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“Do You Really Need a Guest Book?” – Ask Emmaline

do you really need a guest book

It’s time for a new Ask Emmaline question! Bride-to-be, Stacy, asks us:

Dear Emmaline, I have been seeing many guest books and I am wondering, do we really need a guest book?

Stacy

Great question, Stacy! When you’re planning a wedding, there are many details which you may be thinking of skipping to save some money. But should you skip the guest book? We’ll tell you…

50+ Best Wedding Invitations – 2016

nature inspired wedding invitations

by tying the knots

Hi, loves! Emma here. Wedding invitations are one of *the* toughest decisions to make for your wedding. After all, you only get to pick one and it needs to convey the theme and tone of your wedding — all in one printed card. And you want *yours* to stand out from all others. So, where the heck are you supposed to start looking? That’s where we come in! Whether you were supposed to order your invitations a week ago (oops) or you’re just getting your feet wet with wedding theme ideas and colors, you’ll find it all right here. We’ve rounded up the best wedding invitations to inspire your big day including modern, vintage, beach, barn, woodland, and more. There are even more trends and colors, but this list is designed for unique wedding themes. To be honest, this list was supposed to stop at fifty, but I couldn’t help myself, hence the fifty-“plus”. Just wait until you see them all…

When to Take Off Heels at Wedding? – Ask Emmaline

bride with blue flats

by walkin on air

It’s Saturday and we know you’re probably knee-deep in wedding planning (or at least you want to cross something off of your list). Earlier this week, we tackled the question of when to take off your veil at your wedding. After the post, we invited you to submit an Ask Emmaline question and Julie sent us this one! She asks,

Hi Emmaline! I picked out a pair of heels to wear for the ceremony, but I usually don’t like wearing heels for a long period of time. I’m worried my feet will hurt. How soon can I take them off at the reception? Or am I supposed to wear them all night?

Julie

Hey, Julie! You’re not alone– I’d venture to guess that most brides (and guests!) feel the same as you do. They want to look elegant in heels for the ceremony while being able to show off their dance moves and mingle without aching feet. What’s a bride to do? We’ll tell you…

“When to Take Off Veil at Wedding?” – Ask Emmaline

bride wearing birdcage veil

by shelby ashley bridal fashions, photo: stacy vitallo

It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Today we’re tackling an Ask Emmaline question submitted by bride-to-be Caroline. She asks…

Hi Emmaline, I’ve picked a long veil for my wedding. Do I wear it for the entire wedding, or just the ceremony? When do I take it off?

Caroline

Great question, Caroline! Everybody knows the veil is an important part of the bride’s ensemble, but no one ever tells you when to put it on or when to take it off. We’re here to help!

3 Easy Ways to Choose Your Save the Date
(+ Giveaway!)

save the date calendar style

by paper street press

Are you engaged and ready to share the news, but you’re not sure how to choose your save the date? We’re here to help! While save the dates are not required, we definitely recommend sending them. A save the date — sent four to six months before your wedding — does the following: it serves as an official announcement, shares your excitement, and gives your guests advance notice to make travel arrangements, if necessary. It also lets guests know they’re on the list so they can save the date on their calendar. (Note: If your wedding is out-of-state or on a holiday weekend, a save the date is a must.) Today we’re showing you just how easy it is to pick save the date cards with some new designs by Paper Street Press. We’re also offering a giveaway with Paper Street Press that will make sending your save the date cards, invitations, and more SO MUCH EASIER. See? Mondays aren’t so bad. :) Read on to find out more!

25 Best Outdoorsy Groom / Groomsmen Ideas

groomsmen-beards-high-fivin

photo: tim coulson

Emma here! Tell me if this sounds familiar. Your fiancé loves fishing. He hunts (or he goes to a cabin and drinks with his buddies, ha). His ideal day might include hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, hunting, or camping — pretty much anything related to being out in the woods, on a river, in a rustic cabin, or on a mountain. He can easily build an awesome fire like it’s no big deal, has a natural affinity of woodworking, and mowing the lawn or general outdoor yard work doesn’t bother him in the least (because at least he gets to be outside). He might have a boat, on which he takes fishing trips on the weekend or for a Saturday afternoon and gives it a clever name; he also brings back some seriously awesome catches because it comes naturally to him. He might have a beard — or, he doesn’t, but he rocks some pretty awesome stubble on the weekend. And he probably owns at least one flannel shirt and a favorite pair of very worn-in jeans.

If any of these sound familiar, you are about to marry a true outdoorsman, a guy who loves to be surrounded by nature, go on adventures, and explore the great outdoors. And you’re lucky because if you’re not outdoorsy yet, you will be soon enough — or you’ll at least discover an appreciation for new hobbies you can do together (i.e. kayaking, hiking in the woods, or rustic camping, all of which I’ve acquired as wife to Andrew). You’ll also notice that with your outdoorsy groom, he has probably picked a crew of outdoorsy groomsmen who happen to hone the same hobbies as he. Today We’re tackling some of our favorite attire ideas, beard tamers, outdoor groomsmen gifts, reception ideas, and more, all for that adventure-seeking dude you love oh-so-much (and his pals). In this post, we’ll show you how to apply some of the best outdoors-themed wedding ideas for your big day to surprise him. Enjoy!

21 Beautiful Vintage Wedding Ideas on Etsy

vintage thank you notes

by paper street press | see it in the list below!

Are you a vintage-loving bride? Adore classic, timeless pieces and 1920’s inspired decor? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve been eyeing all kinds of vintage finds lately on Etsy and wanted to gather them all together in an inspiration board to get you started. Whether you’re planning on a full-scale vintage day or you want a few pieces here and there, I’m certain you’ll find something here to love. Just wait until you see all twenty-one of them…

Giveaway: Win a Custom Address Stamp!

custom address stamp - image 1

by ink me this

Hi, loves! Emma here. When January rolls around each year, I get organized. New pens. A new planner (thanks, Mom!). A new set of post-it notes and pretty desk accessories to keep it all organized. I read new books (like my latest fave). I also grab some stationery and pull out my address book, hidden under the pile of Christmas cards I’m still putting away with all the other trimmings (you, too? I’m so behind!). January is a great time to get organized whether at home, in your office, or in preparation for planning your wedding. When you’re planning, staying organized is essential because it will be less stressful when you can find everything in one place (you know — a phone number on a vendor’s business card, a swatch of fabric for the bridesmaid dresses, and that awesome cake design you ripped out of your latest copy of MSW). Why not also keep your stationery organized, too?

To help, we’ve teamed up with Ink Me This, designer of one-of-a-kind address stamps, to give one away to a lucky reader! Find out how you could win a custom address stamp to use on your wedding stationery (and save time sending those save the dates, invitations, and more)…

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