Wedding| Saving the Date

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Our greatest hope for our wedding day was for it to be a day that celebrated our commitment and promise to each other. We also hoped that the celebration would be a thank you to all our family and friends for the years of love & support. The decisions we made at each point in the planning process were aimed at achieving these two things and we hoped that our guests would be able to see the love we had poured into the planning the day. We wanted each guest to leave that evening with love in their hearts, tired feet from dancing, and memories to last a lifetime.

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We knew for quite a while that we wanted our wedding date to be the third Saturday in October.  It was a Saturday in the Fall we had celebrated for years and we wanted to share the sweetness of the date with our family and friends. We also absolutely love fall – the crisp cool fall air and the beautiful transition of summer into winter. You can almost sense the holidays with each passing evening. This special fall holiday is known as the Sweetest Day

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{The above sketch is part of a very special project Val of Lily&Val helped create for us, more details to come}

The Sweetest Day: is a special day to celebrate and show appreciation for those you love.  The history of this fall holiday goes something like this:

Sweetest Day is an original American holiday not based on any group’s religious tradition. It is celebrated on the third Saturday in October. It’s simply a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.

Legend has it that the Sweetest Day was established around 1922 by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio, candy company employee who wanted to bring happiness to the lives of those who often were forgotten. Kingston and others distributed candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others to show them that someone cared.

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Our wedding day would be the sweetest of the sweetest days we’ve celebrated and we wanted our save the dates to hint at this important date. We worked with a sweet little shop to create Save The Dates that incorporated various elements important to us. We included touches of our current and previous homes in the iconic LOVE symbol and added a hint of the sweet theme as well {the Hershey Kiss for the O in love}. We wanted them to be inviting, classic, elegant, but us all at the same time.  We loved how they turned out.

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Save the Dates are becoming more of a way to show your guests who you are as couple and introduce some elements of what your wedding will be. We really enjoyed putting these together as a couple and still display them in our home months later. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on save the dates. Did you send them for your wedding? What special themes did you include in your wedding? Does your wedding date have special significance? Thanks for stopping by!

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