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Bundles of Pretty Place Cards

Bundles of Pretty Place Cards

I moved to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina in late 2015. I’m still doing calligraphy full time (yay!), but I don’t have many local clients so 99% of my jobs are shipped. I’m now a pro at packaging up jobs and shipping them out via UPS. Did you know packages shipped via UPS Ground arrive next day within NC, SC, VA; and only two days from NC to NYC?!

Here are photos of pretty place cards that I’ve bundled with ribbon…all ready to be wrapped in tissue and packaged snuggly in boxes.

Place Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Place Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Escort Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Escort Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Classic White Tented Escort Cards in Gold Ink, ready to ship! {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Classic White Tented Escort Cards in Gold Ink, ready to ship! {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Tented Escort Cards

Tented Escort Cards

Traditional tented escort cards are perfect for all types of wedding receptions, formal & informal. Table assignments can be written on the front of the card or inside the card, along the bottom edge.

For place cards & escort cards, I always recommend using first & last names only (no titles). The names are easier to balance on the cards, and I think the cards are more pleasing to the eye. Excluding titles is not considered less formal, and it’s easier for guests to find their names without the addition of titles.

Escort Card Display {Calligraphy by Carrie; Robin Lin Photography}

Escort Card Display {Calligraphy by Carrie; Robin Lin Photography}

Classic White Tented Escort Cards in Gold Ink, ready to ship! {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Classic White Tented Escort Cards in Gold Ink, ready to ship! {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Green tented escort cards   {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Green tented escort cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Handwritten Wedding Reception Tags

Handwritten Wedding Reception Tags

I think handwritten tags make a lovely addition to any wedding reception. Handwritten tags add a personal touch, and guests will feel special. Escort card tags, place card tags, thankyou tags…the sky’s the limit! Tie escort tags onto favors…miniature champagne bottles or a small box of artisan macarons perhaps.

Escort Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Escort Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Escort Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Escort Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

On small escort tags, write the table assignment on the back of the tag :)

Small Escort Tags {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Small Escort Tags {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Wedding Favor Thank You Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Wedding Favor Thank You Tag {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Paper Feather Place Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Paper Feather Place Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Vintage Postcards as Escort Cards? Yes!

Vintage Postcards as Escort Cards? Yes!

One of my lovely bridal clients collected over 90 unique antique postcards from the early 1900s to use as her escort cards!  I didn’t mess up any…whew!  (Aren’t they wonderful?)

Vintage Postcards as Escort Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

Thank you to Viva L’Event for the display photos below.   As guests arrived for the ceremony, the postcards were displayed so that the colorful pictures faced out.  The postcards were flipped after the ceremony so that guests could locate their names and table assignments.  I love this idea.

Vintage Postcard Display

Vintage Postcards as Escort Cards {Calligraphy by Carrie}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fall!

-Carrie

Watercolor Escort Cards? Pretty!

Watercolor Escort Cards? Pretty!

Here are some watercolor escort cards that I created for Katie Dunn of  Events by La Fete for a beautiful rehearsal dinner at Flander’s Gallery in downtown Raleigh.

Here are the blank cards after I created the watercolor designs….each one is unique:

Handmade Watercolor Escort Cards - Calligraphy by Carrie

I wrote the names in my “block script” writing style in soft grey ink…..lovely, don’t you think?  The table assignments were written inside the tented cards.

Here are some photos of the cards on display!

Watercolor Escort Cards - Calligraphy by Carrie

Watercolor Escort Cards - Calligraphy by Carrie

I also hand-painted the table number signs in blue watercolor….and wrote each guest’s name at the top of the gorgeous printed menus….

Watercolor Table Numbers - Calligraphy by Carrie

Watercolor Table Number - Calligraphy by Carrie

Best wishes, y’all!

-Carrie

 

 

 

 

Blue & Pink? I love it!

Blue & Pink? I love it!

Fran was one of my out-of-town clients & we communicated via email, so I’ve never met her in person.  I guessed early on that Fran was super friendly and very excited to be getting married (she used a lot of exclamation points in her emails….I do too).  Both of us use smiley face emoticons, so we really hit it off!  I was honored to address Fran’s wedding invitations, and I also did Fran’s escort cards & the labels for the candy buffet at her wedding reception.

When I saw Fran’s wedding pictures (by Bella Rose Photography), I fell in love with the vibrant mix of blue & pink.  Fran gave me permission to post my favorite photographs here on my blog.  I hope you enjoy them.

The following photos are from Fran’s pink & blue candy buffet!  (I wrote the labels in my “curly contempo” writing style…in pink ink, of course!)

Candy Buffet Labels - Calligraphy by Carrie

Candy Buffet Labels - Calligraphy by Carrie

The pretzels were popular! Candy Buffet Labels - Calligraphy by Carrie

Candy Buffet Labels - Calligraphy by Carrie

Below is a photo of Fran’s escort card display.  The table assignments were written on the back.  I love how Fran smoothly incorporated rustic elements into her blue & pink theme.  (I wrote Fran’s escort cards in my “fancy script” writing style.)

Escort Cards - Calligraphy by Carrie

Don’t you love Fran’s rustic willow branch display?

Escort Card Display - Bella Rose Photography

How about these precious wee ones dancing at Fran’s reception?  (Keeping the blue & pink theme!)

Too cute! Bella Rose Photography

Below is my favorite photo of Fran’s wedding party:

Wonderful Wedding Party - Bella Rose Photography

And here are some photobooth shenanigans with the bride & groom:

Bella Rose Photography

In this photo of the sparkler send-off (I love it!), you can see the beautiful shade of blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses – and the gorgeous pink bouquets!

Sparkler Send-Off! Bella Rose Photography

Take care, y’all!

-Carrie

“Fancy Script”? My Most Popular Writing Style!

“Fancy Script”? My Most Popular Writing Style!

This post spotlights my most popular writing style…

Fancy Script - Calligraphy by Carrie

I think my “Fancy Script” is a favorite with my clients because it is so versatile.  I can write this style with extra flourishes, regular flourishes or minimal flourishes….in any ink color (bold, medium, fine, extra fine).  My “Fancy Script” works equally great on oversized wedding invitation envelopes as well as teeny-tiny save-the-date envelopes.  The style is easy to read, yet pretty. Elegant, but not stuffy.  It looks like a real person’s handwriting & feels personal.

Here is my “Fancy Script” with LOTS of flourishes!

My "Fancy Script" with extra flourishes - Calligraphy by Carrie

  Some clients prefer minimal flourishes – and I’m happy to oblige!

My "Fancy Script" with small flourishes - Calligraphy by Carrie

My “Fancy Script” style can be modified to complement a particular font.  In the photo below, you can see the modified letter “d”….pretty!

"Fancy Script" writing style - with modified lower case 'd'

The style works great in all colors of ink, including metallics:

"Fancy Script" in gold ink - Calligraphy by Carrie

"Fancy Script" in green ink - Calligraphy by Carrie

Grey is the new black! "Fancy Script" in grey ink - Calligraphy by Carrie

 

"Fancy Script" in purple ink - Calligraphy by Carrie

Only certain opaque inks will adhere to shimmer envelopes; most inks will smear with the slightest touch.  My “Fancy Script” writing style can be easily written with opaque paint pens…smudgeproof & waterproof on shimmer envelopes.

"Fancy Script" on shimmer envelope - Calligraphy by Carrie

“Fancy Script” looks great on place cards, escort cards & signs.  It can be written small or bold…

"Fancy Script" on escort tag - Calligraphy by Carrie

 

My "Fancy Script" in white ink on green tented escort cards...love!

Big & Bold "Fancy Script" on shimmer place cards...

How about these pretty place cards in taupe “Fancy Script”?

"Fancy Script" place card tags - Calligraphy by Carrie

And…”Fancy Script” looks pretty on reception signage (chalkboards, mirrors, paper….!)

"Fancy Script" Thank You Signs - Calligraphy by Carrie

Even my apprentice Hitch is partial to “Fancy Script”….

Hitch, the cat

If you’d like for me to address YOUR envelopes in “Fancy Script,” please visit the “FAQ” page on my website.

Best wishes!

-Carrie

More Escort Cards & Place Cards? Got ’em right here!

More Escort Cards & Place Cards? Got ’em right here!

On occasion, embellished escort cards or place cards will have a pre-printed line on which the guest’s name should be written.  Oftentimes, these lines are way, way, way too short!  One would have to write the names soooooo small to fit on the lines.  Solution?  Write the first name above the line – and the cards look beautiful!

Photo by Michelle Gunton Photography

Here are some pretty place cards written in my traditional “calligraphy” writing style:

Place Card

Place Card

 

 

 

 

Southern Living Weddings vendor? Yes, ma’am!

Southern Living Weddings vendor? Yes, ma’am!

Southern Living Weddings magazine is chock-full of colorful, gorgeous real weddings and charming ideas & inspiration to help you plan your dream day.  So I was thrilled to learn that the wedding of one of my brides would be featured in the current edition – and I was even more thrilled to be listed as a vendor (!).

Please enjoy all of the beautiful photos below by Elisa B. Photography.

Natalie & Travis were married last June at The Greenbrier Sporting Club in West Virginia….a truly amazing venue.

The Greenbrier Sporting Club - Elisa B Photography

 

I loved doing their place cards on Kraft paper tags – very befitting of their casual, rustic reception.

Kraft Paper Place Card Tag - Elisa B Photography

Kraft Paper Place Card Tag - Elisa B Photography

Take a look below at the creative way Natalie & Travis displayed their guests’ escort tags.  The white ink on the purple tags is a little hard to see – but I promise you, the tags were awesome!  Natalie asked me to make the sign on the navy paper “on the fly” – and I love how it doesn’t look perfectly laid out or overwrought…..it’s relaxed & fun.

Escort Tag Display Boards - Elisa B Photography

Escort Tag Display Sign - Elisa B Photography

Below is my favorite photo of Natalie & Travis. Natalie was so sweet to send me photos.  I love, love, love to see photos of my clients on their special day.

Young & In Love! Elisa B Photography

Take a look at their stunning wedding party:

Elisa B Photography

Happy reading, everyone!

Some good stuff! Photo by my daughter :)

-Carrie

NC State Fair-Themed Wedding? Love Affair!

NC State Fair-Themed Wedding? Love Affair!

Photographs of colorful & vibrant carnival-themed weddings are popping up all over Pinterest.  I’m in love with this idea and decided to create unique reception items for a North Carolina State Fair-themed wedding.

I’ve been attending our fair state’s fair (in my hometown of Raleigh) nearly every year since I was a toddler.  The smells, tastes, sights and sounds are rich & abundant:  Roasted corn-on-the-cob, cotton candy, boiled peanuts, barbecue with vinegar-based sauce (is there any other kind?), funnel cakes, and deep-fried ____ (just fill in the blank with anything from Oreos to bubblegum, from Reece’s cups to Coca-Cola).  Wee baby ducks & chicks.  Fat mama pigs resting in the hay, surrounded by a dozen squealing piglets.  Miniature donkeys (a personal favorite).  Humongous Angus cows and draft horses.  Whirring rides that make me dizzy just looking up at them.  A gazillion displays of ribbon-winning baked goods, canned goods and every type of homespun creation.  Displays of artwork from hundreds of kids from dozens of schools across the state.  The loud & raucous Midway with seasoned barkers (I think I’ve been finagled out of eleventy billion dollars over the years).  Let’s not forget the historic Spanish Mission Revival style architecture of the 1928 exhibition halls (remarkably still in use today).  And, of course, our iconic Dorton Arena.

I hope you enjoy looking at the invitation envelopes and wedding reception place cards, escort cards, favor tags, garlands & table signage that I created, all inspired by the one-of-a-kind North Carolina State Fair!

NC State Fair Bridal Couple

Once again, my daughter Hannah drew a picture for my blog post.  The drawing above is her rendition of a NC State Fair bridal couple, with a nod to Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”  I shall call this “Rural Hipsters.”  I adore these people.  I totally want to hang out with them.  Don’t you?  (And that’s the Dorton Arena in the background.)

NC State Fair Table Name Sign

NC State Fair Table Sign - Detail

I love it when brides use table names instead of table numbers.  I think NC State Fair landmarks would make great table names:  Village of Yesteryear, The Grandstand, Dorton Arena, Kerr Scott Building, Jim Graham Building, Holshouser Building, The Midway – and many more.  For the “Dorton Arena” sign shown above, I used 12×12 scrapbook paper printed with a hay design.  I folded the paper in half to make a tented sign.  I layered country (gingham-y) papers for the matting (affixed with double-sided tape).  The table name was written in my “Curly Contempo” writing style in thick red ink on lovely linen paper (I tore the edges by hand – see detail photo).  Just for fun, I added a cow to the lower right corner (a scrapbook sticker).  Super easy.  I can imagine a whimsical assortment of landmark table names, using a mix of different papers & ink colors.  These signs are the perfect accompaniment to the escort card tags & gingham place cards below.

NC State Fair Escort Card Tag

Escort Tags - Front & Back Views

I found these large Kraft tags in the clearance bin at a fabric & craft store and thought they would make great escort cards.  The completed cards could be pinned to a rustic display board (covered in burlap perhaps?) or even clipped to a clothesline or wooden fence.  Perfect for an outdoor, fair-inspired reception.  I also found the wonderful stamp depicting a glass bottle & single flower at the same craft & fabric store.  I stamped the image on the front of the tags using black ink – and then colored just the blooms with watercolor markers.  Using a green watercolor marker, I wrote a guest’s name on the front of each tag and his or her table assignment on the back.  I looped green raffia through the hole in the tag and added a small twine bow to the front.

NC State Fair Place Card!

Place Cards

To make these adorable square tented place cards, I cut ivory linen paper 3” x 6” and folded in half.  I layered gingham printed scrapbook papers, cut to size, and affixed them with double-sided tape.  (Gingham always reminds me of the fair!) At first I laid out the papers so they fit exactly in the square, then I turned them diagonally, and I loved how they looked.  I cut rectangles out of Kraft paper for the names (written in slick black gel ink in my “Petite Contempo” writing style) and affixed them in the center.  Finally, I added the farm-themed scrapbook embellishments.  You’ll see lots of pigs, chickens, tractors & wheat stalks at the fair!

Table Number Sign - NC State Fair Theme

Table Number Flag - Detail

To make this table number sign, I cut colorful striped scrapbook paper into a flag shape (essentially a triangle, when folded in half). I folded the flag over a bamboo skewer & affixed with double-sided tape (so there’s a front & a back).  I hand-cut the number (in this example – “6”) out of linen paper and glued it to the front of the flag.  The number was a little plain, so I added “stitching” with a thin orange marker.  I added a green raffia bow to the top.  I stuck the flag skewer into a decorative glass bottle that I bought at the local craft store for $1.49 – along with some colorful gerbera daisies and other non-highbrow blooms.  I added a green raffia bow to the glass jar as well.

I totally didn’t know this, but raffia is da bomb!  I’d never worked with raffia before.  You can take a piece of raffia and pull it apart into smaller & smaller strips until you have little wispy raffia streamers.  It’s addictive, I tell ya.

NC State Fair Escort Cards

Tiny Escort Card Envelopes with Liners!

These adorable tiny white envelopes (shown above)  hold 2¼” x 3¼” flat cards.  I also found these in the clearance bin at the local fabric & craft store (a pack of 8 sets for $1.00—I kid you not).  I thought they would make adorable escort cards.  I lined the tiny envelopes in gingham and striped papers – cut to size, and affixed with just a dab of glue stick.  I truly adore the look of a lined envelope.  I hand-cut the table assignment numbers out of the same decorative papers (to match the envelope liners) and wrote “table” with a watercolor marker in a complementary color.  Lastly, the guests’ names were written on the front of the wee envelopes.  The beauty of this type of escort card (small envelopes with separate table assignment cards tucked inside) is the table assignment cards can be switched around as often as necessary before your event.

"Mr. & Mrs." Chair Garland

To make the “Mr. & Mrs.” chair garland above, I cut Kraft paper into triangular flags, and decorative papers into slightly smaller flags, which I affixed with double-sided tape.  I punched super tiny holes (with a specialty hole puncher) in the upper corners and used colorful brads to connect the flags.  I found die-cut circles & hearts at the craft store (super cheap).  I wrote “Mr. & Mrs.” using a thick black sharpie.  I punched more of the tiny holes in the top of the flags, to affix the circles & hearts.  I looped twine in the holes on the ends.  This garland looks like something I would definitely see at the state fair, but instead of “Mr. & Mrs.”, the flags might say “Corndogs & Candy Apples.”

Candy Wedding Favor Tag

I found this lidded jar (shown above) at the craft store and thought it would make a great wedding favor.  I filled the jar with candy (in this case, Good & Plenty – the oldest branded candy in the United States, which you will find good and plenty of at the NC State Fair).  I tied the green raffia (which I carefully pulled apart into thin strips – which is obviously my new favorite thing to do) around the jar.  I affixed a white cardstock tag decorated with gingham paper & linen paper.  I wrote the bridal couple’s initials, their wedding date, and “Thank You!” in slick black gel ink.  I can imagine an old wooden picnic table with gingham cloth and a colorful assortment of jarred candy favors displayed on top.

Candy Jar Decorations with raffia (!) bows

I decided to try my hand at using a hand-dipped calligraphy pen.  (Most of my writing styles are done with monoline pens & artist markers.)  For the sample envelope below, I wrote the lines free-hand, without a guide – for a looser, less formal look.  I found images of both vintage & modern stamps on the internet for this fair-themed postage stamp montage.  I sized the stamps, printed & cut them out, and affixed with a glue stick.

NC State Fair-Themed Envelope

The Dorton Arena was the inspiration for this envelope below.  Super fun to do.  I printed out a copy of a vintage NC stamp with our state bird, the cardinal.

Dorton Arena-Inspired Envelope

As you can see, I love our state fair.  October can’t get here soon enough.

Thanks as always to my daughter Hannah for taking the pictures.  She is an illustrator, not a photographer – so I really appreciate her willingness to help out her mama!  Hannah & I really wanted to shoot the photos at the fairgrounds, but it was 108 degrees outside.  We opted for burlap taped to the living room wall and a bale of hay (hey, what can I say?).  Hitch was also quite helpful, as evidenced in the photo below.

Photographer's Assistant - Hitch, the cat