How to prepare

Attire and sundries

  • Weather in Las Vegas, NV from August 6-8 is projected to be 103 degrees (high) / 81 degrees (low). That said, we will be indoors at the resort for most of the retreat. 

  • Attire: Feel free to keep things casual during the day. Vegas can get quite hot in the summer, but most events will take place in the comforts of the air-conditioned hotel. For Tuesday’s 10-year Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony, to get in a more celebratory mood, the dress code is "Desert Chic.” Think breezy maxi dresses and jumpsuits, and lightweight suits and airy button-up shirts.

  • If you would like to use the pool during your free time, bring your bathing suit and sunscreen! Towels are provided by the hotel.

  • If you would like to use the hotel's fitness center or join the complimentary Minted fitness classes, bring workout clothing suitable for yoga or mat pilates. Mats will be provided for the fitness classes but feel free to bring your own mats. 

  • Stay hydrated during the trip! Minted will provide reusable water bottles so please refill your own bottles throughout the retreat. 

Photo and video studio prep

There will be a photo and video studio open throughout the retreat for artists to receive professionally-shot, complimentary head shots, process shots, and process videos. The photo and video studio will be available by appointment only (sign up here). 

Headshot

  • How to dress for your shoot: Solids, neutral colors, nothing patterned or with a logo. 

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Process Shots and Video

  • Props to bring to your photo and video appointment:  

    • Items from your desk or working space at home to make the shot feel authentic (e.g., favorite mug, photos, book, etc.)

    • Sketches, work, or inspiration behind the designs you have for sale on Minted in Wedding, Fine Art, and Baby & Kids. We will email you separately if there is a specific Minted design we want you to bring materials for. 

    • Tools you use for creating (e.g., camera, paintbrushes, pens, iPad & Stylus, etc.)

    • 5" x 7" samples of your Minted stationery cards 

 
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Materials 

There are no mandatory materials required for the retreat but we encourage artists to bring their laptops, iPads, or Stylus for the workshops. 

  • Please see the materials list for each workshop you sign up for. 

  • Minted will provide some art supplies to use in the open Creative Studio. If you would like to collaborate and learn from other Minted artists during your free time, please bring any personal tools you use for creating such as your iPad, Stylus, laptop, paintbrushes, sketchbook, pens, markers, etc.

Other activities

Minted will not cover the cost of any miscellaneous hotel services that are not organized as a part of the conference. That said, feel free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel during your free time, at your own cost.  

  • Your JW Marriott resort fee is included in your hotel reservation. The hotel's resort fee includes complimentary high speed internet access in the guest rooms, access to the fitness and wellness experiences at Spa Aquae, six drink coupons, $20 in free offers to the Rampart Casino, complimentary shuttle to and from the Las Vegas Strip, a coupon booklet with additional items valued at $185.00, and one complimentary gift from the Spa Aquae boutique.

  • The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa offers a variety of spa and salon services. Please see a full list of spa services here

  • Try your luck at JW Marriott's indoor casino, Rampart Casino. The famous Las Vegas strip is also a 20 minute cab ride away for those who want to venture out during their free time. 

  • Minted will provide all confirmed retreat attendees lunch and dinner on August 6, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on August 7, and breakfast on August 8. If you do not want to partake in Minted-provided meals, here is a list of restaurants within the hotel. 

  • See a list of other activities near the hotel here