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.

Photo by  Soul Focus Media

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.

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

Stories Behind the Script: Janelle and Roberto's Story

Last December my sweet cousin Janelle got married to her partner in crime, Roberto. The ceremony was in a beautiful church in downtown Tampa and the reception was perfectly rustic in an outdoor covered barn space. Simple and sweet - my favorite!

I was thrilled when Janelle reached out to me about addressing her wedding envelopes. Not only did the turquoise color go perfectly with the invitations she had picked out from Wedding Paper Divas, but Emily and Thomas from The Ganeys captured the suite beautifully!

Janelle and Roberto's Wedding Invitations
janelle and roberto bridesmaids
janelle and roberto church
janelle and roberto reception
Janelle and Roberto Bride and Groom

To top it all off, these two are expecting a little one for their one year anniversary!! Congratulations Janelle and Roberto! :) I couldn't be happier for you two!

Stories Behind the Script: Yeleny's Story

Honestly, one of my favorite things about what I do is getting to play a small part in a couple's story - whether it's through lettering the envelopes for the wedding at the beginning of a marriage or helping a couple celebrate a milestone in their lives together. It's truly such a special gift!

keith urban lyric quote prints

On occasion when I'm working with a client, I just know there's a story waiting to be told so when Yeleny told me that the prints I had lettered for her corresponded to songs from their wedding, I just had to learn more!

Enjoy this sneak peak into Yeleny and Chad's love story - a classic ode to the best friend turned life partner :)

What's your love story?
Chad and I first met in high school and became best friends, as he fell in love with me I fell in love with some one else. We remained friends after high school and while the other guy and I were in a questionable relationship, Chad became my knight in shining armor and rescued me from the bad relationship. We began dating in 2005, got engaged in 2009, and got married in 2010. 

What is the significance of the songs you chose to have lettered?
Chad won me over by serenading me with Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban in his truck one night on one of our first dates. The lyrics made me fall in love with him so hard because I knew how much he loved me already. He's continued to show me that love just like the very first date, so that song became "our" song. The second song Only You Can Love Me This Way was used as our processional song with a lot of meaning for both of us since it made us remember the period of being in a long distance relationship and other moments where we were happy to have each other. 

making memories of us custom quote print

What advice would you give to engaged couples when deciding on which songs to use as part of their wedding day?
Choosing songs for the big day is difficult, but what I focused on was choosing songs that had a special meaning throughout our relationship and would allow us to relive special moments all over again. You want songs that no matter where you are during the big day you will look at each other and smile and be in total bliss that you have are now husband and wife. 

How cute is the gallery wall Yeleny created to display pictures from their engagement, wedding and 5 year anniversary!?

How cute is the gallery wall Yeleny created to display pictures from their engagement, wedding and 5 year anniversary!?

So I don't know about y'all but this totally just took me through a trip down memory lane. When we got married my husband and I danced to L.O.V.E. by Michael Bublé. The song itself didn't hold any special significance for us a couple, but it just felt right and what made it even more special is that my siblings had gifted us some dance lessons to choreograph a little something alongside the song to make our day even more memorable and to give us reasons to have regular date nights leading up to it! If you're looking for a cute and thoughtful gift, dance lessons are amazing!

So tell me, if you've gotten married, which songs did you choose to dance to or walk down the aisle and why?