Today’s blogger bride is Emma from Emmaline Bride, and since we both love DIY and handmade details, I know she’s got lots of inspiration to share!
As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?
I love the handmade details and the stories behind how they were created. I especially love to hear the story in the bride’s own words, like how she crafted the table numbers, how her fiancé built the cake stand, or how the bridal party assembled invitations with the bride to make it easier. Those sweet little details are always a labor of love!
What was your favorite part of your wedding?
The season! It was early December and we selected a wedding palette of deep red and ivory. Mistletoe pomanders, faux evergreen branches, and large red full-bloom roses decorated our ceremony and reception sites. The slight chill in the air meant I wouldn’t sweat away my makeup, either.
What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?
The first thing I did was dress shop with my mom. We went to so many stores and made a few days out of it – we had such a blast! I even tried on a few fun dresses, just for laughs.
In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?
No wedding can be without a photographer! The day flies by in an instant… it’s crucial to be able to relive those memories after the day is over. Plus, you’ll find so many shots that you would have missed throughout the night, since you can’t be everywhere at once!
In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?
It depends on the couple. If you love flowers, make it a large portion of your budget; if not, use sparingly and allocate the funds to another area, like a fun photo booth or a unique wedding favor for guests. Make the most of your wedding by highlighting areas about which you are most passionate.
What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?
I planned before I was part of the wedding industry, and before many wedding blogs were popular, so I definitely used wedding magazines to help plan. My favorite was Martha Stewart Weddings magazine; I still have a few issues saved with pages bookmarked, ripped out, and highlighted.
Your favorite wedding memory?
Walking down the aisle and seeing him for the first time. I thought I’d be nervous with all those eyes on me, but everyone seemed to disappear and all I could see was him. What a memorable moment!
Did you do an inspiration board? (Would you share it with photo credits or a link to where you may have posted it with credits?)
I did not have an inspiration board, but I did tear out photos of magazines and place them in a folder for inspiration. I bookmarked tons of wedding sites, always checking back to them in between class or after work. My laptop went with me everywhere.
Your favorite wedding detail?
After the ceremony, we were greeted by the most beautiful snowfall. It was perfect. Plus, there was a massive snowstorm the next day with over three feet of snow, which just missed us! Thank goodness.
Were you a DIY bride? If so, what did you DIY? (feel free to share a DIY or link to one if you’d like!)
Most definitely! I DIYed everything… the flower girl bouquets, the programs, the save the dates, the favors… It was the true start of my newfound DIY wedding love.
Describe your wedding style.
Modern, elegant, and chic.
If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?
Be yourself: your wedding day should be all about you and your soon-to-be spouse. And, remember to keep date nights weekly for a movie, romantic dinner, and other couple-y things (with no wedding talk).
How did you make your wedding YOU?
We were able to hand-pick songs for the reception thanks to our awesome DJ Aaron of A-Team Productions. We included favorite songs shared with friends through the years, along with crowd-pleasers Aaron suggested to make sure everyone would get up and dance… and they did! Plus, my husband and I spent the entire night on the dance floor and enjoyed every minute.
Such great advice! And don’t you love her winter bride style? Thanks Emma for sharing with us today!