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Your Bridesmaid Will Be So Happy with These Cover Ups

We’re all about helping you navigate the various wedding dilemmas that sneak up on you while you plan. Today, we’re tackling bridesmaid cover ups.

Problem: your bridesmaid dress is sleeveless or strapless and you’re getting married outdoors / taking photos outside where it will be cold –OR– you would prefer bridesmaids to have a little coverage during the ceremony.

Solution: just add a cover up. But make it one that she’ll love!

A pashmina, shawl, bolero, or a wrap are a few options when it comes to bridesmaid cover ups. We love the idea of something feminine and flowy that she’ll love to wear, especially in the late summer or fall when all you need is something lightweight. We spotted these gorgeous bridesmaid cover ups at Coralie Beatrix and they fit the bill perfectly. They’re lightweight, available in a variety of colors, made in your choice of lace or chiffon, and they’re priced right. Plus, these cover ups complement infinity dresses perfectly (especially these signature “Octopus” dresses here). Take a look at the bridesmaid cover ups we found below, today’s handmade-a-day find!

Bridesmaid Cover Ups

Here’s one example in chiffon:

Bridesmaid Cover Ups | by Coralie Beatrix | Photo Tina Chiou |

by coralie beatrix

7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

Hi, loves! Emma here. I’m not lying when I say that coffee ranks pretty high up there in my list of my favorite things. From espresso to cappuccino to Keurig blends (like this, my latest obsession) to pumpkin-spice fall flavors coming out next month, I’d say that coffee is a fascination. Earlier I told our Twitter followers about the funny thing I almost did this morning so you can imagine that coffee is a pretty wonderful start to my everydays. It wakes me up, smells heavenly, and it’s the juice that keeps me going, going, going. So when I saw wedding coffee bar ideas popping up on our Pinterest boards, I knew I had to turn this into an inspiration post. Because, when you get down to it, coffee and weddings are both pretty amazing; add in a few handcrafted touches and the result is awe-inspiring. If you’re a coffee-addict like me, you’ll love these seven things every wedding coffee bar NEEDS to have. Enjoy!

7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs

1. A Stunning Display

First, you need a central table where guests can help themselves to coffee. This is one of my most favorite setups to date:

wedding coffee bar via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo kristyn hogan via style me pretty

2. Coffee. And a lot of it!

Keep coffee hot in these, which also doubles as a dispenser.

coffee bar wedding perfect blend banner via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

3. All the Fixin’s

Cream? Sugar? Stirrers? Make sure you’ve got ’em! (Pssst. Include a small basket for discards.)

coffee bar wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

4. Coffee Sleeves

While not totally necessary, coffee sleeves are an insanely creative touch, especially when they’re personalized! You can make your own for SUPER CHEAP.

custom coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

DIY Coffee Sleeves

Want to make your own wedding coffee sleeves? DO IT. I saw these and was ready to get my Sharpie marker reader to make ’em myself. At home. Just for fun.

diy coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo of wedding coffee cups: robin proctor photography

o Paper Coffee Sleeves (um, 50 of them for like $2? Sweet.)
o Markers
o Pretty Penmanship + Patience to Write 100+ of Them

Write a custom message (your names, wedding date, or guests’ names and table assignments as makeshift escort cards!) on the sleeve; place over disposable coffee cups (like these). Easy!

5. Coffee Cups

Whether you use mugs…

coffee mug tree wedding coffee bar inspiration via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have


… which you can also away as favors…

wedding mug coffee favors via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: benjamin photos via bridalhood

… or you use disposable cups (go eco-friendly! use these instead of the others)…

eco friendly disposable coffee cups via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

… guests obviously need something to hold their cup of joe.

6. Fun Decor

Add a few decorative touches to draw attention to your coffee bar! Some of my favorites? Apothecary jars filled with whole coffee beans, ‘love is brewing’ or ‘the perfect blend’ banners, or vintage inspired tin coffee signs (like this one and that one, shown below):

coffee bar wedding ideas via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: kate webber

7. A Chalkboard or Sign

Tie it all together with a sign…

love you like coffee in the morning via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: jennifer bergman weddings

… or a chalkboard, for a coffeehouse feel. Add these as a definite crowd-pleaser!

espresso bar chalkboard sign

photo: brianna wilbur via rustic wedding chic

BONUS: Take-home Coffee Bean Favors

And, last but not least, a fun idea we love (whether or not you do a wedding coffee bar) is to have take home coffee favors for guests. These adorable handmade bags by Mavora are perfect!

coffee favor bags


thank you wedding coffee bag


Are you having a coffee bar at your wedding?



4 Creative Ways to Customize Your Bouquet (+ Win!)

Hi, loves! It’s time for another giveaway, but first… have you ever wondered how to customize your bouquet? You can add a personal, handmade spin to nearly every area of your wedding, so why not do the same to your bouquet? Whether you’ve selected fresh floral blooms or a handmade, last-forever bouquet, we’re going to show you how to customize it. Read on to find out four creative ways to customize your bouquet PLUS enter for a chance to win one of them by SparkleSM!

4 Creative Ways to Customize Your Bouquet

1. Wrap it up

Bouquet wraps come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and types, but we’re quite partial to the rhinestone kind! They’re sparkly and handmade and perfect for the bride’s bouquet. These rhinestone bouquet wraps are handmade by SparkleSM.

Customize your bouquet with a crystal bouquet wrap


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Customize your bouquet with a rhinestone bouquet wrap


2. Add heirlooms

If you have heirloom brooches or vintage hat pins from your grandmother, mother, or special member of your family, you can incorporate them into your bouquet design. Just bring them to your florist and ask if they’ll incorporate them to your design.

3. Make your own bouquet

One surefire way to customize your bouquet is by making it yourself! You can have complete customization about what sizes, colors, and types of blooms are added. Plus, you can be very specific on cost. You can do it customize your bouquet for less if you buy wholesale wedding flowers and/or buy flowers in bulk. If you buy flowers that are in season and are in bloom all year around (like roses as one example), you’ll save even more! Not sure how to make your own bouquet? It’s easy to learn! Check out this DIY boho wedding bouquet we shared or get inspired with these DIY bouquet ideas made by real brides.

4. Add a personalized charm

These bouquet charms can be personalized with your initials and the wedding date, as well as a custom stone. We spotted them over at juliethefish designs.

Customize your bouquet with a just love bouquet charm

juliethefish designs

Customize your bouquet with a custom wedding bouquet charm

juliethefish designs

Giveaway: Customize Your Bouquet with a Wrap

Now that you’ve learned some creative ways to customize your bouquet, it’s time to win one! We’ve teamed up with the lovely SparkleSM to offer a beautiful rhinestone bouquet wrap to one lucky reader. Get the full scoop below!

o Enter between 7/23/14-7/29/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Custom designed and hand sewn, the Emme rhinestone crystal bouquet wrap is the perfect final touch to highlight your bridal bouquet! The Emme design (shown in image below) measures 5″ long, and can be tied either vertically or horizontally depending on the size of the bouquet and overall look.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/30; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $55; no cash value
o Shipping cost responsibility of winner
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Photo of Prize

sparkle bouquet wrap

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Good Luck!

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Bridal Cover Ups for Winter Weddings

As it starts to get ridiculously chilly outside — especially here in the Midwest — we thought it was a great opportunity to share bridal cover ups for winter weddings. When A & I got married, we chose an early December wedding in Michigan. We lucked out with pretty gorgeous weather for winter, along with a little sprinkle of snow as we exited the church after the ceremony. I chose a faux fur stole and it was the perfect accessory to keep my shoulders warm. However, anytime from October through March is anyone’s best guess at how chilly you will or will not be in your wedding gown. And, like Halloween when your mother made you wear a jacket over your costume, no one wants to cover up their gorgeous dress. In this post, you’ll find a few hand-picked suggestions for bridal cover ups that will warm you up without ruining your style. Plus, we’re giving away a wearable item for the bride to wear while running errands, lounging, and wearing on the honeymoon by ArenLace. Read on to find out more…

Bridal Cover Ups

1. Lace Long-Sleeved Bolero

bridal cover ups lace keyhole back

photo: glory by jeannie lee, photo: happymary photography

2. Sequin Jacket

I don’t know where this specific jacket is from, but this sequin jacket is cute. I also love this short sleeved sequin jacket and this cashmere sparkly sweater in charcoal or gold.

bridal cover ups sequin jacket

photo: marianne wilson photography via style me pretty

3. Faux Fur Stole

bridal cover ups faux fur stole

memory store

Or try a pop of color.

bridal cover ups red faux fur stole black faux fur stole

spazooie bridal

4. Wrap Sweater

bridal cover ups winter

photo: braedon flynn photographhy

5. Cardigan

bridal cover ups cardigan sweaters

left: via, right: jeff loves jessica

Bridal Cover Ups for Getting Ready

Now that you’ve seen some bridal cover ups for your wedding day, it’s time to win a cover up for getting ready or your honeymoon! Enter for a chance to win a long sleeve off-the-shoulder bridal shirt by ArenLace with your choice of “Bride”, “Wifey”, “I Do”, “Mrs”, or “Engaged” on the front in rhinestones. Choose black, dark grey, light grey, or white. Prize value: $34.95. No cash value. FREE shipping included to the U.S. only. Enter between 11/26-12/2/13 (11:59pm EST). Winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog post. Winner has 72 hours to respond to email; winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Good luck!


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12 Brilliant Ways to Wrap with Kraft Paper

Wrapping gifts – whether it be for the holidays, birthdays, or wedding favors and gifts – is more than just patterned paper and a roll of Scotch tape. The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for wrapped paper and tape by the case. What if this year you pledged to take a more handmade approach? With just a few items like kraft paper, ribbon, and other embellishments (lace, doilies, burlap, fabric, and more) you can turn an ordinary gift into one that packs a delightfully charming punch. Today, we’re showcasing twelve of our favorite ways to wrap with kraft paper while playing with color and adding personalized, artistic touches. Whether you wrap with kraft paper for the holidays, for wedding favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, or just because, you can be assured the gift recipient will take notice and appreciate you going that extra handmade mile.

wrap with kraft paper


(above) Up first, this gift idea features wrap with kraft paper and tied with twine. A white box inside is filled with yummy cookies and presented with the gift’s name as a tag atop each one. What could be better? We spotted this pretty gift wrap idea via Pinterest via The New Home Ec, which is originally from Project Wedding and photographed by Chelsea Fuss. We love this simple yet elegant design.

For a bridesmaid gift that is wrapped up in charm, wrap with kraft paper and twine. Hand-calligraph, add a locket wrapped around it and a small bouquet of flowers for added whimsy. What a beautiful gift! Not only is there a gift inside the wrapping, but there is the added gift of the locket and flowers plus the sentiment of having it all put together by you. Love it! Spotted via Style Me Pretty. Photography by Connection Photography.

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This is one brilliant array of kraft paper wrapped gifts! This is styled and designed by Justina Blakeney and we’re absolutely smitten with each and every one.

wrap with kraft paper


If you love the au natural look + the elegance of lace, you’ll love this pretty little package. Spotted via Oh Hello Friend with the original source from Kylie Parry. What a beautiful use of texture!

wrap with kraft paper


Pair together burlap, a hint of lace, natural twine, and a box wrapped in kraft paper and you have a beautiful idea by Emily Baker Creative! We love.

wrap with kraft paper


Black ink on a doily stamp, kraft paper, and twine is sheer perfection on this next example. By A Spoonful of Sugar via Paper Garland.

wrap with kraft paper


While I love them all, this next could very well be my favorite. There’s something about a punch of yellow and unique details (measuring tape? genius.) that tie together unexpected elements to create a one-of-a-kind package. By Shane Powers and spotted via this link on Pinterest from Iffer’s Nest.


Kraft paper + a toothpick flag never looked so good! This idea is crafted by Sally J Shim and was spotted via Party Accessories.


Add a few buttons and lace for a style that is oh-sew-sweet. This idea is by Francine Clouden of Callaloo Soup.


Tie a monogram to each gift for a personalized detail they’ll love! This was also designed by Francine Clouden of Callaloo Soup.


Skip the embellishments altogether for something a little more original… drawn by hand! This idea by Minie Co (via Pinterest) shows you how to wrap with kraft paper and decorate with metallic marker. Brilliant!


And, last but not least, use kraft paper to wrap gifts embellished with lace doilies (or eyelet fabric-turned-rosette!) for a gift that’s perfect for giving year-round. This idea is by Two Shades of Pink.


And… that’s a wrap! (We couldn’t resist.)


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How to Wear a Scarf: Inspiration + Scarf-Savvy Ideas

We featured a Real Wedding where the bride wore a light pink silk scarf with her wedding gown, and we remember it like the post was yesterday. The bride, Debbie, wanted a simple, sweet, and elegant wedding day look, so her light pink scarf was the perfect thing to tie into her personal style. If you’re looking for an accessory to tie into your bridal ensemble, perhaps a silk scarf is just what you need for a fun pop of color! And, if you’re not sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. I love scarves and wear them as often as possible. But before I became scarf-savvy, I had that feeling where I would see pretty scarves at the store and feel like I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off… you know?

That’s why today we are helping to nudge you a little into the right scarf-savvy direction with a few tips + tricks on how to wear a scarf. Wearing a scarf around your neck isn’t the only way to work it; you can wear it around your neck, as a headband, as a wrap, as a cuff bracelet, styled into your braided hairstyle, and more. You can even decorate your reception or ceremony site with scarves… your love nest, too! Read on for plenty of scarf-filled goodness compiled just for you after the jump!

How to Wear a Scarf with your Gown

The most popular way to wear a scarf is worn around one’s neck. If you’re braving a cold wintry wedding, consider a silk scarf for a pop of color or a pretty pattern in lieu of a heavy wrap. It won’t keep you as warm as wool, but it may just be the lightweight accessory piece for which you’ve been looking. Besides, if you get a chill I’m sure your groom will be happy to lend you his suit coat, right? ;)

Here is one example how to wear a scarf with your gown. This is Debbie, the bride we mentioned early in this post:

how to wear a scarf

bride, Debbie, via our Real Wedding post | photo credit: lovebirds artistic wedding photography

how to wear a scarf

source: live fashionable

Here’s another great example of a bride wearing a scarf, this time in a bright sunny yellow. We love!

how to wear a scarf

source: via elizabeth anne designs | photo credit: kate triano

Pretty! The website Who What Wear features a fun interactive guide that shows you how to wear a scarf five different ways with step-by-step how-to and assigned name styles like, “The Prep”, “The City”, and “The Boho”, which is show below:

how to wear a scarf

photo credit: who what wear

How to Wear a Scarf in your Hair

Wearing a scarf in your hair can seem a bit tricky at first, but with a few fun tutorials you’ll see how easy it really can be. This first image is via A Beautiful Mess and we love how she styled it in her hair. The editor, Elsie, shows a full tutorial here with a mod turban-like style.

how to wear a scarf

photo credit: a beautiful mess

If you’re wearing your hair up (or your bridesmaids are), we think this would look ultra cute as a hair accessory?

how to wear a scarf

source: hello its valentine

One of our favorite hair + beauty blogs Keiko Lynn shows how to wear a scarf in your hair with a step-by-step tutorial:

how to wear a scarf

source: keiko lynn

how to wear a scarf
source: keiko lynn

Check out how to wear a scarf twelve different ways via

how to wear a scarf


Gift a scarf to a bridesmaid! She can wear it in a variety of ways, like as a bracelet tie, headband, clutch accessory… check out these five via Kate Spade:

how to wear a scarf

photo source: kate spade

For an Engagement Session Photo Shoot

Check out this adorable outfit idea we spotted via Sweet Laundry which shows how a pretty scarf can tie together an entire look. Try it for your engagement shoot!

how to wear a scarf

source: sweet laundry

DIY a Scarf for Bridesmaids

We love this braided scarf you can DIY for a pretty bridesmaid gift!


If you fancy a crochet scarf and have a knack for knitting, gift bridesmaids with colorful crochet scarves like these…

source: via pinterest via le magnifique | photo credit: diana lupu photography

Plus, it’s perfect for keeping bridesmaids warm during winter weddings!

How to Decorate with Scarves

If you want to decorate with a scarf, here is a fun DIY idea we spotted via the Free People blog which shows how to paint your scarves and display as decoration. I love this idea and cannot wait to give it a try at home.

source: free people

You can also decorate your reception site with scarves on clothespins (perfect for an airy, outdoor wedding):

how to wear a scarf

source: haute design via campaign decoration

Buy vintage patterned scarves like these…

how to wear a scarf

source: dvorahivy

… or pretty handmade + hand-painted scarves like these by Leah Goren…

how to wear a scarf
how to wear a scarf
how to wear a scarf

three scarves above are handmade by leah reena goren

… and wear ’em in your hair, wear around your neck, tie as a wrist corsage, an embellishment to your clutch purse, or, use it as decor! For instance, if you gift a scarf to a bridesmaid, she can frame it up and hang in her apartment or home as decor, a la these finds below:

left: country living | right: via originally by house and home

All Wrapped Up

Consider wrapping up jewelry boxes in pretty patterned scarves for your bridesmaids – or for gift-giving this holiday season. Wrapping up gifts in scarves, tea towels, handkerchiefs, or other fabric favorites gives two gifts in one and is so much more fun to wrap than paper and tape.

source: via merriment events | by chewing the cud via oh joy!

Ah, so much sweet scarf-loving goodness I’m tempted to go out and buy some silk scarves, brushes, paint, and dye to decorate a few of my own. Remember, if you buy a pretty one for yourself, gift a few for your bridesmaids, too. It’s a great gift she’ll love to wear on the wedding day and beyond.

More coming up later today! Stay tuned!


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Bridal Capelet Giveaway by Uptown Urban Craft!

Winner Announced – 12.12.11

The winner is…

Congratulations #5 winner… Dana! We’ll be sending you an email to claim your prize. :)

This week, Emmaline Bride is teaming up with the lovely Uptown Urban Craft for a bridal capelet giveaway! This warm + fuzzy bridal capelet will keep you warm on your wedding day and has sparkle and shine. You don’t have to hide your beautiful gown because this bridal capelet keeps your neck and chin warm while keeping the front of your gown visible. Read on to find out how to enter for a chance to win yours!

bridal capelet gieaway
bridal capelet gieaway

How to Enter

Between December 5th and December 11th, enter for a chance to win a bridal capelet for your wedding by Uptown Urban Craft! Just visit Uptown Urban Craft and view the collection; then, return back here to comment on which item is your favorite. Winner will be selected randomly using and announced on our blog on December 12th. Entrants must be from the United States or Canada. *You may enter up to three times per day with one entry each for a comment, sharing on Facebook, and sharing on Twitter. (Please leave a separate comment for each to let us know!)

Good Luck! ♥