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Ideas for a Fun Wedding

For some, wedding planning can be a stressful experience.  They approach every aspect of the process with trepidation, stress, and more than a hint of anxiety.  They want every detail to be pitch-perfect – and they get very upset when things don’t go their way.

But not you.  For you, wedding planning presents an opportunity to throw a fun bash that your loved ones will be talking about for years to come.  You know that the wedding doesn’t have to revolve around you – instead, it should be a celebration of the new life you’ll be spending with the partner of your dreams.

If you’re ready to throw a party your friends and family members will never forget, then check out these ideas for a fun wedding.

Incorporate a Fun Theme

Themed weddings can present the perfect opportunity for you and your loved ones to have a blast.  Themed weddings also allow you and your sweetheart to plan a ceremony and reception that perfectly reflects the uniqueness of your relationship.  For example, if you and your honey love medieval fairs, then consider planning a Renaissance wedding.  If you can’t get enough of the Halloween season, why not have a costume wedding and award your guests with prizes for the best costumes?  With themed weddings, the only limit is your imagination.

Go Someplace Exotic

If themed weddings aren’t your thing, consider having a destination wedding in a new and exciting location.  Your guests will love the opportunity to fly away to a tropical paradise, where romance and fun are practically guaranteed.  Don’t forget to offer your guests plenty of options for fun itineraries.  After all, you and your honey shouldn’t be the only people who get to enjoy the amenities of a beach wedding!

Plan Out Fun Tours and Activities

Whether you’re getting married in your hometown or having a destination wedding in a romantic city, consider planning out fun tours and activities for your guests.  For example, if you’re getting married in the Big Apple, you could go on a tour of the city with your guests or go bar-hopping inTimes Square.

If you’re getting married in your hometown, consider planning a scavenger hunt for your guests.  Place the clues in special parts of the town – for example, where you and your man first kissed – and have the prize be a gift basket filled with wine with personalized labels.

No matter what you plan for your wedding, remember that your guests will have the most fun by being around you and your future spouse!

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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!

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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.

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Save-The-Date Cards vs. Magnets: Which Should You Choose?

You and your honey are ready to tie the knot, and you can’t wait to do it in front of your family members and friends.  You’ve got the date set, and the wedding location booked.  All that’s left to do to get everything in motion is to send out the save-the-date cards…right?

Before you order your save-the-date cards, consider this: you’ll need to find a way to make it easier for your loved ones to remember when your wedding is approaching.  Sure, sending out a card is a great way to get your wedding date on their calendars – but how else can you get your loved ones to keep your wedding in mind as the date approaches?

The answer is simple: opt for save-the-date magnets!

Like the save-the-date cards, these magnets offer a fantastic way for your loved ones to remember your wedding date, with one particular bonus: your family members and friends can put it on their refrigerators where they can see it every day.  That way, you’ll never have to worry that your wedding will slip Great-Aunt Jean’s mind, or your absent-minded friend will forget to RSVP.

So what should you include on your save-the-date magnet?

  • The Date of the Wedding:  The date of your wedding ceremony and reception should be front and center on your save-the-date magnets.  Remember, this isn’t the official wedding invitation – you just want to give your wedding guests the time they need to make travel arrangements.
  • A Link to Your Wedding Site:  These days, more couples are opting to host their own wedding website (www.theknot.com offers couples the opportunity to launch their own website for absolutely free).  You can include a link to your website on the magnet, which is where your guests will find information on hotel accommodations, gift registries, and other traditional wedding information.
  • A Picture of You and Your Honey:  Save-the-date magnets are far less formal than wedding invites, so don’t hesitate to have fun with the design!  Put a picture of you and your honey on the magnet, or create some fun designs that represent your relationship or the theme of your wedding.  No matter which option you pick, the wedding invitation should have special meaning and clearly represent what makes you and your future spouse meant to be.

Save-the-date magnets are convenient, fun, and surprisingly affordable. As long as you include all the right information and send the save-the-date out in time, you can’t go wrong with either a traditional card or a magnet. Visit SaveTheDateForLess.com today to discover special designs and a wide selection of both magnets and cards. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook to get up to 25% off save-the-date-cards! Offer ends August 31, 2012.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Reception Location

So you are finally ready to tie the knot – and now you’re knee-deep in planning mode.  But before you can start shopping for your dream dress or sending out invites to your loved ones, you need to choose your best wedding reception location.

Choosing a wedding reception location can be a surprisingly difficult task.  You might have a few ideas of what you’d like in mind – however, venues can be unavailable, or too expensive, or not exactly what you’re looking for.  If you’re worried you won’t be able to choose the best wedding reception location, take a look at these helpful tips and techniques.

Know Your Theme

Choosing a wedding theme is much easier than finding a wedding reception location.  After all, knowing your theme narrows down the venues where your reception can take place.  Sit down with your fiancé and talk about what you both want from your wedding.  Are you beach people?  Do you love the idea of a traditional church wedding?  Do you want to get married in the great outdoors?  Once you understand what theme best reflects your relationship, you’ll be in a much better position to choose an ideal wedding reception location.

What’s Near Your Wedding Ceremony Location?

Many couples opt to have their wedding ceremony in the same location as their wedding reception.  If you’re not doing this (for example, you want to get married in a church), narrow down venues based on the location of the wedding ceremony.  You don’t want your wedding guests driving for over an hour just to get to the reception.

How Many People Are You Planning to Invite?

The size of your wedding invite list will undoubtedly play a huge role in choosing the best wedding reception location.  Fortunately, you don’t have to have a specific idea of how many people are coming – you just need a general number.  When you’ve narrowed down reception venues, call up the owners to ask how many guests they can accommodate.  You’ll usually find that your final reception choice will be determined by the size of the venue.

What Fits in Your Budget?

Of course, you’ll need to keep your budget in mind when choosing your wedding reception location.  On this point, it’s vital for you and your fiancé to decide on how much you can spend for the wedding.  You don’t want to blow your entire budget on the reception venue – after all, you still have to buy your dream dress and wedding invites!

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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.

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Email vs. Save the Date Cards: Which Option Should You Pick?

When it comes to saving money on your wedding, there’s no denying that you’ve toyed with the idea of emailing your save-the-date notices, rather than sending out save-the-date cards.  On the one hand, emailing your friends and family a save-the-date saves you money.  On the other hand, not all of your friends and family members will have access to email, particularly the older family members.  Additionally, emailing the date of your wedding feels far less formal than a traditional save-the-date card.

So when it comes down to it, which is best: email vs. save-the-date cards?

The Benefits of Email

The primary benefit of emailing a save-the-date is cost savings.  For couples on a budget, email offers a fantastic way to save much-needed money.

Of course, there are also multiple disadvantages to emailing save-the-date.  Sending save-the-dates by email makes it much more likely that some of your friends and family members will miss the notification altogether, simply by having the email go into their spam folder or overlooking it or accidentally deleting it.  Another disadvantage is that not all of your family members have email addresses.  Your friends may appreciate an email invite, but what will you do for your older relatives who aren’t exactly sure how to work a computer, let alone an email address? Even though we live in an Internet age, plenty of people still do not use email.

Save-The-Date Cards For Less

Despite the advantages of email invites, save-the-date cards are still the preferred way to let your loved ones know that you’re about to tie the knot.  It shows you care, and is a lot more memorable and special than an email. Save-the-date cards give your wedding a more formal feel, which means your friends and family members will be far more likely to RSVP when your wedding invitation comes later, and far less likely to throw away the card.  Save-the-date cards make it easier for your loved ones to remember your wedding, by putting your card on the refrigerator or bulletin board. Additionally, cards allow you to establish the theme of the wedding early on.  Our matching collections provide a consistent theme for all your wedding printing – from save-the-date cards through thank you cards, and everything in between.

Finally, save-the-date cards don’t have to eat up a chunk of your wedding budget.  At SaveTheDateForLess.com, you can save 10% off your save-the-date card order.  ‘Like’ us on Facebook, and you’ll get a whopping 20% off your entire order. Don’t delay, offer ends July 31, 2012!

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