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Category: reception

“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!


50 Best Table Names for Weddings

table names for weddings

by the love paper co, photo: jen owens

Goodbye boring… hello, unique reception tables! Make your reception tables pop by replacing traditional table numbers with table names. Each table name is an opportunity to share your unique love story or tie in your wedding theme. And, I have to admit: the most memorable weddings I’ve attended were those with clever table names (like songs by The Beatles and types of wine). What will your table names say about you? We’ve rounded up fifty of the best wedding table name ideas to inspire your own creative twist with everything from states you love to favorite tv couples. Read on for the full list!

These Table Names Look Absolutely Beautiful at Weddings

While I loved every detail about my own wedding, one unique touch I would have added was table names like these instead of traditional numbers. Now, there’s nothing wrong with traditional numbers; however, now I can see how creative table names can be and how they effortlessly add personality to your space. For instance, your tables can be named after places you’ve visited together, local or national parks you hike or bike together, buildings on your college campus, places you want to travel together, etc. You can even name your tables after places your guests have traveled from, if many guests are traveling from around the world. I’ve seen table names for mascots, sporting teams, cities, states, book titles, song names, and more. (Get the full list of 50+ Wedding Table Names.) Plus, table names also make a great icebreaker for guests.

We’re kicking off this beautiful new week of wedding inspiration with these cute table name signs we spotted over at Paper and Pine Co. (with photos by the lovely Juliet Elizabeth Photography). These table name signs are handmade on wood and feature gorgeous calligraphy in white so they really pop. Take a look!

Table Name Signs

Use table names at your wedding instead of table numbers.  Cute and creative idea!  Sign by Paper and Pine Co. | Photo: Juliet Elizabeth Photography | table names weddings -

by paper and pine co.