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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! → http://emmalinebride.com/planning/order-cards-weddings/ | design: basic invite

via basic invite

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…

How to Plan a Rustic Glam Bridal Shower (PHOTOS)

If you love a rustic glam bridal shower or wedding theme, you will love what we have for you today! We’re pleased to introduce you to Lindsay Feist of Adore Amor Event Planning and Michelle and Amy of Little Blue Bird Photography. They recently teamed up to plan the most beautiful rustic glam bridal shower we’ve seen yet! Lindsay is here with us today to share an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into creating a rustic bridal shower with glam DIY touches and handmade finds. Take it away, Lindsay!

To Love Laughter and Happily Ever After Sign | Rustic Glam Bridal Shower | styled: adore amor event planning, photo: little blue bird photography | http://emmalinebride.com/shower/rustic-glam-bridal-shower/

Rustic Glam: A Florida Backyard Bridal Shower

By Lindsay Fiest of Adore Amor Event Planning

I have hosted numerous showers in my home and simply love the intimacy and privacy an at home shower provides. There is just something special about opening your home to your closest friends and celebrating such a sentimental milestone in such a relaxed atmosphere. I am here to show you today that you can combine a DIY at home shower with a few high end details to really pull off a sophisticated look just about anywhere at anytime!

Rustic Glam Bridal Shower | styled: adore amor event planning, photo: little blue bird photography | http://emmalinebride.com/shower/rustic-glam-bridal-shower/

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date (Giveaway!)

Should you send a save the date? Wondering what is a save the date and when it should be sent? A save the date is generally a card sent in the mail to guests six to eight months before the ceremony. It tells guests when and where the wedding will take place.

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

A save the date is less formal than an invitation and does not need to coordinate directly with your theme (since you probably haven’t ironed out those details this far in advance quite yet). Now, should you send them or do you even need to? You might — here are three reasons when a save the date card is an absolute must. Plus, read on to see some handpicked save-the-date cards from Fifth Vintage and enter for a chance to win 100 save the dates for your big day!

When to Send a Save the Date

You should absolutely send a save the date if any of the following apply:

1. If you are planning a destination wedding

2. If your wedding is held on a holiday weekend or during a busy time of year

3. If guests will be traveling many miles to join in festivities

If your wedding applies to any of these, sending save the dates will ensure more guests have the ability to attend. Since the goal is to have as many friends and family present on your big day, sending a save the date increases the chance they’ll be able to attend. This will give guests time to make travel arrangements, save some extra cash, and plan accordingly.

Don’t Forget — You should only send save the date cards to people who will definitely be invited to your wedding. Once you send it, there’s really no going back.

Save the Date Cards

Here are some examples of save the date cards we spotted over at Fifth Vintage. These save the dates are unique because they utilize your engagement photos (or favorite photo) and gives it a vintage-inspired look. Plus, they’re in postcard form — and you already know how we feel about that!

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

I especially love this calendar style save the date:

cute calendar via 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

And these cute polaroid style save the date magnets:

polaroid style save the date magnets - 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

by fifth vintage

Save the Date Giveaway

Ready to enter for a chance to win save the date cards of your own? The lovely Fifth Vintage is graciously offering 100 save the date cards to one lucky reader in the style shown below:

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/reasons-save-date/

o Giveaway dates: 7/17/15-7/24/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a set of 100 save the date cards by Fifth Vintage
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $126 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Paper Flowers for DIY Projects — Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time! We’ve teamed up with Kara’s Vineyard Wedding to give one hundred paper flowers for DIY projects to one lucky bride-to-be! These paper flowers can be used to adorn place cards, favors, decor, and more. With over 20 colors available, there is bound to be a shade that matches your decor perfectly.

Paper Flowers for DIY Projects

pink paper flowers ombre | Paper Flowers for DIY Projects http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/paper-flowers-for-diy-projects/

by kara’s vineyard wedding

by kara’s vineyard wedding

lavender paper flowers | Paper Flowers for DIY Projects http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/paper-flowers-for-diy-projects/

by kara’s vineyard wedding

by kara’s vineyard wedding

You can use these paper flowers in your DIY decor, too! Here’s an ampersand for inspiration:

ampersand made with paper flowers | Paper Flowers for DIY Projects http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/paper-flowers-for-diy-projects/

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Giveaway: Win Paper Flowers for DIY Projects

o Giveaway dates: 7/1/15-7/8/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 100 Paper Flowers for DIY Projects by Kara’s Vineyard Wedding | One lucky winner will receive a set of 100 gorgeous paper flowers, perfect for all of your DIY wedding projects! Measure 1.5″. Available in 20+ colors.
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included in the U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $60 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

20 Questions You *Need* to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Ready to book your wedding reception venue? WAIT! — don’t do anything until you ask these important questions. They’ll save you a headache later on and guarantee that you and your venue are on the same page. After all, don’t you want to spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the fun, like this cute couple?

bride and groom smiling

photo: william kim photography | see the real wedding

We thought so! Read on to begin…

Questions to Ask Wedding Venue

1. Is our wedding date available?

The most popular of the questions to ask your wedding venue? Your date! Find out if your date is available and, if so, how to book it to ensure your date is saved.

2. How many other weddings are booked on the same day?

It’s helpful to know how many other weddings are happening at the same time as yours. It’s fine if there are additional weddings the same day, as long as ample staff can handle the size of your event.

3. How much is the deposit?

Be very clear about how much you owe to reserve the date, when it is due, and how you can make a payment.

4. How many deposits are required?

If more than one deposit is required, find out when they are due and which method payment can be made.

5. Do we owe for “extra” costs?

These extra costs are sometimes in fine print and can include a cleaning fee, overtime charge, or gratuity. Make sure you get all the costs before signing anything.

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance

Have you given any thought to what you will pick as your wedding song yet?  Your wedding song is traditionally the song played during your first dance.  Although picking a wedding song sounds easy enough, it can be a daunting task.  You only get to pick one, so you ought to make it a good one! And we’re here to help. In this post, we’re sharing seven wedding song tips so your first dance goes off without a hitch. Read on to get started…

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance | photo: peterson design & photography | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-song-tips
photo: peterson design & photography | see the real wedding

Wedding Song Tips

1. Choose a song that is meaningful.

The song you choose will forever be your song.  Don’t pick one that’s popular at the moment, just for popularity’s sake. Dig a little! Look for one that represents you as a couple or one that draws upon your unique story… maybe even the first song you danced to together or heard on a first date. (I mean, I wouldn’t pick Escape by Enrique, that’s just me. Ha.)

2. Choose a song that isn’t too long.

When Andrew and I got married, our original song choice was six minutes long. Six whole minutes! We were sort of kidding when we brought it up to our DJ, but thankfully he coaxed us in a different direction.

Two to four minutes is a pretty good rule of thumb.  Any longer and guests are going to get bored. You will also start to feel like you have been dancing FOREVER. Our song was 2:30.  It was perfect: just long enough for a nice slow dance and a few twirls, for good measure. ;)

3.  Make sure you can dance to it.

A slow song is good, but it should have a little tempo to it. You want to be moving on the floor instead of an awkward sway, like you did during your sixth-grade dance in the gym.

4. Practice.

Listen to it at home and dance in your living room. See if it works for you.  Practice will make you feel less awkward on the dance floor, too.

7 Wedding Song Tips for a Perfect First Dance | photo: photos by kristopher | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-song-tips

photo: photos by kristopher | see the real wedding

5. Listen to the lyrics… very, very closely.

I can’t tell you how many couples chose a song that is seemingly perfect, only to hear the lyrics closer and realize it is really not appropriate for a wedding song.  Consider what the song says and what it really means before selecting it. You MUST read this hilarious article about 17 songs that aren’t as romantic as you think. It is SPOT ON.

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.

When 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.