Recently, I had a conversation with a soon-to-be-wed friend about addressing her invitations. It was tremendously important to the bride that her invitations had handwritten addresses. If possible, she wanted the work done by  a professional calligrapher. I appreciated her attention to the little details that make a big impact on the overall look and atmosphere of the wedding. Today, the convenience of ordering something online or dashing off an email is replacing the tradition of handwritten envelopes, letters and thank you cards. It is so easy to order pre-addressed envelopes and address labels over the Internet without thinking twice about it. Handwritten, personally-addressed invitations however, are one of the small details that guests will notice and appreciate and will set your wedding apart from the crowd.

It’s of course unlikely that every person getting married has great penmanship or bridesmaids skilled in the art of calligraphy. As luck would have it, there are many talented people in the New Orleans area and a few who have perfected the artform. One such artist is Vanessa Herbert of V Calligraphy. Herbert obtained her graphic design degree at Louisiana State University and is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association. Her attention to detail and gifted artistry will transform your invitations – as well as other paper goods (including place cards, drink menus and seating charts) – into treasured keepsakes.