Paper and ink were my first loves. One of my favorite haunts when I was growing up was the local stationery store. I even worked for a commercial printer for some time as an adult, and I pored over the latest wedding invitation catalogs whenever I had the chance. I guess it figures that when it came time to choose my own invitations, nothing seemed right—even though I had 5 catalogs at my disposal!
As a lover of all things professionally printed, imagine my delight when my husband and I had a chance to visit the Hyegraph showroom in San Francisco. They have over 250 catalogs with literally thousands of styles. Proprietor Jacques Oskanian showed us samples of some of the designs, with prices ranging from less than one dollar to as much as $250 per invitation! I had to see this $250 invite in person: a humidor with 12 quality cigars, with the invitation and RSVP card fastened to the inside of the lid with a gold ribbon. Other unique options included bottles of wine or water with the invitation inscribed on the label.
Once you’ve chosen what goes in the envelope, don’t forget what goes on the outside: the addresses! Hyegraph’s digital calligraphy service is a cost-effective alternative to hiring a calligrapher. The digitally produced addresses have a much more “hand drawn” feel than those done by a typical laser printer—better than addressing 300 invitations in your usual chicken scratch handwriting, right?