Name: Jessica Yee
Business Name: Calligraphy by Jessica Yee at The Oblique Pen Studio
Industry Category: Calligraphy, invitations, and signage
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Not setting budgets and trying to DIY too much of their wedding. When shopping around you must have an idea of what you want to spend.
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
Figure out what your must haves are. For example — if you're a paper person — then invitations, menu, and place cards are important, then budget larger for that. If having a great reception is high on your must-have list, consider spending more on a DJ and MC, or if photography capturing key memories is vital, then get that great photographer. But keep the must-haves to two or three items and agree to let the other stuff fall to the wayside if needed. Also, the best person to help you make those decisions is a wedding planner! Hiring a full-service wedding planner can help get you reputable, reliable wedding vendors who have been doing it for a while. These vendors will show up on that most important day, even with paper products! I have had to help a few couples in my career who have had fly-by-night stationers and calligraphers not deliver as promised. If you don't have a planner, then ask your venue who they work with. Just do your due diligence if you choose to go with someone not recommended by a reliable source.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
We also do custom laser engraved gifts on almost everything, from leather and wood to acrylic. This flexibility allows us to create personalized favors and gifts for your wedding party that no one else will have.
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?
How long have you been in business? Do you do custom designs? Will it be used by another couple? Will you hand write the original or use fonts? Does the design or pieces of the design have a multi-use license?
What is the best piece of advice you have for a couple planning their wedding?
Hire a planner.
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
Tequila bottles with the wedding invitations engraved on each bottle. It was my fave.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
I have so many...the latest — the tequila bottles with the invitations on them or the watercolor painting of the Angus Barn with the couple in the front.