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Save the Dates for your Wedding

Do you and your fiancé have a fun photo for your Wedding Save the Dates? The big question is, which design will look best with your photo? Since your wedding stationery is the first impression of the wedding you want it to look amazing!!

Want a free photo preview before deciding to order and hear input from our design experts? Email your photo to with the names of your 2 favorite designs and we’ll create your FREE Photo Save the Date Preview(s) for you within 24 hour!


Enter to win a $250 Love vs Design Gift Card

This week we're giving away a $250 Love vs Design Gift Card. This can be used for Wedding Invitations, Holiday Cards, Thank You Cards, Birth Announcements or anything else from our website. 

This sweepstakes is over now. Congrats to Kristen M. for winning, more sweepstakes coming up soon!

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Custom Wedding Guest Books

We are excited to launch our new line of Custom Wedding Guest Books! They have a premium look and feel, a hard casebound cover with matte lamination. Each book is complete with a white ribbon attached at the top of the spine, perfect for a wedding or party guest book. Guest books can be personalized with your own wording and colors on the front, back and side.

Available in 2 sizes:
  • 5.75” x 7.5” | 146mm x 191mm with120 lined pages
  • 8” x 10” | 203mm x 254mm with 100 blank pages
custom wedding guest books
custom wedding guest books
custom wedding guest books

Our Love vs Design Guest Books are available to match all 200+ wedding invitation suites. See all designs here in our Wedding Guest Book Catalog.

Enter for a chance to win a custom wedding guest book in the size 8" x 10", valued at $69! Leave a comment on this blog post with the name of your favorite guest book design. Winner will be announced Monday July 28!

Thank You Cards with your Wedding Photo

Sending a handwritten Thank You Card during your wedding planning process, or after your wedding is over, will go a long way. It shows that you truly appreciate the help, and / or wedding presents you’ve received.

Photo Thank You Cards are a fun way to share your favorite wedding photos with your guests. Our Thank You Cards are available as folded A2 sized cards (5.5" x 4.25" folded | 140mm x 108mm) or as Thank You Postcards size: 4" x 6" | 102mm x 152mm.

wedding thank you cards

Do you want to see a free preview of your wedding photo in your favorite Thank You Card Design? Just email your photo to and we’ll create up to 2 digital previews, free of charge. (* free previews include standard wording as shown on thank you card).

To see all available designs, head over to our Thank You Cards Collection and Thank You Postcard Collection.

Wedding Planner Spotlight: Rebekah from A & B Creative

In this month's Wedding Planner Spotlight, we are so excited to introduce the talented Rebekah Carey McNall, owner of A & B Creative. She lives with her husband Alex and two sweet pups in Oakland and they spend part of the year in Oregon, where they are both from. We love the styling for the different weddings, events and shoots she has been a part of. She shares with us several great wedding planning tips, insights about the latest wedding trends, the right questions to ask a wedding planner and much more.

Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative

How did you get your start in wedding planning?
My foray into wedding and event design began with designing store vignettes and window displays. It was so much fun to create a little story within each look. That joy along with the fact that I have always loved and been fascinated by people's stories led me to desire being able to tell a couple's story through their wedding design.

What is your forecast for 2014 trends? Any trends in particular are you loving right now?
I'm really a fan of the organic pared-down style that we're seeing right now. I love wild floral arrangements that seem like they're still growing out of their vessels, linens that look like they were hang dried in the sun, and even a little wrinkled. I think weddings in 2014 are going to continue to be more and more bespoke with focus on very special and important details for the couple.

Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative
Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative

Best favor you’ve seen?
I loved the honey favors one of our couples gave their guests that was harvested from the bride's family farm, which was also the wedding venue. Another that was just plain cool was almost three years ago when a groom 3D printed little airplanes for all of the guests, I had never seen that technology at that point.

Tell us one detail you cherish at a wedding.
I can't get enough of vows. Watching a couple's eyes when they're locked on each other and they're professing and promising their love for each other is so intense, and it feels so incredibly intimate (and lucky) to be able to witness that again and again. It's also invariably the moment when I turn to Alex (my husband and partner who I work with at every one of our weddings) and say, "let's get married again!"

Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative

Do you have an ideal timeline for planning a wedding?
I really don't! I have worked with couples whose weddings are over a year away all the way to just eight weeks before. The ideal time to plan your wedding should be as much time as you need not to feel overly stressed and pressured.

How do you ensure a bride and groom’s personality is reflected in the wedding, rather than the wedding planner’s personality?
Honestly, making sure that the couple's personality is reflected in the wedding design is my first and foremost concern. I start by finding out what is most important to them, any inside jokes, their "story" and any cultural elements they want to incorporate. With learning those details in the beginning I can help them to make sure that their big day does in fact feel truly theirs.

When someone is looking for a planner, what are some good questions to ask at the meeting?
Definitely being up front about your expectations right from the beginning is huge. Everyone works differently so asking specific questions will help you to get a better feel for your planner. Also, keep in mind that all through the wedding planning process, however long yours is, this is going to be the person you communicate with the most. Make sure that you really like them as a person in addition to trusting them to advocate for you both.

Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative
Rebekah Carey McNall A & B Creative

Tips for brides and grooms planning their wedding.
Honoring your family is important, however don't forget that this is your wedding. From not being pressured into choices you're not on board with from family or friends, to really, the internet. There are so many beautiful blogs and magazines and places to gather wedding inspiration, that it can be overwhelming. I recommend having a cut-off date from looking at those items before your wedding. If you choose some of those designs last minute they'll be out of impulse and not because they're special or significant to you and your partner.

For a lot more wedding ideas, inspiration, styled shoots and to get in touch with Rebekah, visit her A & B Creative website.

Photo credits:
* Photo of Rebekah by Erich McVey 
* Family tree and table set-up photos by Kris Holland 
* Couple photo by Jessica Roberts
* Drink display photo by Paige Jones
* Long table with garland photo by Delbarr Moradi 

Bright and Playful Wedding Day

orchard photoshoot

Kristyn and Mike are a fun loving couple who were looking to celebrate their union in what they describe as “a fancy dance party”. Selecting their venue, Limoneira Company, was a surprised to Kristyn as it was hidden amidst the lemon and avocado groves just a few miles away from her childhood home. Since the couple and most of their friends and family live in the LA area, they felt this was the perfect venue to enjoy a fun “mini destination wedding” being just two hours north of the LA area. Kristyn remembers, “It was the first venue we looked at, as soon as we drove onto the property we decided it was perfect for the style we wanted to go with”. Read more in today’s Real Wedding, as Kristyn and Mike describe their special day and share their advice on planning for their wedding day.

first look

A highlight from our day was the transportation from the hotel to the venue. This was something we were really looking forward to as we incorporated it into our first look. We rented a pimped out school bus, from the incredible people at Jump on the School Bus, where we had the entire wedding party get into the bus and blindfold Mike. I stood at the doors of the bus and they uncovered his eyes at the top of the stairs. It was awesome to have that moment in such a fun atmosphere with our closest friends cheering in the background.

outdoor Ceremony
flower girls

There were a few things I added in that were non-traditional from beginning to end. One touch I was excited about was the use of balloons. I knew I wanted flowers but that I also wanted something different along with them so we used giant tasseled balloons and streamers for the ceremony backdrop that we later used for the photo booth backdrop as well. We had the kids in the wedding carry them during the processional as well.

brides entrance
Groom awaits bride
marriage ceremony

The groom’s brother was in school for theology so we wanted him to officiate for us and he did an amazing job. The three of us felt that that was such a special moment for us and it really helped with our nerves. We knew that if there was a hiccup during the ceremony we could all just look at each other a laugh a little.

guest arrival
wedding program

As for the playful activities: during cocktail hour the guests played bocce ball since the venue had bocce courts and the venue allowed them to walk through the orchard and pick fruit (our program was stapled to a paper bag for all their goodies), guests were able to ride a trolley car to the reception site, we replaced a guestbook with mad libs, and I hand made all of the photo booth props to get a specific “whimsical” feel to them.

the bride
playful group photo

As we are a very playful couple, this was our inspiration for the day. We wanted that feel to come through with bright colors, activities for our guests, and awesome music. Mike wanted good drinks and food while I wanted something unique and whimsical with a modern vintage feel. I also had a mini arrow theme that ran throughout that matched my “in memory of” tattoo for my dad. He had passed away two months before the wedding and it helped me feel like he was there all along the way.

Table Chart
place cards
sweetheart table
Table setting
wedding cake

Our photographer made the day so fun as well. Jonathan is the best at what he does and allowed for us to have fun/playful photo ops because of his high energy. The video he made for us lets us relive all the highlights over and over again. The best memory for the two of us was really to have all of our family and friends together in one place singing and dancing the night away. I was excited about the music from the day DJ Phil came into our lives. He kept the party going until the end and all of our guests loved him! .

My advice to couples who are currently in the wedding planning process…Don’t sweat the small stuff. I work 12-hour night shifts as a nurse and I would spend my sleepless nights thinking of/making small details. Don’t get me wrong, they all turned out great, but in the end I wish I would have omitted some and saved time and money. Our loved ones and our love for each other filled the room with so much joy that we didn’t really need the extras.
Also, definitely get a day of coordinator at the very least. I was so glad to have Frank, my coordinator that day and he also did my flowers. He really understood my vision and kept everyone in check. The day ran smoothly because of him and I didn’t have to worry a bit.

Simply Drawn Wedding Invitation

The Bride & Groom chose our Simply Drawn Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue: Limoneira, Santa Paula, California | Photography by: Bluephoto by Jonathan Roberts

Event Planner Spotlight: Arielle Azoff | LVL Weddings & Events

In this month's Event Planner Spotlight, we are excited to introduce Arielle Azoff. Arielle is one of the many talented planners at LVL Weddings & Events, which services California, Hawaii and destination weddings around the globe. Arielle began her career after a meet with Lindsay Longacre, owner of LVL Weddings and Events, who offered her the unique opportunity to intern for Lindsay’s growing operation. Five years later, Arielle has become a part of this team of amazing Planners who fulfill weddings throughout California and also expanding to the beautiful islands of Hawaii!

Find out more from our Q&A with Planner Arielle Azoff who shares with us her vision on this years wedding trends and wedding planning tips.

Event Planner Arielle Azoff

How did you get your start in wedding planning?

I grew up watching my Father build an incredible event production, creating experiences for groups and organizations that truly impacted lives. From then on, I knew I wanted to make that kind of impact in a similar capacity with my own unique creative prowess. There is nothing more special than being able to contribute to making dreams come true on the most important day of their lives.

What types of locations or settings are very popular now?

Southern California is so fortunate to have a wide range of venues to satisfy every client. Brides and Grooms have the accessibility to a warm beach wedding, a romantic wedding on a vineyard or even a whimsical zoological garden. All within miles of each other, the possibilities are endless. This year is the year for romance, so any intimate location that gives that lush romantic feel will continue into the season.

What is your forecast for 2014 trends?

Romance! Blush pinks, whimsical gardens, pops of metallic’s, and themes such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ are inspiring the forecast for 2014. I am excited to see even more trends arise as the season continues to unfold. I am inspired everyday!

Any trends are you loving right now?

I love the bohemian look, floral crowns and accompanied with an organic feel. But then again that pop of sparkle is just so fun! Many of my clients are combining that rustic look with a pop of glam.

What are your Favorite Color combos?

This is such a hard question I get asked all the time. I love simplicity, and anything soft to the eye. Soft blushes rose gold always look so beautiful together.

Table Setting Rancho Las Lomas_Studio EMP Photography
Bridal party Rancho Las Lomas_Studio EMP Photography

Tell us one detail you cherish at a wedding.

I love that moment right as the bride is about to walk to the aisle with her father. Just on the other side of the door or curtain is her future awaiting her arrival at the alter. Once she sets her first step down that aisle her life changes immediately and that look in their eye makes me melt every time.

What is the most important thing you tell brides?

I always tell my brides, “This is your day, make it everything you want it to be and more, and don’t forget to have fun!”

Do you have an ideal timeline for planning a wedding?

I do, this allows me to keep my clients organized throughout the planning process. Along with this I also create a day of itinerary for all of the vendors to follow and for the day of to ensure everything runs smoothly and on time.

Bridal party Rancho Las Lomas_Studio EMP Photography
Bridal party Rancho Las Lomas_Studio EMP Photography

What are some wedding details you “insist” couples include in their wedding?

There is something so special about a first look between the Bride and Groom. Although that moment when he sees her walk down the aisle is truly magical there is something irreplaceable when you share that moment between just the two of you, and of course your photographer. Along with this amazing moment you are then allowing for more photo time with your bridal party and families. Your cocktail hour may not be enough time to capture everything you had hoped for. Having your first look, followed by your family portraits allows for more time and an opportunity for the bride and groom to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests for a bit!

Charles Hildreth Photography

What is it like to work for a big production company?

LVL is a team of planners bringing insight to each wedding we are part of fulfilling. Being part of this fine team allows each of us to inspire and motivate each other through each unique wedding planning process. Having a team with you to provide support is a system designed for success. Whenever I need assistance with tools such as a design idea or a vendor referral, I can always trust my team to contribute a fresh breath that we can offer to our bride and groom that will insure their special day.

How do you think couples can most effectively use a wedding planner?

Weddings are obviously an emotional event as a couple begins their formal lives together. Planners give perspective on what makes the most practical sense and memorable experiences combined together. While a bride may have dreamed of how she wanted her wedding day, a planner can help here achieve those dreams into reality -- with sensibility - that would be financial as well as feasibility. A planner becomes the eyes and ears of the couple on wedding day to relieve them of the responsibility of their guest’s enjoyment by insuring that vendors do their part and guests enjoy their time.

How do you ensure a bride and groom’s personality is reflected in the wedding, rather than the wedding planner’s personality?

This is my client’s day; I am here to guide them, be their advocate and to understand them. The most important thing you can do as a consultant is to listen. That alone allows me to absorb my client’s visions and ideas, to ensure I that their personality is reflected in their wedding

When someone is looking for a planner, what are some good questions to ask at the meeting?

There are so many questions you can ask about from skill level, to experience, and even pricing options. All which are still very important but you need to find someone who can bring neutrality to emotionally charged situations. When meeting with your potential planner it is important to ask them how they handle emotional decisions with their clients. This business is a people driven business and almost every decision is emotional, if not then financial. Your planner needs to acknowledge that and accept that challenge.

Your Top tips for brides and grooms planning their wedding?

Stay calm and enjoy each other. They have hired me to assist them in making the most important day of their lives run smoothly. So why not enjoy the ride to the greatest day of your life.

LVL Weddings and Events

Photography by: Photo 1: Jasmine Star Photography | Photos 2, 3: Studio EMP Photography | Photos 4, 5: Stone Crandall Photography | Photo 6: Charles Hildreth Photography | Photo 7: Jasmine Star Photography

Lakeside Wedding

Pauline and Rusty were married by Binnewater Lake at a private estate in Rosendale, NY. Their goal for their day was to "make the wedding weekend as much "ours" as possible and just have fun” our Bride explains, “…we tried to keep it not fussy, romantic and playful.” The couple and their guests even had a 5k race the morning of the big day. Read more highlights from their fun filled DIY Lakeside wedding below.


Pauline recalls the day being a major group effort to pull off with everyone pitching in to help. The major highlights of the day for her was seeing everything come together, "... all the details from hanging the lights in the tent and setting the tables to Rusty (the Groom) and friends building and decorating the chuppah the day of the wedding and especially when I saw my friends out skinny dipping in the lake later in the night! I truly have amazing friends and family!"


“Words of Wisdom” for couples currently planning their wedding?

If you don't have a huge staff of people helping out, delegate tasks to people! Everyone wants to help out to be a part of your day and want to make sure you are not stressed. Since our wedding was a DIY wedding, it was key to have someone taking care of "day of" tasks. Luckily, my friend Leah is an amazing event planner and was essential in helping to coordinate everything that day.


Bride & Groom chose the Modern Day Love Invitation Suite for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue: Binnewater Lake - Private Estate | Photography by Wendy Plogger

Wedding Inspiration: Wreath Invitation

Today's inspiration board comes from our Wreath Wedding Invitation design. We love the simple and universal design this invitation can create. For this board, we created a soft romantic theme which incorporates Vintage aspects as seen in the pews and tables to the Floral Crown the bride wears, this look is timeless.

Wreath Wedding Invitation Inspiration

Photo Credits
Row 1: Del Barr Moradi Photography via Style Me Pretty | Laura Goldenberger Photography via 100 Layer Cake | Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes | Row 2: Michael & Anna Costa via Style me Pretty | Wreath Wedding Invitation by Love vs Design | OneLove Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | Row 3: Patrick Moyer via Style Me Pretty | Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty | Mel Barlo and Co. via The Knot

Essential Wedding Stationery Wording Tips

Wording your wedding stationery does not have to be burdensome! At Love vs Design we want to get you excited for creating your wedding invitation suite and help you along the way. Follow our wording guidelines and you will have a fun and easy time with the process of personalizing your wedding stationery. Keep in mind that while there is a proper and formal etiquette for wedding invitations, sometimes it's OK to bend the rules a little, especially with some of our more unique and modern designs. Read on to find everything you will need to know about wording your wedding stationery. We've broken down each component of the invitation set as well, to guide you to learn what your invitation should consist of.

invitation wording example


Your wedding invitation is broken down into 6-7 lines: host line, request line, bride and groom, date and time, location, reception and attire (optional).

Host Line

The host line includes the names of those sending out and/or hosting the wedding. Traditionally the bride’s parents host the wedding; however, nowadays it’s common for the wedding to be hosted by the groom’s parents, both sets of parents, or even the bride and groom. When writing this line, be sure to use the hosts' full names. 

Request Line

There are two phrases that are most used: one indicates a religious ceremony and the other does not.
• At a place of worship: Request the honor of your presence
• Catholic Mass: Request the honor of your presence at the Nuptial Mass uniting…
• Other Venus: Request the honor of your company

Bride and Groom Line

The couple should be the stars of the invitation. Place the names on a separate line, linking them together with “to” or “and” respectively, and using full names: first, middle, and last. The bride's name should precede the groom's name. Traditionally, if the bride’s parents are included on the invitations and she shares the same last name then only her first and middle name are used. This same rule follows for the groom.

• The Bride’s parents are hosting
Mr. and Mrs. John Brown
Request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
Emily Mae to Kevin Noah Jones

Visit our Stationery Etiquette page for more examples on wedding invitation wording.

Date and Time Line

The date should both be written out in full and include the day of the week, date, month and year. When writing the year, this should be placed on a separate line with the option  to include the word “and” (i.e. Two thousand fourteen or Two thousand and fourteen)

• Saturday, the second of June
   Two thousand fourteen

The time should also be written in full and include "o'clock" after the written time. For a more formal approach use the phrase "in the morning", "in the afternoon", or "in the evening" instead of a.m. or p.m. Any time before 12 p.m. is considered morning, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. is afternoon and any time after 6 p.m. is evening.
If your wedding begins on the half-hour include a hyphen in the time or for a more formal way use "half past" or "half after" then write the time. 

• four o’clock in the afternoon
• half past four in the afternoon
• four-thirty in the afternoon

Location Line

For the location line include the name of the venue, and address. The address should not use abbreviations, rather it should be written in full.
If the address number is smaller than 20, then it should be written out. Also, no punctuation is needed other than a comma between the city and state (which is spelled out). Lastly, zip codes should not be included on any part of the invitation set.

• St. → Street
• Blvd. → Boulevard
• Apt. → Apartment
• P.O. Box → Post Office Box
• Central Library
   700 Boylston Street
   Boston, Massachusetts

Reception Line

If your wedding ceremony and reception are being held in the same location, include a line at the bottom of your invitation informing your guests.
If the reception is going to be at different venue, this should be treated as a separate event with details provided on a reception card.
Wording examples of receptions being held in the same venue after the ceremony are:

• Reception to follow
• Dinner and dancing to follow
• Reception immediately following the ceremony

Attire Line (optional)

To advise your guests what should be worn to your ceremony, you can include the optional attire line. This line should be placed at the bottom right hand corner of your invitations. If your wedding is taking place on a lawn or at a beach, it is nice to inform your guests of the elements such as wearing appropriate shoes.
Some commonly used phrases are:

• Black Tie
• Cocktail Attire
• Casual Attire
• Semi-Formal Attire


Punctuation can be used within the line for dates, time and addresses; However, commas, periods, colons, etc. should not be placed at the end of lines.


Wording such as Names, States and streets should be spelled out in its entirety on invitations, response cards, enclosure cards and envelopes.
Exceptions to this rule are:

• St. or Sts. = Saint or Saints
• Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.
• Jr., and Sr. – separated from the last name by a comma

Response Cards

A response card will include the date to RSVP by as well as a line for your guests to write their names, and section to check if they can attend or not. For those hosting dinner, you may also need to place a section for Meal Requests/Dietary restrictions

• Happily accepts/ Sadly regrets
• Will be there/ Will be there in spirit
• Accepts with pleasure/ Declines with regrets

Tip: Be sure to have your response card envelope, pre-addressed and stamped for a quick reply.


Ensure that you match the wording of your enclosure cards, with the wording of you wedding invitations to keep all pieces consistent.
Enclosure cards will provide your guest with additional wedding day details, including, transportation, accommodations, directions, reception, other wedding events.


When addressing your guests envelopes use titles and full names. It is important to double check your guest list to make sure names are spelled correctly. Common examples of addressing envelopes:

• To a Married Couple:
   Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Samantha Howard

• To an Unmarried Couple Living Together :
   Mr. Patrick Howard
   Mrs. Samantha Williams

• To Those with Other Distinguished Titles:
   Judge Howard and Lieutenant Howard, U.S. Navy
   Dr. Patrick Howard and Mrs. Samantha Howard

• To Children and Families:
   Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Howard
   Jacob, Brad, Kylie
   (Note: If you do not include the child’s names you are implying that children are not invited.)

Be sure to stay consistent  throughout the invitations set, if dates and times are spelled out on invitations use the same format on your enclosures cards as well. For more examples, for ways to word your wedding stationery, please visit our stationery etiquette page for formal and nontraditional wording. You’ll be sure to find something that best fits your style and taste.

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