Spotlight: Art Prints from Minted

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We love Minted for their beautiful wedding stationery. (Psst... our clients get 20% off, ask us for the discount code!) But did you know that Minted also has an amazing line of Art Prints? I decided to show off some of my favorites - and yes, I have very diverse taste!minted-art-print-2

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I LOVE that you can buy a frame right along with the print, and try out different frames virtually. I have the hardest time choosing frames for artwork!

So while you are browsing Minted's wedding stationery collection, take a look at these great options for your new home! If you aren't familiar with Minted, here's a little bit about them:

Minted's community of independent artists and designers are located in 48 states and 43 countries. They are illustrators and textile designers, painters and packaging designers, marketers and stay-at-home moms. Some have design degrees, and others are participating in Minted competitions to learn design for the first time. They share a deep love for creative expression, personal development, risk-taking, and most importantly, paying it forward by helping each other.

Be sure to check out Minted's line of stationery as well as art and home decor! Do you have any favorites? Post the link below in the comments.

The Green Wedding Series: Stationery

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Welcome to part 2 of the Green Wedding Series!

Being an old-fashioned girl, I don't think it's appropriate to skip the printed invitation for an event as formal as a wedding. However, there are definitely ways to be eco-friendly when choosing your invitation:

  • Look for companies that do not provide an inner envelope.  It's very pretty, and I love the concept, but it does add up to a lot of extra paper.
  • Also ask about invitation styles printed on recycled or tree-free papers.  The invitation pictured above is from the Naturally Ever After line from Carlson Craft.
  • Some companies offer papers that have wildflower seeds embedded.  Your guests can bury your invitation in their yard and get a beautiful batch of flowers!
  • Vegetable- or soy-based inks are less harmful to the environment that petroleum-based inks.  Ask your printer if they offer this option.
  • Use a local printer whenever possible; be sure to ask if they will print them in-house or send them out!

If you want to go digital with some or all of your stationery, here are some ways to go:

  • Create a wedding website.  List all of your accommodations, travel info, local attractions, etc. online instead of mailing packets to your out-of-town guests.
  • Check out sites like Glö or Wedding Window for email invitations, save-the-dates, and RSVPs.
  • Remember that not all your guests may be as tech-savvy as you are.  Be sure to communicate all the necessary information by phone or handwritten note to anyone without email or internet access.

Accordian Envelope Project

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I was exploring Paper-Source.com today, looking for some fun new papers to use around the office in 2009.  To my surprise, I came across a project that fills a need I have been dealing with for a long time: organizing paper in my purse.

I am constantly finding a stack of paper in the bottom of my purse - business cards that I get at networking events, business and personal receipts, and ideas I write down while driving.  I have been looking for something to corral all that paper without adding even more weight to my already hefty handbag, and I think this is just the thing!

As a wedding-related use, imagine how cute this would be to send to your out-of-town guests!  Pockets could be labeled accommodations, attractions, restaurants, events, maps - or, if you are planning an entire wedding weekend, each day could have a pocket with that day's itinerary, dress code, etc.

For complete project instructions, visit the Paper-Source.com website.

Pearl Beach Paperie

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Darcy Sang of Pearl Beach Paperie. For anyone in the market for unique stationery, this is the place! Darcy is based in Central Florida but works statewide - in fact, two lines that she carries are only available from her.

Pearl Beach carries a variety of letterpress, offset, digital and thermography options.

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Letterpress is so popular right now, but definitely not for the budget conscious. Darcy estimates that an average price for 100 letterpress invitations is around $900. Offset printing for 100 invitations can average $600, while standard thermography can be closer to $200-$300.

At Home Cards

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"At home" cards are an often-overlooked tradition, but they can be extremely useful to your guests!  Not only does the card inform your friends and family of your new address, but it also specifies the name you have chosen to use.  As more and more brides chose to keep their maiden name or hyphenate their husband's name, wedding guests can be confused as to how to address the newly married couple.

Some examples:

At home after the first of December 111 Main Street Jacksonville, Florida 12345

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith after the first of December 111 Main Street Jacksonville, Florida 12345

Dr. Julia Michaels and Mr. Jonathan Hall after the first of December 111 Main Street Jacksonville, Florida 12345

Traditionally, at-home cards are mailed with the formal wedding invitation, however they can be mailed separately the week of the wedding, or after the wedding.  These cards should be ordered at the same time your wedding invitations are ordered.

Wedding Maps Made Easy!

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If you want to share a great map with your wedding guests, be sure to visit Wedding Mapper!  You can create a free interactive map that includes the ceremony and reception sites, plus hotels, airports, attractions, restaurants and more! map.jpg You can even upgrade to a map with no ads, a personal web address, and additional links (such as your registry information) for a one-time fee of $9.95. 

As an added bonus, Wedding Mapper has partnered with Distinctive Directions to give you 10% off when you turn your online map into a printed version.  The graphic they create can be used for programs, map/direction cards in invitations, welcome basket letters, and more!