Trend Report: Hand Lettering

Do you remember the days of handwritten letters to your classmates? I always loved the notes with the fun hand lettering on the white space that was left after writing about our weekends, and the boys we thought were cute. That love has now grown into an appreciation for beautiful, unique hand lettering. Much like the lost art of hand painted signs, hand lettering is making a huge come back.

What brides and grooms need to know is that there is a difference between lettering and fonts. Hand lettering is a skill and the examples you see below are all custom created for each client. This is a great way to incorporate your personality into your wedding stationery.


1 – Molly Jacques Illustration
2 – Berin Made
3 – Molly Jacques Illustration
4 – Jessica Hische
5 – Mary Kate McDevitt
6 – Leighwells Calligraphy
7 – Berin Made
8 – Jessica Hische

Trend Report: Invitation Colours

Ah, summer, when love is in the air.

Maybe it’s because you and your honey are seeing other blissed-out couples tying the knot. Maybe you’re just on a sunshine high after all those months of darkness.

Whatever it is, people seem to get engaged in the summer. And after that proposal or ‘what the hey, let’s get hitched’ moment in Banff, your thoughts soon turn to planning.

What will you wear? What flowers will you use? What will the tables look like?
What’s central to all these things? Colour.

And while you might have just gotten engaged, I encourage you to start thinking about your colours now.
Invitations are a great place to start as they set the stage for your entire wedding. Are you a flashy type? Minimalist? Do you have a signature colour?

Here are a couple 2014 trends to get you thinking:

With the launch of the Great Gatsby movie, everything 1920s-inspired is going to be big. Think art deco and over-the-top glam in gold, black, and champagne.

Bright colours will still be huge, as will patterns, and a chevron or damask pattern gives you a chic way to incorporate all those blues, purples, and yellows into your colour palette.

colormerad (from CMR site)

Colour Me Rad!

On the topic of colour, I just did the Color me Rad 5km race in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital here in Edmonton! I’m always on the lookout for inspiration, and what better way than getting pelted by color bombs while running for a good cause? I also just found out that you can support the Stollery through your wedding. To find out how, click here.

Why custom? Couldn’t I do it myself?

DIY invitations are great if you have both the time and the expertise. Most of us, though, only have one or the other.
Just because we live in the era of Martha Stewart, don’t feel pressured to spend hours doing every little thing for your wedding. While you might get bragging rights, do you really want to hand-stamp and emboss 250 reply cards?

What will leave a lasting impression on your guests (and make you smile today and in 25 years) is wedding stationery completely unique to you as a couple, the event, and even the season.

Sometimes to make this happen, you really need to leave it to the professionals.

Don’t worry, you can still cruise Pinterest or Google Images, and bring a stack of inspiration photos or fabric swatches or colours. In fact, I love it when clients do this – it gives me a sense of what you want.
Then we can work together to make a completely custom design, choosing the perfect font, paper, and other elements to make a gorgeous invitation that really speaks to who you are and what your wedding is all about. (Remember: invitations are the first clue for guests about what to expect from your event!).

I can also work with you to create your dream stationery at your price point. I’ve had clients find invitations through online stores – only to discover they don’t fit into their budgets. Or they discover they can buy invitations, reply cards and envelopes as a package, but are left stranded when it comes to table numbers and menus.

Avoid this heartbreak and save money: by going custom you can get everything done in one spot, and even save on printing!
In the end, by going custom, I can guarantee you’ll get stationery that is completely individual, completely new, and completely you.

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