If I had to pick the two biggest headaches of wedding planning (besides family expectations and not being a millionaire, but what are you going to do about those), they’d have to be paper and décor. I just wanted things that felt like our wedding, and the options were either to spend all the monies to make that happen, or create everything my damn self. I chose door number two. Spoiler alert: It turns out I’m not as crafty as I thought. (Also, our apartment wasn’t nearly well-ventilated enough for all that rubber cement.) But if I were getting married today? I’d choose door number three: Minted.
You might already know about Minted and their affordable, independent artist-designed wedding invitations. But what you might not know is that over the past year or so, Minted has added a ton of new services that not only make it possible for you to have affordable wedding invitations and décor that feel like you, but they’ve made the process so easy, you’ll wonder why DIY was ever invented in the first place. Plus, they just launched a brand-new pop-up shop in San Francisco where you can see and feel it all for yourself while getting personalized advice from Minted’s style experts. (If you’re in town, head over 222 Grant Street to check it out.) So if all you know about Minted is they make really pretty invitations (and I mean really pretty), here’s what you’ve been missing:
#LAZYGIRL DÉCOR: Okay, so you already know about Minted’s affordable artist-designed wedding invitations. But did you know they’ve got wedding décor to match? Or not to match, if you’d prefer. With everything from place cards to table numbers, table linens, and photo backdrops, you can coordinate your wedding décor without ever having to pick up a glue stick. If you’re in San Francisco and can stop by the Minted store, you can see samples of some of their more popular designs in person (plus pick up useful items like cake stands while you’re at it, because why not?).
P.S. I have it on good authority that Minted is about to release even more new décor items like custom wedding signs, seating charts, and even aisle runners very soon. Sign up for the Minted newsletter to find out exactly when new items drop.
(VERY) AFFORDABLE CUSTOMIZATION: The problem with picking predesigned wedding invitations is that there are often so many that are almost there—if only you could you swap out the colors, or maybe mix the elements from one invite with another. But with Minted, those changes are always available, and fine-tuning is always free (e.g., changing the shape of the invite, swapping out the color, etc.). And if you want something totally custom? They can do that too, starting at just $100. You don’t have to have a super strong vision of what you want to get a custom design from Minted, either. Just give them a starting point and they’ll take it from there.
FREE ADVICE WITH A STYLE CONSULTANT: The convenience of being able to shop online for weddings cannot be understated. But sometimes you just want a person to help you figure things out, because decision fatigue is real. Which is why Minted recently started offering free in-person consultations with their pro stylists. If you’re in San Francisco, you can make an appointment to get a free one-hour style consultation. And if you’re not local, no worries! Minted also offers phone or screen-share sessions where you can discuss design changes and share ideas in real-time. And consultations aren’t just for their existing items. If you’re interested in the aforementioned custom designs, Minted’s consultants can help you figure out what you want and where to start.
THE DIRTY WORK: Hands down, one of the most tedious aspects of wedding invitations is simply putting them together. Minted already takes care of some of the work by offering free address book assistance and recipient addressing on envelopes. But now, if you’re in San Francisco, they’re also adding invitation assembly to their in-store offerings (because you haven’t learned tedium until you’ve assembled a hundred wedding invitations by yourself on your living room floor). Also coming soon to the Minted store: fun add-ons like edge painting, custom foil and letterpress formats, and specialty lined envelopes.
There’s a lot more in the new Minted store (and on the Minted website) than I could ever list here. But after checking it out myself, I left with basically one realization: There is nothing they can’t or won’t do. (And it’s all even better in person than it is online.) But you don’t have to take my word for it. If you’re in San Francisco, head over to 222 Grant Street and check out Minted’s new pop-up shop for yourself.
BONUS: VISIT MINTED IN PERSON AND WALK AWAY WITH A FREE WEDDING LOGO AND/OR MONOGRAM, PLUS TAKE HOME A COMPLIMENTARY LETTERPRESS ART PRINT MEMENTO WITH YOU AND YOUR PARTNER’S NAMES—PICK YOUR COLOR AND WATCH IT BEING MADE IN FRONT OF YOU.
CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF MINTED’S STYLE EXPERTS. OR DROP IN TO 222 GRANT STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO ANYTIME TO VISIT AND CHECK THINGS OUT FOR YOURSELF! NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. THEY’RE ONLY OPEN UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER, SO DON’T WAIT TOO LONG!