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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.

Why You Should Never Use Scented Candles at Wedding Receptions |

“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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P.S. Brides, share this with your Maid of Honor and bridesmaids on Facebook! Click here to share.

“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
photo: skye blu photography via style me pretty

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!

return address invitations

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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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When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings?

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings? We will tell you! → | design: basic invite

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Writing thank you cards for every wedding event, shower, party, and your reception is a must. But when should thank you cards be ordered? Should you cross thank you’s off the list now, or wait until a specific event or after your honeymoon? We’ll tell you! Plus, we’re showing you three different types of cards to consider AND sharing a really awesome custom-design tool we spotted over at Basic Invite. It’s all inside…