wedding ideas Archive

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?”

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.


Cufflinks to Surprise the Groom on the Wedding Day

How will you surprise the groom on your wedding day? Have a love note delivered to the room while he gets ready, a cooler at the ready with his favorite beverages to enjoy with the groomsmen, or something sweet stitched to the back of his tie? There are many ways to surprise the groom on your wedding day, but a pair of groom cufflinks is one of our favorites! A pair of cufflinks he can wear on the wedding day and beyond makes a great keepsake gift. Pick a pair that says something sweet or sentimental, wrap them up in a box, and have the ring bearer or flower girl deliver them to him right before the ceremony. Here are a few we spotted at Over The Moon Bridal to give you some ideas…

Groom Cufflinks

groom cufflinks - today i marry my best friend

by over the moon bridal

20 “Love You to the Moon & Back” Ideas for Weddings

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. One of my favorite sayings is I love you to the moon and back, which also happens to make a beautiful wedding theme! To show you what we mean, we’re sharing twenty handpicked “love you to the moon” ideas to spark your creativity. For this theme, I can picture dancing under a dark starry night sky with a color palette of midnight blue and silver and dancing under the moon. You can even plan a night wedding if you’d like! Sound romantic? We think so, too! For this theme, we’ve found a cute moon backdrop for your photo booth, invitations, jewelry, a sparkly hair comb, programs, a cake topper, and more. To find out specifics on any of these items, please refer to the full list at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Love You to the Moon Ideas – Weddings

Over the Moon / Love you to the Moon Ideas Weddings | Backdrop by Dappsy

by dappsy, photo: traveling tree photography

10 Fun Ways to Surprise the Groom on your Wedding Day

Hi, lovelies! Your wedding day gives you the perfect opportunity to do some sweet and thoughtful surprises for your groom! And he’ll never see it coming! Giving the groom a gift is one way to shower him with affection on your wedding day, but we’ve found some other 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 in the spotlight, too!

Tell us: which of these ideas would YOU do?

How to Surprise the Groom on your Wedding Day

1. Surprise the Groom with… a First Look

When you surprise him with a first look, he gets the opportunity to see the Bride, all dressed up and before anyone else! 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

35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

Hi, loves! Emma here. When I used to think of burlap, I pictured rope or netting or large bags of rice or coffee beans. Now when I think of it, I imagine rustic table runners and burlap-covered favor jars and delicate chair sashes with baby’s breath tucked into its center. Burlap is a woven fabric made from jute plant or sisal fibers. It has many practical uses in landscaping and manufacturing, but now it is one of the most sought-after crafting materials — especially for weddings. With its rough texture, it’s hard to believe that burlap has charmed its way into the hearts of brides, but it has! And we know that burlap for weddings is here to stay. And just when you thought you’ve seen it all when it comes to burlap, think again: we’ve rounded up thirty-five new uses for burlap for your wedding decor, gifting, accessories, and more.

So, grab a huge cup of coffee (it is Monday, after all, and make sure you put it in a happy mug) and get ready to be inspired! Enjoy!

P.S. Need to order burlap in bulk? Try your local hardware store, craft shop, or try here.

Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

1. This cute wedding direction sign

Place at your ceremony or reception space so guests know they’re in the right place.

burlap wedding direction sign | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by montana snow

2. These adorably functional save the dates

They’re actually burlap drink koozies. Great idea!

burlap koozie save the dates | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by so rusticute

3. Send chic burlap inspired wedding invitations

rustic burlap wedding invitations | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by the lovely glass jar, photo: leah mullett

4. Use a bit of burlap twine around your programs, too

wedding program wrapped in jute twine | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by rebecca green design

5. When thinking favors, opt for something like burlap wrapped succulents

These are so cute! Great for rustic or modern weddings.

burlap wrapped succulent favors | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by cactus limon

6. These small favor bags with a heart are cute for candy

blue heart favor bags | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by bree westwood

7. Or these wholesale wine bags as favors / wedding party gifts

burlap wine bag favors | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by habitation boheme

8. Burlap can be wrapped around your bouquet

lavender bouquet wrapped in burlap | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by melody brook

9. Or wrapped around a large monogram letter

burlap wrapped letter | 35 Easily Beautiful Ways to Use Burlap for Weddings

by 4th generation designs

10. Capture your first few moments as Mr and Mrs with a burlap banner

mr and mrs burlap garland

by lisa t creations, photo: monica s photography

11. Use a burlap design print on your bridal shower invites

cute printed mason jar burlap inspired invitation

by evince design

12. A burlap design print on programs is lovely, too

burlap design print program

by red letter vows

13. Pick a guest book covered in burlap

rustic guest book

by lace and twig

14. And garland to direct guests to scribble in it

guest book sign with burlap

by the lanes creative

15. Have guests wave these cute burlap ribbon wands at your ceremony

lace and burlap ribbon wands

by kate kate nyc

16. And have your ring bearer carry a cute burlap-wrapped ring pillow

burlap ring pillow

by the artsy hippie

17. Burlap can decorate your flower girl’s basket

rustic burlap flower girl basket

by michele’s cottage

18. It also adds texture to your reception tables

burlap table overlay

by anto arts

19. It looks great as a burlap runner for your sweetheart table

Here is a brilliant example spotted at Country Barn Babe. Love those boots? Me too! We couldn’t find the exact match, but these are gorgeous.

burlap table runner for sweetheart table

by country barn babe

20. Also at your sweetheart table, add a comfy pillow with favorite lyrics

Here is just one example (and boy, do I love this song):

and i think to myself what a wonderful world pillow

by sweet pickle shop

These Tank Tops on Etsy Make the Best Shirts for Weddings

It’s time for the handmade wedding find of the day! See what you’ve missed in the archives. Better yet, go ahead and do this so you never miss a post.

Have you been searching for cute tank tops for weddings but your search has come up short? Do you want something unique, perhaps even something you can wear while getting ready and even afterward? Then you’ll love what we’ve found for you today! These tank tops were spotted over at Emily Steffen and they’re bound to be your new favorites. This first tank top is today’s handmade-a-day find and instead of saying ‘Bride’, it says, “Today is the Best Day Ever”. This means you can wear it on your wedding day and every day following. And shouldn’t your wedding and every day after be the best day ever? We think so, too! Wear it at your bachelorette bash, on your wedding day, honeymoon, and even lounging around the house watching Netflix marathons together. Every day in love is the best day in my book.

Etsy Wedding Tank Tops

But first…

Why These Shirts Are Extra Awesome

Unlike other tank tops that can fit weird and shrink upwards when you wash them (ugh, that is the worst), these tanks are ultra soft and flowy. They are designed to drape and accentuate your shape naturally. You can wash these (no dryer — line dry, please) and they’ll come out great (according to reviews, they even get a bit roomier, so size accordingly). Also, they are roomy enough to fit over your hair and makeup, so you don’t have to worry about messing up your ‘do. Take a look!

Today is the Best Day Ever Tank Top by Emily Steffen | Etsy Wedding Tank Tops

by emily steffen

And the fun doesn’t stop there. If you want something with a little minty color, try this one on for size. It reads, “Today is perfectly wonderful”.

Today is Perfectly Wonderful Tank Top by Emily Steffen | Etsy Wedding Tank Tops

by emily steffen

And these, too — “Oh, yay!” — “Oh Happy Day” — and “I am super duper loved”. Your bridesmaids will love to wear them too, and not just on the big day!

by emily steffen

And this one: “You & I, We’re Better Together”.

You and I We Are Better Together by Emily Steffen by Emily Steffen | Etsy Wedding Tank Tops

by emily steffen

Etsy Wedding Tank Tops / Getting Ready Tees

There’s more to see in her shop! Oh, and the price is amazing, too. ;)

♥ | ♥ | ♥

What do you think of these tank tops and tees? Would you wear one? If so, which one?


35 Best Ideas for Succulents in Weddings

Hi, lovelies! Emma here and I’m crazy in love with succulents, especially lately. Aside from my front porch project involving succulents and planter boxes, I’ve been researching these pretties ever since I spotted these. My thumbs finally turned green this weekend (my hydrangeas are winning and my roses are alive and well, thank goodness), I really appreciate how hardy succulents are. Succulents require very little care, so even if you send favors home with guests and they aren’t great gardeners, you can rest assured they’ll still thrive. Plus, you won’t have to worry about succulents wilting through a hot humid wedding reception: they look great all the time!

To inspire you, we’re sharing thirty-five creative succulent wedding ideas. These finds are from all around the web, ranging from bouquets to boutonnieres to wedding decor — even invitations. We’ve found a mix of Real Wedding ideas along with handmade wedding finds. Check them out below along with helpful tips on where to buy succulents for DIY projects. Enjoy!

Creative Wedding Succulent Ideas

1. These bouquets

Succulent Wedding Bouquets, photo: vicki grafton | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

succulent bouquets: intrigue designs, photo: vicki grafton photography via style me pretty

2. This wedding cake with flowers and succulents

Succulent Wedding Cake, photo: vicki grafton | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

succulents: intrigue designs, cake: fionas cakes, photo: vicki grafton photography

3. This succulent cake topper made of clay

Succulent Wedding Cake Topper | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

topper: parsi

4. This dark succulent boutonniere

Dark succulent boutonniere for the groom | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

by jenna leslye designs

5. This cute potted succulent used as a place card

Succulent Place Card | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

via style me pretty, photo: coralie photography

6. Or these succulents in gold pots used as escort cards

Succulent Escort Cards in Gold Pots, photo by rebecca arthurs | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

photo: rebecca arthurs

7. This heart succulent centerpiece

Succulent Wedding Centerpiece in Heart Shape | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |
by fleurie gifts

8. These (edible, sugary) succulents atop cupcakes

Sugar succulent cupcake decor | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

sugar succulents by sugar and stripes co.

9. This mini succulent boutonniere

mini succulent boutonniere | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

by jenna leslye designs

10. This faux succulent wedding bouquet

It lasts forever.

faux succulent wedding bouquet | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |
succulent wedding bouquet by fleurdunord

11. This succulent table runner

succulent table runner | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

12. This succulent and craspedia bouquet

Succulent and Craspedia Wedding Bouquet | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

photo: clayton austin

13. Use these succulent garden books as centerpieces

Succulent Garden Book | 35 Most Creative Ideas for Succulents in Weddings |

by a little art and alchemy

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 |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

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

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot | Photo: Cat Mayer Studio |

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.


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


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 |

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 |
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 |

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 |

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

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

sweetheart table mountain wedding |

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception |

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift |

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding |

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing 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 |

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date |

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova |

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites |

by sparkvites

by starboard press

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

lift ticket escort cards |

by four13designs

See the full post here.

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.

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