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These Save the Date Postcards Are Fun for Weddings
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Save the Date Postcards from Serendipity Beyond Design

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Are you newly engaged and recently set your date? Congrats! Now it’s time to tell guests to save the date for your upcoming wedding. The best way to share your exciting news is with save the dates, which are mailed to your guests approximately 4-6 months before your wedding (or 6-8 months ahead of time for destination weddings). We spotted these vintage inspired save the date postcards designed by Serendipity Beyond Design and love how versatile and fun they are! Each postcard is designed with your wedding location, corresponding images, and the date. These postcards are perfect for both local or destination weddings and you can choose from many different designs. Check out our favorites below and enter for a chance to win 100 printed save the date postcards for your wedding thanks to the lovely ladies of Serendipity Beyond Design! Woo, we love giveaways… :)

Vintage Save the Date Postcards

Did you set the date? Now it’s time to send these! If you’re ready to share the exciting news with friends + family, vintage save the date postcards custom-made by Serendipity Beyond Design are a fun way to do it! The postcards are designed specially with your wedding location. As an example, you can see postcards featuring Miami, Florida, Atlantic City, Cape May, Maine, and Mexico below. And… we’ve teamed up with Serendipity Beyond Design to offer a set of 100 custom vintage save the date postcards to one lucky reader! (Psst. This is giveaway #6 in our exciting 31 Wedding Giveaways series all August long!) Read on to see the designs and enter for a chance to win…

Vintage Save the Date Postcards

Here is just a sampling of a few vintage save the date postcards…

atlantic city postcard | vintage save the date postcards

cape may | vintage save the date postcards

vintage save the date postcards

miami | vintage save the date postcards

save the date florida | vintage save the date postcards

save the date maine | vintage save the date postcards

Vintage Save the Date Postcards

o Prize: FREE Postcard Save the Dates to announce your wedding to all your family and friends!
Select from any of our Postcard Save the Date designs and we’ll customize it for your wedding!
What’s included:
— Design fee up to $40
— Qty. 100 matte postcards ($150 value)
— Shipping within the US
Need more than 100 postcard save the dates? No worries, you can order as many as you’d like — 100 will be free! :)

save the date mexico | vintage save the date postcards

this is just an example, yours will have your wedding location :)

o Enter between 8/6/14-8/12/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/13; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $200; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

What do you think of these vintage save the date postcards? Where are you tying the knot?


7 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

Have you popped into The Marketplace lately? Holy wow, it’s bursting at the seams with lovely handmade items! We’ve picked seven handmade paper decorations to share with you today including an illustrated wedding program, a sweet card to give your groom, a creative bouquet alternative, and more! Find out which items made a lasting impression…

What’s Hot in The Marketplace

1. Illustrated Wedding Program

We start with this illustrated program, so beautiful it deserves to be framed after the wedding. By Tying the Knots.

illustrated wedding program via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

tying the knots

2. I’ve Been In Love With You for _x_ Days

Solve for x. Don’t worry, Paperlaced will help you figure out the exact number of days. Use this card to send a love note to your groom!

ive been with you for days via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


3. Book Page Bouquet

Faux flowers that last forever can be infinitely sweeter than fresh flowers that wilt. We love paper bouquets, like this one from Diddlebug.

book page bouquet via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


4. Floral Save the Date Cards

Floral prints steal my heart, pretty much anytime I see them. This new save the date from Olive Berry Paper is a new personal favorite!

floral save the date cards via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

olive berry paper

5. Garden Wedding Invitation

Planning a garden wedding? Keep things sweetly simple + elegant with these invites from Sparkvites.

wedding invitation garden via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations


6. Bridal Shower Tea Party Invite

Need bridal shower inspiration? This tea party themed invite from Serendipity Beyond Design is a pretty touch for a feminine fete.

bridal shower tea party invitations via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

serendipity beyond design

7. Lovestruck Bridal Shower Games (Printable)

And, what is the number one entertainment at a bridal shower? Games, of course! Paper Street Press offers these printable bridal shower games that are anything but ordinary.

bridal shower printable games via 10 Amazing Handmade Paper Decorations

paper street press

To see more handmade paper decorations…

Want to see more? Head over to The Marketplace to be inspired! Warning: you’ll probably want to buy everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Destination Wedding Invitations – Ask Emmaline

When we re-launched our Ask Emmaline section a few weeks ago, we never dreamed we’d receive so many awesome responses from our readers! (Thanks! We ♥ you guys.) Today we’re sharing a new question from bride-to-be, Erica, who asks, “I’m having a destination wedding in Mexico. Do you have any tips for where to find destination wedding invitations? I have no idea where to look. Thanks!” Great question: we have found an awesome resource for destination wedding invitations and we’re thrilled to share it with you today. Meet Serendipity Beyond Design… and get ready to fall in love with their travel-themed invitations after the jump!

Destination Wedding Invitations

Destination Wedding Invitations

1. Modern Travel Wedding Invitation

I love this modern travel invitation suite. It is totally customizable and features your location, map, and photographs.

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2. Passport Cruise

This is beyond clever: a passport-style invitation booklet!

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3. Boarding Pass Ticket

Give guests a ‘boarding pass ticket’ as their invitation to your one-of-a-kind celebration.

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4. Vintage Journey of Love

This is another twist on the passport invitation, wrapped in burlap with a darling airplane charm.

vintage journey of love passport
passport wedding invitation

Need more invitations?

This is just a small sampling of the amazing invites they offer! See more at Serendipity Beyond Design.

Happy Planning!


P.S. Have a wedding advice question for us? Just Ask Emmaline! It’s free… and your question could appear in an upcoming post!

5 Creative Wedding Invitation Styles (+ Win!)

Earlier today, we talked about these Cyber Monday Wedding deals, shared these sweet Be My Bridesmaid Cards with a chance to win, and now we have ANOTHER amazing special to share! Do you need FREE wedding invitations? Most likely — yes! Our friends over at Serendipity Beyond Design have teamed up with Emmaline Bride to offer one lucky reader a gift certificate for $250 towards their wedding invitations. Read on to see some of our hand-picked creative wedding invitation styles from their shop + find out how you can score this awesome deal. Enjoy!

Creative Wedding Invitation Styles

1. Vintage Air Mail Boarding Pass Wedding Invitation

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2. Travel Poster Style Invitation

boston vintage wedding invitation poster - 5 Creative Wedding Invitation Styles

3. Passport Style Wedding Invitation

passport style wedding invitation - 5 Creative Wedding Invitation Styles

4. Vintage Peacock Wedding Invitation

vintage peacock wedding invitation - 5 Creative Wedding Invitation Styles

5. Rock & Roll Guitar Wedding Invitations

rock n roll guitar wedding invitations - 5 Creative Wedding Invitation Styles


Ready for your chance to win? Enter for a chance to receive a $250 gift certificate towards your wedding invitation order from Serendipity By Design! Enter between 12/2-12/8/13 (11:59pm EST). Use entry form below to enter. No cash value. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. No purchase necessary. Winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Redeemable towards wedding invitations only. No cash value under $250.

Happy Planning!


8 DIY Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)

P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdrop

When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdropsucuclent-wall

photos via smogshoppe

And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Party | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!

DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery

First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!


photos via invitation crush

Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Paper Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Menu Wrap (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet

Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Brooch Bouquet (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Monogrammed Hat Pins in Bouquet Handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Locket wrapped around bouquet handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony

The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards

The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Tag Escort Cards with Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table

Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Sweetheart Table with Lace Runners | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet

Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used
elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet apothecary jars and tags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet custom candy bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #7 – The Centerpieces

In true vintage wedding fashion, Margaux used mason jars, vintage glass bottles, vases, baby’s breath, succulents, lace table runners, and kraft table numbers in her centerpiece design.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Centerpieces | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #8 – The Welcome Bags

Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Welcome Bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Additional Details

Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride's Heels (Hottness by Steve Madden)

And these from TOMS? Awesome.

DIY Wedding Ideas: TOMS Gold Glitter Shoes | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

We think Margaux and Chad did an awesome job with their handmade wedding. We wish them a very happy marriage ahead!

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Happy Bride and Groom, Margaux and Chad | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

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Event Design & Styling, Day-of Papergoods, Candy Buffet, Florals, Brooch Bouquet & Coordination | Harmony Creative Studio

Photography | Meghan Christine Photography

Venue | The Smog Shoppe

Stationery | Invitation concept by Harmony Creative Studio + created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press | save the date postcard by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design

Makeup & Hair | Monique Powers

Bride’s Dress | White by Vera Wang

Bride’s Shoes | Gold Glitter Slip-Ons by TOMS, ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden heels

Bridesmaids Dresses | H&M (one shoulder), LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (ruffles), Francesca’s Boutique (lace maternity dress)

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Happy Planning!


Are you completing any DIYs for your wedding day? Share them below!

3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important

If you were an unsuspecting target of Cupid’s arrow this week, chances are you’re sporting a shiny new ring on your finger this weekend. (Congrats!) While setting the wedding date is still far in your future, we encourage you to consider sending save the dates once the date is set in stone. If you’re like most brides, you may be wondering what the deal is with save the dates and why save the dates are important… so, today, we’re letting you in on three secrets to why save the dates are so important, along with plenty of brilliant save the date inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Speaking of inspiration, check out this unique save the date idea, which is quite possibly one of the cutest we have seen yet!

why save the dates are important

by michie may


by michie may

This save the date (or wedding invitation, if you prefer) is by Michie May and features a small plastic champagne bottle, faux engagement ring and wedding band, couple, heart, and announcement banner. Adorable!

3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important

1. Save the Dates help you plan your guest list far in advance.

Since save the dates tell guests they can expect an invitation to the wedding, save the dates gets you in planning mode even earlier in the game. Save the dates are typically sent 6-9 months period to the wedding, which means you’ll already have a stellar guest list all set, finalized, and ready to go that far in advance. You’ll have concrete numbers for tables, reception, bar, favors, bridal shower guests, and other elements far in advance, which means less stress for you in the long run. (Always a good thing.)

2. Save the Dates share more than just the date.

Sure, these cards tell guests when the wedding date is, but save the dates do so much more: they get guests amped up for the big day! You’d be surprised how exciting it is to receive a save the date when you’re a guest. For instance, I received a save the date recently and while I was already excited about the wedding, seeing their picture together and the date in print made me even that much giddier. Oh, and those adorable save the date postcards or magnets? Love them! I have the postcard tacked to my bulletin board and I smile when I look at it – those adorable lovebirds!

3. Advanced notice means more guests can attend.

Obvious, yes, but still worth the mention. Save the dates give traveling guests advance time to book accommodations, beg their boss for time off, shop for an adorable new dress… you know the drill. Guests who are local can take the day off of work, arrange for a sitter, and make other accommodations to ensure the date is set in stone on the calendar. If you’re planning a summer wedding, this is especially important since so many people take vacations during this time or attend plenty of weddings. A save the date can ensure guests have your date circled on the calendar!

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Save the Date Inspiration

To help inspire you, we’ve compiled a few hand-picked save the dates oozing with creativity, like this one by Kayden Ashley which tells guests where you’re tying the knot:

why save the dates are important

by kayden ashley

Scratch-off save the dates? GET OUT! These are too adorable. Spotted at InviteMe and totally fun for guests.

why save the dates are important

by invite me

Save the date magnets? An instant classic… guests love to use, reuse, and keep them up on their fridge for years! These coffee save the date magnets by MagnetStreet are perfect for guests planning a coffee themed wedding

why save the dates are important

by magnetstreet

… or photo booth magnets you can customize yourself, also from MagnetStreet… too cute!

why save the dates are important

by magnetstreet

Check out these unique wooden state-shaped save the dates, handmade by Bullfrog Graphics… we love them!

why save the dates are important

by robertosand

For the couple that loves to travel or is planning a chic destination wedding, check out three save the dates we spotted just for you. First, these luggage tags by Mavora Art & Design are just darling…

why save the dates are important

by mavora art & design

… send guests passport save the dates which double as a keepsake gift by Serendipity Beyond Design

why save the dates are important

by serendipity beyond design

… and these boarding pass save the dates? Clever! Also by Serendipity Beyond Design:

why save the dates are important

by serendipity beyond design

And, we had to include this adorable “sweetheart” save the date by Peapod Printables, featuring your photos from grade school. Awwww! Perfect for a school themed wedding.

why save the dates are important

by peapod printables

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So… which one is your favorite? Will you be sending save the dates?


Air Mail Wedding: 18 Handmade Ideas Sent with Love

Email allows anyone to connect instantly, but nothing can compare to the sweet sentiment of a handwritten note or heartfelt letter from a loved one. That’s why we love air mail wedding ideas from invitations to save the dates, favors, stationery, and everything in-between. There is something sweetly simple about a handwritten note or tag, particularly around the holidays. Today, we’re sharing 18 air mail wedding ideas you will love, beginning with an invitation by Jack and Jill Wedding which ties in the air mail idea beautifully, with a postcard reply for guests to send back with love. Enjoy!


air mail wedding invitation by Jack & Jill Wedding with tear-off postcard (brilliant!)


air mail stamp for your wedding correspondence by Extase


air mail bracelet by Mysc


air mail wedding invitation styled as a boarding pass by Serendipity Beyond Design


air mail clothespins by Another Donkey Design


air mail wedding stickers for envelopes by K is for Calligraphy


vintage-inspired air mail wedding invitation suite by Serendipity Beyond Design


beautiful handmade necklace with envelope and airplane charms by Marolsha


handmade air mail journal for keeping your wedding planning notes at hand by Chinese Calligraphy Art & Design


decorate bridesmaid tote bags with vintage air mail buttons by Retro Nana


handmade air mail stationery set by Cutie Pie Company


air mail wedding favors by Courtney Talbot


air mail styled headband by Modern Crush


air mail necklace with The Eiffel Tower, a postcard and envelope charm by According To She


air mail wedding favor notebooks (set of 8) by Mini Haus


love letter invitation suite by Two For Joy Paper Studio


air mail wedding invitation suite with map by Serendipity Beyond Design

And… we can’t forget about this beautiful DIY we featured awhile back by Lauren Elise Crafted:

Air Mail DIY exclusively designed for Emmaline Bride by the lovely Lauren Elise Crafted

Click here for the full DIY scoop to craft your own DIY save the dates!

Which one is your favorite?


P.S. Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway!

6 Handmade Wedding Finds You’ll Love

Happy Friday!

Today’s SWEET6 Inspiration Board includes a pretty purple bridesmaid dress with ruffles, a stylish journal (for wedding planning notes), eco-friendly vegan handcrafted flats, a cute little clock-face ring, fabulous drop earrings, and wedding invitations you’re sure to love. Enjoy & happy planning! xo

ruffled dress bridesmaids flat shoes eco-friendly journal wedding planning invitations ring earrings accessories


{1} dress with ruffles, by ananya

{2} journal with print, by bitsnpiecesetc

{3} lavender eco-friendly flats, by hydraheart

{4} clock ring, by laralewis

{5} drop earrings, by zionshore

{6} vintage travel invitations, by serendipity beyond design