Minted Weddings Save the Date
Disclosure: I collaborated with Minted Weddings for this post in exchange for product. All opinions are of my own.
My very first wedding post! Oh, how I have been so ready to finally sit down and write a post about wedding planning! Charles proposed to me last year on October 2, 2018 in Paris. Since then, it’s been a blissful period of just figuring out the logistics of our wedding. Most of our family and friends are in California BUT we do have a very large handful of friends in Hawaii. We finally settled on having our wedding in Hawaii.
We have been looking at venues on the island online but none didn’t scream at us as “the one” until we came across our venue that we just booked! The process was long: we contacted our venue in February and we finally booked it earlier this month!
Now that booking the venue is out of the way, we finally get to start wedding planning! First things first are the Save the Dates. We wanted to make sure that our guests from out of town will be able to make it (it’ll be a destination wedding for a lot of our family and friends from the Mainland). We previously used Minted to create online Engagement Party invites and it was so easy I knew I had to use Minted for our Save the Date.
If you don’t know what Minted is, it’s a website and marketplace where you can create invitations, find fine art to fit your style, and gifts for your loved ones. The designs on their website are from independent artists and designers from all over the world. They create a space for these artists and designers to sell their products and build their business which I think is amazing!
Minted also has a dedicated “Minted Weddings” that I briefly browsed before booking our venue to get an idea on how I wanted my Save the Date to look like. Charles typically likes to give me creative control with things such as our wedding but we are going with a “modern & minimalist” theme.
When we booked our venue, I immediately started creating the Save the Date through Minted Weddings so that our guest can have a heads up and plan accordingly. Although it may seem overwhelming, picking a design is pretty easy! You can filter the Save the Dates by style, color, price, etc. From rustic to botanical to bohemian, there are different styles for different couples. Charles and I wanted to go for a modern and minimalist design and checked “Modern” and “Simple & Minimalist” to narrow down our choices. I didn’t want our photos on our Save the Dates and I found a few designs that met that. Here are a few runner ups:
I Adore You by Phrosne Ras
Funky Names by Phrosne Ras
Minimal Romance by Playground Prints
Booked by Mere Paper
We ended up choosing A Few Words by Susan Brown in the 4.25″ x 6″ size.
There are different sizes to fit your needs and budgets such as a simple postcard (sans envelope), classic 5″ x 7″ size, or even a magnet. Currently, there are 6 different combinations to choose from and we chose the white background with black lettering. You can choose to foil the letters for an extra cost. We decided to keep it simple with just the black lettering. There is an option for sharp corners or more rounded corners and we kept it with the sharp corners. Another customizable option you can do with your Save the Dates is whether or not you want a flat card with a message/photo in the back or fold-over card with either blank inside (for you to write inside) or prewritten with a message; the fold-over cards are for an extra cost. We went with a flat card since it was only Save the Dates and we wanted to keep it super simple. As you can imagine, the options and styles are endless!
There are different options for the type of paper you would like your invites to be printed on. We went with the Signature stock and I was surprised at the quality of the Save the Dates when we received them! With options such as Recycled with FSC-certified paper, Doublethick, and Pearlescent, each type of paper may come with additional cost to fit your budget needs!
Save the Date card with matching recipient addressing and the artist’s mark on the back
One of my favorite parts about Minted was that they offer the option of supporting the artist by having a mark printed on the back. As a creative myself, I love supporting artists whenever I can and chose to get the artist’s name printed. It was quite subtle (as you can see from the photo) and because we didn’t have anything printed on the back, it was perfect!
Now comes the fun part: personalizing the Save the Dates. I kept it true to the original design minus not capitalizing our names (I love the look of lowercase letters for aesthetic purposes) and keeping the details all capitalized in contrast. If you chose to have a message or photo on the back of the card or the inside of the card if you’re ordering fold-over, this is the part where you customize it to your liking! Because ours was blank, I didn’t get the chance to explore this option.
Signature Stock is high quality
For the envelopes, this took some time for one reason and this reason was actually worth it in my opinion: free recipient addressing! You can customize the font and sometimes, they have matching recipient addressing for your Save the Dates which I love. Take note that “All-Script” recipient address designs require being hand canceled at the Post Office so it will incur a surcharge at the USPS to send it so be prepared for that (I wasn’t aware until making the Save the Dates). My handwriting isn’t the best and I didn’t want to pay a calligrapher to address the envelopes (at least for the Save the Dates) so Minted offering free recipient addressing is such a treat! The reason why it took some time during this step was that it took a while to gather all of the addresses! Good thing is that it saves it for you on your account so you refer back to it for other invites!
We opted out of the option of having a return address printed on the back of the envelope as it costs quite a bit to get printed on the envelope. We plan to use sticky labels for it instead.
(Deal has ended) If you’re still on the fence about the designs, you can order up to 10 free samples (these aren’t personalized) with the code: 10FREESAMPLES. If you are already set with your design, you can get 25% off your Save the Dates with the code: ENGAGED25 which ends June 3, 2019!
Overall, I would absolutely use Minted Weddings again as it was so easy to create Save the Dates! It fits any brides’ and grooms’ style and with so many customizable options, you are sure to make something that is aligned with your aesthetics. I imagine all the other products (not just the Minted Weddings products) would be just as easy!
Thank you Minted Weddings for working with me! Have you used Minted before?