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In preparation for setting the wedding budget with my sweet and generous parents, I created an itemized Excel sheet of expected expenses. I started with multiple categories – everything from dress alterations to postage – and added a line for every possible expense in between. I used the budget sheet to develop a round-about number to present to them, and kept up with deposits, final balances and important due dates all in the same place.
All-in-One Invitation by Minted – Christin Hume Photography
On December 21, 2017 Cole and I got engaged and on December 28, 2018 we got married. In the 12 months and 1 week leading up to the wedding, Excel became my life. I’m a total Type-A, perfectionist, organization-obsessed, spread-sheet freak! I made the budget spread sheet, a guest-list sheet, a thank you note sheet, an rsvp sheet, and a vendor contact list. And in all this crazy planning, services offered by Minted helped keep my stress to a minimum.
We decided on their new quick and easy All-in-One invitations in the Someone Like You design. This budget-savvy option, printed on recycled paper, allowed us to send out the stunningly luxurious high-quality stationary that Minted is known for without sacrificing in other areas. The ready-to-mail cards feature a chic tear-off RSVP postcard that eliminates the need for full price stamps and additional envelopes. With the money we saved, we ordered custom postage – a personalized touch that would have been out of reach with more expensive invites!
We envisioned an eco-friendly wedding and didn’t want to send out a ton of unnecessary stationary, so in lieu of traditional Save the Dates Cole and I chose to communicate with our guests through a wedding website that matched our invites. Minted offers free websites in many designs, but we opted for the custom domain- aubrenandcole.com. It was so beautiful and served as a great place for sharing our engagement story, registry, and travel accommodations.
These features, along with Minted’s free guest addressing services made this part of planning our dream wedding a breeze! Wedding calligraphy is an astronomical expense that we didn’t even have to think about and it was truly amazing. All we had to do was slap on the postage, seal the invites with the provided clear stickers, and wait for the RSVPs to start rolling in!
A few days before the wedding, I wrote thank you messages on the backs of these Favor Tags and mom and Ava helped me tie them onto the gorgeous custom wine glasses we had for our guests! I love that Minted offers so many matching products that tie everything together to the same theme.
In sticking with our eco-friendly vibe, we used Palm Leaf plates from Amazon that worked beautifully with the farmhouse tables and Someone Like You dinner menus by Minted. We sat our parents, siblings, and grandparents at the head table with us, using simple but elegant Place Cards.
After a few long conversations and premarital counseling sessions with our pastor, Cole and I chose to write our own vows. We found these beautiful powder blue books that matched my ring box to write them in, and sharing them was my favorite part of the ceremony.
Afterward, we had each of our vows printed on a 16″x16″ square of thick, glossy recycled paper and plan to hang them in our bedroom. This sentimental keepsake is such a beautiful reminder of our day and I love having them on display! Minted is currently offering 20% off all framed art with code: 2019FRAMES.
The other keepsake we have from our magical day is the Large Brass Cardbox by Minted. On our wedding day, this beautiful glass box with gold metallic accents held so many sweet well wishes and gifts from our family and friends. In our home, this box sits on a shelf in our bedroom and holds all of our love letters from the last 5 years.
Aside from their beautiful designs and eco-friendly printing, we also love that Minted works to shine the spotlight on independent artists from all over the world. When Mariam Naficy founded the company in 2007, she envisioned a crowd-sourced e-commerce brand that stays in-tune with its consumer base. With creativity and good design at the heart of the company, Minted uses design challenges and consumer votes to decide what to sell. I’m truly inspired by Mariam and the success she’s built in the last 12 years. I could not recommend Minted enough. There are truly no words for how beautiful and perfect our day was because of Mariam and her brand.
If you have any questions about Minted products, please let me know! I would love to help you in your planning process!
p.s. Minted is currently running a 30% off sale on Save the Dates with code: ENGAGED30!