Handmade Weddings

I’m a Fan Of: Minted

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Oh, Minted. I am such a devoted fan of Minted.com. There are a lot of fantastic stationery options online right now, but me I always select Minted. From Valentines to your own business cards, Minted has a paper offering for the occasion. Here are some of my recent purchases from them.

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The very first purchase I made on Minted was actually last year! I bought these adorable school-ready Valentines that I gave to my co-workers at the museum. Part retro, part plain silly, these were perfect to surprise my colleagues with.

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Minted artwork proudly hangs in our home. I love their collaboration with independent artists in their artist marketplace. I’ve been turned onto so many new individuals this way. And there’s great representation from Michigan makers, too!

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My business cards are from Minted, too. Recipients of these cards always have fantastic things to say about them, which is a-ok by me.

The Minted team reached out to me and asked if I’d share my thoughts on their offering of save-the-date cards. Of course, I was happy to oblige. As someone who had a VERY DIY wedding, finding just the right save the date is a huge first step in showing off your wedding to your guests. If you’re hosting a DIY event in the future, take my advice – make as much of the goods as you can, but save a few items to purchase, like these save-the-date cards. You’ll still be representing your DIY spirit, but saving a little bit of your sanity, too.

Minted offers more than 700 options/variations when it comes to save-the-date cards. While that might seem overwhelming, you can filter your search by format, price, style, etc. You’ll find that once you know the look you’re going for, the card will come to you quickly.

Your save the date doesn’t have to be just a flat card. Minted offers postcards, magnets… you name it. And the color palettes available can match just about any event color scheme. They’re fresh and modern.

Once again, Minted has done a great job offering state pride options for folks looking to plan a destination wedding or use a hometown theme for their event. This California-themed save the date is not only reflective of a couple’s love for their home, it also doubles as oversized hang tag. Great idea!

Gold foil is HOT right now! I’m seeing everywhere, from my favorite craft shops to big-box retailers. Minted knows a good thing and has a whole selection of foil-pressed save-the-date cards, like this one. The gold is subtle and perfect – just a hint of shine to add to your finished product. (For us Michigan lovers out there, check out this amazing foil-pressed Michigan mitten print!)

A save the date doesn’t HAVE to have a photo on it. Mine didn’t and I loved it. This watercolor-inspired save “our” date doesn’t have a photo on the front and it’s totally elegant.

Here are a few more of my favorites to help you with your search:

Give yourself lots of time to search Minted’s website so that you can find the save-the-date card that’s perfect for your event. There’s nothing more exciting than the feeling of knowing you’ve picked the most perfect card possible for you!

Make sure to keep an eye on Minted’s blog, Julep. (I’ve even written about the blog for The Henry Ford magazine!) It’s one of my favorite and always provides with so much inspiration. Example? These fill-in-the-blank Valentine’s Day cards!

Are you a fan of Minted? If so, tell me what you love about it!

Lish’s Note: Minted asked me to review their products for my blog. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Indie Detroit Wedding Ring Showcase June 28

I’m very excited to be a part of Indie Detroit Wedding Ring, an online resource for DIY-minded brides and grooms. After my wedding, I realized how hard it is for folks not connected to the crafting world to find independent business owners who focus on local goods or making goods on their own. My co-horts, Carey Gustafson (of Glass Action and Handmade Detroit) and leader Angela Ficorelli (of Moving Beauty) felt the same way, too. And it’s not just weddings – there’s a real need for DIY party assistance, from supplies to ideas, for folks in Detroit.

This year we’re building up our database and looking to highlight fantastic area makers and business owners. To get us started, we’re hosting a small showcase at Flip Salon in Ferndale on June 28. The event is free of charge – we’re just looking to meet other folks who want help creating their DIY wedding.

I’m also pleased to share that Windham Fabrics has graciously donated fabric for our guest thank-you gifts! These handmade totes, made by yours truly, will be given to the first 25 folks that evening. They’re great for stashing the business cards and flyers you’ll be picking up that evening! I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to make them for yourself, too. Why not use them for out-of-town guests, gift bags for attendants, etc.?

Make sure to follow along on Facebook as well as RSVP for the Showcase.

Our Handmade Wedding: The Paper Goods

When I thought to myself, “I can’t WAIT to design our own wedding invitations!” I had no idea how time goes into the process. Luckily we had the wonderful brains and expertise of Perfect Laughter, Dennis and Christina Jacobs. I’ve known the Dearborn husband-and-wife design team for a few years now thanks to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. When it came time to decide who would make our wedding paper goods, Nick and I didn’t even think of anyone else. (more…)

Our Handmade Wedding: The Crafts

We received our wedding photos not too long ago and have been spending a lot of time going through all of the great shots. (That’s something you don’t realize will take a LOT of time to enjoy!) Starting today, and for the next few days, I’m going to share my favorites from our wedding last December at The Henry Ford. During the wedding planning process I shared a few posts on the handmade things I’d been scheming. With all of our photos on deck, here’s what we saved for the big day in terms of crafts. (more…)

Individual Wedding Shower Tea Packets

As part of my tea-themed gift assortment at my bridal shower this weekend, I made individual packets of Cotswold Cottage tea to give to my guests with a reminder of our wedding date. The brewing directions on the tin suggested 1-2 teaspoons of the loose tea per cup, so I put two teaspoons in a small glassine envelope.

With my brown kraft labels, I typed in the directions as well as the name of the tea and the flavor, just in case anyone falls in love with it and needs a whole jar!

Bobbie and Jackie’s Shower: Monogrammed Tea Towels

If you couldn’t tell already, I’m making all of my shower hostess gifts for my wedding. I love it! Working on them is a great time to sit down and enjoy one of my favorite crafts, embroidery. This weekend I had a bridal shower hosted by some of our dear family friends. As we were at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, known for their tea service, I embroidered a set of monogram tea towels (Martha Stewart, of course) to present to them. (more…)

DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour

I’m constantly joking about adding new skills to my LinkedIn profile: craftier than most, Martha Stewart rerun, etc. After this Saturday, both Nick and I can now say we’re DIY wedding planners.

Nick’s co-worker and pal Tara got married this wedding in a Spartan-approved ceremony in East Lansing. Set against the horticultural gardens on MSU’s campus, the weather was warm but sunny for this garden wedding. Nick was asked to help create a cocktail hour in between the ceremony and the reception. Of course, I was on board to help as needed. We were tasked with providing snacks and a few boozy options for more than 100 people – not a small job! But I’m proud to stay we pulled it off. (more…)