Ladies and gents, meet Vicki, owner and designer of Chalkboards & Co. She draws custom chalkboards for weddings and events, and her calligraphy is definitely something to write home about.
What inspired you to start your business?
It was my desk-mate at work. A couple of years ago she said “you have great handwriting! You should do chalkboards!” And I loooooove hand-writing things. I’m constantly doodling pretty words and tracing out phrases with my finger in mid-air.
I started doing work for local businesses (bars and cafes) for free, collecting a few gift cards as thank-yous (and a couple cocktails on the way). It wasn’t until a girl named Kayla approached me to do chalkboards for her wedding that I knew the wedding industry is where I wanted to be.
What’s your favourite part about working in the wedding industry?
I love working with brides and grooms so much! Like an insane amount. I have never met a bride I didn’t instantly fall in love with and wanted to create for them the best chalkboard signs for their day. I found my niche and love that I don’t draw up a design more than once. Every piece is unique and inspired by the couple! I get to be creative and draw chalkboards that make the photographs look so awesome, too. And when a bride sends me photos of the boards, and ecstatically tells me she’s hanging the boards in her house now, it melts my heart!
Share a piece of advice with our brides:
Everything on your wedding day should reflect you, especially the signage! So if you’re inspired by chalkboards you’ve seen with a specific message on it, spin the wording to fit you.
“Sit your cute butt down wherever you want” or “Y’all leave your cell phones in your pocket. Don’t worry – you won’t die” are a couple of examples of how to say things in your own words. I mean, that’s definitely the kind of thing you’ll eventually see at my wedding…
Do you have any fun news coming up that you’d like to share?
I’m going to buy a house soon! I’m so excited. I haven’t found THE house yet but the new criteria is to have a home with a DEDICATED studio space for my chalkboard art. To not have to clean everything up every night is going to be so sweet!
What’s a wedding trend that you’re totally in love with right now?
Using glitter on desserts at weddings. I just can’t even. It’s so beautiful. Like, how can you make donuts look that gorgeous?!
Meet more amazing wedding vendors at Boutique Wedding Market on March 12 & 13 at The Commons in Ramsay.