Wedding Venue Map loves to share ways to personalize your wedding. There are so many wonderful little details and ideas, but where do you even start? When we met Kait Davis from Bare Lettered Designs, we learned about so many of the unique ways to personalize a wedding that her company has provided in the past. Get to know all about Kait and where you should start below.
Hi Kait, so please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kait and while I’m not exactly a Florida native, I have lived here for quite a long time! After graduating from UCF (Go Knights!)I made my home in Orlando and have enjoyed exploring the city!
How did you become a Wedding Stationer?
After working with a wedding planning company, I decided to teach myself calligraphy so that we could incorporate some gorgeous signs. I fell in love with the process and the rest is history!
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing the couple’s love story come to life!
What are some of your favorite ways that you like to personalize a wedding?
One of the ways I really feel there can be an impact is with the Seating Charts. It’s a good way to show guests where they’ll be seated along with continuing the style of the day.
A leather Bridal Jacket for the Bride is a way to personalize a jacket for a bride, and she’ll always have it.
Menu cards on the table are so perfect to incorporate colors, fonts and styles.
Place cards are a great way to showcase your style, but they must be done right. You want them to be visually appealing, but not too much that it takes away from the food. There are many ways to create place cards, so there is something for everyone.
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you want the place card to look like and what you want it to say. There are different types of paper that can be used and different fonts as well. It all depends on what you want the place cards to look like and what message you want it to give off.
Bar signs for wedding guests can be a great way to keep guests entertained and informed. The guest can find out what drink they want and where they need to go. These bar signs are also a fun way to keep your guests engaged in the wedding, especially if you want to showcase a signature drink.
Weddings are a huge deal. They are the start of a new life for two people who love each other. It is important that the ceremony goes smoothly and that all the guests know where to go.
The bride and groom can use signs to direct their guests to the ceremony location, reception location, and more.
Table numbers are a way to identify guests sitting at the table. Brides and Grooms should consider the size of their guest list when deciding on how many tables they need.
Personalized ice cream cups are a perfect way to have a special keepsake from their special day. Especially to keep and use later on in life and use with a special smile and memory.
Vow books are an essential part of the wedding ceremony. It’s a place where you write down your promises to each other and read them aloud on your wedding day. It keeps your special words safe in a special place.
What is the inspiration to create some of your unique wedding invitations?
Whenever I design stationery, of course, my main goal is to incorporate the couple in as many ways as possible, but there are other factors involved that I consider such as the venue or location. This suite in particular was inspired by the landscapes of Sedona. Multi-tone tans and jutted edges helped create a look to simulate the desert horizon.
How can a couple create personalized wedding invitations?
There are tons of ways to personalize invitations from a monogram crest to a pet portrait, to a custom seal! Other ways would be to have a favorite quote or song lyric. It’s about what matters to the couple.
Do you use the same font or calligraphy design throughout the wedding? What is your thought process on this?
One of the aspects I really try encouraging my couples to incorporate is cohesiveness. When invitations and signs and place card and table numbers all come from different places, it can end up looking disjointed. When all of your pieces come from the same vendor, it brings each element of the wedding altogether and seamlessly flows from one area to the next.
Do you create menu place cards?
Menu place cards are some of my favorites to create! Again, it goes to the thought of cohesiveness. Menu cards are a perfect place to make a statement at the table.
Do you create weekend agendas? How can they get incorporated into a wedding?
I really like weekend agendas and think they are particularly great for a destination wedding. Lately, many couples are opting to include Send Off Brunches the next morning along with a few other fun events, so having a weekend agenda can help everyone keep track of all the different events planned and can be slipped into the invitation or can be waiting in the hotel as part of a welcome packet for out-of-town guests!
What is the difference between having personalized stationery vs. printed in terms of cost?
When things have to be done by hand, there is always an increase in price. Realistically, if I’m adding a name to a menu or I’m handwriting place cards, you can expect roughly an additional two dollars for each item depending on material and ink choice.
What are some of the ways couples can have personalized wedding favors?
One of my favorite ways was when one of my couples gave local honey with the tag “Meant to Bee!” It’s only limited to the imagination of what the couple wants to think of. Once we used beautiful seashells and added names to them at a beach wedding to add to the beach theme.
What medium do you work in?
My favorite medium to work with is the classic dip calligraphy pen and some stunningly mixed ink.
What kind of paper do you work on?
My favorite paper for invitations is a beautifully smooth, thick cardstock. This helps prevent them from bending in the mail or curling while a guest has it displayed on their fridge. If I’m doing place cards, I love to use handmade paper with deckled edges for a gorgeous, romantic feel.
Do you ever do anything to personalize a ring pillow?
I’ve never done work on a ring pillow, but I have added a personalized ribbon to a bride’s bouquet!
Tell us about the ways you use acrylic signs for unique wedding ideas.
Acrylic signs are some of my favorites to work with because they are so versatile. Frosted acrylic has a special place in my heart since it, in my opinion, adds a little extra class without too much of an additional cost!
Do you monogram aisle runners?
I haven’t put a monogram onto an aisle runner, but I have painted the couple’s favorite quote! It was special to see the Bride walk down the aisle on words that meant so much to her and the Groom.
What are some of the ways a couple can use signs in their wedding?
Some of the most common signs that couples can use are Welcome Signs and Seating Charts. But more and more often, couples are including directional signs, custom hashtag signs, and bar signs.
How can one create personalized wedding tables throughout the reception?
One of the most unique ways I’ve done has been naming the tables after cities that the couple has lived or visited and incorporating that country’s silhouette into the design!
What kind of style of wedding would use wedding chalkboard signs?
For a couple looking to use chalkboards in their wedding signs, the ideal style would be a more rustic or laid-back feel.
What is the most creative way Bare Lettered Designs has personalized a wedding?
The most creative way I’ve personalized has been the Rock and Roll Moody style a few years back. We used an old 45 record for the Save the Date and with a custom label on a 33 as the table number. It was incredible!
Now you know some of the ways to personalize your wedding. Thank you, Kait for spending the time with Wedding Venue Map and sharing your expertise.
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