I recently got an email from my friend Gabe Weisert introducing me to his friend, Eunice Moyle, co-founder of Hello!Lucky design and letterpress studio. She runs the San Francisco company with her sister, Sabrina.
Photo credit: Hello!Lucky
Hello!Lucky makes gorgeous things, from custom stationery to awesome cards by rad designers like personal favorite Julia Rothman! They have also written two books, 2008′s Handmade Hellos and their most recent book, Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your Big Day.
My brother, T. Andrew Madden, is getting married later this year, and I am honored to be in the wedding party. My own wedding was such a fun and crafty experience that I wanted to see what kind of tips these lovely Moyle sisters might have to offer a bride or a future sister-in-law who wants to add homespun elements to their special day.
I wish this book was out when I was in the pre-wedding prep phase! This book is the perfect guide for any bride who has champagne wishes and DIY dreams. Eunice and Sabrina wrote the book with Shana Faust, former Martha Stewart Weddings Deputy Style Editor. When I went to Shana’s crafts page, I realized that she was responsible for some of the projects I swooned over in the early part of 2008 when I was getting ready for my own hitching. And talk about swoonworthy! Eunice’s own wedding, which was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, is one of the prettiest and most joyful looking celebrations I’ve seen.
They have tons of great ideas for anyone getting ready for matrimonial bliss. And not only is this book creative and inspiring, it is also so organized! You cannot underestimate the importance of organization before the wedding bells ring.
The chapters highlight different wedding styles, from “Retro Homespun” to “Girly Romantic”. Each chapter has craft projects that fit that style, including a suggested invitation template. I love the fact that they break each project, telling you the level of difficulty, the approximate time it will take to complete, how far in advance of the wedding you might want to start, and budget.
They also tell you if the project will work best for an individual or a group to tackle. As the founder of Crafternoon, that little tidbit made me perk right up! My future sister-in-law Emmy Spahr is hoping to have several Crafternoons to complete some of her wedding projects, so that information is key. They even offer suggestions of how to divvy up the labor if you are going to be crafting with friends.
Their section, “How to Use This Book” offers general crafting tips. My favorite of these is, “Have fun! Crafting is a wonderful escape from the mundane and abstract goings-on of day-to-day life. There’s simply nothing like making a beautiful object from scratch and seeing the tangible results of your efforts. Savor the experience, and share it with friends!”
I cannot wait to share this book with my dear friend and future sister-in-law, Emmy. I know this book will inspire her on her journey to the joyful day of love that she and my brother will share this November. But when she’s done with the book, I might have to borrow it back. On second thought, maybe I’ll just buy my own copy. It’s full of so many clever ideas that any party planner, bride-to-be or otherwise, would be smart to have it on their own bookshelf!