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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! <<

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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?

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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.

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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

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas since I was born and raised on the other side of the world, where Christmas has only recently become commercialized. In 2012, my husband (then boyfriend)’s family invited me to celebrate Christmas with them for the first time and I was so happy my mother-in-law asked me to help her decorate the Christmas tree.

I had always thought the sole purpose of Christmas ornaments was to beautify the tree; little did I know each of her ornaments told a story. As we unwrapped boxes of ornaments, she showed me the year written on each and told me the story behind them.

As you look for new ornaments to adorn your tree this holiday season, I want you to think back on the significant moments from this year. Whether you got married, had a baby, bought your first house, went on an amazing vacation, whatever it may be, try to find an ornament that will help you remember it.

Here are 8 handmade Christmas ornaments that are not just beautiful, but will continue to tell a story years and years from now.

1) This ornament is for you if you got married this year! What a great way to celebrate and remember your first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs.
First Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. ornament by Letter & Adore.

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Below are a few ornaments that are perfect to celebrate a baby’s first Christmas.

2) Have a baby shower coming up before the holidays? Tie this adorable sweater ornament to your baby shower gift to give it an extra special touch. And don’t forget to let your mommy friend know she can also use it as a Christmas ornament to celebrate the baby.
Christmas Sweater Ornament by Tokyo Blossom.

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3) This little wood slice ornament is hand lettered and painted and is ready to be customized with that special baby’s name.
Baby’s First Christmas Ornament by Letter & Adore.

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4) I love products that are multi-purposed, like this wire ornament, which can also be used as a door hanger or wall decor after Christmas, makes the perfect gift for any child in your life!
Personalized Wire Ornament by Handcrafted Affairs.

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5) This cute little baby onesie ornament is completely customizable with baby’s name, weight, length, and birth date.
Baby’s First Christmas Ornament by Wedding Banner Love.

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6) Did you go on a coastal excursion this year? This little tree ornament is handcrafted with 100% driftwood and makes a perfect reminder of your vacation.
Driftwood Tree Ornament by Iron and Tides.

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7) If you became a doggie parent this year, this laser cut dog ornament is perfect for you!
Pet Name Ornament by ByLaney.

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8) Raise your hand if you have a weenie dog! My husband and I can’t wait to get one when we have our own house.
Dog Embroidery Hoop Ornament by The Barmy Fox.

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I hope these handmade ornaments inspired you to shop with more intention this Christmas. What are some significant moments from 2016 that you would like to remember? I’d love to read them in the comments below!

 

Posted on November 13, 2016

I started building this e-commerce site back in June thinking I’ll get it ready to launch by my 2nd shopiversary on July 22, which obviously didn’t happen. My summer was filled with wedding orders and I ran into a bunch of issues building the site. Some time last month, I had started to feel really discouraged and that I was in over my head with this project. Instead of giving up, I pushed through. I did more research, joined WordPress help and support groups on Facebook, and asked friends for help.

 

Now 5 months later, I’m so excited to say that letterandadore.com is finally live! It’s been a long and hard journey but this week, I’m reminded that “you can do anything you set your mind to.”
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Are you working on any challenging projects? Don’t be discouraged when you feel like you’ve hit a wall. Push through and you’ll get there. I hand lettered the quote “You can do anything you set your mind to” by Benjamin Franklin and created an 8×10 print just for you.

 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Right click on the image and save to your computer
  3. Print & hang

Posted on October 29, 2016

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Happy wedding day @reeserse!!! I hope your photographer will capture Daniel's reaction to your super thoughtful gift. Have an amazing day!! Hand bound card book by @dreamyelkphotography | calligraphy by @letterandadore
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I understand that hiring a calligrapher to hand address your wedding envelopes isn't an option for everyone. For all the brides out there with a tighter budget but still want to send out hand addressed envelopes, be sure to head over to my blog and read my 5 tips for DIY envelope addressing. Link is in profile.