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Which of These Invites is the Prettiest? You Decide!

Election season may be over (thank goodness), but we need you to cast one more vote: for the prettiest Minted invitation design of 2017 — The SMP Readers’ Choice. Check out the 10 designs below, then head to our Instagram and comment with the name of your favorite design and #SMPxMinted! The best part? Four, yes four, of you lucky brides-to-be will win a $200 credit to Minted! So, what are you waiting for? Go vote now!

Vote on Your Favorite New Minted Design
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WHAT: A $200 credit to be used on Minted!

HOW: To enter, simply follow both Minted and Styled Me Pretty on Instagram + comment on this IG post with #SMPxMinted with the number of your favorite design.

WHO: Four lucky winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced on the Instagram post!

WHEN: Giveaway ends on March 4th at 11:59pm EST. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Invitations: Minted

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Add These Food52 Items to Your Registry List Pronto!

Some household items are just for fun; some are extra special that only get used from time to time. Others, well, you’ll use every single day. So what are the most commonly registered for items – and thus, probably the most useful ones – to add to your registry to ensure your house becomes a home? The folks at Food52 are sharing their most popular wedding registry must-haves and why they are essential for every couple starting out on their new journey together!

Food52’s Top 10 Registry Items: 

The first thing couples want to upgrade? Flimsy flatware. Our handsome Italian-made sets come in five finishes, from classic stainless steel to on-trend copper.
Our marble board is a heavy-hitter: it’s an entertaining staple and a handy kitchen tool in one! The stay-cool marble is a boon for rolling out dough and keeping your cheese spread from drooping.
A constant on our couples’ must-lists: everyday glasses with a little something extra. The seaside blue brings a much-needed pop of color to your table.
Versatile dinnerware is a big step in the right direction for making your house a home. Do our exclusive sets with Hawkins New York have visions of dinner parties dancing in your head yet?
The simple things are often the most game-changing in your kitchen. Our spoon rest, available in a variety of finishes, will live on your stovetop for years, saving it from drip after drop.
The bed! Don’t forget the bed. Rumpled, yet refined, 100% linen sheets get softer and softer with each wash, and the soothing colors guarantee good dreams only.
A butter keeper is the countertop friend you never knew you needed. Load the top with a stick of butter and the base with a bit of water—it creates a tight seal and you’ll have soft, spreadable butter for many mornings of toast.
Newbie cooks and experienced chef-types alike count on Zwilling Madura fry pans. A PFOA-free nonstick surface and stay-cool handle mean you’re just a flip away from the best omelet of your life.
Our exclusive Mini Griddle is a killer combo of bakeware and cookware. Pizza, cookies, grill, oven, stovetop – this baby does it all.

10. Pour la tourtière d’Annette Stoneware Pie Plate
Not everything needs to be practical – leave some room for the pretty, too. With each slice of pie or quiche you dole out from this special pie plate, a beautiful pattern reveals itself.

The Smart Bride + Groom’s Guide to Wedding Registries

SMP’s Wedding Registry ABCs | Unique Wedding Registry Ideas | 10 Must-Have Registry Items

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25 Dresses Guaranteed To Fulfill Your Wedding Fantasies

There are pretty dresses, romantic ones, sweet styles and more. And while all are undeniable beautiful, there are some dresses that are just plain drop dead gorgeous. These are the ones that make you stop and stare. That make married ladies dream of walking down that aisle again. These gowns are what wedding wishes are made of and we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorites right here to help kick off your weekend the right way!

Dream Worthy Dresses
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ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…  

Williams Sonoma
Animoto
Ada Diamonds

We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!

THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…

For our California Brides… Discount from The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For our New England Brides.. Discount from Long’s Jewelers

For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design, and giveaways from NST PicturesOLLI STUDIO and Sole East Resort!

For our Southeast Brides… Discount from The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

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A Classic Oscar De La Renta Dress Set the Tone for this Soiree

It would be impossible for me to choose just one favorite wedding dress designer. But oh, you can bet I’ve got my top ten and Oscar De La Renta is right up there at the tippy top. This stunning Bride just hits that statement home even further and completely sets the tone for this classic affair in Half Moon Bay. Jen Huang‘s delicate imagery gracefully takes us through the sweet journey from start to finish, and it’s all so, so good.

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Winter
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Classic

From Jen HuangI loved photographing this wedding – even on a foggy day in half moon day, it shines in its beautiful simplicity, despite the fact that the fashion is absolutely drool worthy – a gown by Oscar De La Renta and a suit from Armani, with Rolex bridal gifts and jewelry from Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef and Arpels, and the heels from Prada are to die for! But even with this enviable collection of accessories the bride kept it wonderfully simple. From the classic line of her gown, to the ceremony arch of white roses, I love her impeccable taste, and that she still focused on the most important moments, the love between her and her groom, which we captured on a windswept California beach. We left the rest up to the natural beauty at the Ritz Carlton.

From the Bride… I moved up from Los Angeles 3 years ago to the Bay Area to help out the family business (we have restaurants). Henry, who was born and raised in Indiana, had started his sixth year of residency when we met in August 2015. It just so happened that his favorite restaurant was my place of work and one fateful Friday, he came into eat. He visited the restaurant five consecutive Friday nights in attempts to talk to me, but I never noticed because it was too busy! Henry finally mustered up the courage to talk to me during his fifth visit but never asked me out. I was a bit curious why he had talked to me in the first place but left it at that. A month later, he came back and asked to meet me for coffee and the rest is history. Never in a million years did I imagine to meet my husband this way but it’ll be a great love story to tell our children one day.

After 8 months of dating, Henry proposed in Napa. We hoped to get married in Napa but felt that it would be too far for our guests to travel to. While visiting the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for brunch, we knew this would be the most perfect venue with its old world charm. It felt like a destination wedding but still close enough for our local guests.
I had always envisioned my wedding to be romantic and classic. I chose white and green tones for my colors and wanted a garden inspired wedding with a warm summer evening feel. I only had three months to plan from the time of our engagement to our wedding day, so it was incredibly stressful but also rewarding knowing I was able to pull it off. I was extremely nervous because I couldn’t find a dress but after a trip to LA, I found the one from Oscar De La Renta. It arrived two weeks before the wedding but luckily I only needed one dress fitting. All the vendors I chose miraculously pulled through even with such a tight deadline. I really couldn’t have done it without my florist, Amy Burke for creating such a lovely space and photographer Jen Huang for capturing the moment.

On August 6, 2016, we were joined by 150 guests to celebrate our special day. I loved that it was intimate so that we could celebrate with all of our closest friends and family.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Prada | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Sung | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Vera Wang Papers | Bridesmaids Gowns: Fame and Partners | Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co.