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5 tips to sending out Holiday Cards

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Family Holiday Cards

Winter Animals Photo by Studio Castillero | Merry and Bright Photo by Amelia Lyon

The days are getting colder and the nights are getting darker, the holiday season is approaching quickly, which means hot chocolate by the fire, decorating your house, and sending out holiday cards to your family and friends. You may be wondering who should receive these and what there is to say so we are here to guide you with the five questions to keep in mind to when sending out your Holiday cards.

What type of Holiday card should I send?
First things first, think about if you would like to include a photo on your holiday card this year? Sending smiles from a newlywed couple, to a family photo or even your family pet is a great way to not only share the holiday love but to let those from afar see how much you’ve grown. Next, choose a Holiday design that fits you best! Anywhere from Simple to Whimsical, there is a design that can send holiday cheer in your own unique way. Not sure if your photo will look right with the design? Just ask the experts! Lastly, choose your option of sending as a regular flat card, folded card or as a unique and fun postcard.

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non photo Holiday Cards

Vivid Print Holiday Card | Retro Greeting Holiday Card

Who should I Send my Holiday card to?
Most people choose to send a holiday card to keep in contact with those from afar to let them know they are thinking of them as well as giving a little update of how the family is doing. So, start by making a list, beginning with your immediate family, then close friends and then those you see on the daily basis or keep in touch with. From an old college friend to a co-worker who moved out of state or great aunt Helen who lives on the other side of the world; all would enjoy receiving a holiday greeting from you. It would also be good to include those who usually send you a card during the holidays.

For those who have family or friends who celebrate other holidays such as Hanukah or Kwanza, there are still plenty of design options that will fit your needs. When sending a Christmas card, perhaps writing a little personalized “Happy Hanukah” note for the individual will help, or even sending out a separate card for your friends who don’t celebrate, Christmas. Anyone would be grateful that they were thought of during the holiday season.

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Baby’s First Holiday Cards

Cherish Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa | Twinkling Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa

How do I update Mailing addresses?
Something my mom does every holiday, is to save envelopes we receive in the mail, so that when next year comes around we have all the addresses all in one spot. It’s also a great way to keep your address book updated in case a family member or friend moves. Always double check addresses, before mailing out your cards. Sending a quick email can be a great way to gather mailing addresses as well!

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Couple Holiday Cards

Shimmery Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero | Glitter Dots Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero

What to write in my Holiday Card?
Adding a personal greeting, short note or signature can add warmth to any holiday card. By personalizing each note with the recipients names and asking how their family is can really connect you to whom you’re sending out your holiday cards to. Also, be sure to mention how you and your family have been this year as well as any updates. Finally end this with a cheerful greeting to wish them well. Some examples would be:

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”
“Season greetings from our family to yours.”
“May your holidays be merry and bright!”
“Wishing you good times, good cheer and a Happy New Year!”
“May your home be filled with the joy of family and friends this holiday season!”
“Tis the season to be jolly!”
“Warmest wishes for a Happy Hanukkah.”
“Wishing you and your family a Happy Hanukkah and a Wonderful New Year!”
“Hoping you are surrounded by love and warmth this holiday season.”

If you’re still not sure what to say, check out our Holiday Wording Guide for help.

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Bright Holiday Cards

Rustic Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero | Evergreen Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa

When should I send my cards out?
Remember that with the Holiday season, mail may take a little longer to arrive, due to the hustle and bustle of the busy season. Be sure to get your cards out early to avoid delays in reaching their destination, as times can vary from a few days locally to 2 weeks internationally. We recommend sending your Holiday cards out the week after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December. USPS recommends mailing out first-class mail no later than Dec. 20 and Parcel post by Dec. 14, Domestic. The holidays can get pretty hectic and you don’t want to be scrambling last minute to mail them out.

So don’t wait on sending out your holiday cards and get started now! With these simple guidelines, you can relax and enjoy the season with good friends and family. Be sure to shop our new line of Holiday Cards, we have a variety of cards for every style that we are sure you will enjoy and so will your family and friends.

Warm Wishes from the Love vs. Design Team

Halloween Party Invitation Printable

Halloween is only a few weeks away, time to start thinking about your costume, carving pumpkins, decorating, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror movies! Whatever your plans are for Halloween this year, we've created a fun Halloween Party Invitation printable.

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Halloween Party Invitation Printable

The best thing is that this Halloween invite is editable! All you have to do is download the free Halloween invitation template, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and type in your party date, location and RSVP info. If you want to print these invites at home, we recommend using a thick paper card stock that your printer can handle. You can also save the PDF file and bring it to a local print shop to get them printed.

This printable halloween party invitation will surely get friends and family thrilled about your upcoming bash!
Download now and have fun!

5 Engagement photo tips for the perfect Save the Date

An engagement photo shoot is an exciting way to capture moments of your personality while you and your Fiancé spend time with one another. Not only will the photos make a great Save the Date to send to your family and friends but this time can be great to get to know your potential wedding photographer. So take this opportunity to let the photographer get to know you and find that comfort zone with one another for the big day. So, if you have just said "YES!" or are looking to create some special moments, we have come up with our TOP 5 photo tips to help you create the perfect Save the Date photo. And know that while not everyone can be as camera-friendly, the key thing to remember is: Be confident and be yourself. Everything else will fall into place after that.

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Engagement Photo Location

Destination Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Photo tip #1: LOCATION
When you choose a location that you are familiar with, the more comfortable you will be in front of the camera.
Think about a meaningful place for the both of you as there may be plenty of photo opportunities available. Perhaps a favorite restaurant you like to go together or maybe the city you both met in. Think of it as a taking a trip down memory lane from the location of where you first met or had your first date to a special place in the current city or town you will start your life together. Of course weather and the time of the year can also serve its purpose so be prepared for Mother Nature and use it to your advantage for the perfect setting. Timing of the day also plays an important part in the available natural light for the photographer to work. Often great lighting is available right after sunrise or before sunset.

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Engagement Photo Makeup

Simple Seal Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Photo tip #2: HAIR, MAKEUP & WARDROBE
Be Camera ready and look your best before the shoot. If you aren’t the best at doing your own hair and makeup, perhaps scheduling a wedding make up trial the same day as your engagement photos could be helpful. This way you have checked off another item from your wedding to do list.

When it comes to what to wear, be comfortable in the outfit you choose as it will show in the photos. We suggest planning your outfits together as well so that they compliment with one another. We don’t mean wear matching outfits, but rather, wearing colors that complement each other. The end result should be that you are both dressed on the same level of dressiness or casualness, like you’re headed to the same place. Try pieces that have common shades or even bright hues that will pop from the background. Can’t decide between two outfits? Why not bring both for a wardrobe change. You can even ask your photographer for their opinion as to what will look best with the location.

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Engagement Photo Action

Floating Ribbon Save the Date. Photo by Max Wanger

Photo tip #3: ACTION
Stop over thinking and don’t worry about what pose to create next, leave that to the photographer to direct.
The best photos taken are of the couple in their natural, comfortable element; what you see is what you get.
So remember to relax, laugh with one another, smile, and have fun together as you take in the moment.

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Engagement Photo Props

Gelato Save the Date. Photo by Max Wanger

Photo tip #4: USE PROPS
Now that you have your location in mind and scored the perfect outfit, think about bringing some props to liven up the shoot. If you chose a landscape scene, pack a picnic basket and a blanket to lie down on. Perhaps you and your Fiancé can take a bike ride down your favorite bike path. Even something as simple as eating your favorite ice cream can make a big impression in a photo. From Balloons to Flowers to vintage bottles, a prop can make a big difference when added to the photo.

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Engagement Photo Personality

Road Trip Save the Date. Photo by Studio Castillero

Photo tip #5: SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY
Incorporating a favorite hobby or pastime into your shoot can be a great way of showing your personality as a couple. You can bring one of your favorite games to the park or your favorite coffee shop. Take a stroll one Saturday morning while shopping at a flea market. Even hopping in the car or on your Vespa for a drive down the street can be fun! Each everyday activity can say so much. Another idea, bring your Pet with you and let him or her be a part of the shoot; after all they are a part of this relationship too.

Finally, don’t be afraid to brainstorm your ideas with your photographer before the shoot. Browse through our variety of PHOTO SAVE THE DATES prior to meeting with your photographer. If there is a a favorite design you like, share this with them so they can make sure they know what you have in mind. Ready with your photo but not sure which design works best? Contact us, we’re happy to help!

Wedding filled with California Love

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Janine and Rusty Wertz

Set in a venue that represents the couples love for the beach and the outdoors in Southern California we present the wedding of Rusty Werts to Janine Torres. The couple was married at St. Edward Church in Dana Point, CA where they choose to incorporate the Brides Filipino wedding traditions as well as recite their own vows to each other to provide a more meaningful ceremony. Janine tells us the highlight of the Wedding for her was when the priest surprised the couple by reading love letters the couple wrote to each other, She recalls “When Father Martin told us to write them, he told us he was not going to use them in the wedding but just to get to know us. We didn’t know he would read them word for word in front of all of our guests in the church. It was hilarious, special and a moment we will never forget in our entire lives.”

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reception entrance
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love bird table
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Jenga Guest Book

The celebration then continued afterward at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. Janine and Rusty were going for the fresh, fun and outdoor feel. Being in the heart of SJC, the reception had a natural rustic look with a Spanish influence, which the couple loves. A fun idea the couple chose to incorporate was to replace the traditional guest book with jumbo Jenga pieces for their guests to sign and the couple to enjoy as a favorite game of theirs. Also at the reception, a unique and special moment included a special surprise birthday cake presented to the Father of the Bride after his emotional father daughter dance and speech.

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long reception tables
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First Dance
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sisters of the bride
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Dessert table

Janine’s advice to couples currently planning: “Prioritize what is really important to you (whether that be the photography or food, etc.) and focus more of your attention and budget toward those items. Never regret the decisions you make for the wedding, because obviously being married to your best friend is your highest priority.”

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laughter with the bride and groom
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goofy groomsmen
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Beautiful Bridesmaids
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Mr. and Mrs. Wertz
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evening toasts
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Cheri Wedding Invitation

Janine and Rusty chose the Cheri Invitation for their wedding stationery.

Ceremony location: St. Edwards Church | Reception Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Photography by: Brett Hickman Photographers

Bride and Groom take center stage

Today’s Real Wedding truly represents the brides advice for couples planning a wedding “Do it your way!”.

Vanessa and Brandon celebrated their special day in a personal way, choosing a location that was special and unique to them. Being a Drama Teacher, Vanessa felt that a theater was the best venue to say their “I do’s”. The celebration then continued at a restaurant, La Zingara Trattoira, which was a perfect setting for the couples personal style and taste. Brandon and Vanessa wanted something smaller and intimate, Vanessa explains “The look I was going for was soft, simple, modern, and elegant, and I think we pulled it off well!”

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couple photo
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wedding location
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theater wedding
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long tables
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reception details
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florals and the newlyweds
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Place To Be Invitation Suite

Bride & Groom chose our Place to Be Wedding Invitations, Place to be Response card and Place to be Belly Band for their wedding stationery.

Wedding Venue: Capitol Theatre | Reception Venue: La Zingara Trattoria | Photography by: Brandon Scott Photography

Bride and Groom Place Cards

These chalkboard place cards are a nice way to show where the bride and groom will sitting. The size of these folded cards is 3.5" x 2". Available to print for free at home or at a local print shop, these wedding place cards are easy as cake to create

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bride and groom place cards

Words of Wisdom Cards Printable Template

Most of your family and friends have marriage advice ready to share with you. These words of wisdom cards can be used at a Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Party. You can also use the cards at your wedding, by placing a box with cards next to the guest book so guests can fill out the card when they sign the guest book. These words of wisdom printables can be downloaded for free. The size is 5" x 3.5". Print them on white, colored or kraft card stock and have fun with them!

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Unique birthday party invitations

Sneak peek new holiday cards and photo holiday cards

The summer is coming to an end and the days are already getting shorter. This also means the Holidays are just around the corner! Over the last few months we've been designing our butts off to create our new collection of Holiday cards in a variety of styles, from modern holiday cards, to vintage christmas cards. We're thrilled to give you a sneak peek of a few cards. Many more holiday designs will be added in the next few weeks.

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Unique birthday party invitations
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Unique birthday party invitations
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Unique birthday party invitations
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Unique birthday party invitations
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Unique birthday party invitations

Can't get enough? A few more designs can be previewed in our Holiday Card section, we hope you like them :)

Unique Birthday Party Invitations

Our new birthday party invitations are available in a variety of unique designs and styles, such as a chalkboard theme, kraft paper theme, confetti theme or native theme. The perfect way to invite your family and friends over to celebrate! From modern kids birthday party invitations, to adult birthday party invites, these cards make a great impression and invite your guests in style. All of our birthday party invitation designs are available as regular cards and postcards.

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Unique birthday party invitations
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Unique birthday party invites
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Unique birthday party invitations

Sunshine filled Garden Wedding

This real wedding takes place in Summerfield, North Carolina on a beautiful sunny day. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding, which Amanda, the bride, has always wanted for her marriage. The venue, the Gardens at Gray Gables, was filled with flowers and beauty. In addition to flowers, they decided to add a little bit of a vintage twist, using Skeleton keys all around which also aligned perfectly with their wedding invitation design, Antique Chic.

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bride and groom garden wedding
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reception decor

Something special the bride chose to do with her ‘something blue’ was to wear a pair of blue suede shoes while walking down the aisle to "The Girl" by City and Colour. Amanda also offers some advice for those currently planning a wedding, “Start planning early, the smaller the better, keep calm and drink champagne, and remember It's you and your grooms day so do things the way you want and have fun!”

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bridesmaids
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groomsmen

Amanda had many highlights from the day but the best was a surprise serenade by her now Husband, Travis, who sang "Hard to Love" by Lee Bryce. Another fun addition came half way through the reception when some of the couple’s guys friends got up and sang to the crowd with a little Backstreet Boys.

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surprise wedding song serenade
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Antique chic Invitation

Bride & Groom chose the Antique Chic Wedding Invitation for their stationery.

Wedding Location: The Gardens at Gray Gables / Photography by: Alyson Lawton

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