Silk wedding bouquets are a brilliant alternative to fresh flowers when the bride wants a bouquet that lasts forever. Instead of putting a lot of money into a bouquet that wilts and gets thrown in the trash, a silk bouquet looks beautiful for years to come. I’m very particular when it comes so silk bouquets, but when I spotted these over at Fashion Touch Weddings I knew we had found something beautiful. These are handmade bouquets, made with two hands, love, and high-quality materials not found in other bouquets. Plus, they’re an exceptional price! Wait until you see my favorite bouquets I’ve hand-picked just for you. My favorite? It has to be the blush pink peonies — you’ll know which one when you see it below! Enjoy!
Hi, loves! Today we’re fielding a new Ask Emmaline question from Jen who wants to know about decorating her wedding with burlap and lace — a popular combination. She asks a question we know other brides are probably wondering, too! ↓
Hi Emmaline! My wedding is rustic and shabby chic. I want to use burlap and lace as decor but I’m not sure where to start. Do I buy a roll from the store and make everything myself? What do you recommend? I am trying mostly DIY projects and need advice. Thank you!
Hi, Jen! Great question. Burlap is a tricky material to work with, even though everywhere you look you see perfectly executed runners, wraps, favors, bouquets, and more. While you certainly can give burlap a solid go with a roll from a craft store (I’ve grabbed some from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon online for a little savings), I generally don’t recommend it unless you’ve worked with it before. Here’s why: burlap is a tough, strong-smelling fabric that sheds everywhere. And while I love it, your best bet is to use imitation burlap (especially on tables because the smell really is that strong!) OR buy your supplies from a pro burlap designer (who uses both real and faux burlap). For accents like table runners with lace, for example, getting one pre-made is the best route because the designer has worked with it before and will have a custom table runner made to fit your specifications (and table sizes)…
When you are blessed to see so many beautiful handmade finds on a daily basis as we are, you might assume we see the things over and over again. But that’s the beauty of handmade weddings: there’s always something new to love. To admire. To adore. There’s always a new collection launching, a new color palette inspiring, and a new trend hitting the market. And, we have to tell you: the creativity that comes from small shops turns into BIG ideas. That’s why we love, love, love our community here at Emmaline Bride and we’re so excited you’re here to plan your wedding along with us. Just wanted to tell you that. :)
When it comes to clutch purses, for instance, you would think after seeing hundreds of styles and designs, we’ve seen them all. But that’s not the case. As one example, have you seen the beautiful flower inspired bags and clutches over at ANGEE W.? It’s brimming with lacy textures and feminine detailing! And their ivory rosebud clutch is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorites from their shop to show you what we mean. Plus, we’ve teamed up with them to give one of these beautiful bags away to a lucky bride-to-be! Will it be you? Find out which bag is our newest wedding giveaway and enter for a chance to win!
It’s time for another fab giveaway! Do you need a place to store your wedding day essentials? Want a beautifully handmade silk bridal clutch that has a stunning brooch and a whimsical inner lining? We’ve found it… and you can win it right here! We’ve teamed up with Natalie of PaperFlora to offer this silk bridal clutch with brooch to one lucky reader. Find out the scoop below!
Silk Bridal Clutch
This stunning, one of a kind clutch is perfect for your special day. It is designed from winter white silk fabric and to add a touch of sparkle it has a gorgeous brooch. The brooch is removable so you can wear on a sweater or coat and be reminded of your special day!
It includes a metal chain handle that can be removed or just tucked inside the bag when not in use.
When you open the clutch you’ll see the special black and white lining with all the words that represent your wedding day! They include, “Mr. & Mrs.” “Kiss the Bride” “Happily Ever After” and “I Do” to name a few.
Giveaway: Win a silk bridal clutch purse!
➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!
o Enter between 12/19-12/25/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a silk bridal clutch with brooch from PaperFlora
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $75 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
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Hi, lovelies! This is one BIG post, so pin it, tweet it out, share it on your timeline, or kick it old-school and bookmark it (CTRL + D) ’cause you’re going to need this list! Did you know there are twenty-seven traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year? It’s true! In this post, we’ll share a plethora of amazing anniversary gift ideas by year so you can wow ’em with your awesomeness. We’ll explain why there’s only twenty-seven suggestions AND dazzle you with a few handmade (+ a few non-handmade) gift ideas. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
Anniversary Gifts by Year
First and foremost, you may be wondering, but Emma, there are only twenty-seven suggestions. What gives? Great question. You see, whomever constructed these ‘traditional’ anniversary gift ideas either a) ran out of ideas, or b) wanted to give free reign to gift-givers on those in-between years. (We vote the latter.) So, there are suggestions for anniversary gifts by year from 1st through 15th, after which you’re shopping totally on your own until 20th. The list picks back up again, but only at the 5s and 10s: 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 50th, and 60th. Hence: 27 suggestions in total. Sidebar: you start with paper at the 1st year, concluding the list with diamond on the 60th. Just putting it out there: diamond pretty much puts any gift after the 60th to shame, don’t you think? They should have saved it for 70th. :) #longlifehusbandwife
Anyway, I digress. It’s time to get to the list of hand-picked, totally knock-your-socks-off anniversary gifts. Ready to get started? Me too. Let’s start with 1st… paper, which is actually sweeter than it sounds.
Paper! On your first anniversary, celebrate by eating the top tier of your wedding cake (that you froze on your wedding day, right?) and give each other a simple, totally heartfelt gift: a card. A card is simple and sweet: gifts don’t have to be pricey to be meaningful. This one, for instance, says, “I’ve been in love with you for _____ days.” Cute idea!
Another idea? Make paper flowers.
Other paper ideas: movie tickets, football tickets, lottery tickets, a book they’ve been wanting to read, or this book which puts all other journals to shame.
Year two: cotton. An embroidery hoop with cotton fabric and custom embroidery is an excellent idea.
Leather luggage tags with ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ inscribed on them are a traveler’s dream. Perfect for your big three!
4th Fruit / Flowers
For the 4th wedding anniversary gift, you can choose either fruit or flowers: your choice. I chose fruit as the example and picked a fruit tree. Plant it in your backyard or place on a patio and enjoy the fruit for years to come.
Andrew & I celebrated our five year anniversary in December, and ironically our entire year revolved around wood: we built a wood fence, stained said fence, and then had about a hundred old wood planks (from our old, weathered fence) to cut and recycle. We also bought a new wood coffee table. I then undertook a project where I was making table numbers out of reclaimed wood, but since scrapped it and recycled it (I was apparently not meant to be a table number maker). Also, we received this beautiful teak wood shelf. It makes a fantastic anniversary gift! Click here for more info.
Full disclosure, I received the shelf above from our friends over at UncommonGoods so we could review it for our readers. THIS SHELF IS AWESOME. Not only is it beautifully made, but the color is gorgeous and the teak wood smells amazing! I also love the minimalist design. This shelf is great for small spaces, too, because since it drills right on your wall, it takes up no floor space! I give it five stars. We’ll cherish this piece in our home for years to come.
6th Candy / Iron
This is another year where you can pick between two: candy or iron. I like candy like the next girl, but this iron “You & Me” sign is too amazing to pass up.
7th Wool / Copper
For your 7th wedding anniversary, the suggested gifts are wool or copper. For wool, we love these decorative felted wool dolls.
Or, try you hand at making your own (or animals even, like these adorable creatures. Okay, maybe not so much for an anniversary gift, but I couldn’t help myself since that looked too adorable. (Can’t you tell I’m a new mom?) Sidebar: while browsing, I also spotted this insanely ridiculous book… unless you’re a crazy cat lady, I suppose.
For copper, I love these stacking rings:
8th Pottery / Bronze
For year eight, pottery or bronze are the suggested gift options. For pottery, I spotted one for her and one for him. For her, a ring holder dish is a lovely (+ functional) gift…
For him, I’ve selected a clay shaving mug and brush set.
And, I spotted this bronze and leather bracelet for him that would also fit into the ‘bronze’ suggestion nicely.
Or how about a bronze wall art piece that ALSO doubles as a wine rack? Get out.
Okay, I know this one says ‘willow’, but I couldn’t help but think of Willow Tree, you know, those beautiful sculptures? You’ve probably seen one like this example below:
Oh, and this makes me tear up!
If you want a literal use of willow, try this gold foil willow tree print for your home:
For 10 years, it is suggested to give gifts of aluminum. Here are a pair of aluminum stamped collar stays for him…
For her, a hand-stamped aluminum cuff bracelet:
For the couple, this aluminum ‘love’ sign:
Toast to eleven sweet years together with a stainless steel champagne bucket.
Ah, silk: a soft, sumptuous fabric. One of my favorite items? This soft bamboo jersey robe with 100% silk-trim.
For a lace anniversary gift, consider a lace scarf…
… lace necklace…
… and since all of the lace finds are typically for women, we’re skipping the lace find for men. Skip it and pick something you think he could use instead.
Ivory is such a general category; for this, I chose an ivory and gold personalized art print.
My favorite suggestion for crystal: crystal stemware. I heart Riedel, simply because their glassware is so sleek, chic, and modern.
The 20th anniversary is china, aka your chance to grab those gorg china plates over at Anthropologie or restock your kitchen with new dinner plates.
You can’t go wrong on 25th with anything silver. Here’s a unique canvas I spotted at UncommonGoods.
A pearl-covered clutch is just right for her on your 30th…
… paired with this three-strand pearl necklace…
And I couldn’t help but share this bracelet (can you tell I love pearl?)
For him, maybe these mother of pearl cufflinks?
Sidebar: admittedly, once you get to 35th and into the gemstones, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find men’s gifts that he’ll actually want. The way I figure it, these are more or less suggestions for her, and she should buy him something he really wants or needs instead. (And, of course, same goes for the wife if she’s not really into the suggested gift category.) Suggestions: cigars! That new fishing pole he’s been eying. Tickets to a football game. Movie tickets where you let him pick the movie. And you watch it and you don’t complain or, you know, fall asleep (Lord of the Rings — all three movies — yes, I confess). Something that really means a lot to him means more than anything! So, for these next suggestions, I’ll just be providing a gift idea for the lady.
You can select coral gemstones for this one (like a necklace, earring set, or ring) but I like this alternative: a pretty watch with a coral strap.
Love, love, love this ruby quartz pave diamond necklace! It’s gorgeous.
For 45th, sapphire is the gemstone of choice. Here’s a blue sapphire bracelet…
Or this gorgeous ring…
Or THIS. Holy smokes, this is so pretty.
Gold: the possibilities are endless! Here’s a beautiful 14k gold bar necklace…
… or this triple initial necklace in solid gold…
And, last but not least, we have diamond. This one’s easy: diamond jewelry, or, diamonds around a timepiece. You can go with a gorgeous in-your-face diamond bracelet…
… this green cushion-cut diamond ring…
… or these diamond stud earrings.
Just for kicks, we looked up the most expensive diamond on Amazon. Holy smokes, over $100k, that’s some serious cheddar.
And, like I said earlier, after 60th… you’re on your own with gift-giving ideas. But by then you won’t need anyone’s gift-giving help because you’ll know your spouse better than anyone! Here’s to 60+ years of wedded bliss! ♡
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Anniversary Gifts by Year
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Are you planning a shabby chic wedding? Then you won’t want to miss these gorgeous shabby chic wedding garters spotted over at Etta August! These soft, ultra-feminine shades, silk detail, and rosettes are ideal for your shabby chic or vintage inspired wedding. Since you can pick from a variety of colors, there’s bound to be one for every bride. However, if you don’t find one you’re head-over-heels for, you can have one custom-made just for you (one of the many reasons why we love handmade!). Read on to see which wedding garters we hand-picked for this feature and enter for a chance to win one of your own!
Shabby Chic Wedding Garters
1. The Emma
Up first, we have the ‘Emma’. I promise I didn’t pick it to be at the top because of its name (well, okay, half-promise). I love this color… and the rhinestone detail is the perfect touch.
2. The Charlotte
Is yellow your favorite shade? The Charlotte garter is made with layers of georgette ribbon and a handmade rosette. Shown in Lemon Chiffon and featured with a peony bloom.
3. The Adelaide
The Adelaide garter is created with a bouquet of handmade silk georgette roses in blush, peony, and lemon chiffon. Band is blush lace. This garter measures 1″ wide.
4. The Clementine
The Clementine garter is shown with blush, orchid, and lilac colors in an ombre style.
5. The Blythe
If you love a bit of bling, the Blythe is right for you. This soft lace garter features a georgette silk bow and rhinestone brooch. Shown in gilded rose.
Shabby Chic Wedding Garter Giveaway!
Do you need a wedding garter to complete your bridal look? We’re giving one an Adelaide wedding garter (shown below) thanks to the folks over at Etta August! Find out the full details below.
Choose your custom colors from this palette:
About the Garter
A bouquet of handmade silk georgette roses in shades of blush, peony and lemon chiffon adorn a blush lace covered band. Adelaide measures 1″ wide. Etta August garters stretch to comfortably fit 15″-23″ around. Each garter is packaged in our lovely keepsake box.
Each Etta August garter is handcrafted using only the highest quality materials and methods. We begin by carefully selecting and hand dying fabrics, allowing us to create a range of gorgeous hues. Details like handmade flowers and delicate lace help define our line. Etta August accessories are truly bespoke and heirloom quality.
o Enter between 5/7/14-5/13/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Adelaide wedding garter in custom colors of winner’s choice. Pick colors from Etta August’s color palette (above).
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/14; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $94 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
Hi, loves! Have you seen / fallen in love with the spring clutch purses at Eclu yet? I know I have. I swear, every time I pop into the shop I find something new to love, whether it’s the clutches, the sashes, or the gorgeous hair blooms. Today, though, let’s just spend a few moments taking in the loveliness of the clutches, shall we?
Spring Clutch Purses at Eclu
There’s loveliness blooming at Eclu… and it’s in the form of pretty spring clutches with pastel-inspired floral blooms and bows! A clutch purse would make a great gift for your MOH, bridesmaids, or yourself. You can even customize the colors and add an inscription inside for a pinch of personalization.
There’s more coming up next… stay tuned!
What do you think about faux flower bouquets? Would you carry fake blooms instead of fresh flowers down the aisle? The emerging trend of fake flower bouquets has become increasingly more popular among brides — and for good reason. Read on to find out why and get inspired with faux flower bouquets for your big day…
Faux Flower Bouquets
Unlike fresh flowers, faux bouquets will never wilt; they last forever. Your bouquet becomes a lasting heirloom instead of a temporary purchase. If you’re allergic to fresh flowers, a bouquet alternative won’t make your nose run or your eyes itch. And, any type of bloom is in season for silk blooms year-round!
1. Brooch Bouquet
A brooch bouquet is constructed with antique brooches and wire to form a ‘bouquet’. This is my favorite bouquet alternative style; where was it when I tied the knot? By The Ritzy Rose.
2. Button Bouquet
The button bouquet is another brilliant idea and similar to the brooch bouquet. Instead of brooches, buttons are used. This bouquet is by Lillybuds and I simply adore it.
3. Sola Wooden Flowers
Wooden sola flowers are perfect for rustic weddings. By LA Farm Girl Mercantile.
4. Sheet Music Bouquet
Turn your favorite sheet music into a bouquet! By Surroundings.
5. Vintage Fabric Bouquet
I love the touches of lace and vintage fabrics used in this fab flower arrangement. There are so many varieties available, too. By Innstyches.
6. Peony Bouquet
Love peonies year-round? These cupped peonies are some of the prettiest silks I’ve ever seen. By Jasmine Burgess Crafts.
7. Rosette Flower Bouquet
Something blue… and faux, too! By The Sunflower Stand.
8. Fabric Flower Bouquet
Your bridesmaids can carry faux flower bouquets, too! Check out this pretty style by Autumn and Grace Bridal.
9. Felt Flower Bouquet
Felt takes on a fresh new look as a wildflower bouquet. By Handmade Colectibles.
It’s your turn! Do you like faux flower bouquets? Yay or Nay? What will you carry on your wedding day?
Ok, brides, now that you know 7 things you MUST pack in your wedding bag, you’ll need something chic to carry it in, right? Now’s your chance! We’ve teamed up with Jami of Eclu to offer an exclusive Emmaline Bride giveaway. One lucky reader will win one of these custom wedding bow clutches. Carry your clutch down the aisle, gift to your MOH or bridesmaid, or carry about town (+ look chic) while running those last-minute wedding errands. These wedding bow clutches are a favorite of mine; I’ve even had the opportunity to see Jami’s work up-close. Believe me, these aren’t your typical wedding clutches – these are heirloom quality! After the wedding planning is over, wouldn’t it be nice to have a keepsake you can actually use? This is it! Read on for the scoop…
Wedding Bow Clutches
These ultra-chic wedding bow clutches are made with silk dupioni and feature a magnetic snap closure. Each bag is handmade – just for you! – and can be color customized to suit your style. Retail price: $62. Which of these bags would you like to carry on your wedding day?
Ooh, look at these lovely pops of color!
Win! Wedding Bow Clutch Giveaway
Giveaway lasts from 6/26/13 – 7/2/13 (11:59pm EST). Good luck!
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