However, I have talked a lot about doing calligraphy for her wedding, so I thought it was time to show it all off.
Very early in the process of wedding planning, I decided I would do the calligraphy for her invitation envelopes. So I got out the pointed pen and the ink and started relearning my copperplate hand. I had learned it years and years ago, but had not really used it since then. However, it was much like riding a bicycle -- a few wobbly starts, and then it all came back to me.
Then we went shopping for the invitations themselves, and we fell in love with a particular style that just happened to include a spot for custom calligraphy. So I thought, SURE! Why not? Add that to the list! The advantage was, I only had to produce a master copy of that calligraphy (the couple's names on the invitation) and send it off to be mass-printed on the invitation. But I probably wrote those names about 50 times to get them as perfect as possible. By the way, the invitation came from Crane's. THE BEST CUSTOM STATIONERY, HANDS DOWN!
An inner envelope and the invitation.
An outer envelope. These were huge, by the way, requiring extra postage. Didn't think about that!
We sent out 144 invitations. They took about four months to do. (Yes, this was HORRIBLY slow, but I just did it on the side, in spare moments, so I wanted as much time as possible to get them finished on time. I could have done it faster.) I started at the first of the year and finished by April, a few weeks before it was time to mail them out. Once I finished with that little project (ha) I started looking around for something else to do.
Another obsession of mine is chalkboards. Specifically, the decorative kind, which is just really another form of calligraphy. Lots of people use these chalkboards as decorative/informative elements of weddings, receptions, parties, etc. So I thought, let's try this out! My wife and daughter were certainly supportive of my efforts -- free calligraphy, right?
Drinks menu (small chalkboard) for the bar area at the reception.
Large chalkboard that will be placed on an easel to welcome guests to the reception.
Smaller chalkboard used for the wedding favors area -- my (future) son-in-law makes a mean grilling rub that he put into test tubes (because he's a scientist) to give to the wedding guests.
And then, there's going to be a bridesmaids luncheon the day before the wedding, so why not do a couple of chalkboards there to label the drink dispensers?
So there you have it -- my calligraphy journey to the wedding day!