I was around 11 years old, strolling the aisles of Michael's craft store with mama. A calligraphy kit with cartridge marker nibs and how-to book caught my eye, thankfully getting added to the check-out conveyor belt.
Over time, I fell for the fancy feeling of lettering names for everyone in the house. Seventeen years later, I still love the mix of an upstroke and downstroke.
But why weddings? Well, at the end of the day, I want you to look back on your wedding day and the few things that remain: your dress, your photos, your rings, and your paper.
I want you to remember your family & friends when you look at the heirlooms from your wedding day.
I launched Ashlyn Writes with a heart to serve brides during a trying time ... a time when I needed heirloom memories to remind me of a day that I made one of the most meaningful covenants of my life.
GET YOUR HEIRLOOM WEDDING PAPER SUITE WORTHY OF A SILVER FRAME.
I only work with full-suite weddings, so for our couples I do pretty much everything, from save the dates to signage (and cake pulls).
Sure am: I'm a member of the Atlanta calligraphy guild, IAMPETH, and want to go for my Master Penman certificate soon.
I'm so glad you asked! Head over to Scarlet & Gold's lifestyle channel to take my beginning copperplate class.
Check out my all-time favorites in the portfolio!
Like no two upstrokes, no two hand-lettered projects look alike! That's the beauty of custom calligraphy: Complete the form below to reach out, and we'll jump on a coffee date chat!
After you tell me your big dreams, overall vision, and potential needs for your wedding paper wardrobe, you'll receive your customized online HoneyBook workspace with proposal and pricing based off your priorities and budget.
Next, our 8-step design process starts—you're officially an #ashlynwritesweddings bride. I understand your initial ideas will change and evolve, so don't worry: We'll work through printing processes, design styles, and wedding paper needs together through sketches.
Check your custom online dashboard for your timeline, etiquette guides, and more—so you don't miss a beat when it comes to putting things in the mail, and can simply click through proofs on your lunch break!
After your final approval is in, your wedding calligraphy invitations goes to print!
From letterpress to foil to engraved or flat print, they'll be beautiful and hot off the press.
If you need them addressed, that's taken care of as well. Need reception and ceremony items? I got you on that, too!
Now go pull on your white dress—there's a groom to be kissed and a dance floor to be twirled upon.
Ink color: No limit!
Ink color: 1-2
Ink color: 1-2
Don’t worry or get overwhelmed—I’ll make suggestions for your budget based off your aesthetic, unless you have something in mind, that is! Here's is an overview of what we offer!
Ink color: One—think gold, rose gold, copper, silver, etc.
SPOTS LEFT IN 2018
Please note 2018 spots for full-suite services are filled. Taking envelope orders as available.
Now booking for 2019 full-suite weddings.
"We were overwhelmed at the process of designing wedding invitations. Ashlyn made the process so much easier than I ever expected: she walked us through every step! Her calligraphy was breathtakingly gorgeous—our friends were blown away."
"She took my worry & anxiety away."
- haden & beau, montgomery
"Ashlyn made me feel immediately at ease. After only a few conversations, she had a great sense of the design aesthetic of our wedding. Working with Ashlyn is such a pleasure and I am so grateful for the beautiful design she created our special day!”
"I knew that I was in the best of hands."
- brenda & craig, atlanta
"I knew I wanted her penmanship to play a role in my wedding suite. Ashlyn not only lended talented calligraphy skills for our invitation programs, but recreated a logo my husband envisioned for our koozies. Ashlyn worked as if she were using it for her own big day!"
"Expect her to pour into every piece with heart & soul."
- jessica & eric, montgomery
""Ashlyn, you were an absolute joy to work with during my wedding planning season! You created the most beautiful, signature wedding logo that we'll treasure for years to come."
"We will treasure our wedding logo for years to come."
- jessica & estes, montgomery
""Y'all—talent upon talent! Ashlyn Carter calligraphy artistry atop Elizabeth & Butter cookies were such a hit and special part of the evening!"
"Y'all—talent upon talent!"
- james farmer, perry, ga.
"Yes! I want my complimentary consult & custom quote!" >
for a set of 100, including:
Custom wedding invitation
Custom reply card
Custom info card
Outer and inner envelopes
Full calligraphed design, or
type + spot calligraphy
Custom monogram or art available
2-rounds of proof on final designs
PRICING STARTS AT
Now booking for the 3 remaining 2018 full-suite weddings, and taking envelope orders as available.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
EEEK! HOW DO I KNOW ABOUT ETIQUETTE?
HOW MANY INVITATIONS SHOULD I ORDER?
HOW MUCH DO I BUDGET FOR PAPER, AND DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM?
WHAT ABOUT MY PRINTING OPTIONS?
Do I have time for this?
GREAT! HOW DO I GET STARTED?
WHAT ABOUT THE TIMELINE ON MAILING?
Creating an heirloom, made-to-order suite, from design to printing to shipment, takes at least nine weeks. Be sure to plan ahead—especially if you'd like to tack on envelope addressing! And hey, if you've cut close to the timeline, reach out all the same: we may can work some magic over here!
I got you, girl! It's certainly a task choosing wording and formality -- not to mention trying to figure out address etiquette. I'll hold your hand for all this! I am more than happy to show you all of your options. We start your project with a questionnaire that covers all the details about your wedding, and we will put together wording based off several factors for you to review .
The million-dollar q, right? I tell my brides to always stick to a few more than needed. Nothing is worse than realizing the neighbors (or your grandfather!) accidentally got left off! It's suggested to order 20% more envelopes, as whomever is addressing needs room to accomodate mistakes and ink splatters.Yup, visual branding has sexy, gold-foil shiny, and peony-covered good looks. But: only 20% of your website copy is read … so that 20%’s gotta be good. Changing out call-to-action button copy can up sales by 17% … and consumers’ average attention span is now 8 seconds–1 second less than a goldfish. If you’ve not yet become a student of copywriting, you could be missing a profitable asset that could generate income. It’s a process that requires digging into the details … and I know that will turn off shiny-object seekers. But that’s ok. My obligation isn’t to them. It’s to you. The focused creativepreneur that’s wanted to scale her business with my step-by-step website writing process that allows you to replicate it.
Save the dates (and no, you don't need them) go in the mail 6-9 months out, and wedding invitations are mailed 6-8 weeks out.
Typically 5-10% of your wedding budget goes to paper. As long as we can book $1,000 worth of paper, we can do any combination of items and looks!