When our editors partnered with Minted to design an exclusive stationery collection, we did so with one goal in mind: Our designs would appeal to all couples, and not just one "style bride."
Like anything, selecting wedding stationery is a deeply personal choice. What you like for your escort cards might be vastly different than what you partner wants. Not to mention the invitations, save the date cards, wedding website, and the other paper products also on your to-order list.
Rest assured: You are not alone! Which is why we partnered to produce a collection of 90 completely customizable designs, in different shapes, colors, and styles. To prove our point, our editors dreamed up what we think our favorite royals would send, if they decided to say "I do" all over again in their signature style.
Take a look at our picks below, then explore the Minted + Brides Collection in full to customize your own design—no royal etiquette rules or orders required.
Meghan & Harry: Modern Classic
Our Pick? "Floral Ampersand Monogram" by Amanda Day
On May 19, 2018, when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry said "I do" at St. George's Chapel, they did so in their own signature way. They wed in front of some 600 guests (not counting cameras!) so the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding was ever present; however, the couple's style stamp was apparent in the design choices and ceremony structure.
Just take the bride's look as an example. She opted for a sleek, off-the-shoulder gown by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller, further proving her affinity for clean lines and simple, minimalistic taste. But she paired it with a storied jewel, the famed Queen Mary Bandeau tiara. Modern meets romantic, just like this invitation suite.
As for the touch of florals? With an arch like this, you know Meghan and Harry had something blooming on their wedding stationery, and what better place than the ampersand union?
Kate & Will: Timeless & Traditional
Our Pick? "La Noce" by Design Lotus
Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 wedding was a royal wedding fit for a future king and queen. From the carriage arrival to her lace wedding dress and the trees lining the aisle, every element was grand, elegant, and monumental, even in the moment.
In designing an invitation for such an affair, we'd suggest letting the event speak for itself, highlighting the names of the couple and the formality of the affair with a beautiful, traditional script without revealing too much with the first piece of correspondence.
Eugenie & Jack: Abstract Art
Our Pick? "Delicate Brushstrokes" by Lucrecia
When we think of Princess Eugenie's 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank, we often think of the bride's stunning emerald crown. But there were other pops of color in the day's design—from the page boy's bold blue pants to the bridesmaids printed sashes and the colorful florals lining the staircase at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
We love the use of color here, as well as the embracing of a bold print, and would recommend carrying it through the rest of the day's design details—from an abstract wedding invitation, an artful escort card display and beyond.
Beatrice & Edo: Blushing Blooms
Our Pick? "Petal Toss" by Angela Marzuki
While Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi may have downsized their 2020 nuptials for a low-key, pandemic-appropriate affair, they did not cut back on every detail. Namely, the flowers and the jewels. For the occasion, Beatrice wore a vintage gown of her grandmother's (casually, the Queen!) that featured embroidered along the chest and bodice.
The florals were equally as romantic, with shades of pink and muted greed framing the doorway of Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. This lush, asymmetrical design lends itself as perfectly on paper, as shown in this perfect invitation pairing.
Joel & Adriana: City Chic
Our Pick? "Sketched Floral" by Paper Raven Co.
Ariana Austin famously met Prince Yoel of Ethiopia—the great-grandson of Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia—at a nightclub in D.C., and in 2018, they married in a gilded ceremony at the Debre Genet Medhane Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The couple dressed in coordinating gold capes and crowns for the occasion, while their wedding party embraced a pretty rose gold palette. In designing an invitation for the American princess, we'd marry the two design elements, combining the embroidery from the ceremonial capes with the trendy metallic hue of the 'maids dresses for one chic, city-approved suite.
Charlotte & Dimitri: A Boho Dream
Our Pick? "Arched Pampas" by Kaydi Bishop
Charlotte Casiraghi of Monoco's 2019 nuptials have a permanent place on our bridal vision boards—a fact that should come as no surprise considering her grandmother was none other than Grace Kelly. Iconic in its own right, the bride married Dimitri Rassam outside Provence, fully embracing the dreamy locale in celebration's essence, fashion, and design.
Such a vision calls for an effortlessly chic invitation, much like the pretty pampas style we've selected. Bonus points for a bold color play, whether it's a dusty blue as shown or even a pop of lavender as a nod to the location.
Jigme & Jetsun: Vibrant Hues
Our Pick? "Painted Border" by Angela Marzuki
King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema's 2011 wedding is often described as "the most colorful royal wedding," even after a decade. This is in part due to the location—Punakha Dzong, a former monastery and fortress known as the "Palace of Bliss"—and the couple's chosen attire, which was traditional Bhutanese wedding attire made of raw silk.
If the couple were to plan a 11-year anniversary celebration come October, we would suggest a colorful invitation design that lives up to the original's claim to fame. After all, why not make a "wow" statement to celebrate a decade of marriage?!
Letizia & Felipe: Natural Beauty
Our Pick? "Madly Deeply" by Petra Kern
When you imagine the wedding of a future king and queen, lots of gold comes to mind. Picture golden crowns, an altar with gilded organs, and ornate tapestries throughout. Such was the scene at the wedding of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain's royal wedding in 2004.
Most notably, the bride wore an intricate gown with a high collar by Spanish couturier Manuel Pertegaz. Her face was also framed by a cathedral-length veil, lined with gold embroidery, and a diamond tiara. In a wedding suite, we love the idea of pairing the delicate gold color with a pretty blue hue, just as the King did with his formal dress. Bonus points for incorporating a tonal texture or bouquet, too.
Ivar & James: A Very Handsome Crest
Our Pick? "Modern Winter" by Ana de Sousa
In September 2018, the wedding of Lord Ivar Mountbatten and James Coyle marked the first same-sex marriage by a member of the extended royal family. Ivar, a third cousin once removed to the Queen, and his partner married at their picturesque countryside home (which they actually rent out!) and, if these photos are any proof, their vision was spot-on with jewel-tone fashion that could easily be carried through a stationery suite, as well as through the charing seasons. Think, deep emerald for winter, ruby for fall, blush for spring, and so on.
Masako & Maruhito: Poignant Construction
Our Pick? "Neutrality" by Hooray Creative
When Masako Owada married Prince Naruhito of Japan in 1993, it was a monumental occasion, as women around the world watched a Western-educated woman take part in a 1,000-year-old ritual. Owada's wedding kimono, reportedly made of a dozen layers of silk, was displayed prominently throughout the broadcast.
While her gown was beautiful, albeit traditional in design, we think this is an idea that could be copied no matter the dress fabrication or style. Take a look at this invitation pairing as an example: With a simple, textured design inspired by the dress details, it's a beautiful way to further highlight the garment. And, in Owada's case, acknowledge construction elements that date back centuries!