Wedding Inspiration: Easy, Breezy Summer

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Desert Wedding

I’ve had a small (okay, fine—huge!) place in my heart for a black, white, and peach palette since the day I started planning my own wedding. And as I was browsing Minted looking for some fun summer inspiration, I stumbled upon this palm tree-themed save-the-date that included those very colors. It was love at first sight and instantly brought to mind an easy, breezy summer wedding infused with tropical touches and boho details. Here’s how to get the look.

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DIY Wedding Favor: Midnight Snack (Free Printable)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Did you know that June is the most popular month to get married? Since wedding season is in full swing, we’ve got an easy, affordable favor idea your guests will love. Chances are they’ll be hankering for a snack after tearing up the dance floor, so send them home with some late-night munchies. Our pick? Sweet-and-salty kettle corn. Whip up a big batch or purchase your favorite brand, then package it with our free midnight-snack label.


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Minted Real Wedding: Kelly & Andrew in San Clemente, CA

We’re hitting the beach for today’s Minted Real Wedding—specifically, sunny San Clemente, California—where attorneys Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown tied the knot in front of their 120 guests. The couple, who first met in college and later reconnected in law school, hosted a charming seaside celebration with a classic blue-and-white color palette.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding

Bride and groom: Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown
Based in: Orange County, CA
Wedding date: December 6, 2014
Ceremony location: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, San Clemente, CA
Reception location: Casino San Clemente
Number of guests: 120
Minted save the date: “Classically Stated” by Roxy
Minted wedding invitation: “Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism
Wedding planner: Andrea Guzman, LVL Events
Photographer: The Grovers
Florist: Sweet Marie Designs

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

Tell us about the proposal!
Andrew proposed on Easter morning—we’d made Easter baskets for each other, and he hid the engagement ring in a plastic egg. I initially didn’t find the ring when I first looked in my basket, but he told me I had missed some chocolate and that I had to go back and look. And then he got down on one knee!

How did you hear about Minted, and how did you choose your wedding invitation?
I’ve used Minted for bridal shower invitations and engagement gifts for friends over the past few years, so I decided to use Minted for our save the dates (“Classically Stated” by Roxy for Minted). For our wedding invitations, I ordered samples from every printer I could find and visited several stationery stores, and we decided to go with Minted again (“Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism for Minted) because we really liked the quality of the invitations and the easy ordering process.

Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
We added an extra liner and wrapped each invitation with a blue-and-white striped ribbon, which we also used throughout the entire wedding.

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

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Elements of Style: Painterly Pastels

Your wedding day is a blank canvas—turn it into an artful celebration by adding details with romantic, painterly brushstrokes in shades of soft pastels.

Weding Idea: Paint Strokes

1. WEAR // this wedding dress
This silk ball gown by Kathryn Conover Couture features hand-painted florals along the skirt (all done by the bride!).

2. GIVE // these sugar-cookie favors
Send guests home with a box of these pretty (and delicious!) hand-painted treats.

3. CUT // this cake
Have your cake designer paint the bottom tier, then crown the confection with a trio of sculptural sugar flowers. (Cake design by Savvy Fare)

4. SEND // this wedding invitation
Set the tone for your artful celebration with this painterly invite (“Peach Strokes” by Emily Jeffords for Minted).

5. DIY // these escort cards
Direct guests to their seats with mini hand-painted canvases displayed on wood easels.

6. CARRY // this bridal bouquet
Ask your florist to select in-season blooms in warm, soft shades of apricot and peach.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 /

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DIY Wedding: Air-Dry Clay Place-Card Holders

These modern, triangle-shaped place-card holders are a fun DIY wedding project made with easy-to-work-with air-dry clay. Once they’re dry, you can paint the holders to match your wedding-invitation design (bonus: they also double as wedding favors—guests can use the little holders to display photos at home!).

Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Letting your guests know you appreciate them is one of your most important responsibilities as newlyweds—a simple, heartfelt thank you will mean so much to your guests. Here are eight creative and unexpected ways to thank your loved ones for being a part of your wedding day.

1. Have your photographer snap a picture of you and your groom holding a fun thank-you sign; after the wedding, turn the photo into a custom thank-you card to mail to guests.

Creative ways to thank your wedding guests

2. Display your thank-you message in a prominent spot where all your guests will see it, like at the entrance to the reception.

3. Another clever way to thank your guests: Print your message on the cocktail napkins—guests will see it once they hit the bar for their first drink.

4. This couple hand-wrote letters to each guest thanking them for attending their wedding (perfect if you’re having a small, more intimate celebration). The letters were displayed at each guest’s place setting at the reception.

5. For your parents, we love the idea of framing a handful of your favorite wedding portraits for them to display at home.

Wedding Ideas: Creative Ways to Say Thank You

6. Wedding favors are a small token of your appreciation, so make sure the packaging expresses your thanks.

7. Don’t forget to properly thank your wedding-party VIPS: For bridesmaids, give them a cute clutch (something they’ll definitely use again) loaded with all the essentials, like lip gloss, sparkly nail polish, bobby pins, hair ties, and tissues.

8. For the guys? Give ’em something they really want, like a hand-rolled cigar to enjoy with the rest of the boys at the reception.

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

 

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DIY: Print-It-Yourself Wood and Vellum Wedding Invitations

Minted’s new Print-It-Yourself wedding invitations and RSVP cards are a lovely, wallet-friendly option for your wedding stationery—you’ll receive a personalized invitation design (for just $50!), which you can print yourself at home, on whatever type of paper or material you like. Plus, there are so many ways to add an extra, personal touch to the pieces and this rustic, wood-and-vellum idea is one of our favorites, especially if you’re having a more casual or alfresco celebration.

Click through for the easy DIY instructions

Supplies:
All of the following ideas feature:
Print-It-Yourself invitation and RSVP (works best with designs with a white background; this one is “Sweet Berries” by Olivia Raufman for Minted)
Vellum paper, onto which you will print your invitation and RSVP designs, then trim to correct size
Birch wood veneer cut into 5″ x 7″ pieces

Idea #1: Tied with Twine

Supplies:
1/16″ hole punch
Twine
Mini glue dots

Steps:

1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Near the top, punch two holes about 1″ apart from each other and tie a bow in the center with twine.

Idea #2: Gold Fasteners

Supplies:
• 1/16″ hole punch
• Mini gold fasteners
• Mini glue dots (optional)

Steps:

1. Lay the vellum-printed invitation over the wood veneer sheet. Hold the card in place (or place glue dots) and punch a hole in each of the four corners.

2. Place your fasteners through the holes and split the legs to fasten them in place.

Idea #3: Tied with Ribbon

Supplies:
• 1/8″ hole punch
• Ribbon
• Mini glue dots

Steps:

1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Punch two holes about 1.5″ apart from each other, centered from the top.

3. With the design facing up, weave one end of the ribbon through each hole. Flip the invitation over and repeat, weaving each end of the ribbon back through again, through the opposite hole.

4. Trim the ribbon ends if necessary and use glue dots to affix them in place.

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DIY: How to Make a Spring Flower Crown

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Spring is officially here! To celebrate our favorite flower-filled season, we put together this sweet and simple flower-crown tutorial. All you need are some little blooms, floral wire, and floral tape and you’re good to go. The best part? It only takes 15 minutes to make! How darling would these look on your little ones for Easter? Or perhaps for a springtime wedding?

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Minted Real Wedding: Diane & Kaelem in Toronto

The picturesque Toronto Islands is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill exchanged vows in a charming historic church amid a downpour (so romantic!) before their 150 guests.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto, Canada

Bride and groom: Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill
Based in: Toronto, Ontario
Wedding date: July 27, 2013
Ceremony location: St. Andrews Church, Toronto Islands
Reception location: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands
Number of guests: 150
Minted wedding invitation: Chalkboard” by Alethea & Ruth
Florist: Peter Pauls Flowers
Wedding planner: Ellie Martires from Laura & Co. Events
Photographer: Tara McMullen Photography

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto Islands

How did you and Kaelem meet?
At a bar initially. But our friends started dating and we both became friends throughout the year and started dating a year later.

Tell us about the proposal!
Valentine’s Day while ice skating at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, with U2’s “With or Without You” playing in the background.

How did you find your wedding venue?
The Toronto Islands is one of our favourite places in the city. It’s a short boat ride away from the city and feels like you’re in the North, away from all of the hustle and bustle. We had private boats for the bridal party and we rented a private charter boat to bring all of our guests to the island. We also had a late-night boat party on Lake Ontario after the reception.

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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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