Our friends at Minted have done it again, upping the ante on wedding stationery with their gorgeous new foil-pressed Save the Dates - and believe me, as pretty as they are in these pics, they are even more impressive in person!
Whether you go with a photo card or a non-photo design, the elegant addition of hand-stamped gold or silver foil adds the perfect amount of sparkle to your Save the Dates. This season, Minted is offering over 30 foil-pressed Save the Date designs, each one designed by independent graphic designers from around the world.
Just as with all of Minted‘s wedding suites, you can fully customize the back of your Save the Dates, adding photos, text, patterns and more. And how about this: the foil-pressed designs are reasonably priced at $1.98 per card when you buy a quantity of 100 – that’s only 35-cents more than their regular digitally printed Save the Dates.
GIVEAWAY! Minted is giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $350 credit toward any purchase at Minted! Just CLICK HERE to enter on the contest page. You have until Thursday, February 6 at 11:59pm PST to enter. The winner will be selected and notified by Minted. Have fun!
Even with the best intentions, even when you choose a dress for your bridesmaids that is absolutely beautiful, even then there’s no guarantee your girls will wear it again. Which usually means they’ve spent a chunk of change on something they’ll only wear once. Why not make it easier on everyone, and rent bridesmaid dresses from Style the Aisle!
Style the Aisle was founded by two friends who, as brides, struggled to find affordable, fashionable dresses that their girls could wear again, and ended up with dresses that were almost perfect, but not quite. To help other brides avoid the same challenge, they’ve worked closely with top bridesmaid dress designers to curate a collection of the brands’ most loved styles and colors, available to rent at 1/3 the purchase price.
I think their LulaKate styles are my personal favorites – so stylish and preppy! They also offer dresses from Joanna August, Swoon, Love,Yu, and Kirribilla, all in the loveliest, most flattering styles. Create an account to see the current collection!
Before committing to a dress, you can order a 3 day trial session months before the wedding, where you can see dresses in person and make sure your bridesmaids are getting the right size. Once you’ve decided on a style and a size, place your rental order, and the dress will arrive a week before the wedding, dry-cleaned and steamed, with a pre-paid bag for hassle free returns.
Wondering about the giveaway? I thought so! Style the Aisle is giving three Snippet & Ink readers FREE rentals for up to six bridesmaids, plus a 3-day in-home trial session (estimated value up to $930, depending on dress chosen and number of bridesmaids). Just leave a comment on this post telling us why you want to rent dresses from Style the Aisle for your bridesmaids.
Contest begins Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).
Snippet & Ink LOVES Bario-Neal! And by the end of this post, I know you’re going to love them as much as we do… especially when you see the pretty pair of earrings they’re giving away to one lucky reader! First, can we talk about these wedding bands? Who needs an engagement ring when you’re wearing a band like this? Classic expectations and modern design coming together perfectly…
Bario-Neal is also known as much for their unique designs as for their commitment to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and marriage equality, so you can feel good about your purchase in every way.
See those pretty Large Cross Studs right up there? Bario-Neal is giving a pair away to one Snippet & Ink reader! That’s a $206 value! To enter, just hop over to the Bario-Neal website and shop around. Then come back to this post and let us know in the comments what your favorite piece of jewelry is and why.
Contest begins Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).
Dress shopping, budgets, family politics… wedding planning can be downright exhausting! Planning a honeymoon, on the other hand, can be completely stress-free if you go with a honeymoon registry from Traveler’s Joy. Not to mention, they’re giving away $300 to one Snippet & Ink reader, so read on for the details!
Traveler’s Joy makes it super easy to set up your honeymoon registry in just minutes. With 50 pre-made theme-based (think mountains or beach) or location specific (think Costa Rica or Paris) registries, you can instantly add items and experiences with just one click. Of course, if you’re finding all kinds of ideas on your own, you can update, edit, and delete items at anytime.
Whether you dream of strolling along the Seine, zip-lining in Costa Rica, or relaxing on the beach in Fiji, Traveler’s Joy gives your loved ones the chance to contribute to the trip of a lifetime. And because you can register for any portion of your honeymoon, you’re not limited to flights or hotel stays – you can register for experiences like sailing lessons or horseback rides, or even for items like items luggage or snorkeling gear.
Traveler’s Joy has thought of everything to make the process as easy as possible. Dying to take a $300 helicopter tour of the island? Split it into 3 gifts of $100, making it possible for friends and family to contribute to more expensive items and experiences with manageable gift portions.
The first $300 of honeymoon activities and experiences are on Traveler’s Joy: “Whether it is surfing lessons, a spa treatment, or an amazing bottle of champagne on the beach, let us treat you!”
1) Register here with Traveler’s Joy
2) Like their Facebook page here.
3) Leave a comment below sharing your dream honeymoon destination. Make sure to include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win!
In addition, this year, Traveler’s Joy is running an amazing special offer: every month between May 1 and October 31, they’ll pick one lucky couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they receive from their Traveler’s Joy registry! All you have to do is register before April 30, 2014, and you’re automatically entered to win!
Contest begins Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).
Confession: when I was engaged, I visited 8 bridal salons, tried on more than 40 dresses, and ended up buying one gown only to change my mind and buy a second gown just 6 weeks before my wedding. If you were feeling like a crazy bride, I hope I just made you feel a little less crazy by comparison.
See this gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown? That’s the dress I ended up not wearing. I love that dress. It’s gauzy and gorgeous and light as a feather, and I totally had plans to wear it long for the ceremony, then shorten it for dancing like this bride did. I fell in love with it so hard that I bought it even though it wasn’t the right dress for me. But it might be the right dress for you! I’ve listed it with Nearly Newlywed, and if you love it, you can have it at a huge discount (almost 60% off!).
Or maybe you’ll find another designer wedding dress for anywhere from 40-90% off the retail price. Some of them are gently used, and others (like mine) have never been worn. Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Jenny Packham, etc. They’re all authenticated, inspected and shipped via Nearly Newlywed, and you can actually try them on at home before you commit to buying. Perfect, right?!
In addition to the Marketplace dresses (the previously owned gowns), Nearly Newlywed also has an exclusive collection of new dresses from hard-to-find designers (how pretty is this “Swan Lake” gown?!). Really, though, I think the best part is that they’ve made it virtually risk-free to buy a wedding dress online – even one that’s pre-owned!
“Tell me about the $500!” you’re saying. Okay, here goes: One of you, dear readers, will win $500 toward any purchase from Nearly Newlywed! All you have to do is go to their website and shop around. Find the dress you’re most excited about, then come back here and leave a comment on this post with a link to the dress, and a line or two about why you think it’s The Dress. Of course, if you can’t make up your mind and have two favorites, I’m in no position to judge.
Contest begins Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).