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How to Plan an Engagement Party

Engaged and wondering what’s next? Plan an engagement party! If you’re planning an engagement party for yourself, a friend, or family member, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll answer your top engagement party planning questions, inspire you with engagement party ideas, and show you one of the greatest engagement party surprises we’ve ever seen. Let’s get started!

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-coral party dress (cute, right? i want.) by cowgirl heaven
-engagement invitations by umama
-coral chevron straws by dress my cupcake
-kraft heart garland by red elephant creative
-diamond engagement ring by barbara michelle jacobs
-coral paper lantern by koyal wholesale
-white paper lantern by weddingstar
-paper mache letters by darice

How to Plan an Engagement Party

An engagement party is not required, but it is a great way to share your excitement with friends and family. It’s also a perfect way for families to mingle. An engagement party is also a fantastic time to announce your wedding party as the official start of the wedding festivities begin.

Who Hosts an Engagement Party?

Traditionally an engagement party is hosted by family or friends, but you can absolutely throw your own!

Who is Invited to an Engagement Party?

An engagement party can be small or large. The only rule is to only invite guests who will also be invited to the wedding. Small intimate dinners, large backyard BBQs, or chic rooftop parties are some of our favorite engagement party ideas.

How to Plan an Engagement Party - Rooftop! Love this.  Photo by Abby Jiu

photo by abby jiu via bridal guide

Should Formal Invitations Be Sent?

Formal invitations are optional, especially if the engagement party is more casual. For a fancier fête, invites can be sent via mail (sent 3-4 weeks in advance).

What Does an Engagement Party Entail?

An engagement party is a gathering of friends and family to celebrate your engagement. Guests will chat, mingle, and of course, swoon over your gorgeous ring. ;) Typically, an engagement party includes dinner, which can be a formal sit-down or a casual BBQ. In lieu of dinner, cocktails and appetizers can be served.

How to Plan an Engagement Party via - BBQ Engagement!  Great idea for an intimate engagement party.  Via Happiness Is.

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The theme of your engagement party should not be the same theme of your wedding, nor should it upstate your wedding. As a rule of thumb, you may want to do the opposite of the wedding. If the wedding is formal, go with a more casual engagement party.


An engagement party typically includes a toast (or two) from guests. As a rule of thumb, the father of the bride is first to give a toast.


A game is a fun way to break the ice! One example is a bride and groom trivia game by Harmony Creative Studio.


by harmony creative studio

When you plan an engagement party, it’s helpful to pick a color palette. Black and red is one such palette, as shown below…

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-wine bottle labels by nancy nikko design
-red poms by dress my cupcake
-black poms by dress my cupcake
-engagement invitation by janette chiu design
-love burlap banner by mirtillo shop
-he popped the question favors by posh box couture
-ring sugar cookies by bites baked goods
-red heart party picks by gnomes whimsy
-mustache and lips props by the party penguin
-diamond engagement ring by barbara michelle jacobs
-red candy kit by big dot of happiness
-wooden heart by uncle john’s cabin
-sparklers by vip sparklers

Don’t forget the sparklers!

How to Plan an Engagement Party - don't forget the sparklers! Photo by Abby Jiu.

photo by abby jiu via bridal guide

The Surprise Engagement Party

I read this story and it gave me goosebumps! Ryan surprised Molly with a proposal – caught on camera! – followed by a surprise engagement party immediately following. She had no idea! How sweet.

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photos by photographs by sabrina via how he asked

What’s Most Important about an Engagement Party?

The most important part of an engagement party is to RELAX, enjoy, and embrace the moment! The wedding planning process will go by quickly, so be sure to stop and enjoy it while it’s happening.

Happy Planning!


Now it’s your turn! Will you plan an engagement party for yourself or a friend? Do you want an engagement party? Why or why not?

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding

Hello, loves! Today we’re sharing some delightfully rustic inspiration in the form of a rustic fairytale wedding theme. But first… I recently went camping and my almost seven-year-old niece taught me a thing or two about fairies. At the campfire, she looked into the woods and pointed at brief sparks of light. These sparks – lightning bugs, naturally – are not lightning bugs. They’re fairies. Acorns? Fairy hats. Holes in the tree? Fairy houses. Moss? Moss is just moss. (I thought – pixie dust! – but she informed me, “No, Aunt Emma, that’s just moss.” Bless her heart.) I wanted to share that story to remind you that a wedding theme can be ANYTHING you dream it to be. A fairytale wedding doesn’t have to be all Cinderella carriages, castles, and crowns. If you’re an eco-bride, would prefer a position as princess of the woods vs. the ballroom, and you need some serious inspiration for a unique wedding theme, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re sharing an exclusive Enchanted rustic fairytale wedding shoot by a stellar team of wedding pros with photography by Jessy Carté. So, without further adieu… let’s get started!

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via

Rustic Fairytale Wedding


A few perfect venue locations for a rustic fairytale wedding are the woods, a garden, or a farm. This Enchanted wedding shoot took place at L&L Farms in Somerset, Kentucky, a truly perfect choice. The photographer – Jessy Carté – told us, “It was a very whimsical and earthy shoot for the organic, eco-loving bride. If I could redo my wedding, I would definitely do a more extended version of this styled shoot.”

Handmade Decor


For this theme, you’ll want to tie in your wedding palette (this shoot opted for soft, feminine shades mixed with natural greenery) with the decor. A cheery, colorful handmade wedding garland (by Jacklyn Peck) provided a backdrop, ideal for a cake table or dessert bar. They used natural twine which tied into the rustic theme beautifully.

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The bride’s bouquet is one of my favorite touches. The florist, Elegant Designs by Robert (based in London, KY) created whimsical arrangements to tie into this theme. The bouquet was wrapped in twine for natural appeal.

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Place Settings

The place settings featured kraft place cards by Forget Me Knot Paperie offered a floral – but non-frilly – design, which was perfect. To still embody a ‘wedding’ feel, white dishes and gold silverware. A vintage touch of old newspaper-wrapped-books (by The Binding Bee) made a perfect addition to the centerpiece decor.

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Mason jars with twine used as bows became instant vases with whimsical floral arrangements.

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And, a little more floral-spiration:

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Ring Bearer + Flower Girl

The ring bearer – Jessy’s son, Channing – and the flower girl – Jessy’s niece, Kara – played a role in this shoot, too, offering inspiration for attire and overall adorableness, naturally. Channing’s bow and tie were provided by Dapper Gent.

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The Bride

The bride – model, Tammy Branham – wore a beautiful handmade dress made by Jessy Carte herself. (I know, amazing, right?) The tulle? Perfection. The hair accessories and sash were handmade by January Starr of January Rose Bridal (we ♥ January!)

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The Cake

In true rustic fashion, a simple – yet elegant – white cake (with flowers!) was set atop a rustic wood slab as a makeshift cake stand. The cake was beautifully designed by Cindy Matlock of Cakes by C.

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We also spied some gorgeous cupcakes with fabulous butterfly toppers.

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One of my favorite favor ideas was used in this shoot: plantable butterflies. Guests plant the seeded paper into the ground and wildflowers will bloom. Finally – a wedding favor guests will actually use! By Pulp Art.

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Additional Details

The poms (by Jacklyn Peck), ‘enchanted’ hanger (by Vintage Lizy), guest book (by The Binding Bee), menu (by Forget Me Knot Paperie), and pink balloons added whimsy to this wedding shoot.

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Great job to everyone who contributed to make this one gorgeous wedding shoot! You did a beautiful job.

Happy Planning!


Would you plan a rustic fairytale wedding? Have any ideas to add?

Hanging Spheres: The Hottest New Decor Trend

Move over, poms – there’s a hot new decor trend in town! I’ve seen hanging spheres before (also called hanging string balls, but ‘spheres’ has a nice ring to it, no?) but I’ve never seen anything quite like these from The Find Sac. A & I have been discussing how we plan to update our backyard this summer. We recently hung these, I excitedly put our patio set and hot red umbrella out for the season, and I jokingly asked him 99 questions about pergolas yesterday. (I secretly just want something chic onto which I can display lanterns, poms, hanging spheres, and these for entertaining.) Anyways, all this outdoor planning has got me thinking about new trends for outdoor weddings. Paper poms and paper lanterns have been popular for years and have undoubtedly opened the door for fresh ideas yet to come to fruition. I’ll never tire of the aforementioned party decor, but I’m ready for something new. You, too? Read on for four reasons why they’re the hottest new thing in town for weddings, showers, and outdoor entertaining this summer…

hanging spheres (by the find sac, photo by ee photography) via Emmaline Bride

spheres by the find sac, photo by ee photography

Hanging Spheres

Hanging spheres are balls of string which are formed into shape by – you guessed it! – balloons. The balloons are removed after the spheres are formed and the result is a see-through sphere. Our friend + Featured Artisan, Kathleen of The Find Sac, has perfected the art of hanging spheres and she offers them in three sizes: small (2 oz), medium (4 oz), and large (8 oz). These spheres can be used as centerpieces (placed in baskets or vases), or suspended from tree branches for an outdoor soiree. Hanging spheres are typically made in the color white, but they’re also available in other colors, too.

hanging spheres (by the find sac, photo by ee photography) via Emmaline Bride

spheres by the find sac, photo by ee photography

hanging spheres (by the find sac via emmaline bride)

spheres by the find sac

Ready to deck out your entertaining space? Need chic decor that will definitely get noticed? Grab a set of hanging spheres while they last! (P.S. I just noticed they’re on sale right now, too! Score!)

The Find Sac is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace. Find out more about her work here.


What’s your favorite outdoor decor trend? Do you love poms? Lanterns? Spheres? Tell us below!

4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Palooza! – Day 1

Hello, loves! Merry Christmas Eve! Yesterday, all I could think about was how it was already Christmas Eve Eve (or, as my sister likes to call it, “the day before the day before Christmas” which has a nice ring to it). The holidays sure do sneak up quickly! Every Monday at Emmaline Bride, we kick off a brand new handmade giveaway; we thought today was an awesome opportunity to showcase the last official giveaway of 2012 and launch our 4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Palooza! This giveaway series is unique: each day, visit Emmaline Bride to view the day’s new prizes (by a few lovely Featured Artisans from The Marketplace) and enter for your chance to win. Each day is a new chance to win… and this year, the prizes are BIGGER + better than ever! So… grab a huge cup of morning coffee, snuggle into some slippers, and read on for YOUR chance to win handmade goodies for yourself or a friend! Enjoy!

NOTE: This giveaway is closed (ended 11:59pm EST Dec. 24th). The winners are Stacey G, Kelly Anne, and Monica! Please check your inbox on how to claim your prize.

emmaline bride 4th annual holiday giveaway

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Today’s Prizes: 3 Total – December 24th

1. Personalized Spa Robe

by Embroidery by Melissa | “LIKE” on Facebook!

embroidery by melissa

Win one (1) personalized spa robe with embroidery of your choice. PLUS, free shipping to the U.S.

2. Bow Tie

by This Humble Abode | “LIKE” on Facebook!

bow tie this humble abode

Adjustable and self-tying bow tie. Features Liberty of London floral fabric in “Garden Blush”. Valued at $80.

3. Poms + Paper Wheels

by Simply Nesting | “LIKE” on Facebook!

simply nesting

This kit includes 5 poms (2 small 10 inch; 2 medium 15 inch; 1 large 18 inch) + 5 paper wheels (4 small 10 inch; 1 menium 15 inch) + 10 yards of clear monofilament + fluffing instructions. Winner selects their own colors from color chart; sponsor pays FREE shipping in US (international ship not included).

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How to Enter

Each day (except Christmas Day), visit for a new chance to win! Brand new prizes are announced each morning from December 24th through December 28th. You must enter by 11:59pm EST each day for a chance to win.

To enter, do ANY or ALL of the following…

– visit each artisan’s shop and comment on which items are your favorite
(visit each shop and leave a separate comment for each to increase your chances!)
– share the giveaway link on Facebook*
– sharing the giveaway link on Twitter*
– pinning the giveaway on Pinterest*
– “liking” the artisan’s shop on Facebook*
(“like” each shop and leave a separate comment below to increase your chances!)


We will randomly select three (3) winners, each of whom will select one (1) of the prizes above. First winner will select which of the three prizes he/she would like first; followed by second winner; and, lastly, third. Shipping is included to US entrants FREE by the sponsor. International winners must cover shipping costs. Winner will be contacted by email on or about December 28th, 2012. Winners’ first names will be posted here as an official announcement on December 31st.

Good Luck!


Questions? E-mail us + we’ll be glad to help!

Rustic Wedding Ceremony

Holy wow – this is one amazing rustic wedding ceremony site! Have you ever seen anything like it? There’s so much going on in this image – the hanging poms (how did they… ?), the wooden benches, the rose petals, the burlap aisle runner, the hanging garland, the altar, the TREES, and my goodness – the lighting. This is the stuff wedding dreams are made of, people… wedding dreams. ♥

rustic wedding ceremony

rustic wedding ceremony / spotted at pinterest via simply by tamara nicole

P.S. Don’t miss the HUGE braided hairstyles round-up we posted yesterday. You may just want to try out a few hairstyles yourself. :)


Doily Poms: DIY Kits

If you’re looking for a twist on the tissue pom, these doily poms may be perfect for you. These poms were spotted at My Haley Girl and are available in a multitude of colors. They can even come packaged as cute little DIY kits so you can make ’em yourself at home! Poms of all shapes and sizes add whimsical decor to your photo booth, cake buffet tables, and ceremony/reception sites.

Happy Planning!


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Crepe Paper Carnations

Carnations have been given a bad name as a cheap filler flower. Carnations are usually the flower used in school graduations and proms since they can be purchased at a bulk rate. They are available in any color under the rainbow and are famous for their very inexpensive price tag. This doesn’t make them a bad flower – in fact, they are perfect for making pomanders or bunching together as decor. However, in individual form I think they leave much to be desired. In our peony post earlier, we tackled the difficult task of finding a realistic handmade alternative to the stunning peony, while imitating its natural loveliness and hot pink hue (mission accomplished). In this post the tables have turned: we spotted the most gorgeous crepe paper carnations that give real carnations a run for their money.

handmade carnations

handmade bouquets

handmade wedding decor

LOVELY. Images and carnations via Treasured Editions.

{ photography by suzanna march; last two images by the youngrens and katenkylie }

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