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Save the Dates | Wedding Stationery 101

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So, you got engaged - HOORAY! Now all.the.planning. One of the first things you will probably do is pick your date and venue. After that you’ll probably book your photographer and take engagement photos. THEN COMES THE REALLY FUN PART - wedding paper! Save the dates have become pretty common but there is a wide variety of choices and so I thought I would break them down for you a little!

Printed vs. Digital

There are definitely advantages to both. Y’all aren’t surprised to hear that I lean towards the snail mail Save the Date ;) but I also know that in this day and age people are way more apt to send invitations electronically.

Ways to send digitally

There are several great web sites that you allow you to upload custom designs and track responses from guests. My personal favorites are Greenenvelope and Paperless Post. Of course you can also upload a .jpg in a regular email server and BCC all of your guests too.

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Printed Formats Available


This is a popular option because then clients don’t have to pay extra for envelopes and the postage is slightly less as well.

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I love this choice because then guests can just stick them up on their fridge. I will say - these were much more popular about 5-7 years ago but I still get requests for them like the couple's save the date below.

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Traditional card

These can range from flat printing to foiled (like the example below) and vary in size although the most popular are typically 4x6 or 5x7.

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Engagement photos a must?

Definitely not! While it is very common right now to see couples engagement photos on their save the date, its not a must have. In fact, there are some gorgeous non-photo save the dates options like the one below.

So, don’t feel pressured to take engagement photos JUST for the save the date!

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When to Send?

There are several schools of thought on this - but traditional etiquette dictates sending the save the date about 6 months prior to the wedding. It can go up to about 8 to 9 months if you are having a destination wedding or if you have a ton of out-of-town guests that will need to make travel arrangements or if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend.

Kimberly and Ross | Houston Wedding Invitation Suite

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Kimberly and Ross had the most dreamy Houston wedding with their ceremony taking place at the beautiful St. John Vianney Catholic Church and reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. I loved working with Mallory from Two be Wed to make Kim's vision come to life for all of her wedding paper! I designed a custom monogram that was foil stamped on the wedding invitation and wedding program. Some of my other favorite details are displayed below from the ever talented Dana Fernandez Photography. That welcome sign?! All the heart eyes y'all! 

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Vendor Love

Wedding Planner: Mallory Ferreira with Two Be Wed

Photographer: Dana Fernandez Photography

Florals: Maxit Flower Design

Hair and Makeup Artist: Misty Rockwell Makeup

Cake: Who Made the Cake

Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav from Ivory Bridal Atelier

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid


Wedding Stationery 101 | Envelope Sizing

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This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods.

This is the second installment of Wedding Stationery 101 - the first was about the various invitation print methods. Before I started designing wedding stationery, the only envelopes I knew anything about were the ones with a "privacy liner" that my mom used to mail bills. Fast forward a few years and now I am well versed in all things envelopes - which is what I'm going to talk about today!

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of  A Fine Flourish

Lettering by my colleague and friend, Jenny of A Fine Flourish

These are the main sizes of envelopes used in wedding stationery:

  • 4Bar - there are two options for response card envelopes, this is the smaller option that fits a 3.5x5 card
  • A2 - this is the other response card envelope, slightly bigger that fits 4.25x5.5 
  • A6 - this is the envelope I use for thank you notes, it fits a 4.5x6.25 card
  • A7 - fits a standard 5x7 invitation and is typically used for outer envelope
  • A9 - fits an oversized invitation or a folded piece of 8.5x11 paper
  • Square - the most common size is 6x6 and it requires extra postage

There are also two main types of envelopes flap, pictured below.

Square flap

Square flap

Square flap

Pointed flap 

Pointed flap 

European (pointed) flap

One envelope tradition that has seemed to become less and less common is the use of an outer AND inner envelope for even a formal invitation. Frankly, I'm totally fine with it as I think it was a little excessive. I'd much rather spend the money on beautiful calligraphy for the addressing! 

5 Tips to Get Beautiful Detail Photos | Guest Post with Lindsey LaRue Photography

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Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be collaborating on a guest post with Ryann from the amazing nine0nine creative! I am Lindsey of Lindsey LaRue Photography and I photograph weddings and anniversaries for heartfelt couples who want to be an authentic example of love to those around them. The average bride spends months and months planning out the intricate details of their wedding, and if you are anything like them, you want to remember these details in ten, twenty, and fifty years! After the wedding, you won’t keep most of the little details that went into your day, but the photos taken will always attest to the loveliness of every detail. Do you also want your details photographed flawlessly? Then grab a pen and paper because today I’m sharing my top 5 tips to make it happens!

1. Have Your Details Ready

As a photographer, I hate when I have to pester a bride for all of her bridal details when I first arrive! You’re getting your hair and makeup done, enjoying time with your girls, and the last thing I want you to do is run around finding all your various details for me. Instead, it is so much better to have ALL your details organized and in one place so that you can just hand me a basket when I arrive. In the days before the wedding put all your details into the same basket and then have them ready for me when I arrive. Your shoes, jewelry, ALL the wedding rings, veil/hair pieces, sashes or ribbons, invitation/paper suite, and dress hanger should all be in the basket by your dress when I arrive. Also, if you want any other details (like your perfume or garters) captured, tuck those in the basket, too! This not only saves you stress, but it saves time on the wedding day so that I can spend more capturing your beautiful bridal details.

2. Plenty of Natural Light

The key to beautiful images is good light. In the ideal situation, you and your maids will be getting ready in a clean room with neutral colored walls and multiple windows that let in copious natural light. More than one window is key- if you and your hair/makeup artist are set up in front of the only window in the room, that means I can’t set up there for detail images. If necessary I will take your details out of the room and find another location with ideal lighting, but if your room has plenty of the natural light I need, this allows me to stay close by in case I see something wonderful to capture between you and your girls (a win-win!).

3. Coordinate With Your Florist

Don’t forget to have your bouquets and boutonnieres delivered to your bridal suite at the same time that I arrive! Details shots that incorporate your bouquet and bouts are so beautiful and I love when I get to capture your florals at their freshest! An extra tip that will take your detail images to the next level- ask your florist to include some loose greenery and florals that I can use to style the detail images. Your florist will almost always have a couple leftover stems that didn’t make it into the bouquets and these are great for me to use in styling your invitations or other details.

4. Provide Your Wedding Paper Suite

This is especially important if you are interested in having your wedding published online or in print- publishers LOVE a beautifully photographed invitation suite! To ensure that your photographer can fully capture your suite, provide two full sets that are addressed with dummy addresses. Don’t forget to include any other paper goods from the day, too! Ceremony programs, menus, seating cards, escort cards, and table numbers all contribute to the paper story of your day!

5. Make Time For Your Details

This is the most important tip that I can give you! My brides have excellent taste and setting up their details to capture them the best way takes time. I work closely with my brides and their planners so that I can have at least one hour of uninterrupted time to capture just the details. If set up properly in the timeline, I should be emerging from shooting the details just as your hair and makeup are nearly complete to capture your “getting ready”. 

If you keep these 5 tips in mind you will be well on your way to capturing your wedding day details in the most beautiful way!

To connect with Lindsey you can find her website HERE, and to follow along with her daily you can find her Instagram HERE.