Lauren Heim is the talented local artist behind the modern hand-lettering creations of Lauren Heim Studio. She specializes in brush and watercolor lettering and will be sharing her talent with us during her “Hand Lettering 101” workshop next month.
Lauren teaches hand lettering workshops, creates custom pieces for her brides and clients, and operates a small online shop. You can find her designs scattered across the country in wedding invitation calligraphy, home decor, business logos, and in the unique creations of her students.
What do you love most about hand lettering for weddings?
My love for hand lettering started long before my own wedding. I read calligraphy blogs (yes, it’s true!) and followed hand lettering artists for years. But I took action teaching myself the art of hand lettering with my own wedding pieces in 2010. I think that is why lettering for brides is so near and dear to me! Creating a piece for their wedding that is done by hand, I believe adds a truly special and timeless touch. As well as I love getting to connect with the bride, and learn about her vision and heart behind her own big day.
What do you think is the most important wedding piece to have hand lettered?
There are so many! I think welcome signage is a particularly fun. It immediately makes guests feel so welcomed and connected to your event. Whether that is on glass, mirror, framed, chalkboard, wood… whatever! I also think, if you are having assigned seating, place cards are a particularly nice treat for the guests to take home. They know that card was created by hand just for them, and guests keep them for years to come.
I also specialize in hand lettered laser cut pieces, where the hand lettered art is actually cut out of wood or acrylic. This is a rare offering that I have taken years to specialize in, that not many businesses offer. Whether it is a gold acrylic cake topper, chair signs for the new Mr. and Mrs., or a large sign displayed of their last name. These pieces have quickly become signatures of my business, and are pieces I feel honored to create.
What do you think is the simplest DIY hand lettering task for beginners to incorporate into their wedding decor?
I’d say chalkboard signage is something many brides want to create themselves. That project may take several attempts with no prior training, but there are many tutorials online and on Pinterest that can help brides create their own chalkboard piece! My biggest piece of advice is to give yourself several months to work on DIY projects – don’t wait until days before your wedding! 🙂
If you are in an area that offers hand lettering and calligraphy classes by a professional, consider taking one. You’ll save yourself hours of headaches, and will likely learn a hobby you’ll enjoy and practice for years to come.
Any preparation tips for the brides that will be joining us?
All you need to bring is yourself! All top notch art supplies will be provided for you to take home. As well as treats and champagne. I would say just come with an open mind, and get ready to be creative. When starting out, don’t be too hard on yourself, because lettering takes a lot of practice and this is just the first step!
Join us on August 3rd from 6:00-8:30pm at Altar Bridal and learn from the best! “Hand Lettering 101” will cover beginners hand lettering techniques in brush and watercolor, starting with basic strokes and the full brush alphabet. Soon into the class, you will be addressing envelopes, making monograms, place cards, and other wedding pieces! All brides and wedding professionals are encouraged to attend.
You can purchase tickets for this event here. Use coupon code WEDDING at checkout for $25 off. Sips and sweets included!