Calligraphy for your Wedding
Anyone can incorporate calligraphy into their wedding day – it doesn't have to be expensive, and it always creates a talking point. Here's our guide to choosing calligraphy and using it wisely.
Calligraphy's a great idea... but where can I put it?!
Where and how you use calligraphy will depend on your budget. If money is no object, go for handwritten scroll invitations, orders of service, menus, placecards, a seating plan and a handful of framed readings. If that's a bit more than you had in mind, pick and choose to good effect – you don't have to go mad to create an impression of simple luxury. Set the scene for the day by having your guests' names written on their invitations by hand in gold or silver ink. You can keep costs down by printing addresses on the envelopes, or for around £3 a go you can have your envelopes addressed by your calligrapher. Consider addressing a select few envelopes in handwritten calligraphy – for grandparents or the bridal party, perhaps.
Placecards are a lovely way to use calligraphy because your guests can take them home – and trust us, they will! Placecard calligraphy costs around £1 per card – choose a calligrapher who won't charge you extra for having first- and surnames, or for using titles for the bridal party.
The most exciting way of using calligraphy at your wedding is to have a seating plan commissioned to match your theme.
How To Choose a Calligrapher
Always look at more than one website, and look for examples of previous work, calligraphy styles available and see how much work your prospective calligrapher has done. Prices will vary accordingly, but you should look for a calligrapher who is used to wedding orders and whose writing and illustrative styles you like. Find out how early you need to book, and ask for a free sample – most will be happy to send a placecard or two so you can see the calligraphy for yourself before you order.