The Proper Way to Address Envelopes: Hint It's Not What You Think

We’ve all been there - trapped in a moment, paralyzed by indecision, completely hung up on the proper or right way to do something.

After countless google searches, combed through blog posts, and searched images, something just doesn’t feel right. It’s all just too formal. Inauthentic. It’s not YOU.

Photo by  Soul Focus Media

And let me be the first to tell you, I’ve been there. Back in the day, before this calligraphy business of mine was born, I was sitting at my kitchen table having this same debate over my wedding envelopes. On the one hand, I wanted to honor my mom’s friends, who I assumed (yes, most of these hang ups we grapple with are assumptions on our part), wanted to be addressed more formally.

And yet, a lot of our friends had gone the route of not taking each other’s last names, which I didn’t want to butcher in some formal style that just wasn’t made to honor these choices. And so, I was at a crossroads of not having my envelopes all be the same. *gasp*

But then it dawned on me. It DID NOT MATTER. And in fact, the formality of titles just wasn’t authentic to who we were. Most days, if you’re lucky, you can find us in jeans and the most casual of shirts. Dressing up is reserved for special occasions.

Our favorite date night spot? A hole in the wall Mexican place around the corner from our old house.

So I got a little crazy. Addressed my parent’s friends formally. Our friends without kids, with just their first names. And friends with littles got some combo of first names plus kids names or a family name.

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And you know what, no one reached out saying, “Dang, I can’t believe you left my title off.” Instead, we got compliments on how pretty the envelopes were. How excited people were to celebrate with us. Well wishes from a far. And check ins on how everything was going.

All of this to say that, if you’re on the cusp of lettering a batch of envelopes, be it for a wedding, a shower, holiday cards, etc. It’s OK to let go. Be a little different. And do what feels right to you. Because at the end of the day, you, the person on the other end of that card, is what people really care about.

And if you’re still stuck and needing a little help making a final decision, I’m only an email away.

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!

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$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.

  • Add a mirror welcome sign for a pretty entrance to your ceremony/reception!

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!

Romantic Garden Wedding Styled Shoot

Prepare yourself for all kinds of pretty.

When Tracey of Tracey Krick Photography reached out about working with her on a styled shoot, I was so incredibly grateful and excited - in case you can't tell, she's super talented. I remember looking at her inspiration boards and immediately knowing it would be pretty, but this pretty!?

Below is a sneak peak from the shoot which was recently featured on Borrowed and Blue. And at the bottom, you'll find a link to the feature as well as a vendor list. Enjoy :)

lena and matthew - romantic garden wedding inspiration
white romantic wedding cake
wedding dinner menu
Brasenhill Mansion

Click here to see more images from this amazing shoot!

Photography - Tracey Krick Photography
Bridal Shop - Casablanca Bridal Flagship Store
Flowers - Ever After Floral
Invitations & Calligraphy - Ma Belle Calligraphy
Cake - Cake A Fare
Hair & Makeup - BLU

My Story Behind the Script: Why I Fell In Love with Calligraphy

My husband and I got married almost a year and a half ago. It truly was SO magical to be surrounded by so many of our favorite loved ones. One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is that it never feels like there is enough time to love on your guests and make them feel valued and appreciated for traveling from near and far to celebrate that day with you. It is the people that make that moment in your life so special.

bridal party


In planning our wedding something that was super important leading up to the day of was the details. Not because I wanted some fairy tale wedding, but because by focusing on the details and infusing our personalities into the ceremony and the reception, we could make our guests feel special. And what better way to add personalization than through calligraphy?

place setting - octopus - gift tags

Think about it. When you get your mail every day, it's one boring bill or spam mail after another. All with your name (probably spelled incorrectly if you're like me) typed out in some generic, stale font. But you know that feeling when you see a handwritten address on an envelope? That is the very same feeling having calligraphy at your wedding can create for your guests. From when the Save the Date envelopes arrive to seeing place cards with their names lovingly written out, this extra gesture can make such a difference.

table  numbers calligraphy
wreath calligraphy - all you need is love - handlettering

Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't replace spending time with your guests at your wedding,  but  the larger your wedding gets, the harder that can be. By adding special touches throughout the evening, your guests can still feel valued, included and loved on. And for some, that place card or envelope will become a special keepsake that will remind them of the beautiful vows you made to each other that day. Calligraphy is just one little aspect of making your guests feel like a special part of your wedding day, but one that my heart has truly grown to love.

beach  portrait - wedding - love - ory and michelle - ma belle calligraphy

Stories Behind the Script: Morgan's Story

What an honor it was to get to be a part of creating Morgan's special day. I've had the privilege of knowing Morgan and Harvey for four years now. In that time, Morgan's became an aunt to my dogs, graduated from school with her Master's in Higher Education, and landed her dream job at UNC Charlotte. In a few short days, Morgan will be marrying the love of her life. I could not be happier for her and Harvey. Not only do I know that Morgan will make a beautiful bride, but I also know that her and Harvey have a great life ahead of them filled with love, laughter, surprises, adventures and all the wonderful things that life has to offer.

It was such an exciting day to receive Morgan's wedding invitation in the mail!

It was such an exciting day to receive Morgan's wedding invitation in the mail!

When these cards showed up, they were made of kraft paper and not at all what Morgan had pictured. It's amazing what a little DIY paint pen can do!

When these cards showed up, they were made of kraft paper and not at all what Morgan had pictured. It's amazing what a little DIY paint pen can do!

Sparkler send offs are one of my favorite final hoorahs at a wedding celebration.

Sparkler send offs are one of my favorite final hoorahs at a wedding celebration.

Congratulations, Morgan and Harvey! Sending so much love and positive vibes your way.