Happy Friday! I’m super excited to (finally) introduce a new bridal series on City Tonic! Over the next few months, I’ll be posting some wedding-related features as I plan my big day (and sharing any tips I learn in the process). Hopefully the series will be fun to read – whether you’re planning your own wedding, or just occasionally indulging in some wedding daydreaming via Pinterest (we’ve all been there).
Okay, to kick things off, today’s post is all about calligraphy! As soon as we decided on our wedding date (and knew we’d be fast-tracking the planning), I started designing our Save the Date cards since we’re inviting lots of out-of-town/international guests. I’m a bit of a DIY addict, so I thought I’d attempt to address my envelopes rather than hire a pro calligrapher. I’ve always admired beautiful hand-lettering and “modern” style calligraphy, but the task of actually learning how to do it felt pretty daunting. Then I found out about the insanely talented Ashley Lurcott and The Lettered Bride. The Lettered Bride offers a DIY calligraphy kit that sets you up to learn the technique without any of the guesswork. The calligraphy kits available at big art stores teach the old-fashioned, more traditional calligraphy style — but Ashley’s DIY kit comes with instructions for the playful and trendy calligraphy style you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest. The Lettered Bride’s guide booklet introduces the art of calligraphy in steps that are clear and digestible; the hand-drawn examples help you visualize how the direction and pressure of your strokes will end up forming those pretty little letters and swashes. Plus, the kit comes with the best pens and inks to get you started and tons of practice sheets on which you can perfect your lettering skills.
I actually ended up becoming obsessed with calligraphy, once I got past the first few unsuccessful (and hideous) attempts. It’s extremely relaxing and can deliver some really impressive results. Plus, the ink options are endless. Obviously I had to buy all the neons immediately. It was a little bittersweet dropping my Save the Dates at the post office after all the quality time I’d spent with them, but now I’m super excited to start designing my invitations and addressing the envelopes all over again. (I’m a crazy person.)
Feeling inspired? Ashley has generously offered to gift a DIY kit to one lucky reader! Even if you aren’t planning to address a massive amount of envelopes, calligraphy is an awesome skill to learn. So, enter now and cross your fingers!