Ethnic and Theme Save the Date Common Questions

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ganesh save the date postcard

In many ways, ethnic fusion or theme weddings can be easier to make design decisions for. But sometimes it just opens up new questions. Save the dates are often the first stationery design couples deal with, and so there are a lot of questions. I hope to answer some of them here.

Should I choose save the dates that match my theme?

If you’ve chosen a theme you love, or know you want to celebrate certain cultures during your wedding, definitely find a way to include that on your save the date. In addition to being a practical piece with the date of your wedding, save the dates can be a signal of what’s to come from your wedding. Plus it’s more fun that way, right?

Indian Block Bookmark

{Indian block print bookmark handmade save the date}

Do my save the dates have to match my invitation design?

No, actually.  So many couples make their own save the dates or go on a long search for just the right invitations. So the save the dates end up being different.

But if you do care about a cohesive look to your wedding stationery, you can tie some things together, such as colors. Also if you have a strong theme or cultural influence for your designs, your later invitation design will end up referencing  what you did in the save the date, without it having to be an exact match. And of course if you really want them to be the same, simply use the same designer for both.

teal indian lotus print save the date photo card {Indian lotus print photo save the date}

I’m doing a more traditional or formal wedding. Do my save the dates have to match that?

This can be a toughie. As I mentioned earlier, save the dates can be a signal of what’s to come. So sending out a hipster cool save the date for a traditional wedding may confuse your guests. That being said, save the dates can be more fun than your invitations or your actual wedding. For traditional or formal weddings, try a personal approach in your save the dates to liven them up, such as photos.

beach save the date folded

{Beach seahorse or starfish folded handmade save the date}

I have travel and event information. Do I put that on the save the date?

There are a few ways to handle additional information for elaborate, destination or Indian weddings. One is to simply include a wedding website and have the additional information there. Another is to do a folded or long-form save the date to include the information early. If you have many older or less tech savvy guests, you may opt for a folded save the date. Or additional cards and inserts sent with your wedding invitation.

When do I send save the dates?

Try to aim for 6 to 8 months before your wedding, especially for destination weddings or when many guests live out of town. That will give them enough time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements. Typically save the dates are mailed a few months ahead of the invitation.

Have other save the date questions, not answered here? You can ask them in comments. See more ethnic fusion and theme save the date designs.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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{Real Palettes} Red, Purple and Gold Wedding Inspiration

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Purple is a powerful, beautiful color for weddings. Depending what you pair it with it can be great for any season. And that’s what many of the couples we are working with are doing. Purple, lavender and silver; purple, lavender and gray (I hope to have photos of this last one soon!)

We have been seeing lots of red and gold for our Indian wedding stationery…but today I want to show you purple, red and gold. It’s a lush color combo. Thank you to Tanya and Colin for letting us work on their wedding invitation set.

Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

Imbue You RSVP purple red gold

There’s so much you can do with a purple, gold and red wedding. Here are just some ideas:

purple red and gold wedding reception

eco friendly stone wedding band

vintage virginia ring pillow

Purple Rhinestone Brooch Bridal Bouquet

Adding gold to any wedding color combo adds instant luxury. So play that up with elegant details: lace, silks, anything luxe. I love the fullness of this reception table design, it reads like old time elegance.

{Photo credits: Wedding reception table via Wedding Wire; Ring by BMJNYC, Ring pillow by Y&E Bridal; Rhinestone bouquet by Hair Bows Wonderworld}

purple and red bridal wedding hair

And for all you rockstar brides (you know who you are!), why stop at the details? Sure purple and red hair isn’t classic. But it looks a whole lot of fun, and paired with the right details can still be elegant.

{Photo credits: Hairstyles via allbesthairstyles.com}

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{Designer Secret} How to Make a Large Wedding Feel More Intimate

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At larger weddings it can be difficult to make the atmosphere as personal and intimate as you may like. But you can pull it off. It’s all in the details.

We recently created the reception stationery for an Indian wedding with more than 240 guests. And not only did Justin and I love the colors, gold, plum and pink, we loved how the bride and groom made their guests part of their wedding story, by sharing their actual stories.

Indian wedding table numbers purple gold

Each table number included a place in the world where the couple had special memories. And they shared those memories on each of the cards.

Indian Wedding Place Cards Purple Gold

So even though it was a large wedding, and they may not have had a lot of time to spend with each guest, these stories helped the guests feel closer to the couple and what they were celebrating on their wedding day.

Indian Wedding Menu Purple Gold

How can you weave personal stories or experiences into your wedding?

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