Are you looking for tips on how to efficiently plan your wedding? Well, we’re bringing you some helpful tips from one of our preferred wedding planners, Esme Krahn from Bodamaestra. Esme specializes in working with couples from Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. She has created an e-book for all brides called “7 Smart Ways to Keep your Sanity while Planning your Wedding“. So what’s in this e-book that’s going to help you? Esme tells us, “As the title suggests, my goal in writing this e-book is to help couples maintain a sense of control, ownership, and yes, sanity, as they embark on what can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience.” Parts of planning your wedding are sure to be overwhelming, but what we like about this e-book is how Esme breaks down barriers, keeps you organized, and offers smart tips to help you. Get started with your free e-book!
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Dear Groom, It’s me, your Bride. I know I’ve been a little preoccupied lately, pouring over wedding blogs and Pinterest for more wedding ideas. I’m just really excited to marry you. And I realized something: there are a ton of groom duties you could do that would *really* help me out. So, I’ve made them into a list. Some of these are really simple, while others are a little more elaborate. And, a few of these are cute ideas I found that I really want you to do. You’ll see what I mean once you start reading the list. Oh, and have I mentioned lately how good looking you are? It’s true. I really should say that more often (cause I’m sure thinking it). Anyway, thanks for helping with our wedding plans. You’re awesome. But you already knew that. On to the list…
We know that you spend (or will spend) a ton of time and money on flowers for your wedding. So why let them go by the wayside once you reach the reception? Today we’re answering a wedding advice question that comes from Victoria, who asks:
If you have assigned seating at your wedding reception, you will need table numbers so guests can easily find their seats. But there are a few tips you’ll need to implement that you may not have considered. These three tips will make your table numbers better and bolder, so you’ll definitely want to take note. Read on to find out more and see some inspiring table numbers we spotted over at Whimsical Prints. You’ll love these pretty table numbers…
** Giveaway inside!
Hi, loves! Emma here. One reason why we’re so in love with handmade weddings is because they’re so detail-obsessed. Each detail in a handcrafted wedding is lovingly pieced together, whether created by your own two hands or lovingly made by a professional artisan. The outcome is a more beautiful and personalized wedding day from start to finish.
One of the easiest ways to add a personal touch to your decor is by using your monogram. Your monogram is your own personal stamp, which can be used throughout including bridal accessories, wedding invitations, favors, decorations, and more. You can use a three-letter monogram (with your initials and first letter of your last name combined together, like mine — EAA) or your last initial (mine — A), whichever you prefer.
Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorite monogram wedding ideas to make your wedding stand out. We’ve found cake toppers, custom cufflinks, decor pieces, and jewelry, with a little something for everyone. There’s even a monogram cowgirl hat for rustic brides! Plus, we’ve teamed up with Advantage Bridal to give away one personalized bridal gift to a lucky reader as our latest wedding giveaways. Find out what it is below!
Personalized Wedding Gifts
1. This wedding cake topper
2. This gold bar monogram necklace
3. This ring dish
Use it to carry your rings — and afterward to set your ring on when washing your hands or cleaning.
4. This monogram cowgirl hat
5. These monogrammed wedding pillows
6. This single letter monogram guest book alternative
Instead of a regular book, have guests sign on this letter with a permanent (ultra) fine point marker, like this.
7. This monogram bridal robe for getting ready
8. This pair of monogrammed toasting flutes
9. This pair of custom wedding corn-toss boards
For fun outside during cocktail hour!
10. These custom monogram wedding koozies
11. This essential monogrammed garter
12. These monogram cuff links
13. This rustic ring box
14. This huge wood monogram sign
Hang it up at your ceremony or reception space and afterward in your home.
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Win one of these monogram gift ideas!
Monogrammed Bridal Robe Giveaway
o Giveaway dates: 7/14/15-7/20/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Bride Robe from Advantage Bridal
Details → Win a free Bride robe in any of 30+ silky satin colors. This robe is embellished with dazzling rhinestones, and is available in regular and plus sizing.
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $48 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…
Ready to book your wedding reception venue? WAIT! — don’t do anything until you ask these important questions. They’ll save you a headache later on and guarantee that you and your venue are on the same page. After all, don’t you want to spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the fun, like this cute couple?
We thought so! Read on to begin…
Questions to Ask Wedding Venue
1. Is our wedding date available?
The most popular of the questions to ask your wedding venue? Your date! Find out if your date is available and, if so, how to book it to ensure your date is saved.
2. How many other weddings are booked on the same day?
It’s helpful to know how many other weddings are happening at the same time as yours. It’s fine if there are additional weddings the same day, as long as ample staff can handle the size of your event.
3. How much is the deposit?
Be very clear about how much you owe to reserve the date, when it is due, and how you can make a payment.
4. How many deposits are required?
If more than one deposit is required, find out when they are due and which method payment can be made.
5. Do we owe for “extra” costs?
These extra costs are sometimes in fine print and can include a cleaning fee, overtime charge, or gratuity. Make sure you get all the costs before signing anything.
Our registry series in collaboration with Target continues with week number six! This week, we’re focusing on pet lovers AND organization. Yes, you can really have both — and we’ll show you how in this collection entitled Paw & Order. Don’t forget to register for stuff for your four-legged friend! They are part of the family, after all. Enjoy this cute collection!
Pet Wedding Registry
Where to Find
1 Pub Mirror with Hooks (for coats & leashes!)
2 Storage Ottoman
3 Dyson Upright Vacuum
4 Boots & Barkley Pet Bed
5 Boots & Barkley Pet Food Storage Container
6 8-Cube Storage Organizer
7 Storage Fabric Cube
Stay tuned for next week’s registry feature! Follow our RSS feed so you don’t miss it!
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Target.
It’s time for a fun new series at Emmaline Bride! Be sure you’re following along so you don’t miss any inspiration along the way.
When we spotted these vintage Real Wedding details captured by Justin & Mary and designed by mStarr Event Design, it was the bouquets (from Petal Floral Design) that first caught my eye. Then it was the escort cards, and those chic centerpieces, and the boutonnieres! So, today we’re kicking off a brand new series every Monday called Take 5, where we bring you five stunning ideas from one single real wedding. We’re all about the details here (especially handmade ones!) at Emmaline Bride, so we know you crave creativity as much as we do. For our first feature, we’re sharing five unique ideas including a naked wedding cake, a decorative way to hold wedding cards, a reception table to dream of, and more. We even threw in two bonuses just because we couldn’t help ourselves. ;) Enjoy!
Vintage Summer Wedding
1. These bridesmaid dresses
… and those bouquets!
2. This inventive card drawer, instead of a card box
Cute idea — and reusable, too.
3. This naked wedding cake
I like the flowers on top, in lieu of a traditional cake topper.
4. The head table
Just the right amount of everything: flowers, taper candles, a draped ceiling and romantic lighting. Perfection.
5. The unique bookmark escort cards
The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!
The groom’s socks as your “something blue”
Fun idea — and one we haven’t seen done before.
And the outdoor games, like corn hole
Lawn games are a terrific idea, especially for entertaining guests during cocktail hour or before dinner. You can get custom corn hole games here.
There are dozens more — see the original Real Wedding here.
Have you fallen head over heels for handmade weddings? Us, too! Check out The Marketplace for the latest.
Do you love dual-purpose wedding decor like I do? Emma here and you might remember these chic flower vase favors we talked about yesterday as wedding favors, place cards, AND decor. Pretty amazing, right? Today we’re back to share another dual-purpose idea: wedding wishing trees! They serve as your favors and guest book in one (plus, they’re so pretty as decor, too). These wishing trees are handmade by Simply Mad Weddings and we think they’re a truly brilliant idea. Read on to see more…
Wedding Wishing Trees
The wedding wishing trees from Simply Mad Weddings shimmer and sparkle. Each one is made of a hard plastic with a sturdy base, so it won’t tip over easily. It measures 32″ tall and can be customized in either light rose gold glitter or silver glitter, whichever coordinates best with your decor. On the tree, you can hang ornaments — also from Simply Mad Weddings — which serve as favors for guests. The ornaments are available in different shapes like starfish, hearts, stars, etc., to coordinate with your wedding theme. The tree also serves as a guest book because when a guest takes an ornament as a favor, they leave a wish (written on a tag and hung on the tree in place of the ornament). After the wedding, the newlyweds are left with sweet, handwritten wishes by guests; guests get to take home a ornament favor to enjoy for years to come. It’s a win-win!
You can choose ornaments to tie into your wedding season, too! We spotted leaves for fall or snowflakes for winter:
You can find out more about these wedding wishing trees at Simply Mad Weddings.
What do you think of wedding wishing trees?
Will you be trying out this idea?