Save the Date Etiquette

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Save the Dates are a helpful heads-up for guests in our increasingly busy and tightly scheduled world. A big question often asked by couples is “When do I send out Save The Dates for my wedding?”. Typically, they go out at six to eight months before the wedding. While they are not always necessary, the common Save the Date etiquette is to send out Save the Dates especially for destination weddings or three-day weekends, or if you’re marrying during high travel times. If you already have an aesthetic direction for your wedding it’s nice to introduce it in this first communication piece but don’t feel too much pressure to make it happen.

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Save the date etiquette gives your guests time to plan. Its more important to get on everyone’s calendar than anything else so don’t rush or force the direction of your wedding over it. Its ok to start the real aesthetic of the wedding with the formal invitation.

Linen letterpressed Save the Date by Atheneum Creative via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

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08.16.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Rustic Ojai Garden Wedding

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This beautifully rustic Ojai garden wedding has so many wonderful elements mixed in; history, family, natural settings, and beautiful details. This couple chose to host their rustic Ojai garden wedding at the home of the bride — the place where they got engaged and a place that has always held sentimental value to them. Don’t you just love the natural garden feel mixed with this couple’s sheer elegance and style? The bride describes her rustic Ojai garden wedding below.

“Jesse proposed to me on my birthday – Christmas Eve – in the garden of my family’s Ojai, California home. Within hours of the proposal, we decided we would be returning to that garden to be married. To us, the property has always been reminiscent of places like Tuscany and Provence. From the roses and lavender to the citrus groves and ancient oak trees, we felt as though we were able to capture what we love about those places without leaving home.”

Photography: Amy and Stuart // Venue: Private home in Ojai, California // Invitations: Lauren Spencer King, a friend of the couple // Other printed materials: designed by the couple, printed by Emily Kelly // Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s Suit: Band of Outsiders // Floral and Event Design: R. Jack Balthazar // Chalkboard Lettering: Jane Anne Thomas, a friend of the couple // Catering: Josh Jackson at Great Taste Catering // Cake + Desserts: Jamaica’s Cakes // Music: Valida // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Planning + Coordinating: Emily Kelly at Unscene, Inc.

Originally published on Snippet and Ink

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08.15.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Wedding Republic

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Over the last month our sponsor, Wedding Republic, has been hard at work updating the look and feel of their online cash wedding registry. They are excited to announce their newly designed and easy to navigate site.

By registering with Wedding Republic, you can get cash, without asking for cash. And while the “cash is taboo” mantra is quickly fading and giving cash gifts is more popular than ever, asking can still be a little awkward. You can keep it personal with gifts you really need instead of cookie cutter registry items that may never get actual use. You can register for experiences instead of stuff. You can customize your wish list with gorgeous images, or scan through our gift suggestions to give you a head start. One couple even used Wedding Republic to set up a honeymoon registry and shared their entire itinerary with their guests! With Wedding Republic you don’t have to worry about return policies because you got cash. Instead, why not rent cross country skis for the day?

Whether it’s your house down payment, honeymoon, or your favourite charity, it’s meaningful and fun. You get your own personal wedding registry consultant that is always available to help address any questions or concerns you might have about setting up your registry, wedding registry etiquette or anything else! With Wedding Republic you can register for exactly what you need to build your life together.

AND today is your lucky day, Once Wed readers, because Wedding Republic is offering a free wedding photo book, courtesy of, as well as an ultra- package from for an online photo album and print package valued at $400 to one lucky couple that submits their favorite engagement photo. Visit the blog for more information and enter through Facebook to win. Contest ends August 29th and is open to all couples in the US and Canada. Must be 18 or older to enter… good luck!


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08.14.12 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Win A Wedding Dress from BHLDN

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Today we have an AMAZING giveaway to share with you! We’ve partnered with BHLDN to give away a FREE wedding dress to one lucky Once Wed reader.  The winner gets to choose from one of the three styles above: Kauai, Bouvier, or Flamenca. All you have to do is click the link above to enter, it’s really that easy!

With roots from Anthropologie, BHLDN has a passion for experience and creating one-of-a-kind moments that run deep. BHLDN wants to give a bride exactly what she’s been searching for—with heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, footwear, and lingerie. They even outfit bridesmaids—in mix-and-match frocks with rich hues and unexpected details. We are thrilled to partner with BHLDN to offer our readers the chance to win a wedding dress. Contest ends next Monday–good luck!

Congrats to Charlotte for winning! We’ll be emailing you soon!

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08.13.12 / Featured, News Blog