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Weekends are for Weddings: Save The Dates

Weekends are for weddings!  If you’re like me, with 9 weddings each year, the weekends are, quite literally, for weddings (attending them, that is).  Also if you’re like me, the weekend is a time to think about planning your own wedding.  Lots of people carve out a certain time each week for  to wedding planning (Wedding Wednesday seems to be very popular).  It ensures the wedding doesn’t take over their whole lives; however, I find that confining wedding planning to a specific time is too pressure-filled and bicker-prone.   I plan my wedding when inspiration strikes.  Weekends, in particular, offer the time to let my mind roam and plan my own wedding in a stress-free environment.  In this series, I’ll take you through some of my major planning steps – hopefully this will help you plan your own wedding!

The save the date is the first guest-facing item that goes out for your wedding.  That’s big.  Don’t screw it up!  That’s what I kept saying to myself, at least.

There are so many invite options that I wasn’t sure where to start.  Albert and I wanted something FUN to announce our wedding.  All of the more unique options I found were picture free.  It seemed I could go one of two ways: photo-centric OR witty/original, not both.  “But we took all those engagement photos for a reason,” Albert said.  While I pushed for a more unique format, Albert wanted to make sure there was a picture people could put on their fridge, just like we had done with all our friends’ save the dates.

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I give Albert so much credit here because when I said it couldn’t be done to have something we hadn’t seen before AND a photo, he did a little digging and found the most perfect save the date ever via Paper Truly.  It’s a custom mailer that looks like an old telegram.  We wrote the copy to include a pun with the traditional telegram “stop” language (see below).  Then, attached to the “telegram” by paperclip was one of the photos from our engagement shoot that the artist antique-ified.  The whole thing was sent in an envelope designed to look like airmail.

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This save the date could not have been more “us”.  Albert and I both love the tradition and nostalgia of old-timey things and have a particular fondness for the Gatsby/prohibition era.  We were looking to include some of those wistful elements in the wedding itself and this invite set the tone.  I’m pretty much OBSESSED with them.

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  1. Pingback: Weekends are for Weddings: The Invitations | Peaches to Apples

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