Vendor Spotlight: EventWorks Rentals

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When it comes to the overall vision and design, your rentals play a H U G E role in bringing everything together. From linens, to tables and chairs, to flatware, china, glassware, lighting and more, many couples do not realize the importance of their rentals or the impact their rentals play in creating the design they are envisioning. While rentals may not be the first thing couples think about or allocate their budget towards, as soon as designing begins, we always educate our clients on the impact their rentals have on their big day.

With so many quality rental options available, we love working with EventWorks Rentals! From the sales team to the delivery crews, EventWorks Rentals always tries to ensure each couple’s vision and design goals are met through their inventory and service. Each wedding season, they introduce new items to their inventory and make sure to take planner’s and client’s opinions into their buying and building inventory decisions to keep up with local and national rental trends. They also have an in-house carpenter team that helps maintain the quality and look of their rentals, as well build new inventory items as needed and requested! We are so excited for some of their new concepts they are currently working on!

Some of our favorite products to use are their Amalfi china, Rose Gold flatware, Gold/Glass chargers, and Majestic linens.

We love taking clients to their hands-on showroom so we can build out their table design in person, rather than just viewing photos of their products online.

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As always, be sure to follow Ashley Nicole Events on Instagram and our blog for more tips, vendor spotlights and inspiration!

Fall [Wedding] Favorites

Even though the cool weather does not seem to arrive to Charleston, SC or Columbia, SC until at least the end of October or November, that does not mean you cannot incorporate those rich color palettes or jewel tones into your designs. See below for some fun, simple ways to incorporate the Fall season into your design.

Florals are the perfect place to add festive fall colors! Add in a mixture of berries or seasonal leaves for an instant cooler look + design. Look for deeper, richer color tones rather than bright pinks or large palm leaves.

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While a coffee station is a way to warm guests up for chillier temps, how about a hot chocolate bar?! Throw in some fun marshmallows, vanilla or cinnamon sticks and cute straws for a fun design display. Something that we LOVE incorporating into a fall dessert display - an interactive s’mores station! If your venue offers a fire pit or has an outdoor space to bring one in, what a better way to treat your guests to something other than cake!

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As seen on Green Wedding Shoes, this centerpiece, with lots of foliage and leaves, paired with gold taper candles and Rose Gold flatware is the perfect nod to the Fall season. After all, Copper and Rose Gold are metallics we tend to use more during the fall and winter seasons.

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Looking for a seasonal cocktail to serve your guests? How about a Spiced Rum Cider? Mix in apple slicers, cinnamon sticks, add in some nutmeg, or top with lemon bitters.

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Not looking to give out traditional ‘wedding favors’ at the end of the night? How about having customized koozies available at the bar for guests to keep their drinks cool throughout the evening and then they can keep as a wedding favor! Practical, purposeful, and cost effective to buy in bulk! Make sure to save a few for yourself :)

Be sure to follow Ashley Nicole Events on Instagram and Facebook, as well as our blog for more fun favorites + inspiration tips!

Featured: Ashley + Glenn | Wedding

We were thrilled to see our very own Lead Planner, Ashley, featured once again on the Wedding Row for her own wedding, which took place last year. With a love for the holidays and Christmas music, what better day to have a wedding than on the eve of Christmas Eve?!

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With an intimate ceremony at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, nestled in the quaint Ansonborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston, Ashley + Glenn said their vows in front of 125 of their closest friends and family, with Glenn’s father, the former Bishop of South Carolina, performing the ceremony.

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The reception followed at the beautiful plantation house and grounds of Lowndes Grove. Although December is considered off-season, we hope to see more December weddings in our future as the weather was incredibly mild reaching 75 degrees during the day and only dipping to 60 degrees that evening - two days before Christmas!

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Not wanting to be overly Christmas-themed, Ashley and Glenn opted for a mixture of blues and mixed metals for their color palette with touches of greenery and berries for a nod to the season. Classic Christmas tunes played in the background during dinner and the night ended with a fun rendition of Mariah Carey’s classic, All I Want For Christmas, song.

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Be sure to check out more photos by the talented Catherine Ann Photography on The Wedding Row feature to read more about Ashley + Glenn’s big day!

On Trend: Rose Gold

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While gold and silver have always been staple, classic wedding colors, we have L O V E D seeing rose gold make an appearance on the wedding scene within the past couple of wedding seasons! From candle votives, to chargers, flatware, and more, we get so excited when we have clients that allow us to throw in some extra glam with rose gold!

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Add a little rose gold (or copper) with a speciality drink like the Moscow Mule, which comes in a signature copper mug! 

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One of our grooms even got rose gold detailing on his ring as a nod to his wedding since rose gold was one of the main accent colors! Their Save the Dates also had rose gold foiling that we were simply obsessed with!

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We are also a huge fan of mixing metals! While this may have been a fashion no-go in the past, mixing metals is A-okay our design book and we believe you can get some of the prettiest and stylish combinations when you choose to mix it up!

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Be sure to follow along with our blog and on Instagram for more of our favorite designs!

 

Featured: Ashley + Glenn | Engagement Session

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Take a moment to check out our very own Lead Planner, Ashley, featured on The Wedding Row last week! Ashley and her husband's engagement session graced the southern blog, The Wedding Row, which is a great resource for brides + wedding lovers! Ashley and her (now) husband, Glenn, headed to their old stomping ground, the College of Charleston, to take photos in one of Charleston's most iconic locations: The Cistern, as well as many other sweet spots around campus. The historical buildings and large oak trees provided the perfect backdrop for these two lovebirds. Their blue and whites were a nod to their winter wedding colors!

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After spending some time on the grounds of the College of Charleston, the couple switched up their attire for a more formal look and headed to the Ansonborough neighborhood - the same neighborhood where their ceremony would be held in St. Stephens Episcopal Church!

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To read more about Ashley + Glenn's engagement story and see more images from their engagement shoot by the talented Catherine Ann Photography, be sure to head on over to: http://theweddingrow.com/ashley-glenn-engagement-session/

 

Importance of a Rain Plan

Imagine this! Your wedding day has finally arrived and everything is going according to plan. It is almost ceremony time and you look outside.....the white chairs.....the floral ceremony arbor....the aisle markers....all are dripping wet as the skies just opened up and rain is forecasted for the remainder of the evening. Now what?!

Implement the R A I N  P L A N!
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Even if historically, your wedding date has been rain-free for years, we ALWAYS equip our clients with a rain plan! Being prepared well in advance will save you from a stressful last minute [expensive] call that you do not want to make on your big day, Though not a popular conversation, we ALWAYS require our clients have a rain plan JUST IN CASE. 

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Nowadays, with so many tent options and accessories, many clients opt to have a tent regardless of the weather possibilities (or their venue may require one).  Many lighting options or hanging fixtures require a tent to properly secure and suspend heavier, hanging items. Also, tent fabric draping has become very popular and with so many colorful or light, airy options, draping can completely transform the space to make it feel very intimate. Tents can also be raised to 10 feet in height so the space never feels crowded or enclosed.

One positive point: Many [if not all] rental companies offer a Rain Reserve Program. This program allows you to pay a non-refundable deposit - typically 35% - to hold the tent size you would need for your date. The rain decision must be made 48-72 hours in advance depending on the company, but this allows you to have a more accurate weather forecast than you could months or even a year before the day. We ALWAYS have clients put tents on Rain Reserve as there are many weekends throughout the year that all companies end up selling out of tents when inclement weather is predicted and we do not want YOU to be the client without a tent.

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We want Y O U to enjoy one of the biggest days of your life so we do everything we can to help prepare you for all possible scenarios beforehand and ensure a plan is in place if needed!

Summer Sips

Temperatures often reach the triple digits during the hottest months of Charleston's summer. What better way to keep cool than indulging in a delectable, delicious drink?! Check out some of our favorite cocktails to sip on this summer!

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Grapefruit Ranch Water

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Made with jalapeño-infused tequila, this tangy drink provides you sweetness blended with spice as seen in Country Living

Moscow Mule

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Add seasonal fruit or garnishing to this sweet drink traditionally served in a copper mug!

The Firecracker

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Nothing says summer like fresh watermelon and cucumber! Check out the recipe of this poolside favorite on Creative Culinary!

Summer Sangria

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Throw some white wine and brandy into a pitcher, add in your sliced favorite fruits [kiwi, mangos, and berries are some of our favorites!], stir, and serve! 

Blueberry Mojito

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A classic twist to the mint mojito, this berry-good drink is perfect to cool off during the summer!

We cannot wait to see some of your favorite concoctions and share more ideas with you!

Vendor Spotlight: Reese Moore Photography

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Reese Moore has been blessing the Lowcountry with her gorgeous photos for years now and we are so lucky to call her not only one of our preferred vendors, but also a good industry friend! We wanted you to get to know Reese Moore and take a look at her beautiful work!

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We sat down with Reese to learn more about Reese Moore Photography and Reese Moore Weddings!

Ashley: Tell us how Reese Moore Photography started!

Reese: I actually got my BFA in Photography from Notre Dame! I moved here for a photography internship with Charleston Magazine, fell in love with pimento cheese, and never left Charleston. I’ve been a full time photographer for a decade now - when did I become old enough to say that?! - and have loved every minute of it!

Ashley: What areas of photography do you shoot?

Reese: I’m blessed to shoot a wide variety of things! I regularly shoot weddings, jazz performances, families, corporate events, and hospitality-related events. It may seem random to someone reading this, but basically I get to tell stories with a camera while having amazing life experiences. Best job ever! 

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Ashley: What is your favorite venue to shoot at?

Reese: I feel like you’ve just asked me to pick my favorite child (Ha!). I did an absolutely epic wedding at the Gailliard last year, and I’m still smitten from that experience. But through the years I’ve loved shooting at the Thomas Bennett House, Magnolia Plantation, and the Cedar Room.  

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Ashley: How would you describe your style + brand?

Reese: That’s a hard one, because I do differentiate between Reese Moore Photography and Reese Moore Weddings, to some extent. My approach to one of the concerts on Kiawah and the resulting dramatic or moody quality is wildly different from say, a wedding or the branding work I do with Grit & Grace Studio, which is light, feminine, and airy. 

I would describe Reese Moore Weddings, specifically, as narrative-based photography with a simple, timeless aesthetic. I describe my shooting style as photo-journalistic but with I have a background in editorial work, so those two styles have melded together somewhat, but as for editing, I like to keep it simple. I’ve been doing this for long enough that I’ve seen wedding photography go through several very distinct eras. When I started, people were still asking for black and white photos with the flowers in color, which is pretty dated now. Then we went through a very desaturated phase, the vintage look, the heavily filtered phase, and now a light and airy aesthetic is very popular. And all those looks are beautiful in their own right! My goal, though, is that when your family look at your photos 10, 15, or 20 years from now, they’re not so distracted by the edits that it detracts from the moment. 

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Ashley: In city full of wedding professionals, what makes you different as a Charleston photographer?

Reese: That’s a great question. What makes me different as a photographer is what makes me different from everyone else as a person, just like you or each of the people reading this. When I pick up a camera, I’m telling a story. (I’m addicted to stories. I may or may not hoard previously-mailed antique postcards.) That story I’m about to tell through the lens is filtered through all the richness, experiences, and empathy that my life on this planet has brought to my perspective. Each photographer has their own voice, perspective, and visual dictionary, just like each writer, storyteller, and artist does. 

So maybe the best way to answer that is to tell you that my favorite thing in life is telling or listening to a story. Sometimes I’m capturing the story of you and your husband laughing as you trip over the words in your vows, but sometimes I’m telling the story of that special way he looks at you when you’re not looking your future children or nieces.

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Ashley: How far in advance do you typically see clients booking in a city that is one of the top wedding destinations in the country?

Reese: This varies by photographer. In the last year I’ve booked weddings a year and a half in advance down to a mere 3 weeks in advance. 

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TIP: We always recommend if photography is one of the most important things to you, make sure to book early as most photographers will only take one wedding a day, sometimes even one a weekend if they are having to travel for a wedding!
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Ashley: What wedding advice do you have for all future brides?

Reese:  Your wedding is going to be beautiful. || It’s going to be imperfectly perfect. || The small unexpected moments are going to be the stories you’ll retell at Thanksgiving for the next 50 years or so. || Be present, be you, and get seconds on that cake. I won’t tell anyone! :)

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We look forward to seeing much more from Reese Moore Photography to come!

Rent the Runway: For the Bride

We have always loved wedding fashion! From stunning designer gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and even bridal brunch options, Rent the Runway is the perfect place to select an outfit for any bridal occasion. With over 50,000 inventory options, the site has been providing affordable, rentable style to brides since November 2009. While Rent the Runway started as an e-commerce company, it now has locations in New York, Chicago, D.C., San Fran, and Los Angeles.

Let's take a look at a few of our current favorite options!

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Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or bridal brunch, this floral lace, ankle length dress is just as elegant as it is beautiful. 

Marchesa Notte: Metallic Floral Cocktail Dress

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This bold metallic print is a showstopper for a rehearsal dinner or for your after party following the reception.

Allison Parris: Sugar Coat Dress

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This tulle beauty is perfect for the non-traditional bride wanting to rent their wedding dress or for the bride dressing up for a shower.

Elliatt: Red One Shoulder Popover Dress

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This bodycon designed dress is bold in color and perfect for the bride looking for a that 'pop'!

These are just a FEW of the thousands of options they have to select from. Whatever your bridal style is, we guarantee they have something for you! Be sure to check back for more inspiration + ideas on Ashley Nicole Events and Instagram!

Selecting Your Wedding Colors

Your wedding colors play a huge role throughout your wedding day! They show up in so many places - invitations, bridesmaid dresses, centerpieces, floral, rentals and so on. Inspiration for your wedding colors are everywhere!

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Date of Wedding

If you are having a spring wedding, pastel colors are often used to reflect the blooming flowers and April + May months. During the summer months, we see a variety of bright, tropical colors with palm branches and poppy flowers. The fall tends to be more moody colors - burnt oranges, burgundies, ivories. The winter months are typically soft and dusty blues with hints of deep greens with mixed metals.  Of course, these are just suggestions. We love when brides mix up the norm!

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Personal Preference

Maybe you or your fiancee have favorite colors that you wish to incorporate. Take a gander at your home or wardrobe to see what colors you are naturally drawn to. If you are wishing for pops of pink, maybe look more towards a blush or rose gold - something that is still feminine, but does not scream bubblegum pink. If your husband LOVES his college football team, maybe surprise him with a groom's cake incorporating his passion at the rehearsal dinner. You can combine and select a palette based on both of your likes rather than having a dual about what wedding color YOU like best. After all, while the details and colors play a big role in your day, the main reason for your wedding day is the joining of two persons into one, new family.

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Taylor Rae Photography

Venue

Make sure to take the venue's color palette into consideration. If the venue is a bright color, you may want to steer clear of other bright colors that would clash and take away from the chosen location. With bright, bold colors, ivories and creams tend to work well for linen colors and you can bring in other colors through floral, a napkin, or other soft details. At the end of the day, everyone will be looking at YOU and your groom so do not sweat it if you always dreamed of a white wedding and the venue seems to wash out your color choice. That is what your planner is there for - to run ideas by and provide expertise and guidance in all areas!

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Nicolas Gore Weddings

Follow along on Instagram + Ashley Nicole Events blog for more inspiration tips + ideas!

Honeymoon Hotspots

'Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama!' Oh the Beach Boys just naming off some of our favorite tropical destinations. Today we wanted to look at several honeymoon hotspots and pass along some traveling tips so hop on board and let's go!

Within the United States

Napa Valley

Luxurious resorts and estates abound in Napa Valley. Known for hundreds of hillside vineyards, this California destination is perfect for wine lovers. The epitome of beautiful countryside scenery, this honeymoon destination is perfect for the couple who want to relax, but also do some traveling to various vineyards and eateries during their stay. August through October is known as harvest season so be prepared for higher price tags during those peak months. 

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Napa Valley

Hawaii

Moving even further west, we hit the shores of Hawaii! With jungles to explore, trails to hike, volcanoes to visit, and beaches to sunbathe, Hawaii continues to be a popular domestic destination for newlyweds. Weather-wise April and May, as well as September and October, are known for the best times to visit Hawaii. 

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Nantucket

For the couple looking for a quieter, calmer honeymoon, look no further than Nantucket. With the most pleasant summer climate, this tiny island off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a true favorite summer destination. The cobblestoned streets of the Town of Nantucket are lined with restaurants, boutiques, and history! 

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Nantucket

Tropical Getaways

St. Lucia

White sandy beaches, lush mountains and boutique, luxurious resorts...St. Lucia is known for being a Caribbean honeymoon destination (our very own Ashley V was fortunate to call this place home for a week during her honeymoon last year)! With crystal waters and warm temperatures year-round, this destination will continue to be named one of the best Caribbean honeymoon spots for many years to come.

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St. Lucia

The Maldives

Known for its' beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs, the Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean. Though pricey, the Maldives offer white sand beaches unlike anywhere else. A busy fish market and small, local shops make up the capital. Located on the equator, the islands receive sunshine year-round.

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The Maldives

Jamaica

Home to many all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica offers mountains, rain forests, and clearwater beaches. The tropical island is known for having great snorkeling and diving reefs. Jamaica is also known for having more affordable honeymoon options and has great weather nearly year-round. 

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

European Expeditions

Tuscany

Continually ranked one of the top honeymoon destinations, the countryside of Italy exudes romance. With an abundance of vineyards and hills, this luxurious destination will not disappoint. Peak season includes April through June and September through November. The summer months are quite warm with temperatures often reaching the 90s!

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Tuscany

Paris

Often referred to as 'the city of romance,' Paris continues to be a European favorite. With so many iconic sights to visit, Paris is perfect for the couple wanting to travel and explore. With fine-dining establishments galore, you will not lack places to eat! The capital of France is certainly a place for newlyweds to consider.

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Paris, France

Santorini

Known for the beautiful white buildings with blue dome tops, this Greek island is any honeymooner's dream! The rich Greek food, the culture and history, and red-and-black sand beaches draw couples to this Mediterranean oasis every year. With a pleasant climate almost all year-round, this is the perfect place to escape to after all of the wedding planning and 'I do's' are complete.

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Santorini, Greece

We cannot wait to see where all of our brides choose for their honeymoons! So many options and beautiful places around the world to visit. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all things Ashley Nicole Events!

Vendor Spotlight: Minted Weddings

Wedding Stationary: Minted

Before your guests arrive to celebrate alongside you on your wedding day, most of you will likely send out some form of stationary to invite your guests to partake in the festivities! While we LOVE watercolor and hand painted designs, Minted has made it easier than ever to create your personalized, cost-effective save the dates + wedding invitations! Here are a couple reasons we continually suggest the site to our brides who are looking for a cost-saving stationary option!

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Support Independent Artists

One reason we love sending brides to Minted is the variety of options to choose from! Whether you are looking for something classy + traditional, bright and colorful, or holiday festive, Minted is a community of independent artists who have created unique designs to bring your wedding dreams and vision to life from the very beginning.

Free Design Samples

We love that you can order free sample designs of your choice to ensure you like your selection before you purchase. You can see if you like different options paired together for your invitation suite and can order several samples to ensure you are selecting the one that embodies you and your significant other's style.

Styles

Minted offers foil-pressed, letterpress, custom foil, mini-books, petite, and even postcard options for a range of pricing. Whether you are a budget bride or looking for a pricier suite, Minted has options for all brides.

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Minted also has great options for holiday cards, birthday invites, thank you notes, and so much more! Be sure to check out all of their offerings at Minted.com!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram + our website for more planning tips and inspiration!