Thoughts from our seasonal save the date couples

It’s always interesting to hear what the inspirations behind our competitions actually pick for their cards. Here are some real-time responses from our Style Me Pretty couples on what save the date cards they’re thinking about using for their upcoming nuptials.

Brittany: “We have loved watching the designs come in, some of them are GORGEOUS and all of them are fun!” My favorite is Green Butterfly by Pretty {much} Art.

I love the font, and the butterfly on the front…and I like that it is all one color. If I had to change one thing about it, I would hope that if it gets picked up to be sold by minted.com , that it could be possible to offer it in a variety of colors. Our wedding colors are in the purple family, and the original green color wouldn’t be my first choice.

(Not to worry, Brittany—all of our cards are always fully customizable and can be made in any color under the sun. All you have to do is get in touch with one of our customer associates by emailing service@minted.com or calling 1-888-828-MINT / 1-415-466-2090 )

Victoria: Our top choices were: Fields by Kerry Doyle. fields Save the Date Cards

Organic typography by Rachael Schendel. Organic Typography Save the Date Save the Date Cards

Penguins by Potts Design. a href=

Boardwalk Stencil by Alex Elko Design.

Victoria: We agreed on all of these.  The main colors for our wedding are black and white so it is hard to find a save the date in those colors that isn’t too serious/harsh.  We actually like the idea of a total departure from the wedding colors for the save the dates. Seasonality wasn’t super important to us but we liked the subtle play on winter some of the designers came up with like the Penguins and the smitten save the date by sweet street gals.
smitten Save the Date Cards

Nicole: Baroque Save the Dates by Amy Fontes Graphic Design.

Baroque Save the Date Cards

We both like the detailed designs and texture that she included. We also really liked Falling Leaves by Pottsdesign.Under a Canopy of Falling Leaves Save the Date Cards

I thought the artistry is excellent. I would actually prefer something a little more light colored. I also like Simply Save the Date by lehan, but haven’t asked Thomas about it yet… But once again the understated detail, artistry and light colors really caught my eye.

Hannah: MY personal favorite pick for our wedding is the Blossom Save the Date by Kerry Doyle.

blossom Save the Date Cards

Our colors are (as of now) black & white with spring green accents, and I absolutely love the contrast of the bright green against the bright white. I also love the fonts she chose, I think they are perfect for our level of formality and our personalities!

My fiance disagrees! He thinks it’s way too floral and feminine for his tastes. 🙁  Our runner-up (that we can both agree on) is the English Garden by Push Papers.

Although I also love the Flourishing by Susan Schneider. Flourishing Save the Date Cards

(Hannah, you can always pick a super girly invite for  your shower! We can easily make any of these save the dates into bridal shower invitations.)

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Minted Launches Personal Stationery Design Challenge With Celebrity Interior Designers

Minted Launches Personal Stationery Design Challenge With Celebrity Interior Designers. Minted recruits three of the country’s most renowned interior designers­ Martha Angus, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, and Jay Jeffers ­ as inspiration for and judges in their first-ever personalized stationery design challenge.

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Minted Unveils Winners From the 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge

Minted Unveils Winners From the 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge Minted has announced the winners of its 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge, its biggest design competition yet. 651 designs were entered, 50,000 votes were cast, and over $8,000 was awarded in prizes. The winning holiday photo cards are now available on Minted.

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Moving Announcements now for sale

25 innovative moving announcements from The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge have just gone up for sale! Here are some of the ones we can’t stop gushing about.

Mariam: I love the architectural line drawing feel of Lot by marabou designs, plus it looks a bit like my neighborhood.

Ellen: When I move into my dream home with a huge yard I’m going to order The Grass is Greener by sweet tree studio.

The Grass is Greener

Kim: I love Float Paperie‘s Float + Modkey. It’s simple, clean, eye-catching, and retro all at once!

Float + Modkey

Allison: I always adore Float Paperie‘s use of typography, and it’s showcased well in float + taking off.

float + taking off

Annie: I love the vintage rustic feeling of Mandy Gordon‘s home tweet home. Her pattern work is fantastic.

Home Tweet Home Moving Announcements

Natasha: I actually just signed the lease on a new apartment with my fiance so I am going to order Tied by marabou design, but I’m going to take advantage of Minted’s fully customizable options and do it in a sage green to match the walls of the dining room in our new place. I’ll make the caption “we tied the knot.” Then I’ll have a bridesmaid drop them all in the mail when we leave on our honeymoon. It’s a wedding and moving announcement in one!

Tied Moving Announcements

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Cheree Berry in Martha Stewart Weddings

We couldn’t take our eyes off the pages of Minted brand Cheree Berry’s red and aqua wedding featured in Martha Stewart’s Summer 2009 edition. Cheree nicely gave Minted a shout-out today in Martha Stewart’s “The Bride’s Guide” blog. I just love the idea of Minted personalized wedding stationery for a bridesmaid gift–so much in fact I may have to steal it for my own upcoming wedding! Pair it with an engraved letter opener and it’s a worthy gesture of thanks for any bend over backwards attendant. Thank you Cheree and a million congratulations on your letter-perfect wedding!

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Help Abby at Style Me Pretty decide!

Our Seasonal Save the Date guest judge Abby Larson is trying to pick her favorite entry. Help her narrow down her list of favorites by weighing in on her infamous Style Me Pretty blog.

And make sure, if you haven’t already, to vote before it’s too late in our seasonal save the date challenge.

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Holiday Challenge winners announced!

Thank you to each and every designer who participated in Minted’s 2009 Holiday Card Competition – we were awed by the collective talent displayed in this challenge. Over 50,000 votes were tallied to decide on the winners – in the end, these 3 designs prevailed by a close margin to win in their respective categories:

a white christmas by day design – 1st prize, $1000, Full Bleed Photo
Candy Tree by Gleaux – 1st prize, $1000, Fresh Take on a Classic
bold reflection by kelli hall – 1st prize, $1000, Mulitple Photo category

Also placing in the top 10 designs overall were:
joy by Carrie Eckhert
organic ornament by kelli hall
Sweet Snow by Candice Leigh
Feliz Navidad by Sarah Lenger
sweet memories by pottsdesign
Red Ribbon Happiness by Cococello
footsteps in the snow by Oscar+Emma design

Congratulations to these designers for their vision and hard work. We wanted to add that the Minted staff had a very difficult time deciding on our ‘editors’ picks’ and will likely be adding more editors’ picks to those already selected. As this—our biggest competition yet—wraps, we sit down with a few members of Minted’s staff to hear their perspective on the designs submitted..

1. What card do you think will be most popular this holiday season and why?

Allison: White christmas by day design.

It’s eye catching, yet has subtle type and design qualities. It will let almost any photo shine.

Mariam: I second White Christmas. I think that photography aficionados will enjoy displaying a large photograph on the front of their card, while the snowflakes add an elegant but modern touch to the card.  This design that epitomizes the Minted customer.

Annie: Sweet Memories by PottsDesign.

Emily’s design doesn’t over power the photograph, which I think is the most important factor in a successful holiday card. The design has just enough winter spirit without being too over-the-top to have mass appeal.

Natasha: Snowflake Music Holiday Photo Cards by Koshi.


Why not just let the photo and the beautiful font do all the work? This design feels very luxe to me.

Koshi: Oh Christmas Stripes by Stacey Day:

I’m not one for the typical Christmas symbols, but her tree evokes an architectural quality fit for any Frank Lloyd Wright mantle.

2. Of the hundreds of cards submitted, what is your favorite holiday card and why?

Allison: Organic ornament, by kelli hall.

I love the simplicity of the illustration and her color palette is right up my alley! It’s a fresh design, and that’s what Minted is all about!

Annie: So many to choose from! It’s a tie between Kelli Hall’s Winter Chic and Alex Elko’s Peace Love and Bop.


At first the designs seems so effortless, but then you realize the care and attention to detail that goes into creating such flawless compositions.

Natasha: Sweet Tooth by Oscar+Emma Design


It strikes the perfect balance between cute and classy. The colors are very current and I like mixing a bright holiday red with a winter blue.

Mariam: I love Citrus Snowflakes by Gleaux.


This artist’s vision is very unique and very detail obsessed.  She communicates both vintage and modern clearly and successfully in this design, which I think is hard to do, and the vintage elements add appropriate seasonal warmth.

Koshi: This is like asking me which pair of sneakers I like most (I own an obscene number of sneakers). It’s nearly impossible to pick just a single one, but I’m partial to Emily Potts’ Sweet Memories:

It’s a simple design with intricate details and great typography. It’s also not red and green, yet it still evokes the season

3. What card is leading your list to send out personally this year and why?

Mariam: Classic Ribbon Stripes by Emily Ranneby.

I love the restrained, modern classical style of Emily’s designs.  What I love about this design is that it incorporates holiday red, but allows a photograph to really take center stage.

Koshi: I like Precious Bugarin Design’s Modern Geometric because it’s so starkly modern it could easily be an announcement for a gallery opening:

Reminiscent of Design Within Reach’s iconic logo, this design not only uses one of my favorite typefaces, News Gothic, but it’s also so clean it almost impossible for me not to love. It’s almost as if I had designed this one for myself.

Allison: I would first send my own Peace, Love and Presents.

However, if I were to send out any other photo card I would chose either organic ornament, or simple bulbs by kelli hall.

Natasha: I’m a little biased because Erika did my wedding invites, but I love the sophistication of Warm Berries by Gleaux:

Annie: If I wasn’t going to send out one of my own designs, I’d use Retro Holiday Holiday Photo Card by Baumbirdy.

I’m a sucker for anything mid-century modern inspired, and I have a perfect old family photo (ugly Christmas sweaters and all) that would look great with this retro holiday card.

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Congrats to the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge Winners

Natasha’s posting more about this on Monday, but after a flurry of activity and excitement at Minted yesterday we are excited to announce the winners of the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card challenge at www.minted.com/previous-challenge.  This was a very tough design challenge in which we received over 650 entries and 50,000 votes.  There were many designs that came close to winning, and I’m just sorry we can’t give more designs a ‘top 10’ recognition.  In the meantime, congratulations to the 3 first prize winners – Day Design, Gleaux, and Kelli Hall  – for their unique and winning vision!

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Minted in InStyle Wedding

At Minted we love the idea that invitations can capture the spirit and personality of an event. And we’re not alone, in their Summer 2009 issue InStyle Weddings featured invitations for the modern bride that eschews outdated ideas that wedding invitations must be stuffy and boring. The article highlighted designers that are pushing the envelope with bold use of color, strong graphic patterns, and creative use of typography. Among those mentioned was Minted’s own Deco Lights wedding invitation by the talented Deb Pang Davis of Cococello. Allison, one of our talented design associates, is also quoted, “Strong patterns, bright colors and clean font help set the tone for a modern wedding, says Allison Wheeler, a designer at stationery boutique Minted.com. To find your inspiration, Wheeler suggest looking at fabric patterns, modern design and art deco-era typography.”

Minted in Instyle Summer 09

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freshly minted: The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge Winners

If you haven’t already seen the winners from our last Design Challenge: The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge, you should head over to the winners page to get a sneak peek into the moving announcements we’ll be releasing soon.

Renee Stevens of R Studio follows up on her editor’s pick from our Pre-Wedding Party Challenge with a winning design for this challenge. Her design mixes a whimsically detailed neighborhood illustration with clean modern typography to create her winning moving announcement.

Moving Full Circle Moving Announcements
Moving Full Circle Moving Announcements

Congratulations also goes out to Amy Fontes for her first editor’s pick and her first card for sale in the Minted Collection. We’ve been watching Amy’s work over the past challenges and we’re glad to have her work added to the assortment. Finally, a special congratulations to Amanda Larsen, she had two designs in the Top Ten this time around, a feat rarely seen.

Congratulations to all our top ten winners: R Studio, Float Paperie, kelli hall, Amanda Larsen, Mandy Gordon, Sweet Tree Studio, b.brown, Sarah Lenger, and Sunny July. And thank you to the rest of the designers who participated, we look forward to your future submissions.

Lastly, I noticed the Holiday Challenge submissions have broken our record for number of submissions in a single challenge. We are not only excited by the quantity, but also impressed by the quality of the designs. I can’t wait for voting to start, I’m sure our customers will be returning to have fresh designs this Holiday and you certainly have provided them with a lot of wonderful options.

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