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Ways to word your Save the Date

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SavetheDate

Save the dates are a fun and exciting way to communicate to your loved ones to plan ahead and mark this special day on their calendar! There are many ways to send your Save the Date, as discussed in our previous blog post ‘Save the Date by Postcard, Magnet or Email’, but you may now be wondering questions such as ‘What information should I include on my save the date?” or “Do I need to make my Save the Date a formal announcement?” As always, we are here to help, read on for some advice on the in’s and outs of Save the Date wording.

Writing your Save the Dates is simple! The most important details to write on your save the date are:

- Your names: preferably first and last would be helpful for your guests

- The wedding date: It is perfectly acceptable to use informal writing than how you would write your wedding invitations. For example: rather than write the full date out as “the twenty-fourth of June, two thousand and fourteen” you may choose to simply put “06.24.14” or “June 24, 2014”.

- The wedding location: city and state of where you will be married

- Formal Invitation to Follow: This can be placed at the bottom of the card so your guests know that there is more on it’s way. Also, do remember announcements should only be sent to those who you will be inviting to your wedding as well.

For those who want to add more, feel free to get creative by adding some personal touches to the design. As this is fun news to share with everyone, you can choose to include the link to your wedding website to keep guests in the loop on event information or even include a quote that is meaningful to the both of you.

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SavetheDate

Still having writers block? Check out our Save the Date Wording Guide to help you choose. We have it covered with fun save the date wording examples, from traditional to casual for you to use. Enjoy!

Rustic Winery Wedding

Today’s Real Wedding we feature the wedding of Sam and Nicole, who were married at Train Trak Winery in Yarra Glen, Victoria (Australia), with a reception to follow right next door at a rustic Italian restaurant fitting their vision for a fun celebration with loved ones.

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train-tracks and bridges

The highlight of Nicole's day (apart from marrying her best friend!) was seeing how everything they carefully planned for months and months played out. It was lovely to see it all materialized and with the help of their venue coordinator and some wonderful family and friends, the day ran smoothly.

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exchanging vows
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exchanging rings

The ceremony was followed by a reception at Zonzo, a small rustic Italian restaurant with their emphasis on family and sharing. This was perfect for us because it reflected what we both wanted from our wedding: a fuss-free, fun day where celebrating with our loved ones was the focus. We both have a love for all things vintage - fashion, decor and cars - so we centered our theme around this, incorporating a lot of handmade items (we made our ceremony paper decorations, ceremony programs, bonbonierre (personalized boxes with a homemade cupcake inside each), and table centerpieces with the help of our talented, flower-savvy friend Kim!

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long tables
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husband and wife

We had a lot of help from friends, and this helped make the day unique to us. Our friend Emily made our wedding cake, our friend and Sam's groomsmen Travis sang and played guitar during our ceremony, and as mentioned above, our friend Kim helped us by creating all of our beautiful floral arrangements, from the bouquets and buttonholes to the table displays. Another unique and fun aspect of our day was our dessert table - we invited our guests to bake a cake for our dessert table, guests voted for their favorite by placing a button in a corresponding jar and the winner was awarded a prize! It was great way to involve everyone and the quality of the desserts made was fantastic!

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wedding dessert table
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Wedding walk down the aisle

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently and what advice can you offer to couples in the planning stages of their wedding?

I think if we could do things differently, we probably would have budgeted better. You can never predict life and while we budgeted for the wedding, we hadn't budgeted for all of the unexpected events (for example, Sam's car, which was also our wedding car, needing repairs in the month before the day!).If I could give any couples advice for planning their wedding, I would just say, have fun with it. Don't sweat the small stuff, do something small each week or fortnight, enlist family and friends - when people ask for help, take them up on it! It'll definitely take the stress off you both and give you less to fret about leading up to the big day so that you can just enjoy it!

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Le Jardinier Wedding Invitation

Sam and Nicole chose the Le Jardinière Invitation and Le Jardinière Response card for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

Train Trak Winery

Reception Location

Zonzo at Train Trak Winery

Photography by

Brown Paper Parcel Photography

An Intimate Destination Wedding

Aloha! Today's Real Wedding takes place in Waikiki, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Our bride and groom, Erclynn and Daniel chose to celebrate their special day with an intimate destination wedding among their family.

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walk down the aisle
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family photo with bride and groom

The couple was married at St. Augustine By The Sea Church in the city of Waikiki and followed by a reception held at The Coconut Club. Daniel tells us, “We wanted a small close family wedding and it turned out better than expected.” Doing all the planning from their home in Michigan and never traveling to Hawaii gave them a bit of a challenge, but in the end the coordination all fell into place. They felt that every one of their vendors went over and beyond what was asked of them to make this day memorable.

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long reception table
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a toast to the bride and groom

Daniel shares his advice to those couples planning their wedding "...make sure you plan time for yourselves. You may spend so much time trying to make sure everyone of your guests is happy but make sure YOU are having an awesome time as well."

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plumeria eyes
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couple mahalo

"Love vs. Design provided our Invites and thank you cards and played a large part in the stylization of our event to which we are very thankful for."

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say yes invitation

The Bride & Groom chose our Say Yes Wedding Invitation & Say Yes Thank You Card for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

The Coconut Club

Photography by

Chrissy Lambert Photography

Rustic Wedding Mad Libs

Mad Libs are a fun activity for guests at any wedding event, such as an engagement party, bridal shower or bachelorette party. This can also be a wonderful substitute for a wedding guest book at a wedding reception. Wedding guests will surely be entertained while writing down their best advice. The couple will have a great keepsake item to read back on anniversaries or date nights.

This 5" x 7" mad libs template comes in light blue and lavender.

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wedding mad libs
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wedding mad libs

Download these Free Mad Libs Printables and have fun with them!

Save the Date, Postcard, Magnet or Email

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Save the Date Card

He asked, and you said yes! Congratulations!! There are so many ways to let everyone know you’re making it official! There are plenty of options when choosing a save the date and we are here to help you announce it to all your loved ones

Sending out a Save the Date is your time to get fun and creative with sharing the good news! Your Save the Date doesn’t have to match your wedding invitations; if you choose a formal invitation, switch it up by sending a fun photo postcard! If you're planning a themed rustic, country or barn wedding, our latest collection of Rustic Save the Date Cards maybe just what you're looking for. If you choose to go a bit more formal, traditional save the date cards are great early reminders for your guests to clear their calendars on your wedding day

A Save the Date should be sent to those who you will also be inviting to your wedding. It is a good idea to send them out about 6-8 months prior to your wedding date to give your guests the opportunity to reserve their calendar for the special day. When creating your Save the Date you should be sure to include your last names, the location of the wedding as well as any accommodation info that may be useful to your guests. Adding your wedding website as well will help guide guests to the right direction.

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save the date postcard

Save the Date Postcards: A fun keepsake for your guests throughout the years! Choosing to go with a postcard save the date will not only save on postage and envelope stuffing but also offers you to send a short and sweet message to your guests. Should you choose this option, be sure to include the following: 1) return address - just in case your mail gets returned 2) wedding location & Wedding website – especially helpful for out of town guests 3) formal invitation to follow – so guests are aware there’s more to come!

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save the date magnet

Save the Date Magnets: This option is a fun, simple way to provide your guests with a reminder they will not misplace. A popular design choice for this save the date is the calendar magnet, which highlights your wedding day for your guest to be reminded of.

Email Save the Date: Sending out your Wedding Save the Date via email is a great way to announce your big day to your wedding guests! This is a great option for those who are having a small intimate gathering or for our tech savy customers. Our email save the date templates will save you time and money.

At Love vs Design we offer unique wedding Save the Dates that reflect your own personality. Whether you are interested in a save the date card design, photo save the date or postcard save the date, we have Save The Dates that are sure to fit your style. Be sure to browse through our many designs and if you have any questions, contact us, we are here to help!

Marriage ceremony officiated by a friend

Todays Real wedding joins Taylor Jernigan to Aaron Fichera at Ashton Gardens in Corinth, Texas.

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wedding aisle

With a sunset ceremony set in a glass-enclosed chapel, the bride and groom made their union more unique by having their friend marry them. Rather than sticking to the traditional ceremony, having a  friend marry them made the sermon more personalized, funny and heartfelt for their closest loved ones.

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bridesmaids
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solo portraits
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groomsmen
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flowergirl and ring bearers
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The reception was surrounded by a private forest which set the tone with ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, and candlelight for Aaron and Taylors celebration as husband and wife. This truly was an intimate wedding set among many loved ones.

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newlyweds

The bride describes the highlight of her day as, “Marrying my best friend and the love of my life!

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Le Jardinier Invitation

Taylor & Aaron chose our Le Jardinier Suite for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

Ashton Gardens

Photography by

Julie Johnson Photography

Bridal Shower Host Planning

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bridalshowerinvitations

Now a days a bridal shower can be thrown by anyone from a sister to an aunt or bridesmaid to a coworker. However, typically, the Maid of Honor or a group of close friends or bridesmaids will usually host the event.

Are you in charge of your friends shower and not sure where to start? No worries below are helpful planning tips on how to be the perfect host and make sure the Bride to be has a great time!

Pick a date: We can’t have a shower, without the Bride there, right? Showers are usually held anywhere from a couple months to a couple weeks before the big day. Be sure to check in with the bride to see what dates are available in her schedule so that you can plan accordingly.

Pick a Theme & plan it out: Decide what type of shower you would like to hold. Weather it be an afternoon tea at a restaurant, a garden party at a home or an evening soiree, the possibilities are endless. Once you have chosen the theme, then you and your other co-hosts can set up schedule to brainstorm the menu, decorations and budget so you can assign each person with a tasks so that everyone will know their part for the day. *Helpful tip - check out our free printables section for DIY items such as drink flags, cake flags, place cards and more, we're sure  
will come in handy when planning a bridal shower.*

Guest list & Invitations: Those who are invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding. It’s okay to ask the bride to help with the guest list or you can also check in with the Mother of the Bride. Invitations should go out to guests 4-6 weeks in advance, especially if inviting guests who are not local. The style of invitations can reflect the theme of the party and can be anywhere from casual or elegant. The choice is yours as the host!

Shower Gifts: Be sure that the Bride & Groom are already registered prior to the shower as it is acceptable to provide this information on the bridal shower invitations

One thing is for sure, the bride will be grateful for the wonderful people she has surrounding her that day to celebrate her new adventure. Shop our Love vs. Design Bridal Shower and Wedding Shower Invitations for your Bride. These are inspired by a variety of mediums which span both modern and vintage to fit any theme and will make a lasting impression on your guests.

Will you be my maid of honor card printable

This lovely handmade card with your message with certainly light up the face of your Maid of Honor! This folded card can be downloaded, printed and personalized with your own handwritten message. The best part is, this maid of honor card printable is totally free! Also, check out the matching Will you be my Bridesmaid card

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Will you be my maid of honor card printable
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Will you be my maid of honor card

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Details to include on your Enclosure card

Including an enclosure card with your wedding invitation is a great way to communicate to your guest additional wedding day details. Whether you want to provide your guests with directions to your wedding venue, or let them know the address of a local hotel, a wedding enclosure card can be used as Reception Cards, Direction Cards, Accommodation Cards and more!

Not sure what to include on your enclosure card? No worries, we are here to walk you through this! We have outlined below the common uses and etiquette for wording on your Wedding Invitation Enclosure cards.

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wedding enclosure card

Accommodation Card: For your guests who will be traveling from out of town, it is a common courtesy to include a hotel which is convenient and affordable for them to stay. When placing this information on your enclosure card, be sure to include the hotel name, address, phone number and website. Also if there is a special rate code that you have established with the hotel be sure to include this information as well.

Reception Card: When the ceremony and reception are held in different locations, adding a Reception enclosure card will help direct your guests. Here you can provide your guests with the Venue name and address.

Directions and Transportation Card: If including a map always be sure to also include written directions and keep in mind that guests will be coming from all directions. If local transportation is available to use you can also provide them with information such as shuttles, parking and public transit lines.

Additional Wedding Events Card: For those guests you would like to join you for other weekend activities, you can choose to provide an enclosure card letting them know a schedule of events such as, rehearsal dinners and post wedding brunches to name a few.

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wedding enclosure card

Other details to consider placing on your enclosure cards:

Attire: If your wedding is outdoors and super casual or an indoor elegant setting, it’s a nice piece of information to advise your guests on what to wear.

Website Information: This is a great way to share with your guests all the information on your big day.

Alternate location: For outdoor weddings, it’s important to provide information on the alternative location in the event of rain.

We offer wedding enclosure cards that will match your invitation exactly, or you can choose an enclosure card that will compliment your invitation’s style. We offer a variety of insert cards that will deliver your information with style!

A Real Wedding that joins the community

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This Real Wedding takes place at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA. A beautiful old brick church building (originally a Lutheran church built in 1914) with a warm, vintage feel. The location was chosen by the bride and groom for several reasons, but the foremost motive was their excitement to work with a nonprofit organization, which added a meaningful element to their day.

Our bride tells us about the planning of her wedding, “…I found quickly that it is easy to feel lost in the wedding industry "machine." For that reason, we attempted to keep our wit's about us while planning and work with vendors we liked and supported. We hoped to invest in organizations that seemed to represent integrity and generosity in their business. While the Abbey does host a limited number of weddings every year, its focus is on local arts programs and we really liked the idea of supporting through our venue fee, as it felt like a way to give back in the midst of the chaos of planning. That said, we absolutely appreciated the architecture and atmosphere of the Abbey, in addition to its artistic mission!” Read more about the experience of Sarah and Chris’s special day.

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bride and bridesmaids
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groom and groomsmen

What was your highlight of the day?

My highlight of the day is less about a specific moment, and more about the overall big picture of the day. Almost every part of our day was assisted, designed, or implemented by family and friends, so it was without doubt a collaborative effort. Chris grew up in Boise, I grew up in Portland, and we chose to get married in Seattle, where we had met and dated--so to have all our worlds collide together for that weekend was an incredible gift. This was particularly evident when a group of friends we had met in Portland or Seattle--a group of people now literally spread out across the globe, with many of them meeting for the first time that weekend--surprised us at the reception with a choreographed dance. That's right: in between all the prep of decorations, clothes, the rehearsal dinner, and a million other details, our friends were staying up late to hold secret dance rehearsals. We felt like the luckiest people in the world in that moment! Chris and I view the wedding day itself as an example of a community working together to create something lovely and meaningful. We can see their fingerprints all over the day, and this has made us smile and happy cry every time we reminisce.

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Is there some unique you choose to do for your special day.?

We also served brunch for dinner! We served up a delicious waffle bar with various toppings, quiche, scones, and cheesy potatoes, and had mimosas and a coffee cart amongst our drink options. We love breakfast foods, and thought this would be a fun twist on the more formal dinner served at evening weddings.

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wedding reception centerpieces
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wedding cake and welcome sign

Would have liked to do anything differently?

I would have taken a bit more time off of work in the week leading up to the wedding. I was starting to feel really frazzled until I finally caught up on sleep two days before the wedding, and everything looked so much more beautiful and relaxed after that night of rest!

I would also delegate more tasks and details (I think this is a common woe among DIY brides). For the first few months of planning, I worried about putting too much on my loved ones, so I tried to do as much as I could alone. I realized that they really wanted to help out, not only because they loved us, but because it gave them a sense of contributing! It was fun for them to see their contributions involved when the day came--they felt some ownership in the day, which was fun to see.

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bride and groom holding hands

What advice could you give to couples planning their upcoming wedding?

Make sure to schedule time with your fiancé where the goal is to relax and have fun, not wedding plan. It can be easy to feel like that's all you should be working on, but the whole point of the planning is a joyous commitment of love and faithfulness you'll be making at the end! Don't forget to take care of the relationship in the midst of the madness of planning.

Utilize friends and family as much as you can, because it's more fun to work with people you already know and love--but use a day-of wedding planner! The people who know and love the bride and groom should be relaxing and enjoying the wedding day, not running around trying to make sure everything got taken care of. I planned most of the wedding, but communicated all the details and plans to my day-of coordinator. From the rehearsal dinner on, any questions about timing, details, or logistics went to her.

Use a checklist that breaks down what needs to be done by when. I think this helped me in my moments of feeling totally overwhelmed--I would remember, this is all I have to do for this week. I will worry about the rest as it presents itself. It made everything feel more bite-sized and managable.

Also, build some moments in where you can be alone for a moment or two on the big day. It's wonderful to be surrounded by loved ones, but I was glad for the few times I could be alone and let the significance of the commitment I was making really sink in.

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Subtle Elegance Wedding Invitation

Bride & Groom chose our Subtle Elegance Wedding Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

The Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA

Photography by

Gabrielle LeMieux

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