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Our first official wedding correspondence is going out in a week or two (as soon as I get around to DIY-ing them) — our Save the Dates. Everyone we’re close to knows that we’re getting married. It shouldn’t be a secret or surprise to anyone when they arrive in the mail. It’s also not as if our wedding and getting married doesn’t already seem real; my dress is ordered, our venue is secured, our photographer is booked.

For some reason, sending out the Save the Dates brings up another wave of the “I can’t believe this is really happening” feeling all over again. I will be both relieved and anxious to drop these bad boys in the mailbox.

Relieved because that’s another thing to cross off the to-do list (or Trello board, which is what I’ve been using to stay organized but that’s a topic for another day). Anxious because other people are officially involved now — people we love and care about. In other words, elopement is off the table, and there’s no going back now.

I love wedding planning. I am a solid decision-maker. I am convinced that we are going to have a lovely wedding, and our friends and family will have a wonderful evening. With that being said, there have definitely been a few times where I look at this production we’re creating (albeit a relatively casual one) and think how much easier it would be to run away with my fiance and go somewhere, anywhere, and get married alone and scrap the whole thing.

But alas, we’re definitely past the point of no return now, and the Save the Dates simply solidify that. From here on out, friends and family are making plans, preparing to attend and we’re preparing to be the centers of attention which is neither of our favorite places to be. Not to mention, it would absolutely devastate my parents, and I’m confident my future parents-in-law as well.

Our Save the Dates will be on burgundy and kraft brown card stock that we’re purchasing from a local store called Broadway Paper, a rubber stamp from Etsy and some undetermined doodads from Joann Fabrics. We have jute string and ivory lace and we haven’t decided which we’re using yet. I purchased gold and black ink pads as well. I’m looking forward to sharing photos with all of you, dear readers, once they’re completed, hopefully next weekend!

Have any of the other BAB’s out there felt this way about their Save the Dates?

  • 1/25

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  • 1/22

    Wedding Paper Divas Warmly Written Save the Date

    It's been said that invitations set the tone for your wedding, but Save the Dates serve an entirely different function. They don't have to be anything like the invitations and can be personalized in so many ways -- whether you want to include a photo from your engagement session, tell the story of how y'all met or you just want to be mysterious while also…

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    Minnesota State Letterpress Print by paperparasolpress

    Minnesota Letterpress Print on Etsy by paperparasolpress Most couples planning a wedding have been there at some point: Just when you've come up with The Perfect Wedding Plan, family finds a way to foil it! One of our BAB readers has such a dilemma: Dear BABs, I am hoping you can help me out. I am from Houston, TX, my fiance is from a small town…

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    House of Mooshki Primrose front

    Cold and snow have taken over the Northeast, but today's CAI/GOI request is for a retro-inspired, tea length gown that has me thinking fun and sun! Reader Ashley M. commented on this post with: "How about 'Primrose' by House of Mooshki? Any similar suggestions? I am absolutely in LOVE with the dress but am looking to spend no more then $1,000 on a wedding dress.…

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  • 1/21

    Real Bride Shannon: Loving Your Wedding After the Wedding || Shaina Sheaff Photography

    Several Real Brides have been honest about the fact that at some point in the planning process, they start to hate their wedding. It happens often enough that I think it's actually kind of normal. Whether it's a shrinking budget, family complaints or vendor mayhem, plenty of things can cause you stress. I'm not here to tell you not to let them; I'm here to…

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    Real Wedding: Myndi and Marcus’ Relaxed, Sentimental, River-Floatin’ Nuptials || Teton Creative Visual

    Guys, I can't even tell you how stoked I am to share this wedding with you. I've known Marcus and Myndi for, like, ever. We all grew up together in Jackson, Wyo., and I have so much love for these two. There are few things more fun than watching old friends cultivate an amazingly strong relationship and grow a family later in life. Myndi and…

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    Real Bride Julie: Learning to Be Married

    For a weekend last March, Matt and I set aside our wedding planning to take a big step in our spiritual journey towards marriage. We had opted to get married in a Catholic church. The Church we got married in. Photo by SK Photography This had nothing to do with the cost of things. If we had chosen the cheaper option, we would’ve gotten married…

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  • 1/18

    Etsy JDesignPaper Custom Fox and Antler Kraft Paper

    Who doesn't love gifts? Esp. if they come in adorbz paper like this. Available from Etsy seller JDesignPaper Registering for your wedding is hard when you're trying to be budget-conscious in other areas. You have to get yourself out of the broke-ass mindset, and allow yourself the idea of some luxuries and splurges. We already own  a home and have lived together for a few years,…

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