Post # 1
So, I am a bit of a “paper” nut (I send thank you cards for everything and even write my dog sitter notecards with weekly instructions on proper stationary).
I’ve always dreamed of proper Crane & Co. invitations for my wedding. Luckily, that part is done.
The “Save the Dates” have me feeling pretty guilty and like I am cheating on old faithful though.
Crane’s selection of “Save the Dates” is a bit limited (11 options). I started looking at Minted and am getting super excited about their younger yet formal designs and the fact it looks like they are still formal enough to make people swoon when they open them.
Do you think I might regret not using Crane for the STDs later? Are the Minted ones really as nice as they look in person? If anyone knows the quality of both – are they comparable to Crane in person or will I be kicking myself down the line?
Post # 2
I used Minted for our wedding invitations…. I’m definitely not as knowledgeable about stationary as you are… but I really think ours turned out great. They paper is thick, ours were letter-pressed and really beautiful!
Post # 3
Consultette: I’m a big fan of Crane, too. Their papers are simply the best. Stick with them even if there are limited options. I undertstand their look may seem less young but that’s the beauty of their quality and brand. It’s timeless.
Post # 4
We used Minted for our STDs. I won’t see them until a week or so from now, but I did order a TON of free samples through Minted to see the quality, etc. I suggest you do the same to see if they meet your expectations. I too am a paper nerd (though maybe not as much as you), but I found the quality to be impressive, and the customization opportunities really couldn’t be beat. Good luck deciding! 🙂
You can get the free samples from Minted using their code 10FREE.
Post # 5
If you fancy Crane & appreciate Crane then you should stick with Crane. Paper was a huge thing for me. If it’s a big thing for you then it’s not a place to skim/compromise. Make all of your paper & print to your delight. I personally think its a good place to drop money but I think I am in the minority on that!
Post # 6
I am also a ‘paper person’ and we have chosen to do all Crane products. We did our Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Rehearsal Dinner & ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ informal notes as well as our pre-wedding Thank You notes.
If you love Crane and are a paper aficianado, I would stick with the old faithful. You’ll never regret it.
Post # 7
I used Minted for my invitations. I think I devoured the whole internet to find the perfect balance of stylish and afforable… Love them. Would recommend.
I don’t think you will ever regret whatever decision you make, however… having had my STDs made out of wood (srsly), I can’t tell you how much they dont matter in the scheme of things. Don’t stress too much whatever your choice 🙂
Post # 8
We used Minted for everything (STD, invites, programs, place cards) and were really impressed. The foil is beautiful! We upgraded to the premium board paper and it feels heavy and luxurious. We got so many compliments on our invitations.
But, as others have said, STDs will likely get thrown out once the actual invitation arrives. Personally, I’d go with the better design over better paper, but that’s just me 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
I absolutely adore, adore, adore Minted, although I’m not familiar with Crane so I suppose I can only give you a one-sided perspective. Our wedding paper products mattered a lot to my FI and I and I can honestly say that after scouring the web for modern, yet classy, designs, we had to go with Minted. The support team is great and the quality of the paper is really nice; I was so impressed by how thick the paper was and how clear the reproduction of our engagement photo came out. I’ve received many compliments on our STDs (which were shipped extremely quickly) and the customization aspects were amazingly simple to use. I would totally recommend Minted.
I can’t tell you whether or not you’ll “regret” using Minted over Crane but I really don’t think you will. They do good work and I think that’s what you’ll care about in the grand scheme of things vs. which brand you used. 🙂