Deciding on the perfect invitation suite for your wedding is key to setting the vision for your big day. But if you think you can bypass the Save the Dates and head straight for the invitation, think again. Save the Dates play an essential role in prepping your guests for your wedding. Here are reasons why you should order them for your wedding.

GIVES GUESTS PREP TIME
Perhaps the must important reason to add the Save the Date to your invitation suite is that it shares the date with all of your guests. Unlike the invitation which should arrive in guests mailboxes 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, the Save the Date should arrive six months prior to the affair. This gives them time to prepare and plan out the rest of their summer, for example. If they want to take a trip to Greece over the summer, now they can arrange their trip around your big day. It also give them time to plan travel to your wedding destination.

SETS THE VISION FOR YOUR DAY
Every bride should have a vision for their big day. The Save the Date is the first sneak peak into the vision of your day. Your colors, fonts, dress code, theme; these all help provide an inkling into what type of wedding you are having. If you are branding your wedding from the beginning starting with the Save the Date all the way to the end with the Thank you card, everything should be consistent if you want to have cohesive event.

SHARE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE
A Save the Date card is pretty simple. It simply shares your date, location and gives you a chance to show off those adorable engagement photos you took. If you are creating a wedding website this should also be shared on the Save the Date card. The wedding website is a place where all your guests can go for updates on your wedding (and will save you a lot of phone calls and emails!). Your wedding website is the go-to- place where they can get information on accommodation options, an opportunity to share your love story, the bridal party, all the wedding weekend events, details about the venues, travel recommendations and your registry.

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Any bride who’s ready to take the all pink wedding design plunge, take note from this bride. Her vision was to have a cohesive wedding from beginning to end, so sticking true to that simple yet wildly elegant palette felt like a perfect fit. And these shoes didn’t hurt either! She had amazing vendors come on board to pull this off, and it was no doubt a celebration to remember.

PHOTOGRAPHER Lacie Hansen | FLORIST Stella Bloom Designs | CAKE Susie Cakes | VENUE Bel-Air Bay Club | BRIDES SHOES Badgley Mischka | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Amsale | BRIDES DRESS Reem Acra | PLANNER Park & Grove | FURNITURE Pretty Vintage Table | RENTALS Imperial Party Rentals

Days when I see weddings like this are extra special. Full of blush, lilac and floral wedding perfection, this modern wedding is one that will be hot on Pinterest for years to come. With a mix of modern elegance and traditional touches this summer wedding has me oozing with wedding envy. I love the matching bridesmaids robes and ones for the mother and grandmother of the bride.

PHOTOGRAPHER Ester Sun Photography | FLORIST Peony and Plum | VENUE Saddlerock Ranch | PLANNER CCL Weddings | BRIDE’S SHOES Saint Laurent | BRIDESMAIDS ROBES Plum Pretty Sugar | BRIDAL HAIR CLIP Nordstrom

Wedding trends come and go but your wedding photos will last forever. Lucky for us, these latest trends will only make your wedding that much prettier. From creative wedding invites, to high decor arrangements and capturing candid moments, this year we are sure to see the prettiest ones yet! Here are 8 wedding trends you’ll be seeing this year.

LOTS OF GREENERY
In addition to the many bouquets, brides are adding lots of greenery to their wedding day decor. From hanging ivy to ceremony decor, there are lots of ways to incorporate this trend into your wedding.

CANDID CAPTURES
Once you get through the formal shots you listed out for your photographer, he or she will be capturing the candid moments throughout the day. This isn’t a new trend, but the popularity of them is overtaking the formal ones. Try to be in the moment and the beauty of the day will be captured in these photos.

INTIMATE WEDDINGS
This trend has been around awhile and is here to stay! Intimate and more meaningful weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Just your nearest and dearest there to witness and partake in your special day!

CROWN
Let’s talk about the accessory of the year! Crowns are back in a big way from beaded numbers to real floral beauties, this is the perfect accessory to complete your bridal look.

CREATIVE INVITES
Your invitation is the first preview into your wedding. It shows off your colors, fonts and sets the tone of the day. Get creative by getting a custom map or a logo made just for you.

INNOVATIVE FOOD STATIONS
Add both high and low decor to really make this table pop. Think a food choice that is uniquely you. A s’mores bar or a donut table is the perfect way to end your reception and send your guests off with something sweet.

OPTING OUT OF GARTER ANS THE BOUQUET TOSS
Many brides and grooms today are opting out of the traditional garter and bouquet toss, but I don’t think anyone is complaining. This leaves more time for the photo booth and dance floor!

HIGH ARRANGEMENTS
Wedding decor is no longer limited to tablescapes and the welcome table, give your guests something to ooh and awe over. Hang florals or a chandelier from the ceiling, add curtains over your reception. By adding these high arrangements you won’t be leaving any square inch of your wedding untouched.

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