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Creative ways to address wedding invitations

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Creative ways to address wedding invitations

There are many ways you can get creative with addressing your Wedding Invitations. While this part of the wedding process can be tedious, it can also be fun adding that personalized touch and seeing the final product come to life! In the end your guests will receive a beautiful, thought out invitation to a moment in time.

Here you will find some of our suggestions on how to make a lasting impression on your guests. Also be sure to collect your guest addresses early, as you want to make sure you are sending out your invitations 8-10 weeks in advance.

If there is something that you aren’t quite sure of, contact us!

With Love,

The LVD Team

Options and suggestions for making your Invitations stand out:

- Hand Addressing: If you (or your bridesmaids) have beautiful penmanship, writing out your own invitations is not only cost effective but also provides your guest with the sense that you have taken your time to personally invite them to your special day. Using special pens would be a nice bonus!

- Hiring a Calligrapher: If your handwriting capabilities aren’t up to par, a calligrapher is a great option to give your invitations a formal look. Envelopes should be provided to your calligrapher 2-3 weeks in advance of the mail out date. It would also be very helpful to provide them with extra envelopes in case of addressing mistakes as well as a clean print out of your guest list.

- Printing Address directly on the Envelopes from your home printer: *if your printer is capable of envelope printing, this could be a good option. Printing from home is a quick and resourceful way to get through your entire guest addressing. We suggest using a matching font from your invitations. Contact your Invitation Designer to find out the font names; you will then need to purchase this font online if you do not already have it. Also, make sure you have extra envelopes handy as it may take a few test runs to get them to your liking.

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hand addressing wedding invitations

General guidelines to keep in mind when addressing your guests:

- Spell out guests full name (no nicknames i.e. Ms. Susan Love vs. Ms. Susie Love)

- Use the appropriate titles for your guests (i.e. Mr. & Mrs. – Doctor & Mrs. – Reverend – Lieutenant)

- Spell out words in the address rather than using abbreviations (i.e. Street vs. St. – Apartment vs. Apt) this also goes for City and State (i.e. Long Beach, California vs. Long Beach, CA)

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calligraphy to address wedding invitations

Examples of addressing your guests:

- Single guests: Ms. Susan Love Or Miss. Susan Love (If a guest is invited, you may add “and guest”)

- Families: Mr. & Mrs. Edward Jones and family (For households with children under 18 you may add “and family” after the parents names)

- Unmarried couples who live together: Miss Susan Love Mr. Ryan Jacobson (These names should be stacked on separate lines)

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hire calligrapher for wedding invitation envelopes

Karina Ramos - Featured Artist

Karina Ramos Design

This hard working lady is part of our design team at the Love vs Design office. She is graduating in a few weeks and we're very excited for her to join us full time. She brings a lot of positive energy and she loves to travel around the world to places she's never been before.

Things that catch my eye are clean and classic with a touch of modern elegance; I also have an affinity for condensed typefaces and clean white space. All my life I have had a love for all things visual. From being in elementary school and color coding handwritten notes with jelly pens to painting as a teenager. I feel lucky to be a designer and to have fun every day doing what I love, at times feels surreal.

Other interests and musings: Travel, midcentury modern architecture & design, pugs, black and white, Japanese food & culture, old hollywood glamour, red lipstick, & ice cream! I love to see new things and to travel to places I have never been before. This year I have been lucky enough to backpack through Europe with my friends. And will be travelling to Asia to visit my family in the Philippines and also Hong Kong.

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Modern Deco wedding invitations

Modern Deco, designed by Karina Ramos

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photo wedding invitations with a heart

Heart in Hand, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

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max wanger wedding invitations

Floating Ribbon, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

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max wanger photography

Simply in Love, designed by Karina Ramos, photo by Max Wanger

FREE 2013 calendar printables

Can you believe its nearly 2013 already?! Time is flying and before you know it 2013 is here. There are a lot of exciting projects in the works and we can't wait to share them with you soon. For now, we created a free printable 2013 calendar for your home and office walls, hope you like them!

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FREE calendar printables
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FREE calendar templates

This colorful calendar is available in 3 color options. Which one is your favorite: the seafoam, white or tangerine?

FREE gift tag templates

Share your joy and cheer with these Bright gift tags!! Our printable gift tag labels are easy to add to gift bags, packages, bottles, jars and more. 12 of the bright gift tags have different holiday messages and 12 of the tags have no message and can be used for all occasions.

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FREE gift tag templates
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gift tag templates
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gift tag printables

These Bright Holiday Gift Tags can be downloaded for free on our Printable Page.

Garden wedding that lets love grown

Today’s Real Wedding features the union of Rob & Kristin on June 30th, 2012 in Monterey, CA. It was a beautiful summer day for them to remember for years to come!

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first glance
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the i dos
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wedding party laughter
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directions to reception
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succulent wedding favors
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sweetheart table

Rob and Kristin used the In Bloom Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.


What was your highlight of the day?
The highlight of the day was doing a "First Look," where Rob and I saw each other for the first time before the wedding. It was such an emotional, private time where we had the opportunity to really be there in the moment -- just the two of us -- and take it all in. The reception was also a big highlight because we could finally let out a big sigh of relief and really let loose (and dance our butts off).

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
I would have asked for more help initially in the planning process. I took on too much and it ended up stressing me out. Thankfully we decided to hire a day-of wedding coordinator, which was a HUGE stress (and sanity) reliever!

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
Don't get lost in all the small DIY details -- no one really notices them anyway. Do a "First Look" with your photographer so you can have that one moment where it's just the two of you. If your budget allows, hire a day-of wedding coordinator. The most important piece of advice is not to loose sight of what the day really is all about -- two people deeply in love, surrounded by a wealth of love -- joining together as one love. All the rest is just icing on the cake.


Wedding Location
The Old Whaling Station, Monterey, CA

Photography by
Mirelle Carmichael Photography

Wedding Invitations Wording Guide

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Fun Wedding Invitations Wording

Happy Tuesday everyone!

New to our Blog we would like to introduce Wedding Tips Tuesday! Beginning today, we will be going over some helpful topics for all those in need of some advise on planning a wedding.

The Love vs. Design team would like to kick off this Tuesday with our Wording Guide to help you when you aren't quite sure what to include in your wedding stationery.

As your wedding experts this guide outlines everything from a time-frame of when to send your stationery to what each piece of stationery is needed to choosing the right wording for each piece. This is designed to help walk you through the process of ordering your wedding stationery!

If you find yourself with a case of writers block, feel free to contact us, after all we are here to help you! Most importantly, don't forget, this is your day so feel free to add personality to your stationery and have fun with it!

Ugly Sweater Holiday Card and Gift Tags

The holidays are finally here and we have created a few new Holiday Printables for you!

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Tags

Free Printable Holiday Cards. The best part? It's an interactive PDF, so you can type in your valediction and name in Adobe Acrobat underneath ‘BRIGHT’ (e.g. With Love, The Anderson Family)

Its easy to create these Holiday Cards:
Step 1: Download the PDF for free.
Step 2: Type in your name on the card.
Step 3: Print on 8.5" x 11" cardstock.
Step 4: Cut along the edge using scissors or X-Acto knife.
Step 5: Flat cards are ready, folded cards need to be folded in half.

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Card

Who doesn't like Ugly Sweaters during the holidays?! These simple to make gift tags are perfect for adorning your holiday packages and gifts. These gift tags can be downloaded here.

We would love to see your photos of our Gift Tags, if you have any images you want to share, please email them to us at info@lovevsdesign.com.

Childhood friends become husband and wife

Welcome to your next edition of Real Weddings! We are pleased to introduce to you, Nathan and Jennifer. After being friends since 5 years of age, they were finally able to call each other husband and wife on October 5th, 2012 in Burton, OH.

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first look moment
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brides bouqet
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secret kiss
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celebration
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happily ever after


What was your highlight of the day?
There were so many highlights from the day that it is hard to choose just one. I would have to say though the fact of knowing that at the end of the day I was going home with Nathan and there was nothing to worry about was the most relieving feeling. We left the reception, looked at each other and both agreed that that was the best wedding we had ever been to because we are so blessed with incredible family and friends who genuinely care about us. The energy on the dance floor was such pure celebratory dancing and joy. I have never experienced anything like it!

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
There is not much of anything that we would have done differently. Our engagement was 6 months long, almost to the day, and during that time we delegated tasks to friends and family who offered to help. I think closer to the wedding day I would have asked for more help and shared my vision with more people so that when I was not present at a certain point others would know exactly what needed to be done. Nathan and I knew exactly what we wanted and found the most thrifty and creative ways to achieve that. We had a great circuit of friends with different connections and creative ideas and pulling from all of those sources made the planning and execution much easier. We had people we trusted completely to carry out our ideas and it was having those wonderful people that made it easier to pull ourselves away from the decorating or organizing. Giving trust over to others was the best thing I could have done.

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
My advice to those getting married is twofold. First of all, like I mentioned earlier, take people up on their offers to help. Don't just say thanks for the offer and ignore it, doing everything yourself. People offer to help because they want to, and when you truly give over your anxiety about every little detail being perfect you will relieve yourself of so much stress. It will be a beautiful wedding because of the act of love taking place between the two of you, not because of the trendy place settings or the wedding favors. Share your ideas with those closest to you, whether its your parents or bridal party or wedding planner. Sharing your vision with others will ensure that even when you are not present others will carry out the plans the way you want them. Second of all, don't worry about the little things. I know many brides and grooms are very detail oriented and that can be a good thing, but when you are stressing yourself out the week before the wedding about the flavor of frosting on the cake, or having the perfect music playlist for the reception you just have to let it go. Trust that your guests are there for you, not there expecting the best party of their life.


Wedding Location
Ceremony& Reception: Burton Century Village

Photography by
Alicia Wines Photography

Featured Artists & Wedding Invitation Designers at Love vs Design

Wedding Invitation Designers

A few months ago we connected with 12 design friends from around the world, from The Philippines and Australia, to The Netherlands, France, Canada and all across the US. Today we are excited to share the latest Wedding Invitation Suites everyone came up with!

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Joy Laforme design

Pretty Lights, designed by Joy Laforme from Philadelphia, PA

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Molly Jacques calligraphy

Simply Drawn, designed by Molly Jacques from Grand Rapids, MI

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Karina Ramos design

Modern Deco, designed by Karina Ramos from Orange County, CA

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Jarrod Fuller design

Dotted Love, designed by Jarrod Fuller from Perth, Australia

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Kitkat Pecson design

Nautical Love, designed by Kitkat Pecson from Manila, Philippines

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Molly Graham design

Brooklyn Loft, designed by Molly Graham from Anglet, France

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Christine Pak design

Floral Nouveau, designed by Christine Pak from Los Angeles, CA

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Dale Soares design

Bloom and Grow, designed by Dale Soares from Toronto, Canada

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Emily Hoy art

Seaside, designed by Emily Hoy from Long Beach, CA

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Huilin Dai design

Cheerful Celebrations, designed by Huilin Dai from Phoenix, USA

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Jarrod Fuller design

Soda Pop, designed by Jarrod Fuller from Perth, Australia

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Kitkat Pecson art

Handcrafted, designed by Kitkat Pecson from Manila, Philippines

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Mark van der Noord design

Beachside, designed by Mark van der Noord from Amsterdam, Holland

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Susan Maddux art

Heart and Birds, designed by Susan Maddux from Los Angeles, CA

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Molly Jacques design

Lovely Lettering, designed by Molly Jacques from Grand Rapids, MI

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Christine Pak graphic design

Elegant Frame, designed by Christine Pak from Los Angeles, CA

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Molly Graham pattern

Boulder Poppies, designed by Molly Graham from Anglet, France

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Festive wedding with Tamborines and Sunglasses

Happy November! We would like to kick off the month with the start of our Real Wedding Blog posts. Over the next few months we will be sharing the weddings we have been so lucky to be a part of and hope that there will be some helpful advise from the couples to all those out there planning their own weddings. We hope you enjoy it!

Today we would like to introduce you to Kelly and Andrew, married on September 15th in Atlanta Georgia. Their day was filled with surprises, dancing and most of all love!

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Kelly and Andrew used the Back to Nature Invitation and RSVP for their wedding.

What was your highlight of the day?
Andrew had several surprises staged throughout the day. First was a blindfolded kiss before we walked down the aisle. It was Andrew's sneaky plan to steal a kiss before we said our I do's without us actually seeing each other. Second, was a gorgeous set of emerald earrings and diamond necklace, given to me as I was getting ready. Third was our band called me up onto the stage to open a present (again... clueless). Inside the box were personalized his and her tambourines to play with the whole night long, we had which was a blast!

Another favorite for both of us was a private dinner with just the two of us during cocktail hour at the reception. It gave us time to absorb and talk about how special this day was and how overwhelmed we felt that our favorite people in the world were all in one place together :) We could not stop smiling the entire evening!

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
Not one thing!

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

  • Plan ahead so you can enjoy and relax as soon as possible (my goal was to be done with all of my big projects by Wednesday the week of the wedding)
  • Having a day of coordinator is extremely helpful. Watermark Wedding in Atlanta truly made me feel like a guest at my own wedding. I enjoyed every single second and did not worry about ONE thing at our ceremony and reception. If something went wrong, I had no idea!
  • Share the work, communicate, help each other as much as possible, and remember to focus on the marriage not just the wedding!


Wedding Location
Ceremony: Cathedral of Christ the King
Reception: The Peachtree Club (both Atlanta, GA)

Photography by
Altmix Photography

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