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The Only Registry Tool You’ll Need for Weddings (+ Win It!)

Are you ready to get organized (and stay organized) with your wedding registry, a custom wedding website, and guest list manager tool all-in-one? If these tools were available when I planned my wedding, I would have jumped on board immediately. Instead of having your registry information in one place, a wedding website in another, and a guest list manager on multiple files, Zankyou combines it all into one modern and easy-to-use place. See how Zankyou’s helpful wedding registry and guest list tools will provide an organized wedding planning experience for you and your guests. Plus, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a premium pack to get you started for FREE!

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Is the Cost of Open Bar at Weddings *Really* Worth It?

Hello, loves! Today we’re tackling the hot topic of whether the cost of an open bar at weddings is worth it. Yesterday we received an email from soon-to-be weds, Ben and Sophie, who are getting married in May. They recently picked their wedding venue and now they’re tackling the high cost of an open bar. They ask,

Hey, Emmaline! We’re torn on this one: should we have an open bar at our wedding? Or do you think guests are OK with cash bar instead? It’s more of a cost issue than anything and we can’t decide if we should cut our bar budget. What do you think?Ben & Sophie

Open Bar Set Up for Wedding | photo: gina and ryan |

photo: gina and ryan via style me pretty

Let’s dive into this one, shall we?

25 Watercolor Ideas That Will Look Beautiful at Weddings

Hi, lovelies! Are you planning a spring or summer wedding? One of the prettiest ways to infuse your decor with color is with watercolor, one of my favorite art mediums. While I was browsing The Marketplace over the weekend, I was drawn into the beautiful watercolor wedding ideas I found. Not only did it inspire me to paint, but it also inspired me to research even more watercolor wedding ideas. To share what I’ve found, I’m sharing twenty-five of my favorites with you today! What do you think of watercolor? Will you be using watercolor in your wedding decor? It is hard to pick a favorite, but I’m quite smitten with It’s hard to pick, but I have to say that #8 has especially stolen my little handmade heart. Tell me what you think!

Watercolor Ideas for Weddings

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“Kitchen Wedding Shower Favors?” – Ask Emmaline

Hi, lovelies! Happy Thursday! Are you ready for a new Ask Emmaline question? We are, too! This question was sent to us from mother-of-the-bride, Sheila, who asks:

I’m planning my daughter’s bridal shower and it has a kitchen theme. I am not sure what to give as favors to guests. Do you have any ideas?Sheila

Great question, Sheila! A kitchen shower is one of my favorite bridal shower themes because it can include gifts related to the kitchen, cooking, and guests can bring in their favorite recipes to share. There are plenty of amazing bridal shower favors that come to mind, especially for a kitchen themed shower. Here is a list of ideas to inspire you!

Kitchen Shower Favors

1. Wooden Spoons

These wooden spoons over at Melinda Wedding Design are a wonderful favor idea! Who can’t use another wooden spoon in the kitchen, not to mention one that’s so incredible cute?

engraved wooden spoon by MelindaWeddingDesign

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“Scented Candles at Wedding Receptions?” — Ask Emmaline

The latest Ask Emmaline question comes from bride-to-be, Christina, who asks…

“I want to use scented candles at my reception tables but I can’t decide what scent to use. I asked my friend about her favorite scent and she advised against scented candles completely. What do you think of scented candles at wedding receptions?”Christina

Your friend is right — you should never use scented candles at wedding receptions. And I know it’s tempting, since those fall and winter candles are especially delicious smelling (I think I burn this one from September through November every year, pretty much every day!) Here’s why using scented candles at wedding receptions is a classically bad idea.

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“Am I Ordering Invitations Too Late?” – Ask Emmaline

Happy Monday, lovelies! We’re kicking off the week with an Ask Emmaline question. When is too late to order your wedding invitations? Sasha wrote to us on Friday afternoon a little nervous about her looming wedding date and her lack of wedding invites at the ready. She wonders whether she is ordering invitations too late. She writes,

“Emmaline, I’m freaking out. My wedding date is November 21st and I have not ordered my wedding invitations yet. I was talking to my best friend who got married last year and she told me I need to hurry because most invitation designers are all booked up way in advance. She also said I’m way behind. Am I ordering my invitations too late?”Sasha

When to Order Wedding Invitations - Ask Emmaline | photo: Eric Boneske

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18 Fun (& Easy!) Hot Pink and Black Bachelorette Party Ideas

Are you wondering how to plan an amazing bachelorette party but you have no idea where to start? Let us help! Today we’re sharing some amazing ideas for a hot pink and black bachelorette party the bride will absolutely love. There are just a few quick pointers to get you started and then it’s on to the inspiration! Ready to begin? Let’s go!

last fling before the ring bachelorette party prop by Liddabits | fun bachelorette party ideas |

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“Cake Topper with Dog — Or, Am I Being Weird?” – Ask Emmaline

When we received the latest Ask Emmaline question from Breanna, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. She writes,

My fiance and I have a dog named Sadie who has been a big part of our history. We adopted her just a few months after we began dating and it has been now five plus years together. Sadie lives with us both and we all hike, go for walks, etc. together and consider her a part of the family. We don’t have any kids yet so we pretty much treat Sadie like our “kid”. I was telling a bridesmaid about how we plan to have Sadie at the wedding as the “ring bearer” and I even want to include her as part of our wedding cake topper. My bridesmaid thought I was absolutely nuts. Am I being weird? Or is having a cake topper with us and our dog something I should reconsider? Thanks in advance for your help!”Breanna

P.S. This is the cutest ↓

dog sitting while bride and groom get married
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Which Return Address to Use on Wedding Invitations?

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday! Did you enter this week’s wedding giveaways yet? You should. They’re FREE and pretty amazing. Click here!

Which return address should you use on your invitations and reply cards? That’s what bride-to-be, Kyra, wanted to know in our most recent Ask Emmaline question! She writes,

Dear Emmaline, I am ordering invitations right now but I have a question. What return address am I supposed to use? My parents? Mine? Help!Kyra

We’re here to help! Read on for the answer!

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3 Reasons Why Every Couple Should Have a Wedding Website
(Plus, a $500 Giveaway!)

Do you have a wedding website for your big day yet? If not, you should! Today we’re telling you three reasons why a wedding website is something every couple should have. We’ll also share some of our favorite wedding website designs and let you in on how to get a FREE wedding website from Minted for a limited time. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Minted to give away a huge $500 gift card to one lucky reader as a special giveaway! Read on for more…

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