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DIY Rustic Place Setting

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014).You can also find me over at Emmaline Baby & Home.
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We spotted this gorgeous DIY rustic place setting and we love how easy it is to re-create this look. So, today we’re showing you how it’s done with a simple tutorial and supply list so you can wow your guests at your wedding reception, engagement party, or bridal shower! Let’s get started, shall we?

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How to Make Favor Tags Less Boring

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014).You can also find me over at Emmaline Baby & Home.
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Wedding favors are one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process. While some may say favors aren’t necessary, I think they’re a totally fun detail that I love to see at weddings. However, they don’t need to be overly pricey or detailed. Keep it sweet, simple, and personalized — and your guests will love ‘em. We’ll talk about our favorite wedding favors for 2014 in a few days (stay tuned!) but today we’re focusing on favor tags. Any wedding favor you dream up, create, or buy will require some sort of personalization to make it your own. A popular (and easy-to-DIY) detail you can add is a tag. It can say thank you to guests, include your name and/or wedding date, and tie in your theme just a bit further. In this post, we’ll share favorite ideas for DIYing your favor tags PLUS one lucky reader will win one of the items below! Read on for the full scoop…

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8 DIY Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014).You can also find me over at Emmaline Baby & Home.
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Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)

P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdrop

10 Best Bridal Shower Recipe Cards (+ Recipe Book)

Planning a perfect bridal shower is a whole lot easier with a theme set in place. One of our favorites is a kitchen themed bridal shower, in which guests can stock the pantry or bring gifts of baking to the newlyweds. If you’re planning a kitchen themed bridal shower for your favorite bride-to-be (or you’re hinting at ideas for your party-planning posse) don’t forget the secret ingredient: bridal shower recipe cards. When you send out invitations, include one card for each guest to fill out with her favorite recipe and bring to the shower. When guests arrive, collect the cards and place in a recipe book for the couple. They’ll have a collection of handwritten, tried-and-true recipes they will cherish for a lifetime of home-cooked dinners. Plus, this is one gift that kicks any registry’s you-know-what. Read on for more…

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A Kraft Paper Wedding

Happy Friday! Get ready to be inspired by the very best kraft paper wedding inspiration! Kraft paper gained instant popularity in the wedding + event styling industry for its ability to be both functional and versatile. There are few decor elements that can cohesively tie into both a vintage, rustic wedding or a chic, modern event like kraft paper can. Whether you tie in a few subtle elements (a favor tag, a place card, a favor) or you dive into full kraft paper love, we think there’s a little something you’ll love. Plus, kraft paper can handle any theme from vintage, rustic, shabby chic, woodland, or modern, just to name a few. Read on to find out how you can plan a perfect kraft paper wedding with tons of handmade wedding ideas and Real Wedding examples to inspire you, beginning with ultra-chic invitations by the lovely Jessica Lam – Wedding Stationery. Enjoy!

kraft paper wedding invitations

12 Brilliant Ways to Wrap with Kraft Paper

Wrapping gifts – whether it be for the holidays, birthdays, or wedding favors and gifts – is more than just patterned paper and a roll of Scotch tape. The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for wrapped paper and tape by the case. What if this year you pledged to take a more handmade approach? With just a few items like kraft paper, ribbon, and other embellishments (lace, doilies, burlap, fabric, and more) you can turn an ordinary gift into one that packs a delightfully charming punch. Today, we’re showcasing twelve of our favorite ways to wrap with kraft paper while playing with color and adding personalized, artistic touches. Whether you wrap with kraft paper for the holidays, for wedding favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, or just because, you can be assured the gift recipient will take notice and appreciate you going that extra handmade mile.

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