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Groom: These 30+ Wedding Duties Will *Really* Help the Bride

Brides: this post is for your Groom. Share this post with him!

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…

groom kissing bride

photo: bonnallie brodeur

Table Numbers: 3 Easy Tips You Should Know for Weddings

Table Numbers:  3 Easy Tips You Should Know for Weddings |

by whimsical prints

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…

14 Monogram Gift Ideas That Will Make the Best Day Ever

** 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

monogrammed wedding cake topper

monogrammed wedding cake topper by susabellas

2. This gold bar monogram necklace

gold monogram bar necklace
monogram necklace by vintage stamp jewels

3. This ring dish

Use it to carry your rings — and afterward to set your ring on when washing your hands or cleaning.

monogrammed wedding ring dish
monogrammed ring dish by susabellas

4. This monogram cowgirl hat

This cowgirl hat is perfect for the rustic-loving western brides out there. Cute for the bachelorette party, too!

monogram wedding cowboy hat

monogrammed cowgirl hat by southern ever after

5. These monogrammed wedding pillows

Buy a set of two and place at your sweetheart table. It’s like a chair sign — only better (and cozier).

monogram chair pillows by homeglow

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.

rustic monogram letter guest book

monogram guest book alternative by roxy heart vintage

7. This monogram bridal robe for getting ready

monogram bride robe

monogram bride robe by advantage bridal

8. This pair of monogrammed toasting flutes

monogram champagne flutes
monogram wedding flutes by MEKU

9. This pair of custom wedding corn-toss boards

For fun outside during cocktail hour!

monogram cornhole wedding boards

monogram cornhole game board by jrh cornhole

10. These custom monogram wedding koozies

rustic monogram wedding koozies
monogram drink koozies by rook design co.

11. This essential monogrammed garter

monogrammed wedding garter in blue stitching

monogrammed garter by southern ever after

12. These monogram cuff links

monogram cuff links
monogram cuff links by over the moon bridal

13. This rustic ring box

rustic tree slice monogram ring box
ring box by end grain wood shoppe

14. This huge wood monogram sign

Hang it up at your ceremony or reception space and afterward in your home.

monogram sign by host and toast studio

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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…

Happy 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.


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 |

by simply mad weddings

by simply mad weddings

wishing tree instructions | Wedding Wishing Trees |

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?


Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Inspired Wedding (BOOK)

Did you know it is #WorldBookDay? It’s trending worldwide on social media and we’re joining in on the fun! Emma here and in the spirit of World Book Day, we’re giving away a copy of my second book, The Inspired Wedding, to two lucky readers! If you want to plan a wedding unlike anyone else’s and you’re in need of fresh ideas and inspiration, then this is the book for you.

P.S. The lovely Carolyn Scott was gracious enough to provide some gorgeous images of my book, included in this post, and a wonderful write-up. Thanks, CS!

The Inspired Wedding Book,  images courtesy of Carolyn Scott |

About The Inspired Wedding book

I wrote The Inspired Wedding to help brides create a joyful, personalized, and celebratory day to remember forever. Seven unique and appealing themes are explored, with a wealth of practical tips, original suggestions, and gorgeous photographs to inspire you. Whether your desired wedding follows a classic approach, embraces a modern aesthetic, includes romantically vintage or bohemian-chic elements, or takes place in a blissful beach setting, the key ingredients are there, in each chapter, to take your wedding day from ordinary to outstanding. There are seven themes in total, including Romantically Vintage, Farmhouse Rustic, Beach Bliss, Urban Chic, Free Spirit, Traditional, and Boho Style, with detailed sections within each including Invitations & More, The Ceremony, The Attire, The Flowers, and The Reception.

I poured my whole heart into this book; I’d love to send YOU a signed copy to help you plan the Best Day Ever. All you have to do is use the giveaway form below and you’re entered for a chance to win! Giveaway runs through 4/30 and we’ll be selecting TWO (2) lucky winners. Good luck!

The Inspired Wedding Book, images courtesy of Carolyn Scott |

Photos of The Inspired Wedding Book, images courtesy of Carolyn Scott |


o Enter between 4/23/15-4/29/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Signed copy of The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski (two winners chosen; one book each)

The Inspired Wedding Book Giveaway

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $29.95 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

♥ | ♥ | ♥

P.S. Don’t want to wait? Seeing this after the giveaway is over? You can get a copy here or at any Barnes & Noble or Books A Million locations nationwide.

Good Luck!


What to Wear Instead of Veil for Reception? – Ask EB

Hi, loves! Emma here and we are bringing you a new Ask Emmaline question today, one that we’ve received more than once — and for good reason! Brides who don’t want to wear a wedding veil (or simply something different for the reception) always want to see some veil alternatives. And they want to know if they have to even wear a veil at all. Remember, a bride doesn’t have to do anything. We are firm believers in “your wedding, your way” here at Emmaline Bride and when it comes down to it, you should do anything you want to do. At the end of the day, you can say you did it YOUR way, not anyone else’s. You only get one wedding day, so you might as well make it everything you’ve dreamed it would be. Here’s what Shannon wrote us:

“I can’t decide if I should wear a veil for the ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for what to wear instead of a veil at the reception?”

Great question, Shannon! When you’re deciding what to wear instead of a veil (even for just the reception), consider your hairstyle. Will you be wearing an updo? Will you wear your hair down? Will you pick this amazing Gibson Tuck, rock a top knot, or maybe some boho-inspired braids? Whatever you decide, do a trial run and wear a veil alternative with it so you know ahead of time how it will look all put together.

What to Wear Instead of Veil

Some of our favorite veil alternatives include hair pins, hair flowers, hair combs, fascinators, or headbands (you can find all of these in The Marketplace. And, these are just a few suggestions — there are a dozen more! Today we’re sharing a handful of favorite veil alternatives from Fancie Strands to inspire you. Which veil alternative is most similar to your style?

7 Wedding Veil Alternative Ideas

1. Rhinestone + Lace Hair Flower

rhinestone lace hair flower | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

2. Hair Pins

Rhinestone Champagne Blush Wedding Hair Clips by Fanciestrands | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

3. Ivory Chiffon Hair Flower

ivory chiffon hair flower | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

4. Tulle Headband

tulle headband | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

5. Pearl Hair Flower

hair flower with rose gold pearls | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

6. Gold Sequin Hair Piece

gold sequin bridal hair piece | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

7. Ivory Flower Fascinator

ivory flower fascinator | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

8. Bridal Headpiece

bridal flower headpiece | via - What to Wear Instead of Veil

You can see these and more over at Fancie Strands.


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