A few weeks ago we followed on from our look at the different types of wedding stationery with our FAB Guide to letterpress wedding invitations. Today we talk about a trend that we have seen on the increase in the last few years- calligraphy wedding invitations. The joy and art of writing is fully on display with this type of stationery and they can be just so beautiful if done well. So basically I’m pretty sure we all know what calligraphy is, but there are two methods to this type of stationery: hand crafted and bespoke letterpress.
This involves writing out all of the wedding invitations individually by hand, and these have the potential to be actually stunning, but of course the potential for disaster goes hand in hand with this too. Those of you who are proud of their penmanship might relish the idea, or it might sound like the absolute last thing you would ever want to do. If so, you’re in luck as there are companies that specialise in this and will do it for you. If you want the invitations to be in your own personal handwriting, you might still be able to save time and effort (but maybe not so much money!) by going down the letterpress road.
In this method, a letterpress plate is made from a unique hand written invitation so that multiple prints can be made. Your invitation will still be unique since the base used for the plate will be a once-off. Most people who go down this route get a professional calligrapher to write the base invitation for them and then make the plate from this. This method has the added bonus of the embossed effect that letterpress gives. Of course it also saves much of the time and effort that would be required to hand write all your stationery!
It’s still possible to have the effect of calligraphy even if you don’t go down the road of bespoke invitations. To save time and money one idea is to get print-at-home invitations designed with a font you like. Downloading free fonts can be a bit of a mixed bag, but have a look at these first to see if any catch your eye. Here is a good site for free fonts. Just because you’re not paying for them doesn’t mean they are any lesser quality- it’s all about finding what you like. A font you love that’s not free also might be worth the initial investment, as you’ll have it forever and will save money overall by being able to print your own signage etc for the wedding etc. Have a look at the ones you can buy here. What’s really handy is to get a stamp made with your own address for your return envelopes in the same font you use for your invitations. Super handy, pretty and just kind of a fun thing to have! Here’s one that I just bought and was delighted with. And here are a few common fonts that we think are beautiful:
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Well, what do you think? Will you be giving calligraphy invites a try for your wedding?