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Fall Real Wedding with crafty personal touches

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beautiful wedding dress and the bride

Welcome to Vermont and meet our bride Lauren and her groom Matthew! We absolutely loved working with Lauren in creating her stationery for her special day. Read on for some advice from an event planner turned bride and we’ll let the photos speak for themselves

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Rustic Fall Wedding
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flowers down the aisle
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wedding signage

What was your highlight of the day?

The entire day was the best ever. A million highlights strung together. But if we have to pick... We chose to not see each other until the ceremony, so laying our eyes on one another for the first time was a moment we will never forget. Another highlight was our first dance. We had a family member sing our song (Songbird, by Fleetwood Mac), and the whole room was mesmerized by her voice. It was pretty surreal. And one last one - one of my personal favorites - was when Matty gave a speech at our reception. My new husband had me doubled over laughing one minute, followed by tears streaming down my face the next.

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wedding bar signage
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lovely first dance
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creative table settings
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unique wedding centerpieces

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?

If you can, host a welcome party for all of your guests the night prior. This gave us an opportunity to truly talk with everyone for hours, so when it came time to party the next night, we could let loose and just have fun.

Have fun leading up to the wedding with your bride or groom to be. Those memories you share leading up to the big day will make it all the more special.

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fun group photo
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crafty wedding decor

Most of all….Relax and have fun. Remember what it is all about - you, the love of your life, your family, your friends. And an epic dance party. The second you lose sight of that, the second you start wasting time thinking about things that don't matter. You will not remember what the flowers at Table 7 looked liked, but you will remember what your mom's face looked like when she put you in that gown.

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kraft wedding invitations

Lauren & Matthew chose our In Cursive design for their wedding Invitations, Response cards,, wedding Programs and Thank You cards


Wedding Location

Woodstock Inn & Resort

Photography by

Our Labor of Love

Event Planning & Design

Lauren Wells Events

What to include in your Wedding Program

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What to include in your Wedding Program

Including a wedding program for your guests is a thoughtful detail that helps guests follow along with your ceremony, especially if there are traditions that may not be so familiar. Whether they are curious as to the name of your wedding song, or the name of your maid of honor, a wedding program will let your guests feel more engaged with the ceremony. It’s also a great way to extend your thanks to those who made this day possible and is a great keepsake for those guests who love weddings!

Not sure what to include in your program? No worries, we’ve listed here some suggested items you may want to include:

  • Choose a Wedding Program design to coordinate with your wedding stationery. Be sure to start the program with the Bride and Grooms Names (perhaps using a monogram from your invitations), wedding date and city, state (optional)
  • List the order of events of the ceremony. Remember to include the Officiates name, Musical selections song name/singer (you may also choose to include lyrics if meaningful to you), Readings and the names of those the readers. For example:

    - Processional – Wedding March by Wagner

    - The Officiate’s Greeting – Mike Smith, friend of bride and groom

    - Solo by Sara Knight – You light up my life

    - Exchanging of Vows & Ring Ceremony

    - Pronouncement of Marriage

    - Recessional Music – March Triumphant - Sassmannshausen

  • For those who have a religious wedding ceremony, it would be helpful to include a brief explanation of any traditions, rituals, and ethnic customs that will be occurring during the ceremony so that your guests will be able to be in the know.
  • A list of the members of your wedding entourage. This would include the Mothers and Fathers of the Bride and Groom, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Ringer bearers and Flower girls.
  • Thank you note to parents, guests and any special intentions or memorials for those who are not able to be present.

Again, this is your day so feel free to go a step further and personalize your wedding ceremony programs a little more by adding a photo or special quote. If information gets to be too much for the front, we do offer backside printing our programs as well. The day of your ceremony, you may either place them at each guests seat or have a designated friend or family member be in charge of greeting and handing the programs to the guests. We recommend checking out our collection of wedding programs to get an idea of different layout options.

Free Wedding Websites from Love vs Design

Love vs Design is excited to offer personalized wedding website designs that match some of our most popular wedding invitations. There is no registration fee or upgrade package cost! You'll be able to experience many amazing website features, including online RSVP capabilities, adding photo galleries, sending group emails and much more.

Get started today and share your wedding plans with friends & family. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest wedding planning tips, exclusive offers and more!

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free wedding website with heart on it
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Setting up your personalized wedding website is easy:
Step 1: Create your mywedding.com account
Step 2: Select your favorite wedding website design
Step 3: Build your site

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Get a clear idea of how many guests to expect on your big day by choosing one of our reply postcards. There are no envelopes needed and reply postcards will save you some money on postage. You can choose a response postcard to match your wedding invitations, or an entirely different design to compliments your other wedding stationery.

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Shop a variety of styles and personalize your response card wording, colors and design. Many couples find RSVP postcards also a great way to gather meal preferences from their guests as well. Now available in more than 100 different designs.

Beautiful Real Wedding incorprates tradition

Today’s Real Wedding features the union between Lauren Coalson and Chris Hardy in Atlanta, GA. We loved this wedding for all of the traditions & special touches the couple incorporated to truly make this day a part of them.

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brick wall photo

What was your highlight of the day?

The most special moment of our wedding day for both of us was the ceremony. Everyone always tells you how quickly the day will go by, so I wanted to be sure to really soak in and be completely present at the ceremony.

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beautiful wedding veill
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ceremony tradition

We incorporated the Celtic tradition of tying the knot into our vows, which was very meaningful and special. A stole was fastened around our embraced hands and as the sweet words were being read. I will remember that part vividly for the rest of my life.

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bride and groom vintage car

What kinds of special touches did you choose to have on your special day?

Chris & I always joke that someday we will move out of the city & own a farm, so for the escort cards we had all different gold-painted farm animal figurines with the guests names tied around their necks written on kraft paper with peach yarn. We knew they were a big hit because they were all stolen by our guests.

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fun and creative name cards

In terms of the design of the room, the swinging benches filled with flowers hanging over the tables mixed with the ombre peach colored ribbon and café lights that went from the outer tables to the center of the dance floor, gave the room such a special and magical feel. I felt like I was underneath a carousel all evening. And candles covered every space possible. It was so lovely.

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beautiful hanging lights and ribbons
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ombre centerpieces
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ombre orange color scheme

In the months leading up to the big day, I collected a variety of vintage china, so each guests at the estate table would have a different plate. They gave the table such a great, authentic Southern look. We had fried chicken, mac n’ cheese-the works. All served family style. It felt like you were having Sunday dinner with your family. I wish I had enough time to find plates for every guest!

I purchased a vintage suitcase & vintage postcards from Mexico to use as our guestbook. We asked guest to write down marriage advice to read on our honeymoon, which was so fun to read and something we will always treasure.

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weding cake tiers

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?

It is a fun process, but with full time jobs, it was a lot to manage, so we wanted to give ourselves a year to plan. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, adopt “no wedding Wednesdays” or weekends where wedding planning is not allowed. Everyone needs a break every once in a while. We had our vision but no idea how to execute it, so if you have room in your budget, hire an event/floral designer and day of coordinator! That was our saving grace!

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bride and groom bubbles

Thinking back, is there anything you would have liked to do differently?

It goes without saying that no wedding day goes off without a hitch. I stumbled down the staircase during our entrance and put out some of the candles with my dress-thankfully, it wasn’t a full on tumble. Moments like that turn out to be hilarious memories that you will always look back on and laugh about. That being said, I wouldn’t change a thing!

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Lauren and Chris choose our Le Jardinier Invitation & Le Jardinier Response card for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

Summerour - Atlanta, GA

Photography by

Jason Hales Photography

Simple Thank You Card Printables

These thank you notes can be used for many different occasions. You can use them as wedding thank you cards, bridal shower thank you cards, baby shower thank you notes or business thank you cards.

Download them for free and print them on your favorite paper stock. The cards in these photos have been printed on white and kraft stock to mix things up a bit.

These cards can be folded in half so you can write your personal message on the inside. Thank You for visiting our website :)

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Simple Thank You Card Printables
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Simple Thank You Note Printables


Thanks everyone for entering our contest. The winner of our giveaway of 5 printed Thank You Cards is Laura Dallaston, congrats! More giveaways coming upsoon!


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Wedding Invitation Tips by Love vs Design

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Designing your wedding invitations should not only reflect the importance of your day but also capture your personality as a couple. It’s a day you’ll never forget so we want you to create an invitation that will standout to you and your guests.

The process can be fun for both the Bride & the Groom and we want to help you through the process stress free. We’ve put together some helpful tips on the process of ordering your Wedding invitations and hope that it makes this part of wedding planning much easier.

1. Be sure to give yourself a timeline. This will ensure that you have enough time to for creating your design, delivery and the assembling & addressing prior to sending out to guests. We suggest placing your orders 3 - 4 months in advance and mailing your Invitations out to your guests about 6 – 8 weeks prior to the wedding to give your guests enough time to RSVP.

2. Work together to choose the style and colors of your Wedding Invitation that will fits your theme. Ask each other’s opinions on what is most important to them when selecting the right invitations (i.e. style, colors, wording). Ordering samples ahead of time of your favorite designs is a great way to decide together on which style works best. With our 3Free Samples promotion you wil be able to see and feel the designs in person, review our color chart & feel the different paper stocks. Remember, open communication and compromising may be key!

3. Choose color combinations that reflect your wedding theme and don’t be afraid to mix color combinations. If you need assistance, providing the designer with some photo inspirations of your flowers, décor and bridesmaids dresses can help too.

4. Choose wording the suites you and not tradition. Don’t be afraid to change wording around and personalize it to fit you.

5. REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW. Be sure to proofread your invitations more than once and get a second set of eyes to help make sure everything is correct as well. Triple check that your spelling, addresses, dates are all correct prior to approving. Trust us it will save you some tears.

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unique wedding invitation wording

We hope this helps you in starting the invitation process and remember - if you still have questions, contact us!

Vintage Placemat Printable

Available in black and white, these vintage placemat printables are a nice decoration for your next dinner or party! Load your printer with 11 x 17 paper stock and print away. If you don’t have a large-size printer, take the pdf to your local print shop to print these free placemat templates for you.

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Vintage Placemat Printable
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Fun and Casual Beachside Real Wedding

Welcome to The Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC where Emily and Steve joined together as Husband and Wife

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bride walks down aisle
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colorful candy and flower centerpieces
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bride and groom dance

The best part of the day was after we were married and had done some photos and had 20 minutes to ourselves before we were thrust back at out our adoring fans. Taking that time alone to sit and be happy together without any stress was really lovely moment.

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colorful handmade pompoms
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Wedding Cake

What would I do differently? I would have kept it a little smaller and more intimate.

Advice for other couples? Don't sweat the small stuff. Seriously. No one is going to remember all of your decorations, ( I spent months making those pompoms) and while many of my girlfriends told me that everything was beautiful and the food was great... the comment I get the most is that EVERYONE had so much fun. I mean, we had a soul train dance off for crying out loud! .

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Wedding Party jumps at beach
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bride and groom bon voyage
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Modern Day Love Invitation

Michael & Elizabeth chose our Modern Day Love Invitations for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location

The Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Photography by
Photography by Harry Taylor

Wedding Table Numbers

Wedding table numbers can be a fun way to decorate your tables around your wedding theme. At Love vs Design we have plenty of options of table numbers for you to either mix and match designs or use the same suite to match your wedding stationery. Get creative in finding unique ways to write in the table number or go simple and beautiful with the use of a calligrapher.

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Helpful tip: Be sure to remember that when you are arranging your Wedding Table Numbers you want them to be visible to the guests as they enter the room so they should face the entrance your guest will be coming from so they can find their tables efficiently.

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For those of you who love the chalkboard look, but not the chalky feel, check out our Rustic Chalkboard Table numbers which are available in numbers 1- 20 in our printables section. These are just perfect for any occasion!

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