Choosing Our Save the Dates from Minted

Happy Tuesday, y’all! I’m excited to share a look into the process of choosing our save the dates from Minted today. Choosing to send save the dates isn’t required by any means, but we knew we wanted to include this step. They’re a fun way to announce a wedding date more officially than by word of mouth. Some people like to pin them up on their fridge too, which is super fun.

While I’ve designed wedding stationery for quite a few dear friends, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to order our save the dates from Minted. I considered designing them myself and ordering them through an online printer, but Minted offers three things that I wouldn’t find (at such a great cost) by ordering my own design from a printer:

1. foil pressed options
2. free envelope addressing
3. high-quality photo printing

It can be incredibly costly to order custom foil designs because they require individual plates to be made. Minted has already implemented gold foil into several of their existing designs. This allows for the pretty look of foil without the expense of custom plates. Their envelope addressing service saved us lots of time too. We simply assembled the envelopes after our order was delivered and added our return addresses to the back. TIP: Take care to get all of your addresses early on. We were still collecting a handful of them when we placed our order and had to handwrite those envelopes instead. The handwritten look can be sweet, but I think the pretty envelope designs offered by Minted look so much more polished! Additionally, I was confident that their printing methods wouldn’t leave us looking inadvertently orange, as many discount printers can. They completely delivered!

I narrowed our options and presented Dillon with a handful of my favorites, shown below. From there I think the trickiest part was finding a picture that fit well into those designs. Scroll to the bottom to cast your vote on which option is your favorite!

save the dates from Minted - Kyla Mary

1. Love Letters by Wildfield Paper Co. 2. XOXO by Carolyn MacLaren 3. Autumn Foliage by Hooray Creative 4. Pretty Love by Christine Taylor 5. Stringed by Moglea 6. Fairyland by Phrosne Ras 7. Flow by Lehan Veenker

We had fun with choosing our save the dates from Minted and ultimately found a design that perfectly suits our style. Plus, it’s classic enough that it won’t clash with any other design choices we make in the rest of the planning process. I’ll share pictures of our chosen piece next week after we’ve had the chance to deliver them to our loved ones!

Which one is your favorite? They have so many great options!


2017 Reading List

I am excited to share my 2017 reading list today for two reasons: posting a reading list is one of my 101 in 1001 goals, and I’ve already finished my first book of the year! I have never been a habitual reader before but want to instill the discipline of reading a little bit each weekday for the sake of personal growth and edification.

My reading goal for 2017 is to read 12 books and I plan to cover at least one book from each of the areas below, inspired by this post from my friend Nancy. There are at least 20 books on this list because I haven’t yet decided which 12 I will read, but they all look so good!

2017 Reading List - Kyla Mary


Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul
Weird by Craig Groeschel
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Linchpin by Seth Godin
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Marriage & Family
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott

Personal & Intellectual Development
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Margin by Richard Swenson
The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner
Manage Your Day to Day by Jocelyn Glei

Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath

The Magnolia Story
Grace Not Perfection
Cultivate by Lara Casey

Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments below!

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Wedding Planning Update

I’m excited to share an update in our wedding planning journey with y’all today! Since day 1 of our engagement, I have been mindful to not become consumed with the process of wedding planning. It is important to me that my friendships, blog content, conversations with family, and most importantly my relationship with Dillon are not permeated by constant ‘wedding talk’. After all, we are preparing for a marriage and life together that will last far beyond our wedding day, and I want to keep cultivating the good stuff that our relationship was built upon!

With that said, planning our wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I want to set aside space to share my experience here over the next several months! Since long before our relationship began, I have so enjoyed reading Southern Weddings magazine, wedding blogs (and sharing my favorites!), and about the experiences of others. I’ve gleaned a lot from the wedding planning posts shared by Emily, Callie, and Jessica, and was inspired to do monthly updates posts after reading these ones on Em for Marvelous.

wedding planning update kyla mary photo by jose villa

source: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

We’ve been engaged for two and a half months and have set a date of June 10th, 2017 for our wedding (YAY!). While a seven and a half month engagement might seem short to some, it’s perfect for us. I had always dreamed of a fall wedding, and we were considering September 23rd for quite a while, but we are eager to establish our home and begin our married life together and both had peace about June 10th. It’s the date when his grandparents were married 47 years ago, and his grandfather will be officiating our wedding which is so special to us. Our chosen photographer was available on June 10th, and – God willing – the lighting will be long lasting and beautiful with sunset falling just before 8:30pm.

Since choosing our date, we have had fun gathering wedding inspiration and discussing our ideas for the day. We have a lot left to do, but I’m gaining confidence and clarity in our preferences!

So far we’ve:
— shared the news of our engagement (the story of our proposal can be read here!)
— chosen our wedding date
— invited our bridal party to stand beside us
— confirmed our reception location
— talked with and reserved our officiant
— invited the littlest members of our bridal party to play a special part in our day
— booked our photographer
— discussed our engagement reading list
— gathered preliminary floral and design inspiration
— discussed ideas for our color palette
— drafted our preliminary guest list
— chosen and ordered our save the dates
— established a preliminary budget
— discussed menu ideas
— begun our wedding registries

Our next action steps are:
— mail our save the dates
— finish our wedding registries
— begin wedding dress shopping
— choose bridesmaids dresses
— book a florist or establish a plan to do the bouquets ourselves
— choose our ceremony venue
— create our wedding inspiration board

We have mapped out our planning process from now until June, so now we are taking on tasks one week at a time. I’m excited to share monthly updates through these posts from now until June! I will also be sharing my inspiration for various elements as we go, so stay tuned for that!