A FIRST IMPRESSION THAT WILL SPARKLE
Ask your wedding guests to block off their calendars through beautiful foil-pressed save the dates from Minted. Create effortless elegance with our eight different foil options that can be incorporated into your design. Our list of colors include gold, silver, glittery silver, glittery gold, bronze, ice blue, black, and rose gold. Simply stated, your save the date is the appetizer and your wedding invitation is the main course. You want to make sure the appetizer sets the tone for your wedding day and what better way to do that than with foil-stamped save the dates? Our foil designs are elegant and distinguished, which is exactly what you want when sending your first wedding correspondence. We are excited for you to look at our curated assortment!
THE HISTORY OF FOIL PRESS. WHAT IS IT?
The origins of foil stamping date back to the twelfth century when a select number of Bible covers were adorned with gold leaf. This type of printing was very expensive because printers used real gold. So, it was only reserved for special items like the covers of books and important manuscripts. Not only was the process expensive, but it was also extremely labor-intensive since every page needed to be hand-copied or reproduced through tedious wood printing methods.
Even after the printing press was invented and the speed of print was accelerated, the process of foil pressing was still time-consuming and only used for the most important documents. While gold was the main metal used, the technique of hot stamping silver was developed in the 1880s, and silver foil pressing began. Additionally, a new material was invented to create foils made out of metallic material and color that wasn’t actually gold. This material made the act of foil pressing much more affordable and available to the masses. This foil format is the most similar to what we use today. If you are eager to learn even more about the process, be sure to read our in-depth post on the history of foil press and the techniques we use to create stunning modern-day foil save the dates.
FREE SAMPLES AND OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS
Want to see and feel all of our beautiful foil options in person before placing a final order? No problem! Order our free wedding stationery sample kit and you will witness the elegance of this timeless printing technique and the quality of our paper options first hand. Ordering the sample kit will also give you a sneak preview of our wedding invitation options since those will need to be sent following your modern save the dates. If there are certain foil-pressed save the dates that have captured your attention, order a free sample of those exact designs to be mailed to you. We want to ensure that you love the first piece of mail that will be sent to your wedding guests.
While browsing our collection of unique designs, be sure to take advantage of our Find it Fast™ tool. If you already have a cherished photo of you and your partner, perhaps from an engagement photo shoot or recent vacation, you can use our Find it Fast™ tool to look at all of our designs with your personal photo featured. You may be surprised by what designs seem to compliment your photo the best.
Another service our customers love here at Minted is our Text Us Your Photo option. This free service allows you to text us the photo you intend to feature on your wedding mailer. Our design associates will then use their training and experience to pair your photo with the most fitting foil-stamped designs and colors we offer. Within a few days, you will receive customized electronic designs featuring your photo and information based on your style requests. This is a great starting point in planning your wedding stationery if you are not yet sure what you are looking for. Let our design experts help you!
If you are confident in your design tastes, an easy way to narrow down our card options is to use our webpage filters. A great first question to ask yourself is how many photos you want to include in your foil-pressed save the date card. Our photo filter option will help you find a design featuring one, two, three, or more photos. Another helpful filtering option allows you to filter for landscape or portrait photo layouts. If you would rather have a non-photo card, we can present you with plenty of options there as well.
THE MINTED ARTIST COMMUNITY
At Minted, everything that you see on our site is a curated collection of one-of-a-kind designs that have won public design contests hosted by us. Our community of independent artists creates each design and colorway to bring you options that will wow and delight your guests. Every choice of font, placement of foil, and brushstroke is created by our artists with you in mind. We are lucky enough to have stunning submissions from experts in modern typography, magicians with watercolor, and masters of illustration to give you an assortment of diverse and beautiful designs.
CUSTOMIZE EACH DESIGN TO YOUR PERSONAL PREFERENCE
Once you have picked out your favorite foil-stamped design, it’s time to start customizing! Here at Minted, we know that you and your partner have a one-of-a-kind relationship. We want your foil save the date to match the uniqueness of your love. Add personal images, adjust the color tones, or change the font style to capture your personality. Don’t forget to customize the card shape. To really elevate your design, try out rounded corners or maybe a lightly scalloped edge. We also offer a variety of paper types to choose from. We like to recommend the Smooth Signature paper for photo cards since it has our smoothest finish, perfect for photo printing. However, for a truly elegant look, pearlescent paper adds a subtle shimmer finish and a soft glow to photographs (perfect for complementing the foil effect). Our DoubleThick and TripleThick™ cardstock add unmatched weight and quality to your wedding correspondence. Learn more about all our premier paper options.
Consider different sizing options for your mailer. Our foil designs can be printed on our classic stationery sized at 5” x 7” or a smaller postcard, petite, or magnet version sized at 4.25” x 6”. Whatever sizing you prefer, understand that your design will still have the glow and shimmer you desire!
If looking for a truly luxurious design, consider one of our custom foil designs. These designs allow you to foil-press all of the text on your save the date, instead of having only certain aspects of your design printed in foil. With custom foil, we will create a custom foil plate with your names, dates, and any other information you would like foiled, and press it into your design. This option is the epitome of luxury and automatically adds effortless elegance to your first wedding mailer. There is something very special about seeing you and your partner’s name printed using this ancient practice.
ADDED TOUCHES OF SOPHISTICATION
At Minted we cherish the beauty in the little details. Complement your foil pressed save the date further with our chic stationery accessories that will surprise and delight your guests.
For instance, to further elevate your wedding envelopes, we love the option of a colored envelope. We now have eleven stunning envelope colors. Choose from spruce, cloud blue, aubergine, antique rose, signature white, kraft, silver, black, navy, charcoal, or grey mist. Add a pop of color to their mailbox with these chic colors.
Class up your envelope even further with free recipient address printing on any of our envelope colors. Our artists have designed matching decorative ways your guest’s names and addresses can be printed on the envelopes. On our darker colored envelopes, such as navy and black, we offer our innovative white script to ensure that your text is not only legible but also beautifully printed.
To add more glitter and shine, we offer pre-lined foil envelope inserts. A flash of elegance will capture your guest’s eyes as soon as they open your mail. We offer silver, gold, and rose gold liners to compliment and accentuate the foil-pressed details in your save the date. Along with our metallic liners, we also offer an independent-artist-designed coordinating envelope insert that matches your design.
Another envelope customization option is to professionally print your return addressing on the front flap of the envelope. This process takes out the step of either handwriting your home address on every card or having to peel and stick a return address sticker on each of your mailers. Your wedding planning process might be tedious, but it is our hope that by using our envelope customization options, you can confidently and proudly check off sending beautiful save the dates from your wedding planning checklist.
With all of the useful and fun accessories we provide to seal your wedding correspondence with love, we suggest getting your bridesmaids or a group of friends together for a night of champagne and save the date assembly. We are excited to see your beautiful foil stamped save the dates come to life. Please feel free to tag us @mintedweddings on Instagram and use the hashtag #MintedWeddings, so we can share in your excitement. Congrats on your engagement!