Like that perfect little black dress or red bottom heels, calligraphy is one of those things that designates a special occasion. And truly, what could be more special than your wedding day!? You only get to do this once, so if there was ever a time to justify placing that elegant, swoopy lettering on your envelopes, it would be this! Today I’m sharing three reasons I think brides’ should consider incorporating this unique touch into their wedding invitation suite:
1. Adds a personal touch!
In a world overflowing with technology, there is something about receiving a handwritten card in the mail that feels so intimate and inviting. And there is nothing more personal than calligraphy; they say no two letters created by a calligrapher will ever be identical which means your invites will truly be unique to each guest. So from the moment it arrives in their mailbox, they will see how much thought you have put into this day.
2. Sets the tone for your day!
Besides your wedding website, your invitation suite is the first thing that your guests will see, so it really sets the tone for what your day is going to bring! They will get a peek at your colors and the calligraphy can help clarify the formality. A common misconception is that there is only one type of calligraphy, but the truth is, most calligraphers often have a few different fonts to choose from – from thin, elegant swoops to bold, modern script – there are tons of designs available to match the mood of your wedding.
3. It’s just darn pretty!
I mean, come on — those loops and flourishes are just stunning! They immediately make even the most basic envelope gorgeous. When you’re working with your calligrapher, ask them to create an extra copy with your address (or dummy address if that makes you uncomfortable!) to send to your photographer; they will bring it with them on the wedding day to shoot amongst the rest of your details!
If you do decide to include this beautiful art, there are a few things to know! Calligraphers need a bit of time to address your invitations, so plan accordingly to have your designer order them well in advance — this means you may need to chat with your wedding photographer early about what time the ceremony should begin, but I promise they would be happy to help. And it would also be beneficial to order additional envelopes (about 20%) because after all, they are human and ink can be uncooperative. The results will be worth this extra planning and your guests will be absolutely blown away when they see the design!
While I’ve primarily touched on why it’s a wonderful idea to incorporate calligraphy into your invitation suite, you certainly don’t need to stop there! Brides are often including several other calligraphed touches from hand-written vows and escort cards to welcome signs and personalize chair placards. There really are no limits and a great calligraphy will have many ideas of how to include this unique art into your special day!
Which is why, of course, I couldn’t share this post without leaving you with some amazing calligraphers:
The Littlest Paperie
Sincerely Amy Designs
Paper & Honey
Simply Jessica Marie (she does stunning watercolor art as well!)
Poppy & Scooter
Just Write Studios
Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Meant to Be Calligraphy