As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m addicted to stationery: paper, notebooks, personalized cards, you name it. Since I’ve had a fountain pen collection for more than 20 years, I feel the paper I write on should be “deserving” of my pens. Minted stationery is always deserving of my carefully curated collection of writing instruments. I first took notice of Minted two years ago, when I opened two of my favorite Christmas cards that year and realized I wasn’t familiar with the logo.

Two years later, and Minted offers everything from holiday cards (and by holiday, I don’t just mean the ones in December, but Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, and more) to thank-yous, birth announcements, journals, and a complete line of wedding stationery. The heart of their business is that all of their designs are created by graphic artists from around the world — independent designers who’ve submitted ideas not just from New York or San Francisco but 43 different countries.

At 36, I’m a few years past the flurry of wedding invitations that arrived in my late 20s and early 30s. Nowadays we seem to average one wedding a year — if that — so I treasure each and every “Save the Date” and subsequent invitation. As a stationery lover, I find it magical to open the carefully constructed invitations or to put those now-ubiquitous Save the Date cards on the family bulletin board. In 2001 — the year my husband and I got married — Save the Dates weren’t nearly as popular, so I find those especially fun to receive.

While most of the invitations we get tend to be traditional and elegant, the Save the Date cards are always on the more whimsical side: a photo of the couple in their favorite vacation spot or the city in which they fell in love, a snapshot of the bride-to-be kissing her beloved or of two people blissfully walking hand in hand. I’m particularly fond of the postcard style, and our refrigerator is a collage of these lovely reminders of friends in love.

Save the Date

What Save the Date cards would you have chosen to announce your wedding? If you are interested in trying out any of Minted’s offerings, leave a comment, and you could win $100 toward a Minted order; winner will be selected Feb. 24. I’m partial to the notebooks, of course.

Minted notebook

In addition to offering one of our lucky readers a gift card, I also received a gift card to try Minted stationery, but all opinions are my own.