I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around wedding calligraphy (please excuse this strange, but true sponsor introduction). I love calligraphy – I love almost all of the old world arts that are making a come back – but wedding calligraphy always seemed like “OhMyGod, this is one more thing I need to do, one more thing I have to live up too.” And so I felt unease with it.
And then. Then I got an email from a reader, a practical bride. She had done particularly beautiful calligraphy on her own wedding invitations, and she was tentatively looking to parlay that love into a small business. (I love small businesses! I love when practical brides turn their love into art that they share with the world! I love calligraphy!) But I was still unsure. And then she sent me her business mission statement, and I *GOT* it. I had that little tingle down to my soul. “Ahhhhhh…..” I said to myself, “Yesssssssss…..”
So now, I’m so pleased to share with you a brand new business being launched by a member of Team Practical: Neither Snow (Mail Matters). Here is their beautiful, beautiful, soul tingling mission statement:
To me, handwriting is one of the most lovely ways of conveying the “hande-made-ness” of a wedding. There’s something very endearing about a modest envelope, thoughtfully and deliberately addressed by hand, making the journey miles and miles to someone you love. I even get teary eyed when I read the Postal Service motto (“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”). Having studied Copperplate calligraphy I decided to create my own script for our wedding’s paper goods. I really enjoyed the experience and would love to do the same for other couples who are in search of affordable calligraphy. So I’m extending an offer to Practical Wedding readers– $2 per outer envelope (with similarly reasonable prices for inner and reply envelopes, return addresses, menus, place cards, etc.). Special considerations can be made for couples in extraordinary financial straits. (Kimi and Muir are absolutely right: Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.)So, my lovely ladies (and a few gents), I extend to you the invitation of beautiful calligraphy. Neither Snow is doing her fantastic-calligraphy-with-SOUL for $2 a envelope, and other wise reasonable rates for name cards, menus, place cards, other matters. So if calligraphy tugs at you, makes you dream of beauty, Neither Snow is for you. Go look, go look, one of our own is starting something new and lovely. And we all need more beauty.