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Seating, Simplified: 5 Steps to Create a Wedding Seating Chart

Wedding seating chart: Place settings at a wedding reception

Roll up your sleeves, pour yourself a glass of wine, and unfurl those eyebrows — it’s time to create a wedding seating chart.

Even couples who positively love the wedding planning process — those who wish they could get married 23 times over just to relive it — take a few shallow breaths at the mention of the seating chart. Those two words pose a laundry list of follow-up questions, from the standard, “Do the bride’s and groom’s parents sit together?” to the more family-specific, “Did Uncle Harry ever get over his beef with cousin Laura?”

So pull out the spreadsheets (we prefer digital over paper sticky notes) and call in reinforcements (your wedding planner, mom, or mother-in-law-to-be for starters), because you have a wedding reception to plan.

And since we love wedding planning at every stage — from sending your save-the-dates and wedding invitations to your cocktail hour — we’ll do our best to guide you through the process. Below, we’ll dive into a step-by-step guide on how to plan your wedding seating chart.
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Writing Your Wedding Program Wording: A Step-By-Step Guide

Wedding program wording: A bride and groom hold their programs

You’re halfway through your wedding day checklist, and it’s time to write your wedding day cheatsheet: a simple one-page on the wedding party and the day’s events. What is this Rosetta stone of your wedding day, you ask? It’s your wedding program.

A wedding program serves a dual purpose: It benefits you, the happy couple, as well as your guests. For you, a wedding program creates a keepsake for your ceremony. For your guests — particularly guests traveling from out of town — your program tells them the order of events and individuals involved in the wedding ceremony.

This leads to the next question: What should you include in the wedding program wording?

When writing your wedding program, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines. But, just like many items on your wedding to-do list, there are many ways to customize the program to your personality. Below, you’ll learn what to include in your wedding program and different approaches to wedding program wording.
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Perfect Your Ring Exchange Wording With These Examples

Ring exchange wording: A groom puts a ring on a bride's finger

The ring exchange: It’s the moment in your wedding ceremony where all those promises and dedications you make are symbolized in a physical form. For many couples this is one of the most special moments of the ceremony.

You might be familiar with the “With this ring, I thee wed” or “Take this ring as a symbol of my love” script and think that’s all there is to it. But, like with almost every aspect of your wedding including your wedding invitations, you’re free to choose your own words for this magical part of the proceedings.

Whether you’re looking for something traditional to say as you exchange rings or you want to make a modern statement, we’ve got plenty of ring exchange wording samples to inspire you.
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Wedding Ceremony Script to Write the Next Chapter of Your Love Story

Wedding ceremony script template

Your special day is fast approaching, and you’re mentally running through your pre-wedding checklist. Send save the dates? Check. Block off accommodations? Check. Decide on colors, wedding invitations, and menus? Check, check, and check.

You’re flying through your list like a trained pilot, yet something seems amiss. And that’s when you palm-to-forehead realize, oh right, what about the actual ceremony? What will you do? Where do people stand? And most important — what will people say?

And that’s when you decide, you need to draft a wedding ceremony script to coordinate all the moving parts (and players).

You were so transfixed on every detail leading up to your special day, you forgot about the main event. Sure, you scheduled a rehearsal dinner under the assumption you’d do a ceremony scrimmage. But here you are, just weeks before the big day, and you forgot to construct your playbook.

Below, we’re offering three sample wedding ceremony script templates to use on your wedding day. While you’ll certainly want to modify these drafts to fit your unique style, we hope you’ll find the words to write the next chapter of your love story.
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4 Funny Mother’s Day Cards for All the Cool Moms Out There

Mom holds tulips as daughter covers mom's eyes

Not all superheroes wear capes — in fact, some wear baby wipes and spit-up. But each of these she-heroes has the same, magical and never-wavering superpower: Being a mom.

To thank the number one woman in your life, the one who’s had your back since day one, you’re looking for the perfect funny Mother’s Day cards.

Because let’s face facts: Being a mom can be a thankless job. A mom is there for us even when we don’t deserve it. She comforts us even when it’s our fault. And boy, has she put up with our antics over the years!

A lot of us were well into our twenties (or even thirties … forties … oof) before we realized just how much our mothers have done for us. You might never be able to pay your mom back, but you can express your never-ending gratitude going forward. And you’re going to start by finding a funny greeting card to send on Mother’s Day and the best Happy Mother’s Day quotes to write inside.
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Honor Our Heroes With These Memorial Day Messages and Quotes

American flag on flagpole

Memorial Day is one of the United States’ most poignant federal holidays. It’s a day to remember and honor those who have lost their lives in military service.

The national holiday reflects on those lost in service through many historic battles, including the Civil War, World War II, and more recent conflicts. Many of us come together as a community to watch parades, visit memorials, or host barbecues or picnics with friends and family. This theme of remembrance is shared with other similar holidays, like Veterans Day which honors those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Whether you’re planning an event to remember our fallen heroes on Memorial Day or you’re looking for something to share with loved ones, the right words can help create a moment. Here are some of our favorite Memorial Day message options and greetings for your invitations, greeting cards, and decor.
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Wedding Words to Know and Use in Your Invitations, Vows, or Cards

Wedding words: a reception table with block letters that spell "LOVE"

With so many different elements that make up the perfect celebration, weddings come with a language all of their own. In this guide, we’ll take you through the wedding words that matter most, along with some suggestions on wording to use inside a wedding card.
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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Sayings for Your Party Invitations

St. Patrick's Day Sayings: shamrocks and four-leaf clovers

March 17th marks a special holiday all over the world — Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate togetherness, luck, gratitude, and Irish heritage with friends and family. This holiday lends itself to parties and celebrations with everything from family gatherings to large-scale events that feature good food and drink. If you’re planning a party, you’ll be looking for the best St. Patrick’s Day sayings, quotes, or blessings to feature throughout.

Party banners, printed posters, and party invitations can all benefit from some festive fun. We’ve collected our favorite sayings and greetings together, along with invitation design inspiration, to help you plan your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
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Celebrate Your Mom with These Mother’s Day Sayings

Example of digital Mother's Day card

With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll mark the occasion this year. Whether you’re looking for a famous quote to feature on a party invitation or a thoughtful saying for your Mother’s Day card, we’ve got you covered.

These Mother’s Day quotes, sayings, and messages are the perfect starting place for creating your own memorable greeting. In this article we feature some of our favorite Mother’s Day card designs too, so you can pair your saying and your card together effortlessly.
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40+ Birthday Invitation Wording Ideas for Every Milestone

Birthday invitation wording: A sprinkled donut with a birthday candle

Here we are, with another year passed — it’s time to put together a birthday bash! Whether you’re planning a birthday party for yourself or hosting one for your little one, a family member, or a friend, you’ll want everyone you know and love to gather in the celebration. To garner excitement for the special day (and ensure everyone RSVPs “Yes!”) we’re sharing some fun birthday invitation wording ideas to include.

Below we wrote our favorite, snappy one-liners and spunky invitation verbiage. While we’re sure you can wordsmith your way to a wonderfully crafted message, hopefully these offer a starting point. Be sure to include important details such as the time, date, and location of the party, and whether there’s a party theme (if you’re cool like that).
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