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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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elegant flower invitation

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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when to mail out wedding invitations

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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Free Placemat Templates

Download Free Placemat Design

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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unique wedding table numbers

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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wedding table numbers with flowers

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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Chalkboard wedding table numbers

Chalkboard Table Numbers Printable

These Chalkboard Table Numbers are a practical and pretty decoration for your wedding table. Available in the numbers 1 through 20, these printable wedding table numbers are easy to print on your own personal printer, or you can have them printed at a local print shop or copy center. This PDF is set up with 2 table numbers on a page with crop marks.

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Chalkboard Table Numbers
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Chalkboard Table Numbers for wedding

To keep our prices low we're unable to customize the wording or color of this printable. More product details.

Thank you everyone for the amazing comments, we've picked the winner for the Printed Chalkboard Table numbers and that is Jessica Hannon, Congratulations!

A Real Wedding union of two continents

Today’s real wedding features the wedding celebration of Anne & Michael. An intimate day set in the home of Michaels parents bringing two families from two different continents (Germany and US) together all on the same day! It truly was a special day they will never forget!

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bride and groom
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sweet treats dessert station
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table decorations

Tell us about your special day.

Our wedding reception was held at Michaels parent's house in Milton, GA. It was an intimate party with only our closest friends and family. The house was wonderfully decorated and was the perfect setting for a family affair.

The wedding reception was wonderful! Everything was perfect and we had a blast!

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

Our advice: As much as you plan and stress yourself before the big day you really need to enjoy every moment of it. Once the day comes it is over in a fly. And don't forget to eat!

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cupcakes and candies
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thank you giveaway
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Heartchery Invitation

Anne & Michael chose the Heartchery Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Location: Private Residence

Photography by: Kitae Kim

Reception Place Cards and Escort Cards

Escort Cards vs. Place Cards…While they both serve the same purpose these are two separate items. Read on to see, which fits your wedding reception best. Luckily for you, our Love vs Design place cards can be designed for both purposes!

Escort cards should be used as a guide to direct guests to their designated table. By writing the table number on each card, each guest will know their place. This is your chance to have some fun by getting creative with the way you display the cards at the entrance to your reception. You can choose to tie them into a fun wedding theme display or you can always keep it simple and classy. Whichever route you choose, your guests will appreciate the thought and effort you took to make them feel welcome!

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Wedding Reception Place Cards and Escort Cards

Place cards may be used if you decide to use a seating chart instead of the escort cards. With the seating chart displayed for your guests to find their seat. Once a guest knows which table they are at, you can have place cards (a folded card with the guest name on them) to designate their appropriate seat at the table. For those who choose to use Escort cards, you may also choose to have place cards set at the table as well. Place cards can be very simple or you can make it a little more formal by having a calligrapher write out the names.

Free Favor Labels and Wedding Favor Printables

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Free Favor Labels and Wedding Favor Printables
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Free Favor Labels and Favor Tag Printables

These Free Favor Labels and Favor Tags can be customized in Adobe Acrobat with your own initials, the first letter of your (new) family name, or the names of the bride and groom. Another option is to print these Favor Labels blank and hand letter the initials.

Surprise your wedding guests and add a nice personal touch to your wedding favor bags or boxes with these Garden Favor Labels. Enjoy this DIY Project and don't forget to share your DIY project photos with us :)

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Download Free Wedding Labels
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