by: Lauren

I’m so excited to share a few gorgeous wedding invitation ideas by wedding style with you all today! These fabulous designs are available from one of our partners, Shutterfly, and they include various options when it comes to color, design, and enclosures too! Everything from RSVP cards and directions cards, to thank you cards and address labels, having these invitations personalized for your wedding and your style is a breeze!

Below I’ve shared a few of Shutterfly’s wedding invitations according to the styles that are frequently seen here on ELD- eclectic, modern, rustic, vintage, and elegant. Click on the images for more information about each invitation- and if you’re not quite ready for invitations yet, don’t forget to pin them to your wedding inspiration board!

 

Eclectic Style


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Modern Style


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Vintage Style


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Rustic Style


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Elegant Style


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Aren’t all of these gorgeous?! I think my favorites are the ones with watercolor elements- that modern one that incorporates a little bit of an angular design is pretty fabulous!

Be sure to check out more of Shutterfly’s wedding invitation options- there are tons more that are absolutely stunning!

 

Wedding Invitation Ideas By Wedding Style

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by: Michelle

I am so glad the Seattle rain stayed away for this gorgeous Washington wedding. The loving couple couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, as their photos shot by Jacquelynn Brynn Photography turned out absolutely amazing! A whimsical and modern color palette of purple a gray create a perfect ambiance, and the bride Tanya is here with us today sharing all about her beautiful day!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

We hired a day of wedding planner (Perfectly Posh Events) to help us on the day. We did not want any stress, for us and our friends and family, on our wedding day, so we hired Holly. It was a great decision. Holly was a great help in making sure all we had to think about was enjoying our wedding day. Besides that, my husband and I did all the planning for our wedding. We did our own research and met with all the vendors.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing for us was someone who fit our style and then someone who fit into our budget. We met a few really known vendors, but they just did not fit our style and our personality. We wanted someone we could be comfortable with and trust our wedding to. Someone who is also as excited about the our wedding. 

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

The overall theme we wanted to shoot for was whimsical. We really centered our focus on antiques/vintage things, tree branches with some flowers, hanging lights, and free flowing fabric. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about our wedding would be the view/sunset. We loved how breathtaking the view was.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

- Pre-Wedding: Make sure to ask questions and emphasize exactly what you are looking for to the vendors. You want to make sure all your ideas get across. We regret not really asking enough questions and emphasizing our ideas to make sure everything was delivered the way we wanted. 

-Wedding day: Do what you want to do. We were so stuck on the program that our wedding planner gave us that we forgot about all the other things we wanted to do. We did not realize that we could taken more pictures with our friends, or that we could have left the table to go outside and just be alone for a few minutes. Sticking to the timeline made it hard for us to soak in the moment because we were caught up on “whats next”

How amazing are those views and that sunset?! Truly some of the most stunning portraits I have ever seen. And I’m loving the whimsical, modern color palette and the way the details were incorporated to reflect the two styles.

So will any of you be infusing two styles together for your own wedding? I’d love to know what they will be?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Jacquelynn Brynn Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Perfectly Posh Events / Hair & Makeup : Erin Skipley makeup + hair / Reception Venue: The Golf Club at Newcastle / Cake Baker: The Sweet Side / Transportation : British Motor Coach / Flowers & Decor: Butter & Bloom


by: Carly

Whether you just got engaged (congratulations!) or you’ve been planning your wedding for many months, your guest list can become your least favorite topic. In fact, a recent Facebook poll we did confirmed this! You and your fiancé likely have friends and family of your own who definitely need to make the list, while your parents likely have their own must-haves. In turn, the guest list can be come a tricky game of sorts! So to help you try to keep the peace and calm for all, here’s our 10-point guide to planning your guest list…

[PS: Make sure to pin the graphic below, so you can reference this post now and further along your planning journey!]

Planning Your Guest List: Who Makes The Cut?!

1. Start Creating Your List Early

Although you may want to avoid this task all together, plan to start creating your list early. We’re talking about the big list of each and every person you would love to have present on your wedding day. There’s no need to categorize the list or feel like you have to stick to a certain number, just write! By doing this, you will never feel as though you’re crunched for time, which will also help to eliminate the fear of forgetting to invite one of your closest friends. Plus, starting early allows you, your fiancé, and your families the most time to edit the list to a point where everyone is happy.

2. Your Wedding Size

Aside from your dream list of guests, the other factor to consider very early on is how large or small you envision your wedding. If you’ve always dreamed of hosting an elaborate celebration with 250 guests, that’s great! However, if the idea of having that number of guests present overwhelms you, consider having an intimate wedding with only your closest family and perhaps a few friends present. Either way, never forget that this is your wedding!

3. Keep Your Venue & Budget in Mind

Your venue can only accommodate so many people, and there are two ways to look at this fact. We advise brides to first create a rough guest list count, and then begin searching for a venue. The other option is to book your venue and then create your guest list based off of the guest count the venue can accommodate. Also, realize your venue, food, and drinks will require over 50% of your budget. If your current guest count exceeds your budget in any way, start editing your number- because after all, your guest count is the one thing that has the biggest impact on your budget!

4. Distribute the List Fairly

There are so many different ways to fairly allocate the guest list between you and your fiancé as well as your families. Family size, important friends, and paying parties will all play a part. However, the most fair way to initially distribute the list is either in thirds (1/3 for you and your fiancé, 1/3 for your parents, and 1/3 for the groom’s parents) or 50/50 (50% for you and your fiancé and 50% for both sets of parents).

5. Creating Your Formal List

Although it may feel strange at first, one of the best ways to create your list is to have tiers – must-haves (your immediate family and best friends), would like (extended family and close friends), and would be nice (friends you’re not in constant contact with, co-workers, etc). If you find that you need to cut your list down, having the ability to start at the bottom and work your way back up will cause less heartache than having one large list and making an attempt to cut back when each and every person feels important. As a note, give guests traveling in from out of town the same level of importance as you normally would. Allow your guests to make the decision as to whether or not they would like to travel for your wedding.

Planning Your Guest List: Who Makes The Cut?!

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6. Inviting Plus Ones

If you’re inviting a guest who is married, you must invite their spouse. If you know a guest is in a long-term relationship and/or you’re also close with their partner, the best thing to do is invite both. Lastly, it’s a nice gesture to allow members of the wedding party to extend an invitation to a date if they would like. Otherwise, including an option for single guests to bring a plus one is not a requirement.

7. Inviting Children

Whether or not you extend an invitation to the children of your guests will largely depend on the atmosphere you would like present at your wedding. If you decide to invite kids, try to include them on the dance floor and consider having games for them to play (lawn games are perfect for outdoor weddings!). If you’re having a flower girl and/or ring bearer in your ceremony or you’re hosting a destination wedding and do not want children at your reception, plan to hire a babysitting service that will allow parents to attend your reception and leave their kids with a caretaker.

8. Communication is Key

In order to finalize your guest list, plan to meet in person (if possible) with your fiancé and all of your parents. Your lists may be within your ideal guest count; however, it’s also very possible that one group may have an overflow of people they would like to invite. Rather than getting frustrated, go through your lists together. If you don’t know the possible guest, ask why they are on the list. Then either talk through perhaps not inviting them or see if a guest can be removed from another list to allow room for another guest to be added. The most important thing to remember when finalizing your list is to be kind to each other. It’s difficult (we’re well aware!), but you will get much more accomplished by being kind and calm than you will by being angry.

9. Sending Invitations

Once your guest count is finalized, the first step is to mail save-the-dates. You will want to mail these roughly six months prior to your wedding. Plan to mail your invitations 6 weeks in advance. Realize that 20%-30% of your guests may be unable to attend your wedding. As you receive responses back that guests are unable to attend, you’re welcome to send an invitation to guests who were not initially invited but who you would love to have in attendance if your count allows.

10. Handling RSVPs

Do not allow RSVP to sit in a pile! Instead, create a spreadsheet in Google Docs or Excel, and enter the guest’s name, whether or not they’re attending, and their meal choice. Also, plan to add a column where you can enter their table number once your seating chart is in place. Having this document is important because you can send it to your caterer, as well as your stationer or calligrapher if you’re having a seating chart, escort cards, or place cards designed. Lastly, if you and your fiancé are working with an event planner, ask your planner if she would like the RSVP cards to be mailed to her address rather than yours or your parents’. Some planners are happy to manage your guest list, plus it prevents you from having to create a spreadsheet and remembering to send it to your vendors as your wedding date nears.


 

So friends, do you have any tips for creating and managing a guest list? Please leave them in the comments- we’d love to hear!



by: Lauren

This beautiful yellow and navy North Carolina wedding from KMI Photography is one after my own heart! High school sweethearts Meghan and Paul- and their families- had been waiting for this day for ten years, and as someone who also married their high school sweetheart, I can surely attest to the love and happiness that surrounds the day. Meghan is here with us today sharing more about her planning experience and her wedding day…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My wedding planner Charyl Williams from Social Butterfly Events and was amazing and executed my vision for the day. She came up with unique ideas that were perfect for my husband and I that helped really make it our own!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The most important thing for me when searching for vendors was ensuring they could execute my vision but also on a budget. I was so lucky to have amazing vendors that were able to take my ideas and turn them into reality.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

My inspiration for my wedding was a mix between preppy and coastal. My colors were gray, navy blue, white, and yellow. I wanted my guests to feel relaxed and have a great night celebrating. I also wanted to incorporate the university Paul and I graduated from, East Carolina University, into our day. We had the school colors, purple and gold streamers for our grand exit as well as our reception introduction song was “purple haze” which is what the football team enters the stadium to on game day. We wanted people to walk away at the end of the night and say that was Meghan and Paul.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about my wedding was having all of our loved ones under one roof celebrating our love and the joining of our two families. We are high school sweethearts so our families have been waiting for this day for the past 10 years.

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And a glimpse of the day in video…

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

The best advice I can give fellow brides is to remember this is your day and to do whatever makes you and your husband happy!

 

Vendors who made it all happen..

Photographer: KMI Photography / Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Social Butterfly / Flowers & Decor: Design Perfection / Catering: Middle of the Island / DJ: Active / Cake Baker: Imaginary Cakes / Videographer: Light Cannon / Transportation: Sandpiper Transportation / Midnight Snack: Trolley Stop