LOVE/HATE: The ‘Gorgeous Graphology’ Edition

I cannot deny that this hand-lettered wedding stationery suite from Betsy Dunlap Calligraphy is nothing short of amazing. You might be wondering why the lettering is all catawampus, but there is a method to Ms. Dunlap’s penmanship madness. The curve of the lettering on the invite actually follows a blind impression map of the Mississippi River, which is just the sort of amazing level of detail when you’re working with a real person instead of a printing machine.

Me? I love it. I’m thinking it might take me a bit of time to suss out what everything said, but that’s because I’m used to looking at type, not handwriting. But I think I have at least a minute or two to spare for something so unique and pretty.

What say you?

3 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: The ‘Gorgeous Graphology’ Edition”

  1. Twistie says:

    I think these are extremely pretty, but I wouldn’t use them unless I was hand delivering the invitations. Why? Because these are not very easy to read. My guess is that if you’re sending them out in a busy season, a lot of mail carriers will curse you roundly, and a lot more won’t be able to accurately decipher them on cue. That means a lot of misdirected or lost-in-postal-purgatory invitations. I wouldn’t want to take that chance – or build up that much bad karma!

  2. You know where they could be nice, Twistie, is in an inner envelope. Not many people use the inner envelope these days, but you could have the more intimate form of your invitees’ names on an inner envelope done in this style of calligraphy.

  3. Pam says:

    I think I am on the fence on this. Yes, they look nice, pretty and kind of impressive. However, of course I can read it – can all the guests? If you have grandparents, older realitives or older guests in general will they be able to read it? I think that is the major disadvantage with this.

    I think brides need to strike a balance between choosing what they want and catering to the guests.