Wedding Calligraphy On a Budget: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Ok, friends. I know.  Weddings are expensive no matter which way you slice it. And sometimes calligraphy just doesn't make the top of the list given that for most of us it's a want and not a need.

But just because you don't need something, doesn't mean it can't be part of your magical day and I'm hoping the next few paragraphs here will give you some tips and tricks on how to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding without breaking the bank.

So the biggest thing to know about calligraphy in weddings is that calligraphy can help set an aesthetic and feel for your guests. I don't know about y'all, but when we got married, we wanted our guests to feel special and loved and calligraphy was our way to add personalized touches because who doesn't love to see their name written prettily!? Even the men were taking home our personalized favors ;)

But in order to set the vibe that you're going for, it doesn't always have to be grandiose and a few well placed pieces can absolutely do the trick!

Here are a couple of ideas for incorporating calligraphy into your wedding at a few different price points:

$100 and under

  • Display a favorite print, quote, or scripture (or 2) on your gift table or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!

  • Add a pop of pretty with calligraphy on your table numbers.

  • Get small custom signs made for your gift table, cake table, bar menu, etc.

  • Ask a calligrapher to create a keepsake envelope for your invitation suite! Your photographer can then use this for your invitation photos and you can keep the pretty envelope to display in a shadow box or wedding display!

$200 and under

  • Display your personalized vows on your gift or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!
  • Wow guests with personalized place cards or escort cards!
  • Add a pop of calligraphy on your wedding invitations by using a semi-custom invitation suite!
  • Add a mirror welcome sign for a pretty entrance to your ceremony/reception!
 Photo by  Soul Focus Media

$300 and under

  • Send happy mail to your guests with hand lettered wedding envelopes!
  • Add a statement piece with a customized seating chart on an elegant mirror.

Seriously, y'all. SO MANY OPTIONS! So before you throw in the towel on having calligraphy as part of your wedding decor, know that there are so many ways to do this. And all of them can add that personal touch and charm that calligraphy offers.

If you're still struggling on ways to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding and want a little help, use the form on the Let's Chat page to reach out! I'm happy to work within your budget to figure out what some affordable options might be for you and help make your wedding that much more special.

PS These prices are based on estimates and may vary based on the number of guests, the size of the project, the calligrapher you're using and how quickly you need a piece, but hopefully they make you realize that wedding calligraphy doesn't have to be a total pipe dream and that you can create that magical wedding you always hoped for without sacrificing your budget in the process. Happy wedding planning, friends!

Stories Behind the Script: Katie's Story

Y'all have heard me say this before, but nothing makes me more excited to know the WHY behind a print that I'm lettering - seriously it makes it that much more special.

And when I get asked to letter something for a friend, I get just that much more excited :)

Needless to say I was thrilled when Katie asked me to letter her now husband, Mark's, favorite poem as a groom's gift.

These two lovebirds got hitched earlier this June and I couldn't be more excited for them. Congrats you two!!

PS How cute is this frame that Katie picked out for the print which now hangs in their room? I love watching a print transform from the one that leaves my little corner desk and seeing how it's displayed in it's new home :)

the laughing heart groom's gift for mark

My Story Behind the Script: An Update on Our Journey with Infertility

Oh gosh y'all, I promise I haven't disappeared. Things have been churning along per the usual (with a little more quietness on this blog - whoops), but there are SEVERAL life things that I wanted to share with you all if you don't happen to follow me on social media ;) and those things will slowly come in the form of blogs over the next few weeks :)

But first for the biggest news yet -

A while back, you may remember that I shared a little bit about our struggle with infertility in this post here. And while infertility is still very much part of our journey, I am THRILLED to share that for now this infertility chapter is coming to a close and we'll be welcoming the newest addition to our family this June! June y'all! It's going to be here before we know it.

We completed a round of IVF last September and continued with the medications (yes shots included) through most of the first trimester. Needless to say, this little one is truly a miracle. There are days where I wonder how we even got here, but I am SO grateful that we have.

Thank you to all of you that supported us in this journey or sent positive thoughts and prayers our way. It seriously meant and means the world to us and we couldn't have gotten to this point without our fierce little community.

And if you're reading this post with tears in your eyes and infertility has been or currently is part of your journey, please don't hesitate to reach out. I would love to connect with you and offer any support and love that I can - even if it's just a listening ear.

It looks like 2018 is going to be our biggest adventure yet so here's to hanging on and enjoying the ride!

Ma Belle Calligraphy Inspired Nail Wraps

For those of you that follow me on social media, you've probably picked up on my obsession with Jamberry nail wraps. There's something about having cute designs on your nails that just makes your heart happy.

And on top of that, I love that they're heat activated, have zero dry time, and are free of a lot of the gross toxins that are found in regular polish and gels.

So needless to say I was THRILLED when the opportunity presented itself to collaborate with my friend Meg of Meg Hamilton Designs on a little line of Ma Belle Calligraphy nail wraps. Isn't Meg super talented? I can't get over how pretty they are! And I'm only slightly obsessed with the fact that you can mix and match them.

ma belle calligraphy jamberry nail art studio vinyl nail wrap designs

So you're probably asking yourself, what the heck are nail wraps? Nail wraps are thin vinyl sheets that are pressure and heat activated to adhere to your nail for a long lasting and beautiful look. They are made with durable materials, so smudges and streaks are never an issue, and can last for up to two weeks on fingernails and four weeks on toes!

flourish jamberry wraps on hands

In addition to allowing you to design your own wraps, Jamberry also offers hundreds of nail wrap designs (including a little something for everyone from simple and classic to funky and fun), lacquers, gels and their new ColourCure line which is a hybrid between gels and lacquer (I'm obsessed so don't get me started).

If you're interested in purchasing the wraps from my collaboration with Meg, you can do so here: https://michstreeter.jamberry.com/us/en/shop/marketplace/meghamilton

And if you're interested in checking out all of Jamberry's amazing products, you can do so here: https://michstreeter.jamberry.com

Lastly, if you have any questions about Jamberry or would like to try some samples, send me a message on Facebook (www.facebook.com/michstreeter) or email me at michelle.m.navas@gmail.com and I'd be happy to hook you up with my favorite wraps of all time! :)

Alright, now for my favorite part. In the comments below, tell me, which is your favorite of the three designs!?