By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor
In our Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Challenge, we asked our talented design community to reinvent the traditional save the date; to dream up designs for all customers and all styles from classical to whimsical and minimalist to vintage. We got just that! The Minted Community submitted a huge breadth of stunning work, with designs sure to please just about every couple out there. Now, without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, winners!
Big Picture Award for the best full bleed photo design
“Boutique” by Laura Condouris
We love a full-bleed photo design with plenty of personality! Laura’s “Boutique” is the perfect marriage between photo and design. Her casual, yet very pretty lettering glides effortlessly across this design, filling the space without detracting from the customer photo behind it.
Runner Ups: “Effortless” by Palm Papers | “Sweethearts” by Sarah Curry | “Floral Lace” by Katharine Watson
Whimsy Award for the best whimsical, edgy, or funny design
“Pop the Question” by Spotted Whale Design
Elliot’s “Pop the question” is so fun; perfect for a couple looking for a whimsical twist on a traditional save the date. The playful speech bubbles tie perfectly into any couple’s photo – we always appreciate a unique twist on combing type, design, and photo so harmoniously!
Runner Ups: “Once Upon a Time” by b.wise papers | “Library Card” by SimpleTe Design | “Off the Grid” by Pistols
Multi-Photo Award for the best design featuring multiple photos
“Picture Perfect” by The Social Type
Allison and Jessica’s “Picture Perfect” is just that. Their simple, muted color palette and minimalist type let the couple’s photos be the center of attention. We love the dotted lines that add a bit of visual interest, while also providing structure. This save the date is one very clean design.
Runner Ups: “Striped Gallery” by Jill Means | “Polaroid on Chalkboard” by Gakemi Art+Design | “Bold Love” by Bonjour Berry
Just My Type Award for the best bold, typographic design
“Badge” by Palm Papers
We absolutely love this very chic save the date! The bold badge jumps out so nicely in contrast to soft, textured stripes. Even so, the sophisticated type steals the show in this design, allowing the couple’s names to take center stage. Lauren proves that a little type can go a long way.
Runner Ups: “typography&icons” by Abbey Cleveland | “Warm and Bright” by A Little Big Picture | “Graphique” by Susan Asbill | “Type Stack” by Snow and Ivy
Minimalist Award for the best simple, modern design
“Simple Red Cross” by Ben and Kelsey Clanton
“Simple Red Cross” perfectly captures the chic, minimalist effect that so many couples are looking for. Thin, black type, minimal wording, and a small pop of color under a large photo of the soon-to-be’s make this design so modern.
Runner Ups: “Double Frames” by Susan | “Simply Us” by Jana Volfova | “Love Wreath” by Heather Wullenweber
Bold Color Award for the most beautiful and innovative color palette
“Storied Book Cover” by Wondercloud Design
This punch of color jumps right off the page! We love Olivia’s unexpected combination of bright, bold aquamarine and yellow with the delicate, sweeping Melany Lane and soft details. The unconventional juxtaposition between color and type, not to mention her beautifully clean layout, make this design a clear winner.
Runner Ups: “Mangold Mojo” by Coco Paperie | “Striped Florals” by Alethea and Ruth | “Love Triangles” by Puddleduck Paper Co.
Best Use of a Shape Award for the best use of one of the new die-cute shapes that Minted offers
“Vintage Pack Your Bags” by Dawn Jasper
Dawn’s crisp stripes, subtle texture, weathered stamps, and classic type remind us of glamorous travel days of old. While this design looks great in any shape, its many details make it truly stand out as a vintage luggage tag. Any invitee would be thrilled to jet-set to this very classy destination wedding!
Runner Ups: “This Great City” by Oscar & Emma | “Woodcarving” by SimpleTe Design
Vintage Award for the best vintage-inspired design
“Striped Sweet Nothings” by Frooted Design
Tanya’s “Striped Sweet Nothings” is a lovely combination of classic and modern. Her delicate, dotted details and soft rounded scallops give the design a vintage feel, while her layered type and clean stripes keep it fresh and contemporary. Beautiful work!
Runner Ups: “Timeless” by Leslie Ann Jones | “Sterling” by Sarah Brown | “Book Plate” by Jennifer Wick
By the Seashore Award for the best beachy, nautical design
“Campy Nautical Love” by Trista Sydloski-Tesch
Trista has us dreaming of nautical nuptials! Her textured, knotted oars represent the upcoming union in a playful, personal way. Every detail adds something unique to the overall design from her stylized, almost romantic anchor to the seaside laurel and bold, retro type.
Runner Ups: “Salty Seas” by Oscar & Emma | “Vintage Tropical” by Rebecca Bowen | “Shore Thing” by lena barakat
Natural Award for the best outdoorsy, nature-inspired design
“Woodland Romance” by cadence paige design
Paige has a knack for all things lovely. “Woodland Romance” is a beautiful combination of rustic flora and soft elegance. We love her framing vines and the romantic tree trunk where it looks like the couple has carved their special date.
Runner Ups: “Tropical Romance” by Monica Schafer | “Jardinet” by robin ott design
Illustration Award for the best illustrated design
“Elegance Illustrated” by The Lovely Letters
This charmingly simple save the date caught our eye right away. Phronsé has an incredible range of talents – from her typographic first place win to this beautiful hand-drawn floral, she has every type of occasion covered. We love the elegant simplicity of her black ink on a smooth beige background.
Runner Ups: “Love Stories” by Griffinbell Studio | “This Is the Day” by Frooted Design | “The Next Chapter” by robin ott design
Newbie Award for the best design from a first-time entrant
“Chalk and Black Paper” by Peter Loves Jane
Nikkol puts her own twist on a chalkboard design with beautiful hand-lettering and a sweet little calendar. Her curlicues and textured heart are perfectly casual and friendly. The stylized arrow pointing to the couple’s big day is the icing on the (wedding) cake.
Top Customer Pick
“Up in the Clouds” by GeekInk Design
We can’t say we were surprised to find out that this was our customers’ favorite pick! Eric puts so much personality and whimsy into his work. His bold type and dreamy, vintage clouds add both romance and fun to any couple’s photo.2 COMMENTS