This week’s inspiration board has us seeing red—or more specifically, one special shade of red. With a name that invokes the sky and a richness to admire, Aurora Red brings with it a promise of style perfection. Whether you’re looking for an autumn palette or a summer splash, this hue might be for you—take a look at some of our favorite save the date designs in shades of this dreamy color and see if you agree…
We are thrilled to have Abbie from All Things Tiffany Blue here today to share her wedding stationery with our readers. Abbie and Matt will be married on July 12, 2014 and today she is sharing her inspiration behind her Save the Dates choice.
Choosing a Save the Date is no easy task. When selecting our Save the Dates for our July 12th Wedding, I attempted to focus on showcasing who we were as a couple and creating a piece that gave our guests a taste of our wedding. We immediately knew that we needed a Save the Date that had the ability to utilize the engagement photos that we had taken with Scott Macdonald of San Jose, CA a month earlier. In addition, I also thought back to all of the weddings that we had attended. The Save the Dates that Matt (my future husband) and I love, cherish, and still proudly have hanging on our refrigerator are the ones that were magnets. That inspired us to go the magnet & photograph centered route. While I secretly wanted to order all four of my favorites, and it seemed impossible to pick just one, we found our perfect Save the Date match.
Below are our top four choices for Save the Dates listed in order of preference.
Third Runner Up: Postmarked Montage
The Postmarked Montage is absolutely fabulous because it allows you to utilize more than one of your engagement photos. I really love how you can showcase so many great shots from your engagement shoot, as it proved to be so difficult to choose just one!
Second Runner Up: We the Wed
We the Wed is absolutely stunning when your pictures are added to it. My favorite part of this one is how the word “the” is done. I completely love whimsically fancy fonts. I also love how the writing on this one sat in the perfect spot on the picture that we chose to pair with it.
First Runner Up: Fairytale Seal
I fell head over heels in love with the Fairytale Seal! The beautiful font and ornate scroll-like design fits our wedding style perfectly. It’s vintage, rustic-chic style when paired with our picture showcases the aspects that our wedding is taking on beautifully. However, as soon as I discovered that these also came in an invitation form, I immediately knew that what our invitations would be. That said, I am not one that likes things to match perfectly. I find that oftentimes things look a little more interesting and new when they don’t match perfectly. Thus, I decided that while the Fairytale Seal style will be appearing at our wedding, our Save the Dates needed to hold their own.
Our Winner: Fine Forever
This Save the Date completely stole my heart. We purchased the gorgeous Fine Forever Save the Date Magnets for our guests. In a nutshell, they are just us. The whimsical yet sophisticated font coupled with plain and simple (yet adorable) font perfectly showcases the melting of both Matt and my styles. I am almost always dressed up (fashion is my art form and I love expressing myself through clothing) while Matt is often more simple t-shirt and jeans kind of guy. As shown above, the font styles, much like us, complement each other perfectly. The variation in the font was not only defined similarly to our personalities, but also added much needed visual interest. I customized the top row of font to match our wedding color, Tiffany blue. We could not be happier with the results. Our guests have had such a positive, excited response to our Save the Dates! I can’t wait until they see our invitations!
Be sure to visit Abbie on her Blog and Instagram for more wedding and fashion updates!
Inspired by Pantone Mykonos Blue, we’re picking our favorite wedding invitations that match this classic hue. Bold full color invitations or timeless save the date cards with blue accents create a chic wedding theme. Continue the color trend with creative response cards for an extra special wedding stationery suite.
Since so many of our friends and coworkers around the office are getting engaged this time of year and there will be plenty more this holiday season, we wanted to share some of our newest save the date cards and save the date card etiquette.
After you are engaged, one exciting step along the wedding planning process is your engagement photo session. It is great to have an engagement photo shoot because it allows you to get to know your photographer better, bask in all your love, and the photos are perfect for a photo save the date card or save the date magnet.
After you are engaged and have shared the news with your close friends and family it is time to send out your save the dates. These are sent out in advance to notify for your guests of the upcoming wedding and give them time to make travel plans, especially if you are planning a destination wedding or holding the wedding on a holiday weekend.
You should send your save the date cards around 6 months before your wedding and if it is a destination wedding around 8 months prior to the wedding.
Since you are sending the save the date before the wedding invitation you have the opportunity to be fun and informal, even if your wedding is going to be a formal event. This is the chance to show your true personality and creativity and have some fun along the way!
The most important thing to remember about a save the date card is that it shows your guests they will also be receiving a wedding invitation and will be invited at a later date. Etiquette states you cannot send a save the date card to someone and then not invite them to the wedding. Make sure you have time to work on your guest list before sending out these cards so no one will need to be “uninvited.” If you are not completely sure who will be on your guest list you can send your save the date cards to only your very close friends and family that will be attending for sure and later on send the wedding invitations to the other guests. This will ensure you are not committing yourself to any but your most important guests.
Here are some of our newest save the date cards. Which one is your favorite?
While we dish about the hottest trends and latest designs, we also know how stressful prepping for the big day can be. Meet Etta, our expert in all things etiquette. She’s ready to delve into your every dilemma.
Is it okay to un-invite someone after sending them a save the date? We haven’t sent out the invites, but we’re afraid we’ll run out on invitations and capacity. Especially when some of these people we sent save the dates to no longer hang out with us. I recently switched jobs and I thought I’d keep in touch with my old co-workers, but they’ve been distant. Please help!
This is a pretty common question with a pretty steadfast answer. Save the dates (like wedding invitations) cannot be revoked. Once they’re out, they’re out—so be sure to meticulously comb your guest list before stamping and sending those pretty papers off. If you’ve lost touch with some of the people who received one, chances are they will decline the wedding invitation anyway, which is the best you can hope for. If they happen to accept, your wedding could be the perfect time and place to reconnect.
Have an etiquette question for Etta? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll post an answer for you.