Win Custom Wedding Invitations from Minted

Choosing your wedding invitations is so much fun because it’s one of the first times you’re going to show friends and family what the style and tone of your wedding will be, but sometimes it can be a bit of an overwhelming task. The options are absolutely endless, and there are some fantastic invitation designers out there, but one of our favorites by far is Minted! Minted has recently launched their new 2014 invitation collection full of new styles and designs from independent designers, and we love their huge selection of foil-pressed invitations and letterpress designs! 

We are in awe of the level of service that Minted brings to brides in addition to their beautiful invitations! the Minted Perfection Team helps you with all of those pesky etiquette questions and offers you advice along the invitation buying process. They also offer free recipient addressing to save you loads of time during the planning process, and we all know how valuable time is when you’re planning a wedding! 

If you’re looking for invitations that will take the tone of your wedding to the next level, we love Minted’s selection of letterpress and foil-pressed invitations. Choosing letterpress invitations or foil-pressed designs will bring an extra level of elegance and interest to your invitations, and you can work with the specialists at Minted to design every aspect of your invites so they’re absolutely perfect. 

Now that you’ve fallen in love with Minted invitations, we have some fantastic news! Minted is offering Once Wed readers a chance to win $500 to put toward their Minted wedding stationery! Click here to enter for a chance to win! Contest ends June 10th, 2014 at 11:59pm PT.

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06.04.14 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Flawless Makeup with Temptu


Friday I told you a little about our new favorite airbrush makeup system, Temptu, and today I’m so thrilled to share a makeup tutorial I created using their bridal beauty kit! The airbrushing system is amazing for doing your own wedding day makeup, but I was even more impressed by its versatility- you can easily take this flawless look from day to night with only a few extra steps. The ease of this machine also makes it perfect for everyday use, and we couldn’t be more in love with the natural look that the Temptu system gives you. This tutorial is 1 of 3 I’ll be unveiling over the next few weeks on Once Wed. Take a look at this awesome tutorial below on how to create a flawless, radiant finish with the new Temptu Bridal Beauty Kit:

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Instructions for Natural/Everyday makeup with Temptu

Step 1: Start with a clean, moisturized face.

Step 2: Gently dab Temptu undereye concealer underneath your eye. Tap lightly with your middle finger to blend for full coverage.

Step 3: Set up your Temptu Machine. Take one end of the Flex AIRhose and connect it to the Nozzle of the AIRcompressor. Then connect the other end to the AIRbrush. Insert the A/C Adaptor to the back of the AIRcompressor and plug it in the nearby outlet.

Step 4: Always shake the air pod before every use for smooth color application. Remove the chrome cap and tamper seal from AIRpod.

Step 5: Upon first use, or as needed, pull on the Clear Loop while holding the AIRpod Tip up. Open the Plug before every use to allow makeup to spray. Be sure to close when not in use.

Step 6: To attach the AIRpod, press down on the Release Button and push the AIRpod horizontally into the AIRbrush until you feel it pop into place. To release the AIRpod, press down on the Release Button and pull the AIRpod away from the AIRbrush.

Step 7: Target imperfections first and then blend outwards. Build sheer layers until your desire level of coverage is reached. Turn the Dial to 3 o’clock(the optimal setting for a flawless AIRpod Foundation application). Hold your AIRbrush like a pencil, pointed downward, 4-6 inches away. Gently pull back on the Trigger and move in small circular motions. Stop & look. Repeat until you acheive your desired level of coverage.

Step 8: Using a powder brush, powder Temptu Invisible Difference Finishing Powder as a sheer layer over the foundation you just applied.

Step 9:  Apply blush by starting at the apples of the cheeks, sweeping upwards towards the temple. Build sheer layers for a more dramatic flush.

Step 10: Your blush can double as a gorgeous lip stain. Come in close(less than one inch), pulling very lightly on the Trigger. Blot lips together for a gorgeous stain.

Step 11: Volia!

Tips For Airbrushing Like Pro

* Find your sweet spot – Always maintain a 4-6 inch distance for a soft, feather-light finish

* Keep Moving – Keep it moving in small, circular motions for a seamlessly blended application.

* Soft Touch – Pull back gently on the Trigger for flawless, buildable coverage.

* Pro Coverage – To avoid over-application, build coverage in sheer layers, only where needed, until you reach your desired finish.

CLICK HERE to purchase the BRAND NEW Beauty Kit from Temptu!

Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Christian Marc

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06.02.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress with Karen Willis Holmes

Karen Willis Holmes, an established name in the wedding industry, has recently expanded her US presence with the opening of her first US flagship boutique in New York.  Karen is excited to offer two collections to her US clientele – her Bespoke and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes!  We’re lucky to have a a little bit of insight from Karen regarding the differences between her two collections:

“The thing most brides love about our Bespoke collection is the freedom that they have to make the gown a little more their own. The Bespoke gowns are made to order and are manufactured in our Sydney workroom, by our wonderful team of specialists; each gown is individually made with the utmost attention to detail and with love.

There are sample gowns at our boutiques for brides to try on, but due to the fact the gowns are made individually at our headquarters, brides are able to make certain changes (within reason). Such as, they may like the bodice of one gown but the skirt of another so they could mix the two gowns together to create their own individual wedding gown. Or sometimes brides might like one design but the fabric of another dress, so if it is something that we think would work, then the bride can make that change.

The Bespoke gowns are hand crafted couture quality, fit and sophistication, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear wedding dress. The price range for the Bespoke collection is between  $2,800- $6,660.   

For brides still looking for something unique with exceptional fit, but at a lower price point, there is also the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection, which is off the rack. The collection is designed in Sydney and made by a wonderful team of artisans in India. The price range for the KWH gowns is between; $3,120 – $3450.”

The Karen Willis Holmes brand has established a reputation for constantly exceeding customers’ expectations, both because of their wonderful products and the level of exquisite service they provide. All inquiries can be directed to Both the Bespoke Collection and KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Collection are available in her stores now, and at her national and international stockists, a must see for every bride!


06.02.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Flawless & Easy Wedding Makeup with Temptu

We love how Once Wed brides are truly involved with every detail of their wedding days. Today we’re excited to introduce you to a wonderful product for customizing your wedding makeup! Temptu introduces a unique airbrushing system that makes it easy for you to apply a flawless and professional look for your perfect wedding day look.

Temptu has perfected the art of creating a makeup process that gives you a natural, stunning glow that lasts all day – starting with your first look and lasting until your sparkler send-off.  You no longer have to worry about getting a last minute break out, as this faultless application will cover even the worst blemish.  To make it even greater, Temptu is now offering a wonderful Bridal Beauty Kit containing the following:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System (with your choice of 7 colors)
  • 3 AIRpod Foundations (choose from 8 colors)
  • 2 AIRpod Blushes (choose from 8 colors)
  • 1 AIRpod Highlighter (choice of 6 colors)
  • 1 AIRpod Bronzer
  • 1 Primer
  • 2 Undereye Concealers (choice of 8 colors)

This great little machine provides you with a flawless finish and versatile coverage (from sheer to full coverage), that is fast, easy, and long-wearing. And the self-contained pods are a great way to keep your makeup application hygienic- no more nasty brushes!  So gather all the members of your bridal party and have a great time sharing this system as you get ready – you can even practice your creativity at your bridal shower!

To make it easy to get your very own Temptu Bridal Beauty Kit, Temptu is offering Once Wed readers 20% off any Kit purchased through June 27th ( just use this code: ONCEWED20).

To see the beauty you can create with this system, be sure to see the gorgeous styled shoot created for Temptu by Emily Newman, and a wonderful team of creatives, this coming Monday.

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05.31.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog