Elements of Style: Delft Blues

Delftware, the beautiful blue-and-white pottery that originated from Holland, may be more than 500 years old but it’s totally having a moment right now. In pretty blue shades ranging from vivid cobalt and ultramarine to elegant lapis and navy, these Delft-inspired floral patterns are a fresh and modern way to reinterpret a classic blue-and-white wedding palette.


1. SEND // this invite
“Floral Frame” letterpress invitation by Lori Wemple for Minted

2. WEAR // this wedding dress
Illusion-neckline gown with blue-and-white floral-patterned skirt by Francesca Miranda

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of ranunculuses, dusty miller, and viburnum leaves by Stems & Styles

4. PUT ON // these heels
Floral-printed heels by L.K. Bennett

5. CUT // this cake
Blue-and-white wedding cake by Alma Pasteles

6. EXCHANGE  // your vows here
Affix pretty blue-and-white plates to a wall to create a unique, DIY ceremony backdrop

7. GIVE // these favors
Delft-patterned cookies via Pinterest

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DIY: 15 Drink Stirrers for Your Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY Cocktail Stirrers

There are plenty of ways to jazz up your wedding cocktails, but I think one of the most fun is with swizzle sticks. They’re a simple enough DIY undertaking that you can have a girl’s night (or guy’s!) and get crafty without having to go overboard. Plus, they’re the perfect way to add a little color or infuse your wedding theme into the reception. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas—have a look and remember that you can switch out colors and seasonal items (like the flowers, for example) to make it suit your big day perfectly!

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DIY Stamped Leather Escort Cards

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Escort Cards

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid all of the fall inspiration floating around the web, even if it’s still unseasonably hot outside where you live. But one thing I love about this time of the year is the fact that leather makes its comeback. The warm colors and buttery-soft textures have a luxurious and rustic vibe, all at the same time. Keep reading to see how you can incorporate a little leather into your wedding day—this DIY escort-card idea is perfect for a fall or winter celebration.

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Minted Real Wedding: Julia & Deric in Seattle

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Seattle at the elegant Escala building (a.k.a. the real-life setting for 50 Shades of Grey). Julia and Deric—who met while working together at J.Crew!—hosted a sophisticated and formal wedding with lots of black-and-white details with glints of gold.

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’s name: Julia Lara
Groom’s name: Deric Latendresse
Wedding date: February 1, 2014 (which happened to be their seven-year anniversary!)
Location: Escala in Seattle
Minted wedding invitation: “A Glamorous Affair” by Kristen Smith
Photographer: Carina Skrobecki
Calligrapher: Carolyn Kach
Wedding Coordinator: It’s Your Day

Keep reading to see more details from Julia and Deric’s beautiful wedding.

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How To: Make Summery Wedding Colors Work for Fall

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Fall Wedding Colors

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of a bright, summery color palette for your wedding. One easy way to make summer hues work for fall is to add a moody touch to the overall palette by introducing a dark, saturated color. I love the combo of pale blues and corals mixed with deep, inky navy inspired by this pretty watercolor painting. Read on for more ideas and ways to incorporate this palette in your own wedding!

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8 Summer Wedding Signature Cocktails

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

wedding signature cocktail

Working on custom wedding signage means I see a lot of the little details brides are incorporating into their big day. One thing that’s always a good idea: a sign or two displayed at the cocktail bar listing the couple’s signature cocktails. Custom beverages are a fun way to personalize your bar menu and share your favorite libations with your friends and family. Plus, if you opt for cocktail the bartenders can mix in advance, that will definitely help cut down on long lines at the bar. We served two signature cocktails at our wedding and our guests loved them so much, most didn’t even scan the menu for other options. In the spirit of infusing one last bit of summer into your upcoming soiree, check out these eight cocktails I’ve had my eye on… and that you might want to consider making your own.

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DIY Wedding Escort Card and Treat Bag

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

escort card idea

We all know how antsy guests can get between the ceremony and dinner at weddings. Problem solved: Make your escort cards work double-duty as a tasty treat your guests can enjoy as they’re making their way into the reception. And, of course you won’t want to slap the escort card on any old snack, so I’m sharing this easy tutorial on how to fancy up a simple treat bag so it looks just as stylish as everything else on your wedding day.

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DIY Wedding Favor: Homemade Pickles (With Printable Tag!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Give your wedding guests a take-home treat that’s delicious, homemade, and packs a big crunch: pickles! This recipe is super simple to make; plus, the elegant glass jars make them very versatile—they could easily work as favors at a more rustic-themed celebration as well as at a more classic wedding. Just whip up an extra-large batch and tie each jar of pickles with the downloadable favor tag we made just for you.

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12 Unexpected (And Super Creative!) Wedding Menu Ideas

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Menu Ideas

When it comes to your wedding dinner, there are so many more creative menu ideas beyond your basic printed cards. These days, brides are coming up with super clever ideas that tie in with their wedding themes, serve double-duty as perhaps a napkin or treat bag, and even reusable after the wedding’s over. Whatever look you’re going for, read on to get plenty of ideas you can easily replicate on our own!

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