mixed up with the meals, but I’m not sure how to go about labeling the place settings. Any ideas?”

Great question, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! We were just speaking with Tiffany of TiffZippy and she told us about her meal choice place cards. When you have a meal option place card at each place setting, you’ll eliminate confusion and ensure guests are given the proper meal. Plus, staff are really busy getting all the meals prepared and delivered to guests; an easy-to-see place card really saves them time.

Here are the meal choice place cards we talked about:

Go + Get ‘Em!

You can get these meal choice place cards here. After you receive guest RSVPs back with their wedding meal options, just write out the place cards with the appropriate meal choice. See? It’s easy! And now you have one less thing to worry about!

Happy Planning!


-E.

P.S. Have a question? Submit it to us! We’d love to hear from you + help eliminate any wedding planning stress!

Invitation Tip #101: Song Request on RSVP

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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It’s a brand new year at Emmaline Bride and that means fresh posts + planning tips! We are offering new category-posts Monday through Friday to ensure you have (real, practical) planning tips for any aspect of your wedding, every single week. Mondays are for Invitations and Stationery, so today we’re sharing one of our favorite wedding invitation tips! Read on to find out more and see an illustrated beach wedding invitation from B is for Brown via The Marketplace.

Song Request on RSVP

One of our favorite wedding invitation tips is to include a song request on RSVP cards. When Andrew & I tied the knot, we did not include a song request on the RSVP cards, but that’s because WE DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD! I mean, we had never seen it done before and hadn’t really even considered it, but we thought the invitations had to be oh-so-formal.

Remember: it’s your wedding. There are no rules!

Your big day is all about the two of you, so adding little details like these in unexpected places will really show off your fun, creative side. A song request on RSVP cards will encourage guests to submit a song for your playlist (and you have final say, of course), which then means they’ll be eager to hear the songs you select for the big day. They’re also more likely to dance when their jam comes on, so keep that in mind, too!

We spotted this adorable illustrated wedding invitation from B is for Brown that includes a song request on RSVP:

song request on rsvp - beach wedding invitation

When guests return the RSVP card, they can include a song request on the line provided.

Here’s the full invite:

song request on rsvp - beach wedding invitation

You can find out more about this invitation here.

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xo
-E.

Newly Engaged? 7 Things You Absolutely Need to Do

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Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Are you newly engaged? If so, you won’t want to miss this post! A friend of mine got engaged over the weekend and their engagement story is so cute. Stephanie and Chris have an Advent calendar (like this) where you open a new box every day to reveal a note or small gift. On Day 21, lo and behold there was an engagement ring inside! (How cute is that?) Congrats, you two!

So, since this is the most popular season for engagements, you’ll want to see this list of things to do and pass it along to someone who is newly engaged. It can make a world of a difference when you know where to begin. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Newly Engaged Things to Do

1. Buy a simple notebook.

You never know when inspiration will strike, so be prepared with a simple notebook and a pen. Here’s a small one that’s perfectly portable spotted via Barn Door Events.

simple white wedding pad notebook

2. Pull together a budget.

Unless you’re blessed with a never-ending amount of cash, you’ll need a budget. It will keep you on track and sane when you eye that eight thousand dollar dress and matching two thousand dollar shoes.

3. Pick a date.

When you find the perfect venue for your ceremony and reception, lock down that date and secure it. Having a specific wedding date makes planning so much easier: it will all start to fall into place.

wedding-date-banner

wedding banner love

4. Pick a theme.

Along with a date, picking a wedding theme makes your wedding planning so much easier. Every wedding has a theme; what will yours be?

5. Pick an awesome posse.

Now’s the time to pick your wedding party, and you better make it awesome: pick people who are supportive of your union and most of all won’t add to your stress level.

pick your bridesmaids via 7 newly engaged things to do via emmalinebride.com

photo: bg productions | see the real wedding

6. Subscribe to favorite wedding blogs.

Subscribe to your favorite wedding blogs so you can take them to-go. When you subscribe (via RSS, usually), new posts are emailed to your inbox. This means you’ll save time on clicking around to every wedding website and you’ll get inspiration right at your fingertips. (Subscribe to Emmaline Bride here!)

7. Grab a wedding planning book.

It always helps to have a wedding planning book at your fingertips to flip through while you sip on a hot cup of coffee. Stop by Barnes & Noble and check out their wedding section. There are so many amazing titles!

the inspired wedding book (2)the inspired wedding book

the inspired wedding | photos: carolyn scott

xo
-E.

P.S. Be sure to read this if you’re a bride-to-be!