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Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for May 5th) is celebrated every year to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over France.  The bold, bright colors and spicy, flavorful food highlight this grand fiesta with none other than the mariachi band playing their festive music. It is a fun time to share with family and friends, and makes for a great pre-wedding or welcome party theme. Here’s some color inspiration to get the creative ideas flowing, and keep reading for a fiesta-inspired GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Cinco de Mayo - Spanish Flair

I am not usually drawn to bold colors, but this color combo has my attention…..and so does this giveaway!




Yep, it’s giveaway time – and just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities!

To enter for a chance to win the gifts listed above:

  1. write a comment below letting me know your favorite Mexican dish or dessert
  2. follow Betsywhite on Instagram and/or like Betsywhite on Facebook (for a bonus double entry – follow both!) @shopbetsywhite
  3. follow MM Ink on Instagram and/or like MM Ink on Facebook (for a bonus double entry – follow both!) @mminkstudio

The winner will be announced Monday, May 2, 2016 at noon (giveaway items will be mailed only within the U.S.). I cannot wait to read your comments (the hubby and I love the fajitas at Superica, and my kids love hard tacos)!




Top row | left: Leticia Sanchez via Pinterest

Top row | right: Ruffled via Pinterest

Bottom row | left: Hire Space via Pinterest

Bottom row | right: Curious Places via Pinterest

For Giveaway:

Coasters by MM Ink

Balloons and Photo by Betsywhite

iTunes by Apple Store


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  • Amanda Kuhns

    No meal is worth eating without starting it off with chips and queso and ending with tres leches!! #cincodemayoReplyCancel

  • Edith

    It’s hard just to pick one favorite dish because I love my motherland’s dishes but enchiladas are my absolute favorite!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kala

    I love tacos or empenadasReplyCancel

  • Jantsen

    Enchiladas! Always a classic!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Here where i live its called 76 ( our hwy)
    Queso cheese shrimp atop sizzling steak served with lettuce tomato and sour cream!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Mexican food is my favorite! I would have to say I love enchiladas the best, but I’m also a sucker for some good fajitas or a stuffed avocado! MmmReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    I am a big lover of chips and salsa but if it’s an entree I’m a toquito girl.ReplyCancel

If you have been somewhat unsure about the term “spot calligraphy” noted on a calligrapher’s pricing sheet, or heard the term used while looking to personalize your wedding stationery with calligraphy, then today’s post is for you. It may be easier to understand spot calligraphy by looking at an actual invitation suite (which we will do later in this post); but first, here is the best way I have found to explain it:

Q. What is spot calligraphy?

A. It is highlighting the important details of an invitation suite or group of words with calligraphy, and combining the hand calligraphy with a computer font – in other words, just having calligraphy in “spots”. With spot calligraphy, all of the wording for your invitation suite is NOT done in calligraphy. Instead, key elements such as the bride and groom’s names are hand-lettered, and the remaining wording is done with a computer font (usually a block font – all caps – works best with spot calligraphy).

To explain further, let’s see how one of my former clients, Megan and Chris, used spot calligraphy throughout their invitation suite.


 For the invitation, the couple chose to only have their names and wedding venue done in calligraphy.

MM Ink - Spot Calligraphy


Here are some other “spots” to use calligraphy on the invitation:

  • a calligraphy monogram at the top of the invitation
  • having your parent’s names in calligraphy (if it is the first line on the invitation and you do not use a calligraphy monogram)
  • having reception details such as “dinner and dancing to follow” in calligraphy
  • if you want words like “honor”, “marriage”, or the wedding day to stand out on your invitation, pay close attention to the placement of the calligraphy so the lettering flows well and is evenly spaced throughout the invitation



For a cohesive look, we also added spot calligraphy to the enclosure cards for all of the headings, locations, and the “M” on the reply card.

MM Ink - Spot Calligraphy


Other spot calligraphy options that work well for your invitation enclosures and envelopes include:

  • adding calligraphy to the reply envelope with spot calligraphy for the name of the person the reply cards will be delivered to
  • having the entire reply card done in calligraphy with spot calligraphy on the other invitation pieces (I really like this option when there is artwork for the meal selections)
  • including “deliver to” in calligraphy on the outer envelope
  • adding your calligraphy monogram on the back flap of the outer envelope or have a stamp made ( using your monogram



Overall, a block font pairs really well with spot calligraphy, allowing the calligraphy to stand out and not compete with the text.

MM Ink - Spot Calligraphy


A few computer block font options are:

  • Copperplate Gothic Light
  •  Antiqua Caps
  • Classical Garamond Light

For a lovely semi-custom invitation suite option, spot calligraphy is the way to go. I think this is a great option for a couple who wants something unique while on a tighter budget for their wedding stationery. As you can see, spot calligraphy elegantly accentuates the more significant details of the invitation adding a beautiful personal touch to your suite. If you want a full custom look that is completely personalized and unique, then a full calligraphy suite (having all of the wording done in calligraphy) is a perfect choice for you.

Which one do you prefer – an all calligraphy invitation suite or a spot calligraphy suite? I currently offer letterpress printing for my full calligraphy invitation suites….would you like a spot calligraphy letterpress option as well? Let me know in the comments below. All the details for letterpress will be added to the website in a few weeks!




Calligraphy | MM Ink

Photography | Claudia Lopez


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It’s always exciting when one of your favorite planners contacts you to do calligraphy for her brides and grooms. And it is super exciting and an incredible honor when she calls you to do the calligraphy for her own wedding!!!! Lindsay is a true gem, an amazing planner, and I have enjoyed getting to know her professionally and personally over the years. The weddings she executes are dreamy and flawless, so of course her wedding was no exception!

Inside Weddings recently featured Lindsay and Brian’s wedding in their Spring 2016 issue; and I am thrilled to finally share these stunning photos of their beautiful wedding day, with some of the lovely details and calligraphy with you! Genya captured everything perfectly! Thanks so much Lindsay, and congratulations again to you and Brian! #suddenlysims

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography

MM Ink_Lindsay & Brian_Wedding

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography

MM Ink_Lindsay & Brian_Wedding

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography

Lindsay and Brian - Inside Weddings Spring 2016, Vue Photography





Photography | Vue Photography

Calligraphy | MM Ink

Stationery | Paper Daisies | Poppy Gray

Design & Decor | Jackson Durham






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