An Introduction to Vera Wang Wedding InvitationsAn Introduction to Vera Wang Wedding Invitations

It’s only fitting that designer Vera Wang produces a line of  wedding   invitations  that break the mold with elegance and style. After all, her career as a famous designer was inspired by her unsuccessful search for a wedding dress. Wang, seeking the ideal wedding dress for a sophisticated, adult bride, was dismayed to find that nearly everything she looked at had a “sameness” to it, and that they all seemed to be designed for “younger brides”. It took a few years, but Wang took that disappointment in finding the right wedding dress and turned it into a bridal design company.

Vera Wang’s  wedding   invitation   designs  carry through the same bold, elegant and innovative eye that she brought to fashion design. The  invitations  range from classically elegant to whimsical and buoyant, but they all represent Wang’s unmistakable flair for the striking and the dramatic.

Vera Wang’s  Wedding  Collection features  wedding   invitations  in several different lines. Each line is distinct and distinctive, although some designs do cross over to carry on a design trend. For instance, the floral and frond  designs  reappear in several different styles of  wedding   invitation , presented in note cards and fold-over styles as well as in standard card styles. Borders and pattern prints are repeated in envelope liners and in dual-sided  wedding   invitations  that are exclusive to the Vera Wang collection.

Vera Wang Letterpress  Wedding   Invitation  Collection

This unique collection features bold, fashion-forward prints on oyster paper. The prints include floral and paisley in borders and repeats, and in single, splashy designs along the sides or peeking in from the top corner. You will find bright, pattern-on-pattern lace designs alongside delicate screen prints, delicate screen print floral patterns juxtaposed with bold sunbursts. The colors run the gamut from subtle jade green to bold and bright orange, sparking every piece of the  wedding   invitation  ensemble in different, unexpected ways. A real favorite for the modern, unconventional but very elegant bride: the Vera Lace Letterpress  Wedding   Invitations  which feature a delightfully stylized floral pattern against a delicate lace border and makes use of the unconventional and bold color combination of turquoise and jade.

Vera Wang Retro Verso  Wedding   Invitation  Collection

This collection takes a skipping step to the whimsical side of your nature. The Retro Verso  wedding   invitation  collection features bright, cheerful colors in prints that dance across the page. Each  invitation  is dual-printed with your  invitation  wording and a border  design  on one side and a bright pattern on the reverse of the paper. Retro Verso  wedding   invitations  are unmistakably elegant, but have a playful unconventionality that’s appealing to the modern bride. A favorite  wedding   invitation  style from the Retro Verso Dual Sided  wedding   invitation  collection: the Parasol Dual Sided  Wedding   Invitation , which features sunshiny bright colors and a pattern reminiscent of your childhood Spirograph. It’s bold, flirty and definitely fun.

Bordered  Wedding   Invitations  from the Vera Wang collection

This collection features bold colors and classic styling for the traditional bride with a strong unconventional streak. Colored borders in different styles frame the center panel on each  invitation , but each of the borders has its own unmistakable character. Coupled with boldly patterned envelopes, the  wedding   invitations  are both elegant and strikingly unique, a great deal like Vera Wang’s bridal dress  designs . The two main  designs  in the Vera Wang Borders collection are the Bar Panel Border and the Hand Tinted Border  wedding   invitations . The Bar Panel borders are elegant and classy, featuring a triple frame in bold colors and an embossed double border around an Oyster white print panel. The  invitations  are coupled with very stylish envelopes with linings inspired by Wang’s own  designs . The Hand Tinted borders are more subtle but no less striking, with borders hand tinted in bold, bright colors. There are no frilly details, just an elegant, classy and bold style statement.

Nearly all of the  invitations  in the Vera Wang collections include beautiful hand-lined envelopes to match the colors of the  wedding   invitation . The colored linings of the envelopes for the Retro Verso collection, for instance, echo  design  elements from the  wedding   invitations  themselves, a sunburst parasol for the Parasol  wedding   invitation  or a single gingko fan with the Ginkgo Retro Verso  invitation . The Borders Collection  invitations  are coupled with envelopes lined in bold floral and geometric prints that coordinate with the double-colored borders.

The Vera Wang  wedding   invitation  collections are bold, inspired by the textile prints and color palette from Vera Wang’s “Ready to Wear” collection. Unconventional and bold, these are  wedding   invitations   designed  for the discerning bride with an eye for fashion and style. If you are looking for  wedding   invitations  that match your penchant for modern insouciance, the Wang  wedding   invitation  collection is definitely worth a second look.

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Choosing Your Wedding Invitations – Where to LookChoosing Your Wedding Invitations – Where to Look

Often your wedding stationery is the last thing that you look for before your big day. However don’t leave it too long as you need to ensure there is enough time for your  wedding   invitations  to be printed, delivered to your guests and for the RSVP to be received.

Most large department stores carry a range of wedding stationery, often by the big suppliers such as Collisons, CCA Occassions, Letterpress of Cirencester and Belarto. They will usually have wedding stationery albums on display. These books show the many styles of stationery they supply, ordering information and a price list. You may find these useful as you can see your chosen wedding invite in the flesh. However, these department stores are not always the best value for money. Instead try looking at online retailers as most of these offer a discount off the RRP. The majority of the  wedding   invitations  you see in department stores will be available online, however, some retailers offer exclusive  designs . However what you may not know is that some of this exclusive wedding stationery is not all that exclusive. Often these designs are printed by one of the major suppliers and has been adapted from a previous design. The original  wedding   invitation   design  is probably still available to purchase and at a lower price.

If you would prefer a handmade look to your  wedding   invitations  you may want to try a smaller  wedding  stationer. Looking in the Yellow pages and visiting local wedding fayres is a good place to start. Handmade invites can add a more personal touch to your wedding but you may need to add extra time for your stationery to be made. Most handmade stationers will also provide a bespoke service, however, there may be an extra charge for this.

Some Graphic Designers will also design bespoke wedding stationery for you. This is more pricey than handmade stationery and therefore is not for everyone. But if you are looking for bespoke stationery professionally designed then this is the best way to go. These designers will often use printing techniques that are not available to most handmade stationers.

Most  wedding   invitation  stationers, large and small, will have a website. Some smaller websites will not have the facility to buy online but will usually have some sort of picture gallery. Take a look at these, even if you do not find what you want it will give you some inspiration. Some retailers provide free  wedding   invitation  samples and brochures, request as many of these as you can before making your final order.

You may also want to contact local printing companies. Many of these are also Collisons, CCA Occasions and Belarto agents. They will usually have wedding stationery albums for you to look through and may provide a discount. Some companies may even bring the albums out to your own home.

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Hints and Tips When Designing and Printing Wedding InvitationsHints and Tips When Designing and Printing Wedding Invitations

When entering the realm of  wedding   invitations  there are a number of considerations you need to think about.

Firstly, you can either pay a fortune for the ‘pre-designed’ templates online that come complete with everything, but as I said you will pay a higher premium this way.

Alternatively you may wish to seek out a freelance designer who can set them up for you at a lower cost and you can then go directly to a printer and cut out the middle man. Or you can design them yourself and again go directly to the printer.

Where possible, keep in mind a budget for you  invitations  and stick to it, as you may get talked into more fancy looking invites you don’t really need.

For the last two options you will need some basic advice to help you on your way.

1. Final size of the  invitation .

This can cause a common mistake by many people, you get your lovely  invitations  all printed to exactly how to them only to realise you can’t find an envelope to fit!

Where possible try to stick to industry standard sizes, that way the envelopes will be more widely available and at lower costs. For example and finished invite size of say A5 will fit in a C5 envelopes, A6 into a C6 envelope, 3rd A4 into a DL envelope and so on.

2. Colours.

After going into a lot of planning into your wedding (believe me I know what’s involved) and picking and choosing the different aspects, you will have in your head a colour scheme. If you are getting a freelancer to design your invites make sure you check your colours are going to available to print, show them a sample of something you have for them to match to, or ask them to see a Pantone colour book to get a colour reference (this is the industry standard in print). If you are designing the invites yourself, just remember what you see on on screen ISN”T what it will look like on the material when printed!! (unless you’re very lucky) If you are dealing with a printer direct, get them to produce some colour accurate proofs or see the colours they can produce.

3. Folding.

Don’t forget, there are many ways to fold a piece of paper. Experiment with some paper yourself and see what you can come up with, but remember the more complex it is the more expensive it will be!

4. Typeface.

There are a vast amount of fonts out there for you to use these days, check out dafont they have a good choice of free fonts.

Don’t use more than 2 different typefaces in an invite, otherwise it will look overcrowded and unprofessional. Choose a font for the headings and something legible for the body text, careful if you are going down the traditional route as some of those fonts are very difficult to read even though they do look elegant. A nice serif font for more traditional and a sans serif for a modern look should suffice.

5. Postage.

Don’t forget the postage costs when designing your invites, you may have this lovely wallet type invite with all the information included in one package, but the weight may cause large amounts of postage costs. Try to stay on top of this by checking mock ups and dummies as you go along.

6. Types of printing.

There are two main types of printing in the industry at the level you will need. First one is litho printing which is the more expensive (certainly on small runs) but will give you the better results and you can have things like silver, golds and metallic colours. The second is digital printing. This is a cheaper option and is ideal for small runs like  wedding   invitations , also this way you can have proofs made up so you can see exactly what the finished product will look like before the final run goes through. So it really depends on your budget.

Hope this helps

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Design and Make Your Own Wedding StationeryDesign and Make Your Own Wedding Stationery

Making your own wedding invitations is becoming increasingly popular with modern brides, gone are the days of mass produced printed cards. Today’s brides want their wedding to reflect their personality and what better way to do this than design your own wedding invitations and stationery.

With such a multitude of things to choose from, brides are really spoilt for choice when designing their wedding stationery range. From diamantes to butterfly’s the amount and quality of the craft items available on the internet today is astounding. For someone with a little bit of flair and imagination making your own wedding stationery has never been easier.

The first thing to look for when choosing your materials to make your wedding stationery is the type of card and paper to use. Although this may seem trivial the quality and finish of the card you choose will greatly impact on the quality of your wedding stationery. Always choose a card stock that is heavier than 200gsm. Anything thinner than this will look flimsy and cheap, the last impression you want to give your wedding guests when sending out your wedding invitations.

I would also choose a card stock that has a nice finish, there are lots of options to choose from, from hammered to linen the details really count when getting that quality feel and finish. Most companies will send you samples of their card finishes if you ask.

Keep the paper insert and envelopes the same as the card, if you use hammered card for your invites then be sure to use the same style for your paper insert and envelope. Nothing screams handmade at home more than different cheaper inserts. You will find that it is not any more expensive to keep all the quality the same.

Printing your wedding invitations yourself couldn’t be easier, you can either download templates from the internet or simply set up the file size in word and get typing! There are many examples of how to word your invites online. You can also choose from a variety of fonts and colours. The most popular fonts for wedding invite text are ‘Monotype Corsiva’ and ‘Lucida Calligraphy’. These fonts are swirly but easy to read, which is something to consider, as space will be limited on your insert sheets. Use all 3 sides of your insert sheet to convey all the information your guests will need to enjoy your day. Remember to include RSVP details and local hotel information if guests will be travelling to your wedding. This will also save you money as you won’t have to print separate information sheets and RSVP Cards.

Next is how to decorate your cards, the choices are endless! From solid hearts to handmade roses there are so many options to choose from. Try looking at wedding stationery suppliers for inspiration but be careful not to copy any designs exactly as many wedding stationery companies will have copyrighted their designs. When choosing a design for your wedding invitations you must think about the theme and colours you are going to use for your wedding. If your bridesmaids are going to be wearing sky blue then bringing this colour into your wedding invitations will give your guests a glimpse of how your wedding day is going to look.

Remember your wedding invitations offer the first glimpse of your wedding, and you want them to reflect the fun, classic, or modern wedding festivities that guests can look forward to on the day, they should reflect your personality and style, so go on and get creative and enjoy the process of designing every aspect of your day.

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The Many Styles of Pocket Wedding InvitationsThe Many Styles of Pocket Wedding Invitations

For couples looking for a modern touch, pocket wedding invitations may be their chosen style. Their contemporary look can be quite stylish with the added bonus of neatly organizing all the invitation insert pieces.

What is often overlooked is how many unique styles of pocket wedding invitations are available:

  • Translucent Pocket – The wedding invitation is folded to size so the front is slightly visible when it is inserted into the transparent pocket. Sometimes the pocket will even have a design printed on the front that will gracefully blend with the design showing through from the inserted invitation. With this style, the invitation cards are usually a tri-fold or z-fold design to fit the smaller pocket size.
  • Pocket Mailer – Also known as a self mailer, this style comes with an envelopment that holds your invitation card and has a bottom pocket for holding enclosure pieces. There is some customer assembly required in that the card will have to be attached to the envelopment usually with provided glue dots. Once assembled the envelopment wraps around your invitation to fold up into its own self-mailing piece adhered with a clear seal.
  • Pocket Wrap – This design also has an outer wrap to surround your invitation card and a pocket for holding enclosure cards but is inserted and mailed in a separate envelope. Depending on the invitation design, the pocket could be located at the bottom or on the side.
  • Side-by-Side Pocket Folder – This stylish folder wrap opens to reveal two equal side-by-side pockets, one for the invitation and the other for insert cards.

In some styles the jacket or pocket does not cover the whole invitation and actually reveals a portion of it as part of its unique design. The pocket itself may also have a decorative motif.

Many times pocket invitations will only include the mailing envelope versus traditional inner and outer envelopes. If the inner envelope is eliminated, you will need to list specifically who is invited from that household on the actual mailing envelope.

Whatever pocket wedding invitation style you may choose, it is important to note if that design will require extra postage due to being a larger size or having more weight to it. This possibility could be noted within the product description and weight will also increase when more inserts cards are included. Just to be sure, it is recommended you take one of your ready-to-mail wedding invitations to the Post Office to officially determine if extra postage is required.

As you can see, pocket wedding invitations come in varying designs so you are sure to find the perfect style fitting to your wedding.

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A Lesson in Wedding InvitationsA Lesson in Wedding Invitations

An important aspect of any wedding is the choice of wedding invitations. Essentially, setting the theme for the how the wedding will look and feel. In the end, if the purpose were to merely notify the friends and family of the wedding, then sending a more informal email would work. Additionally, the wedding invitation functions as a keepsake of the beautiful event, and a declaration of the couple’s undying love. Finally, the wedding invitation must be very personal and of course, beautiful in design. 

Wedding Invitation Design

Hundreds of pre-made wedding invitations exist. It’s as easy as choosing a pattern or design, sending the details to the printer, and it can be ready within weeks. With so many to choose from, it may be difficult to choose the best. Here are some things to remember:

1. Formality. You want a wedding invitation to accompaniment the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the old-style double envelope. A casual invitation may use a contemporary font with more organic phrasing (i.e., instead of “we cordially invite you”, say “please join us…”), but precaution must be taken to retain the solemnity of the event.

2. Color. You should always choose a restrained color. If you are using brighter colors for your theme, like bright pink, elect a subtle ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the complete invitation. This makes the invitation look classier, and again, is in keeping with theme of the wedding ceremony.

3. Personal Flare. Add a favorite poem, a personal photo of the bride-and-groom to be, or possibly a song lyric from the couple’s song of choice. 

Wedding Invitation Inserts

Most wedding invitation businesses offer an assortment of patterns where you just have to complete names, places and dates. Though, most couples choose to create their own, to make the invitation more personal. If so, here are a few guidelines:

1. Do not put the entourage in the invitation. Instead, have a separate piece of paper listing the participants, which can be put in handpicked invitations – specifically those that go to the entourage, and the immediate family and friends. They would appreciate the souvenir; plus, it is a way of thanking them for their participation.

2. Include a Map. Most couples won’t forget to put the date and the venue, but many forget to put a map to the church and/or reception facility. A map is a helpful tool, particularly to those that are coming from out of town.

3. Minimize Headcount. An effective way of controlling the number of guests is to include a line similar to this, “We have reserved __ seats for you.” This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing unwelcome guest invitations.

4. If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include an additional insert that details the new address.

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Learning the Terms of Wedding InvitationsLearning the Terms of Wedding Invitations

Shopping for your  wedding   invitations  can include learning terminology related to their  design , paper, printing, size, color, etc. Who knew there was so much to know beyond the wording and what enclosure pieces to include.

Here are the details for just some of the terms you may come across:

  •  Invitation  Card – simply a flat card with no folds and the verse printed on the front.
  • Embossing – creating a raised design by using a printing method that presses an image into the paper. The design can then be emphasized with colored ink. If no ink is used on the raised design, it is referred to as blind embossing. When the design appears as indented into the paper, this is called debossing.
  • Foil Stamping – the special technique of hot stamping metallic colored foil onto paper.
  • Deckle Edge – a unique, feathery edge on a piece of paper commonly seen on parchment  wedding   invitations .
  • Ecru – a familiar  invitation  paper color that is a warm creamy beige.
  • Pearlize – the addition of a shimmering pearl-like finish usually to an embossed  design  area of the  invitation .
  • Filigree – lacelike decorative pattern that can appear as part of a  wedding   invitation   design .
  • Tea Length – a style of  invitation  that is either horizontal or vertical and is typically 9 ¼” x 4″ in size.
  • Translucent – a term that is used to describe paper that is somewhat see-through and is often times used in layered  invitation   designs .
  • Vellum – paper with a rich, smooth finish.
  • Linen – paper featuring a cross weave texture.

As the saying goes, the more you know the better, especially when it comes to  wedding   invitations . It is also helpful to see actual samples to know which of these elements you may prefer to have as part of your  wedding   invitation   design .

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Learn to Create Stylish Wedding InvitationsLearn to Create Stylish Wedding Invitations

Wedding   Invitations  serve in inviting the guests to a  wedding  event. A beautifully  designed   invitation  attracts attention of the guests. It also serves as a heritage in the years to come. Decorating a wedding invite according to the theme of the wedding makes it very attractive. Before you decide on the theme of the  invitation , you got to decide on a theme for your  wedding  event. You can also  design  an  invitation  based on the place where you are conducting the  wedding . You can even search online to find out various  invitation   designing  ideas for free.

Before you decide on the  design  for your  invitation , find out the background appearance in your  wedding  invite. If you are choosing a floral background, then you can make it more attractive by attaching a plastic flower on the  invitation . If you want your  invitation  to be romantic, you can choose a background with colorful roses and attach an artificial rose on each invite. If you are interested in attaching real flowers, then you can use dried flowers rather than using plastic flowers.

If you are getting married on a holiday, then you can  design  your  invitation  based on the theme of the holiday. For example, if you are having your wedding during Christmas then you can choose a green color and attach candy canes inside the wedding invite. By giving a unique touch the  invitation , it looks special and adorable. Other than the theme, you have to decide on the layouts as well. You can choose a traditional, modern or contemporary layout that suites the theme of your  invitation .

You can also set a trend by create environmentally friendly  wedding   invitations . Using recycled papers and using green shades in your  invitations  will reveal the importance of nature to your guests. If you are in a family with full of kids, you can create kid friendly invites in ivory and white color. Don’t assume the  invitation  to be a piece of paper. Keep in mind that the  invitation  will serve as the best piece of memory of your  wedding  event.

If you don’t have enough time to design a wedding invite, then you can take the help of wedding event organizers. These event management companies take your inputs and prepare  invitations  according to your needs. They also suggest various layouts that will make your  invitation  look more attractive. These event management companies take complete care in organizing your wedding event. They choose a  design , place an order and get the  invitations  delivered at your door step. When you fetch the services of an event management company, tell them about your needs and expectation. Always choose the services of a company that has good experience in organizing wedding events.

If you are very interested in organizing wedding events, you can even take up a career in wedding plans. A career in wedding plan has a good earning potential. If you are good at multi tasking and communication, a career in wedding plan is perfect for you. As a  wedding  planner, you may be involved in various activities like making travel reservations, arranging  wedding  events,  designing   wedding   invitations  and much more.

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DITY Wedding Invitations Made EasyDITY Wedding Invitations Made Easy

There are some very standard envelope sizes you’ll want to keep in mind, including:

A7 and RSVP envelopes

Let’s use these sizes for the sake of simplicity.

You can easily design a standard wedding invitation that will fit into an A7 envelope, send the design to a printing house (kinkos, for instance) and have the invitations printed for you, or you can buy the correct stationary at your local office supply store and print them at home. Always remember, you will get a better quality print job at a printer, and more often than not, you’ll end up saving money– ink is expensive!

Be sure to call the printer, first, to get the specs on your design. But, typically, the size of the paper that fits into the A7 and RSVP envelope is:

A7 Envelope paper/card size: 5×7

RSVP Envelope paper/card size: 3.5×5

Most printers have a selection of stationary on hand, and often times they can special order a specialty paper if you choose. Be sure to keep the shipping of specialty papers in mind, if you’re on a schedule!

Call your printer and ask about bleed lines and crop marks. They may even be able to email you a template to work from!

What to include in your invitation and RSVP card:

On the invitation, include the essential information such as

Who is presenting the couple (Names of parents and couple)

Date of the Wedding

Location of the Wedding

Location of the Ceremony

Time of the Wedding

Time of the Ceremony

You can also consider including a Details card that covers things like attire, gift registry, special requests, etc.

Designing your invitation:

It’s time to get creative! You’ve decided to make your own wedding invitations so let’s make them awesome!

My favorite way to design anything is to choose two or three inspirational images or words to create from. Remind yourself of these words or concepts throughout all of your decision making and the design process.

Don’t get too crazy with details. Simple is beautiful. Choose one or two fonts, one design element that speaks to your relationship such as a bird, heart, flower, or ornamental design that you can carry over to each piece.

The RSVP card is simple. Include this information on your RSVP card (or you may consider going green with a telephone or electronic RSVP request, which saves trees and money on postage too!):

How many guests accept/decline

Meal selection

RSVP telephone number


Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for a test print, second or third opinions, revisions, final printing, envelope stuffing, stamping, and so on!

Before you print your do it yourself wedding invitations have someone else look at your invitation and double check the spelling of each word (especially names), punctuation, and details. A DIY wedding invitation should be just as high quality as a professionally designed invite!

Keep in mind that you may also need to print and design programs, thank you cards, menus, place cards, and more. Printing tip: print everything at once. If you’re printing a large order, your local print shop may be willing to give you a discount. And, it will feel good to have everything nice and organized!

Good luck in designing your own wedding invitations! Make them special!

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Tips On Beach Wedding InvitationTips On Beach Wedding Invitation

Beach wedding become extremely popular nowadays. In fact, the number one advantage is that it can be a lot less formal. This will suit couple who does not like a formal event to be hosted. In fact, your  wedding   invitation  should also be less formal if you are going to host a beach  wedding .

Below are some tips for you on your beach  wedding   invitation .

The first thing you need to consider is not really related to the theme of beach. In fact, you need to consider this no matter what your theme is. It is the number of cards you are going to order. If it is possible, you should try to count the number of guests so that you can have an accurate estimation of the number of cards to be produced. Of course you do not order exactly the same number of cards as the number of guests. You need some spared cards so that you can invite some more guests in case you need to.

Considering the style or design of the card, it should match your beach wedding theme. In fact, there are various choices to this end. You can print an image of a beach on the card so that every guest will understand that your wedding will be hosted on a beach.

There are also some other icons you can use to express the notion of beach theme. For example, you can print images of sea shells or star fishes on the card. If you have the budget and would like to make even more stylish, you can put bottles of beach sand in the envelope and send them out with the  invitations .

You can go to your local stores to shop for the wedding cards. You may think that there are not many choices unless you are going to get a designer to design one. However, the truth is that with the rise in popularity of beach  wedding , there are more choices of  invitations  for a beach theme than a few years before. Of course you can still choose to hire an  invitation  designer if you would like to make it even more unique.

It is not difficult to get a unique wedding card for your beach wedding. The key is to shop for it as early as possible. In fact, shopping earlier will have two advantages. The first one is that you can have time to choose the most unique and special one. And the second one that you can send the  invitation  to your guests earlier so that they will have enough time to reply you and prepare to attend to your ceremony under the nice sunshine.

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