Wedding Invitation Challenge: Guest Judge’s Pick

The entries from our latest wedding invitation challenge simply blew us away—we received a staggering 1,922 submissions from designers from all around the world. To help us sort through all of the incredible entries, we asked wedding expert Emily Newman, founder and editor of the most gorgeous wedding blog Once Wed, to select her favorite invitation. Without further adieu…

 “Grand Affair” by Three Kisses Studio

“Grand Affair” by Three Kisses Studio immediately stood out to me as a favorite for its timeless type choice and understated elegance. I love how the lines delicately frame the type.”
—Emily Newman, Founder and editor, Once Wed

We can imagine designer Amy Fontes’ invitation perfectly complementing a glam, Art Deco-themed celebration, but the design is so versatile and could easily work for a more classic and traditional wedding held in a stately mansion or historic ballroom, too. Congratulations, Amy!

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Recipe: Golden Lass Cocktail (with free printable coasters!)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and if you, like me, are in search of a festive libation that doesn’t leave your mouth stained bright green, then this is the recipe for you. Simple and refreshing, the Golden Lass is a delicious, ladylike cocktail that combines sparkling lemonade, Irish whiskey, and honey. What’s even sweeter? Our free, hand-lettered printable drink coasters! They’re the perfect addition to any party.

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Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners of our To Have and To Hold Wedding Invitation Challenge! In this challenge we asked you to show us your freshest take on the classic wedding invitation, with original designs that engaged couples can’t find anywhere else. We were beyond wowed with everyone’s take on fresh modern designs! The designs below are the best in show for our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Phrosné Ras
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in email, catalog,
and a homepage banner to help build his or her brand on Minted.

Featuring: Amazing Watercolor” | “Gold Portrait” | “Dainty Deco” | “The Wedding Bouquet” | “Enchanting Plum

Phrosné continues to perfectly execute bold and striking designs. She is a pro at delicate layering, and soft symmetric water-colors. Phrosné’s masterpieces pop against subtle backgrounds. Her compositions are often classic and elegant, but she’s not afraid to add a splash of dramatic boldness. Phrosné says, “making things beautiful – it truly feeds my soul.” We see this throughout her entire collection. We’re so grateful to have Phrosné in our community!

Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other wedding challenges: Lori Wemple

 Featuring: Organic” | “Jardin” | “Floral Crown” | “Swoon” | “Monogram Floral

Lori’s submissions blew us away: she consistently crafts designs with intricate detail, striking typefaces, and well-chosen copy. Lori sprinkles subtle visual details throughout her pieces that add to the overall look without feeling crowded. She evokes a sense of fluidity throughout her work. We’re absolutely thrilled to have your work on Minted!

Enduring Elegance Award for the design that best sets the state for a sophisticated
elegant event while still being fresh and modern
Garden Flourish” by Kelly Schmidt

Garden flourish brings a clean yet rustic feel to an elegant wedding invitation. The curvilinear design and airy typeface of this piece remind us of a warm breeze on a beautiful summer day. The text below contrasts the swirls with formal block lettering and a clear, functional space for type. This design truly flourishes!

Runners Up: Gilt” by Lauren Chism | “Sabrina” by Olivia Kanaley | Elegant Marble” by Wind-Up Key Press | A Golden Date” by Susan Brown 

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DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Garland

I’m planning a little hunt for St. Patrick’s Day and thought the end of the rainbow would be the best place for the final treasure. Since I can’t conjure up a real rainbow on demand, this rainbow watercolor garland is the next best thing.

st patrick's day decorations

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Design to Dish: Homemade Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cake always reminds me of my little sister, Anna—it’s her absolute favorite (she even says she wants a funfetti wedding cake when she gets married!). And who can blame her? Funfetti is delicious, of course, and looks so happy, colorful, and festive—it turns a regular weeknight dinner into a party! As with most cakes, cookies, and sweet treats, funfetti tastes much better made from scratch than from a mix, and really isn’t hard to make if you use my recipe below.

homemade funfetti cake recipe minted julep “Gesture” art print by Kelly Ventura; Homemade Funfetti Cake (recipe below)

minted homemade funfetti cake recipe

Keep reading for the recipe for this fun, colorful cake!

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What to Wear to a Wedding: Fancy Skirts and T-Shirts

Weddings have dramatically changed from what was acceptable just a few short years ago. Gone are the days when wedding guests had to buy formal attire to celebrate a friend’s big day. Rather, stylish women these days are layering shift dresses with blazers and booties, breaking out the pants and jumpsuits, and—my personal favorite—pairing simple tees with their dressiest skirts. Not convinced? Here are my top picks for pulling this look off at the next wedding you’re invited to.

Wedding Fashion

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Elements of Style: Citrus Punch

Add some fresh-squeezed fun to your wedding celebration with these vibrant and fresh orange, lemon, and lime-themed ideas.

Citrus wedding ideas

1. SEND // this invite
This cheerful invitation (“Citrus Crush” by Emily Ranneby) will perk guests right up and get them to mark their calendar.

2. MAKE // this escort-card display
Turn fresh tangerines into clever escort-card stands.

3. TUCK // these into welcome bags
Your travel-weary guests will appreciate these zingy orange-flavored Italian candies.

4. CUT // this cake
Decorate a simple “naked” layer cake with fresh kumquats and greenery.

5. DECORATE // with these centerpieces
For an easy DIY idea, fill wooden pint baskets with fresh blooms and your favorite citrus fruit.

6. GIVE // these wedding favors
Just stick this nifty Citra Sipper doodad into an orange or grapefruit and drink!

7. SERVE // these during cocktail hour
Pour champagne over orange popsicles for a deliciously grown-up treat.

8. CHOOSE // this dress for your bridesmaids
This flowy lemon-yellow dress by Lela Rose is perfectly simple and sweet.

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More Wedding Style Ideas:
Wedding Trend: Island Escape
• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Delft Blues
• Wedding Trend: Bold Brushstrokes

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DIY: Fabric Water-Bottle Sling

I love going on hikes with my dog but hate lugging a big bag or purse along just for my water and keys. So, I decided to make this water-bottle sling with Minted’s new fabric. It turned out to be a fairly easy sewing project that can be done with less than a yard of fabric—the perfect opportunity to make good use of your remnants bin or to order that fun print you’ve been eyeballing.

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