A few years ago, someone started a rumor that it was appropriate to address your wedding invitations using an at-home printer and clear mailing labels. I'm here to debunk this myth, ladies. Sure, it saves time and money, but it's also really impersonal. If you must use them, save the labels for save the dates and thank you cards. Always, always, always go with a handwritten (or even digital calligraphy) address on your wedding invitations. You've spent so much time and money selecting the perfect wedding suite; don't devalue it by slapping an Avery label on the envelope. Not only do handwritten addresses look beautiful, but they let the guests know just how much you want them to be there. After all, you took the time and care to personally address the invitation. Plus, everyone loves receiving something so pretty in the mail.
But what if your handwriting isn't the neatest or you simply don't have time to address all of those invitations? Enter Tracy Hillenbrand-Greenewald of LMM Calligraphy. A professional calligrapher, Tracy will have the outside of your invitations looking just as pretty as the inside. Her style is traditional and the result is an wedding invitation addressed with the utmost class. Beyond envelopes, Tracy can also add her calligraphy to your seating cards, table numbers, favor tags, signs, or just about any other surface you can think of. Be creative!
At the recommendation of a friend, I hired Tracy to address my own wedding invitations and I was 100% pleased with her work. Her prices are incredibly reasonable, the turn-around time was quick, and she was even able to write out some new envelopes when a few were returned to me because I had the wrong address. (Oops! Let that be a lesson to all of you – double check your addresses first!)
The invitation truly is your guests' first glimpse at your wedding. Make sure you set a tone of elegance by addressing them in the proper way. Scroll down to see Tracy's handwriting in action and read more from her below.
All photos courtesy of LMM Calligraphy except where noted.
From Tracy of LMM Calligraphy…
What type of services do you provide?
I offer handwritten calligraphy on any size or texture of envelope for any event. I also do place or escort cards, table names, poems, or whatever you can come up with.
Tell me a little bit about your company! How long have you been in business? Is this your full time gig or part time passion? What makes your services unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I have been in business for 15 years. I actually started this business painting a mural in my nephew's room. After seeing how well it turned out and how much we enjoyed painting it, my sister and I decided to go into a business painting murals. This is how Logan's Magical Murals (LMM, named after my nephew) began. We painted part time and did it as a side business. A few years later, a friend – knowing that I did calligraphy – asked if I would address her wedding invitations. I did and I found that I enjoyed it as much as painting murals, so I branched out and started LMM Calligraphy. I still do murals part time but my main concentration is calligraphy. I also work part time as a nanny, which is another job I enjoy.
Brides and grooms should consider me because handwritten calligraphy will add an inexpensive touch of elegance to any event. An invitation is the first thing your guests will see and it can set the tone for the whole event. Table name or numbers and the place cards written in calligraphy can also make an event look elegant.
What is your ideal client like?
I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people planning different events. I have enjoyed all of them and the different projects each has had for me. I couldn't ask for anything more ideal.