The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Calligraphy
Updated: Mar 29
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With so many details and things to think about, calligraphy needs are often an afterthought when it comes to wedding planning. Even if you know you want to have your wedding envelopes handlettered, other wedding calligraphy needs, such as place cards and signage, tend to play second fiddle to more pressing things like finalizing the guest list and securing your venue.
And virtually none of the wedding checklists on the internet include a timeline for wedding calligraphy (if they even mention calligraphy!). Heck, you may not even know what other wedding essentials can be completed by your calligrapher!
But not to fret! I put together the ultimate guide to wedding calligraphy for brides, grooms, wedding planners, and anyone else who is helping you plan your big day. And as a special bonus, I'm giving you my free downloadable wedding calligraphy timeline and checklist that you can print off or share with your event planner to help you factor in your calligraphy needs among all the other craziness you've got going on.
INVITATIONS + ENVELOPE ADDRESSING
Let's start with the easiest. You know you'll have to order invites, so thinking about having your envelopes addressed in beautiful gold ink and flourished pointed pen lettering probably isn't a far off thought in your mind. But do you know if you'll want the return address also lettered? What about RSVP cards, thank you cards, and inner envelopes? Chances are, if you've sprung for a fancy custom invitation suite that you'll want to go all the way with your envelope lettering. But if you're trying to cut costs, the front of the outer envelope addressed to your guests will make a huge splash.
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You have a vision for your ceremony and reception decor. And it's highly likely that signage will play an important role in bringing your vision to life, even if it's not front of mind. A calligrapher can help you achieve your dream wedding aesthetic through custom made welcome signs, menus, his and her drink signs, cards & gifts signs, table numbers of your favorite vacation destinations, favorite quotes and song lyrics, and the list goes on and on. At my wedding, I had framed love quotes from my favorite authors at each table. I only wish I knew calligraphy back then, or engaged my calligrapher to letter those signs for me. Personal touches like that really bring the couple's taste to life.
There are so many ways to get your guests to their assigned seats, but which way is right for you? Your calligrapher can help you figure that out, and can even make those signs for you. Whether you want each guest name written out on a wood, acrylic, or even mirror, or perhaps you prefer fun place cards or escort tiles (yes, tiles!), there are so many fun calligraphy seating options.
Are you and your betrothed writing your vows? Commemorate the most special words you'll ever say with a beautiful vow notebook. And when anniversary time comes around (remember, first year is paper!), give your spouse framed handlettered vows to hang above your bed as a daily reminder of the love you shared that special day and everyday.
Plan to write your parents or soon-to-be in-laws a letter thanking them for all of the love and support? Your calligrapher can take your words and write them out on artisan paper as a special token of your appreciation.
GIFTS + FAVORS
Who doesn't love a personalized gift?! Your wedding party will absolutely adore the thoughtfulness of personalized gift bags, tags, labels, and even your guests' wedding favors. When you work with your calligrapher, be sure to ask for their recommendations on how to make your thank you gifts and wedding favors unique and memorable.
Custom monograms are one of the most classic and elegant ways to integrate calligraphy into your wedding, and they can be used in a number of different places. For that reason alone, monogram work can be one of the most economical ways to spend your calligraphy budget, as you can use it on your invitations, signage, thank you cards, return address stamps, wine glasses and wedding favors, and so many more options.
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Want more tips on how to integrate calligraphy into your wedding planning? Download my free Wedding Calligraphy Checklist below!