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When people think of spring weddings, they usually envision flowers and lush greenery.
While many springtime weddings are all those things, there is an endless number of
themes and designs that correlate with this most lively time of year,
and a rainbow of spring colors to tie them all together!

Having a little trouble coming up with just the right idea for your big day?
Get inspired by the ten most popular spring hues from the
Pantone Fashion Color Report – Spring 2016!

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Spring doesn’t have to mean all pink and yellow roses (although it certainly can). Many brides and grooms are now choosing colors that mean something to them and are a reflection of their personalities. Fiesta is a fun and energetic color for those who want to say “come celebrate!” for instance. Softer hues such as lilac grey and rose quartz offer a sentimental meaning and a more traditionally romantic appeal.

Other colors hold symbolic meaning to them that can be incorporated into your big day.
For instance, our Iced Coffee is a soft brown hue. Brown has historically represented tradition and warmth, making it ideal for a “down home” wedding or ceremonies involving family
or religious customs. Peach represents immortality in many cultures, allowing it to represent love’s undying nature.

Invitations using blue colors, such as our Serenity and Snorkel Blue options are perfect for nautical themes, seaside weddings, or destination weddings. Additionally, blue often stands for security and stability, something some couples may want to incorporate into their themes to represent how they feel for one another.

These colors and many more are available now in a wide range of invitations
and all your other wedding stationery. Find them here!

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The “I do” Thank-You | 3 Etiquette Tips for Sending Wedding Thank-you Cards

 

Wedding Thank you Cards

It is very easy for couples to get caught up in the magic of the post wedding, newlywed couple moment. However, it is essential to keep in mind that many people made your special day possible and a lot of time, effort, and money has been given to you and your partner. Show how grateful you are by following these basic, after the “I do” thank-you card etiquette tips.

Tip #1-Be Prompt

If you live by the philosophy, “Better late than never;” rethink this motto-quickly! You don’t want your guests to think you are ungrateful or entitled, so the sooner you send out your thank-you cards, the better. If you think you are too busy moving into your new home, unpacking wedding gifts, packing for your honeymoon; think again. Many brides bring their thank-you cards with them on their honeymoon and fill them out as they wait in the airport or during their flight. Generally, thank-you cards are sent two weeks after you receive the gift; immediately is best, but no later than three weeks after big day. This also gives brides time if they are using a photo from the wedding day. Buy your thank-you cards early — you can often save money by ordering your thank-you cards at the same time as your matching save the date cards and wedding invitations. And, you will have them on hand. Work in small batches! The last thing you want to do is get so burned out from writing that your notes start to sound cliché and your handwriting less than beautiful.

Tip #2-Thank-you Before “I do”

If you receive a gift or card from guests who aren’t able to make your event, or who simply wish to celebrate early, it is best to thank them immediately. You will be less likely to forget to send out a card if you don’t wait until after your celebration. Your thank-yous serve as an acknowledgement to friends and family members that you received their generous gifts.

Tip #3-Skip the Generic Thank-you

Some couples have a generic thank you message that they have printed on their cards. This one size fits all approach doesn’t seem genuine and may offend guests. Be sure to hand write each card, thank the recipient for each specified item gifted, and include a warm, personalize message to add a special touch. Your guests will be honored that you put time and effort into their thank-you.

Custom thank-you cards are always appreciated and are the furthest thing from generic. Thank you cards range from a classic ecru 3 ½ by 5 with a top fold and embossing to a 4.25 x 5.5 customized photo card. Take your time to pick a style that reflects both of you. If you are in love with your monogram (who isn’t?), remember that it is not appropriate to use your married monogram until after the ceremony. A good wedding stationery designer can guide you with the myriad choices or browse through the many choices available online.

Be sure to stick to these three tips to ensure you are prompt and express your gratitude in a genuine and meaningful way.

Why Should You Go to a Bridal Show When You’ve Already Got Pinterest?

blog-Great-Bridal-Expo-PromoWhat is your wedding theme and color? Have you chosen a venue yet? How big is your wedding? What stationery are you using? Have you picked your cake or flowers? Are you taking dance lessons? Handing out party favors? Where are your in-laws staying? Have you thought about the food? What is the style and color of your bridesmaids’ dresses? Who is doing your makeup? Brooch bouquet or natural flowers? Does all this stuff match your Save the Date cards!? Venues, and veils and Guests, OH MY! No one said planning one of the biggest days of your life would be easy, but we can help and you don’t have to go it alone.

blog-great-bridal-expo-pinterestIt’s time to make wedding planning easy! Dive deep into the world of wedding planning and have a great day with your bridesmaids looking at potential flowers, center pieces, gowns, and stationery for your wedding. There are a lot online and magazine resources to help you plan, but it can become difficult to keep it all organized. Have you spent hours on Pinterest, pinning up all your hopes and dreams for your wedding? But now what? Most links on Pinterest don’t even work and the stuff in the magazines is always over budget–am I right?

The Great Bridal Expo is easily one of the most popular bridal shows and it tours around the country. This year, the show kicked off in Washington, DC. What? It’s already happened? Keep calm. There are still more shows ahead!

Go Big this weekend in the Big Apple and in Philly! Or, swing by in October in the great city of Baltimore!

Yes, you can get help with all things wedding–from professionals! Your bridesmaids are invaluable, but when was the last time they designed the perfect stationery with exactly that one font with all the curlicues and in that particular color that matches your fiancée’s eyes? And, do you really trust them to pick songs for the DJ? Remember the chicken dance?

Bridal shows are also the place where you can win amazing things like wedding invitations valued at more than $100, center pieces and jewelry – heck, you can even get your nails done. Have a day with your bridesmaids and check out in person what really fits your style for your perfect big day.  Don’t get bogged down trying to stay afloat in this crazy wedding planning world. Pick a theme, pick a color, and pick a date!

Join experienced professionals this weekend or the next week! Win prizes and support from all kinds of specialty bridal stores. The professionals are here to make your day perfect. They are here to help make all your dreams come true.

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How to Make Your Wedding Fun Yet Elegant and Memorable

blog-wedding-fun-yet-elegantYour wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. It is a day that marks a turning point in your life, and should be fun yet elegant and memorable. If you’re currently going through the planning process, consider how you can make each portion of your party stand out. Here are several suggestions in order to make your special day unforgettable!

1. Pick a Theme

Couples will find that their creative juices begin to flow once they have selected a wedding theme. Some of the most popular themes are vintage, country, fall, winter wonderland, garden party, and sunflowers. Once the theme is chosen, it becomes easier to plan the rest of the wedding. Planning your wedding will not only be fun, but will also offer you limitless possibilities with your décor, color scheme, cake selection, and even your wedding ensemble. Guests can also get in on the action once you inform them about your theme, indicated by the save-the-date card and wedding invitation you send them.

2. Incorporate Your Personality into the Ceremony

Many couples feel the cookie-cutter ceremony does not suit their style. While most feel it’s just easier to stick with tradition, the ceremony may not exactly suit who you are as a couple. Know that you can infuse your personality and style into your ceremony by customizing your vows. If you are a couple who loves wine, you can ditch the unity candle and drink from the same cup. You can even pass around some pre-filled glasses to guests to join you. Include some of your favorite quotes into your vows, or even invite some friends of family members to say a few inspirational (or even funny) words about your relationship during the ceremony. It’s a great way to do something out of the norm that is fun yet classy and acceptable, but memorable (most of all!).

3. Start the Party Right

If you search YouTube for ceremony entrance or exit songs, you’ll notice that a lot of couples get the party started immediately! They put together dance routines or arrange for their wedding party members to enter and exit to specific songs that suit their personalities. Once guests hear upbeat, celebratory tunes, they are sure to start clapping, smiling, and dancing their way out of the ceremony into the cocktail hour or reception.

These suggestions are simple, fun, and completely memorable for everyone. Consider them if you are in the wedding planning process and are looking for unique ideas that are a huge hit with the guests!

Must-Have Information For Your Wedding Invitations

Whether you’re the blushing bride-to-be or the excited groom, sending out your wedding invitations is a momentous occasion.  Suddenly, months of wedding planning seem real once those wedding invitations get sent out by mail – not to mention you finally get to experience the thrill of inviting loved ones to share your special day with you.

But before you place a stamp on your wedding invitation, ask yourself this crucial question: do your invites include all the must-have information your wedding guests need to know?

If you’re not sure what crucial information your wedding invitations need, not to worry: we’ve outlined the information that should appear in your invites.  So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy your momentary escape from wedding planning stress!

The Basics:  Of course, this is pretty standard: you’ll want to include information on who’s getting married, and who is hosting the wedding.  While this is certainly common sense for a wedding invitation, there’s some controversy as to how the wording should appear.  The general consensus is that whoever is paying for the wedding will be considered the host.  So let’s say your parents are shelling out for the wedding; the invitation wording will be along the lines of “Mrs. And Mrs. Last Name cordially invite you to attend the wedding of their daughter, your name, to your groom’s name.”

The Date, Location, and Time:  Be sure to provide an address of the location.  It can be easy to assume that your guests will use their GPS to get to the wedding, but you don’t want to isolate those guests who may not use these technologies.

The Dress Code:  Many wedding invitations fail to spell out what the dress code of the ceremony and reception will be.  Don’t let your guests risk a fashion faux pas; be sure to spell out if the wedding is a black tie affair, a casual beach party, or a white tie extravaganza.

The Wedding Registry: Your guests will want to shower you and your fiancé with gifts; make sure they know where to go!

How to RSVP: Your wedding invitation should include information as to how your guests can RSVP.  Make sure you include an envelope with an RSVP card that your guests can send back to you.  Of course, include the date you’d like to receive all the RSVPs – and make sure you plan it so you leave a couple of weeks before you have to give a headcount.

Once your wedding invitations have this must-have information, you’re ready to send out your invites to your loved ones! Make sure you check out our wide selection of wedding invitations here, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to 25% off your save the date cards! Offer ends August 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this incredible deal!

 

 

How to Make My Wedding Invitations Special and Meaningful

There’s no denying that a bevy of wedding invitation choices lay before you and your fiancé.  You can choose almost any design or invitation style your heart desires, not to mention paper choices, card sizes and printing options.  But for some couples, the wedding invitation is more than just a way of providing ceremony and reception information to their loved ones…it’s an opportunity to demonstrate their unique relationship.

It’s no surprise that more couples are opting to make their own wedding invitations or are searching for unique invites that match their unique personalities.  If you’re interested in doing something special for your wedding invitations, here are some ideas that you and your fiancé can use.

Personalize Your Invitations

By nature, wedding invitations should always be personalized (after all, people need to know who’s getting married!).  But with regards to personalized invitations, we mean finding the kind of invitations that truly speak to you and your sweetheart as a couple.  For example, if you and your fiancé are always off hiking, you could opt to design a wedding invitation that centers on fall foliage or a forest appearance.

You could also opt to personalize your invitation with a your very own custom design.  These types of wedding invitations are becoming increasingly popular, as they make the invites feel more special and meaningful since they are designed just for you.  Be sure to ask your wedding invitation designer for their custom design services.

Think Outside the Box

There’s no denying that wedding invitations are getting more creative and unique with each passing year.  There’s a plethora of options out there for you and your fiancé to pick from – and if you’re having a theme wedding, you have a wonderful opportunity to make your wedding invitations special and meaningful.

For example, if you’re having a destination wedding, you could opt to have your wedding invitation printed to look like an airline ticket.  If you’re having a  beach-themed wedding, your invites could have a nautical design.  While these are specific examples, they’re meant to demonstrate that when it comes to special wedding invitations, the world is your oyster!

At Save The Date For Less, we make it our mission to provide you with special and meaningful wedding invitations that won’t break the bank.  Whether you’re having a traditional wedding or a themed ceremony, we have the perfect invitations for you.  Browse through our selection now or contact our Custom Design department to speak with our talented graphic designers – and let us help you save the date for less!

Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to 25% off your save the date cards! This offer ends August 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this incredible deal!

 

Do I Really Need a Directions Card in My Wedding Invitation?

Let’s face it: you can’t wait to send out those wedding invitations.  You can’t wait for the RSVP cards to start pouring in as you and your sweetheart prepare to begin the journey of a lifetime.  You’re ready to let friends and family members know that you’re delighted to include them in the happiest day of your life.

But before you send out those wedding invitations, there’s a pivotal question you might have asked: Do I really need a directions card in my wedding invitation?

It’s certainly a question worth asking.  After all, in today’s day of smartphones and GPS units, there’s no reason why you should have to provide your wedding guests with anything more than an address to your venue…

Right?

Actually, you’ll find that there are several good reasons for including a directions card in your wedding invitation.  We’ve outlined some of the most popular ones below:

  • Not Everyone Has a GPS. It seems inconceivable in today’s day and age that anyone would be without a GPS.  However, those people still do exist – and they’re likely comprised of older members of your family.  Not including a directions card in your wedding invitation means you might make Grandma or Great-Aunt Lillian go through the stress of having to search for directions.
  • A Local’s Knowledge is Incomparable.  In an ideal world, most wedding venues will be clearly marked and located off a main road.  However, with more couples getting married in gorgeous farm fields and rustic locations, you can’t guarantee that a GPS will always take your guests to the right location.  Pointing out that your guests should take the second right after the first lamppost is an important direction that a GPS just can’t provide.

The bottom line is this: while a large majority of your wedding party will only need a GPS, you don’t want to risk excluding older members of your family or those without GPS.  Similarly, if your wedding is in a hard-to-reach location, you can’t always trust that a GPS will get your guests there.  Your best option is to eliminate the doubt by including a directions card in your wedding invitation.

Visit SaveTheDateForLess.com today to discover special designs and a wide selection of wedding invitations. You can even order matching wedding insert cards, which are perfect for displaying directions to the ceremony and reception. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to 25% off your entire order! Offer ends August 31, 2012, so don’t miss out on this incredible deal!

 

 

How Far in Advance Should You Send Out the Wedding Invitations?

When it comes to sending out save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, there are a surprising number of opinions on the subject.  Some wedding experts claim that you shouldn’t send out the wedding invitations too far in advance, as giving people too much time to RSVP will make them more likely to forget.  On the other hand, there are some wedding gurus who insist that you should send out the invites far enough in advance that your out-of-town guests have enough time to make travel arrangements.

Given all the differing opinions, it becomes clear that one question remains: how far in advance should you send out the save-the-date cards and wedding invitations?

Consider the Time of Your Wedding

These days, destination weddings and weekend-long affairs are becoming more common.  If you’re planning on throwing a wedding that requires a long weekend or want your loved ones to travel to a special location for your ceremony, you’ll want to send out the save-the-date card (along with the location) as early as possible.  The further away the wedding destination, the more time you’ll want to give your guests to save up money, make accommodation arrangements, and book flights.

The same rule of thumb applies if your wedding is on a holiday.  For example, if your wedding is over the Fourth of July weekend, you’ll want to give your guests enough time to make specific travel arrangements.

When’s an Appropriate Time to Send a Wedding Invitation?

Save-the-dates cards are generally sent out as soon as you book the location of your wedding ceremony and reception.  However, if your wedding is some time away, wedding experts indicate that it’s best to send save-the-dates cards at least six months in advance (closer to a year if you’re requiring a lot of travel for your guests).  Now that your loved ones are alerted as to the date of your wedding, you might be wondering when it’s the best time to send a wedding invitation.  Wedding gurus agree that sending wedding invitations at least three months in advance is the most appropriate time.

Do I Have to Send a Save-The-Date Card?

If your wedding ceremony is only a few months away, sending a save-the-date card is pretty much akin to sending a wedding invitation at this point.  As a general rule of thumb, if your wedding is less than six months away, it’s best to forgo the save-the-date for a traditional wedding invitation.

When you’re ready to let your loved ones know where and when you and your honey are tying the knot, visit SaveTheDateForLess.com to discover beautiful invitations and fun save-the-date cards! Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to receive a 20% off coupon code for any future order. Hurry offers ends July 31, 2012!