A friend of mine got married lately. She speaks fluent Mandarin, and had ties to China through politics and business, and wanted an Asian theme. Like I've done for friends and family for years, I painted place cards for her.
She wanted three different images so she could use the place cards to show the entree choice of the guests. So lanterns, vases, and mums represented beef, chicken, or vegan. I drew the images and hand-colored them, and off to the calligrapher they went.
I didn't do the calligraphy, but enjoyed seeing them finished, and my young friend was pleased.