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{Wedding Details} Calligraphy

15 Feb

I’ve always admired the beautiful, handwritten script of wedding invitations. Recently, I’ve begun an awesome community ed course called Basic Calligraphy. I’ve learned so much already, including that calligraphy is not about coming in with good handwriting, it’s another form of drawing. It’s like starting kindergarten again, learning to hold your pencil and then pen correctly, tracing the letter forms to learn muscle memory, and practicing.

Although my script is far from the likes of what is seen on Style Me Pretty or others, it is a stepping stone. I continue to be inspired by beautiful script and the artistic talent of those who make it. Calligraphy is truly an art form.

Calligraphy is a wonderful way to incorporate a handmade feeling into your wedding day. Whether it be the invitations, programs, or escort cards, calligraphy is one detail that is often overlooked by those planning in favor of (gasp!) printed alternatives. I will argue that the details make all the difference, and this is one detail that I can’t get enough of.

{1.5.12} Friday Like List

6 Jan

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{DIY} Chalkboard Placecards

2 Dec

As I raved about earlier this week, I’m in serious like with these chalkboards that are springing up all over – kitchen walls, wedding receptions, everywhere. Here is a great tutorial on how to make some chalkboard placecards. You could incorporate these into a more intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner. The boards also double as favor, saving you some cha-ching! Continue reading

{Wedding Design} Chalk It Up

30 Nov

Chalkboards are definitely an up and coming trend in weddings. The chalkboard look is becoming more popular in home design, as well – just like the inspiration mantle from The Lettered Cottage. For DIY projects, you can pick up a can of Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint to paint on inexpensive plywood for your seating charts, welcome signs or decor around your reception. Continue reading

{Real Wedding} B + A

25 Oct

Following up on the sneak peek from Sunday, here are some more pictures from Saturday’s wedding. It was a gorgeous fall day, the bride had a beatiful beaded gown with an equally stunning high-collar bolero. Colors of celery green and deep red were a perfect palette for a fall wedding. Continue reading

The Favor Dilemma

17 Oct

If you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, you’ve probably given a little thought to favors…”Will we do favors? Will we skip them? Is it just a silly tradition, a waste of money”, yadda yadda yadda. Especially for larger weddings, favors can seem like an insurmountable task – finding a way to thank each guest with something that they’ll appreciate and that won’t break your budget.

Donate

There are some great options for favors that won’t drive you crazy or put you over budget. If you forgo the traditional favor for each guest, a nice option is to give the money that you would have spent to a charity. A sign on each table can state this and encourage guests to give to the charity that is close to your heart, too.

Double Time

Favors can serve double-duty with escort cards. This is a creative way to kill two birds with one stone – making your life easier! These small succulents in clear jars are adorable.

Image from Emmaline Bride

And, this gumball and pencil jar combination is a super easy (and inexpensive) way to add a fun edge to the reception. Snag these at back-to-school sales in the late summer.

From Southern Weddings

Something┬áheart-felt is always the best, whether it’s more or less money doesn’t really matter to guests. It’s an expression of who you are and a thank you to everyone who comes to celebrate with you.