Your Save the Date cards may seem the least complicated thing on your list, but keep in mind that they’re not all about the design.
In fact, there’s plenty of etiquette surrounding them – and it’s probably best to be aware of the best practices if you want to make sure you don’t offend anyone before or during the Big Day.
What are the absolute essentials to know about sending the Save the Dates? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- No, these cards are not compulsory. They are optional. Yet, many couples choose to send these out because it is a good way to politely make your way into your guests’ calendars and make sure they know about your wedding date well ahead of time.
- If you want to send out these cards, be sure to do it approximately six to eight months before the wedding day. In general, this is enough time for guests to arrange the vacation days, the traveling tickets and the accommodation (in case they live farther away from your wedding location).
- If you want a destination wedding, you should leave your guests with more time to make all the necessary arrangements (and even more so if you want to have a destination wedding in full season, between March and September). This is valid for holiday weddings too. In both of these cases, sending the Save the Dates about twelve months before the wedding day is a very good idea because it will allow everyone more time to prepare and make the necessary bookings.
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Fall weddings are so gorgeous, especially for couples who love the romanticism of the colors and fragrances so typical of this season! Surely, if you want to plan a fall wedding, you want everything about it to be really well-embraced by the season outside – and yes, your place cards are part of the “package” too.
What are some stunning escort card ideas for your fall wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
- Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. This is the season of delicious pumpkin spice lattes – so why not bring some of that cuteness into your place card holders too? Get mini pumpkins and spray paint them in white to add a bit of elegance and originality into the mix. If you want to, you can leave them as they are as well – they will look more “raw” and natural this way.
- Fallen leaves. Yes, you can totally transform fallen leaves into place cards, especially if you use pretty calligraphy! Well, actual, natural leaves may dry out too much – but paper or fabric “replacements” will do a wonderful job of helping people find their seats…in a fall-like atmosphere!
- Mini lanterns to light up the guests’ way to…their seats. Lanterns will always have a romantic flair about them – so if you want to have a slightly vintage wedding, this is the perfect way to incorporate some of that old-school appeal into your wedding reception. Use these beauties as place card holders and guests will absolutely love the idea!
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Your groom is the most amazing man on Earth – that’s why you’re marrying him, in the end. Naturally, you want his wedding speech to be amazing and memorable – but what are the things he should definitely know before he even starts writing the toast?
We have gathered some of the most important groom’s speech tips you should know – so read on and find out more.
- He should mention your parents. Traditionally, the parents of the bride are the ones hosting (and supporting the cost of) the wedding. Since this is not true in modern days, your groom will most likely have to mention your parents not as the hosts, but as the ones who have raised the most beautiful lady under the sky: you.
- He should also mention your bridesmaids. Pay attention, though: he shouldn’t spend too much time on this. Just an acknowledgement and a thank you should be more than enough.
- The main focus of the speech should be his bride. However, if he wants to mention his Best Man, he can do this as well (as long as the Best Man doesn’t take center stage in the speech).
- Brides can deliver speeches too (and they are actually encouraged). Still, this doesn’t mean the groom is exempt from delivering his own speech. If both of you want to say a few words, make sure to keep it short and sweet on both sides – the last thing you want is a bored wedding audience.
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Creating a wedding registry is much more difficult than it may seem at first. Not only will you have to make sure the news is spread via word of mouth (or wedding website), but you will also have to make sure you select items that pertain to different budget ranges.
In addition to all this, is it necessary to update the wedding registry throughout the planning process too? Well, we have gathered some tips to help you with this – so read on if you want to find out more.
- Yes, it is necessary to change your wedding registry. The reason you should do this is because some people may offer gifts from the wedding registry before the wedding itself – and you want to leave everyone else with options that are suitable for them and their budget.
- If you throw an engagement party and people bring gifts from the registry, be sure to remove those from there. Furthermore, keep in mind that you should do the same after the bridal shower too (this is when most people will bring a registry tip.
- Last, but not least, check your registry one more time before the wedding too. Many guests may leave it to the last minute to purchase a gift, only to find the registry has been (almost) emptied. Provide them with a new one, containing gifts that are easy to buy and deliver to your home. This way, everyone will have a chance to give you a present you actually enjoy.
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Your mother is so, so important to you – so it is natural that you want to make her very happy on your wedding day. Of course, she already plays the most important role of all – being the mother of the bride herself – but you might also want to assign her an extra-role to put her in the spotlight as well.
What are some of the wedding roles that will definitely make your mom feel really proud? We have 3 ideas for you – so read on and find out more.
• Have her walk you down the aisle too. In Christian tradition, the father of the bride is the one who walks her down the aisle. However, in the Jewish tradition, both the mother and the father of the bride play this role. Why not bring this custom into your own wedding too? It will make your mother feel immensely happy!
• Does she have a family recipe for cookies, muffins, or any other sweet treat? Ask her to cook it for your wedding and serve it to your guests. We guarantee they will all be delighted with the treats – not to mention how proud your mom will feel!
• If you got really tired of the old bouquet toss, skip the tradition and offer it to your mom instead. You will make your wedding more unique this way, but more importantly, you will make your mother feel absolutely amazing for having brought up such a wonderful young lady.
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OK, we can definitely understand why you need to stick to a very clear (and potentially narrow) budget. That’s completely natural – most brides cannot afford breaking the bank for just one day of celebration.
Even so, there are certain wedding elements you should definitely invest in, even when planning a budget-savvy Big Day. What are they? Read on and find out more.
• Late night snacks. Regardless of whether you choose to fuel your guests’ dancing mood with high-end hors d’oeuvres or if you simply bring in the most delicious pizza in town, late night snacks are always welcomed. Make your guests feel really well-treated by providing them with a quality snack – the kind they will not be able to say “no” to!
• Lighting. It doesn’t matter if you are having a barn wedding, an elegant wedding, or an outdoor one: lighting is a complete game-changer. Even a plain white-painted room can be instantly lifted with the help of lighting – so can you even think of how gorgeous it will look in an actual venue?
• Welcome bags. Your guests deserve to be treated royally – so offer them welcome bags that contain high-quality products. From local wines to homemade jams and cosmetics made from natural ingredients, there’s a myriad of options you can choose from. Be wise and invest your money in excellent products!
• Ceremony décor. You don’t say “I Do” every day, so make this really unforgettable with a décor that screams opulence, beauty, and elegance. Go wild with the flowers, go big with the arrangements, and let your creativity roam free – that is how stunning ceremonies are created!
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Wedding invitations go beyond simple pieces of paper and/or cardboard. They a glimpse into your wedding day and a beautiful way to show people you really want them to be there for you, celebrating this gorgeous event in your life.
Of course, you will be very careful with the way you design your wedding invitations – but you should also be very careful with the way you mail them. How do you make sure your wedding invitations get perfectly mailed? Here are 3 tips to keep in mind:
- We know you love those tissue paper inserts and the elegant way they complement the wedding invitation suite. But did you know their purpose goes beyond aesthetics too? These tissue paper inserts can save your invitations from smudging (and even more so when you use dark ink on the invitations) – so make sure to invest a bit of extra money in adding them to every envelope!
- Dropping the envelopes in the mailbox won’t cut it. There’s a good chance they’ll reach the guests in one piece – but it’s always safer to go inside the post office and have the envelopes mailed from there. Also, remember to ask the clerk to hand-cancel the invitations (as opposed to passing them through an automatic filter). This will also help you avoid any accidents, so that your wedding invitations remain pretty and elegant, as they were designed.
- Last, but not least, avoid licking the envelope adhesive and use a stronger glue instead. This will help you ensure the envelopes stay stuck until they reach their destination. Even more, it will help you avoid paper cuts and the nasty taste of the envelope adhesive.
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Three-day weekends are amazing, really. After all, who doesn’t like having one extra-day of weekend, especially given how tired and stressed out we all are?
Are three-day weekends a good idea for a wedding date, though?
Well, the answer may depend on a lot of factors. We have gathered some tips to help you make the right decision, so read on if you want to learn more about this.
• There are a number of reasons to consider holiday weekends a bad idea for your Big Day. The first one (and the most frequently called out) is connected to your guests. Because everyone’s having an extra-day off, it is quite likely that they will make plans (to stay at home and relax, to travel, or to spend time with their families). Therefore, they might not give you a positive RSVP.
• At the same time, three-day weekends are great for those of you want to celebrate for three whole days (just like in the fairytales). Plus, they’re an even more amazing choice when you are genuinely in love with the holiday itself and want to infuse your Big Day with it (e.g. 4th of July motifs for patriotic couples, for example).
• If your heart is totally set on a holiday weekend, be sure to plan everything long in advance. The closet your calendar gets to the holiday weekend, the less like it is you will find the right venue and vendors. Also, be absolutely certain your Save the Date cards are sent long before the wedding date, so that guests can plan according to it.
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