By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor
We all focus on the Big Day, but what about all those important days leading up to it? In our Cheers Wedding Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create eye-catching party invitations for a variety of pre-wedding celebrations like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bachelorette parties.
We know you’ve been waiting quite a while for these winners, so now that our wedding party invitations have launched, we’re thrilled to finally announce them and relive some truly amazing work with you! Thanks to everyone who submitted to this challenge and thanks so much for your patience. Without further ado, congratulations to the special prize winners below – cheers to all of you!
Sweet Simplicity Award for the best simple/chic invitation
“Simply Floral” by Amber Barkley
Combining a muted palette with minimalist florals, Amber creates the perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. The design is clean and contemporary, with the flowers providing just the right feminine accent. Perfect for celebrating the chic bride-to-be!
Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “She Said Yes” by Sarah Curry | “The Perfect Match” by Angelene | “The Future Mr. and Mrs.” by roxy | “Orangina” by Stacey Meacham
Whimsy Award for the best whimsical/offbeat invitation
“Susie Homemaker” by Pistols
Melissa never fails to add her own flair to her designs, and “Susie Homemaker” just nailed our Whimsy Award! The retro style contrasts wonderfully with the off-kilter bride-to-be: there’s almost a touch of Lucille Ball in this wry nod to the idealized “homemaker.” The irregular gold texture makes a perfect frame for this whimsical vignette.
Runner Ups (from left): “Let the Girl Times Roll!” by Lori Wemple | “Ladies Night” by Monica Tuazon | “A Heartfelt Hay Day” by The Lettered Set
Perfect Couple Award for the best invitation for a couple’s shower
“Crawfish & Couples” by Paper Nest by Lesa
Lesa really breathes life – with a dash of Cajun spice – into her invitation, combining whimsical text with a chorus line of crawfish. The dusky chalkboard background lends a nice contrast to her tri-color palette, giving extra punch to the red motif. We’ve never seen such happy crustaceans!
Runner Ups (from bottom left): “Household Mix Up” by Inkwell Design Studio | “Love Bird Shower” by Very Special Devices | “Cooking Up Love” by Frooted Design | “Weber Grill” by Tami Bohn
Over the Top Pretty Award for a bridal shower invitation that is just that
“Time for Tea” by Angela Marzuki
With beautifully patterned tea-ware and darling sprigs of blossoms, Angela serves up over-the-top prettiness with “Time for Tea!” The detail she gives to each teacup makes for a gorgeous array of pattern and color. We love how her colorful teacups stand in stark contrast to the black background, while the clean text layout really lets her design steal the show.
Runner Ups: “Vintage Painted Flower” by lehan paper | “Blossoming Bride” by Griffinbell Studio | “Poppy Flower Shower” by Meghan Johnson | “Orange Tree” by Monica Schafer
Cheers to Us! Award for the best engagement party invitation that celebrates the happy couple in a big way
“Superhero” by chocomocacino
What a dynamo! Gerrie’s curvilinear text, complemented by graphic-inspired motion lines, seems to have flown right out of a 1940’s comic. The distressed texture enhances the vintage appeal nicely. We love the energy in the bold lines and block text; this invitation will keep you moving all the way to the party.
Runner Ups: “Classic Vintage” by trbdesign | “Now Let’s Party” by Kristie Kern | “Two Hearts One Arrow” by feb10 design
Picture Perfect Award for the best photo engagement party or rehearsal dinner invitation
“This is Love” by guess what?
Lori has a definite knack for fun design. Curved borders, a hand-drawn photo frame, and neat little Cupid’s arrows make “This is Love” wonderfully casual and cheery. Lori’s hand-lettering adds a great final touch to an invitation already full of personality.
Runner Ups: “E is for Engaged” by Frooted Design | “Kiss Me” by Susie Allen | “Dot Photo” by Tyler Tea
Pamper Yourself Award for the best invitation for a relaxing spa bachelorette party
“Pampering the Bride“ by Four Wet Feet Design
With a light, confectionery palette and adorably illustrated array of spa treatments, Shannon’s design makes sweet indulgence the order of the day. We love the way the floral accents spill over from the illustration to the text – this design has charm in every detail!
Runner Up: “Get Prettified!” by jenincmyk
Stylish Skivvies Award for the best invitation for a fun, but tasteful lingerie bachelorette party or bridal shower
“Oh La La Chic“ by Cecile Paper Lounge
Très chic indeed! Cécile never fails to bring an air of French sophistication to her designs and we love her beautifully ornamented, floral type choice. Refined and feminine, Cécile’s invitation is perfect for a tasteful lingerie party that leave just enough to the imagination!
Runner Ups: “Boudoir” by Carolyn MacLaren | “Blushing Bride” by Up Up Creative | “Corset” by Wendy Van Ryn
Fine Dining Award for the most sophisticated invitation for a rehearsal dinner
“Time For…” by VOSS
Offering plenty of formality with none of the stiffness, Sara’s “Time For…” shakes the starch out of a rehearsal dinner. Her fifties-inspired mint-and-black theme neatly combines with the stylized clock and dinnerware for a sleek, vintage effect. The dashed rule evokes the stitching on a fine cloth napkin, cleverly underscoring the dinner event.
Runner Ups: “Secret Garden” by Alethea and Ruth | “Festive Ellipse” by Cheer Up Press | “Centerpiece” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Engraving Rehearsal” by Very Special Devices
Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts
“It’s Official” by trbdesign
With bold curves and powerful lines, this “Text with a Twist” award-winner is a certain eye-catcher. Taleen’s curvilinear text nicely enunciates the contrast between the banner and seal, while her striped border makes for a perfect frame. The laurel sprigs around the couple’s names add a wonderfully celebratory touch.
Runner Ups: “Toast to the Happy Couple” by Shiny Penny Studio | “Formal Stamp” by Alethea and Ruth | “Gelato” by Susie Allen1 COMMENT