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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DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Garland

I’m planning a little hunt for St. Patrick’s Day and thought the end of the rainbow would be the best place for the final treasure. Since I can’t conjure up a real rainbow on demand, this rainbow watercolor garland is the next best thing.

st patrick's day decorations

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Design to Dish: Homemade Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cake always reminds me of my little sister, Anna—it’s her absolute favorite (she even says she wants a funfetti wedding cake when she gets married!). And who can blame her? Funfetti is delicious, of course, and looks so happy, colorful, and festive—it turns a regular weeknight dinner into a party! As with most cakes, cookies, and sweet treats, funfetti tastes much better made from scratch than from a mix, and really isn’t hard to make if you use my recipe below.

homemade funfetti cake recipe minted julep“Gesture” art print by Kelly Ventura; Homemade Funfetti Cake (recipe below)

minted homemade funfetti cake recipe

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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.

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

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DIY: Fabric Water-Bottle Sling

I love going on hikes with my dog but hate lugging a big bag or purse along just for my water and keys. So, I decided to make this water-bottle sling with Minted’s new fabric. It turned out to be a fairly easy sewing project that can be done with less than a yard of fabric—the perfect opportunity to make good use of your remnants bin or to order that fun print you’ve been eyeballing.

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DIY: Polka-Dot Party Favor Bags

By Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

P0lka dots are always a great party theme—they’re colorful and playful, and most of all, just plain fun! Today, we’re sharing a simple polka-dot treat bag DIY that involves decorating muslin bags with a simple stamping technique. It’s a fun way to get your kiddo involved and helping with the party prep, and the bags are perfect for stuffing with small treats. Best of all, the little polka-dot pouches are a goody bag guests can use at home, too.

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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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Design to Dish: Triple-Chocolate Cookies

triple chocolate pudding cookies striped paper strawsChocolate-Brown Striped Party Straws from Minted; Triple-Chocolate Cookies (recipe below)

Truth be told, these little gems are quadruple-chocolate cookies, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it! I first had these amazing cookies a few years ago after hearing my friend describe them while we were working out at the gym—talk about irony! Four kinds of chocolate packed into such a tasty little package. They’re really irresistible and are the perfect partner to a tall, cold glass of milk. We managed to polish off the latest batch in just two days flat!

In addition to being slightly addicted to delicious chocolate cookies, I’m also crazy about striped paper straws—my collection is getting a little out of hand! They add that perfect finishing touch to everything from after-school snacks to parties, and these chocolate-brown ones are the perfect mix of sophistication and whimsy.

Click through for the recipe for the easy, scrumptious chocolate cookies… 

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