If you don’t know about the amazing resource that is Minted.com, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only do they have an incredible variety of some of the best wedding stationery around, from some of my very favorite designers, but they also run some really fun contests from time to time – and this time they asked me to be a guest judge! Out of more than 300 submissions, I’ve chosen 7 of my favorites to share with you here.
Augusta by Beth Perry Design
Lovenest by Kelly Robinson Harris
The Farmer’s Daughter by Oscar + Emma
Say Something by Hoodoos & Pancakes
Sunkissed by Sarah Lenger
Leaves and Flowers by Alison K.
Eternity by Milkmaid Press

So which ones are your favorites? Let the designers and Minted.com know which ones you love best by voting. Your favorite might even be available for purchase, because the top designs will be sold on Minted.com! Go vote here. Oh, and if you vote for 50 or more designs, you’ll receive 10% off a wedding related item on Minted.com. Just vote and then email designers[at]minted.com with the email address they used.

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I’ve been following Ellie’s blog for awhile, ever since I first saw the beautiful invites and programs she designed for her own wedding. Now, lucky for the rest of us, Ellie is taking the leap into making wedding stationery design a full time gig with Hello Tenfold, and has opened an Etsy shop! I especially love the sense of whimsy in each and every piece – here are a few of my favorites…

Ellie hand-prints pieces with her Gocco, so they really have that extra something special. She also offers digital options for folks on a budget. Each of the designs in her Etsy shop are customizable, and she also does occasional custom projects. And it’s not just invitations! There are programs, table numbers, menus, even designs for out-of-town welcome packages! See even more eye candy in the Hello Tenfold Etsy shop, and don’t miss a thing by following Ellie’s blog, Mint.

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Are you dreaming of custom invitations for your wedding, but feel certain they’re outside your budget? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Love At First Invite – not only are they an award-winning company with nearly ten years of graphic design experience, and not only do they create beautiful custom designs, but they also offer a custom design experience for a range of budgets. Here is just a taste of what they can do…

With virtually limitless options, from digital printing to letterpress, from metallic inks to fabric details, there is something for everyone. Especially because Love At First Invite will work with you to create your perfect invitation suite, within your budget. See even more at the website and blog!

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If you’re in the thick of wedding planning, then this post is for you… The Dessy Group, known for their beautiful bridesmaid dresses, has teamed up with the ultimate color authority, Pantone to help brides make the planning process easier. Need help coordinating wedding colors? They’ve got color swatch cards that you can give to your bridesmaids, stationer, planner – you name it! – to make sure that colors match perfectly.

In addition, you can use Pantone colors with Dessy’s new inspiration board maker to help focus your color palette, using their images and with the ability to upload your own. This is a great tool for creating a cohesive look on your wedding day (you know I’m a believer in inspiration boards!).

For help with choosing and matching colors, check out all of Dessy’s Pantone resources – but I warn you, making those inspiration boards can be addictive!

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You may have seen my link to Bario-Neal in last week’s Friday round-up, so you know I love having an excuse to feature them today. Here are a few of my favorite pieces (I’m seriously considering this braided one for my wedding band)…

If you don’t see your perfect ring in the existing Bario-Neal collection, they will work with you to design and create a perfect piece. They’ll even work with heirloom gems, family gold, or any other material that you want to use!

Not only is their jewelry gorgeous, it’s also hand crafted using reclaimed metals and ethically-sourced stones. To top it all off, 1% of their profits is donated to the Association for Responsible Mining. Oh, and in addition to beautiful rings, Bario-Neal also has some stunning earrings, bracelets and necklaces, so there’s really something for everyone. So so beautiful…

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