Category: wedding planning

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.

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 | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/the-inspired-wedding-book/

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 | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/the-inspired-wedding-book/

Photos of The Inspired Wedding Book, images courtesy of Carolyn Scott | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/the-inspired-wedding-book/

Giveaway

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!

xo
-E.

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 http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

2. Hair Pins

Rhinestone Champagne Blush Wedding Hair Clips by Fanciestrands | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

3. Ivory Chiffon Hair Flower

ivory chiffon hair flower | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

4. Tulle Headband

tulle headband | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

5. Pearl Hair Flower

hair flower with rose gold pearls | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

6. Gold Sequin Hair Piece

gold sequin bridal hair piece | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

7. Ivory Flower Fascinator

ivory flower fascinator | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

8. Bridal Headpiece

bridal flower headpiece | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/what-to-wear-instead-of-veil/ - What to Wear Instead of Veil

You can see these and more over at Fancie Strands.

xo
-E.

7 Tips for Buying a Wedding Dress Online (PHOTOS)

Buying a wedding dress online? Don’t miss this post! We’re outlining seven of the most important tips to ensure you buy your dream dress safely. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss advice-packed posts like these!

bride wearing dress with boots
by joan shum, photo: kim hayes photography

Hi, gorgeous! Emma here and if you’re thinking about buying a wedding dress online, you’re not alone! I mean, you’re obviously part of the modern age and you just don’t have time to be running around from bridal store to bridal store. We get it. We really do. It’s amazing how easy it is to buy anything online. This is coming from the girl who orders this in bulk online (and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it because it is so convenient). I buy amazing socks like these that fit flats like whoa. I stock up on k-cups so I don’t ever have a coffee outage. I buy things online and then I’m excited when it comes to my door like it’s Christmas morning.

But anyway, this isn’t about me. This is about you. And shopping online for your wedding has never been easier, what with our Marketplace filled to the brim with handmade finds and with shops on Etsy with emerging new wedding dress designers. Plus, every designer offers galleries of their newest gowns, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your yoga pants and favorite couch cushion to find your dream dress.

gibson bespoke

silk charmeuse wedding dress bohemian | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke

Before you say yes to the dress, we want to give you a few pointers to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know about buying a wedding dress online so you stay safe AND you get exactly what you want. Feel free to ask questions at the end of this post, too — we have a Facebook comment form built-in so you don’t even have to log in (we know you’re already logged in to Facebook at work, you sneaky little bride, you. We won’t tell.) We’re also sharing some fantastic wedding gowns we know you’ll obsess over as much as we do. Who knows? Maybe one of these will be The Dress. Enjoy!

If you’re reading this on the homepage, click ‘continue reading’ below to see the full article.

by pure magnolia couture

by jillian fellers, photo, left: hooton images

wedding dress handmade long ivory sleeveless
by apilat creative atelie

Buying Wedding Dress Online? Read These 7 Tips First

1. Read reviews.

Read reviews first! It’s always helpful to do your homework. Places like Etsy offer reviews right inside a designer’s shop, so you can see first-hand what real brides have to say. You can also see reviews on Weddingwire, Ebay, Amazon, etc. Also, if you see a negative review out of many positives, don’t let it necessarily deter you: read the review and consider whether there was a simple communication error or perhaps a misunderstanding. If a majority of the reviews are glowing, it’s probably a safe place to buy.

bohemian wedding dress with bow on back | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke

leanimal

solitary pearl

left to right
1 – pure magnolia couture
2 – claire lafaye
3 – pure magnolia couture
4 – joan shum

2. Don’t cut corners.

One of the biggest mistakes brides make when buying a wedding dress online is trying to save money by cutting corners. Don’t cut corners, especially when it comes to your wedding dress. For instance, if you find a gorgeous gown out of your budget, don’t seek a vendor who will copy the style and make it for you. It’s not just because we think that’s wrong, but also because the result is almost NEVER what you expect. Plus, the designer who made the dress you love is an expert. You can’t just copy expertise. We’ve heard some horror stories and you know what? Many brides end up spending more money in the process (you know, like having to spend more money to scramble and find a new dress weeks before the wedding because theirs never arrived or was completely wrong? Yes, that’s (unfortunately) a true story from a bride.)

If the dress you found is completely out of your budget (as in, totally unattainable), do this instead: figure out what makes it the dream dress to you. Is it the flowy chiffon fabric? The sweetheart neckline? The way the back has lace appliques? Once you identify what about the dress makes it a dream come true, you’ll be able to search for other dresses that have a similar feature that might be more within your reach.

lace bohemian wedding gown | photo: kirsty-lyn jameson | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

gibson bespoke, photos: kirsty-lyn jameson

vneck wedding dress with black sash | via http://emmalinebride.com/bride/buying-wedding-dress-online/

by barzelai

3. Don’t buy the first wedding dress you see.

It’s tempting, I know! You’ve found the perfect dress and it’s only a quick click away. Instead, sleep on it. You might wake up tomorrow and think, what was I thinking? Or, you might wake up and decide to go ahead, at which case, congrats — that sure was fast!

4. Order well in advance.

If you’re ordering a handmade wedding dress, make sure you check the designer’s schedule to make sure you’ll have your wedding dress at least three months before the big day. This will ensure your dress will be ready for your big day, even if shipping takes forever or your dress isn’t completed on time. You’ll need to have it professionally fitted, too, and seamstresses have busy schedules, too. You will also enjoy the extra time to try on veils with your dress (to pick the perfect style), as well as any accessories (i.e. a sash, wrap, your jewelry, or shoes).

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7 Free-Spirited Bohemian Wedding Ideas

Happy Thursday to you! We’re kicking off this beautiful, FREEZING COLD wintry day the best way we know how: with wedding inspiration and a book giveaway! But first, are you planning a bohemian wedding and need some fresh inspiration? My new book The Inspired Wedding can help you plan your wedding from start to finish with an entire chapter dedicated to a bohemian wedding theme. I happen to love boho weddings and poured me whole heart into the chapter. Actually, I poured my whole heart into every chapter, each focused on a different theme: Beach, Vintage, Rustic, Modern, Offbeat, Traditional, and, as I mentioned, Bohemian. Today I’m sharing some bohemian wedding ideas and giving a signed copy of my book to one lucky reader! Read on to see more…

where to find //

bridal headpiece | gilded shadows
arrow + initials crest necklace | white truffle studio
leather and lace clutch | eclu
bohemian wedding invitations | beacon lane
arrow + initials cuff links | white truffle studio
lace wedding dress | dreamers and lovers
taupe wedding bouquet | ao styles

Giveaway

Want to win a signed copy of my new book? Enter below!

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 12/18-12/24/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a signed copy of The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski (hardcover, Sellers Publishing, Inc. 2014)
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included worldwide
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…

the inspired wedding book

xo
-E.

P.S. Don’t want to wait? Grab a copy here now! It’s on sale right now from Amazon.

Fall Leaves Wedding Garland >> Photo of the Day

If you’re planning a fall wedding or just a have a love for this time of year, then this fall leaves wedding garland will inspire you! This fall leaves wedding garland is crafted by Ayca from Couture by Ayca. These beautiful leaf garlands would be perfect for your fall wedding decor. You can use these garlands for wall accents, adorning your wedding tables, and even draped over your centerpieces. These would also look amazing hanging from a pergola or arbor if you’re getting married under one. Do you want this for your wedding? Find out more here.

fall leaves wedding garland, wedding inspiration and decor

Fall Leaves Wedding Garland

Check out more handmade wedding items from the Emmaline Bride Marketplace.

How to Plan a Themed Wedding (BOOK)

Hi, loves! Emma here! Are you wondering how to plan a themed wedding from start to finish? Are you newly engaged and have no idea which theme is best for you? Or, perhaps you are deep in the thick of planning and need some fresh inspiration? This is the ultimate themed wedding book for you! It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of my new book, “The Inspired Wedding“, in bookstores nationwide! This book has been a labor of love and I’ve poured my whole heart into it. It has been a joy to work on: I’ve had the privilege to work with the best publishing company, Sellers Publishing, Inc., along with top wedding photographers and handmade wedding vendors in the industry. I have carefully chosen each of the seven themes outlined in the book, filling each with eye candy — you’ll find fresh ideas for your ceremony and reception, what to wear, what type of invitations to send, favor ideas for your guests, unique wedding venues, gorgeous photography, and handmade items for every theme. Read on to find out more…

how to plan a themed wedding // the inspired wedding book by emma arendoski of emmaline bride

How to Plan a Themed Wedding

The Inspired Wedding is an idea book. It includes seven wonderful chapters including Romantically Vintage, Farmhouse Rustic, Beach Bliss, Urban Chic, Free Spirit, Traditional, and Boho Style. In the introduction, I share some reasons why picking the wedding theme will help bring your perfect day to fruition, along with ‘Good Things to Know’ with essentials every bride should know. With the turn of each page, you’ll be taken away to the breathtaking venues, dazzled by the elegant wedding gowns and accessories, energized to decorate your ceremony and reception with personal touches, and exhilarated to finally pick the perfect wedding theme for you and run with it.

Excerpt Preview from “The Inspired Wedding”

excerpts from the inspired wedding // how to plan a themed wedding

You’ll learn how to plan a themed wedding from start to finish. In each chapter, I include what the wedding theme entails, explain how certain decorations and invitations work best for that particular style, and share my favorite ideas on the wedding ceremony (including details such as traditions, venue ideas, ceremony programs, etc.); the attire; the flowers; the reception (the venue, escort cards, table numbers, signage, entertainment, etc) and more. If you are planning a themed wedding, this is the ultimate guide for you.

the inspired wedding planning book

I’m honored to have the privilege to share my ideas in this wonderful book, officially out in bookstores today. You can find it at your local Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, or independent bookstores in your area. Some locations have the book today; others are currently accepting pre-order for books arriving next week. You can also find the book online at multiple retailers including Amazon.com. To see excerpts from the book, click here.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you, dear readers of Emmaline Bride. Without you, none of this would be possible! Thank you for being such a wonderful community and for inspiring me to write this book. I hope you like it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

P.S. Thank you to my wonderful husband, Andrew. He has been an endless support.

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xo
Emma

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