Make Your Wedding Extraordinary with Calligraphy

Make Your Wedding Extraordinary with Calligraphy // Toledo Wedding Guide

words by // Eve Green


From chic place cards to hand-lettered decorative signage, nothing leaves as elegant a mark on a wedding as calligraphy. Whether you’re considering hiring a stationer, calligrapher, or taking on a DIY calligraphy project, consider our top tips for elevating your wedding paper goods with hand-lettered locutions.

DIY Hand Lettering

For crafty brides on a budget, hand lettering or “faux calligraphy” can be a great option for your wedding paper goods. As opposed to writing letters, hand lettering is essentially drawing letters. Hand lettering is typically done with a Sharpie type marker or brush pen, unlike calligraphy which requires an actual pen, nib, and ink. Hand lettering is a great option for larger paper goods such as decorative signage that could include a “Just Married” getaway sign, directions for guests, table markers, and large bar and meal menus.

Printed Typography

Advances in digitized fonts have made printed typography a budget-friendly option that is frequently indistinguishable from the real thing. A stationer can offer custom invitations, place and escort cards, envelope addressing, copies of the vows, and day-of branding and signage that possesses the same elegant flourishes and curvature as handwritten calligraphy.

Handwritten Calligraphy

Calligraphy, the art of hand lettering created with a nib or brush and ink, is an ancient art form that dates back centuries. This style of writing is marked by variations in upstrokes and downstrokes of each letter. Traditional calligraphy will impress your guests with truly one-of-a-kind lettering as each stroke is as unique as the next. The calligraphy process is highly specialized and time-consuming, and will therefore be the most costly option compared to printed typography and hand lettering.  

The term “calligraphy” is used broadly though there are many styles and fonts to choose from. Once you’ve determined whether you will do-it-yourself or hire a professional to design your lettering, you can decide what style of font you desire. A classic brush style such as Copperplate is what people often think of when they think of calligraphy. Copperplate style features graceful and flourishing letters, perfect for a formal wedding. Due to its individuality, there are endless interpretations of each style of calligraphy, which is one of the features that makes it so charming. While many calligraphers develop a handwriting style that separates them from the rest, stationers utilize digitized fonts and will have access to an endless library of flowing fonts.

Decorating Your Wedding With Calligraphy

There are numerous ways to add a special touch to your wedding day with calligraphy. The first and most popular way to incorporate this stunning style of handwriting is with your stationery suite and envelopes. Give your guests a peek of what’s to come when they open your gorgeous handcrafted invitations. Carry calligraphy through to your wedding ceremony and reception with other paper goods such as programs, vows, seating chart, escort cards, place cards, menus, and favor tags.

Whether you opt for an elaborate script or a more relaxed brush script, there are endless styles of calligraphy to complement your unique wedding. Research local stationers and calligraphers in your area to determine all your options. If you choose to go it alone, start brushing up on your lettering skills well in advance!