Category: wedding planning

20 Questions You *Need* to Ask Your Wedding Venue

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?

bride and groom smiling

photo: william kim photography | see the real wedding

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.

Registry Must-Haves from Target: #6 – Paw & Order

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

Pet Wedding Registry Ideas from Target | Don't forget to include pet items on your registry.  Your four-legged friend is, after all, part of the family, too. :)

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.

Take 5 → Vintage Summer Wedding + Creative Ideas

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!

bride and bridesmaids

photo: justin & mary

2. This inventive card drawer, instead of a card box

Cute idea — and reusable, too.

card drawer

photo: justin & mary

3. This naked wedding cake

I like the flowers on top, in lieu of a traditional cake topper.

naked wedding cake

photo: justin & mary

4. The head table

Just the right amount of everything: flowers, taper candles, a draped ceiling and romantic lighting. Perfection.

reception seating

photo: justin & mary

5. The unique bookmark escort cards

The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!

photo: justin & mary

Bonus Finds

The groom’s socks as your “something blue”

Fun idea — and one we haven’t seen done before.

something blue groom socks

photo: justin & mary

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.

photo: justin & mary

There are dozens more — see the original Real Wedding here.

xo
-E.

Wedding Wishing Trees: Favors + Guest Book in One!

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!

Wedding Wishing Trees | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-wishing-tree/

by simply mad weddings

by simply mad weddings

wishing tree instructions | Wedding Wishing Trees | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/wedding-wishing-tree/

You can choose ornaments to tie into your wedding season, too! We spotted leaves for fall or snowflakes for winter:

by simply mad weddings

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?

xo
-E.