I'm so happy you are here. On the blog, you'll find inspiration for your event or learn about new calligraphy tools and supplies. There is always something new to uncover when you are putting pen to paper.
Place cards are set out at each place setting before the event starts. It lets your guests know where at the table they are seated and can also let your caterer know the meal choice of each guest. Paper, the first choice, is a classic, but did you know there is handmade paper with deckled edges and leaves made inside them? What about an agate or perhaps a beautiful marble tile? The possibilities for you to use your creativity and let your personality shine are really endless. Here are a few I’ve had the chance to work on.
Photo: Kylie McCarthy
One of my favorite place cards was this CRACKLED TILE. It was delicate and such a beauty. It can be a bit tricky to write on but with preparation and a slow hand, the end result is worth it.
Watercolor Paper is a fun way to incorporate colors into your tablescape. You can use multiple colors for the wash or stick to one color like this soft green place cards.
Photo: Hannah J Photo
Vellum for me as the calligrapher is a dream to write on. The ink just glides. It can be cut into so many shapes and sizes, torn, folded and layered. I would even venture to say any color of ink would look good against this transparent paper. And because of its transparency, it could easily be incorporated into any color combo.
Photo: Sierra Storm
Acrylic is sleek and modern. They can be painted or used clear. They come in different sizes such as rectangle, hexagon and round to name a few. Since they are clear, the color options and how you use and arrange them are endless. I’ve used both nib and ink as well as a brush pen and was pleased with the outcome of both.
Agates bring a uniqueness to your event like no other. There are plenty of colors to choose from and once cleaned and prepared, I love to write on these with a nib and ink. You can also add gold, silver or copper gilded flakes to bring an extra punch to your setting. These are a two for one as they can also double as a wedding favor.
Photo: Rachel L’Antigua
Paper tented place cards are always a great option. Especially when paired with black ink and a gold edging. Add a traditional copperplate script and you’ve got a classic look that is sure to set you apart.
Handmade deckled or torn paper is by far my favorite. It can bring incredible depth to your overall aesthetic. For a calligrapher, it can be pretty tricky. Since this paper can be made using dried flowers, leaves and pulp it is often porous and the ink soaks in and spreads. Spraying with a fixative and using gouache can usually make a huge difference. I think it is worth the extra effort as handmade paper will bring a touch of romance and elegance to your event.
These are just a few options for your event. I encourage you to get creative and come up with some fun and unique ways to decorate your tables. If there is something here you like, let me know. I would love to help you add that extra touch calligraphy can bring to an event. If you had something in mind you didn’t see, lets talk. I would love to collaborate and help bring the wedding or event of your dreams to life.
Whether you’re just starting out with your special event plans or looking to refine the finishing touches, send me a note to learn how I can be of service.
Write this Way Calligraphy is a calligraphy artist providing a personalized experience for couples and brands within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jess Mejia’s mission is to cater to your needs with an artistic hand and a genuine heart.
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