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Easy (+ Cheap!) DIY Wine Bottle Candles

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Hi, loves! You know that feeling when you stumble upon something so incredibly cool and you say, wow, why didn’t I think of that? I had one of those a-ha moments today when I spotted wine bottle candles. If you’re planning a wine themed wedding or you just happen to love go gaga over wine, this is the find for you! These wine bottle candles are awesome on three levels: they’re a) easy, b) cheap to make, and c) they look fantastic. Plus, they’re sure to delight your guests and will be an instant conversation piece. Read on to find out more…

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Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts (+ Giveaway!)

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When we talked about wedding gift ideas from a to z, we showed you how smitten we were with non registry wedding gifts. I love the wedding registry just like the next girl (BB&B was my registry store of choice), but there are some gifts you simply can’t find in big box chains… namely, handmade! Emmaline Bride is the handmade wedding blog and we strive to promote the best in handmade wedding gifts, decor, attire, and more (see The Marketplace). Today we’re sharing a handful of our favorite non registry wedding gifts to inspire you, including an art print that is being given away to one lucky reader. How’s that for an awesome Monday?

Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

1. Custom Couple Cake Topper

A cake topper that looks like the happy couple! It makes a great decorative piece afterward, too.

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3 Most Popular Unity Ceremony Ideas

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Well, we’ve gotta say, our Ask Emmaline inbox is blowing up! We love reading your wedding questions… like this one that comes from bride-to-be, Megan. She writes, “We want to do a unity ceremony at our wedding. Is there more than one type?” Fantastic question! Today we’ll show you three of the most popular unity ceremony ideas and tell you how they work. Let’s begin, shall we?

Unity Ceremony Ideas

The three most popular unity ceremony ideas are the sand ceremony, the unity candle, and the wine ceremony. Each of these unity ceremony ideas are used to show a couple’s partnership and is usually performed after the vows have been read.

1. Sand Ceremony

For a sand ceremony, you’ll need three containers (two the same size, one larger) and sand. At the ceremony, two containers are filled with sand; the larger container in the middle is empty. The bride and groom then pour their containers of sand into the center container to mix the two together as a sign of their unity. This is an especially fitting idea for beach weddings.

Sand Unity Ceremony (photo: michelle gardella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

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43 Best Wine Themed Wedding Ideas

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Brides: if you’re planning a wine themed wedding, this is the post for you! We’ll tell you the best wine themed wedding venues, share our favorite guest book alternatives, give you tips on gift ideas for your wedding party, and more. You can even try your hand at a few clever wine themed wedding DIYs. Plus, to kick-start your planning into gear, we’ve teamed up with Vetrina del Vino to offer a beautiful wine themed gift for one lucky reader’s home. What is it? Read on to find out…

Wine Wedding Ideas

1. Plan your wedding in a vineyard.

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Carneros Inn Wedding: Britt + Ryan

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You have to see this “Day After” Wedding photo session at The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley! The day after their wedding, Britt and Ryan enjoyed taking a few more intimate photos with just the two of them. The inn’s rustic yet modern feel made for some amazing photos where Britt and Ryan shared a day’s new dawn as man and wife together. Sandra, their wedding photographer from White Ivory Photography, worked with them to create a fun and memorable photo session. Catch the photos and find out more about their session after the jump…

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50 Most Creative Bridal Shower Favors

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Hello, loves! We’ve talked about wedding favors, but have you thought about bridal shower favors yet? If you’re planning a bridal shower, you’ll want to pick out a favor to say thank you to guests. If you’re a Maid of Honor, Mom, Bridesmaid, or friend planning a bridal shower for a bride-to-be, you’ll want to bookmark this post for future reference! We’ve scoured the web to find fifty of the most creative bridal shower favors to inspire your memorable event. And, this isn’t just any old list: each hand-picked favor is one we know your guests will actually enjoy. If you’re spending money on favors, you might as well buy favors guests will enjoy, right? That’s what we think, too! Read on to see which bridal shower favors made the list (note: favors listed in random order; each favor is equally amazing). Also, keep in mind that many of these favors are applicable as wedding favors, too. Enjoy!

Bridal Shower Favors

1. Custom Lip Balm

50 Best Bridal Shower Favors: bridal shower lip balm favor (by gcd spa)

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Alba Vineyard Wedding: Nicole + Andrew

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This Alba Vineyard wedding was spectacular! Nicole and Andrew’s wedding at the Alba Vineyard, with it’s breathtaking landscape and hillside ceremony site among the vines, made for a beautiful event. Their exclusive wedding was captured in every detail by Hendrick from Hendrick Moy Photography. Interested in finding out more about Nicole and Andrew’s wedding? See what they have to say after the jump…

Alba Vineyard Wedding

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Wine Themed Wedding Invitations

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One of my favorite themes is a wine themed wedding. Imagine wedding snapshots taken in vineyards, natural accents like aged wine barrels, and a delicious cocktail hour with hand-picked wine flavors and cheeses from around the world. Travel to Napa Valley or Northern Michigan (which features some of the most amazing vineyards I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been to Napa Valley!) and hold your wedding in a rustically romantic vineyard setting. And, set the tone with wine themed wedding invitations like these spotted at Ruff House Art. Jill’s take on this wine themed wedding idea is pure perfection and features a wine glass ‘stain’ and reminds me of a vintage wine label.

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