Alright y’all, we’re getting fancy over here.
I have been doing lots of wedding planning this month- gotta take advantage of my time in Charlotte– and decided I would take on a fun, new project. I know the saying is that “the invitation sets the tone for your wedding” and is obviously the first thing the guests will see (other than the save-the-date, of course!). Now, I love some pretty paper goods don’t get me wrong, but I don’t plan on breaking the bank on invitations. Most of them get thrown away or stored in a box somewhere, right? So to create my personal first impression, I’ve decided to learn… calligraphy!
Yes, the envelope will probably get thrown away too, but I love pretty handwriting and I think it really gives a special touch to the overall presentation of the invitation. Plus, I may even write out my own escort cards or table numbers… we’ll just have to see how it goes!
Professional calligraphy can be upwards of $2 per envelope. Ummm… no thank you!
I’ve always had pretty good handwriting so I’m excited to take on this challenging and super tedious task! Obvisouly this isn’t just something that I’m doing for the wedding, but something I can use throughout life to add a little something special to my snail mail.
I looked at several starter kits and decided to go with “The Lettered Bride” kit from Ashley Lurcott. It includes a pen holder, 2 nibs (the metal pointy things that you write with), ink, an instruction booklet, and practice paper. I’ve only practiced twice so far, but I think I’m doing alright for a first timer. One thing I have encountered is that if you put too much pressure on your pen while doing an upstroke, it tends to just splatter all over the place.
The kit came with an instruction booklet, but I also wanted to take a class to get some detailed instruction. My friend Logan, being the awesome MOH that she is, found Scarlet + Gold on Instagram and saw that they have FREE online calligraphy webinars a few times a year! Yes, please!! I’ll be doing mine next Sunday so hopefully I’ll learn some good techniques and tips to keep me from messing up. All I know is, when it comes time for invites, extra envelopes are a must!!
Has anyone ever tried calligraphy? Did your invitations turn out nicely or was it a complete nightmare? I’d love to hear your stories 🙂