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How to Plan an Engagement Party

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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!

How to Plan an Engagement Party via EmmalineBride.com

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How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding

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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 EmmalineBride.com)

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Hanging Spheres: The Hottest New Decor Trend

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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

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4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Palooza! – Day 1

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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.

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Rustic Wedding Ceremony

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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. ♥

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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.


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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.

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Handmade Accessories: Pretty Pinnings, Peonies & Poms!

We are in love with this new line of handmade accessories by Postcard Vintage called “Peony + Me”. Simply adorable!  EB TIP:  Use as a decorative seating pin for a bridal shower. It will add a burst of color and make for a lovely take-home favor, not to mention a fun conversation piece. LOVE. ♥

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