Wedding Planning

When to Mail Wedding Invitations

When to Mail Wedding Invitations

There’s a lot of information out there about when you should mail your wedding invitations, Save the Dates, rehearsal dinner invites, etc. so we’re here to set everything straight. As we always say, we’ll give you “rules” but things are always up to you and your specific situation. There’s only one rule you shouldn’t break - don’t do anything only because you’re “supposed to” or your mom tells you to. Do it because it makes sense for you and your fiancé and with your personal situation!

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Wedding Day Stationery Dos and Don'ts

Wedding Day Stationery Dos and Don'ts

Ever been to a wedding and not been able to figure out where to go? Not been able to read the menu? Waited a liiiittle too long on the bride to get down the aisle? These are all problems that your wedding day stationery can actually help solve - if you know how to use it the right way. I’m obviously a little biased, but there are some practical ways to use the stationery so that it’s not only beautiful, but also functional. And with everything - there are some definite no-nos you’ll want to avoid.

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Why a Seating Chart is Helpful on Your Wedding Day

Why a Seating Chart is Helpful on Your Wedding Day

Seating charts, escort cards, place cards, all the different terminology can get really confusing! Sometimes it feels like you’d be better off just doing an open seating wedding - what can go wrong, right? We’re all family here! Well…in fact, a lot of things can go wrong! The politics of wedding seating have become the typical gag in movies and sitcoms everywhere, but for good reason - those relationships are always complicated. Having a seating chart can help you navigate the icy waters between Aunt Cindy and Cousin John, and well…..it can help you in a lot of other ways too….

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5 Reasons to Get Married Outside the US

5 Reasons to Get Married Outside the US

It’s no secret that we’re traveling way more than out parents ever did - over 60% of millennial families say they’ve been on an international trip in the last year. The same trend rings true in the wedding industry, with many sources showing that international destination weddings are on the rise. Destination wedding are all great, but we have a particular love for international weddings outside of the US - if you’re considering hosting an international wedding, we say get those passports ready! Here’s everything we love about weddings outside of the United States…

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Wax Seals | Everything you Need to Know about Invitation Seals

Wax Seals | Everything you Need to Know about Invitation Seals

Wax seals are basically icing on top of a gorgeous wedding invitation cake. I mean, if that icing is shiny and perfect, and somehow modern chic and organic vintage all at the same time. They’re our most requested Suite upgrade, by far,, and the piece that every one of my Holiday Card recipients gushes over (so that’s gotta mean something, right?). Today, we’ll walk you through the world of wax seals, how to create them, where to find them, and how to make the most of them on your stationery.

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All About Wraps | Bows, Belly Bands, Seals, oh my!

All About Wraps | Bows, Belly Bands, Seals, oh my!

We’re concluding our All About series by chatting about the piece that ties everything together - literally. One upgrade that we love to finish off a wedding invitation suite is some type of wrap. This helps add that finishing touch that makes your guests feel like they're opening a present (because they are!). There are so many options here, we’ll structure the post a little differently and talk about the most common ones. Read on to find out the best wrap for you!

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All About Envelope Liners

All About Envelope Liners

Happy New Year everyone! Have you enjoyed seeing all the baby announcements and engagements on your news feed this week? I have been SO EXCITED - this year is all about the babies for my friends and colleagues it seems, and what a fun time that is! If you’re part of that newly-engaged crew, then we hope you check out the entire All About Series starting with All About Wedding Invites. These will tell you all you need to know about each piece of a wedding invitation suite, and today we’re going to chat about a favorite upgrade of mine - envelope liners.

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All About Custom Wedding Map Inserts

All About Custom Wedding Map Inserts

So far, we’ve covered most of the “required” aspects of the invitation process, but there are a million other things you can do with your invite suite to help your guests and add some extra fun! One of the most common ways to do this is with an insert, details, or accommodations card - but we often see couples being confused about the right information to include in these pieces. Keep reading for all the info about how to create the perfect details card for your wedding invitation suite!

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All About Wedding Details Cards + Wedding Insert Cards

All About Wedding Details Cards + Wedding Insert Cards

So far, we’ve covered most of the “required” aspects of the invitation process, but there are a million other things you can do with your invite suite to help your guests and add some extra fun! One of the most common ways to do this is with an insert, details, or accommodations card - but we often see couples being confused about the right information to include in these pieces. Keep reading for all the info about how to create the perfect details card for your wedding invitation suite!

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All About Reply Cards

All About Reply Cards

We sent out over 1,200 reply cards in 2018, and are hoping to do more in 2019. The reply card is an often-overlooked piece of the invitation suite - we tend to stick with the typical wording and design and move on to more “exciting” parts. The truth is, however, that the reply card is the only conversational portion of the suite - the only piece that sends information to your guests and also receives information from your guest - so don’t discount the value of the RSVP card! It can save you loads of headache as well as help with your budget if you use it properly!

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All About Wedding Invites

All About Wedding Invites

Part 2 of our All About series is here! You probably think we talk a lot about wedding invitations, so why do we need a blog about it? But often when we say “wedding invitations” we’re referring to the whole suite, so today we’re actually just focusing on the Invitation itself. In the next few weeks, we’ll cover all the other pieces so you can put all this knowledge together for one full suite - but today, it’s just the Star of the Show!!!

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All About Save the Dates

All About Save the Dates

It’s officially Engagement Season! Haven’t heard of it? Well, if you haven’t already noticed from Facebook announcements, a large number of couples get engaged around the holidays! Something about being with family and cozying up by the fire just makes us all want to make it official, I guess.

From a wedding standpoint, this means that Save the Date Season is right around the corner (January/February, to be exact), since most couples get married the year following their engagement. We figured this was perfect timing to begin a series discussing ALL parts of the wedding invitation suite, starting with Save the Dates! Save the Dates are something you’ve probably seen a lot already, but there are a few things to consider to get the most out of them - we’re here to help you with that!

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Budget Series | Things that will Cost you on Wedding Day

Budget Series | Things that will Cost you on Wedding Day

Are you all loving the Budget Series? We didn’t want to provide a percentage list, because those are everywhere, none of them are accurate, and none of them really account for your priorities. Probably everyone would like at least a tiny bit more wedding money, but the perfect wedding is about weighing all the options and deciding what is right for you and your fiancé. You may think that the costs are all finished on the wedding day, but there are actually quite a few ways that you can accidentally incur additional costs on the wedding day. We have put together a quick list of those for you, and provided some tips that will help you avoid getting an extra bill while you’re off on your honeymoon!

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Budget Series | The Same Wedding Invitations at Different Price Levels

Budget Series | The Same Wedding Invitations at Different Price Levels

Of course we had to include a budget series post on invitations! We have a great post about WHY invitations cost what they do, but a lot of couples ask me the question “What can we do with our budget?” so I thought we’d help answer that today! There are so many misleading posts out there - you’ll find The Knot saying that average cost is around $500, and then Brides tells us that the average couple spends $5,000 - $8,000, so it’s hard to know what to believe. Keep on scrolling for an example of what you can get at a few different price points!

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Budget Series | What You Should and Should Not DIY for Your Wedding

Budget Series | What You Should and Should Not DIY for Your Wedding

We are living in a generation where we think we can do it all, am I right? That is a huge assumption when we start planning our own wedding, but honestly, I'm not sure I know one bride who can do it all; let alone have the time and energy to do it all! I for one have no plans to DIY every aspect of my wedding, and that’s with years of experience. In this blog post we are going to discuss What You Should and Should Not DIY for your dream wedding. If you follow these tips, you’ll find that perfect balance between not breaking the bank and not breaking your neck!

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Budget Series | Who Should Pay for Your Wedding

Budget Series | Who Should Pay for Your Wedding

Budgeting is without a doubt one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning process, and things have gotten more complicated now that wedding traditions are being broken around every turn. The truth is, you can do whatever you want for your own wedding, but there are some traditional considerations that will help guide you throughout this process. As the first installment in our budgeting series, we’ve laid out all the traditional “rules” for who should pay for what during a wedding, and given you our best advice for which ones to follow, and which ones are okay to break. Make sure to check back in for the rest of the month for more posts about how to budget, maximize your budget, and find more room for activities within your budget!

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Wedding Invitation 101 Infographic

Hi loves! Thank you all for following along - this month we've been traveling up a storm for about half of the days, and working up a storm on all the days in between. I am so excited about all of our upcoming partner resources - we have recently partnered with a home décor company, a ceramicist, a couple of photographers, and a nutritionist, just to name a few, to bring you all the best resources in the wedding field. Our friends at Loyes Diamonds over in Ireland (WOW!)  asked us to provide some feedback and information for a handy Wedding Invitation 101 Infographic, and we are just OBSESSED with the final product. It breaks down the process of wedding invitations to a simple, easy to follow steps, with some tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the process. So check it out if you're an invitation newbie and make sure you browse the gorgeousness over at Loyes (the Lily and Monica styles are my two faves in the Antique Style section!). 

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Things to Consider when Planning your Destination Wedding

Things to Consider when Planning your Destination Wedding

The hills of Tuscany, the falls of Niagara, the mountains of Chile - it is no surprise that thousands of people plan destination weddings every year. The draw is definitely there for a wedding and honeymoon all in one, plus the added bonus of cutting some of those "work acquaintances" off of your guest list! But it takes a lot of behind the scenes planning to make those glamorous photos happen! Today, we have put together a list of the some of things you need to consider when planning your destination wedding, no matter where in the world you have planned for your Big Day.

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