Which Elements of Our Wedding Should We Really Hire a Calligrapher For?
Should invitations, signage, escort cards, welcome notes, and dining menus all get this special upgrade?
When it comes to your wedding ceremony and reception, there are so many details that can be made more special with the addition of calligraphy—wedding invitations, signage on a dessert table, and handwritten notes to guests welcoming them to the wedding weekend are just some of the many special touches that can benefit from this flourished writing style. Some couples use ornate writing on everything from their paper goods to to their favors while others prefer to reserve calligraphy just for seating charts and place cards. While there's no right or wrong way to use calligraphy throughout your celebration, here we discuss some of the most impactful ways to bring in this handmade element.
Consider the visual impact of calligraphy.
For budget conscious couples, wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events suggests limiting handwritten calligraphy to three things that make a big impact, like invitations, escort cards, and day-of wedding signage (directional signage, a note for the guest book table, or a signature drinks list). She says, "Those are the places where I think guests really notice the personal touch of calligraphy."
Work within your budget.
If your budget can only handle one element of calligraphy, focus on what's the most important on your priority list. Are you most concerned about setting an elegant tone with the invitations? If so, that may be the best way to use calligraphy for your wedding. If you're most interested in the wedding-day décor feeling polished, you might decide that signage is the thing you care most about bringing calligraphy into the visuals for. Keep your budget as a priority and remember there are always alternatives to calligraphy, whether scripted fonts or hand-written signage you paint yourself.
Have your names written in calligraphy.
Nichols suggests having a calligrapher write your names in calligraphy. The digital image of the names can be printed on your wedding programs, at the top of the dinner menus, on your thank-you notes, or used in your invitations. This recognizable visual use of your names can serve as a logo-like feature throughout your wedding paper materials.
Consider invitation alternatives.
Hiring a calligrapher to address your invitations can be a costly endeavor, depending on the rates of your calligrapher and the number of invitations you'll be sending. Instead of using the calligrapher in this capacity, you might consider having your invitation wording done in calligraphy that's then embossed or printed, pairing an elegant font for all the additional paper materials and envelopes to save costs.
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