If you are anything like me at all, when planning your wedding you want your guests to open their mailbox one day and be delighted that there’s some “fun mail” in there, mixed in with the typical sea of bills and junk. While it is just essentially a way to tell a person they are invited to your wedding, and provide them with details they need to attend, it’s also the first impression your guests will have of your event. You want to set the tone and let them know what to expect. Luckily today we all have access to some way of printing and quickly sending out invites. That hasn’t always been the case. Have you ever wondered how wedding invitations got their start? Maybe it’s just me, but I did some digging and wanted to share my findings. Here’s a brief history of the wedding invitation.
It’s hard to imagine, but there was indeed a time before the printing press existed. Before 1447 when that came about, English weddings were typically announced via a town crier. Can you imagine? Someone roaming the streets yelling your wedding is happening, and anyone within earshot was expected to be a part of the celebration. I imagine the modern day equivalent being a post on social media and anyone who sees it is invited. Please don’t do that.
The Birth of the Wedding Crest and Wax Seals
Something a little more eloquent to think about is the fact that our use of wax seals and wedding monograms and crests originated with nobility and monks who were masters of calligraphy. In the Middle Ages, most people still couldn’t read or write, so only the nobility sent out physical invitations. They would commission monks to do calligraphy and hand write their invitations, which at this time typically included a Coat of Arms and a wax seal.
Hi! In case you don't personally know me, I'm Amanda Sides, and I love pretty paper. I believe it's a reflection of you as a person and especially sets the tone for any wedding, event or party.
I also love red wine, hot coffee, fresh flowers, and good shoes. You can usually find me wearing great fitting blue jeans, a white tee (or something equally as basic) and always good shoes. Okay and probably a good bag... but lately I just carry my diaper bag... but you know it's a stylish one.
Before kids you never would have found me without a perfect at-home manicure. We won't talk about how that's going now that I have three tiny dragons...
I'm a mom of three working to build a beautiful, happy and healthy family as well as this business.
While I started The Calligraphy Bar a few years back to turn my calligraphy hobby into a side hustle, it started turning into only handmade, custom one-off orders and while I do enjoy that, it was keeping me from growing the invitation side of the business, which is where my passion truly lies.
I designed my own wedding invitations almost six years ago and it sparked something in me that just won't quit. I feel like your invitation is ultimately the start of how you present yourselves to the world, and should never be an afterthought.