We know a lot of you are sitting cozy at your desk, ear buds ringing, pecking away at work. Well, give yourself a much need breaky-break by tuning into the LiveStream on GoodMorningAmerica.com during the 2PM hour to check out our girl Liz (who is wearing the prettiest pink Rent the Runway dress!) chatting up Maura Tierney about all things wedding favors. The ideas are so darned cute and you’ll get to see what we’ve been working on this past week at SMP headquarters!
Our love for Minted runs deep. I mean, a global community of independent artists coming together to provide you with some of the prettiest invites you will ever lay your eyes upon? We’re devoted followers. Which is why we’re dedicating our entire day to their fave trends of 2016. Think pretty paper goods meets beautiful + unique designs meets the PERFECT statement piece. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Minted’s design challenges are always awesome, but their most recent contest has us drooling over the latest and greatest looks hitting the wedding industry. Think everything from art gallery-inspired pieces to botanical borders to Southwest chic invites, all wrapped up in the breathtaking designs + high-quality paper goods that Minted is sooo well known for. Which means those new trends you’ve been wanting to weave throughout your celebration? You can embrace them whole-heartedly with Minted’s fabulous websites, crazy cool Save the Dates, gorgeous invites and MORE. That’s what we call a win-win, lovelies.
Whether you consider yourself a romantic with a love for soft painterly, lean towards a resort chic style or prefer a more bold art gallery look, Minted has a style that is right for you and yours in plethora of different formats and price points… from beautiful online invites to fun Save the Date magnets to place cards that will WOW your loved ones. And don’t even get me started on Minted’s FREE guest addressing on envelopes, plus name printing on table numbers and place cards. With Minted, your seriously unique + totally coordinated wedding is right at your fingertips… stunning trends included.
Ready to dive into the newest wedding invitation trends for 2016? Head to Minted NOW to begin perusing the pretty. We know you’ll find “the one,” lovelies.
What: Enter to win $500 in Minted credit!
How: Head to Minted now to enter! Contest ends 11:59 pm PT on May 6, 2016.
Terms & Conditions: One (1) $500 Minted Stationery credit. This is a unique, one-time code that must be redeemed in one transaction, cannot be combined with other promotions, does not include shipping & tax costs, and is valid through May 6, 2017). Winner will be notified via email on or around May 7, 2016.
By entering the Giveaway, entrants agree that Minted LLC may send you promotions and special offers they feel may be of interest to you.
This wedding is “Southern classic” in every single way. Beginning with an heirloom veil worn by the bride (her grandfather first bought it for his daughter even before she was engaged!) and ending with a moonshine bar set-up at the reception, the entire affair was a celebration of this couple’s Southern roots. Pop over to The Vault for images by Anna Routh and don’t you dare miss the film below from Blueberry Creative.
From Anna Routh Photography…. Alden and Kevin’s classic Charlotte wedding was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Alden’s style is spot on, so it’s no surprise her gown was a complete stunner with that amazing back detail. She pulled her look together with an antique veil (a family heirloom), shoes with just the right amount of bling and simple jewels. She was truly the picture of elegance.
Alden and Kevin’s family is incredibly important to then, so keeping the wedding party to family and including very special items from their parents’ marriages was an important decision for them. Alden and Kevin each walked down the aisle with small books that were presented to Alden’s parents on their wedding day in their hands, keeping the love of their families close at all times.
The reception that followed at the modern Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte was nothing short of epic. Utilizing three areas of the museum, Alden’s goal (with the help of her creative and ambitious father’s vision) was to bring a ‘Southern’ scene to life. To say she accomplished that is an understatement. From the giant Magnolia brought in for cocktail hour, to the projections of moving magnolias on the walls and life size photos of iconic southern imagery, to the dining room dripping with neutral florals, and even down to the moonshine bar – it doesn’t get much more southern than that.
Alden and Kevin’s wedding was an absolute blast, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations, you two!
Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning + Design: Rogers & Gala | Floral Design: The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: Mint Museum UPTOWN | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic | Band: Jessie's Girls
Living in Boston, I’m a huge sucker for autumn in New England but this wedding photographed by Sylvie Gil made me realize how equally perfect that time of year is on the opposite coast. Set at Northern California’s Calistoga Ranch, the team at Bustle Events designed a wedding that fully embraced the season, including a ceremony in the coziest wine cave you’ve ever seen. Click here for so much more.
From The Bride… Like most brides, I think simply being surrounded by those I love and care about made the entire day feel special. I think our wedding was unique because everything I chose was original and a genuine reflection of us. I didn’t want to do anything cheesy that had been done a million times before.
Instead, I allowed our stunning venue – Calistoga Ranch, which is nestled in Northern California’s wine country – to set the scene for an enchanted evening. Since it is so gorgeous in its simplicity, I chose understated decorations that complemented the space rather than distract from its beauty.
We were married in a candlelit wine cave which was a new experience for most of my guests. After the ceremony, everyone was bussed to the vineyard on the property where we had dinner. When dinner was over, guests were bussed back up to the wine cave, which had been transformed into our reception area.
We absolutely succeeded in creating an intimate evening that felt like a good old-fashioned party – dinner and dancing among friends and family – rather than a stuffy wedding.
My best advice for someone planning a wedding is to stop always thinking you can do better. It’s easy to get caught up in, “maybe that venue is better,” or “maybe that bakery is better,” or “maybe that band is better.” Know what you’re looking for, trust your intuition and make decisions. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the details. Otherwise, your search could be endless.
Another golden piece of advice I was given and would absolutely pass on is to budget for a videographer. My wedding planner told me this, and boy am I glad she did. Oftentimes, brides budget for flowers, music and photos. A videographer becomes a “nice to have,” not a “need to have.” We went with Grover Films.
Our wedding day was so surreal and overwhelming that I think most brides would agree that when you’re in the moment, it’s easy to miss a lot of the details of your wedding. Sean and I were so relieved to have a video to watch long after it was all over. It was incredible to see everything again – to go back in time and relive those moments – and it’s a different experience than simply looking at photos.
Trust your wedding planner. Read reviews on Yelp. And finally, prioritize what’s important to you. For me, it was delicious food, a stunning venue, superb lighting and good music. Everything else was fluff.
Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning + Design: Bustle Events | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | DJ + Lighting: DJ Josh Dukes | Lounge Furniture: Rion Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Frances Lane