We live an era where wedding invitation calligraphy is a rage like never before. However, with the droves of information out there, it can be quite the task figuring out how to go about getting some for yourself.
In this blog post, I will walk you through the things you need to keep in mind as you decide on calligraphy for your wedding invitations, place cards, and beyond.
The paper quality
Before you order your invitations (or place cards), check with your calligrapher to make sure the paper of the envelopes is conducive to calligraphy ink. Although most paper types work, there are some that may cause the ink to feather. Even though there are techniques to avoid feathering in case that happens, it is always best to avoid this scenario in the first place.
Give the calligrapher at least 2-3 weeks to work on addressing your invitations, and longer if they are designing them as well. Depending on the production schedule and skill level, it can take your calligrapher anywhere between 1-2 weeks to complete 100 envelopes. This is where it helps if you have engaged your calligrapher up front because this allows them to book you in their schedule as they wait for your goods to arrive.
Color of ink
Remember the old saying- If you don’t ask, the answer is always no? It holds true especially when it comes to ink colors. You can ask your calligrapher to create a ink color that is custom-designed to match your invitations! Move over black and gold, now you can request burgundy, mauve, rose gold, you name it! Stretch your imagination and ask your calligrapher what options they can provide.
Wax seals and ribbon are all the rage these days and for good reasons! Nothing says bespoke like a custom-designed wax seal showing your own personal crest. Your calligrapher should not only be able to design it for you, but also make one. Although it costs a wee bit extra (depending on how complex your design is), the wow factor that this small touch adds to your invitation is beyond imagination!
If you request your calligrapher, they can assemble your invitation suite for you- hence saving you all the trouble while you focus on the more important tasks. Weddings can be a cumbersome project if not planned well, which is why it is best to focus on the big tasks and leave the smaller ones to your calligrapher. At a small additional fee, your calligrapher can assemble your invitation- complete with wax seals and custom stamps and ribbons and all the pretty things!
I wouldn’t want to add a generic postage stamp after each card in your invitation has been carefully curated. Which is great because you can request custom stamps that match your invitation suite and wedding color palette! How cool is that! Picture this: a custom postage stamp with your and your fiance’s name. In calligraphy. In gold.
Letterpress or Gold foil?
Gone are the days of digitally-printed invitations. Enter- gold foil, letterpress, embossed invitations. Not only do these look stunning, but also one-of-a-kind. You can also combine a few of these techniques! For instance, you could do letterpress with gold! Granted that the price per invitation will be a tad high, but so will the wow factor. 😉
Return Addresses in Calligraphy
If you’re doing the guest address in gorgeous calligraphy, why put a label on the back? Just sayin’.
Custom experiences don’t have to stop at your wedding invitations. Give your guests the full experience by offering them handwritten place cards (in gold ink, oh my), a ginormous mirror seating chart written in white ink and flowy, dreamy calligraphy, perhaps even favor bags with a handwritten tag. Now we’re talking bespoke to the fullest!
Now that you have a fair idea of the scope of wedding calligraphy, it’s best to reach out to a calligrapher and ask them these five questions. I always insist of superb communication between the client and the vendor since it determines that success of your project. Better over-communicate than under.
If you have any questions regarding the tips that I talked about here, I’d love to help you out. Leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be sure to respond to you within 24 hours.