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Real Weddings: A Beautiful Beach Wedding on Bald Head Island

The Bride and Groom - Portraits - Bald Head Island Wedding - Photo by Eric Boneske

Gentle rolling waves, blue skies, sandy shoreline… there’s so much to love about a beach wedding! Today we’re sharing a stunning Bald Head Island wedding captured by Eric Boneske Photography at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Blaire and Ben chose a beach wedding theme with a pretty aqua and coral color palette. To accentuate these colors, they chose bridesmaid dresses in aqua and groomsmen bow ties in coral. This wedding has many details to inspire you including handmade wedding chair signs, pretty hydrangea centerpieces, a modern take on the “First Look”, romantic beach portraits, a s’mores bar, and a bubble grand exit! See their day as it unfolded…

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When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings?

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings? We will tell you! → | design: basic invite

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Writing thank you cards for every wedding event, shower, party, and your reception is a must. But when should thank you cards be ordered? Should you cross thank you’s off the list now, or wait until a specific event or after your honeymoon? We’ll tell you! Plus, we’re showing you three different types of cards to consider AND sharing a really awesome custom-design tool we spotted over at Basic Invite. It’s all inside…

This Innovative Registry is the New Big Thing in Weddings

You’ve heard of a wedding registry before, and you’ve probably tried navigating a store with scanning gun in hand down endless aisles of products. It can be frustrating to find exactly what you’re looking for and figure out what you really need. But there’s good news: this wedding registry concept is going to change the way you think about registries forever. For starters, you can register anywhere, from home. In your pajamas, with coffee in hand. I know, pretty amazing, right? Read on to find out why Zola is the new big thing when it comes to wedding registries…

Wedding Registry

If you’re having trouble choosing which store is best for your wedding registry, that’s totally understandable. One store can’t possibly meet all of your needs, especially when you are blending together two unique styles into one new home. That’s why Zola is changing the way you register for your wedding. With Zola, you can register for anything from anywhere, all in one place.

This Innovative Registry Is the New Big Thing in Weddings | Registry Weddings Zola

Real Weddings: Watch this Beautiful California Wedding (Video)

Danielle and Eric’s beautiful California wedding video looks amazing! Prepare to be swept away as you watch their wedding day unfold. Their California wedding video was captured by Wilson from Baby Blue Film at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, California. Throughout the wedding film you’ll see two best friends interact as they set off on their new journey together. Some DIY details from the wedding day include custom wood signage, a cake topper, and candy bar monogram. Hear more about their day and see the video…

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17 Coasters That Will Look Absolutely Lovely at Weddings

How will you incorporate your personal style into your wedding bar? The first things couples always tackle are drinks and glassware, but what about fun and unexpected details that can make your bar really POP? Besides fun swizzle sticks or straws like these and a signature drink sign, wedding coasters are another detail we love to see at receptions. We have seen coasters given as favors, we have seen coaster save the dates, escort cards, and we have seen them turned into creative guest book alternatives. A unique wedding coaster can act as an element of decor for your theme, as well as offer functionality by keeping tables clean of condensation and acting as a “drink saver” (more on that below). To illustrate how awesome wedding coasters can be, we’ve rounded-up seventeen finds to inspire your unique wedding bar style. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Coasters for Weddings

1. Birch wood wedding coasters

These wedding coasters are essential for a rustic wedding bar. By Pixels and Timber.

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by pixels and timber

2. Coasters as your Save the Date

These wedding coasters are so pretty! Send them in the mail as a save the date announcement instead of a traditional card. By Paper Street Press.

save the date coasters

by paper street press

3. Eat, Drink and Be Married

These coasters are elegant and feature a fun saying: “Eat, Drink and Be Married”. We love this example which features the couple’s names, wedding date, and website address. Perfect for guests to visit after the wedding if you’re showcasing photos on your wedding website. By Ruffhouse Art.

eat drink and be married coasters

by ruffhouse art

4. With Love from Chicago

Or Detroit. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC. Wherever your love adventure began! By Allie Hasson. Sidebar: it looks like this is the last batch of wedding coasters with “Chicago” and they might not be making more (sadface). Hmmm. I say, ask them anyway and maybe they’ll get a huge response and make them for all cities, since they’re incredibly lovely! I call dibs on Romeo.

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by allie hasson

5. Fondest Memories

These are coasters AND cute memories in one! Have guests write down their favorite good times with the bride and groom. By Starboard Press.

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by starboard press

6. Cheers Wedding Coasters

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy. Spotted at Julie Song Ink.

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julie song ink

7. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is a fun way to show off your new initial. By When it Rains Shop.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

8. Thank You to Parents

We’ve talked about unique ways to thank parents and guests at your wedding. This coaster is another fantastic way to do it! By Dinglewood Design.

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dinglewood design

9. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram. By Dear LC.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

10. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors, like these by My Little Chickadee Creations which are custom and handmade.

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my little chickadee creations

11. Please Don’t Take My Drink

A wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing“. I swear, the number of drinks “cleaned up” while people are dancing is incredible! It will save you money, too, as a bonus, since most guests go get a new drink when they discover theirs is gone.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

12. My Wish for the Newlyweds

Place these wedding coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! This also takes the place of a guest book (similarly to #5, above). By Starboard Press.

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by starboard press

13. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

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kate aspen

14. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

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15. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

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16. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

and they lived happily ever after wedding coasters in green

print smitten

17. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the d-ate coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Will you be using wedding coasters at your reception?

Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.


This Popcorn Favor is Quick and Easy to Make for Weddings

Learn how to make the popcorn favor weddings love! This popcorn favor bag is today’s handmade find. Find out more below and subscribe so you stay in the loop!

Hi, loves! Today we’re sharing a really fun and colorful popcorn wedding favor you can make in a weekend thanks to some clever styling from Mavora Art and Design. And this isn’t just any popcorn… this is the colorful popcorn, the kind that reminds you of the carnival and tastes just a little sweeter. And it’s packaged in a beautifully-designed popcorn bag! If the colorful popcorn isn’t your thing, feel free to switch it up with caramel popcorn, kettle corn, cheddar cheese, or regular ol’ popcorn, which is always a classic. Guests of all ages love popcorn, so this is one favor you know they’ll enjoy.

Colorful Popcorn Wedding Favor Bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

Popcorn Wedding Favors

First, you’ll need to order your popcorn favor bags here. Since these are so popular, we recommend ordering ASAP — their schedule fills up quickly, especially for the busy wedding season. Here are some of the designs you can choose from…

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popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

All of these popcorn favor bags are made of white, unlined, food safe paper.

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

popcorn favors weddings - bags by Mavora Art and Design | via

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popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

How to Make the Popcorn Favor Weddings L O V E

1. Pick your favorite design from their shop & place your order.

It can even be customized with your names and wedding date! *Note: This also makes a cute bridal shower favor, too. Take care of it all right here.

You’ll also want to order some colorful washi tape for sealing the bags. It really adds a fun pop of color to your favors. Any color which coordinates with your wedding will do! These are also from Mavora:

colorful washi tape

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

2. Order your popcorn in bulk — or make your own.


Each favor bag can hold up to 2 cups of popcorn, so keep that in mind when ordering. Here are some helpful links:

Buy Online

o Pre-popped rainbow popcorn in bulk

Note: Rainbow popcorn has a very sweet and distinct taste. Try some before you commit just to be sure.

Or, try…

o this delicious caramel popcorn I’ve tried myself from Costco. So good!

o this kettle cooked popcorn that has great reviews (and is available in an 18 gal/180 cup bag — awesome!)

o this popcorn site has a ton of different flavors you can order, or you can shop by color here

o or this buttery popcorn that has great reviews and is also available in a gigantic bag

Buy In-Store

o Head over to your local Costco or Sam’s Club and buy their varieties of popcorn in bulk

o Find a bulk food store near you and ask about large orders

Make Your Own

Here’s a recipe for how to make colorful popcorn at home. It looks so good and makes me want to make my own! You’ll want to use a bulk jug of plain kernels (like this) and an air popper. And that means you’ll have an excuse to have a popcorn maker in your cabinet, which will get plenty of use on movie nights.

To save you even more time, just pop these rainbow kernels or this option in your air popper. Full disclosure: I’m not sure how colorful these kernels are, so you might want to give it a go before you decide to make 100+ favors. Or, try the do-it-yourself recipe so you can really customize the colors.

3. Assemble the bags.

Use a handy-dandy scoop to fill your popcorn bags. Seal with your washi tape — and make sure you seal them tight. Air can cause the popcorn to get stale. Place bags in a sealed box away from heat and light.

rustic and gold popcorn favor bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

sweet love caramel popcorn bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

4. Relax.

Cross “wedding favors” off of your to-do list and celebrate, preferrably with some leftover popcorn you stole from the bulk bag you ordered and a tv marathon on Netflix. Andrew and I have been into The Amazing Race reruns lately. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun way to travel the world from your comfy couch — and root for your favorite teams!

5. Present to guests.

Place your popcorn favors on a table where guests can easily see them. (Want them to stand flat? Mavora Art and Design has a tutorial for diy favor closures). A ‘please take one’ sign displayed on the table will encourage guests to take the bags to-go or enjoy at the reception.

popcorn favor bags in box by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

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What do you think about popcorn favors for weddings?

What do you think of popcorn favors? Will you be making your own? If so, what kind of popcorn are you using? I love the colorful kind, but I’m really into kettle cooked lately. There’s this popcorn from Costco called Angie’s Kettle Corn and I love it. But every time I go to get it, it’s gone. And then when I don’t feel like it, it’s there. Costco is great but I swear, sometimes they get you hooked on something and then it’s gone! So keep those eyes open if you head over and see it. That kettle corn is the best I’ve ever had.


Topsail Island Engagement Session: Nicole + Nick

This Topsail Island engagement session is beautiful! This happy couple, Nicole and Nick, walked along the beach and dipped their toes in the water. While enjoying romantic moments along this North Carolina beach, they were photographed by Eric from Eric Boneske Photography. Sunsets, lasting impressions, and more from the bride…

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Topsail Island Engagement Session

Nicole tells us, “Nick’s grandfather was a marine at camp Lejeune when he met Nick’s grandmother, a local from Wilmington. Years later Nick’s family bought a vacation home in Topsail and have been visiting since Nick was a little boy. Nick first took me to Topsail a year into our relationship and I immediately fell in love with the place. Since we have decided to get married in my hometown of Aiken, SC, we choose Topsail for our engagement session because it holds such a special place in both of our hearts. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the photos turned out! We will cherish them and those sweet memories from that day for a lifetime! Thanks a million to Eric for capturing our love so beautifully.”

Topsail Island couple's engagement session

Topsail Island couple's engagement session

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If you enjoyed this engagement session and are looking for your North Carolina wedding photographer, check out Eric Boneske Photography. Eric’s a preferred wedding photographer at Emmaline Bride. Find more wedding vendors in our wedding vendor guide!

A Moment to Themselves >> Photo of the Day

Our photo of the day is this romantic photo of bride and groom sharing a moment alone on a deserted beach. The photo captured by Carolyn Scott Photography is from Suzi and Jason’s recent real wedding featured on Emmaline Bride. Your wedding day’s going to be great but it’s also going to go by quickly. Remember to make your own special moments. You’ll never forget them…

the bride and groom share a moment alone by themselves on a Michigan Beach

A Moment

Find more special moments by checking out our real weddings section!