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Steal This Look: Pearls as Chair Decor

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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 blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Are you planning a vintage wedding, or better yet, hoping to cross vintage wedding chair decorations from your to-do list? Maybe that’s a bit specific, but when you find a look you would steal yourself you just can’t help but share it.

For instance, when I spotted these pearls, I knew it would make an elegant chair decoration for a vintage wedding. Now, I’m not crazy enough to suggest or even dream of these pearls as chair decorations for every single chair. That just sounds like a headache.

Instead, I think here less is definitely more! Use the pearls as chair decor solely for the bride and groom’s chairs, or even just for the bride. An elegant, satin-ribbon-ensconced chair sounds like the perfect bridal chair adornment. It would look lovely for the bridal shower, too. I just love this.

Pearls as Chair Decorations

The gold Chiavari chairs are a nice touch, no?

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photo: andy griffin photography

xo
-E.

8 Real Wedding Details 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 blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Hi, there. One of our goals at Emmaline Bride is to show you real wedding details you can actually do. As in, real wedding details that are totally attainable, easy-to-find and can be done yourself (without driving you crazy). In this feature, you’ll find eight real wedding details you will want to steal + use for your own big day, including a darling bridesmaid dress, a help-yourself beverage station, stay warm basket, and more. I know your time is valuable, so I’m keeping it to eight.

But by now you know me enough to know that, if you let me, I would share eighty. As Sweet Georgia Brown would tell ya, ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, here are the totally gorgeous handpicked wedding details I’ve discovered.

And you are going to want to steal each one.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Real Wedding Details to Steal: Laura & Josh

1. These incredibly cute bridesmaid dresses.

I’ve never seen a wedding where the bridesmaids looked so darn stylish. Wear-again? Absolutely. Those Peter Pan collars are so cute.

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Finally, a bridesmaid dress that doesn’t look like your typical dress.

2. These milk bottles + lemonade container + mojitos bar.

And those straws. I’ve seen countless other beverage bars, but this one looks so appealing.

Or maybe I’m just thirsty.

Either way, those straws look oh-so-cute in milk bottles, the mason jar’s younger, sassier kid sister.

3. Keep Warm Blanket Basket

The idea of a blanket basket for guests to grab if they get chilly is not a new one. However, it’s all about the way you put it all together. The basket has to look inviting, the blankets must look cozy, and it has to be pulled together in such a way that guests feel like they really can help themselves. This one is perfect.

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And, plaid fleece? Get out. My fall favorite.

4. Late Night… Chocolate

At first glance, you see a delightful wedding reception table setting. Look closely and you’ll see… why, yes, a late night chocolate candy.

I love this because it’s the fun of a wedding favor, but one that guests don’t feel obligated to take home. Instead, they enjoy it at your wedding as a late snack, on a quick break from the dance floor during We Are Family while sipping on white wine. You know, just in time for the hustle. Or maybe that’s just me.

late night chocolate favor on wedding reception table

5. Taper Candles

I love the vintage touch of the silver candelabras and taper candles, scatted along the table in larger pairings and single tapers. This is a beautiful alternative to full floral centerpieces and works especially well for long reception tables.


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6. Soft, Billowy Draped Ceiling

To soften any look, white billowy curtains will do the trick. The drapery in this wedding brought such a soft elegance to its decor.

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7. Petals Strewn to One Side of the Aisle

Instead of petals strewn down the center, they put them just along the side.

petals strewn to one side of the aisle

8. Modern, Elegant Wedding Cake

This two-tiered cake is a thing of beauty. And, that pedestal stand is a must!

small two tiered white wedding cake modern

white cake on pedestal stand

sources //

spotted via the lane
photos by jemma keech
bridesmaid dresses via asos
cake by hello naomi
wedding planning / styling: all by THE BRIDE (!) – who, might we add, did an awesome job

xo
Emma

So, what do you think of these real wedding details? Which one is your favorite? Dish.

Oh, and we’ve been L O V I N G your sweet sentiments in our inbox. Your wedding dilemmas = not a problem for us. Let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Shoot us an email with your wedding woes + we’ll swoop in to help!

3 Ways to Add Vintage Wedding Silverware

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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 blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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If you are planning a vintage wedding and want to add an authentic touch, just add vintage wedding silverware to the mix! Today we’re showing you three ways to add vintage flair with silverware from Wooden Hive.

vintage wedding silverware

1. Place Settings

Vintage wedding silverware added to your place settings will exude a more genuine vintage feel. Guests can take their place setting home as their wedding favor, or you can keep your favorites for use in your home (and donate the rest).

2. Table Numbers

Or, use these custom vintage spoons as table number markers. Just place one in a glass vase or jar at each table.

3. Cake Forks

Last but not least, don’t forget custom cake forks for the cutting of the cake. After the big day, you can reuse these forks again as a keepsake. Kerrie’s collection of handstamped vintage wedding silverware are unlike any we’ve seen.

Or ‘Eat Cake’ forks paired with a custom vintage server.

eat cake just married vintage wedding silverware

There are even handstamped Mr and Mrs coffee spoons, perfect for your coffee themed wedding (or just because).

mr mrs vintage wedding silverware spoons

If you’re planning a vintage themed wedding, you won’t want to miss out on this unique detail! Visit Wooden Hive to find out more and shop for your vintage wedding silverware.

xo
-E.

Vintage Ring Pillows: What to Look For

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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 blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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burlap and lace vintage ring pillows

When it comes to planning your vintage wedding, you may feel inundated with so many vintage ring pillows out there. How do you know what to look for? Here are a few tips to help. To pick the perfect vintage ring pillow for you, you’ll want to find accnets or embellishments that align with your personal style and decor. For instance, a burlap and lace ring pillow (pictured above) is the ideal choice if your wedding has a vintage theme with a hint of rustic flair. If your vintage wedding touches on a specific decade, browse ring pillows that use re-purposed fabrics from salvaged skirts or dresses of the era (browse thrift or resale shops, or look on Etsy or Ebay). An antique (passed-down) handkerchief can be sewn on top of a classic four-square ring pillow to integrate an old-fashioned feel; if you need to borrow it just for the day, use safety pins which can be removed after the wedding without any damage. Alternatively, an antique brooch or strand of pearls can also be used as a focal point of a standard, otherwise simple ring pillow. Check out these nine vintage ring pillows for your ceremony to give you an idea of what to look for. Oh, and remember: as a rule of thumb, the perfect ring pillow is the one that tugs at your heartstrings.


L – twining vines, R – weddings and such, B – rustic beach chic


twining vines


enrich by mellie

L – leela purse, R – blessed in love


laura stark

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Vintage Natural Inspired Wedding: Samantha + Christopher

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We love featuring real weddings on Emmaline Bride! This vintage natural inspired wedding is beautiful and we’re excited to share it with you. Samantha and Christopher’s wedding in Deep River, Connecticut has lots of DIY details, great photos, and an incredible theme! Their wedding was captured by Katie from Katie Slater Photography at the Lace Factory. See all the vintage natural inspired wedding details and hear what Katie and the bride, Samantha, have to say after the click…

Vintage Natural Inspired Wedding

Katie says, “We love non-traditional wedding flowers! The florals created by Ashleigh’s Garden for Samantha and Christopher’s wedding are nothing short of bright, wild-flower amazingness. The gorgeous day is inspired by a vintage, natural feel. Nature is everywhere in this wedding from the organic, bright flower arrangements to the vintage bird-watching images on the tables. Did we mention the incredible terrarium centerpieces that Samantha created?! These two love birds took the already incredible Lace Factory venue and turned it into a greenhouse! Add in a vintage teal bicycle and we’re in love. It was so fun to be a part of this laughter-filled, nature-loving, detail-oriented day!”

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Samantha tells us, “We wanted a casual, intimate and vintage feel to our wedding. We focused the details on nature and the outdoors, which we both love. That’s where the trees, terrariums and birds came from. It was important to us that our guests had outdoors available to them, therefore our ceremony was outside and our venue allowed for guests to be inside and outside without missing out on the reception.

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“We tried to do as much DIY as possible! Most of our stationary was purchased on Etsy.com, which we then printed and assembled ourselves. The rest, like the menus and escort cards, we created completely from scratch, and glued each feather for a special touch! A friend even designed the train tickets we provided to our guests. My bridesmaids, mother and mother in law helped me to create all of the terrariums which were used as our centerpieces.”

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“We also printed large, black and white posters of all of our parents and grandparents wedding photos which I affixed to foam board in order to create a little gallery of wedding photos to use to decorate the reception venue. All of the signage was made by us as well! A close friend of ours also provided the ceremony music, and, along with some friends of his, the cocktail hour music. This was one of the best, most raved about, part of our wedding! There were very few details that we DIDN’T do ourselves. It was important to me that our wedding felt personal and special and I felt that DIY was the best way to make that happen!”

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“Everything about the day was perfect. It is hard to choose a favorite part. I have to say, I adored the flowers, they blew me away. But really, my favorite part was being surrounded by so much love and family. I have never been so happy in my life as I was that day.”

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Wedding Vendors:
Day of Coordinator: William Parkinson Events
Transportation: The Valley Railroad Company
Band: Major Motion Band
Caterer: Cloud 9
Venue: The Lace Factory
Florist: Ashleigh’s Garden
Hair: Sarah Archambault
Makeup: Bold Face Makeup
Dress: The White Dress by the Shore
Photography: Katie Slater

Looking for your wedding vendors? Check out local wedding vendors for your wedding in The Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Katie Slater Photography. All rights reserved.

Lace Wedding Heels from Becca & Louise

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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 blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Lace Wedding Heels| Becca & Louise via EmmalineBride.com

Vintage-loving brides: you’ll love these lace wedding heels, handmade from Becca & Louise. These handpicked heels are from their new collection. Take a look at the loveliness we’ve discovered…