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Beautiful DIY Wedding made from Love

This Real Wedding Thursday brings us to Alabama for the wedding of Michael and Elizabeth. As you’ll see it truly was a beautiful DIY wedding; from the bright colors to the special touches created by their loved ones to the constant smiles around the venue. A true day filled with Love.


Michael and Elizabeth chose our D-I-Y printing method for the Keep it Simple Save the Dates, Keep it Simple Invitation, Keep it Simple Response cards and Keep it Simple Thank You notes for their wedding stationery.

What was your highlight of the day?
The highlight of our wedding day was probably our first look. It was really special and before the craziness started and guests began to arrive. We were both really excited and seeing each other helped calm our nerves. After seeing Michael, I was so calm and just so ready to marry him!

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?
ummm no! =) To me, the day was perfect! If I had to do something differently, I would have eaten more food! I didn't get to try all of our food at the reception and our guests said it was all really good (provided by IZ Catering). But I really wouldn't change a thing!

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?
Let your friends and family help you out! Especially if your wedding is mostly DIY. It helps you get all of your projects done faster and it's just more fun. Don't get too stressed out and never lose sight of what the day is all about. Oh, one more thing! Delegate on the wedding day. You are the bride and you should be relaxing and not doing ANY manual labor! I had such great friends and family that did all the heavy lifting on the big day and it made the wedding day the most stress-free day!

Ceremony & Reception Venue Location
The Sonnet House Leeds, Alabama

Photography/Videography by
White Rabbit Studios

Now offering Wedding Photo Thank You Cards

Wedding Photo Thank You Cards

Our thank you cards are a thoughtful way to thank your guests after the wedding is over. Whether you choose to coordinate your cards with your invitation design using our matching thank you cards, or choose to mix and match using a completely new design, our thank you cards are a beautiful addition to any wedding stationery set. Just like all of our designs, we offer the option to add your own personal touch by changing the thank you card wording and color for no additional fee.

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Creative ways to address wedding invitations

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.

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)

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)

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.

Modern Deco wedding invitations

Modern Deco, designed by Karina Ramos

photo wedding invitations with a heart

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

max wanger wedding invitations

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

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!

FREE calendar printables
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.

FREE gift tag templates
gift tag templates
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!

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

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!

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.

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

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