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Have y’all had moments during wedding planning when the fact that you’re really getting married and your wedding is really happening hits you? Maybe thanks to our long engagement, I often feel like mine and Dave’s wedding is still in the distant future, but there have been a few moments in the past ten months that have made me stop whatever I’m doing and jump around the room shrieking a little bit. Embarrassing, I know–y’all please tell me I’m not alone in this! :) The most recent of those moments? Getting our save the dates in the mail!

I was originally convinced that I didn’t want to include a photo on our save the date, but that all changed when we opened up our engagement pictures by Ryan Ray. They captured our personalities and our joy so perfectly that we decided including a picture would be a great way to “introduce” our relationship to my family members and friends that Dave hasn’t met yet, and me to his. Once we decided to include a photo, we went directly to one of my favorite paper sources, Minted. At the Southern Weddings office, we had recently gotten a gorgeous box of Minted samples featuring their latest foil-pressed options, and I was totally smitten! Ready to see? Here you go!

We went with Minted’s Save in Script Foil Pressed Card in silver foil and I LOVE how it turned out! Minted is well known for being amazing about customizations (a great blessing for a picky bride!), and were so accommodating when I asked to switch the backer with one from another design. It’s a little hard to see in these pictures, but we chose a pale gray and white stripe that matches Dave’s seersucker bow tie! Even though this change was subtle, and I doubt most of our guests noticed, I love how this tiny tweak made our save the date even more special and personal. We kept the text simple, including just our names, our wedding date, the location, and our wedding website.

We also took advantage of Minted’s free envelope addressing service and were SO glad we did! What a time saver, and it looked way better than it would have if Dave and I had addressed each envelope by hand–neither of us has amazing handwriting :)

Note: This address is an old one!

Here’s a sweet tip when addressing save the dates/invitations to engaged couples: write them to “The Future Mr. and Mrs.”! Dave and I got a wedding invitation addressed that way in the most gorgeous calligraphy earlier this year, and it made us so happy! We did the same for our engaged friends in the hopes that it made them smile too.

After sealing these pretties up and popping on some stamps (we used these in honor of our spring wedding!), into the mail they went! It was so much fun to get excited texts and calls from friends and family members in the week that followed as they received their save the dates in the mail. I can hardly wait till they’re getting our wedding invitations in a few months!

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged! / The Main Characters / Our Venues / Our Photographer / Our Videographer / Planning Our Engagement Pictures / Our Flowers / Bridesmaid Style

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love that addressing tip! And love that silver foil – looks beautiful on our fridge :)

  2. avatar lena reply

    Squealing–I just love them!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    I love the picture you chose! I can’t wait for the wedding!!!!!!!

  4. avatar Anastasia Cale reply

    Lisa, I LOVED the “Future Mr. and Mrs.” idea, it was a thoughtful reality check! Your save the dates are beautiful!

  5. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    Your save-the-dates are so pretty! I love using engagement photos for save-the-dates, and wedding photos for thank you cards.

  6. avatar Hannah reply

    I love these! I am anxious to see the invitations. Thank you for sharing your wedding planning journey! :)

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Happy Friday, friends! And it is a happy Friday, indeed, because we have an awesome Minted giveaway to ring in the weekend!

As many of you know, we are big fans of Minted at Southern Weddings. I even used one of their designs for my save the date! We love that they source their fresh, modern pieces from independent graphic designers – a great way to support small business owners!

We also appreciate that they’re super into customization – they’ll switch out fonts, switch up the layout, and custom match colors, among other things. Love! In addition to wedding invitations and save the dates, Minted also offers lots of coordinating goodies, including address labels, pretty patterned backers and envelope liners, and coordinating place cards and programs.

All of that’s great news for those of y’all who still need some paper goodness for your wedding, but the even better news is that we’ve got a $200 gift certificate to give away!

Click here to be taken to the giveaway entry form to be entered to win a $200 gift certificate toward a Minted wedding suite! Be sure to enter by August 3rd!

And tell me: Have y’all ordered something from Minted? Do you love them as much as we do? So far I’ve used them for my save the dates, personal stationery, and Christmas cards, and I’m now itching to get my hands on this art print!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Melanie reply

    I LOVE Minted! I have used them for my holiday cards, wedding save the dates (My Sunshine) and have my wedding invites in my shopping cart!

  2. avatar Laura F. reply

    I love Minted! Thanks so much for the contest!!

  3. avatar sarah reply

    I LOVE minted!

  4. avatar Kaitlin Boles reply

    I love Minted! Absolutely wonderful giveaway! Thank ya’ll!

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Did you know that, not counting today’s post, there are only 16 “Emily Plans a Wedding” posts between now and, well, when Emily Gets Married? That may seem like a lot to some, but yikes!! Our big day is going to sneak up faster than we can believe, I just know it.

It only makes sense to chat about dates in today’s post introduction, because this week’s post is all about our save the date! For those who might not know, a save the date is typically a simple card that gives your guests a heads up on the date and location of your wedding. They can be sent six to twelve months in advance, unlike a formal invitation, which is traditionally sent just six to eight weeks before the wedding. Save the dates are by no means necessary, but they’re definitely useful if your wedding is on a holiday weekend or you know the majority of your guests will be traveling. Of course, they also serve to get guests excited about the upcoming celebration, too! For instance, I’d be pretty excited if I got this lovely in the mail:

One of my favorite save the date designs, a collaboration between Love*Jenna and Swiss Cottage Designs

As many of you probably know, I am an inveterate paper lover. I attend the National Stationery Show every year, and almost nothing makes me happier than collaborating with designers and calligraphers to develop stationery suites for editorial shoots. Great paper details are usually one of my favorite things about wedding submissions, too. So of course I was excited about the first paper-related detail of our wedding!

Knowing my love for paper and my general craftiness, I think some of my friends and family members were surprised I didn’t DIY our save the date. It certainly was a possibility that crossed my mind, but I pretty quickly decided that with my busy schedule and busy Etsy shop (where I design things for other brides – ha!), this was one wedding project that I didn’t need to take on. I am a little sad about not having gone “all out,” but I’ve come to terms with it :)

My decision was made much easier by the abundance of chic save the date designs available today. My personal favorite source? That would be Minted, and I know I’m not alone in this. Their crowd-sourced designs are the cream of the crop, and their prices are quite reasonable for the quality and customer service you receive in return. Plus, they often offer 10-15% off discount codes, so sign up for their emails and be ready to pounce once you’ve picked your preferred design!

Once I had decided we were going with Minted, it was time to pick. John and I considered several options, including these below:

Sources: 1) Fireflies save the date ($1.58 each), 2) Winter Flourish save the date ($1.58 each), 3) Float + Spring Shades save the date ($1.58 each), 4) Midnight Vineyard save the date ($1.58 each), 5) Fling save the date ($1.36 each), 6) Charming Go Lightly save the date ($1.58 each)

We did a little crowd-sourcing on my blog, and happily, public opinion seemed to line up with what we were already thinking: Midnight Vineyard was the winner. To make it our own, however, I knew I wanted to make a few modifications to the standard design. Happily, Minted is totally fine with that! We changed the font, the arrangement of the text, and the color of the text with no difficulty. We also added a solid colored backer, and a fun striped envelope liner. Literally about a week later, we had these beauties in our hands!

It’s a bit hard to tell, but the back is a solid pale blue.

I hand addressed each one with my best script, then stamped on the return address (I made the design in Illustrator, and then we ordered it through The stamp was about $16 with shipping, and since I didn’t include our last names, we’ll be able to use it long after the wedding! I also very carefully chose our postage — the Edward Hopper Forever stamp is perfect for our ocean-side reception spot! (Is it weird to feel as strongly about a stamp as I feel about this one? Because I’m slightly obsessed with this design…)

The envelopes, front and back:

And with the pretty striped liner:

Many thanks to Nancy Ray for snapping these lovely photos! Now, ladies, tell me: Did you send save the dates? What did they look like?

In case you missed a post…
The main characters
Where we’re getting married
I go dress shopping
We choose a photographer
I ponder bridesmaid style
Mini food!
The music
We’re renting a tent!
We discuss bouquets + boutonnieres

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Gorgeous! That was instantly the one I picked for y’all before I saw which one you picked! Love the liners and your calligraphy and stamp choice!

    We designed our own save the date, but were DEF inspired by etsy and other sources. We did postcards on 80# metallic linen finish bright white paper – so PRETTY! They were digital printed and had our own custom logo on the front and some bright yellow chevron on the front w/ lovely rounded corners! We also picked some USPS stamps that had our wedding colors in them! We were so pleased!

  2. avatar Mary reply

    Love these! They were my extremely close second choice to the ones I ended up with! How exciting!

  3. avatar Julie reply

    Save the dates are a must! I made my own online and used our engagement photos for the cards. On the back of the cards (I used a postcard template) I left space to write in the addresses and then included some smaller pictures with the date and our wedding website. Still waiting to get the cards mailed to me, but I’ve seen the proofs online and they are fantastic!

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  5. avatar AmandaR reply

    I had big plans for our Save the Date! My mom was repainting the big barn on the farm before the wedding anyhow, so we painted “Save the Date, June 9, 2012” REALLY big in John Deere green paint (cue the Joe Diffie song) and posted ourselves in front of it for our Save the Date picture. SO. MUCH. FUN. and a lot of work…. :)

  6. avatar Emily reply

    Which stamp did you order on their website? Can you send me the link? I seriously need one of these with 200+ invitations to mail out. haha :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! We ordered the 3 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall rubber stamp ( I uploaded a custom design, which was pretty easy. Hope that helps!

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