I'm working on some exciting calligraphy jobs this month, including escort cards for an August wedding! It's a pretty big group so I'm hoping to tackle them little by little as the responses trickle in. One thing I've learned? Always purchase about 20% more envelopes or cards for jobs like this for the inevitable mess-ups. It's funny - it's not like I'll mess up once every 10 cards, I'll mess up 10 times in a row trying to get one stinkin' letter right. The dreaded capital 'J' probably. Brides often ask me about the proper etiquette for wording and I now find myself knowing silly little things like how "honour of your presence" should always be spelled with with a 'u' in there or how boys under 13 should be addressed as Master. That's just traditionally speaking - it's all a matter of personal preference, really. I ordered this book recently because I've realized there's still a lot of information I should learn in the complicated wedding industry and the endless list of how-to's for different scenarios.
When it comes to escort cards & place cards, there are many varying rules on formality. The bride & groom I'm working with decided on individual cards (in lieu of cards putting couples together) with title + first name + last name, with the woman's first name listed instead of her husband's if she has one. I think that will look best - as opposed to Mr. John Doe sitting next to Mrs. John Doe, he will sit next to Mrs. Jane Doe :) And then I'll include the table #s, too.
I'll be sure and share pictures of them when I'm done!
In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my inspiration.
...so many pretty styles, right?