Twine wedding invitation photo shoot with Ruffled.

We recently partnered with Ruffled, one of our very favorite wedding blogs, to style a shoot around Palm Paper’s Twine wedding invitation.

We were thrilled with the beautiful display the gals over at Ruffled came up with. I think you’ll agree that it’s nothing short of awe inspiring!

Their editors picked Twine from all of our new wedding invitations on offer.

We love how they added touches of black and white to the entire event. It really makes the pink pop!

It was fun to see how they styled our placecards. A note to brides: our talented customer service team is happy to create placecards to match any invites currently sold on the site. Sidenote: Isn’t it amazing how just one or two peonies in a vase creates such an impact?!

Isn’t this gold adorned plate awesome?

I love the juxtaposition of the uppercase narrow type with the calligrapher’s script.

Again, black and white ribbons around flowers and cutlery ties the invites into the tabletop.

I can’t get enough of these flowers!!

And this bride… such a whimsical, light and floaty dress.

Another fun idea from the shoot is tying ribbon around invite suites and thank you notes… such a special DIY touch. Thank you so much to Ruffled for showing us just how inspiring a minted invite can be. Check out all the photos from the shoot here.

Location: San Francisco / Venue: Laurent Studio / Photographer: Caroline Wineta from Tinywater Photography / Designer + Planner: Yelena Johnson, Stylish Soiree / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage / Florist: Soulflower Floral Design / Cake: The Whole Cake / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy / Wedding Invitations, Menus and place cards: Palm Papers for Minted / Hair and Makeup: Jane Kim, The Glamourist / Necklace on Bride: Francesca’s

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Green Wedding Shoes wedding inspiration boards.

Earlier this year, Jen Campbell, the incredible tour de force behind Green Wedding Shoes, guest judged our Something Old, Something New wedding invitation challenge. We were hoping to bring in some more designs that reflected various cultures and religions, as well as worked well for destination weddings, and got some amazing entries! Jack and I put together some inspiration boards to go with Jen’s winning pick, as well as some of her other favorites from the challenge–all the quotes are hers. They were so pretty we just can’t help but share them below! The boards were recently posted on Green Wedding Shoes here.

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Snippet and Ink post: What type of bride are you?

Our creative team did such a brilliant job putting together inspiration boards for a recent sponsored post on Snippet & Ink, which by the way if you haven’t checked out this inspiring wedding blog, you simply must; Kathryn is beyond adorable and has the best eye! Her inspiration palettes are tops. The boards were a fun little series inspired by different types of brides: whimsical, rustic, classic, modern and elegant.

Clockwise from top left: ChalkboardElisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

The chalkboard theme is such a fun one and what I love about this design by Alethea & Ruth is that it’s a little more subtle than most… and there are so many fun ways you can incorporate chalkboards into the event’s decor: placecards (as pictured), menus, signage, even favors.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. LaurenceBrandon Witzel via Green Wedding Shoes, via Postcards & Pretties

Moglea’s design is a feast of pretty typefaces and the backer is the perfect rustic, fall color palette to work with. I love all the rich colors pulled out in the tabletop above right.

Clockwise from top left: Just My TypeMolly EganGrand LaceJessica Johnston via Merci New York

Ann Gardner’s invite is just so classy!! I love the idea of bringing in ivory and light peach florals with it. Adn isn’t that plaid backer just perfect?!

Clockwise from top left: Circle the DateGabriel Boone via BridalHoodMy SunshineSwoon by Katie via Wedding Chicks

I know you wouldn’t think of it at first, but circles, inspired by Kimberly Fitzsimons’ design, are actually a motif in and off themselves. I love billy ball flowers–the perfect little yellow balls above–in fact I had them at my wedding so I may be a little biased. I also love the idea of doing some circle banners.

Clockwise from top left: Charming Go LightlyRebecca Wedding Photography via 100 Layer Cake, via Flora Fetish

Again, I think it’s really nice to have a classy front to your invitation and then to have a more playful backer. Here, cheree berry’s chevron is pulled into a table runner and it’s just perfect!

I hope you enjoy these fun boards as much as the team enjoyed putting them together!

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Purple blue and green wedding inspiration.

Recently Annie Clark’s Winter Flourish wedding invitation was photographed for a shoot by Elisa B Photography that was featured on Once Wed.

I thought these pretty pictures might brighten your Monday morning!

Aren’t those flowers really just beyond lovely? They seem perfect for this time of year, too.

Cutest ring bearer ever!

I actually think that in various colors this invite is perfect for any time of year.

This bride is a real stunnah!

Vintage stamps, white calligraphy and lavender sprigs really take the suite to another level.

And isn’t the car just perfect?

Photography: Elisa B Photography // Floral Designer: Toast // Invitations: minted // Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal // Calligrapher: Plurabelle // Makeup Artist: LunaBella Make up and Hair // Men’s Attire: MeandMatilda // Bakery: Crushcakes // Paper props: The Paper Nickel Stamp Co.// Equipment Rentals: Chez Renee and Archive Vintage Rentals

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Engagement photo tips.

As you all know from last week’s post, we just wrapped up our 2012 Minted Top Model Engagement Photo Contest. So many beautiful photos were submitted and we really appreciate everyone sharing their special moments with us! We wanted to share a few engagement photo learnings from all the great contributions… so read on if you’re newly engaged or just looking to capture a few tender shots with your sweetie.

  • Although it sounds obvious it’s hard to remember when a camera is clicking away at you, but you don’t have to look at the camera! I think we’re all quite used to staring straight at the shutter and giving a big smile… but let’s be honest, most of us aren’t models, and that’s not usually our best angle. Plus, it’s most likely to look staged, because it is staged!

Jenni Olson’s photo (above) shot by angela & evan photography is a great example of looking at one another. After all, more than anything, everyone wants to see that special spark between you two love birds!

Equally adorable is when the Groom looks at Bride (lovingly, of course) and the Bride smiles at the camera. Jennifer Cardall Jacobson‘s shot (above) is a great example of this… while in motion!!

And lastly you don’t have to really be looking at anything at all — it’s enough to be in the same space sharing a moment together. Isn’t this a sweet candid moment captured by Katy Melling of this happy couple (Katiuska Flynn).

  • It’s definitely not the only way to do it, but if done right it can be just so sweet: get in close!

Natasha Uspensky and her fiance look stunning closely cropped. You see just enough of that special moment. The texture of his sweater works well here… especially when shooting black and white, keep not just color, but also the texture of what you’re wearing in mind.

  • Although you are obviously the center of attention, you don’t actually have to be in the center of the photo. And in fact, off-center shots work especially well with many of our save the date cards with left or right justified text.

Lauren Maxwell and her sweetheart stand to the right here.

Isn’t this just lovely? Ink roll by phoebe wong-oliveros.

And to the left we have Ashley Barker and her fiance.

Don’t they look great in Alex Elko’s love bop save the date?

  • Great photos are all about great light. A very sunny day can result in a slightly faded image… which is both very pretty and puts the emphasis on the date!

Kirsten Fox‘s engagement pic by Lauren Reynolds Photography looks great in jill means’s retro numbers save the date.

  • We’re definitely not all about being matchy-matchy, but sometimes one common color between the Bride and Groom can look quite sharp.

The deep red in her dress (Dana Hanegraaf) and his tie lie this effusive photo together.

  • If there is a place that holds sentimental meaning for you as a couple, definitely consider it as a back-drop for your shoot. Perhaps it’s where you met, where you got engaged, where you first knew they were ‘the one’!

This shot of Meagan JenningsAdam Berg in the Boston Public Library in Boston is just breathtaking. Photo courtesy of Heidi Vail | Photography.

  • Accessories count big time;  don’t forget about the shoes! Think carefully about shoes, hats, necklaces, bangle bracelets, ties, watches and of course don’t forget the ring!! Even if the ring doesn’t end up in your final pick for your save the date, you’ll want to have a few pictures documenting it for posterity’s sake. Or perhaps you can use it as an inset image on one of our signature photo backers?

In fact, that’s all you can see in our winner Katherine DeJulius’ photo. Even if you decide not to go with a shoe-only shot, accessories can really make or break a photo.

  • And last, but not least! Have fun and try your very best to relax… you’ll look your best when you’re comfortable and being yourself. Don’t try to overstage something if you’re already nervous or shoot in a super public area if you’re really a shy person at heart. While an awesome setting can be really awesome, you really don’t need anything more than a plot of grass or a colorful door.

Don’t Emma Metcalf and her sweetie look really stunning before this red backdrop?

And piggy backs are always fun!! Spencer Combs captured this playful moment between Kaylee Graham and her Groom-to-be.

Do y’all have any fun couple shot tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments below. Thanks!!

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Minted in Martha Stewart Weddings.

We were excited to see some Minted love in Martha Stewart Weddings latest issue.

The issue featured a very fun story about stationery from ‘A to Z.’ Per the usual, they did a very cute job with it.

We were featured under ‘W’ for Wraparound label. “Printed stickers that make addressing your envelopes both easy and cost-effective. The front contains the return address and the back bears your initials.” The story showcases J. Bartyn’s Sundance Wildflowers in the lower right hand corner. Check out all of our Skinny-Wrap TM labels here.

Cover photograph by Christopher Baker/Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012. Copyright © 2012. Story photographs by Johnny Miller/Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012. Copyright © 2012.

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Wedding giveaway: Invites + A Practical Wedding!

As we hope you all know by now, we’re in the middle of our 3rd Annual Wedding Invite giveaway, which you can enter very easily right here!

To sweeten the pot, not only will we be giving away $500, each week for the next three weeks, but we’ll also be giving away three copies of Meg Keene’s ‘A Practical Wedding.’ If you don’t already know Meg from her blog A Practical Wedding, it’s definitely worth checking out both her blog and her brand new book. In it she gives super practical, thoughtful hands-on advice about how to stay cool as a cucumber and how to make sure your day remains your own. She includes a fun chapter on questions to ask your future spouse: some serious, some practical, and some spicy. She also emphasizes the marriage over the wedding, which is a perspective we can all appreciate. In short, she’ll make sure you are the most gracious of brides!

Make sure to enter to win both this great book and $500 towards minted invites right now! Good luck to all! Also, feel free to tweet away about this fun opportunity!

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Minted’s third annual wedding invite giveaway!

We have launched our third annual wedding invitation giveaway… but this year it is better than ever!! We are giving away $500, not just once, but every week for the next four weeks!! You can enter every week for a chance to win, but you can only win once. Head over to this page to enter! The gift certificate is good for any and all Minted wedding stationery… here are some fun ideas from our new collection that you could use it on!!

Our first-ever postcards!! We just launched these adorable save-the-date postcards–they give you lots of fun options for what you can put on the back… detailed text or another photo. And they’re printed on that thick, luscious stock you’ve come to expect from Minted.

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Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date Challenge Special Prizes

Save the dates is personally one of my favorite categories on Minted. Often times these announcements are a bit more casual than wedding invitations, which leaves room for all kinds of creativity. Choosing save the dates is also quite likely the first time couples decide on how to express themselves, together. They take the opportunity before the wedding planning chaos really heats up to send a note to their friends and family saying hey, write this down, we’re getting hitched. In the Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date Challenge, we looked to the Minted community for unique and stylish ways for our customers to spread the word about their upcoming nuptials. We weren’t disappointed. Below are the stunning special prize winners for this challenge. I feel so lucky to be able to share these with everyone. Congratulations designers!

Better in Pairs Award for the best multi-photo design

Bold Stripe” by VOSS

The blue stripes and photo strips in “Bold Stripe” are so clean and fresh. We love the simplicity in the details and the attention Sara is able to bring to the happy couple in this modern design.

Runner Ups (from left): “Glimmer” by The Social Type | “Chic Photo Booth” by trbdesign | “Trifecta” by Palm Papers | “Modern Collage” by annie clark

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a full-bleed photo

Vintage Street Sign” by kelli hall

We’re pretty crazy about text over photos these days, especially in the places you least expect it. Kelli is able to magically blend the centered opaque frame and delicate detail text with a big beautiful photo of the couple in “Vintage Street Sign.”

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Signed Sealed Delivered” by J. Bean and Co. | “Circle the Date” by Kimberly Fitzsimons | “Etched Color Wash” by Caitlin McClure | “A Banner Date” by nocciola design | “Ink Roll” by Phoebe Wong-Oliveros | “Silver Screen” by Jennifer Wick

Big & Bold Award for the best bold and/or typographic design

Antiquely” by GeekInk Design

Inspired by antique type and signage, “Antiquely” is big, bold and very fun. Eric’s monochromatic palette really allows the details of the wording, striped border and intricate banner to shine.

Runner Ups: “My Sunshine” by Susie Allen | “Save the Date Whimsy” by ERAY | “Here’s a Story” by Inkblot Paper | “Simply Sweet Watercolor” by Sara Heilwagen

Crazy Love Award for the best off-beat, whimsical and/or funny design

Nostalgic Knot” by jenincmyk

What better way to tell your friends and family about your upcoming nuptials than to send a diagram of how to literally tie the knot? Jen’s dotty border and pale pink background accent this design beautifully.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Tiptoe Kiss” by lunegrafik | “Bridal Chorus” by Betta | “Just Get Here” by 2BSquared Designs | “Word Play” by Kristin Haley | “He+She in One Package” by chocomocacino

Only the Facts Award for the best minimal, chic and/or simple design

Symphony” by Sydney Newsom

The minimal colors and beautiful type are so chic. The preppy border and simple detail text are icing on the cake. Sydney is a master of sophisticated and modern design, which is perfectly displayed in “Symphony.”

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Numbers” by Kristie Kern | “Calendar Page” by Pink Hippo Prints | “Picture Perfect” by roxy | “Pica” by jackmove | “Yes, It’s True” by Jana Volfova

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane Award for the best destination save the date design

Prepare to Celebrate” by Jana Volfova

Bunting banner and a vintage suit case! So cute. Jana makes us really excited to travel with her whimsical and versatile design. “Prepare to Celebrate” is perfect for a destination wedding taking place anywhere in the world.

Runner Ups: “Yes Si Oui” by Ana Gonzalez | “Fly with Us” by morganvicki | “Costa Rica” by Katie Wahn

Baby It’s Cold Outside Award for the best winter design

Cabin Love” by Jess Taich

While we’re really looking forward to the upcoming spring and summer months, we can’t help but want to snuggle up in a cabin surrounded by snow when we see “Cabin Love.” Jess’s hand illustrated type and the pines framing the adorable cabin are the perfect finishing touches.

Runner Ups: “Winter Wonderland” by Amber Barkley | “Alpine” by Alex Elko Design | “Simple Snowflake” by VOSS

Spring Fling Award for the best springtime design

Vintage Floral” by Amber Barkley

The dancing florals and preppy type setting in “Vintage Floral” just scream springtime. The bold gold accents and monogram up top really connect the dots in Amber’s beautiful design.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Woodland” by Kristie Kern | “Sea Breeze” by Kristie Kern | “Fanciful Florals” by lehan paper design | “Two Little Birdies Told Me” by Blonde Ambition

An Autumn Affair Award for the best fall inspired design

bow & arrows” by annie clark

The ochre yellow color block sets the autumn tone in Annie’s whimsical, yet modern “Bow and Arrows.” We can’t get enough of her hand illustrated type and perfectly imperfect border.

Runner Ups: “Retro Florals” by Hello Hailey | “Log Cabin” by Katie Wahn | “Lakeside Twilight” by My Sweetie Pie

Summer Love Award for the best summertime design

Vintage Beach” by Kristie Kern

I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer than on the beach in one of Kristie’s super chic lounge chairs. The colors, the stripes, the textured background…”Vintage Beach” just exudes fun in the sun.

Runner Ups: “Sunshine” by Oscar & Emma | “Malibu Stripes” by Simone Klein | “Citrus Lovin’” by Christine Loo | “Watermelon Hearts” by Sarah Curry | “Ocean Blue” by Sari Victoria

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Indoor garden party from Brooklyn Bride.

The ever talented Vané over at Brooklyn Bride game up with this beautiful indoor garden party inspiration board and I couldn’t help but share it with you.

Fracas by Paper Plains is featured dead center. That invite is perfect for really any occasion. I also can’t get over that patterned fern wallpaper–it’s so fun and classy at the same time! And I love the idea of pulling the stripes from the invite out into tray liners for cocktails. This whole board was the perfect Valentine’s Day hangover cure as it got me excited for St. Paddy’s Day! I hope it does the same thing for you!!

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