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Your Guide To the Save-The-Date

Save the Date, Stationary, Wedding Invitations
Photo: Ama by Aisha

Now that you’ve said “yes,” it’s time to let those important to you know. One of the first very first tasks in the wedding planning process will be to settle on a date for your pending nuptials. It can take some time but once the date is set, be sure to send out those save-the-dates. These pre-invites give the time, date and location of your wedding, and inform guests that they will indeed be invited to the celebration. Below is a simple guide to help you with proper etiquette to ensure your guests do, indeed, save the date!

1. Are save-the-dates necessary?

As your first formal announcement of your big day, your save-the-dates can increase guests’ chances of attending. If having everyone you love there to celebrate your wedding is important to you, or if you are planning a destination wedding, then YES, save-the-dates are necessary.

2. When is the proper time to send save-the-dates?

You will need to send out your save-the-dates six to eight months prior to your wedding. This is so you can provide family and friends ample time to make plans to attend, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding.

3. Whom should they be sent to?

Send save-the-dates only to those you will be inviting to the wedding, even if you’ve already verbally communicated the date. Make sure you have your wedding guest list drafted before you send save-the-dates.

Save the date, Wedding Stationary, Invitations
Photo: Morgan Brooks Productions
4. What information should be included on them?

You will need to include essential information such as the time, date and location of your wedding, as well as your wedding website (if applicable) so guests can stay informed.

5. Email or traditional mail?

With our increasingly tech-savvy world, it’s become acceptable to send save-the-dates through email. Sending your save-the-dates via email will be a cheaper and faster option for notifying your guests. However, keep in mind that emails can get filtered through spam folders or end up going to email addresses that aren’t checked regularly. There’s also a chance that some guests may not have email accounts. Physical save-the-dates are more likely to be pinned or tacked somewhere to serve as a friendly reminder to guests. These little notecards will also give guests a glimpse of the tone and feel of your wedding. We love snail-mail save-the-dates, followed by an email to your guest list with a link to your wedding website. Done and…DONE!

Wedding Invitations and Gift Registry at the I Do! Soiree

Pretty things before…and pretty things after. Your marriage and wedding likely will be filled with visual delights, from flowers to decor to lighting and more. But we at Weddings in Houston feel that your wedding experience should be filled with beauty, from the moment you say, “Yes,” through all the the years of your marriage.

Attend our I Do! Wedding Soiree on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and find beautiful invitations, wedding stationery and save-the-dates, for the days leading up to your wedding celebration, along with gorgeous gifts for your newlywed home, to ensure that you’re surrounded by beauty and comfort in the days that follow your “I do’s.”

Experience exquisite invitation designs from Isabella Invitations, as well as invitations and fabulous tableware, home items, cookware, barware and more from iconic Houston retailer Bering’s. And make sure to check in with Celebrity China & Cookware  for fine china, crystal and superb cookware and kitchen tools. Advance-sale tickets to Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding event are on sale now. Bonus: Purchase your tickets by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24, and you could WIN an incredible $1,000 Hotel Galvez & Spa Weekend Romance Escape!! Our winner will be notified next week, and announced live at the I Do! Wedding Soiree. Don’t miss out!

Registry-and-Invitations

Top & Bottom Left Photo: Bering’s | Top Right Photo: Celebrity China & Cookware | Bottom Right Photo: Civic Photos, Invitations: Isabella Invitations

Blue & Gold Wedding by MD Turner Photography

One summer Haley decided to sign up for the annual Beta Fraternity River Trip with some girlfriends. The girls were ready for some New Braunfels relaxation and arrived to get on the bus. However, as it always seems with boys’ “careful” planning, there were not enough seats for everyone. Cue Daniel. In true southern gentleman-like fashion, he offered his seat to Haley. He may or may not have had some motive behind this gesture, but it sure paid off. Haley admits she was pretty impressed and started up a conversation with Daniel…a conversation that would continue for the rest of their lives. The two quickly established a favorite date-night spot, George’s Pastaria here in Houston…but little did Haley know that the spot would become even more special on February 15th, 2014. The two were talking and laughing all the way until closing time. Realizing that they were the only two left in the entire restaurant, Haley told Daniel they really should go…but he insisted they stay. Surrounded by nothing but the slowly burning table candles, Daniel got down on one knee. Unable to hold back the happiest of tears, Haley said, “YES!” Now we may or may not be shedding some happy tears, too (we totally are). Haley and Daniel were beyond excited to send out their classic cream and gold invites from Bering’s to all of their friends and loved ones to celebrate this incredible day! The wedding was just a vision—the couple’s chosen colors of Wedgewood blue and shimmering gold were the perfect statement. A huge thank you MD Turner Photography for perfectly capturing the wedding magic. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness, Haley and Daniel. Xoxo.

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Photos: MD Turner Photography | Invitations & Stationery: Bering’s | Wedding Party Attire: Houston Bridal Gallery | Photo Booth: DJU Entertainment

Rainbow Wedding Inspiration

Mix a little sprinkle and a little sun…and you’ve got yourself a rainbow! Mix a little ingenuity, a little DIY, and lot of bright rainbow-inspired color, and you’ve got yourself a brilliant wedding palette. Talk to your wedding planner about ideas on how to include pops of rainbow color to your decor, cake, or flowers, whether fresh or paper, like the gorgeous creations in pic #2 below by Balushka Paper Floral Artistry! If you’re feelin’ this trend too, go ahead and pin some of your faves.

Rainbow-HWB copy

1. Photo by Tin Sparrow Studio 2. Balushka Paper Floral Artistry  3. Suze Shoppe: Etsy  4. Urban Outfitters Push Pop Confetti 5. Izze Sparkling Juice 6. Caity Ash Badashery: Etsy 7. Divas Can Cook Rainbow Cake

South Asian Style

South Asian brides are saying goodbye to the more traditional reds, hot pinks and oranges, and are instead embracing neutral hues of ivory, champagne and gold mixed with pops of color. We are in love with the combination of a soft and bold colored bridal lehenga! Pair it with an embellished clutch and top with a traditional maang tikka to create a regal ensemble fit for a queen. Here is the hottest head-to-toe South Asian bridal style for this wedding season that we’re all obsessing over, and so will you.

South Asian Style

1. Elan Couture Bridal Lehenga: Elan 2. Larkspur & Hawk Bella Gold, Quartz & Pearl Earrings: NET-A-PORTER 3. Preeti Mohan Maang Tikka: Exclusively 4. Oscar de la Renta Clutch: Zappos 5. Tamir 18k Yellow Gold Spodumene Ring: Peran & Scannell 6. Five Tier Cake: Cakes by Kristhanthi 7. Sergio Rossi Puzzle Heel: Bloomingdale’s 8. Laser Cut Invitation Suite: Isabella Invitations