Custom Touches for your Save the Dates

After a few days of proofs and edits, our plantable stationery vendor helped create a custom Save the Date that is perfect for our theme. The style and colors help set the tone for our Rustic Wedding. In only a few days time they arrived at my door and it was time to get to work! This was one of the first big tasks we had to do for our wedding and we wasted no time getting prepared. As we waited for the Save the Dates to arrive we used our time wisely to make this process as easy as possible. Here are some helpful tasks that will prepare you to send save the dates:

Prepare your Guest List
We created an excel spreadsheet for our guest list. In this we listed a series of columns filled with important information {name, address, etc} and one column titled “Save the Date”. After stuffing and sealing the envelope for that guest, a tally would be marked in that column to signify a mailing. At the end the number in the spreadsheet would match the physical number being mailed. Just a nice way to ensure you don’t overlook anyone.

Format Address Labels
If you choosing not to handwrite or calligrapher addresses, printing labels is the next best thing. I pulled all the addresses from our guest list and formatted them in a word doc. I selected a font that matches my Save the Dates and my labels were ready to print. Since my envelopes are a latte color, I purchased clear labels from Staples so you could barely see the label itself. I plan to use these for all my thank you cards and invitations. (Note: The use of labels is still said to be a no no in terms of wedding etiquette and tradition so you may get some slack for this.)

Return Address Labels
Addressing your envelopes with your return address can be done with a label or handwritten. I found that adding another label to the envelope was a bit too much and handwriting our address over and over seemed daunting. What about a self-inking address stamp? I love this idea! You can use for your wedding invitations, thank you cards and for any other mailings long after the wedding is over. I stumbled upon Yellow Fish Paperie which offers so many pretty return address stamps. I choose a design that works with our stationery and one that can be used after the wedding. Here are some of my favorites from Yellow Fish Paperie:


Purchase your Postage
Another expense that is not often thought about is postage. There are few wedding themed stamps available at USPS.com including white roses, wedding cake and a love stamp. While these stamps compliment almost any wedding theme , I didn’t really love any for our Save the Dates. After a little research I stumbled upon sites that offered Custom Wedding Postage. The variety of styles, themes and sizes are endless. I found an adorable stamp on Zazzle.com that was a perfect fit for our stationery. A rustic chalkboard style available with two custom text lines and a floral embellishment made this stamp a perfect match for our plantable save the dates. Here are a few of my favorites:


What other small touches could you do to make your Save the Dates easier or more personal?


David Tutera Tuxedos Available for Spring 2015

The International Formalwear Association’s annual convention and trade show takes place at the end of July.  Tuxedo suppliers, retailers and industry experts get together to preview the latest styles of tuxedos and men’s formal accessories that will be available for weddings for the upcoming year.

This year, a new brand name in rental tuxedos will premiere – David Tutera.  David is a WE TV star, celebrity wedding planner, and producer and star of the TV series, “My Fair Weddings.” The David Tutera spring 2015 collection will feature a black herringbone design and an ivory or black design, all in a light-weight wool style. This timeless, new line for men is designed to complement his bridal collection so couples can now have a totally Tutera wedding.

Would you be interested in checking out David’s new men’s formalwear line for your spring 2015 wedding?


Save the Dates

Our first real wedding purchase aside from vendor services was our Save the Dates. There are so many great options available; from themed stationery to custom designs you really can get as creative (and expensive) as you want. To set the tone for our rustic wedding we wanted something with earthy beige tones with a splash of color, simple and practical for our guests and our budget.

Since this was the first piece of stationery our guests will be receiving or seeing I wanted to be sure that whatever style we choose for our Save the Dates that the Invitations, Thank You’s and other important stationery pieces were available and worked with our wedding. Some people may decide differently but I liked the idea of a set design for all our stationery pieces.

After searching many popular sites like Minted.com and WeddingPaperDivas.com I fell in love with a lot of their styles; from mason jars to burlap and lace – they offered great designs for Rustic Weddings. But I wanted something different, not something you see all the time and TheWeddingOutlet.com had just want I was looking for – Plantable Wedding Stationery.

Plantable Wedding Stationery is such a unique, fun idea – don’t you think? What I really love about this stationery besides that is a great way to do something green for our wedding is that guests will enjoy planting these save the dates in August once the receive them. Whether you choose herbs or wildflowers, guests simply insert the seed paper in a pot or outdoors and watch it grow.

Here are some styles I was considering for our summer rustic wedding:

floral-wreath Floral Wreath Seasons Plantable Stationery,

bloomBloom Flowers Plantable Stationery

ornate-floral and Ornate Floral Plantable Stationery (coming soon to The Wedding Outlet)

Visit MA Wedding Guide for tips on why Plantable Wedding Stationery is perfect for your wedding day!


11 Month Countdown…


I feel like the one year mark was just the other day, so yesterday being the 11 month countdown comes as a shock. Here is what we’ve been busy with…

We just got back from visiting CT to see our venue. The Barn looked amazing all glammed up for a summer Saturday night wedding. It was just the inspiration we were hoping for from our visit and certainly got us excited for our wedding. While visiting we scouted some places for our rehearsal dinner and really liked this one place – Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar. It had a lovely private function room and a delicious menu – both important for such a special intimate night with our family and closest friends.

Something about sending out the Save the Dates has me excited and anxious, it’s almost as if our wedding date just became official. We just ordered the Save the Dates from The Wedding Outlet which offers designs from Botantical Paperworks – one of my favorite vendors. I really love the concept behind plantable stationery. It’s a unique idea that is fun for the guests! Stay tuned – I’ll be sharing my designs soon.

We booked our Florist – Just for You Florist so I’ve created a Pinterest Board (typical bride move – right?) collecting all my centerpiece and bouquet ideas. I am really loving the look of wildflowers, peonies and succulents.

And lastly, the most exciting part of this month was finally finding “the dress”! After trying on many beautiful dresses I finally decided on the one. Party Dress Express was amazing to work especially Denise, she was so patience and helpful and it was her that suggested the dress I ultimately said yes to! I am so excited about this dress and can’t wait to share it – but you’ll have to wait!

On my agenda for this month…

Find a photographer – There are so many talented photographers available and so many types of packages that honestly I am a little overwhelmed by this decision. I’ve started to do my homework and visit blogs and websites so the list is coming along. Should I find a local photographer that travels or look for one in CT? Any helpful tips when selecting a photographer?

Finalize the Bridesmaid Dresses – I’ve decided on a mix and match theme and have my color shades selected but need to decide on a designer – Dessy, Alfred Angelo, Bill Levkoff and so many more to choose from.

Anything not on my list that should be?


Best Selling Card Box – Back in Stock

Our best selling Reception Gift Card Holder is BACK IN STOCK! Available in Black, Gold, White and Silver! This popular card holder will keep all your wedding day wishes and gifts wrapped up in high style! Both fashionable and functional, this unique reception accessory will not only keep your gift table under control, but keep it looking fabulous as well!


{Featured: Silver Card Box, Gold Card Box, White Card Box, Black Card Box.}


Silver, Gold or a Splash of Color?


Silver is a great accent color that will compliment any style wedding. Adding a hint of silver is as easy as adding wedding accessories with sparkles, rhinestones or crystal embellishments. Silver wedding accessories are perfect any style wedding but a favorite for Holiday Weddings or a New Year’s Eve wedding.


Gold Wedding Accessories are perfect for adding a warm tone to your color palette. Touches of Gold
are favorites for Rustic Themes and Fall weddings as it compliments the shades of colors used in both palettes.


Adding a splash of color to any wedding palette is easy, you’ll find so many beautiful wedding accessories offered in a variety of colors so matching one to your style wedding is simple. Consider our custom color wedding accessories to mix and match colors!

Shop All Wedding Themes & Wedding Color Schemes >


How to create Rustic Elegance?

When you think of Rustic Elegance in terms of wedding décor what do you think of? I imagine soft twinkling lights, soft color palette, draped linens and rustic wooden features. After picking The Barn at Wesleyan Hills as our wedding venue, I immediately started looking into their décor options. I am true believer that adding little personal touches and décor details goes along way. Especially wedding décor, these details help pull the whole room together and create the perfect atmosphere for your special day.chandeliers

The Barn at Wesleyan Hills offers a number of different décor packages including paper lanterns, string lights, fabric drapes and now chandeliers! Just when I thought I had my mind made up on string lights with fabric drapes I am now torn because what is more elegant then chandeliers?

What décor package do you like best? I wonder if I could do both?



Shopping for “The Dress” – Part 2

Party Dress Express always has something exciting going on and I’ve been frequently checking their site to ensure I don’t miss an event! Here are some recent offerings; In honor of Mother’s Day all mother’s dresses were 20% off throughout the month of May. They had two fantastic trunk shows; Allure Bridal and Stella York – which I attended and fell in love with two dresses! And their most recent event was the Bridal Mystery sale – all in stock dresses 20% – 50%. Amazing! Bad news is given my small stature I most likely will need to order my dress once I find it. Nonetheless, I made another visit to Party Dress Express during the sale and – wouldn’t you know it – I fell in love with two more dresses. I’ll tell you, this whole dress thing is turning out to be harder than expected. There are so many beautiful dresses to choose from like these two below.

Which one do you love? Visit MA Wedding Guide’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite >


Featured Dresses: Casablanca 2155, Maggie Sottero Hazel. Visit Party Dress Express to shop All Casablanca Bridal Dresses and All Maggie Sottero Bridal Dresses.


Top Wedding Table Numbers


Wedding table numbers are not only a functional part of your wedding reception but they add a touch of decor to your reception tables. Table numbers are offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Consider personalized table numbers to add a personal touch to your tables. Or consider your theme when choosing a table number, the Burlap Wine Bag Numbers (featured below) would be perfect for a Rustic Wedding, while the Love Bird Damask Table Numbers (also featured below) would be perfect for a Black and White or Formal wedding. Featured here are some of our best selling table numbers. Click here to shop All Table Numbers >


Wildfire Wedding

As I watched the season finale of Modern Family, in which Mitch and Cam needed to evacuate their wedding because of wildfires in the area, I thought how awful that would be for a couple if that really happened. Well in a case of life imitating art, this scenario did play out for a couple in Oregon recently. Michael Wolber and April Harley were faced with this very dilemma on their wedding day but before they left the scene of the ceremony, they took a few photographs. With smoke and flames raging in the background, the photos are quite dramatic, scary yet beautiful.


Those photos, and the story that goes along with them, is sure to be one for the ages but I’m not sure I would have stayed around for photos, would you? Click to view entire story and wedding photos. { Photos courtesy of Action News.}