A Save the Date That Tells
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Preppy green and white timeline wedding save-the-date

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Hays Design

What do real brides have to say about the wedding planning experience? Well, it's not all happy tears at the bridal boutique and indulgent cake tastings. Guest blogger Linley Taber shares the ins and outs of finding bridesmaid dresses that can withstand a high-kick on the dance floor, and more.

Of all the promising locales to meet your future husband, a sceney Miami bar can probably be classified a "dead zone." But that's exactly where Michael and I first crossed paths—at well past midnight, no less.

It took approximately one minute to get over his excessively gelled hair and fully unbuttoned shirt (both odes to the rowdy bachelor party of which he was a part), and another few minutes to realize we were practically neighbors back in New York City. Flirty banter ensued—and by the end of the week, we were inseparable.

How many times have I recounted this tale of our relationship's whirlwind, inauspicious start? You'd have to ask the friends, family members, and unsuspecting strangers I've cornered over the years. (I love a good met-in-a-bar story, even if it's my own). All I know is that when Michael proposed last summer and it came time to design our save-the-dates, I jumped at the opportunity to tell it again.

Yes, I had been hoarding fun save-the-date ideas since well before our engagement; and yes, I went on to stalk the blogosphere for even more. But as soon as I saw the timeline-style design that an acquaintance (the talented event-planner Kristin Doggett, of Bellafare) had used for her own wedding, I knew I'd found the perfect format for our story.

So I set to work drafting my own version, and scoured Pinterest for fonts and color palettes I adored (tone-on-tone green felt right for our August country wedding). By the time I connected with graphic designer Whitney Maurer of Whitney Hays Design, I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted. After a few weeks of back-and-forth emails, she was able to turn my preschool sketches into something cooler and more elegant that I could have ever imagined.

Now, it's pretty hard to believe the finished product is hanging on our guests' fridges across the country. Every time I see it—our names, our date, our story!—I'm kind of hit over the head with how real it all is.

The countdown is officially on.

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—Linley Taber

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