Animated Video Invitations from Mini Epic

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Organising hen and stag parties is getting harder and harder. Is it just me or do they all seemed to be way bigger and more complicated than they used to be? When I got hitched we just went for a night out in London, these days most hen dos seem to span over an entire weekend with multiple activities planned, and so many stag dos involve hopping on a plane!

This post is for those of you tasked with organising a hen or stag do in the near future. I’ve just done it for my sister, and believe me I feel your pain. Having to organise 10+ girls to not only agree on something to do, but making sure they’re all available on the same date and they can all afford it was like herding kittens at times!

When it came to inviting people along, I’ll admit, I took the easy route and started a private Facebook group, but what if there was a more fun and creative way to get people really excited about it, just like you might do with your wedding invitations?

Well, the answer is finally here and its a truly 21st century solution to the problem! Mini Epic is a dynamic new online invitation service which raises the bar with their range of highly entertaining, professionally designed, animated template invitations for hen and stag parties.

Launched by Jonathan Shine, an established motion graphics artist, he came up with the idea when he was best man a few years ago. With the daunting task of having to convince 15 guys to fork out for a stag do in Vegas, he wanted to create an invitation that featured the groom and would hint at where and what kind of do they were aiming for. He wanted to get everyone excited and usher them towards accepting the invite and what he came up with certainly did that!

“I thought of creating a Hollywood-style cinematic teaser trailer as the invitation”, he said. “The guys loved the invitation, it set the tone for the stag do and made everyone feel as though this was going to be an epic party. And that’s how the idea for Mini-Epic came about.”

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Colourful and Sparkly DIY Wedding

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Chloe and Craig described their August wedding as being inspired by “Batman, Star Wars, birds, nature, unicorns, mermaids and sparkly stuff”, aka all the things they love! They were married at Blackbrook House in Derbyshire.

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“We just did what we loved and had fun”, Chloe said. “There was no pressure to have matching chair sashes, or a grown up theme or any sense of seriousness. From the dresses to the decor to the food and dancing – it was all fun and full on and all of our guests embraced it and partied so hard.”

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The bride’s incredible dress cane from eBay! “I found a picture of my perfect dress on a search engine and did some web trawling. Turned out it was from a Chinese eBay website so I took a punt and just hoped that it wouldn’t arrive and be total garbage. Luckily it wasn’t and a few alterations later I felt like a mermaid princess in it. My glittery flamingo daytime footwear was by Miss L Fire; I’m already a big uncoordinated lady so heels were out of the question. For our first dance I changed into my even comfier dancing shoes – white LED light up trainers!”

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Their Super Mario cake was made by the bride’s aunt and the flowers were all fake and arranged by the bride. “The table decorations and name places were done in the week running up to the wedding. My dad helped me glue plastic figures to dog bones while my best woman helped me sand the log candle holders. She also helped make the buttonholes and corsages while I made the hair accessories and bouquets for us all. Craig also spent three days hand-etching over 100 beer jugs with a love heart containing our initials. They were used for toasts and the guests got to take them home as their favours. I know a lot of our friends use them as their bedside water vessel!”

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1960s Inspired Retro Cinema Wedding

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Bianca and Lachlan’s met over a mutual love of 1960s music, “We were both in a record store 11 years ago and somehow a very shy and introverted Lachlan made his way over to me (not at all shy or introverted) and struck up a conversation. We discussed 1960s music, our love for the Beatles, books, films and politics!”

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They were married in February this year and wedding was inspired by all of these mutual loves, but particularly the 60s and films. “We absolutely adore the 1950s and 1960s so right from the beginning we knew that the wedding would have a reflection of those tastes”, explained Bianca. “I spent hours looking online at old wedding photos from both eras which gave me the inspiration for my dress, headpiece, gloves and veil along with the inspiration for our magnificent cake!”

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Brightly Coloured, Boozy, Big Kid Brighton Wedding

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Shoshanna and Zak’s brightly coloured, boozy, big kid wedding took place in Brighton in March. They set a budget of £4000 but actually managed to spend a bit less than that. Their reception venue was free! “Our reception was at OhSo Social on Brighton beach and it was FREE! We paid them £1500 for food and drink but they then deducted what we actually spend and gave us the rest back – amazing saving!”

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“Our only big expense was our photographer. Photos so so important to me, and after a few weeks of fighting with the other half over the cost, we booked Marianne Chua. I fell in love with her photography and her craziness! Her passion and and love for wedding and people was spot on for us and we are SO happy with out photos! I don’t even want to imagine having crap wedding photos, you cant ever go back and re-do them. It’s an investment of beautiful and hilarious memories and the best thing we did for our wedding was book her.”

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Intimate and Organic Catskill Forest Wedding

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Christina and Geoff wanted their wedding to be relaxed and intimate. They were married in October in West Shokan, New York. “Our theme was a rustic, woodland wedding that celebrated our love for the outdoors and natural world,” said the bride. “We also wanted to have our personalities and the things we love be the focus.”

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The day was held at Ashokan Dreams B&B, a guesthouse in a private home that is deep in the Catskill Forest Reserve and overlooks the Ashokan Reservoir. “Everything that we incorporated into our wedding day felt very organic. We didn’t necessarily find inspiration through other weddings, but instead brought little pieces of us to the aesthetic of our day.”

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Colourful Back Garden Hello Kitty Wedding

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Vikki and Jason had two weddings – one in the UK, where they both now live, and one in Auckland, New Zealand at the groom’s family home.

“We had two full weddings – so two ceremonies, two walks down the aisle, two top tables and rounds of speeches and two cakes!” explained the bride. “With New Zealand being so far away we just felt that we couldn’t only have one wedding because some family members wouldn’t be able to travel that far and we didn’t want them to miss out.”

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The total budget for both weddings was around £5500 with £2000 being spent on the New Zealand part. “It was difficult trying to plan a wedding in a country that I had never been to, and with a family I had never met, but luckily Pinterest and Rock n Roll Bride really helped me get the message across of what I wanted to achieve. My mother and sisters-in-law were amazing in getting our brightly coloured vision and our laid back family garden BBQ wedding theme.”

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