Sometimes you meet a fellow wedding professional and you both "just get it." You have that moment where you know where each other is coming from and you share a passion for the hospitality industry and in Beth Hunt's case; she is making everything more fancy one cursive curly letter at a time. This business owner and I share so much in common and I enjoy every chance I get to speak with such powerful women entrepreneurs like her and share encouragement and ideas.
MEET Beth Hunt
What made you start your business?
When I was 10 years old, I asked for a calligraphy set for Christmas and I guess it was then that I first started writing some form of calligraphy. I always enjoyed art classes in school and, ever since I can remember, loved writing names and words different ways for fun.
Many years later, I began addressing wedding invitations for close friends who liked my handwriting. After doing it for several friends, I realized that calligraphy was something I could do for other people as well, so I started Beth Hunt Calligraphy about seven years ago.
What is the best advice given to you yet?
That it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. A little bit of extra effort tends to pay off in most situations. It's similar to the adage that it's better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
What wedding trends do you see coming for Fall?
Gray ink is a fresh neutral and fun option in leu of traditional black ink that will be big this fall for calligraphy as well as invitations and other printed materials. Gold ink is still very popular and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The sparkle it gives is just so festive!
For wedding day signage, mirrors are an elegant choice that I predict more brides will start incorporating into their big days. Pretty mirrors with calligraphy written on them add ambiance and can really tie together your reception's theme...plus they're stunning after dark when you can see candles flickering in the reflection.
More and more brides are also choosing to put a personalized stamp on their wedding festivities with hand-lettered monograms. For example, a couple's initials inside a hand-drawn wreath or crest can create a motif you can use on save the dates, invitations, programs and beyond: cocktail napkins, tote bags, stickers, ribbons, cups, and stationery are just a few examples.
What are your favorite accounts to follow on social media right now?
I've long been obsessed with @thisisglamorous; her images are simply breathtaking and a source of inspiration for me. I'm French at heart, so I love @parisinfourmonths. Some of my other faves are @beautifulpaper, @pizzazzerie, @snippetandink, and as a mom of little ones I can't get enough of @thebeaufortbonnetcompany.
What is the coolest thing you have done so far as a business owner?
I love when clients challenge me with new ideas and how to incorporate my calligraphy into their special events, homes, or whatever it may be, and a recent project inspired me to start thinking of unconventional ways to use calligraphy. Calligraphy is an ancient art, so it's fun to modernize it by writing on different things beyond just paper. Writing on hydrangea leaves as place cards, or writing a pretty message on kraft paper to turn it into personalized wrapping paper, or even writing a monogram on cookies for a party are just a few examples. My intern went to a building supply store last week to get pieces of wood for me to write on - I don't think she would've ever expected to visit a building supply store when she agreed to work for a calligrapher, but she swears it was fun!