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Life-Saving Tips for Thank You Cards

After the wedding bliss and the honeymoon are over, you can’t wait for married life to start. Just one thing stands in your way: mounds and mounds of thank you cards. But don’t be discouraged – these tips will ensure that getting them done is as painless as possible.


1. Plan ahead

Use a Google Spreadsheet to organize all your addresses and guests, and when you’re unwrapping gifts, fill in a spreadsheet column with the gift that each guest gave you. Then, when it comes time to write notes, you can follow along easily, or use CTRL-F to search for the guest whose address you can’t find.

2. Use thank you postcards

In order to keep things simple, consider having postcards printed. You can choose the picture that goes on the front, and you can leave the back completely blank, cutting down on costs. Just draw a line down the middle to separate your note from the address.

3. Include a cute photo

It’s likely that many of the people who sent you gifts may not have been able to attend your wedding, so they’ll definitely appreciate seeing an image from that day. Consider asking your photographer to take a picture of the two of you holding a sign that says “thank you.” You can print it on the front of the postcard, or just include it in the envelope if you’re opting for more traditional cards.

4. Use a return address stamp

You won’t believe how much easier it will be to order a personalized stamp and use it to stamp your return address. You’ll save yourself from hand cramps, not to mention tons of time! Check out Etsy for some beautiful handmade options.

5. Follow this foolproof thank you note formula

Not sure what to write in your cards? Try out this formula:

  • Start by saying “Thank you for the ______.” Say what their gift was, and be descriptive to make it personal!
  • Tell them how you plan to use the gift, why you love it, or how it made life better and easier for you.
  • Let them know how much they mean to you as a person. “I’m so glad to have you for a friend, and it means a lot to me that you…”
  • Thank them again for the gift, and then sign your name!

With these suggestions, you’ll be done with your thank you cards in no time. Just turn on you and your husband’s favorite song and get writing!

Plan Your Wedding in 12 Weeks!

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Maybe you’re engaged, you know you’re going to be engaged soon (fingers crossed!), or maybe you’re just in a serious relationship that could be headed toward marriage. No matter what stage of planning you’re in, this checklist could be for you.

Since we know that brides-to-be have a lot to do, from dress shopping, to cake tasting, to decorating and everything else, we wanted to make it a little easier. That’s why we created this 12 week wedding planning checklist: so that you can spend your time getting things done instead of thinking about what needs to be done.

The great thing about this checklist is that it’s applicable no matter how much time you have to plan. If you have four months, just stretch things out a little more, and if you have six weeks, speed it up. We’ve made sure to include every task we could think of when it comes to weddings, and we’ve included space for you to write in your own to-do’s just in case we forgot anything. So what are you waiting for? Get your free checklist today!

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Elegance on a Budget!

From the fabulous Colin Cowie Weddings, comes a wonderful article about making an elegant wedding on any budget. The below 5 tips are what Colin Cowie suggests:

Make a list of everything you want at your wedding. Then, figure out what’s most important to you and toss out the rest.

It may be tough to whittle down the list, but do you really need to invite your childhood babysitter?

If you have artistic talent (or an artistic friend), design and print them yourself.

Experiment with combining an unexpected computer font with distinctive textured or colored paper you’ve found in a stationery store or art supply shop.

You could even think beyond the traditional invitation and experiment with vintage post cards or mimic a fine art piece (à la American Gothic).

A great alternative could be waiting at your favorite department store or vintage clothing shop.

To create a more personal look that will truly feel like you, add special touches like a chiffon or velvet wrap, a veil, jewelry or gloves.

They tend to be pricey and play old standards your guests will have heard at 20 other weddings.

Consider a smaller, more unusual group based on your musical tastes (like a swing band or R&B group). You could also ask a music-loving friend to act as your DJ instead of giving a traditional present, or make your own playlists using all your favorite songs.

Tips From The Experts – Fall Ideas

There has been a huge fall wedding trend. Something about this colorful season and the crispness in the air makes this a truly captivating, fun time for a wedding.


One thing to realize is that fall wedding trends and designs are very different from traditional summer weddings. Take centerpieces for example. In the summer, the classic glass vase may be the perfect container for your centerpiece. However, that isn’t necessarily the case during the fall. Unique containers such as copper pots, silver trophy cups, urns, pots and wooded containers are popular.

If you do decide to use a glass vase, enhance the fall feeling by adding a touch of the field to it: wheat berries, millet, or even corn for the base.


Fall bouquets are also a little different than the summer and springtime picks. Many brides decide to stick with the fall color scheme containing orange, plum, brick, and red. These bouquets can be more structured than the loosely tied English garden medley often chosen for summer bouquets. Rather than leaving the stems exposed, wrapping them with fabric, sashes, or ribbons is a popular choice. The same goes for the groomsmen boutonnieres.

Some fun fall wedding favors

*Images and information gathered from several sources: TheKnot.com, Weddingcolorsandthemes.com, favorfavor.com, bing.com, myweddingfavors.com

Tips From The Experts – Bouquets

Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied; the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in satin ribbon.

Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, and pearls to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems.

The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower.  Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent a trendier choice.

Visit Flowers Squared to learn more about the amazing floral service at Temple Square!

Tips From The Experts – The Hair

There are no clear trends for hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back are popular choices.

*Some images are from The Knot and may be altered to meet Temple Square Hospitality’s specifications*

Tips From The Experts: Accessories

Shorter trains and veils are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls, for cold weather wraps of faux-fur, velvet and heavy satin.  Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain at the top jewelry choice.  Crystal brooches are also a popular accent on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle.

All images are from LatterDay Bride

Tips From The Experts: The Cake

You have to have the perfect cake that reveals your and your spouses personality. Here are some great trends in the cake world right now that may spark some ideas.

Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, shells and delicate dots and scrollwork remain popular. Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common with popular cake flavors including lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and white.

Flowers, sculptures and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.

Tips From The Experts: Tassels

Not only are we seeing Tassels in fashion design as depicted in this article in Family Circle Magazine for April 2011, we are also seeing tassels used in wedding design.

Tassels can be used in floral arrangements, on cakes, on chair backs or in bridal bouquets to give an elegant or a flirty look to your wedding design.

Photo by Robert Dyer

Tips From The Experts: Spring

The long winter months are over and it’s time to hang up that drab color palette and get inspired by the blossoming gardens of spring and the long sunny days ahead. This spring is going to be all about color, accessories, and texture.

1. As I’ve mentioned before the 2011 Pantone color of the year is Honeysuckle.  For a fresh vibrant look you’ll definitely want to incorporate this beautiful shade of pink into your wedding look.  For other bold looks yellow and black contrasts are very popular.

2. Accessorize!  Accessorize!  Accessorize!

Add interest to your tables with unique napkin rings, place card holders, or placemats.

3. Its all about Texture.  Add texture by layering fabrics or weaving ribbons on your tables.