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5 Uniquely Shaped Wedding Invitations

Hi, Brides! Emma here. Here’s a fun fact you might not know about me: I am obsessed with paper goods. And, you already know I love all things wedding, so any wedding-related stationery is a winning combination in my book. I especially dig the unconventional finds: the uniquely shaped wedding invitations, the wood save the dates, and gold foil inspired ideas, just to name a few. So, when I spotted these insanely gorgeous wedding invites with custom shapes over at Zazzle, I had to share them with you. Here are five of my favorites, along with a special gift card giveaway ($25) to spend on anything your little heart desires at Zazzle.com. Enjoy!

1. Bracket

The bracket shaped invitation is my favorite non-traditional design. It adds elegance to an otherwise deep woods rustic style design.

bracket wedding invitation via uniquely shaped wedding invitations

jill’s paperie

2. Scalloped

Scalloped really stands out among the rest! I love this chalkboard design with white floral detail.

scalloped wedding invitation via uniquely shaped wedding invitations

berry berry sweet

3. Ticket

A ticket shaped invitation has edges with rounded-out points. This mason jar design is one of my favorites and features a personalized mason jar (with your monogram), filled with pink-hued peonies and an elegant serif-based font.

ticket shaped wedding invitation via uniquely shaped wedding invitations

origami prints

4. Tag

The tag is I can see used by many DIY brides. I like it as an invitation, but I can also see it as an escort card. Punch the hole at the top and hang from a display table.

tag shaped wedding invitation via uniquely shaped wedding invitations

berry berry sweet

5. Rounded

Last but not least is the rounded wedding invitation. I’m enamored by all things gold lately and this invitation really stood out from the rest!

rounded wedding invitation gold via uniquely shaped wedding invitations

antique chandelier

While you’re browsing, be sure to also check out Zazzle’s wedding ideas and browse unique collections of stickers and wedding postage for that extra-special touch.

$25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Use the entry form below for your chance to win a $25 gift card towards anything at Zazzle.com. Gift card will be sent to winner as an online offer code via email. Winner must use gift card within 1 year. Gift card value: $25. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Use entry form below to enter. Entry dates: 8/5-8/11/14 with winner randomly selected and announced on this blog post 8/12 and contacted via email. Good luck!

xo
-E.

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5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

5 diy wedding secrets

5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.

What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).

It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.

If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room) #handmade #wedding

Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room)

Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

And, here’s the result:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

3. Pace yourself.

It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!

4. Call in your crew to help.

Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)

5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.

Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.

For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!

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Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

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DIY Round Tablecloth

Love round tables without the draped tablecloth look? Skip the traditional tablecloth and create your own scalloped version instead! This decorative DIY round tablecloth spotted at Martha Stewart can tie in your palette perfectly. A pretty shade of fabric (we love the yellow shown below), a pair of scalloped scissors, a free template, and a little elbow grease is all it takes to create this unique table topper.

diy round wedding

photo via martha stewart weddings

Check out the full DIY scoop + free template here.

More coming up next, loves!

Happy Planning!


-E.

How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Are you newly engaged and wondering how to select the perfect wedding dress? Today, we’re kicking off the first in our new series, The Ultimate Gown Guide, with how to select a sweetheart wedding dress! If you are wondering what is a sweetheart wedding dress, you’ve come to the right place… or, if you are already neckline-savvy and familiar with the sweetheart style, you’ll still love the inspiration we have in store. Read on about how to select a sweetheart wedding dress, find out why this may be the most flattering fit for you, and see an assortment of our favorites!

sweetheart wedding dress

gown ouma | photo: galaxie andrews

How to Select a Sweetheart Wedding Dress

Here are a few tips to get you started:

What is a sweetheart neckline?

A sweetheart neckline, one style usually found on a strapless wedding gown, features a low cut front and is scalloped with two curves on either side that hits below the collar bone. As a visual, consider the top portion of a heart across the bodice. A sweetheart neckline on a wedding gown accentuates one’s neck, collarbone, shoulders, and bust. I adore a sweetheart neckline, which is why I selected one for my own gown a few years ago. Even though you can wear a necklace with this particular style, it is certainly not required. I think sometimes the au naturale look is best!

Is a sweetheart wedding dress right for you?

It’s true what they say; when you find the perfect gown you’ll just know. With that being said, to know if it is truly the right fit for you, you’ll need to try one on. When I tried on wedding gowns, I thought I would absolutely want a strapless gown that was straight across – no sweetheart for this girl. And, wouldn’t you know… the minute I tried one on I was in love. The end result? My wedding dress had a sweetheart neckline and now it is my favorite type of dress. You never know until you give it a try. Worst case scenario: it won’t be the right style for you but at least you’ll know… and perhaps find a style you like even better!

For inspiration, we’ve gathered together a few favorite sweetheart wedding dresses we think you’ll love…

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: michael haug for Nonpareil Magazine

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: yuna leonard photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: claire lafaye | photo: brandon witzel + lavenda memory

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: colleen mcguirk | photo: laura kate photography

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: ouma | photo: meaghan cook

Are all sweetheart dresses strapless?

Of course not! Here are two dresses we found that offer a little more coverage with the same sweetheart neckline you know and love.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: pure magnolia couture

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: th3rd palac3

And, we can’t forget about the bridesmaids! They’d love a sweetheart neckline, too.

sweetheart wedding dress

gown: lovey by isha | photo: jessica chavez photography


gown: alexandra grecco


gown: jennafer grace

Now we want to know… what do you think of a sweetheart wedding dress? Would you wear one?

Happy Planning!


-E.

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Vintage Bridal Hat

We featured Tessa Kim’s 2011 Collection a few weeks back, but we felt this vintage bridal hat (‘Marjorie’) deserved a post all its own. This lovely statement piece is perfect for your wedding day or a vintage wedding shoot. It is handmade with a hand-cut cotton voile flower, a pearl stamens center, scalloped lace, a large ostrich plume, vintage millinery flowers, pearls, vintage velvet leaves, and shell lace. It measures 10″x8″ and has an alligator clip for no-fuss, no-muss style. Available in ivory or cream to complement your gown perfectly.

vintage bridal hat

vintage bridal hat

vintage bridal hat

Tessa Kim is a featured artisan in our exclusive handmade wedding marketplace. Shop her site now!

photography by Candice Benjamin Photography


-E.

Vintage Compact

vintage compact for bridesmaids

This vintage compact via Meadowbelle Market is a unique find made by Kigu of London. It is likely from the 1950’s, which is when similar floral designs were popular. When I spotted this beauty, I immediately thought about how amazing this piece would be as a bridesmaid gift. It’s re-purposed, whimsical, and each one is unique – just like your bridesmaids! And, every girl loves a pocket mirror.

So.. buy this one for yourself, brides, (it will look incredible in your ‘getting-ready’ photos) and get to thrifting! Grab a coffee, throw on some comfy shoes and check out local thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales. Keep an eye out for pristine compacts (clean, barely-used, no nicks and little to no imperfections) that have scalloped edges and pretty floral prints. When in doubt, use this sample as a guide. Wrap in pretty paper and gift to your girls for a truly unique keepsake they will actually use.

vintage compact

vintage compact bridesmaid gift idea

vintage compact for bridesmaid gifts


xo
-E.

P.S. If you do take my advice and go thrifting, be sure to email me your finds! We’d love to share them with our readers in an upcoming follow-up post. :)