Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on Your Wedding Day

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and today I celebrate my calligraphy business’s 2 year anniversary.  It’s been a busy two days!  I’d love to share what projects I’ve been working on, but first I thought I would share a list of what I wish we did differently on our wedding day.  Here goes:

Mistakes you don’t want to make on our wedding day:

1.  I wish we wrote our own vows. Many of my clients write their own wedding vows and have me hand write them in calligraphy for a one year [paper] anniversary gift.  Not only it this more personal, romantic and beautiful, but it’s the perfect anniversary gift for your first year together.  Win, win!

2.  I wish we would have had the receiving line at the reception hall instead of at the church.  Greeting, hugging, sharing stories with all of our guests took a LOT longer than we expected, so make sure you allow time for all of that.  Our guests probably would have enjoyed giving us hugs with a bite to eat and a cocktail in their hands much more than in a hot church!

3.  I wish we would have specifically asked our photographer to take pictures of certain couples, like my grandparents.  Can you believe I forgot that?  Moral of the story, make sure you have a thoughtful list of all of the photos you want!  [He almost forgot to take a picture of just the two of us!]  I wish I had thought ahead for a separate location and perfect backdrop for our photos after the ceremony.  In addition, I wish I had close up photos of the small details, like the baskets I made for all of the kids – jam packed with toys, mad libs, snacks, etc., – center pieces, escort cards, ceremony programs I painstakingly made over hours and hours of time…those are all the details that helped make the day so special.

4.  I wish I had assigned one of my bridesmaids to make sure my dress was all perfect when standing at the alter.  In all of the photos the train of my dress is all sideways.  Argh!

5.  When I was ready to walk into the church, I was so nervous that I forgot to walk slowly and pause a few minutes in between our wedding party entering.  The string section we spent so much money on had practically just started playing Pacabel’s Canon and I was already at the alter.  Whoa Nellie!  Dad, I could have used a reminder there!

6.  I wish I would have assigned my bridesmaids some clean up duties.  At the end of the night I was the very last person there trying to gather all of the center pieces and bring them to our hotel room.  For what I’m not sure…we were going to Hawaii in two days!

7.  I handmade our programs and as a special section, my husband and I wrote a paragraph for each person in our wedding party telling why he/she was so special to us.  The programs came out beautifully, but I forgot to save one for myself!  Because people loved them so much and they were so personalized they were all devoured up!  I didn’t account for every one of them being gone and certainly didn’t make enough.

So there you have it.  Don’t make the same mistakes we did!  The advice I heard over and over again was to make sure to spend time with each other and that we did!  Here’s what we’ve been up to recently:


An inspiring quote for Lindsay written in a custom font.


A menu written in Sunshine font that was printed in silver ink on black paper.  Funky, huh?


Angela’s additional envelopes written in Williams font.


Vanessa’s wedding vows gift for her husband.


And current project I’m working on for Sasha.  Kraft envelopes in white Virginia font.

What is the best advice you’ve received for your wedding?


What Calligraphy Style do you Like Best?

There are so many ways to incorporate calligraphy in your wedding.  Besides the obvious of addressing your invitations, try escort cards, menus, signage, and don’t forget your first year paper anniversary gift of wedding vows!  Here are a few shots of some recent projects we’ve worked on:


Kelly’s envelopes in Lily font


Skinny Lucy font


A handwritten menu in Sunshine font for John and Stephanie


Kristine’s envelopes addressed in red Virginia font.


Wedding vows for Liz.


Mia’s gold envelopes in Skinny Lucy