Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For the love of calligraphy...

Every day when I sift through my mail, my eyes are always immediately drawn to the increasingly rare envelope that is hand-addressed. Whether it’s a wedding invitation or not, something about seeing your name and address handwritten on the front of an envelope makes it stand out.

Etiquette and tradition would dictate that wedding invitations have to be written “in the bride’s hand.” However, technology has given new invitation addressing options to the modern-day bride. A myriad of font choices and labels are not only convenient, but can also produce stylish, machine-neat results in a minimal amount of time.

Brides spend a considerable amount of time and expense shopping for their wedding invitations. Not only does the invitation give crucial details to a guest as to date, time and place of the event, but the choice of invite is the first indicator to the guest as to the kind of wedding it will be and the style of the couple getting married.

While convenience and cost-savings using pre-printed labels can’t be beat, for the bride that wants her invitations to be set apart from the crowd, consider calligraphy. Whether you do it yourself or hire an expert, the swirling hand-inked invitations are sure to be noticed and appreciated by your guests.

Though some might call calligraphy “dated” or “overly-traditional” – calligraphy comes in a variety of fonts and styles, which can be matched to reflect the tone of your affair.
Formal or beachy, classic or contemporary or anything in between – your invitation says a lot about you. And so should the way that your wedding invitation is addressed.

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