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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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.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8


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• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
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DIY Wedding: 8 Wedding Balloon Ideas We Love

Balloons aren’t just for kids’ birthday parties anymore. Now that there are a ton of chic, wedding-appropriate options available—not to mention all the creative DIYs floating around the web—balloons are a whimsical (and affordable!) way to add a little whimsy to your wedding day. Here are my favorite ideas for incorporating them into your celebration.

Balloon Decor

1. Create an arch for your ceremony, reception entrance, or over the dance floor. And dont forget to add fresh flowers! Image by Jessica Peterson via The House That Lars Built.

2. Use them for your save the date or for a photo-op on your big day. Image via Simplesmente Branco.

3. Have your flower girl carry them down the aisle instead of petals. Image by Rouxby via Rustic Wedding Chic.

4. Create a photo display with your engagement photos attached to the bottom of each balloon. Image by Marissa Holmes Photography via Wedding Chicks.

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Minted Real Wedding: Megan & Leo in Los Angeles

The historic Carondelet House in Los Angeles is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly—who met on the train riding back to New York City (so Before Sunrise!)—invited their 110 guests to a warm and intimate celebration amid the venue’s exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and lantern-lit courtyards.

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 / Carondelet House, Los Angeles

Bride and groom: Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly
Based in: Los Angeles
Wedding date: April 25, 2014
Location: Carondelet House, Los Angeles
Number of guests: 110
Minted wedding invitation: “Just Lovely” by Sara Hicks Malone
Florist: Peony & Plum
Photographer: Mi Belle Photography

Minted Real Wedding / Carondelet House, Los Angeles

How did you and Leo meet?
We met on a train six years ago when we were living in New York City. We were both coming from our parents’ houses (who coincidentally live less than an hour apart from each) and we were taking the same train back into the city. Leo sat next to me on the train, asked for my phone number, and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal! 
Leo and I had plans to go to dinner one night and he suggested we leave a little early to take a walk by the beach in Santa Monica. When we got there, he said he had brought me there to ask me something, and got down on one knee and proposed! Afterwards, we went to dinner just the two of us, but Leo had asked our close friends to meet us afterwards to celebrate. It was such a good day!

How did you find your wedding venue?
I had seen Carondelet House in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and we set up an appointment to see it. As soon as we walked in, we both loved it. It felt so warm and intimate—like we were in someone’s beautiful home (it was originally a house built in the 1920s). We especially loved the exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and courtyards.

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DIY Wedding: Wine Cork Escort-Card Display

If you’re also a fellow wine lover, then there’s a conundrum we all encounter: What to do with all of the corks? If you hang on to them, like I do, then you’ll know how tough it is to find a unique way to display corks. However, re-purposing them into an escort-card display is clever way to share your love of wine with your friends and family members.

Wine Cork Decor

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day upon us, you may be inspired to incorporate a bit of the holiday into your February wedding. But we all know how cheesy some of the cupid-and-arrows décor can get. So I’ve rounded up eight of my favorite ideas for sprinkling some Valentine’s Day flavor into your wedding day—in a chic and elegant way, of course.

Wedding Decor

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Elements of Style: Island Escape

Escape the winter cold by hosting a destination wedding at your favorite island getaway, where the sand is sugar-fine, the cocktails are ice-cold, and summer temperatures always await.

1. SEND // this invite
Set the mood for a seaside soirée with this “Painted Sea” invitation by Laura Condouris for Minted.

2. SERVE // these drinks
During cocktail hour, have bartenders crack open fresh coconuts and serve them to guests.

3. WEAR // this wedding dress (sans shoes, of course!)
This silk-chiffon gown from J.Crew is flowy and lightweight—perfect for the beach.

4. CUT // this cake
This ocean-inspired confection by Fondant Flinger features fondant ruffles resembling waves and a sugar-sand top tier.

5. TUCK // these into welcome bags
Miniature coconut-milk-and-mango candles will make guests’ hotel rooms feel much more cozy.

6. DECORATE // with these centerpieces
Ask your florist for a mix of dahlias, orchids, and ferns in bright, tropical hues.

7. GIVE // this to your bridesmaids
They’ll adore this island-inspired perfume with notes of ginger, tuberose, and frangipani.

8. EXCHANGE VOWS // right here
Say “I do” beneath a bamboo ceremony structure decorated with chiffon and mokara orchids.

Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8


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

 

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Minted Real Wedding: Leah & Mike in Albuquerque, NM

Today’s stunning Minted Real Wedding takes place at Los Poblanos, a historic inn and lavender farm in Albuquerque, where San Francisco-based couple Leah and Mike (who first met as roommates via Craigslist!) hosted a stylish, black-tie destination wedding for their 135 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.

Bride and groom: Leah and Mike
Based in: San Francisco
Wedding date: July 27, 2014
Location: Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Number of guests: 135
Minted wedding invitation: “Charming Go Lightly” (letterpressed) by Cheree Berry Paper
Photographer: Pat Furey

How did you and Mike meet?
We were roommates in San Francisco—Craigslist!

Tell us about the proposal!
It happened in the garden at my parents’ house.

How did you find your wedding venue?
My family went to Los Poblanos on vacation and fell in love with it. We’re from California and New York, and decided to have a destination wedding there.

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DIY Wedding: Fresh Floral Table Runner

One of the most daunting tasks when you’re DIY-ing your wedding, in my opinion, is definitely the reception centerpieces. But if you start with a base that makes assembling foolproof, anyone can play florist for the day! There are tricks for vases (like taping the opening to create a grid or using floral foam), and for this fresh flower table runner, there is one unexpected supply that’ll make assembling a cinch. So grab your bridesmaids and test this tutorial out for your big day!

Wedding Flowers

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