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How to Plan the Perfect Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party

Happy Monday! Emma here and we are so excited to be kicking off a brand new month at Emmaline Bride! Can you believe it’s already November?! This month, we’ll be bringing you some pretty exciting stuff, so be sure you’re on the list so you don’t miss it! First up, we’re talking about how to plan a wine bachelorette party complete with wine tastings, cheese samplings, and a girls weekend bash so epic your girls won’t stop talking about it for days. How do you get started? Read on to find out more!

how to plan a wine bachelorette party via emmalinebride

Glitter Place Card Holders — #HANDMADEADAY

Hello, lovelies! These glitter place card holders we spotted over at Kara’s Vineyard Wedding are incredible! They’re ideal for a fall or winter wedding that could use a little sparkle & shine. They also work beautifully for a holiday party. Take a look — they’re available in gold, silver, rose gold, purple, or blue glitter and they are made from re-purposed cork.

Place Card Holders with Glitter

Cute & festive place card holders! By Kara's Vineyard Wedding. | place card holders glitter

by kara’s vineyard wedding

Winery Style Wedding Shoot at B.R. Cohn Winery

Are you dreaming of a winery style wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing a winery styled shoot with d.Royal Engagements at the event styling helm and the lovely Olivia Smartt Photography behind the lens. A handful of talented wedding vendors came together to bring wine themed ideas to fruition, including a stunning location — B.R. Cohn Winery — and a full video by Spencer Sarson Visuals. In this post, you’ll find a breathtaking ceremony arch with chandelier, ceremony seating inspiration, gorgeous dresses (and handsome attire), extravagant floral design, a stunning wedding cake with custom cake topper, appetizer ideas, and more. If you’re thinking of planning a wine themed wedding, now is the time to start planning — and this shoot is sure to get your creativity flowing! Read on to begin…

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride and Groom at Winery (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - ceremony arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

I’m obsessed with this chandelier — it’s gorgeous! It was rented from Wine Country Party.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - lavender wedding arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

Loving these custom dress hangers from Black Label Decor:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Custom Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

I love all of the bride’s accessories… but this dress sash from Something Treasured is amazing!

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Accessories (photo: olivia smartt)

See the sash on the bride’s reception dress, below:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Wedding Gown on Satin Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

The invitations from Throne Invitations set the color palette of this theme perfectly, right from the start:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Wedding Invitations (photo: olivia smartt)

The floral design of this shoot was exceptional — right down to the boutonnieres! By Enchantment Floral.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Boutonnieres (photo: olivia smartt)

I love the bride’s white robe for getting ready. It’s by Doie (you can visit their website here).

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride in Robe Getting Ready (photo: olivia smartt, robe: doie)

Wedding Wine Labels: 4 Unique Ways to Use Them

Do you want an easy way to add décor to your reception, or how about a creative way to ask bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing four unique ways to use wedding wine labels, from asking your wedding party to celebrating long after the wedding is over. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at StickerYou to help us with this post, since they offer quality wine labels and specialize in wedding specific ideas. Here are a few ideas to inspire you!

wedding wine labels can be used to ask bridesmaids to be in your wedding party! cute idea.

Wedding Wine Labels

1. Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

When you’re ready to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding party, ask with a ‘Be My Bridesmaid’ label on her favorite bottle of wine. You can even upload a photo of the two of you for an extra special touch.

wedding wine labels can be used to ask bridesmaids to be in your wedding party!

2. Table Numbers

One of my favorite ways that wine labels are being used in weddings is as custom table numbers: just remove your old wine label and place a custom table number label onto it. Now guests have wine for sipping right at their table—and you have an instant table number (without the need for a holder).

use a bottle of wine and these wedding wine labels as a table number at your reception. guests can find their table and sip on your favorite wine choices all in one! via

3. Table Wine with Fun Facts

If you want to offer multiple bottles of wine at each table, just order labels with fun facts about the newlyweds. You’ll be surprised how many guests will move table to table, just to read the different facts at each one! The facts can include anything from where you’ve traveled together to what movie you watched on your first date.

4. Wedding Gifts

Wine makes an excellent thank you gift for your wedding party members, parents, grandparents, or anyone who helped make your day special. A custom wine label will add a personalized touch whether you add your names, a custom ‘thank you’ message, the wedding date, or embellish the label with your wedding theme.

we love these wedding wine labels, which offer tons of customization options.  there are even templates in case you have no design skill.  by via

we love these wedding wine labels, which offer tons of customization options.  there are even templates in case you have no design skill.  by via

Wine also makes a great wedding gift for a newlywed couple. A guest could buy a case of wine and create a custom label for each bottle to celebrate future milestones, from “First Home” to “Honeymoon” to “First Baby”. There can even be labels for “5 Years” or “10 years” to celebrate on anniversaries.

we love these wedding wine labels, which offer tons of customization options.  there are even templates in case you have no design skill.  by via

Why Choose StickerYou Labels?

StickerYou’s wine labels are unique. Here are some qualities they have unlike other labels we’ve seen:

• writable with permanent marker
• no minimum orders
• removable without residue
• waterproof
• any size, any shape

Check out this new video they just posted on their channel:

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StickerYou knows you are short on time and you may not have design skills; that’s why they offer tons of customizable templates on their site. It’s so easy! Find out more now at and you’ll see why it’s an easy choice.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with StickerYou.

Napa Private Estate Wedding: Christine + Mitch

Today we’re featuring this Napa private estate wedding photographed by White Ivory Photography. Christine and Mitch’s wedding in Napa Valley, California has plenty of beautiful details!

Their photographer Sandra tells us, “It’s a classic wedding with a slight rustic flair, influenced by the Tuscan style architecture of the winery with hints of Tiffany blue, black and burlap. The couple, Christine and Mitch, traveled from Vancouver, B.C with their closest of friends and family to celebrate their sweet union.”

bride and groom in front of wedding party, bridesmaids wearing one-shoulder black dresses

Napa Private Estate Wedding

The bride wore a beautiful strapless lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. She completed her look with an elegant wedding dress sash, a beautiful pearl necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a classic wedding veil.

bride wearing a lace strapless gown; being zipped up while she gets ready before the ceremony

the bride and groom's wedding rings on a tiffany blue background

the bride's pearl earrings with a tiffany and co. box

personalized bride wedding hanger

on left, the groomsmen shoes are lined up in a row featuring a lace-up style; on right, the groom puts his shoes on

the bridesmaids received customized clutch purses in black.  their bridesmaid dresses were black with a one shoulder style neckline


the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids behind her helping her tie her dress sash onto her gown

the beautiful bride in strapless style sweetheart lace wedding dress and an ivory dress sash

the groom looks on as he waits for his bride before the first look

the bride surprises the groom behind him before the first look

the bride and groom share a special kiss before the ceremony

The elegant winery ceremony was set outside, with wood chairs and baby’s breath bouquets as aisle decor.

the baby's breath bouquets were tied to the aisle way with ribbon as simple, yet elegant ceremony decor

winery wedding ceremony with deep brown wood chairs

wine barrels work great as makeshift flower holders for a winery wedding

the bouquets and boutonnieres were filled with white roses; the bride's bouquet also featured white gerbera daisies

the bride's bouquet was wrapped in a piece of burlap with lace around it; it contained white roses and some white gerbera daisies

the bride walks down the aisle

the bridesmaids holding their bouquets; the bridesmaids wore black one shoulder style dresses

the groom puts the ring on his bride

the bride and groom's first kiss-- married!

The wedding reception featured elegant round tables with the wedding party seated at a rectangular head table. To ‘reserve’ the seats, small bouquets of baby’s breath wrapped in burlap ribbon were tied to the chair backs.

the reception had beautiful round tables with a rectangular head table

The couple had sweet bursts of Tiffany blue everywhere — even in these elegant cupcakes that were designed like miniature Tiffany & Co. boxes.

tiffany blue cupcakes

The bride and groom chose to have a small cake for the cake cutting along with cupcakes for guests. Their cake was square shaped and featured Tiffany blue icing with a white ribbon on top in place of a cake topper.

tiffany blue cupcakes #wedding

Other details included custom wedding programs in a basket for guests to pick up, along with handfuls of white and Tiffany-blue M&Ms that featured ‘LOVE’ on the front.

winery wedding reception












Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Napa Private Estate
Getting Ready Venue: Westin Verasa – Napa
Hair and Make-Up: Betten Chaston
Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films
Florist: Garden Party Napa
Cake: Supreme Sweets
Transportation: Elite Limo Services
Caterer: Alex’s
DJ: Love in the Mix
Musician: Daniel Moir
Officiant: Evan Kavanaugh

Are you planning your California wedding? Need a photographer? Then you have to visit White Ivory Photography. You can easily contact Sandra by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Wine Bottle Stopper Favors

Are you ready for a new wedding giveaway? You’ve come to the right place! We’re giving away a set of wine bottle stopper favors to one lucky reader thanks to Kara’s Vineyard Wedding. These wedding favors are available in silver, gold, or white flowers. Each favor comes packaged in an organza bag for easy gifting. These bottle stoppers are the perfect wine themed wedding favors! Take a look…

Wine Bottle Stopper Favors

Wine Bottle Stopper Favors

white flower - Wine Bottle Stopper Favors

gold flower - Wine Bottle Stopper Favors


➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/13/15-1/19/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Wine Bottle Stopper Favors from Kara’s Vineyard Wedding

A set of 20 Wine Bottle Stopper wedding guest favors in Ivory. Each stopper comes ready to give in a sheer Ivory-colored favor bag. Can also be used to decorate wine bottles at reception bar, or on decorative centerpiece bottles.

Cork + Flower measure about 2″ tall
Flower is about 2″ in diameter

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $75 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Good Luck!


Wine and Cheese Wedding Inspiration

Do you love pairing wine and cheese for cocktail parties and fêtes with guests? Want to tie it in to your wedding reception? You’ve come to the right place! We’re even offering a giveaway from Wooden Hive just in time for the holidays! But first… we’ve talked about wine wedding ideas in the past, but wine and cheese wedding inspiration? Now that’s a new one. I don’t know why we’ve never really talked about it; perhaps it’s because this wine and cheese wedding trend is, well, trending.

I mean, it’s not every day you see a cheese wheel wedding cake, you know? Stinky, yes; but does it make a statement? You bet.

cheese wedding cake

photo: armstrong millar

At your wedding (or during cocktail hour), you could offer professional grade pairings of wine, cheese, and olives. Here’s a guide to help.

When guests enter the reception space, help them find their seats with escort cards placed in cork holders.

corks for place cards

photo: christian oth via style me pretty

For centerpieces or cute decor touches throughout, try these cute votives: just place a few corks inside a glass votive holder and add a tea light candle on top.

cute cork votive centerpiece idea


Or this DIY centerpiece idea, which uses grapes, wine corks in a glass vase, and a wine bottle with label for the table number.

grapes and wine cork centerpiece

jackie ray photography

A wine and cheese wedding would look most lovely in a winery setting. How about this gorgeous inspiration?

winery reception

Gasp. That’s gorgeous.

And it also would require a sit down family style gathering, with cheese and wine flowing like good conversation.

three photos above: hello may | styling: pilgrim styling | photos: nika savins

For cocktail hour instead, you could set up a serve-yourself station with cheeses and appetizer plates so guests can sample what they’d like. I love how this is set up on a pair of wine barrels to tie in the theme effortlessly.

photos: vis photography via wedding chicks

Wine and Cheese Wedding: Giveaway!

Now that you’ve worked up a craving for cheese (I know I have), it’s time to enter for a chance to win a wine and cheese wedding themed gift. We’ve teamed up with Wooden Hive to give away a set of four vintage silverware hand stamped cheese knives to one lucky reader!


Here is the full scoop:

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 12/9-12/15/14 (11:59pm EST)

**** UPDATED 12.12.14 We need to make a change to the giveaway item due to unforseen circumstances. The prize will be a set of holiday cheese knives as shown in the image above. Thank you for understanding!

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: $40 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Good Luck!

Easy (+ Cheap!) DIY Wine Bottle Candles

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…

wine bottle with cork candle via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


Wine Bottle Candles

Wine bottle candles are exactly what they sound like: candles that use wine bottles as a vessel. Since you (or someone you know) probably has wine bottles sitting around, waiting to be recycled, gather them up and the cost will be even more inexpensive. Basically, all you need is a favorite wine bottle, one of these, and a match to light it. You can use these wine bottle candles as chic centerpieces — I especially like the idea of lining them across the center of a long rectangular reception table.

wine cork candles via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


See? They wine cork candles are quite basic really…

wine cork candle set via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


… and yet, they’re such an awesome idea.

wine cork candles set via DIY Wine Bottle Candles


You can grab a set of these for your next dinner party to try ’em out! I know I’m grabbing a set right after I publish this post to the interwebs…

There’s more coming up next, so you should stay tuned! In the meantime, stalk our Pinterest boards.


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Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

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. Which one is your favorite?

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.

custom couple cake topper via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

lovebirds, photo: leah cruikshank photography

2. Custom Couple Paper Art

I just added this to my own personal wish list. How cute are these paper cut-outs?

custom couple art via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts
custom couple paper art via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

year of the bloom

3. Personalized Wedding Song Art

Turn the couple’s favorite song or first dance song into a work of art.

personalized 3d wedding song art via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts


4. Wedding Server Set

This vintage server set can be used at the wedding – and beyond.

wedding cake server forks set via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

wooden hive

5. State Themed Cutting Board

We picked Michigan for this example (obviously, we’re smitten with the mitten) but every state is available for this cool cutting board gift.

michigan cutting board via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts


6. Personalized Art Print

One of my favorite non registry wedding gifts is a personalized art print. Art is the perfect addition to your new nest.

framed art print via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

michael dexter design

This one is being given away! See the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

personalized wedding art print via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

michael dexter design

7. Personalized Wedding Quilt

These personalized wedding quilts are a neat idea. Guests can sign the quilt squares as a makeshift guest book (if the couple wishes).

wedding-quilt via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts


8. Tea Towels

Cute tea towels are the finishing touch to a kitchen themed gift. For example, there’s a set featuring “You wash, I’ll dry”…

you wash ill dry tea towels via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

…”you cook, I’ll clean…” (this one is ideal for me — I hate cooking, LOVE to clean; hubby loves to cook, thank goodness!)

you cook ill clean tea towels via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

And, of course a simple “Mr. and Mrs” set…

mr mrs tea towels via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts


9. Personalized Wine Rack

A sturdy, totally-handcrafted wine rack is an awesome gift idea for the newlyweds.

personalized wine rack via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts

vetrina del vino

10. ‘Firsts’ Champagne / Wine Gifts

I like these champagne and wine gifts which are opened at specific times, like their first anniversary or first big purchase. Fun idea!

first anniversary champagne box via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Giftsfirsts wedding wine box via Top 10 Non Registry Wedding Gifts



3 Most Popular Unity Ceremony Ideas

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

photo: michelle gardella | see the real wedding

Here’s an example of a sand ceremony set:

Sand Unity Ceremony Set - Unity Ceremony Ideas


2. Unity Candle Ceremony

The unity candle ceremony is the most traditional of the three. It uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the “unity candle”) placed in the center. The taper candles are lit and the bride and groom use them to light the unity candle together as a sign of their unity.

Unity Candle Ceremony (photo: liv hefner photography) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: liv hefner photography | see the real wedding

Here’s a unity candle set that’s personalized (we love!):

Personalized unity candle set (by Susabella) - Unity Ceremony Ideas class=


3. Wine Ceremony

There are two ways you can do a wine ceremony. One example is to have a wine box ceremony, where you place a bottle of wine inside a personalized wood box along with two (pre-written) letters, one from the bride and one from the groom. Together, you nail the box shut and open on your first anniversary.

Wine Ceremony (photo: meghan christine) - Unity Ceremony Ideas

photo: meghan christine | see the real wedding

Look for a personalized wine box, like this one:

Wine Ceremony Box (by PNZ Designs, photo by I {Heart} Photos, bouquet by Curious Floral)

box: pnz designs, bouquet: curious floral, photo: i {heart} photos

Another type of wine ceremony involves actual pouring of wine. You’ll need two wine glasses filled with wine and a decanter. Together, pour the wine into the decanter and then into your wine glasses and sip.

Wine - Unity Ceremony Ideas (photo: sarah lyn)

photo: sarah lyn photography via floridian weddings

You can find a personalized set like this:

Wine Ceremony Set by Scissormill- Unity Ceremony Ideas


Which of these unity ceremony ideas is your favorite?

Are you doing a unity ceremony at your wedding? Tell us with a comment below! We’d love to hear about your wedding, whether you’re picking a traditional unity ceremony, non-traditional, or skipping it altogether.

P.S. Do you have a wedding advice question? Just Ask Emmaline! It’s free… and your question may appear in an upcoming post!


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