A pen, some ink, and a piece of paper. Those are the tools of a calligrapher. But somehow, when they do what they do, simple ink on paper transforms the words on the page.
Handwritten calligraphy can be used in various parts of your wedding stationery. Calligraphers can draft the text of your invitation and create artwork that is then used in other methods of production (engraving, letterpress, or thermography). Some brides opt to have just the names of the bride and groom, or other key pieces of information, done in calligraphy, and typeset the rest of the invitation. Typically, calligraphers charge per line when creating the artwork for your invite.
Having the envelopes hand-addressed by a calligrapher is another way to enhance the presentation of your wedding invitations. Try as we might, our handwriting just doesn’t compare! You can pick the calligraphy to match the tone of your wedding weekend; whimsical, formal, modern. More styles of calligraphy exist today than ever before.
We have a list of calligraphers that we recommend to our brides for their invitation and envelope needs. Each calligrapher does have their own booking requirements and other requests, such as timeline, additional envelopes needed etc.
If you have a custom monogram or other motif created by a calligrapher, you can incorporate it on napkins, programs, gift tags and more. The possibilities that a pen and a piece of paper give you are endless!