All You Need to Know: Save the Dates

Engagement season is right around the corner, and you probably know at least one person who will get engaged over the holidays, or you aren’t getting engaged yourself. If so, congratulations!

Many of you may be at a point in your life where you’re attending or are a part of a ton of weddings. I know that I went to 12 weddings in 1 year — that’s one wedding per month!

Whether you’re planning your wedding for this Spring, Fall or even 2015, save your date with a Save the Date. It’s one of the first things on your wedding to-do checklist. Find a date, find a venue, find a photographer, send a save the date.

There are lots of questions about save the dates: Do I have to send one? When should I send a save the date? We’re tried to answer a lot of the questions you have about save the dates!

No. 2: Gold Glitter on this save the date also incorporates another theme, black-and-white

Gold Glitter on this save the date also incorporates another trend, black-and-white.

1. Do I even need to send out a Save the Date?

Not always. If you have guests who are traveling from out of town or you are planning a destination wedding, it is a great way to notify them formally so they can plan for travel. If your wedding is during the summer (high vacation months) or peak wedding season (May & October for our area), then it would be a good time to send a Save the Date to secure your date on your guests calendars.

2. When should Save the Dates be sent?

Send your save the dates 6 months- 8 months prior to the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding, send them out 8-10 months in advance.

3. What information should I include?

To include: Name of couple, Date, City & State

Optional information to include on your save the date: hotel info, wedding website, venue (but only if it is set in stone!)

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This luggage tag save the date has a sand and watercolor theme, perfect for a beach wedding.

4. Who should receive a Save the Date?

Everyone who will receive a wedding invitation, so make sure your guest list is somewhat complete. Though, there will always be a few people your forget and will need to add later, so order about 10-20 extra just in case.

A great postcard save the date design for the brides hosting a rustic, destination wedding.

5. Do we include “and guest” on the Save the Date?

If you know for sure if you will be including guests for your single friends, then use “and guest” on your Save the Date. If you are not sure yet, don’t include it, but be sure to specify it on the formal invitation. Always be clear who is invited and include formal names, not nick names.

8. What if we change the venue?

I suggest not including the location until it is confirmed, deposit made and contract signed. Just include your date and the city & state where the wedding will be held.

9. Can we include registry information on our save the date?

Your guests will probably want to know where you are registered, but it’s best to leave this to word of mouth, your wedding website and for shower invitations. Technically, guests will not begin to purchase wedding gifts until after they receive a shower invitation or wedding invitation.

10. How do we decide on style when we don’t really know what our wedding style is going to be?

It’s always great to have a vision, but if you don’t just use your style and favorite colors. It will likely match the style and vision that you have for your wedding day as well. Your save the date does not need to match your invitation. Have fun with it.

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A bright, boho chic wedding style with some humor. Photo: Nyk + Cali

11. How many should I order?

Make sure you have a fairly complete guest list. You should order one Save the Date per Couple, Family (with children under 18), Single Guest and enough extras for those whom you may have forgotten. If you are using and envelope you should always order 20 or more extra envelopes for errors or address changes.

You can view our entire gallery of save the dates here.



Mint and Coral Inspiration

Photo by Wedding 101

Photo by Wedding 101

If you are attending  The Special Event Conference and Tradeshow this week, make sure to see this table designed by Heather of Wedding 101, appropriately named “Refreshmint”. We were thrilled she asked us to help her design the paper for her vision! And what great company we were in – it looks fabulous. I love the mint and coral, “fresh” design and color scheme.
Design: Heather Burrow
Flowers: Branching Out Event Florist
Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental and Event CompanyVisual Elements
Paper: Something Detailed by Jennifer Faught
Favors: Nashville Sweets

Holiday Card Postal Guidelines: A Reminder

Most of you should be addressing your Christmas cards by now, at least hopefully. Here are some tips directly from the United State Postal Services website regarding the guidelines and restrictions for addressing envelopes. Don’t forget, square cards, fancy fonts and dark envelopes require your mail to be hand sorted, so check with your local post office for what postage you will need. Take a sample in and purchase your stamps to make sure your holiday mail isn’t delayed, lost or returned.


Automated mail processing machines read addresses on mailpieces from the bottom up and will first look for a city, state, and ZIP Code. Then the machines look for a delivery address. If the machines can’t find either line, then your mailpiece could be delayed or misrouted. Any information below the delivery address line (a logo, a slogan, or an attention line) could confuse the machines and misdirect your mail.

Use the following guidelines:

  • Always put the address and the postage on the same side of your mailpiece.
  • On a letter, the address should be parallel to the longest side.
  • All capital letters.
  • No punctuation.
  • At least 10-point type.
  • One space between city and state.
  • Two spaces between state and ZIP Code.
  • Simple type fonts.
  • Left justified.
  • Black ink on white or light paper.
  • No reverse type (white printing on a black background).
  • If your address appears inside a window, make sure there is at least 1/8-inch clearance around the address. Sometimes parts of the address slip out of view behind the window and mail processing machines can’t read the address.
  • If you are using address labels, make sure you don’t cut off any important information. Also make sure your labels are on straight. Mail processing machines have trouble reading crooked or slanted information.


  • Words like “east” and “west” are called directionals and they are VERY important. A missing or a bad directional can prevent your mail from being delivered correctly.
  • Almost 25% of all mailpieces have something wrong with the address — for instance, a missing apartment number or a wrong ZIP Code. Can some of those mailpieces get delivered, in spite of the incorrect address? Yes. But it costs the Postal Service time and money to do that.
  • When a First-Class Mail letter is square, rigid or meets one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics it will be subject to a nonmachinable surcharge.
  • If you can’t fit the suite or apartment number on the same line as the delivery address, put it on the line ABOVE the delivery address, NOT on the line below.
  • Fancy type fonts such as those used on wedding invitations do not read well on mail processing equipment. Fancy fonts look great on your envelopes, but also may slow down your mail.
  • Use common sense. If you can’t read the address, then automated mail processing equipment can’t read the address.
  • Some types of paper interfere with the machines that read addresses. The paper on the address side should be white or light in color. No patterns or prominent flecks, please! Also, the envelope shouldn’t be too glossy — avoid shiny, coated paper stock.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Pantone has released it’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid! I had a suspicion that it would be a shade of purple because it is a trend I’ve been seeing with our 2014 clients. We’ll be posting our suggestions on color combos to highlight and balance this bright shade of purple soon. But what do you think? Does Radiant Orchid represent 2014?


PANTONE_ Announcing the PANTONE Color of the Year 2014!

Trunk Show Round 2

Join me at my Christmas trunk show and open house! Sip champagne, grab a few items for your holiday festivities, pick out your Christmas card or save the date and plan your wedding with Wedding 101! Come shop a spell…I’ll have some bubbly waiting on you!


Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wedding 101 at the ICON in the Gulch  |  1108 Division Street   |  Nashville, Tennessee


Christmas Trunk Show + Open House


Join me at my Christmas trunk show and open house!

Sip champagne, grab a few items for your holiday festivities, pick out your Christmas card or save the date and plan your wedding with Wedding 101! Come shop a spell…I’ll have some bubbly waiting on you!

Saturday, November 16, 2013  from 12–3 P.M.
Wedding 101 
at the ICON in the Gulch
1108 Division Street • Nashville



3 Tips for Sending Save the Dates During Christmas

We are getting into that time of year…the holidays and engagement season are getting very close! If you are planning a wedding for this spring, you are probably trying to figure out your save the dates. How do you avoid getting lost in all the Christmas card mail? How do you stand out against everyone else’s holiday greeting? We have 3 tips for sending save the dates during Christmas time.

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1) Send your save the date before thanksgiving to avoid the surge of mail that will be in your friends and families mailboxes.

2) Embrace the holiday spirit and send a Christmas themed card. Make it fun and unforgettable. Think of ways to stand out with a non-traditional card or splurge on something a bit nicer than the drug store greeting.


3) If your wedding is later in the spring, send a New Years card and wait until after all the holiday mail is over. The week after Christmas is perfect! After the tensile is put away, your card will remain in the fridge after the cleaning and packing up of the holidays as people start their new year resolutions.


See something your like? We  have over 25 Christmas card designs to choose from on our Etsy shop. And if you order before October 31st, you can get 25% off by using the code HOLIDAYEB2013.

Custom orders, designs started from scratch, are due by November 1st. You can choose any of the 25+ designs to personalized with your photo and greeting through December 9th. Get a head start on your holiday greetings this year with some modern cards from Something Detailed!



Featured in Southern Living: Christmas Card Round Up


We were thrilled to be included in Southern Livings Holiday card round up! The card they chose was our Chevron Americana with a non-traditional red and navy theme, chevron and our own calligraphy. Our cards are 2-sided, printed on a heavy card stock with rounded corners and colored envelopes are available.

Don’t forget that all of our Christmas cards are 25% off through October 31st. Get a jump start on the holidays and get them ordered soon. October 31st is also the cut off for any custom designed cards. What is custom design: anything designed from scratch. Personalized (your wording, pictures, colors, etc for a pre-designed card) are available through December 9th. Rush orders are available from December 9th – 13th. Shop on Etsy now. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather!

Christmas Card Time Again

Holiday Floral

Holiday Floral

I know, I know… it’s not even Halloween yet. But, we’re getting ready for the holiday season and want you to be informed about impending deadlines regarding your Christmas greetings.

So, here’s the deal… in order to receive your order in time to drop in the mail:

  • all custom order requests must be submitted by October 31st
  • all order of cards from our collection must be submitted and paid for by December 9th

All of our designs are below which can be customized by color, greeting, wording and obviously your family photo. Some changes require a customization fee, but most will be just fine.

All holiday cards are 2-sided and include a picture and greeting on the front with a fun pattern on the back. Rounded corners and colored envelopes are also included. Card are printed on premium card stock that feels heavy in the hand. Our samples are in the Wedding 101 studio – stop by to see them!

• 5×7″
• 2-sided card
• 110 lb bright white card stock – this is divine – smooth and heavy in the hand
• Holiday Red, Holiday Green, White or Lime square flap envelopes included
• 2 digital proofs included
• your photos (duh!)
• rounded corners

You can order on Etsy very easily, or give us a call or shoot us an email – we’ll be happy to help!

We have some super exciting news coming closer to Christmas time! Can’t wait to see and share where you might be able to purchase and see one of our cards below.

Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report

Pantone just released their Spring 2014 Color Report. It includes a lot of the colors we have been seeing in fashion and I love how Pantone is the go-to for color for anything – fashion, home goods and yes, paper. This collection has a lot of harmony. Bright colors balanced by pastels and anchored with neutrals. What’s not to love? There is a color palette for anyone within this spectrum. These colors can stand alone and blend together.

Announcing The PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014

I love how some of these pastels, like the patina of Hemlock, are almost neutrals in and of themselves. Even the neutrals of Paloma (another word for dove) and Sand can be built as a primary color palette. That orange in Celosia is back much like the Tangerine Tango from a couple of years ago. I can see a lot of spring weddings using these shades and we have many of them in our new wedding invitations suite collection. So, what do you think? Which are your favorites? Did Pantone get it right for Spring 2014?