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You’ve celebrated your engagement and the planning is just beginning and now is the time to get your guests in the loop by sending them wedding save the dates. This pre-invitation officially announces your wedding date and lets guests know that they will, in fact, be invited to the celebration. While your local stationery designer can certainly help design these I usually recommend for my couples to design these online!!

One of my favorite Wedding save the date companies is Basic Invite They offer a large selection of unique save the dates to let your guests know about your wedding! They offer Foil save the Dates, Save the date magnets, Postcard save the dates. If you already know your design, it’s so easy to pick a Save the Date that coordinates with your wedding invitations.

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Some reason’s why I love Basic Invite:

Free Address Collection Service
Use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps! Share a link via social media or email, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Custom Samples
They allow customers the ability to order a printed sample of their invitation so they can see the cards’ paper quality, and how it will print before they place their final order!

Unlimited Color Combinations
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers infinite color combinations, with instant online previews! You can change the color of each element on a card, with over 180 different colors to pair. The card can be precisely how you want it, down to even the smallest detail! This is what sets us apart from any other online stationery company, and is our biggest draw.

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Free Wedding Websites
Their wedding websites are completely customizable! They’re mobile-friendly and easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests! Choose from 180 custom colors and a design suite to match your wedding invitations.

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Over 40 Different Envelope Colors
Let your guests know it is a Celebration with featuring a colored envelope!! Customers can choose from over 40 different envelope colors so that they can make their invitation stand out, even before it’s opened! All of our envelopes are peel and seal so that the envelopes can be closed quickly and easily.

Jamie and Tim’s wedding was the perfect kick-off to fall!!! This Fall wedding color palette was full of burgandys, greens, Navy and all of the colors that make me want to cuddle up with a blanket and a book!! The only thing that did not feel like fall was the actual weather!!! This October wedding was the first snowfall of the year and we all had a big laugh! Jamie is from Texas and a large part of our wedding guests had traveled in from all over the world… and Minnesota greeted them with the first snowfall of the year!!!

Luckily Jamie and Tim embraced the weather and were able to snag a few beautiful photos in the fresh snow! Guests warmed up quickly during the reception with signature cocktails that featured the Minnesota Mule (In Honor of Tim), the Texas Mule (In honor of Jamie) and the Irish Mule (a nod to Jamie and Tim’s Norte Dame Roots 🙂 We tried to incorporate as many personal elements as we could into the celebration. Dance Floor props featuring numerous Norte Dame elements, Minnesota Apple Pies for the place cards and Personally embroidered napkins for each guest. YES, you heard me right!!! Jamie’s mother embroidered every guests initials on their own keepsake napkin!!

Vendors:

Reception – Nicollet Island Pavillion

Ceremony  OUR LADY OF GRACE    

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings 

Rental Items: Apres Party Rental 

Cake – Buttercream

Cake: Cocoa and Fig

DJ  Instant Request DJ

Invitations – Paper Rock Scissors

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Floral – Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events

Hair and Makeup-Primped

Photography- Laura Ivanova

             

 

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Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Site – Loring Social

Hair and Makeup-Primped

Videography – Sunset Blue Productions
Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings
Floral – Sadie’s Couture Flowers and Events
Invitations – Paper Rock Scissors
Photography – Geneoh
Ceremony and Reception Site – Loring Social
Rental Items: Apres Party Rental 
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I get writer’s block ALOT.. especially in the midst of wedding season when I am consumed with finalizing numbers, updating timelines, running rehearsals and marathoning on wedding days! Its hard to sit down and focus on blogging beautiful images and finding the RIGHT words to explain what special families mean to me and my business! And that is exactly what happened with Sarah and Jameson’s Hutton House wedding blog post! I received these images about two weeks after the wedding (yes, its true that these beautiful images get created that quickly – Janelle.. I love you!!)  And I looked at them… Instagrammed them and then waited until I found the perfect time to sit down and write about them 🙂

While I still do not have the perfect words to explain what a joy it was to work with Amy (the wonderful mother of the Bride) on every step of this wedding. She not only had to play the mother of the bride but because Sarah (the bride) was playing professional volleyball in Italy.. she had to be the interpreter and main decision maker on every little detail.. and she NAILED it!! Her attention to detail and unwavering trust in my opinion and expertise made this experience so much fun for me to coordinate!!

We planned the wedding in a little under 10 months and the first thing we decided on was The Hutton House for the ceremony and reception. I was excited that this would be my first wedding at the brand new, beautiful venue. When we choose the Hutton House they were still under construction and that not only requires a lot of trust from couples booking the space.. but it also creates a lot of work for all vendors involved since it is a space that they have never worked in; Luckily for us, The owners of Hutton House designed a beautiful venue filled with essential elements for a flawless ceremony and reception.

Because of the size of our wedding, we decided to bring in farm tables from Apres to maximize our seating and to also bring some color to the space. The moment I saw the fireplace I knew that we needed to create a wood monogram to tie in our invitation suite and to become the focal point of the cocktail hour space. Sadie’s floral created a stunning entrance to the venue with hanging greenery and lush lanterns to welcome all of the guests! After a Horrible Minnesota Spring, May 4th was absolutely stunning and the perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony (and renewed my trust in Minnesota for a few weeks 🙂

My stories could go on and on.. but everyone just wants to see photos of this beautiful day!! To both the Wilhite and Parson’s Family. THANK YOU for letting me be apart of your family for a few months and I truly enjoyed every minute!!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator –  Lasting Impressions Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Site – Hutton House

Photography – Janelle Elise Photography

Caterer – Damico Catering

Videography Josh Flom

DJ- Three Six Sound

Floral – Sadies Floral 

Rental Items – Apres

Hair and Makeup – Primped and Maggie Hennen

Stationery – Paper Rock Scissors

Dress –  Posh

Ceremony Musicians – Guitar and Keyboard Andrew Martin and Stephen Witt

Officiants – Bob Coughlin and Jennie Coughlin

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So, the bridesmaids were easy to shop for.  Heck, you’ve bought them so much stuff you are pushing that budget! Mothers, even flower girls, those are the easy gifts.  In fact, if I had to guess the LAST thing you think about in shopping for your wedding. . . it’s probably those boys.

Or maybe you think about it, and you just don’t finish the shopping.

Because….it’s just too hard to decide exactly how to make them happy.

So let’s look at some of the different best men in your wedding and what you might get them. The best man, the junior groomsmen, the groomsmen, the fathers, there are a lot of men who work hard to make your wedding wonderful. 

Mini Maglites

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Mini Maglite Groomsmen Gift Set in Choice of Colors 

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This cute little maglite set is great for a young junior groomsmen or ring bearer, to give them a special, personalized gift that will honor their contribution. 

Completely affordable at under $25, it comes in a case that’s easy to wrap and carry. The light itself is adjustable from a regular beam to spotlight, and comes in his favorite color. The whole thing comes conveniently with two AA batteries, and once you replace the batteries, you can make sure that new replacement batteries are put in the box! There is something so appealing about a flashlight (especially an adjustable one) to young boys, and he will absolutely love one with his name on it!


Beer Box

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Personalized 24oz Pilsner Beer Glass with Bottle Opener and Wood Keepsake Box/Cooler which holds six 12oz Beer Cans

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Is it Beer O’Clock yet? I can’t walk 3 blocks without seeing a new craft beer place in my neighborhood!  Here’s a chance to fill this box with your favorite beer (or a collection of different beers). The box itself is personalized, and so is the beautiful Pilsner glass, etched with your groomsman’s name.

The box can act as a temporary cooler, which means that the men in your wedding can bring out this beautiful cooler of 6 beers and a glass at any social event. With plenty of room for personalization, you can include a name and date or initials.

 

Luxury Fleece Robe

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Just for Him Embroidered Luxury Fleece Robe with Name
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The embroidered robe may be nothing new, but it is such a beautiful and warm gesture.  I remember years ago when I left my first big job, and the boss who’d always given me such a hard time gave me a big, plush, personalized robe!  I touched that fabric and felt like so loved!

This gorgeous, lush fleece robe comes in a few colors and has different fonts and thread colors. It’s always nice when personalization can also mean changing the look of the writing as well as just the name (or initials). 

Since many are staying away from their home for a few nights for the wedding–whether in a hotel or with family–it’s nice to have robes for the groomsmen, which they can then take home to remember that weekend to remember.

 

Weekender Bag

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Personalized Weekender Bag – Canvas Travel Bag
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A carry-on travel bag is just about the most convenient gift out there.  This is a beautiful canvas and faux-leather bag sold on Etsy. The reviews are amazing.  Just look at this review:

This bag is gorgeous and quality! I gave one to my father as a Christmas gift and he LOVED it! Everyone was raving about how beautiful it was. I would easily think this bag cost over $100 as the quality and craftsmanship is superb!”

If you want to make sure a gift will be used, it’s a great idea to consider something like this bag.  It’s a great size for a weekend or overnight bag, and instead of an over-involved personalization, it will just feature initials (in any font or color thread you’d like), making it easy to keep track of.  

At under $35, this is highly affordable as well–and could be given in bulk to bridesmaids as well.

 

Beard Groom & Trim Kit

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Men’s Beard Grooming and Trimming Gift Set
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Have a particularly hairy crew? Beards are still going strong as a trend and in any group of young guys you’ve got at least a few who are starting to grow them. Not all gifts have to be personalized to be special–these beard kits, particularly popular now, are really useful for the experienced or brand new beard-sprouter. 

This trimming and treatment kit combines beard oil and balm with trimming tools like scissors, trimmer, comb and brush in stainless steel.  It has a really pretty solid pinewood beard comb and horse hair brush, as well as a lovely dark wood box for storage. Basically, you can turn the mundane job of beard trimming into an elegant gift! 

Marlee and Ezra’s Machine Shop Wedding was the perfect ending to the summer wedding season!! I started helping Marlee and Ezra plan 15 months before the wedding day. With Marlee and Ezra living in New York, the mother of the bride Heather took the reigns locally to handpick vendors and to make the vision for the day come to life.

Vendors such as Machine Shop, Arts and Flowers, Bean and Ro, and Festivities helped to create the elegant decor that Heather and Marlee were looking for! Arts and Flowers did an amazing job on the wedding floral, transforming our vague ideas into something truly unique and different!  Bean and Ro worked with Heather and Marlee to not only design the wedding invitations, but also all of the stationery items for the welcome dinner, brunch, welcome bags and day of the wedding!

Like most Jewish weddings, finding the perfect band is an important component to the wedding day! Marlee and Ezra choose Bluewater Kings and the dance floor was packed all night long!! The only breaks that guests took from the dance floor were to enjoy some unique late-night snacks provided by Damico Catering. Because we were celebrating Marlee and Ezra’s wedding during the Minnesota State Fair… we themed the late-night snacks all around our favorite “fair foods”.

Thank you again Marlee and Ezra for letting me be apart of your big day!!!

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Lasting Impressions Weddings

Caterer- Damico Catering

Band – Blue Water Kings

Ceremony Musicians- Birchwood String Quartet

Ceremony Site – Adath Jeshurun Congregation

Reception Site – Machine Shop

Chocolates- Nancy Charney

Draping – Richfield Flowers

Floral – Arts and Flowers

Hair and Makeup-Primped

Invitations – Bean and Ro

Photography- La Vie Photography

Rental Items – Festivities

Transportation – Lorenz Company

Transportation – Renees Royal Valet

Videography – Sunset Blue Productions

Valet- Uptown Valet

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