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5 Steps to Save the Date with Minted

January 17, 2022 | morgan

Once you’ve settled into the wedding planning process and chosen your wedding date, it’s time to let your guests know when you’ll be tying the knot. Not sure where to begin? Luckily, Minted has hundreds of Save the Date cards available to help announce your wedding date. In five easy steps, you can communicate that the happiest day of your life is coming soon! 

Step 1. Choose Minted

All Minted products are fresh. This translates onto their luxurious papers with vibrant inks to create a beautiful wedding announcement that is unique and art worthy—and will bring a beautiful splash of color to their refrigerators. 

To become a fresh Save the Date design, Minted’s community of artists and designers create breathtaking artwork. These designs are entered into contests that the same community of artists votes to decide which designs will become Save the Date cards. This process of opening their platform to artists from all backgrounds and enlisting them to vote guarantees that a wide array of beautiful, unique, and stylish products will be available.

Step 2. Utilize Images or Don’t—It’s Up to You

Many designs will allow you to feature multiple photos—you can find them by clicking the drop-down menu of filters and look for the one labeled “Photos.” By selecting the number zero you can also view non-photo save the dates if that’s more your style.

Step 3. Start with Fresh Designs, Then Customize

Most of the designs on Minted allow couples to change the text color, font, and even the message! You can try alternatives like:

  • We’re getting married
  • We’re tying the knot
  • Save Our Date
  • Or try your date spelled out or using numbers

Step 4. Print and Ship

After you’ve settled on the images and text, it’s time to print and ship your Save the Date cards. Minted’s special attention to detail keeps on coming with a commitment to excellence in their printing process. Their paper is specially formulated by their partners for optimal photo printing quality. Your beautiful engagement photos will look stunning on any one of their styles.

Step 5. Don’t Wait, Get Started Now

Get started building your own customized and gorgeous Save the Dates on Minted’s website. Then when you’re finished be sure to order enough for your guest list. If you’re having trouble getting started with that list, we can help.

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Wedding Gown Trends for 2022

January 17, 2022 | riley

Image by Jamie Y Photography. See more of this real elopement here

And just like that, we’ve welcomed 2022. There’s something exciting about the new year–especially if you were recently engaged or you’re tying the knot this year! With the new year comes new wedding trends. From color palettes to decorations to bridesmaid’s dresses to wedding gowns, it’s time to start planning what is going to be big this year! With puffy sleeves, shorter hemlines, and sequins making their way into the wedding industry, we’ve rounded up the styles that are going to be a hit in 2022. So what’re you waiting for? It’s time to get wedding dress shopping!

Wedding Gown Trends For 2022

Puffy Sleeves

Although Bridgerton came out in 2020, it made its mark in the wedding world. We’ve seen puffy sleeves take wedding fashion by storm and we don’t foresee it stopping in 2022. There’s something extremely whimsical about the sleeve, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone having a garden or countryside wedding.

Image by MC Weddings. See more of this real wedding here

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Short Hemlines

The past few years have been the years of elopements and courthouse “I do’s,” which call for shorter hemlines. They’re casual, romantic, and not to mention more comfortable than traditional gowns. If you’re opting for a shorter dress but still want to stand out on your special day, consider pairing the dress with bolder accessories like a birdcage veil or statement earrings.

Image by Scarlet Roots. See more of this real elopement here

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Colorful Dresses

If you want to express your colorful personality, opt for a non-white dress that is as bright as you are. Whether it’s a subtle swap like champagne or blush, or you want to go bold with black or red, there are so many possibilities out there.

Image by Marrymi. See more of this real elopement here

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Playful Textures

Ruffles, feathers, floral appliques, oh my! Playful textures are here to stay and we couldn’t love it more. Not only are they unique, but they also photograph beautifully.

Image by Emily Hary Photography. See more of this real wedding here

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Heavy Embroidery

Much like the playful textures, heavy embroidery is going to be another big trend in 2022. This is especially true with florals. As we mentioned earlier, colorful dresses are going to be a hit this year and we see it carrying over into the embroidery. Think white gowns with colorful florals embroidered on the dress. However, if you’d rather stick to an all-white dress, fret not. There are plenty of options with bold embroidery.

Image by Radu Benjamin. See more of this real wedding here

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High Necklines

Much like the puffy sleeves, the high neckline ties back to the regal look that everyone fell in love with while watching Bridgerton. It’s a neckline that is flattering on virtually everyone and it comes in a wide variety of silhouettes–from ballgown to sheath to mermaid. It’s ideal for anyone looking for a bit more modesty on their special day.

Image by Eastlyn & Joshua. See more of this real wedding here

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Separates

Separates are by far the most versatile, playful look out there thanks to their ability to be mixed and matched. Whether you’re mixing a bustier top with a full tulle skirt or a crop top with a fitted, figure-hugging skirt, the options are endless. Not to mention the killer pantsuit options.

Image by Paola Lattarini. See more of this real elopement here

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Sequins

Wedding attire is all about being the star of the show these days, and what better way to do so than to don some sequins? They can be done so in a very subtle, understated way, or you can shine bright with bold sparkles that will have every eye on you. No matter which one you choose, you’ll feel completely and utterly glamorous on your wedding day.

Image by Amber Vickery Photography. See more of this real elopement here

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Now that you know what we expect for the wedding gown trends for 2022, it’s time to book your first wedding dress appointment. Check out our guide with everything you need to know to prepare for your wedding dress shopping experience!

Image by Ashily Kim Photography. See more of this real wedding here

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Stunningly Modern Wes Anderson-Inspired Wedding

January 16, 2022 | riley

Two-part weddings have been a great option for many couples who had to postpone or cancel their weddings due to the pandemic. For Gabriela and Meheer, it started with an intimate ceremony at the bride’s family patio in 2020, followed by a bigger celebration with their closest friends and family a year later. From the quirky style and bold pops of color to the fun, relaxed, and artsy vibe, this couple’s modern Wes Anderson-inspired wedding proves that an unconventional theme and timeline is a great opportunity to make your big day special and memorable. 

Look out for the eclectic tropical ceremony and reception decor, the retro glam ostrich feather mini dress, the unique monstera leaf bouquet, the striking architecture of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Audre Rae’s amazing photography. If you’re a modern couple looking for something unique, colorful, and a little quirky, then this wedding is the perfect inspiration for you. 

The Couple:

Gabriela and Meheer

The Wedding:

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Making Their Wedding Ceremony Personal

We got legally married in Gabriela’s parents’ patio during 2020, so our ceremony really had no rules or requirements. A good friend who got to see our relationship when we were doing long-distance officiated. For us, it was all about customizing our vows. It can be kind of vulnerable to share them, but getting to do it twice meant we also got to share what we had already learned in our first year of marriage. We also had a friend–who we both lived with in New York and who was the professor that taught the class we met in–to give speeches. It meant so much to have people who had seen us at these pivotal moments in our relationship share in our celebration.

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Being Flexible And Open To Change

The first day we met, someone said to us, “We have a plan; the plan may change.” We’ve held on to that through our entire relationship, and it was certainly our motto while planning this wedding. We had a conversation about what we wanted our wedding to be like and discussed expectations with our families, which helped us get ahead of a lot of conversations! We stayed flexible and were able to remind ourselves what would be important the day after the wedding—being married!

A Venue Change That Really Paid Off

Six weeks before the wedding, we had to find a new venue. Gabriela’s mother was calling every place she could possibly think of. We ended up working with the team at MMoCA, and they were incredible. They did everything they could to answer our questions and work with our coordinator to make the replanning as stress-free as possible. In the end, we can’t imagine having it anywhere else.

Creating A Wonderful Guest Experience

Gabriela is very detail-oriented, so she spent a lot of time thinking about the guest experience. After delaying the celebration for a year, being able to bring our friends and family together safely is something we’re incredibly proud of. Everything after that was just icing on the cake!

A Relaxed Cocktail Reception At The Modern Wes Anderson-Inspired Wedding

We did a cocktail reception because we wanted people to mingle and visit after so long apart. It gave us so much flexibility in food. We did a late-night mac and cheese bar, dessert table, and an old-fashioned bar!

Memorable Wedding Moments

It’s hard not to say everything, in part because the whole day was so special, but also because it went by so quickly! When we did our first look before the wedding, we had a few moments that just felt so special and private. There was also a moment when all of our friends and family were finally together dancing outside under the lights when we looked at each other and felt so happy to have everyone together to safely celebrate finally. We felt so loved then. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Audre Rae Photography
Event Planning – Olive Branch Events Co.
Venue – Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Floral Design – Daffodil Parker
Catering – Food Fight
Cake – Carl’s Cake Shop
DJ – Kuhl Entertainment
Videography – Carly Jo Burson
Invitation Design – factorymade & Tess Barnes
Makeup Artist  & Hair Styling – Arch Apothecary
Alterations – Monetti Tailoring
Wedding Dress – Markarian
Bridal Accessories – Jennifer Behr, Manolo Blahnik & Suzanne Kalan
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Retrofete
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Rings – Greenwich St. Jewelers
Rentals – A La Crate Rentals
Photobooth – The Pixel Booth
Personalized Napkins – For Your Party

 

Congratulations to Gabriela and Meheer’s stunningly modern Wes Anderson-inspired wedding. Massive thanks to Audre Rae Photography for these beautiful photographs and for giving us a peek into their big day.

Couples now are facing all kinds of different challenges. Having an open mind and being creative is key during times like these. And if the vision you have for your wedding is far from cookie cutter, start with an unexpected venue or unconventional theme —the kind that makes your wedding a unique experience and not just simply an event. Choose a style, venue, and timeline you and your partner vibe with, and let the rest fall into place. 

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