Your Wedding Photo Checklist

Like all modern brides, you don’t want to just experience your wedding, you want to document it for the world. Thanks to advanced technology (hello, Insta!) you’ve seen no shortage of wedding photos, and you want yours to be just as shareable, likable, and unbelievable.

When you meet with your wedding photographer, share with him or her your goals for your photos, including the tone, theme, location, and setting variety. Also share your budget, of course. No matter what you envision, make sure you talk to your wedding photographer about capturing these six magical moments. These are the wedding day memories that every bride tells us she remembers with clarity and appreciates having documented for eternity.

1. The Dress—Just the Dress

Don’t be jelly, bridezilla. Your dress is its own celebrity—ehrm, we mean entity—which means you must document it on its own. We love images of the dress spread out on a smooth, soft comforter, hanging in a window with rays of sunlight peeking through its lace, or dangling from a chandelier. Just thinking about it gives us all the feels.

2. Getting Ready with Your Squad

You’ll want to remember the laughter and tears you shared with your maid of honor and bridesmaids (no matter how large or small your party). Candid photos of you and your girls with your hairstylist and makeup artists are priceless. Also, don’t forget the moment before you all put on your dresses—especially yours.

3. Your Quartet

We don’t mean the four-piece orchestra that will play during your cocktail hour, but by all means, snap a pic of them too. We mean your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Someday, you’ll want to show the photo to your daughter as inspiration. *wipes tear from eye.*

4. The Look

When you’re a wedding guest, and the bride appears at the end of the aisle for the very first time, do you stare at her in awe? Of course not! You look at the groom to see if he’s smiling with exuberance or about to weep thankful tears. You only get to make one first impression on your groom on your wedding day (because he best not be seeing you before the ceremony!) so capture it forever.

5. Dancing with Dad

Another beautiful wedding moment that never fails to elicit tears is the moment when the bride dances with her dad. No matter which special man or woman you choose to share that first family dance with, snap it and love it.

6. The Cake Smash

This is a tradition that dates back generations (for real—check this out). Whether you choose a dessert table, three-tiered cake, or Sundae bar (or all three), you must capture the magical moment when you and your groom smoosh sweet treats into one another’s faces. Then, frame the photo and put it next to the one of your parents and grandparents making the same move.

Which magical moments didn’t make our list? Tell us in the comments below, or better yet, share your photos and tag us on Instagram.

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RSVP to me Recognized with Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Award

Kelly Samm Adams, owner and founder of RSVP to me, Sweet by RSVP to me, and Periwinkle Designs has been recognized among the gift industry’s superstars by Stationery Trends Magazine in its Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards. The program acknowledges the new generation of gift industry elite. From shop owners and managers to stationers and company founders, with this award, Stationery Trends pays homage to forty individuals for their seemingly countless contributions to an industry we adore.

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Don’t Make These Six Mistakes with Your Save-the-Dates

When you say your I Dos, your closest friends and family will want to be there to see every tear-jerking moment and breathless moment of romance. Whether they live near or far, they will need several months advance notice to ensure they can clear their calendar for your wedding day (or weekend). That means you need to tell them to Save-the-Date, but you also have to do it right. Don’t make these six mistakes when you send your save-the-date notices.

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Should You Invite Your Ex (or His) to Your Wedding?

Breakups are easy… said no one ever.

Let’s be honest. Both you and your fiancé had a past before you two met (Note: If you’re marrying your high school sweetheart, check out last month’s blog on questions you should ask when choosing your stationer because you’re good on this topic). That means, you both likely have an ex or two in the closet. Whether you were once married, engaged, or you had a long-term, committed relationship, you may have an ex who is, in some way, still a part of your life. Before you meet with your stationer to discuss invitations, have an open conversation with your fiancé about whether or not you (or he) will be inviting your ex/exes to your nuptials. What follows are the factors to consider when making your decision.

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Seven Tips to Help You Plan a Bilingual Wedding

Love has no boundaries. It has no colors, no borders, and no restrictions—not even words. You’ve found the love of your life, and now your extended family will bring together two different cultures. You’re thrilled, but logistically, you now need to figure out how to how to plan a bilingual wedding to ensure both your families feel included and can fully enjoy every aspect of your ceremony and reception. To help you plan your bilingual dream wedding, we’ve got seven expert tips to help you get started.

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