reception Archive

30 Beautiful Ideas for Winter Weddings

If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Tis the season for sparkly snowflakes, cozy feather accessories, and glitter-dipped candles… all of which you’ll find in today’s feature! We’ve found thirty handpicked (handmade!) ideas for winter weddings you’ll love including bouquet alternatives for the wedding party, sparkly details, a creative guest book with snowflakes, snowflake table numbers, a wintry floral crown for your bridal shoot, a snowflake corsage for your mom, cozy wrap-me-up shawls, coffee cup wraps for your coffee bar, and much more. Grab a cup of festive coffee (it’s not too early for me! bring it on along with the Christmas music, I say) and prepare to be inspired! P.S. Love something you see here? You can find out more in the resources list at the end of this post.

Ideas – Winter Weddings

flower bouquet with rhinestones by BridalBouquetsbyKy | ideas winter weddings |

Sunglasses Favors: Easy (& Affordable!) to Make for Weddings

Are you looking for a favor guests will actually use (and one they don’t always see)? We’ve found just the thing, especially for spring and summer weddings! These fun sunglasses favors — paired with these personalized tags from Tickled Pink Paper & Ink — can be used during your outdoor ceremony so guests aren’t squinting in the sun, worn in your photo booth as props, and worn after the wedding all season long. We’ve tracked down the perfect bulk sunglasses here (even the reviews are awesome). We love the even more because you can pick from hot pink, green, blue, orange, yellow, or classic white or black.

Sunglasses Favors

All you need to do is get a personalized stamp (go here), tags of your choice, twine or string, and sunglasses (you can find them here).

sunglasses favors

by tickled pink paper and ink

Is the Cost of Open Bar at Weddings *Really* Worth It?

Hello, loves! Today we’re tackling the hot topic of whether the cost of an open bar at weddings is worth it. Yesterday we received an email from soon-to-be weds, Ben and Sophie, who are getting married in May. They recently picked their wedding venue and now they’re tackling the high cost of an open bar. They ask,

Hey, Emmaline! We’re torn on this one: should we have an open bar at our wedding? Or do you think guests are OK with cash bar instead? It’s more of a cost issue than anything and we can’t decide if we should cut our bar budget. What do you think?Ben & Sophie

Open Bar Set Up for Wedding | photo: gina and ryan |

photo: gina and ryan via style me pretty

Let’s dive into this one, shall we?

Why Classic Guest Books Are *Always* a Great Choice for Weddings

Hi, lovelies! Emma here and it’s time to get down to business! Wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to cross “guest book” off your seemingly long list of wedding to-do’s. Today, you’re going to pick a guest book. That’s all there is to it! And since we’ve shared so many alternative guest books in the past, there’s really no reason you can’t find one you love in the archives, in The Marketplace, or right here in this carefully curated list. But first, let me get something off my chest. When did a simple guest book become boring? While lovely, not everyone envisions globes or maps or creative wall prints or large monogram letters as guest books. Some of us love a traditional, classic book! A guest book will never let you down; there are no accessories like batteries for a camera or special markers or photo paper required (even though you know I love these). There is just simple paper, a pen, and a line for guests to write their heartfelt wishes. So, we’re helping you out: we’re sharing twenty-five guest books with a little something for everyone! Just wait until you see the list! Read on for more…

ribbon and lace wedding guest book by claire magnolia

by claire magnolia

30 Beautiful Ideas for Sunflower Themed Weddings

Do you love sunflowers? Do you adore them so much you’d like to use them throughout your entire wedding decor? Well, you’re in luck! Today we’re showcasing thirty of our favorite sunflower ideas. But first, a tip: sunflowers are at their peak in July through September, so keep it in mind if you’re planning on using these bright and sunny blooms throughout your wedding space. And if you’re planning a sunflower themed wedding, you needn’t go overboard: just a few sunflower-inspired ideas here and there will do the trick!

Now… on to the inspiration! For starters, let’s take a peek at a sunflower centerpiece idea you’ll want to steal…

Sunflower Wedding Ideas

1. This sunflower centerpiece

sunflower centerpiece | photo by lisa price

“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 |

“What Decorations to Use for Reception Wall?” – Ask Emmaline

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. When real bride, Cady, emailed us with a wedding decor question, we couldn’t wait to swoop in to help. She writes,

“There is a white wall behind my head table and it looks so bare. I know we’ll want photos taken of us during dinner, speeches, etc. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to decorate it easily? I’m not very skilled at DIYs. Thank you!”Cady

Great question, Cady! There are many backdrops which come to mind, but my favorite and the easiest suggestion is a paper flower backdrop. Paper flowers are incredibly versatile. They can…

1) be customized in size: either big enough to cover a giant wall, such as a head table
2) tie into any wedding theme from vintage to modern (based on type of paper used, i.e. newspaper or book pages for vintage; brightly-colored or patterned paper for modern weddings)
3) incorporate your color palette with ease
4) be used as a chic photo booth backdrop
5) be re-used after the big day as home or office decor

And since you mentioned that you’re not a huge DIY fan, you’ll be relieved to know that THESE paper flowers are handmade for you by PaperFlora, so you can let Natalie take care of the beautiful flower-making! All you have to do is order your custom colors, styles, and sizes; and then assemble them on your wall! It’s the easiest way to get a chic and stylish backdrop which will make your wedding reception pop.

Check out my favorites from PaperFlora:

large paper flower backdrop

by paperflora

“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

Cute Wedding Countdown and Decor Sign All-in-One

Wait until you see this adorable engagement gift idea! The front side of this sign has a chalkboard countdown for the number of days until you’re married; the reverse side is a painted sign with a sweet love quote on it. Use it as a countdown at your bridal shower and the reverse as decor at your reception (and at home). This sign is completely hand-painted and hand-lettered — no vinyl or stencils used here! That means each piece is completely one-of-a-kind… and we love that. By Prairie Boutique.

Wedding Countdown Sign

How many days until you’re married? One of my friends is getting married in thirty-seven short days! And I can’t wait to celebrate!

days until mr and mrs

by prairie boutique

other side of sign

by prairie boutique

This is such a brilliant idea. Find out more here and tell us what you think in the comment box below!


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