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Trendspotting: Hand-Drawn Details

March 1, 2012

I’ve been feeling so inspired lately by the way hand-lettering has taken the stationery/invitation world by force! Gone are the days of calligraphy being seen as old-fashioned or overtly elegant – these days, hand-drawn type is becoming more and more popular (even in the DIY wedding world). Check out some of my favorites below!


row 1:  no-melt popsicle invitations via martha stewart | adam & josephine family tree via eva juliet
row 2:  contemporary calligraphy via plurabelle calligraphy
row 3:  seating chart calligraphy via plurabelle calligraphy | hand-drawn invitation by liam stevens via once wed

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MM Ink for Betsywhite Stationery

November 21, 2011

Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend!

I have more store scoop to share with you today. I am beyond thrilled to announce that Betsywhite Stationery has teamed up with MM Ink to offer our customers beautiful hand-lettered calligraphy!! I’ve known Moya for several years and I’ve always been a huge fan of her work. We’ve collaborated on several projects and she has been the unofficial calligrapher for our photo shoots for the past two years (as seen here, here, here and here) so we decided to finally make this teamwork official.

When you order stationery from Betsywhite, you now have the option to add calligraphy to your envelopes, place cards and escort cards. What’s even more thrilling is that with this exclusive partnership, Betsywhite customers automatically receive a 20% discount on MM Ink’s standard pricing on the select lettering styles offered through our store! Be sure to check out our Calligraphy Services page for all the details about placing an order.

To celebrate this collaboration, we’re offering a 10% discount on all wedding stationery from now until December 31st – just enter coupon code CALLIG1112 at checkout to redeem your savings*. With this special offer, when calligraphy is added to your order Moya of MM Ink will also create a custom guest book sign for your wedding, free of charge!

I know I’m a bit biased, but I think this is a match made in stationery heaven. I’m so excited about this new partnership and I hope you are too!

– gia

*Please note this coupon code is valid through December 31, 2011. A minimum order of $150 is required.

From The Archives

Calligraphy Week V: Yellow House

For our last calligraphy post this week, we’re pleased to welcome Laura Luyendyk of Yellow House Calligraphy…

website: www.yhcalligraphy.com
email: laura@yhcalligraphy.com
phone: 919-866-0825

How long does the envelope addressing process typically take?
Approximately 1 week per 100-150 envelopes; but just depends on my workload at the time. I try to accommodate each client the best I can, so I will often do rush jobs when needed.

What styles do you offer?
Spencerian, Rook Script, Bickham Script, English Script, Copperplate and Informal Script. These styles range from more flourished and formal to a more casual feel. I try to compliment whichever style will best reflect the tone of the wedding or event.

Do you ship nationally?
Yes. There are so many convenient shipping options that can be tracked online and insured via ground or express methods.

Is there a minimum order?
No minimum orders. I can address several hundred envelopes for a large event, or write out just a few place cards for a small dinner party.

Do you offer services other than envelope addressing?
Yes. Other calligraphy services include place cards, escort cards, table number cards and menu cards. I can also do the calligraphy for the master artwork for an invitation suite – which would then be printed. This might include the wedding invitation, envelope and reply set.

What’s your favorite style?
Spencerian and the Spencerian Alternate version are my favorite styles to do because they have the most flourish.

Why did you decide to become a calligrapher?
I majored in Art in college, so I’ve always been the creative type. Years ago, a good friend asked me to address her wedding envelopes, so decided to take a try at it. My work was very different then and not very fine-tuned; but I ended up having more and more friends ask me to do their envelope addressing, so I got to practice on their envelopes! Years later, it became steady work and truly enjoy it.

Any new products/type styles in the works?
I always try to stay informed of new trends and styles. There seems to be somewhat of a trend toward non-traditional wedding invitations that use great colors and sometimes, a less formal tone. So I try to match different colors and new calligraphy styles to compliment the invitations.

1. Order approximately 10-15% extra envelopes to allow for mistakes or additions. This is less costly then having to rush order more envelopes later.
2. Take your entire invitation “packet” to the post office to have it weighed ahead of time so that you can be sure to get the proper postage for your reply envelope and outer envelope. If you don’t like the selection of stamps at your local post office, go online to purchase at www.usps.com. Feel free to be creative and mix and match stamps to add up to the correct amount. The envelopes will look pretty – so your stamps should be pretty too!
3. Alphabetize your guest as soon as you start compiling it so that you can keep names organized throughout the wedding planning process from the Save the Dates, to Wedding Invitations, Rehearsal Invitations and Thank You notes.

Be sure to check our Laura’s website for more details and to see more samples of her work!

If you missed any of the other calligraphy features this week, you can catch up here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.