The Handmade Wedding Blog

Category: vintage

These Bridesmaid Dresses are Cute with a Bow on the Back

Hey, lovelies! Happy Thursday! Are you planning a vintage inspired wedding and need the *perfect* bridesmaid dress? You know, one they’ll actually want to wear? Then you’ll love these Audrey Hepburn inspired dresses we spotted at Shop Apricity! They’re handmade just for you in beautiful sunny California. We especially love the back of these dresses: check out the bow! You can choose from three shades: teal, seafoam, or navy. Which one is your favorite?

Bridesmaid Dresses with Bow on the Back

The dresses are a sleek fit and flare skater dress in stretch pointe knit fabric. It offers a true flattering fit and features a deep back scoop neckline and darling bow accent.

Oh, and I have to add: there are pockets!

navy blue dress by shop apricity | bridesmaid dresses bow on back

by shop apricity

10 Letterpress Invitations with a Classic Look for Weddings

When it comes to setting the tone and theme of your big day, the first step is with your invitations. Today we’re helping you pick the perfect invitations with a handful of ten new letterpress invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. These invitations are designed using letterpress, which is one of the most classic design techniques. A letterpress invitation features a unique style where the design and text are pressed onto the paper with an imprint you can actually feel. Here are two examples of letterpress:

With Wedding Paper Divas, you can choose your favorite colors, styles, and trims to suit your style, so these designs are totally customizable. Whether your wedding is traditionally classic, romantically vintage, or modern, you’ll find something here to love! Plus, see which one I’ve selected as the ‘Editor’s Pick’. Enjoy!

Get a Free Sample
Wedding Paper Divas is offering 8 FREE Invitation Samples with the promo code: FREETRY. Or for a comprehensive sample packet, order a Free Sample Kit!

Letterpress Wedding Invitations

1. We Do

Flower Inspired Bags / Clutches for Weddings (+ Giveaway!)

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!

(Pssst. If you’re not subscribed, you’re missing out on all the fun! Do it now — it’s quick & easy and you can do it over morning coffee.)

chiffon flower clutch | flower bags clutches weddings by ANGEE W.

clutch: angee w.

These Vintage Forks Are a Favorite for Weddings (Giveaway!)

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? We’re back in action today and kicking off this unofficial-last-week-of-summer with a giveaway to boost your spirits! We’ve teamed up with the lovely Kerrie of Wooden Hive to give a pair of vintage hand-stamped wedding forks away to one lucky reader. Each pair is handpicked, mismatched (but in complementary design), and hand-stamped, so no two pairs are exactly the same. Vintage forks like these are a beautiful accent for your place setting, look great in your cake photos, and will be enjoyed for anniversary dinners to come! Want a pair? Enter for a chance to win below!

Vintage Wedding Forks

Handstamped Vintage Forks Weddings | Wooden Hive |

30 Ideas That Will Make Starry Night Weddings Your Favorite

One of our favorite decor ideas for vintage or classic weddings is a starry night wedding theme. A “Starry Night” wedding revolves around star-themed finds, constellation inspired decorations, and a dark blue and white color palette with metallic silver or gold accents. We love starry night weddings because they’re utterly romantic and incredibly versatile. You can opt for a more vintage starry night wedding by holding the reception in a lavish ballroom with art deco accents. Or, modernize it with a unique venue like a rooftop night wedding reception, complete with dancing under the stars. To show you how beautiful this theme truly is, we’ve rounded up thirty of our favorite handmade finds for inspiration. Scroll down to begin!

Which of these finds is your favorite?

Starry Night Wedding Theme Ideas

Use this as an inspiration board, gathering up your favorite starry night ideas to use for your wedding. PRO TIP: If you like something you see here, hover your mouse over the image and click the Pinterest button to pin to a favorite board for later. It will keep your wedding plans organized so you can always refer back to inspiring finds. (Follow us while you’re there! We’d love to see your pins.)

1. Decorate the reception with these hanging lanterns

Oh, how we adore these star shaped lanterns! You can buy them here.

This beautiful reception is so inspiring for a starry night wedding theme. Photo: Brinton Studios | via Starry Night Weddings

photo: brinton studios | via style me pretty

3 BHLDN Decor Ideas That Will Look Stunning for Weddings

Happy Tuesday, loves! Today we’re collaborating with the team over at BHLDN to share decor trends for a vintage inspired wedding theme. In this collection, you’ll see an inspiring floral centerpiece, hanging paper garlands and paper fans, metallic-infused decorations, an instant photo booth backdrop, fine china inspired cake plates and napkins, and balloons with bits of gold confetti inside! There’s also confetti, gold-dipped place cards, table numbers… and more! Oh, there’s so much loveliness inside… enjoy!

Floral inspired decorations | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

BHLDN Decor Ideas for Weddings

1. These floral inspired ideas

The La Vie en Rose collection is inspired by French flower markets from the early 20th century. BHLDN’s curated an assortment of floral decorations and centerpieces will transform a wedding reception into a vintage-inspired botanical garden.

When it comes to decorating with flowers, the most obvious place to start is with your wedding centerpieces. A traditional display is lovely, but don’t be afraid to think outside the vase. Try hanging the Crystalline Chandelier over the table or cluster the Nightfall Votives together and fill them with blooms for a unique wedding centerpiece look.

The Conservatory Envelope Holder is not just for cards. Use it as a centerpiece for the sweetheart table, or as pretty storage for wedding favors. Then, after the big day it becomes a glass display for your preserved bridal bouquet or bridal keepsakes.

Floral Inspired Decor | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

The Petal Push-Pops (filled with real bits of rose, lilac and hydrangea) are a fun (and gorgeous) way to send-off the newlyweds. Better still, toss the Blossom Hearts confetti at the end of the wedding ceremony. The confetti is made of handcrafted seed paper, so they can be planted after the big day and bloom into wildflowers.

Use these confetti push pops at your reception! | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

Do you love the look of vintage china, but not the price point? The Sunday Paper Plates are the perfect compromise. The rose motif and scalloped edges look delicate and sweet when topped with a generous slice of wedding cake, never giving away their budget friendliness to guests as they Instagram their decadence.

Finally, don’t forget to help guests clean-up! The Sunday Paper Napkins are covered in dainty roses, and perfectly sized for cocktail hour or dessert. The napkins also match the aforementioned cake plates for a cohesive reception look.

In love with these vintage inspired paper plates and matching napkins.  It's the look of old china without the price tag! | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

2. These jewel toned decor ideas

As wedding celebrations move indoors for fall and winter, reception decorations become increasingly important. This year you’ll see decorations gravitating towards deeper colors and more lavish decor.

Fall inspired jewel tones for your reception decor | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

The Celebration Crinkle Fans and Just Jewels Garlands are as versatile as they are pretty! Hang them overhead on the reception dance floor, as wedding ceremony decor, or scattered on tabletops for dramatic effect.

Jewel Toned Fall Wedding Ideas | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

For a playful end to a picture perfect day, have guests throw XO Confetti in the air. Confetti tossed at weddings = a moment no one forgets.

This XO confetti is so cute! | via BHLDN Decor Ideas |

For a vintage wedding decor look try the Teetotum Honeycombs. Reminiscent of a by-gone era, these 3D paper decorations make a statement wherever they are displayed. They can be reused, too: think dinner party decorations, birthday celebrations, and golden anniversaries…

4 Laser Cut Invitations That Look Beautiful

One of the most inspiring wedding trends for invitations is laser cut, which offers a lace-like design. (Laser cut invites are especially perfect for vintage or classic weddings.) If you haven’t familiarized yourself with this unique style, get ready to be inspired! We are sharing our favorite laser cut invitations from Lavender Paperie to illustrate luxurious paper paired with stunning design. Enjoy!

Laser Cut Invitations

Laser cut invitations offer a unique lace inspired look. Here are seven of our favorite styles.

Style 1

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations |

invitations by lavender peperie

Style 2

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations |

invitations by lavender peperie

Style 3

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations |

invitations by lavender peperie

Style 4

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations |

invitations by lavender peperie

Which of these sty;es is your favorite? I absolutely love #1 — it’s so stunning! Tell us which one you like best, below!

Happy Planning!