One of the things we love most about stationery design is that it’s always changing, each wedding season bringing new trends and fresh ideas to incorporate into your invitations. We especially love the idea of taking a classic element, such as calligraphy, and adding a new twist to it, making it feel fun and unexpected. One of these little twists we have been head over heels in love with is featuring the names in large calligraphy or a calligraphy inspired font, creating a huge statement! It’s your big day so why shouldn’t your names be the highlight of the invitation design?
Last year just before the holidays we came across the amazing Diva Pyari’s work at Linea Carta and fell in love. Her sweet stationery goods and gorgeous linen wares for the tabletop feature her own calligraphy and are some of my goodies that we carry here in the store. There’s something classic and folk-y about her aesthetic, but also something whimsical and sweet. It’s the perfect mixture, especially for the mediums she works in – linen accessories & paper goods!
Now that the holidays are here again it makes me so happy to know that families and friends are sharing her goods with each other during this festive time of year! We are carrying her gorgeous napkin sets (see the Bon Apetit style below), cosmetic pouches, and ABC cards in store – perfect gift goodies for those who love artisan crafted goods that are well made and great design in mind!
I am particularly fond of her individual alphabet cards that feature her calligraphy and sketches. These lovelies have a deckled edge and can act as a card, or be framed as a print just as easily.
Everyone knows that, oftentimes, the magic is in the details. For me, one of those magical details in wedding stationery is envelope calligraphy. As both the finishing touch on an invitation suite and the first peek for your guests, I just can’t speak highly enough about how this seemingly small detail can take an invitation from gorgeous to stunning. Given that the addressing on an envelope is truly the first thing a guest will see, calligraphy can really set the tone for the entire suite and event. And, the personal touch of hand addressing your invitations goes far to convey care for each and every one of your cherished guest.
While many of you may think calligraphy has to be formal or stuffy, I want to remind you that, these days, there is no shortage of variety in calligraphy styles. From classic and romantic to funky and fun, there are lettering styles to suit every party and every budget.
We’re happy to make sure that our brides and grooms get connected with the right calligraphers (and we work with quite a few!) early on in the process to ensure availability, smooth timing and help with all the bits and pieces (including infusing calligraphy into other elements like the invitation design and wedding-day pieces).
For your viewing pleasure, a few samples from some of our favorite lettering-pros.
(Above images: Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy)
(Above images: Love, Jenna Calligraphy)
(Above images: Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl)
(Above images: Debi Zeinert of The Blooming Quill)
(Above images: Grace Edmands)
(Above images: Lindsay Letters)
(Above images: Neither Snow Calligraphy)
We are so excited to have our “Shelby & Mike” suite (a.k.a the Boston suite) featured in the fall/winter issue of Boston Weddings Magazine! We designed this suite in 2010 for Shelby and Mike and since then have had the pleasure of redesigning and customizing for a handful of other couples. The original design will always be my favorite as I love the bold sans serif font and punchy colors. Take a peek at the feature and then go pick one up at the store – it is now on newsstands!
Magazine photos: courtesy of Boston Weddings Magazine
Invitation photos: courtesy of Brea McDonald Photography
Calligraphy: Love*Jenna Calligraphy
Elizabeth and Julian first came to us almost 2 years ago (gosh! where does the time go!?) in search of some beautiful custom letterpress stationery for their June, 2011 wedding. A few phone consultations later (they live and work in NYC), and I felt like we were old friends; I loved hearing about Julian’s work in the wine industry and was (and am!) totally fascinated by Liz’s nutrition and holistic health business (learn all about it on her website, Dishing Well).
Liz & Julian were getting married on Martha’s Vineyard and were looking for stationery that gave nod to the island’s incredible natural beauty as well as their passion for local flowers and food. We opted for a playful, illustrated map of the island for their save the dates and you can see and read all about those on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog.
For the invitation we wanted to keep things a touch more elegant. Using a rich palette of mossy green, plum purple and a deep raspberry, we mixed classic fonts, gorgeous hand calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones and lush botanical graphics for a nature-inspired and romantic look. Deep purple edge painting, some subtle blind printed pattern on the reply cards and colored backing papers for the festivities insert added pops of visual interest, as well. All the pieces of the invitation were bundled together by a layered belly band that was comprised of blind-printed cotton, burlap fabric and cotton twine with a flat-printed hang tag. Each tag featured art from a variety of vintage seed packets as reference to the foodie couple. The little bundle perfectly set the tone for their gorgeous summer fete and we were thrilled to create many coordinating day-of pieces to keep the design cohesive.