Tea Towel Save the Dates

A few months ago, I received a small cardboard tube in the mail from a crafty, to-be-wed friend in Nashville. I opened it up to find that she had printed her own save the dates on tea towels, wrapped in twine with a small hand-calligraphed tag attached. What a sweet (and useful) keepsake! Here at MHW, we love new, creative ways to make and deliver save the dates, and we'd love to hear what some of your favorites are. Here are a few tea towel save the dates we just adore:

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Friday 5: Our Favorite Hotel Weddings of the Week

It's Friday at last! Let's all take a break from our afternoon tasks to sit back, relax, and fall in love with a few gorgeous weddings. This week's Friday 5 is packed with beautiful destination weddings from around the globe and plenty of swoon-worthy details. Enjoy!

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Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

Do you ever hear song covers that are just better than the original? Well don't tell The Knives, but Jose Gonzalez has turned their song, "Heartbeats," into a magical melody to walk down the aisle to. Gonzalez, an indie singer/songwriter from Sweden, has been winning us over with his haunting voice and acoustic guitar ever since the season two finale of The O.C. (you know exactly what we're talking about). "Heartbeats" is soft, but doesn't lack the fullness you need in the music that will accompany you on your breathtaking walk down the aisle. Be sure to check out Gonzalez' band, Junip, and you just might end up adding a few more songs to that wedding playlist.

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A Sweet Rustic Wedding at Mast Farm Inn, NC

We’re so excited to share Jamie and Jeffrey’s quaint rustic wedding with you all today! The two met through mutual friends and immediately hit it off. Although they’re from Texas, they fell in love with the sweet Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crusis, North Carolina after some of their friends introduced them to the area. Jamie and Jeffrey knew they wanted an intimate, no fuss wedding. So with just 10 guests in attendance and their three adorable boys, the pair tied the knot.

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What Does a AAA Diamond Rating Mean?

AAA Diamond Ratings and Forbes Star Ratings may be something you've heard of before. If you haven't heard of these companies here's the skinny, both AAA and Forbes send anonymous inspectors to hotel properties to grade and evaluate them based on specific guidelines. As these are the most official and respected ratings within the industry, I always recommend that you look up your hotel's rating before booking your wedding.

In part 1 of this series we're explaining what AAA Diamond Ratings are and the difference between 1 and 5 diamond hotels.

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Customized Coasters by WPD

Wedding Paper Divas is at it again. They've added a new line of customized coasters to their collection of reception accessories, and my oh my are they lovely. These coasters are a great way to literally add a personalized stamp to your reception, and they're such sweet little wedding favors too. Here are a few of our favorites from the collection. Which one do you love?

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Naturally Lovely coaster via Wedding Paper Divas

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A Rustic City Wedding at the Union Station Hotel

Some will say it can't be done - A rustic wedding in the heart of the city. That's just crazy! But for all you naysayers out there, we're here with proof that a rustic city wedding can be fabulous! Brynn and Daniel's wedding in the heart of Nashville, TN at the Union Station Hotel is one of the most chic rustic weddings we've encountered. We're captivated with everything from the wild flower arrangements to the couple's exit on a tandem bike. See why we adore this couple and their wedding below!

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Photos by The Collection

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Ballroom Decor with Rrivre Works Event Design

Join us in this short video as Rrivre Davies, Owner of Rrivre Works Event Design discusses how to work with your hotel when planning your wedding. Not only is he giving out useful tips on how to customize your food and service experience, but he also has some hints for how you can open up your Ballroom if there are no windows. We'd love to tell you this industry secret ourselves, but then we'd take all the fun out of watching the video!

Watch more videos with Rrivre and industry professionals by visiting our archives here.

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Stellar Stationery: Jupiter and Juno

Jupiter and Juno's letterpress goodies are quite frankly, out of this world. Run by an artsy husband and wife duo (who also take awesome photos), Jupiter and Juno offers everything from Save the Dates to escort cards, to glitter signs and invitation packages. Their cute paper goods are printed on a 1950s Heidelberg Windmill press, using high quality inks (Van Son) and papers (Crane or Stonehenge). And the best part? Whether your wedding style is rustic, romantic, or black tie, Jupiter and Juno offers personal touches that will make your guests swoon. So take a few moments to browse some of our favorites, and let us know which ones tickle your stationery fancy!

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Win a Chic Bridal Bikini from Lolli Swim!

Ok, MHW ladies. You’re in for a real treat today! We’re teaming up with chic swimsuit brand Lolli Swim to give away one of their bridal bikinis. You may recognize some of their adorable and unique styles, which come in playful patterns often adorned with sweet bows. But, what you may not know is that they recently launched a collection of their suits just for brides!

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Photo via Lolli Swim

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