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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

31 Wedding Hairstyle Ideas: Day 4 – Messy Side Braid

We’re popping in one more time today to share Day 4 in our wedding hairstyle ideas series — and this messy side braid sure is a pretty one! If you’re looking for a more casual look, try the messy side braid. It requires very long hair to get this look (I know, right about now I’m wishing I never cut mine). Take a peek…

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21 Inspiring Chalkboard Wedding Ideas

Hi, lovelies! Happy, happy Friday! Emma here. A few years ago, chalkboards started sneaking into ceremony and reception decor across the globe. Before we knew it, engaged couples and wedding planners were all, ‘chalkboard all of the things!’, and chalkboard labels, bridesmaid chalkboard signs, table numbers, signs, menus, and chalkboard props for engagement photos became the norm. And, while it seemed like just a trend (you know, like mason jars), chalkboards stuck around! For good! Today, we’re bringing you a fresh supply of chalkboard wedding ideas that we know you’ll love. There are twenty-one handpicked finds in all that may surprise you, since they’re totally chic and elegant enough for your wedding day. We’ve found chair signs, cocktail napkins, favors, a welcome sign, save the date, invitation, photo booth backdrop, and much more… even a chalkboard wedding cake! (It’s quite amazing, to be perfectly honest.) So, if you’re hoping to be inspired today, you’ve come to the right place… let’s get started, shall we?

Chalkboard Wedding Ideas

1. Chalkboard Heart Sign (for Photo Props)

oh my darling chalkboard heart - this is a great prop for your #wedding!

photo: caroline joy and nancy ray via southern weddings

You can grab a heart-shaped chalkboard here.

2. Chalkboard Table Number

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photo: jen rodriguez via style me pretty

And… these!

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3. Chalkboard Bar Menu

chalkboard wedding bar menu

photo: jen rodriguez via style me pretty

4. Chalkboard Inspired Wedding Program

chalkboard inspired wedding program

wild heart paper

5. Chalkboard Wedding Chair Signs

chalkboard wedding chair signs

the find sac

6. Chalkboard Wedding Cake

chalkboard wedding cake (photo: hazelwood photo, cake: artisan cake company)

photo: hazelwood photo, cake: artisan cake company

7. Chalkboard Tip Jar Sign

A tip jar is a must-have for your bartender.

chalkboard sign tips jar

photo: jen rodriguez via style me pretty

8. Chalkboard Seating Chart Display

chalkboard escort card display

photo: debra eby via wedding chicks

9. Chalkboard Save the Date

chalkboard wedding save the date

wild heart paper

10. Chalkboard Wedding Cake Topper

chalkboard wedding cake topper


11. Chalkboard Place Cards + Easels

chalkboard wedding place cards and easels

event blossom

12. Wedding Chalkboard Guest Book Poster

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hessian and burlap

13. Chalkboard Style Wedding Candle Favors

chalkboard style wedding candle favors

silver lining candle

14. Chalkboard Mason Jar Mugs

chalkboard mason jar mugs

lillian rose

15. Chalkboard Wedding Beer Labels

chalkboard wedding beer labels

the petite package

16. Chalkboard Wedding Invitation

chalkboard wedding invitation with photo on reverse

nostalgic imprints

17. Chalkboard Style Cocktail Napkins

chalkboard wedding cocktail napkins

creative converting

18. Chalkboard Photo Booth Backdrop

chalkboard photo booth backdrop

averie lane

19. Chalkboard Wedding Welcome Sign

chalkboard wedding welcome sign

calligraphy: mon voir via wedding chicks

20. Sit Anywhere Sign

sit anywhere wedding sign

the paper walrus

21. Chalkboard Favor Cookie Bags

chalkboard wedding favor cookie bags

the favor box


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How to Style Bridesmaids in Blue

Hi, loves! Are you planning a wedding with a blue color palette? Wondering how to style bridesmaids in blue? Just take five! In this post, we’ll show you five accessories to style your bridesmaids for spring or summer weddings which are right around the corner. We’ve found a blue bridesmaid dress, a pair of stylish flip flops (she’ll love to wear again), a colorful clutch purse, a hair accessory, and a pair of gorgeous earrings. Plus, one of these accessories is being given away to a lucky reader! What is it? Read on to find out more…

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How to Style Bridesmaids: Blue

The first step to styling bridesmaids? Pick the perfect dress!

1. The Dress

For this inspiration board, we’ve selected a short bridesmaid dress in navy blue by Columbia. We love this dress because it it short (perfect for spring or summer weddings), wicks away sweat (especially perfect for humid weddings), and it is re-wearable. We also like the feminine sash tie and neckline detail.

2. Chevron Clutch Purse

We paired the navy blue dress with a statement clutch in a fun, colorful pattern: chevron! This clutch purse by Good Marvin will hold all of her essentials.

3. Blue Earrings

We spotted these beautiful earrings at Rustic Gem Jewelry. They’re lovely yet simple, which means they’ll become her favorite everyday earrings after the big day.

4. Studded Flip Flop

Since the bridesmaid dress is more casual, we wanted to keep with the look for footwear. We spotted these leather flip flops with white detail by American Eagle Outfitters and they’re perfect.

5. Blue Feather Hair Accessory

And, last but not least, we wanted to add a hair accessory to pull the look together. We spotted this feather hair accessory at Jewelsalem.

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Now it’s time to reveal the secret giveaway prize! One lucky reader will win… a chevron clutch purse as seen above in #2! This clutch purse by Good Marvin features the following:

o 100% cotton exterior in a white, navy, and turquoise mini chevron stripes print
o 100% cotton interior in solid navy blue
o one satin and lace ribbon flower with bar pin so it can be detached from purse and worn as a brooch
o magnetic metal snap closure
o heavy interfacing to give the clutch shape
o seams have been reinforced at stress points
o measures about 7 3/4″ wide and 4 1/4″ deep.

Enter between 2/11-2/17/14 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below. No purchase necessary. Prize value: $36. No cash value. Winner randomly selected on 2/18 and announced on this blog post. Winner will be emailed. Winner has 72 hours to respond or new winner will be selected. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Free shipping to U.S. and Canada. Available in your choice of colors — not just blue! Good luck!


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Entry Form

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Happy Planning!


Vintage Wedding: Corey + Matt Tie the Knot!

If you’re planning a vintage wedding, you won’t want to miss today’s Real Vintage Wedding feature! Corey and Matt’s New Haven, Connecticut wedding was beautifully styled with DIY details and plenty of vintage wedding accents. The bridesmaid dresses were all handmade by Soho Mode using vintage fabrics, the bride sewed vintage hanky bunting to display in the reception room, vintage pins were used for the table seating chart, and field flowers were displayed in tea tins for chic vintage wedding centerpieces. Instead of a wedding cake, the couple used one huge cupcake and used vintage hand-stamped forks (“I Do” and “Me Too”) with a small photo placed between the prongs of the forks. Their wedding photographer – Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography – beautifully captured the day from start to finish. She tells us, “Corey and Matt are one of those couples that truly make this world a better place, simply by being in it. Their love for one another completely lit up the entire day, and even complete strangers on Yale’s campus stopped and swooned. While their wedding was filled with wonderful details, and meaningful decorative touches, what I love most about this day is that the focus was on what really matters- love and family.” We couldn’t agree more. Read on to see how their vintage wedding day unfolded after the jump!

Vintage Wedding: Real Wedding - New Haven, Connecticut (Michelle Gardella Photography)

Vintage Wedding: Corey + Matt

Michelle also tells us, “Truth be told, it was completely freezing that day. But nobody seemed to notice. Not one person complained. Because really, it’s impossible to be anything but happy when you’re around a love like this.”

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What a gorgeous wedding! Here are the vendors who contributed to make it oh-so-lovely…


PhotographyMichelle Gardella Photography

LocationYale Graduate Club, New Haven, CT

Dress – Jenny Peckham from Everthine Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids DressesSoho Mode on Etsy, all handmade from vintage fabrics

MakeupJennie Fresa Makeup and Skincare

Hair AccessoryUntamed Petals – Vera Bohemian Hair Wrap

If you love these photographs and want to see more by the talented Michelle Gardella, visit her website to see more, get inspired with Real Weddings from her blog, and consider her photography for your wedding day! (P.S. Not only is she ridiculously talented, but she’s a total sweetheart, too.)

All photos by Michelle Gardella. All rights reserved.

Happy Planning!


How to Get the Perfect Top Knot

Finally… that messy bun has an official name: the top knot! I (Emma here!) have been swearing by this no-fuss hairstyle for years (albeit, mine a bit messier) and now I know: a) what to call it, and b) how to get the perfect top knot. This hairstyle has been popping up everywhere lately – even weddings – and we thought it was high time to share it with you on the blog. If you’re having a bad hair day, the top knot will become your favorite hair cheat-sheet style. Need more volume? A top knot essentially pumps up the volume of a traditional messy bun. Or, if you simply want a new hairstyle to try this weekend, try the top knot. Today, we’re showing you how to get the perfect top knot with some of our favorite hair inspiration images + DIY tutorials. We love this hairstyle because it is super easy, stylish, and cures a bad hair day in a cinch. Read on to find out more + find out how to style yours with… a sock? Don’t miss it!

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photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

How to Do a Perfect Top Knot

The bride in these images is simply stunning! Her hairstylist – hair + makeup by GlamourEyes Makeup Artistry International – did a beautiful job with her top knot.

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photo (+ styling) credit: jessica may photography, hair + makeup by glamoureyes makeup artistry international via style me pretty

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via refinery29

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photo credit: elizabeth toll via martha stewart weddings

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photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

how to get the perfect top knot

photo credit: jonas peterson via once wed

how to get the perfect top knot

How to Get a Glamorous, Perfect Top Knot

Here are a few tutorials we love…

“The Fun Bun”

Check out this ‘fun bun’ tutorial from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Department. We’re just showing a snippet – read the full scoop here.

how to get the perfect top knot

photos: Angela Kohler +; designed by kristin ess

The Sock DIY Top Knot

The secret to a perfect DIY top knot bun? A sock! It’s true. (I’ve tried it; in fact, I’m even wearing it myself as I write this post. It works! Plus, it makes use of those lost socks from the dryer.) Simply take a sock and snip the end. Roll the sock to create a “doughnut”- like elastic, almost like an old-school scrunchie. Put your hair in a high ponytail and place the “doughnut” elastic at the end of the ponytail and pull your hair over the sides until you reach the base. You’ll now have a perfect bun! Just pin any stray hairs and use hairspray, if you wish. If you need a video tutorial, watch this fun video we spotted by Mr. Kate at Hello Giggles below. The tutorial begins around 0:32.

So… what is your opinion of the top knot?

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Happy Planning Hairstyling!


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10 New Styles Your Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Will Love

Have you thought about what your littlest bridal party attendants – your flower girl and ring bearer – will be wearing on the big day? Today, we’re here to help with 10 styles your ring bearer and flower girl will love. Each of these outfits is from the new 2012 collection by the lovely folks at Beane and Co and is handmade with love and made to order just for you. Read on to see why it’s easy to fall in love with these adorable new styles…

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ring bearer and flower girl
ring bearer and flower girl
ring bearer and flower girl

Did you find a style to love or want to see more? Visit Beane and Co and tell ’em Emmaline Bride sent you! They’ll be happy to help you with your wedding day apparel. They even offer handmade adult wear, too! Since this collection is so new, if you see an item not on their website, simply refer back to this post and they’ll be happy to answer questions for you.

Happy Planning!


Images courtesy of the talented Claire Alyse Photography

DIY Wedding Style: Stephanie + David

Stephanie and David’s beautiful autumn wedding in Bayfield, WI near Lake Superior has an elegant DIY style. Their DIY wedding style is appeasing and gentle to the eye. From Stephanie’s wedding dress and flowers to the innovative custom guest book, their special day was filled with well thought out subtle details. Stephanie and David’s wedding was craftily documented by photographer Natalie from Natalie Champa Jennings Photography.

Find out more after the click…

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Their photographer Natalie tells us, “The ceremony took place on a lovely autumn afternoon at Wild Rice in Bayfield, followed by a remarkably beautiful and creative dinner, with small accents that made the tables special, including tiny bags of wild rice for guests to take home (grown in Wisconsin!). Stephanie’s understated, romantic touch made the simplicity of this wedding shine is such a gorgeous way. Even David’s simple polka dot tie stood out in a way that matched this couple’s unique vibe.”

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Interested in contacting Natalie about photography for your upcoming wedding? Check out her website Natalie Champa Jennings Photography and look at all the happy couples. You can also view Natalie Champa Jennings Photography business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Natalie Champa Jennings Photography. All Rights Reserved.