I always tell my couples that the most important thing about their day is that they walk away married. No matter what else, it was a beautiful and successful day if that happens. And as someone who believes the wedding should truly just be the first day of a long life together, I had not ever considered having my own custom invitation suite or other details designed by a calligrapher until I met my dear friend and uber-talented calligrapher Brooke Benjamin.
As I got to know Brooke and watch her create these beautiful, unique suites and details for each couple, incorporating things that were special to them, reflective of their relationship, or a nod to their wedding location, I started to see it not as a frivolous way to spend money, but as a way to truly incorporate art that is special to you into your wedding.
Though I hadn’t initially planned on doing custom invitations, I ended up sold on the idea specifically because it was a way to bring my own fiancé into the details. Brooke and I decided to go with a few custom illustrations of things that represent where Dylan and I grew up and the things we love about the area and a custom photo envelope liner of the mountain range that gave the valley its name. We came up with a list of several things and I really wasn’t sure how they were going to come together (in part because some of them were mentioned in half-jest), but she sent us our proofs the other day and I was absolutely floored. She included all of the items we discussed and even offered to make a custom wax seal with one of our illustrations! Now, these are pieces of art that give our guests a little glimpse of us and our relationship and I can’t wait to send them out (and eventually share them here!).
Moral of the story: while custom invites and details may not be critical to the success of your marriage, if you’re on the fence about it, my two cents is to go for it. The right calligrapher will be able to create you the most spectacular pieces of artwork to tie your life and wedding together into a neat, beautiful package that will elevate the entire vibe of your wedding day.