Calligraphy: Eric & Margaret’s Invitations

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Our family just expanded! My brother-in-law Eric got hitched last month to a really awesome gal. We’re so thrilled to add her to the family.

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Since Eric and Margaret live pretty close to us (for about a year Eric lived with us), we’ve been able to get to know Margaret really well. But for some reason, I was coming up blank when it came to the design of the invitation. I think I started 3 different designs. None of them felt quite right. Too masculine, too formal, too boring.

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The other limitation was the size. We went with an A2 envelope, which left us with basically a quarter sheet. With only that much space, I had to be creative to get information for both receptions on there without looking cramped or tiny. With relying on the personality of the type and going for a simple layout, I was able to make this happen.

In this case, bride and groom had varying amount of letters in their first and middle names. This made balancing out left to right a little complicated, but the extra flourishes to the right of ‘Eric’ did the job.

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The colors were greens and bright yellows, which are perfect summer colors, but can get a little overwhelming if you have large fields of those colors. We opted for a bright white stock and green print with little details of yellow in the printing and with washi tape.

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The design and assembly of the invitation was simple, but special. I’m thrilled how it all turned out. I’m also thrilled that they got hitched, too. :)

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    1. You have such a beautiful family! Great job on the calligraphy.

    2. alana says:

      Gorgeous! I love the green for the lettering. Did they carry the color scheme through the actual wedding because it is so perfect for a late spring/early summer wedding.

    3. Bettina says:

      How did you get the outline effect with the names? Did you trace it? Looks awesome

      • Melissa says:

        I hand-lettered the whole thing by hand, then digitized. I mocked it out in pencil then added pen. If you look closely, you’ll see the lines have a slightly more organic tone to them.

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