When it comes to your perfect wedding day, it starts with perfect vendors. Let’s face it: wedding vendors make or break your day! Wedding blogs help you find inspiration; handmade vendors create one-of-a-kind pieces, decor, and must-have items; wedding planners turn inspiration into fruition (and work tirelessly to coordinate every single detail), and wedding photographers capture it all for years to come. Hair stylists and makeup artists help you look your best, while seamstresses ensure your dress fits like a glove. Officiants make your ceremony memorable (and meaningful). Wedding videographers turn your memories into a full-length film to relive over and over again. Disc jockeys and bands entertain guests and provide ambiance during dinner, venue staff coordinate proper seating, lighting, and food service; and your caterer (and baker!) will be the difference between guests being satisfied (or wishing the food was better). These are just a few of the wedding vendors that make a wedding oh-so-memorable — and it takes hard work to do it. We’ve talked before about how important it is to thank your parents, how to perform random acts of wedding kindness, and 10 rules to keep your bridesmaids happy. Tipping is important, but it’s also essential to thank your wedding vendors by showing them your appreciation. Today, we’re showing you how to thank your wedding vendors right from the start. Read on to find out more PLUS enter for a chance to win a set of beautiful thank you cards from the lovely Sarka of Citrus Press. Let’s begin, shall we?
One of our favorite handcrafted details for a wedding bar is a bespoke coaster. We’ve seen coasters given as wedding favors, used as escort cards, printed with a thank you message to wedding guests, and used as a unique advice guest book alternative, just to name a few ideas. A coaster is a conversation starter for guests and offers functionality as a drink ‘saver’ or label, as well as to protect a tabletop. As a drink saver, guests can place a coaster above the rim of their glass to signify the drink is still being consumed so it is not bussed. And, as a label, guests can identify a drink as theirs by writing their name on it (these are one example). A wedding coaster can also be used just as a festive addition to your decor. To inspire your reception, we’ve rounded up fifteen creative wedding coaster ideas below. Take a peek and let us know if you plan to use wedding coasters and, if so, tell us what yours will say!
Wedding Coaster Ideas
1. Enjoy Coaster
This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy.
It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this question from bride-to-be, Lana, who asks, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning my wedding and my parents have been so helpful, especially my mom. She has been helping with every DIY detail, even taking some of the bigger projects (my centerpieces) to eliminate my stress. I want to thank my parents for all they’ve done for our wedding; any advice?” Fantastic question! You can never thank your parents enough for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you, and your wedding is no exception. Whether they are contributing their time, money, support, or they’re just being totally awesome per usual, it’s important to thank your parents at your wedding. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites ways to thank your parents at your wedding PLUS we’re giving away one of our favorite finds by Paper Street Press!
P.S. This is a must-have photo! Pin this for later! (Hover mouse over photo and click ‘pin it’.)
Hi, loves! We’ve talked about the loveliness that is Alternative Journals before, but have you seen their metallic guest books? This collection is just one of the new metallic-infused items we’re digging from their shop. Read on to see a close-up of the metallic guest books and take a peek at metallic stationery in their store, including a set of thank you notes we’re giving away to one lucky reader…
It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this message from Anna who asks, “I’m writing thank you cards as I receive wedding gifts. I received a gift of cash and I don’t know what to say in the card. Any advice?” Writing a proper thank you for cash gift is easy to do and requires just a few tips. Read on to see a sample thank you for cash gift, see a few thank you cards, and enter for a chance to win a set of forty thank you cards for your big day!
Hi, loves! You know at Emmaline Bride we’re nuts for wedding details that do two things at once, since we love to save you time. And money. And stress. So, when we spotted the thank you menu combination over at Paper Street Press, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. This is a great idea AND the entire Art Deco wedding invitation suite has us inspired in full Gatsby-like grandeur. So, without further adieu, we introduce… the thank you menu!
Thank you Menu
What is a Thank You Menu? Essentially it’s a thank you card and dinner menu in one. At the top, it shares a heartfelt (+ custom) thank you greeting for guests. The bottom half clues your guests in to what’s cooking up for dinner. Here’s a closer look:
Last week, we talked about how to make favor tags less boring. Today, we’ll show you how to make favor bags more fun with personalization! If you’re looking for stylish + personalized favor bags for your wedding, these favor bags by Mavora Art and Design are it! These bags are ideal for giving sweet treats to guests at your wedding from candy to freshly-baked chocolate chop cookies. Read on to see a few of the newest designs in her shop + enter for a chance to bring home a pack of 50 wax favor bags of your very own! (I know, totally awesome ‘Giveaway Monday’, right?) Enjoy!
Even when wedding planning is over, there’s still one important task on your to-do list: sending thank you cards. If you’re wondering when to send thank you cards after the wedding, we’re here to help! Read on to find out more, get a few thank you card writing tips, and enter for a chance to win FREE thank you cards from Grand Designs by Joanna to get you started!