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Calligraphy has made a huge comeback in recent years. We see it used in weddings in many different ways. No surprise there. Modern calligraphy is not only elegant and gorgeous, but also adds a personal touch to your wedding stationery. While a full custom calligraphy invitation suite can be outside your price range, there is a budget-friendly way to include hand calligraphy in your wedding stationery. Let me tell you a little more about spot calligraphy.

WHAT IS SPOT CALLIGRAPHY?

Many calligraphers (me included) offer spot calligraphy services where elements like your names, venue, date and words like RSVP, Save the Date, etc. are hand calligraphed to be paired with a computer generated font to create the final design.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CALLIGRAPHER ABOUT THEIR SPOT CALLIGRAPHY SERVICES

  1. What style calligraphy do you offer?
  2. Can you work directly with my stationer/graphic designer?
  3. Can you design my invitation suite using spot calligraphy?
  4. How many rounds of revision does the price include?
  5. How will you deliver my final files? In what format?
  6. Do you have a contract?

I hope by asking these questions you’ll find the right calligrapher for you! Just make sure she 1) offers a style that matches the overall aesthetic of your wedding stationery and 2) addresses questions 2-5 in a contract.

Interested in learning more about my spot calligraphy services? Read on!

MY SPOT CALLIGRAPHY STYLES

modern calligraphy spot calligraphy fancy flourish spot calligraphyBrush lettering spot calligraphy

MY SPOT CALLIGRAPHY PROCESS

  1. Get in touch with me!
    Fill out this inquiry form to tell me more about your wedding and vision for your stationery.
  2. Contract + 50% retainer
  3. Initial design concepts
    You will receive 2 initial design concepts with different lettering style to choose from. 
  4. Final payment
  5. One round of revision
    This step can be optional if you’re in love with the initial design. 
  6. Final artwork
    Your final artwork will be delivered to you or your graphic designer in a high resolution, black & white PDF file.

MY SPOT CALLIGRAPHY PRICING

Invitation Elements: $200
Up to 5 elements (i.e.. names, date, venue, “RSVP”, etc.)
Names Only: $100
Monogram Design: $75

Are you interested in having me hand calligraph some elements for your invitation suite? I would be so honored! Fill out this questionnaire to get started.

Posted on May 10, 2017

So you’ve decided to address your own wedding envelopes. You may be excited or you may be dreading it. It’s definitely a daunting task, but not an impossible one.

 

From addressing my own envelopes long before I became a calligrapher to now addressing clients’ envelopes as a professional, I’ve learned quite a bit. Here are my 5 tips to prepare you for DIY envelope addressing.

 

1) Give yourself enough time

Envelope addressing will take longer than you think, especially if you aren’t familiar with the style of writing you plan on using. Since invitations are typically mailed out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, I would recommend starting your envelopes 8-10 weeks out. A great way to stay on track is to set a goal of # of envelopes you want to complete each day.

 

2) Organize your guest list

Having an organized final guest list is the key to simplifying the addressing process.

>> Not sure how to go about this? Grab my free wedding guest list template here! <<

wedding guest list template download

 

3) Order extra envelopes

Even pro calligraphers require an extra 20-25% envelopes to account for ink splatters, smudges, and mistakes. Order enough envelopes from the start because you never know if they will be out of stock when you need more.

 

4) Choose ONE style and stick to it

If you go on Pinterest and search “envelope addressing”, you’ll find a million different styles. Pick one and stick to it! The more familiar you get with one style, the better and faster you can get through that stack of envelopes.

5 Tips for DIY Envelope Addressing styled

 

5) Figure out spacing

One of the mistakes I made addressing my own envelopes (long before I became a calligrapher) was not considering how much room to leave for stamps. I’m sure the post office wasn’t too happy to find a few stamps in the bottom left corner instead of the top right. If you’ll be using a collage of vintage stamps, you may want to block off the entire top 1-2″ or a large area in the top right corner. As a general rule of thumb, keep the top 1.5″ address-free. You can also download the free PDF template (as shown in the below photo) I have created for you. In it, you’ll find 2 templates, one center aligned and one left justified, that will fit perfectly over any A7 envelope.

 

5 Tips for DIY Envelope Addressing template

Happy envelope addressing!

Posted on April 12, 2017

Let’s face it, putting together your wedding guest list isn’t much fun; but it CAN be done with less stress!

How? Start with a spreadsheet to stay organized. Better yet, I have a pre-made wedding guest list template for you to download and customize.

 

 

If you’re just getting started with your guest list, you’ll want to…

  1. Fill out the “Must Invite”, “Should Invite”, and “Want to Invite” sheets.
  2. Copy everything from the “Must Invite” sheet to your “Final Wedding Guest List”sheet.
  3. Depending on your budget and venue capacity, copy select names from your “Should Invite” and “Want to Invite” sheets to create your final wedding guest list.

 

If you already have a final guest list, go ahead and start collecting those mailing addresses! You can also share it with your parents and future in-laws and have them fill in family’s addresses for you!

 

There you have it—a comprehensive wedding guest list that you can use in so many ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Giving to your calligrapher or stationer to address your wedding envelopes
  • Putting together party guest lists, think bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, baby shower, etc.
  • Compiling your first Christmas card list


Grab my free wedding guest list template and get organized!

how to organize your wedding guest list with this free template

Posted on March 28, 2017

This modern Maine farm wedding shoot was one of the highlights of my 2016. I am so thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with an incredibly talented team of creatives to bring this inspiration shoot to life. A huge thank you goes out to Burnett’s Boards and Seacoast Weddings magazine for featuring this shoot.

If you are planning a wedding in Maine, be sure to check out all the talented vendors linked below.

 

maine farm wedding inspiration - barn reception

maine farm wedding inspiration - tablescape

maine farm wedding inspiration - Nothing Bakes Like A Parrot

maine farm wedding inspiration - Heartwood Essentials

maine farm wedding inspiration - sweetheart table

maine farm wedding inspiration - bridal bouquet

maine farm wedding inspiration - caterer

maine farm wedding inspiration - caterer

maine farm wedding inspiration - fire & co

maine farm wedding inspiration - Fire & Company

maine farm wedding inspiration - Letter & Adore

maine farm wedding inspiration - D. Cole Jeweler

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maine farm wedding inspiration - wedding officiant

maine farm wedding inspiration - wedding calligrapher

maine farm wedding inspiration - A Sweet Start Wedding Officiant

maine farm wedding inspiration - Flora & Fauna

 

maine farm wedding inspiration - The Event Light Pro


Photography: A.Fogarty Photography // Planner: Pinch Me Planning // Florist & Designer: Flora Fauna  // Venue: Private Residence // Lighting: The Event Light Pros // Caterer: Fire & Company // Rentals: Heartwood Essentials  // Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott // Jewelry: D.Cole Jewelers // Hair & Makeup: Hair That Moves  // Calligrapher: Letter and Adore // Officiant: A Sweet Start // Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal & Formal // Tux: Panscofars By Blush // Officiant’s Dress: Tavecchia By Blush

Posted on March 9, 2017

I’ve always wondered if there’s a better way to save my wedding cards than keeping them in a memory box. Thanks to a wonderful client, I was introduced to these beautifully hand bound wedding card books by Dreamy Elk. Don’t they make the perfect (and functional) shelf decor with the custom hand lettered quote?

The long, heartfelt notes from your best friends, the congrats and well wishes from your family members, and the beautiful pictures on the front are all reasons we hold onto our wedding cards. They hold so much sentimental value, so why keep them in a box that you’ll never look at again?

wedding cards mail box
Image by Rossini Photography | Hand painted mail box by Letter & Adore.

Go dig out your wedding cards because I’m going to share with you 2 ways to turn them into a beautiful keepsake that you will treasure for years.

  1. Create your DIY wedding card book with this step-by-step tutorial. Emily from Dreamy Elk has a detailed supply list (with direct links to purchase) and instruction that walks you through the entire process.
  2. Have a professional handle the book binding. All you have to do is choose your materials and mail your wedding cards to Emily. Start your custom order right here.

turn your wedding cards into a beautiful keepsake

Posted on January 21, 2017

At the end of 2015, I stumbled across One Little Word® by Ali Edwards and the idea of focusing on one single word for an entire year intrigued me. Although I get excited about planning and goal setting at the end of every year, I have had a difficult time referring back to my goals and following through. So for 2016, I decided to give it a try and focus on one single word/theme rather than a list of goals.

Reflecting on 2016

My word of the year for 2016 was planted. It was our first year living in one state with no intention of moving in the near future, so the word came quite naturally.

word of the year 2016
My 2 main focuses around the word were:
1) Get involved at a local church
2) Connect with local wedding professionals and creatives

 

My husband and I are so thankful to have found Eastpoint Christian Church. We love the hearts of our church, our core values, mission, and vision to reach the Greater Portland community.

 

Business wise, I really wanted to meet and connect with like-minded creatives that are local to Maine. I am so happy to have discovered Maine Wedding Network last January and attended all 3 meet ups (aka Fireside Chats), during which I met so many passionate wedding vendors. In June, I was invited to work on a styled shoot at a beautiful farm with a full team of talented wedding creatives.
Although there were challenges, disappointments, and failures, 2016 was truly a great year. Being encouraged and supported by other Christians and like-minded creatives has really helped me feel planted. After 6 years of moving around the US, I can finally call this place home.

My 2017 word of the year is relationship. 

Yes, “relationship” seems to be an obvious next phase to being “planted”, but it surely wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I started thinking about my word of the year. You see, I have a tendency jump the gun and start planning for the new year before reflecting on the past. Now that I’ve decided on relationship, I can’t even remember what other words I thought of.

 

I generally like to break my life down into 6 categories (Faith, Self, Marriage, Family/friends, Community, Business) and I love that the word “relationship” can be applied to each. Instead of writing down a list of goals for the entirety of 2017, I decided to make a mind map with specific ideas and actions I can take to improve my relationships.

 

word of the year 2017 mind map

Have you picked a word of the year for 2017? What did/will you do to help yourself focus on your word (or theme) for 2017?

Posted on January 2, 2017
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Putting together some last minute details for the wedding show at @thebarnatsilveroaks this Sunday.

I've been mulling over quite a few last minute design decisions this week, which really stressed me out. But I was reminded today that some is better than perfect! My booth won't be exactly cohesive, but I'll know I have put in my best effort.
Prepping marble tiles for the wedding show this weekend at @thebarnatsilveroaks. If you want to walk away with your name written one of these pretties, be the first 30 brides to come see me at my booth! Hope to see you on Sunday!
Reflecting on my #wordoftheyear this evening. It's only June and I can already say 2017 has been nothing short of amazing. I've met and developed friendship with so many creative entrepreneurs. 
Lisa @lisaparkercakes and Brandy @trendylittlesweethearts , thank you for walking this entrepreneurial journey with me, keeping me accountable, and cheering me on! 
Thank you Maria @maineweddingnetwork for hosting all the amazing networking events that give us the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow creatives. 
I'm not the most outgoing person and most days, I'd rather hide in my home office and work my day away. But I've learned to step out of my comfort zone and really try to connect with people. I've learned that the secret to building strong long-lasting relationships is to always come from a place of serving and giving instead of asking and receiving. 
Are you working on any relationships intentionally this year?
Happy Monday friends! Let's kick off this new week with Van Gogh's quote in mind. "...there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."