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Rain Blessed Wedding

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mountain view

Today’s real wedding features Jenn and Paolo, who were married on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. Having each moment captured by their photographers, One Love Photo, this couple showed us what the day is truly about, even when some unexpected moments arise. Read more from the Bride about the vision for their special day and experience their moments in a tropical paradise filled with splendor, family and fun.

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wedding dress
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Jenn tells us about their choice in venue: "We had a few hiccups with our location. Originally, we were planning on a church wedding with the reception somewhere else (that's actually what is printed on our invitations) but we made some last minute changes (thank goodness for RSVP websites) and ended up having the ceremony and the reception at the Dillingham Ranch. It's a beautiful venue that has a lot of charm and it was perfect for us because we didn't have to do anything to make it gorgeous. We left the property do all of the wooing and it worked!"

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before seeing each other
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first look
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beach walk
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happy

Our ceremony was really special to the both of us. It was full of so much love, a few surprises and lots of happy tears. Our best friend officiated the ceremony for us, my uncle opened up with a prayer and a blessing, my dad surprised us with an amazing song that he performed with people from both of our families and we wrote our own vows. It was really important for us to be authentic to ourselves as individuals but to also honor and respect the love we have for one another and for our family and friends.

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bubbles
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brides entrance
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surprise song
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tears of joy
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married

What advice can you offer to couples who are currently in the planning stage of their wedding? "Do what works best for the both of you. It's hard to really strip things down and try to figure out what you want, when everyone has an opinion, but honestly do what works best for the both of you. I got caught up in things (menus, seating charts, signs, straws, etc) and at the end of the day none of that was actually important to us but it was still hard to let go of the idea of what I thought I wanted for the wedding. Stay true to your love and do what makes you happy."

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hugs
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groomsmen
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cake cutting
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The biggest highlight of the day for the couple was their first dance in the rain. They tell us, "We pushed back and held our own about not renting a tent for the day and I know that it gave a lot of people anxiety but it was hands down the best decision we made about rentals because it resulted in the most magical moment, ever."

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The Minimalist Invitation

Photography by: Heather & Jon Almeda / One Love Photo / OneLovePhoto.com | Wedding Venue: Dillingham Ranch, Hawaii | Wedding Invitation: The Minimalist | Floral Design: Marie Blooms | Wedding Dress: Dress Theory, Seattle | Catering: Island Lu’au | Rentals: Hawaii Tents & Events |DJ: Mobile DJ Services | Lawn Games: Ever After Events

How to assemble your Wedding Invitations

Congratulations, you’ve completed designing your wedding invitations! Now it’s time to get to work at assembling and addressing envelopes. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date. With all the details you may need to provide your guests, there may be a few inserts that you have included in the set. To ensure that you present your invitations to family and friends properly, we’ve outlined the traditional rule of thumb to help you in assembling your wedding invitations.

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Assembled Invitation components

1. The wedding invitation should be placed at the bottom, facing right side up when pulled out of the envelope.

2. On top of the invitation should be your wedding invitation components, also facing right side up, and placed from largest to smallest. These cards can be placed on top of the Invitation as follows:

  • Reception/Details Enclosure Card
  • Accommodations Enclosure Card
  • Maps/Directions Enclosure Card
  • Response Card: place the response card underneath the flap of the return envelope. Note that the envelope should already have a stamped and be pre-addressed with the mailing address of whomever will be receiving these cards.

3. Once all pieces are gathered, complete the look by wrapping a belly band around your stationery. Our belly bands can be easily secured with the use of double-sided tape.

4. Lastly, insert your wedding stationery into the envelope, facing you right side up so this is the first thing your guests see when opening the envelope.

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completed invitation

Additional helpful tips:

  • Before purchasing postage, prepare one completed invitation and bring to your local postage to ensure the correct postage for the envelope.
  • Mark your response cards with a number and match the number to your guest list. This will help keep you organized when you receive the cards, as some guests forget to put their names on the card. Review our blog on How to get your guests to RSVP for helpful tips on how to organize your guest response cards.
  • The envelopes should be hand addressed, printed or written in calligraphy. These are to be addressed using proper titles, nicknames and abbreviations are not recommended. Visit our blog on how to address your wedding invitations for more.

DIY Ranch Wedding on Style Me Pretty

We are excited to share this Real Wedding of Brittany & Aaron, a lovely couple whom we were happy to work with on their wedding day stationery. They were recently featured on Style Me Pretty, which highlights their beautiful wedding day photos and video. Visit Style Me Pretty for more photos taken by our friends Studio Castillero.


Brittany and Aaron choose our Just My Type Wedding Invitation & Response Card for their wedding stationery.

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Heart in Hand Romantic Wedding

We are excited to share some wedding day photos of a couple we were lucky to work with. As Hannah and John's wedding day stationer, it was great to see how the couples Heart and Hand Wedding Invitation tied in perfectly to their special day. Photos taken by our friends, Studio Castillero, captured how intimate and whimsical the day was for the couple's beautiful union. To read more on Hannah and John’s inspiration for their wedding day check out their story on Green Wedding Shoes.

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trees
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groomsmen
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entourage
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the bride
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vows
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mr and mrs
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reception
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menu
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table setting
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wedding cake
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sparkles
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heart in hand invitation

What to include in your wedding invitations

Your wedding stationery is the first impression of your marriage celebration. Finding the perfect stationery that fits your theme and style will set the tone for your special day. There are many key components that are included into your wedding invitations so as to provide your guests with all the wedding day details. Below we have broken down the components of what should be included in your wedding invitation suite.

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Invitation components

Outer Envelope
Enclosed in the outer envelope are the optional inner envelope, the main wedding invitation, response card, and any enclosure cards you may have. Written on the outside of this envelope is the formal name and address of your invited guests and the mailing stamp is placed on the upper right hand corner. The return address can be included on the back flap of the envelope.

Belly Band
Belly Bands are a great way to complete the look of your wedding package by tying in your wedding stationery together and can be used in place of the Inner Envelope. The use of a Belly Band will help secure your inserts together presenting the suite nicely to your guests upon receiving your invitations.

Invitation
The main part of the wedding stationery, which provides the general information of who is hosting, who is getting married, the date, time and location of the ceremony.

Response Card
In order to know how many guests will be coming, a response card allows your friends and family to reply back with their attendance of the wedding. Whether you choose to send a card or postcard, be sure to have the envelope or postcard already stamped and addressed to whomever is in charge of the RSVPs, before placing them into the invitation set.

Enclosure Cards
There are many types of enclosure cards that you may provide your guest to give additional wedding day details. Other details may also be included on this card such as specific attire, alternate location and website information as well. Listed below are some popular uses for an enclosure card.

Reception card: If you plan on having your wedding ceremony and reception at two different locations, adding a reception enclosure card will help direct your guests after the ceremony with the venue name and address.

Accommodation Card: It is thoughtful to include an accommodations card with affordable nearby hotels for your out of town guests. Many couples may even have a specific hotel where they are holding a group rate. Be sure to include the name of the hotel, address, phone number, website and the established a rate code for your guests.

Directions and Transportation Card: This enclosure card can include a map and/or written directions to the ceremony and reception. If local transportation is available you can provide this information such as parking, public transit lines, and airlines.

Additional Wedding Events Card: If you plan on having other weekend activities for your guests to enjoy, including a weekend events enclosure card is the perfect way to provide these details. This card can provide guests with a schedule of events such as the arrival welcome dinner/reception, golfing with the groom or even the post-wedding brunch.

Be sure to browse through our variety of Wedding Invitations, Response cards, and Enclosure cards. If your not sure on how to word any of components of your wedding package, check out our wedding stationery etiquette guide and as always contact us, if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

Free Wedding Invitation Samples

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Prairie Home Wedding

”Being surrounded by the people who love and support us was the ultimate gift that made the day so memorable.” – Aimee & Christopher

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Our Real Wedding Bride and Groom, Aimee and Christopher, share their special day in Alberta, Canada, at the home of the Bride's family. When planning their wedding, their inspiration grew from the location not only because of the beauty and the simplicity the prairie held, but because this is also the same place the couple met and formed memories. The bride tells us “The rustic, handmade whimsy of the theme seemed to go hand in hand with our personalities, and the surroundings.”

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The ceremony was on a scenic hill overlooking the Red Deer River, where guests sat on straw bales overlooking the river valley, and witnessed the couple take their wedding vows. Aimee tells us "Our ceremony turned our to be more beautiful than we could have imagined. Because we had an outdoor ceremony, we hired accordion player, Penny Sanborn (from Calgary, AB) to serenade guests, and accompany hymns. It was absolutely beautiful."

Afterwards a cocktail reception was held in a tent placed in the yard of the Bride's Parents. With the Groom being from Australia and Bride from Canada, the couple chose a cocktail style reception with no formal seating to ensure their friends from both sides got the best opportunity to meet and mingle. This provided a very relaxed, warm, and inviting party; which progressed into an awesome night of merriment!

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Aimee’s advice to couples who are preparing for their special day: “Embrace the things that go unexpectedly, it makes for some pretty great memories.”

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Wedding Venue: Broadview Ranch | Photography by: Rachel Boekel

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Bride & Groom chose our Rustic Country Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Love vs Design wins 2014 Wedding Wire Award!

We are super excited to win the Couple's Choice Awards by Wedding Wire for the 3rd year in a row! WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards™ recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

We are proud of offering exceptional customer service and are always excited to read Love vs Design reviews. Here are a few examples of what our customers from around the world are saying:


Live and Love Invitation - January 2014

I just wanted to let you know that our invites & RSVP cards showed up in record time, totally unscathed and very beautiful! We are thrilled. We haven't sent them out just yet but those who have seen them are very impressed. Thanks very much - it has been great working with you and your customer service is fab. - Stephanie

High Seas Belly Band - January 2014

Friendly and efficient staff, product was cost effective and high quality. - Jean

Deco Glam Invitation - January 2014

Thanks for making this such a seamless process. - Alexis

Rustic Country Engagement Party - January 2014

Many thanks for all your help and patience during the design process :) really appreciate it. - Petra

Simple Seal Save the Date - January 2014

We received our save the dates and just love them!! We look forward to ordering our invitations from you guys as well. - Ali

Just Between Us Thank You Postcard - January 2014

Received our engagement thank-you postcards in the mail last week here in AUSTRALIA! They look fabulous! Shipping was super fast and the whole process was very easy and efficient! Thank you so much, can't wait to get them all written and posted out!! Feel like we should be sending one back to you! - Aimee



Read more feedback in our customer reviews section. If you have any feedback about our products or website, we would love to hear from you!

Idyllic Lakeside Wedding

Today’s Real Wedding features Love vs. Design’s own, Willem and his bride Saskia. The two were wed in their home country, the Netherlands, which set a beautiful setting with it’s natural beauty.

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Looking to do something unique for their wedding day, Willem rented a retro VW t2 to make their entrance to the beautiful lakeside venue, he remembers “it was so good to arrive at the venue with such a cool car.” When selecting their venue, the two felt that their biggest wish was to get married on a sunny day outside in the open air. They were immediately drawn to a beautiful historic location, Huis Nieuw Rande, Geb&Gaia (The Netherlands) that was just outside the city they live in. Also, because it rains a lot of times in The Netherlands they needed a location that they would be able to hold the wedding inside as a backup. This location can be described as idyllic, romantic, dreamy and rustic, the perfect place for their vision.

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At the ceremony, Willem and Saskia also added a personal touch to their wedding ceremony by writing vows for one another, which is not a typical thing to do in their country. Willem recalls the reciting of their vows saying, “We were both so excited to say yes to each other in front of our family and friends…it surprised our guests in a super positive way with some of the guests wiping away tears. This was a really special and unforgettable moment for us.”

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the venue
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the aisle
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marriage certificate signing

Following the ceremony, to create the ambiance, a music band with their own repertoire played at the beginning of the wedding party. But a really special moment was when the band started to sing a love song that Saskia wrote for Willem. Some other memorable reception moments for the couple were the personal and humoristic speech Willem’s father wrote as well as the song Saskia’s father and brother wrote for them. To the couple’s surprise, before the wedding their guests prepared a libdub (a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video.) It really set the mood for the beginning of our party as they had all of their guests dancing out of nowhere, they couldn’t believe what was happening especially seeing their 87 year old grandmother dancing! It was a memorable day we’ll never forget.

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the kiss
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the couple

Advice they give to those currently in the wedding planning process: “Choose the things you like the most and what’s close to yourself, it’s your special day. Start planning your wedding early so you are able to relax before the wedding is there. Also have someone to coordinate the wedding. We choose our brothers to be masters of ceremonies. They were the contact point for all of our guests and lead the whole day. This made it a lot easier for us to just enjoy our day and not worry about practical things.”

 

Bride & Groom chose the Heart in Hand Photo Save the Date and City Life Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

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Heart in Hand Save the Date
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City Life Wedding Invitation

Wedding Venue: Huis Nieuw Rande, Geb&Gaia (Netherlands) | Photography by Sushilla Kouwen | Videography by Best Moments

Stay organized with a Wedding Planning Timeline

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wedding planning checklist

A lot goes into planning a wedding: deciding on the venue, selecting the right flavor and design of the cake, designing the invitations and sorting through your guest list for the reception. While it may all see overwhelming, fear not it can be done with a little organization!

Your wedding day is all about you and your loved one, so be sure to incorporate things that you both like. The best way to plan a wedding is to create a plan to help you stay on top of your deadlines. Create an agenda with the amount of months you have before your wedding day. Once everything is written down, it will less likely be forgotten. Also, be sure to ask for help from your friends and family, more than likely they will be happy to help participate in planning your special day.

To help keep you organized, we’ve created a wedding planning checklist of important tasks you will need to accomplish each month leading up to the wedding day. We hope it helps keep you on top of your to do’s before you say I do!

12 MONTHS BEFORE
• Plan your budget: Knowing this in advance will help you with selecting venues and vendors.
• Begin a draft of your guest list: Knowing an estimated number of guests is helpful when researching venues and setting your budget.
• Reserve a date and book the venue: They tend to book up quickly!
• Book an officiant: They also tend to book fast
• Have an engagement party: Traditionally the parents of the bride will host an engagement party. Everyone loves a party; there is no limit to how many celebrations you are given!
• Register for gifts: It’s better to do it sooner than later, this way friends and family know what to get if they want to send an engagement or shower gift.

10 MONTHS BEFORE
• Research & contact vendors: It may be a good idea to book vendors that have worked together as well as having worked at the venue you have chosen.
• Choose your bridal party: Family, childhood/college friends as well as your fiancés siblings would be traditional choices
• Start shopping for the Wedding dress: It’s best to shop early possible to find the right dress. Keep in mind that it can take up to 8 months to receive your dress once you order.
• Shop for bridesmaids/flower girl dresses: Dresses can also take up to 5 months to receive and you’ll want enough time for any alterations that may be necessary.
• Create a wedding website: mywedding.com offers free personalized wedding website designed Love vs Designs popular wedding invitations.

8 MONTHS BEFORE
• Order wedding stationery: Shop our wedding stationery for invitations, menus, accommodation cards and more!
• Engagement photos: It’s a fun way to spend some time together and capture some memories, you can even use them for save the dates for a fun announcement!
• Find a hair and make up artist: Hiring one for your Engagement photos shoot is a great way opportunity for a trial run otherwise make appointments for hair and makeup trials to find someone you can book for you and your wedding party
• Block hotel rooms: If you plan on having a large amount of out of town guest a room block at a local hotel can provide your guests with a discounted group rate.
• Reserve Day of Transportation: Plan how the bridesmaids, groomsmen and families will arrive to the wedding locations.
• Set up cake tasting & order the cake: You get to spend a day sampling yummy desserts...enough said.

6 MONTHS BEFORE
• Finalize guest list and gather mailing addresses: Check out our blog, Collecting Mailing Addresses made easy, for some helpful tips. Prep early so you don’t have to worry about this later.
• Send save the date cards: While 6 months notice is ample time for those having a local wedding, for destination weddings it’s best to give 8-12 months advance notice.
• Book all of your vendors: Florist, caterers, photographer/videographer, DJ/band even a day of coordinator. Book any additional ones if needed.
• Book your honeymoon: This can be a fun wedding break for you and your partner to enjoy. Make sure any documents are in order (i.e. passports)
• Buy wedding bands: This is best to do in advance if having your bands inscripted in case there are any sizing issues.

4 MONTHS BEFORE
• Shop/reserve groomsmen attire: Advance planning will help the groomsmen who need to be fitted and/or reserve suits if renting.
• Address your Invitations: Starting this early and working in batches will help to not overwhelm you later. At the same time, prepare an organized list of the RSVPs and meal choices for when response trickle in.
• Select location for rehearsal dinner: This will take place after your wedding rehearsal, usually the night before the wedding day.

2 MONTHS BEFORE
• Mail invitations: These should be mailed to guests 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date.
• Send rehearsal dinner invitations.
• Apply for marriage license: You may want to review US Marriage Laws, which offers your local requirements and details.
• Touch base with your vendors: Confirm dates, details and deposits.
• Meet with your wedding officiant: Discuss ceremony details, vows and readings
• Purchase wedding favors and wedding party gifts: Wrap gifts so you can check them off your list early!
• Purchase reception/ceremony items: Guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers, unity candle.
• Purchase accessories for your dress fitting: Shoes, undergarments, accessories

6 WEEKS to 1 MONTH BEFORE
• Contact guest who have not RSVP’d
• Create seating chart: It’s a good idea to sit friends and acquaintances together.
• Print out stationery accessories: Programs, Menus, Place cards, and signage should be ready to go!
• Final dress fitting/Pick up dress
• Pick up Wedding rings
• Have a bachelorette/bachelor party: A fun wedding break, typically planned by the MOH or Best Man.
• Have a bridal/couples shower: Hosted by your bridesmaids, family, or even the grooms mom.

1-2 WEEKS BEFORE
• Provide caterer with final head count
• Confirm arrival times for wedding party and vendors
• Meet with your day of coordinator to discuss timeline for the day and any reception/ceremony details.
• Provide shot list to photographer: List the shots that you feel would be most important to capture.
• Review music with DJ/band: Confirm special song requests and wedding party names for introduction.

2 DAYS BEFORE
• Wedding day emergency kit
• Enjoy a manicure and pedicure
• Pack for the wedding day and honeymoon
• Arrange for reliable relative to transport wedding gifts after the reception
• Organize tips and final payments for vendors: Put them in clearly marked envelopes and give to someone you trust to hand out at the reception.

1 DAY BEFORE
• Have a rehearsal dinner: Enjoy the moment!
• Give your bridesmaid & groomsmen gifts: Express your gratitude for their help through the wedding process.
• Get plenty of rest for the big day tomorrow...or at least try to!

WEDDING DAY
• Eat a light breakfast and drink plenty of water
• Get hair and make up done (wear a button down shirt)
• Get married!

AFTER THE BIG DAY
• Write and send out thank you cards, be sure to check out our blog on when to send out your thank you cards.
• Dry clean/preserve wedding dress
• Legally change name on all documents and accounts
• Enjoy married life

Download this handy wedding planning checklist PDF for free and follow our tips above to help you stay on track when it comes to planning your wedding and remember not to get too caught up in the all the minor details and stress, at the end of the day its all about marrying your best friend. 

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