Category: wedding ideas

Rustic Farm Wedding Gown Inspiration

Do you dream of a rustic farm inspired wedding? Well, you’re in luck! Today we’re sharing a gorgeous rustic farm wedding inspiration shoot with photography by Cat Mayer Studio, floral design from 3 Leaf Floral, and gorgeous wedding gowns from Allure Bridals. In this feature, you’ll see a beautiful place setting, wedding gowns, table decor, a naked wedding cake, beautiful flowers, and more. Go on, take a look!

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

This first gown has an embroidered bodice and a full English net skirt, shown below:

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/rustic-farm-wedding-inspiration/

This next gown is my favorite! It features an English net ballgown and delicate cap sleeves. I love a gown with sleeves.

And last but not least, this gown features a delicate, dramatic illusion back and symmetrical lace detailing.

To see more about these bridal gowns, be sure to check out Allure Bridals.

xo
-E.

This is a sponsored post by Allure Bridals.

50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…

happily ever after starts here | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

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Note: if you’re reading this on the homepage, it’s a VERY image-intensive post, so we’ve split it in two. You’ll want to click ‘keep reading’ to see the full article.

Mountain Wedding Ideas

First, let’s dream up a breathtaking ceremony space, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: bwright photovia style me pretty

Ahhh, so pretty.

You can plan a mountain wedding in any season. In the spring or summer, deck out your ceremony space with an arch, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony arch | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/
photo: christina kiffney photography

Or plan an elegant fall or winter wedding:

left: venue, via harpers bazaar | right: via style me pretty, photo: cory ryan, venue: stein lodge

Imagine a nighttime reception with mountain views and pretty lights…

mountain wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: bwright photo, via style me pretty

… or a see-through tent at night so you don’t miss the views, even when it’s chilly outside.

elegant tent for mountain wedding |  http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

Here’s a sweetheart table that’s pure perfection…

sweetheart table mountain wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/
photo: our labor of love

Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:

mountain save the date | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by sparkvites

by starboard press

Have guests find their seats in a really creative way, like these ‘lift ticket’ cards…

lift ticket escort cards | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by four13designs

See the full post here.


What to Wear Instead of a Veil – Ask Emmaline

It’s Wedding Advice Wednesday! Bride-to-be, Michele, asks:

“Help! I’ve tried on a few wedding veils in a store, but I didn’t like how they looked. I don’t think a veil is my style and I just don’t see myself wearing a veil at my wedding. Does a bride have to wear a veil? Or is there something else I can wear as an alternative? If you have any tips on what to wear instead of a veil, I’d appreciate it!”

Fantastic question! For starters, you asked if the bride has to wear a veil. Remember that it’s your wedding: there are no rules. A bride doesn’t have to do anything or wear anything that she doesn’t want to, so a veil is definitely not a requirement.

Now, before we show you some wedding hair accessory options, if you try on a veil in store make sure you also…

1.) try on a veil while wearing your dress (or a similar style)
2.) try on the veil with a hairstyle you plan to wear the day-of
3.) try on several veil styles

The third one — trying on several veil styles — is especially important because one style can look better on some people than others. Your face shape, hairstyle, dress, and personal style are all factors when it comes to picking the perfect veil — or veil alternative. Also, trying on many different veil styles to see which one you like best is also a great rule of thumb. For example, a bandeau veil — like this one, shown below from Serephine — is a unique veil style that differs greatly from a traditional, classic look.


serephine

If you’ve tried the above and still prefer no veil, you’re in luck: there are plenty of stylish wedding veil alternatives from which to choose. And you know what?

You don’t even have to wear anything in your hair if you don’t want to.

See? These brides rocked a no-veil, no-anything look beautifully.

Oh hey, no veil!


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You can also change up your look mid-day: wear a veil for the ceremony and swap to a headband in the evening. Furthermore, you can wear a hair crown during the ceremony and swap to nothing for a no-fuss look at your reception.

Ah, endless possibilities. See how much freedom there is when you’re the bride? You get to make all of the decisions!

Now, on to the loveliness!

What to Wear Instead of a Veil

From hair combs to hair crowns, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for what to wear instead of a veil on your wedding day. You can find even more ideas in The Marketplace.

Hair Comb

vintage style bridal hair comb by lottie da designs | what to wear instead of a veilvintage style bridal hair comb | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Hair Flower


serephine

Halo Hair Wrap

halo hair wrap | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Beaded Halo Hair Piece

beaded halo hair piece | what to wear instead of a veil


southern ever after

Wreath Hair Crown


adbridal

Feather Headband

feather headband | what to wear instead of a veil

tessa kim, photo: deyla huss

Bridal Fascinator Hair Flower

bridal fascinator hair flower | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

Glass Bead Headpiece


divine by andrea

Hair Pin

hair pin | what to wear instead of a veil

senorita joya

Floral Hair Crown

floral hair crown | what to wear instead of a veil

roses and lemons, photo: a darling day

Draped Hair Comb

grecian hair comb | what to wear instead of a veil

lottie da designs

These are just a few of the many hair accessories you can choose. What’s your favorite style above? I’m loving the draped look lately, where you see the accessory just from the back. It’s gorgeous and perfect for a hair down hairstyle You should also see these hairstyle ideas for inspiration, too.

Do you have a wedding question? Ask Emmaline! Your question might appear in an upcoming Wedding Advice Wednesdays feature. Regardless, we’re always happy to help via email, too.

xo
-E.

Don’t Let it Fall! BIG Wedding Jenga >> POTD

Don’t let it fall! This big wedding Jenga photo is terrific. This giant size tumble tower is a hit among party guests for receptions and especially a way to keep all the kids (even the big ones) having fun! The blocks were tumbling just as Tamara from Silver Thumb Photography captured the guests’ reaction. The couple Meghan and John definitely know how to throw a party!

Big Wedding Jenga

Big wedding Jenga game, terrific reception fun

We love this photo! Check out more photos from this wedding. Find your wedding vendors in our wedding vendor guide!

P.S. Want a life-size tumble tower? Get one here.

10 Fun, Totally Unexpected Ways to Surprise the Groom

Brides: your wedding day allows for plenty of sweet, thoughtful ways to surprise the groom. Giving the groom a gift is one way to shower him with affection on your wedding day, but we’ve found some other awe-inspiring ideas we know he will love. To inspire you, we’ve hand-picked ten of our favorite ways to surprise the groom before the ceremony and during the reception. There’s a first look, a love note, and a mascot, just to name a few. People like to say the wedding day is all about the bride, but we think that’s outdated: it’s time for the groom to share some of the spotlight, too! Which of these serendipitous ideas seems to suit your groom best?

1. Surprise the Groom with… a First Look

When you surprise him with a first look, he gets the opportunity to see his Bride, all dressed up and for his eyes only. He’ll love it; make sure your photographer is ready to snap those candid smiles.

Blindfolded Groom - First Look - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

before the first look! – photo: mint photography via my wedding

2. A Love Note

Whether given to him by the flower girl…

Surprise the groom with a note - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: dnk photography

… or before the wedding.

Love note before the wedding - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: rick redd

3. A Mascot

Favorite sports team mascot? College mascot? He’ll love it.

Surprise him with a mascot - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

via pinterest

4. A Note on his Tie

Hand-embroider a secret message…

Embroidered Tie - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

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… or have a tie patch sewn on.

Tie Patch - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: janae shields

5. A Garter of His Favorite Team

Surprise him with a garter with his favorite team - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: lorie chambless

6. An ‘I Love You’ as he puts on your Ring

'I Love You' on ring finger for when he puts on the ring - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

photo: freshly wed

7. A Scotch Bar

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via martha stewart weddings

8. Socks (in case of ‘cold feet’)

In Case You Get Cold Feet Socks - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

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9. A Choreographed Dance

Surprise him with a dance - 10 Ways to Surprise the Groom #wedding

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10. Surprise the Groom with… a Groom’s Cake

Pick something he’ll love… whether he’s an avid golfer, video game player, or Star Wars fan.

Groom's Cake - Golf Themed

photo: dayna mae photography via weddingstar

*FUN IDEA

Want to travel to the ceremony with the entire wedding party? Just blindfold the groom so you can hang out before the ceremony (without him seeing your dress!) Love.

Blindfolded Groom - Travel together but blindfold the groom so you can hang out before the ceremony

photo: cjk visuals via bayside bride

Ready to Surprise the Groom?

We’re giving away a pair of ‘In Case of Cold Feet’ socks to surprise the groom! We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks of Silkscreen Express to give away one pair to a lucky reader. Between 10/31-11/6, enter for a chance to win a pair of ‘in case of cold feet’ socks. Value: $35. No cash value. Free shipping included to US only. Must ‘order’ socks within 6 months. Winner randomly picked and announced on 11/7/13. Respond to winning email within 72 (business) hours. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Use entry form below to enter. Good luck!

Entry Form

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Happy Planning!


-E.

BRIDES: How will you surprise the groom? Tell us below!

Top 5 Wedding Details This Week

Hello, loves! Happy Monday! We hope you had an incredible weekend. We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness and we couldn’t be more excited about the week ahead! Today, we’re sharing the top five new wedding details we’re loving which includes a little bit of everything from the web. We found a killer wedding up-do hairstyle, an easy to DIY personalized wedding vase, a gorgeous ring (you may require immediately), and more! So, grab that first cup of coffee for the week (I’ve got mine right here in all of its mocha-flavored goodness) and get ready as we unleash five wedding details you’re sure to love. Enjoy!

Top 5 Wedding Details This Week

We love wedding hairstyle inspiration! This incredible bridal updo hairstyle is perfect for a vintage wedding! Great job by Hair and Makeup by Steph and photographer Lindsey Shaun (+ beautiful bride Jenaya!)

Gorgeous Wedding Up-do

5 wedding details: #1 vintage wedding hairstyle (hair and makeup by steph, photo by lindsey shaun)

photo by lindsey shaun, styling: hair and makeup by steph, bride: jenaya

5 wedding details: #1 vintage wedding hairstyle (hair and makeup by steph, photo by lindsey shaun)

photo by lindsey shaun, styling: hair and makeup by steph, model: jenaya

“What a Difference a Day Makes” Print

This print would make a great wedding gift for your favorite couple… or, buy it yourself to display at your reception and afterward in your home. The print is by CoCoStine Designs and can include important dates in your relationship, like the date you met, got engaged, and your wedding date. Cute idea!

5 wedding details: #2 what a difference a day makes print (by cocostine designs)

date print by cocostine designs

Struck By Love

How cute are these DIY love struck place cards? Very. Find out how to craft your own miniature arrow cards at the always lovely Fellow Fellow (via Pinterest).

5 wedding details: #3 diy place card arrows (by fellow fellow)

photo/diy by fellow fellow

The Ultimate Heart Ring

I stumbled upon Paula B Design‘s shop and I’m glad I did. Her initial ring collection is fabulous enough, but this heart ring really struck a chord with me. This heart is huge: what a statement piece! I think this would make a fantastic bridesmaid or Maid of Honor gift.

5 wedding details: #4 the ultimate heart ring (by paula b design)

heart ring by paula b design

Personalized Bridesmaid Jars

Last but not least, take a peek at these fun DIY personalized bridesmaid jars spotted at Project Wedding created by Oh Happy Day. Bridesmaids carry bouquets and need somewhere to stow them during the reception, right? Add a little creativity into the mix with a personalized glass vase / jar she can re-use after the wedding. And, it’s super easy (+ inexpensive, too). Love this.

5 wedding details: #5 personalized bridesmaid jars you can DIY (by oh happy day via project wedding)

photo: oh happy day via project wedding

Discuss: Which wedding details (above) do you love?

Which of these five wedding details caught your eye? I’m in love with the hairstyle in #1. I think I’ll pin it for an upcoming event. Feel free to share your thoughts below on any of the five details listed above… we’d love to hear from you!

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There’s more coming up next including a brand new giveaway… and the winner of last week’s giveaway, too! (Gotta love Mondays!) Stay connected in the meantime by signing up for our FREE updates, following us on Twitter and check out our OTHER blog (yes, there’s now TWO!) in The Marketplace.

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Succulent Wedding Favors + Tea Cups = Perfection

Give guests the gift of plantable succulents! Succulents are easy plants for guests to maintain because they are hardy, retain plenty of water, and can withstand colder temperatures than other plants. These easy-to-DIY succulent wedding favors (which double as place cards, too!) are placed in tea cups ready for guests to plant. Since they are “planted” into whimsical tea cups, guests get two gifts in one! Gather plenty of vintage tea cups from places like thrift shops, garage sales, or estate sales – the more mismatched, the better. Each guests will have a one-of-a-kind planter piece to cherish for years.

succulent wedding favors
succulent wedding favors
succulent wedding favors

succulent wedding favors idea + photos // source

More coming up soon! Stay cool out there!

xo,
-E.