10 Fresh Ideas for a Tropical Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding Decor

Whether you spend your time browsing Pinterest or Instagram for wedding inspiration, you probably have tons of tropical imagery taking over your feed right now. Everything from the striking tropical foliage to crystal-clear blue waters can be a jumping-off point for your wedding decor. So if you’re planning a destination wedding or a laid-back beach bash, here are a few of my recent favorites that have me itching to renew our vows (after just two years—it’s been long enough right?).

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Minted Real Wedding: Shelby & Douglas in Keswick, VA

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Keswick, Virginia, at a picturesque cider mill called Castle Hill. There, in front of their 170 guests, Shelby and Douglas exchanged vows and hosted an elegant celebration that featured classic details (crisp tuxedos, a vintage Bentley) mixed bright splashes of poppy red.

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: Shelby Sutton
Groom’s name: Douglas Colby
Wedding date: July 13, 2013
Location: Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia
Minted wedding invitation: Elegance Illustrated by Phrosné Ras
Minted save-the-date: Simply in Love by Annie Clark
Photographer: Lucy O Photo
Wedding planner: Shindig Weddings & Events
Florist: Southern Blooms, Pat’s Floral Designs

Keep reading to see more details from Shelby and Douglas’ beautiful wedding.

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DIY Wedding: Watercolor Ceremony Program (with Printable!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

DIY Program

When I’m creating pieces for a wedding, I’m constantly thinking about ways to make them fun and functional, as well as something guests will actually want to take home after the wedding’s over. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never saved a ceremony program from any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past (except my own, of course!). But I thought that adding an artful element to the program cover—like a romantic quote done in watercolor—would transform a functional program into a keepsake your guests might enjoy later, perhaps framing and displaying it at home or pinning it to a bulletin board at work. I’m always collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest and this is one of my current favorites, and it’s certainly one many soon-to-be-married couples might be able to relate to!

Read on to download the ceremony-program cover and for instructions on how to make your own ceremony-program booklets.

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10 Clever Place Card Ideas For a Summer Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Summer Wedding Ideas

Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to play around with at events and for shoots. You can get so creative and add some really fun touches to your table. And now that summer’s here, there are so many bright and playful options to consider! Fresh items like flowers and fruit are really great (plus, they can even double as a little snack while your guests wait for dinner!). Or, you can get crafty and give guests a small memento that they can take home and display as decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ideas for summer!

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Minted Real Wedding: June & Antony in Charleston, SC

We’re excited to announce a brand-new series on Julep called Minted Real Weddings, where we feature couples from around the country who stylishly incorporated Minted elements into their wedding day. First up are June and Antony, who married last fall at the bride’s family home near Charleston, South Carolina.

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: June Hawkins
Groom’s name: Antony Patenaude
Minted wedding invitation: The Grainfield by Moglea (letterpressed)
Minted ceremony program: Pink Blossoms by Jennifer Wick
Wedding date: November 9, 2013
Location: The bride’s family home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Photographer: Shannon Michele Photography
Wedding design and coordination: The Burlap Elephant
Florist: Branch Design Studio

Keep reading to see more details from June and Antony’s beautiful wedding.

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Tropical-Inspired Boutonniere DIY

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding

Whether your big day is taking place in a sandy, island location, or you’ve just been inspired by tropical destinations while planning your wedding, this simple boutonniere will give your groom and groomsmen the tropical touch they need. I chose plants that make me instantly think of a summer vacation: palm fronds, bougainvillea and succulents. Using these sturdy pieces made the boutonnieres extremely easy to work with and the vibrant colors meant just a few stems stood out well on their own. Read on to see how you can create these for your wedding day!

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Summer Floral Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Minted Floral Invitations

My guess is approximately 24 hours after a couple is engaged, they are on pinterest beginning their search for the perfect wedding theme. And we all know how overwhelming that can be with the abundance of information and ideas on the internet. One place you can start you inspiration search that might help you narrow things down a bit quicker is the invitation. You can easily choose a style, like modern, rustic, floral, vintage, etc. and take it from there. I am a big fan of anything floral and gold, so this floral canopy foil-pressed invitation caught my eye. And if I could plan my wedding day all over again, this is where I would start with my inspiration!

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8 Ideas for Welcome Bags

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

When asking guests to travel a bit for your wedding, it’s a nice gesture to have something waiting for them upon their arrival. And with a million other things on your mind while planning your big day, coming up with goodies that all of your guests will enjoy is a time consuming task. So here are a few themes and ideas to get your started!

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Wedding Trends: Everything You Need To Know for 2014

You may have already guessed: We love unique designs. We do. It’s absolutely true. We also love superior quality and luxury but most of all we love love in every way. No matter how you slice the cake love brings out the best in everything and while everything we’ve just mentioned is important to us, what brings us the most joy is getting to be a part of your special day.

Because we are so lucky to be a part of that special day, we thought we would thank you by sharing some of what we have learned about creating the most memorable wedding day moments. We spoke to Wedding Industry Photographer, Christina McNeill, about the most wonderful wedding trends she is seeing in 2014.

Let us just say, that everything is fresh. From calligraphy and hand written fonts in wedding stationery (like the Traditional Royalty Letterpress Design by Two Thirteen Studio above) to painters that do live painting at weddings and croquembouche cakes – we now bring you the top, need to know, wedding trends of 2014 and a few trends we hope to set into motion.

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DIY Ruffle Fondant Hearts

By Tessa Huff of Style Sweet
I am always looking for new ways to dress up ordinary treats for events and special occasions, and these ruffle heart toppers take regular cupcakes to new heights.  They are the perfect mix of feminine and fun.  Use the toppers to turn your homemade or store-bought cupcakes into works of art for a festive birthday, bridal shower, or even a wedding!
Instructions after the jump…
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