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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What to Pack for a Destination Wedding (For the Bride and Guests)

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something with SPF?

Any time you travel, you need to think through everything you’ll need for your trip, from travel documents to safety tools, to weather-appropriate shoes and wardrobe items. If you’re traveling to say I do; however, the packing list requirements get serious. The ring, the dress, the marriage license, your passport… you need to make sure you pack everything you need so that your ceremony can go off without a hitch. The pressure is less if you’re a guest, but you still don’t want to check your bag without a final packing Q/A. Use our list below to make sure you have everything you need for a destination wedding.

What to Pack for a Destination Wedding if You’re The Bride

  • Travel Documents:
    • Passport (if flying internationally) or your state ID (Starting in October 2020 you’ll need a Real ID to travel—learn more here).
    • Plane ticket. Most airlines allow you to check-in 24 hours in advance to get your boarding pass.
    • Hotel reservation confirmation.
    • Rental car reservation confirmation.
    • Travel insurance (if purchased).
  • Logistical Items:
    • Phone numbers and contracts for all wedding vendors, including your venue, caterer, and florist. Keeping all the details in a wedding binder is ideal if you aren’t working with a wedding planner.
    • Marriage contract.
    • Your checkbooks to pay your vendors and cash for gratuity.
  • Clothing and Accessories:
    • Jewelry, particularly his ring and anything you plan to wear during the ceremony. Don’t pack them in the back you check. Carry them on you for safety.
    • Wedding dress, reception dress (if applicable), handbag, rehearsal dinner dress, and all related footwear.
    • Mobile phone and charger.
    • Your something old, new, borrowed, and blue.
    • Gifts for your wedding party and immediate family.
    • Your groom’s gift.
  • Toiletries:
    • Any prescription or OTC medications you take regularly.
    • Makeup and hairstyle items if you are bringing your own.

What to Pack for a Destination Wedding if You’re a Guest

  • Passport (if flying internationally) or your state ID.
  • Plane ticket.
  • Hotel reservation confirmation.
  • Rental car reservation confirmation.
  • Travel insurance (if purchased).
  • A copy of the invitation suite with all logistical details.
  • A fabulous outfit to wear to the reception, including shoes, handbag, and jewelry.
  • Separate outfit if you RSVPed to attend the rehearsal dinner.
  • Wedding card and gift if not already shipped.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Any prescription or OTC medications you take regularly

Have you ever traveled to a destination wedding (maybe your own) and forgotten something critical? Share your story in the comments.

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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Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Wedding Stationer

Photo credit: Jill Swirbul Photography

Your wedding stationery, including your save the date announcements and formal invitations, is the first aspect of your wedding that you unveil to your guests. That means your stationery sets the stage for your big day, including the theme, tone, mood, and feel your guests should expect when they walk into your ceremony. That means your stationery must be on point and choosing a stationer is one of the first and most important decisions you have to make once you set a date. As you are evaluating options in your search for your stationery soulmate, keep this short list of questions on hand to ask all your prospective partners. The answers to these questions will help you identify the best fit for your wedding planning team.

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