Calligraphy is one of those things that transforms whatever it graces into art. Whether it’s a simple name on a pretty piece of paper or a flourishing block of text painted on a sign, calligraphy is a beautiful way to elevate and add elegance to your wedding details. From invitations to vows to cake toppers, there are a number of ways to include calligraphic design into your big day, and you can hire a professional calligrapher or go the DIY route if you’ve had practice.
If you’re interested in this opulent artform, here are 10 ways you can include calligraphy in your wedding day.
Your wedding stationery is what sets the tone
for your big day, so what better way to give guests a sneak peek at your style
than through calligraphed addresses, brush lettering, or spot calligraphy? You
can choose to have only your envelopes calligraphed or have someone incorporate
calligraphy into the invitation design. Styles can range from modern to
bohemian to artsy and whimsical. Let your calligrapher know what kind of look
you’re going for or search online for invitations with calligraphy details.
If you’re writing and reading your own vows, why not have them beautifully written on a textured piece of paper that you can then frame or place in your wedding album?
Related: Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows
Your guest book is another perfect place to
display calligraphy details, from the front cover to the inside pages. You
might even consider having special pages within your book of calligraphed poems
or love quotes.
Get your message across in a most artistic way by placing calligraphy signs throughout your wedding. Think wedding welcome signs made out of wood, glass, or chalkboard; a sign with guest book instructions; a small sign for each piece of dessert; signs draped from the back of the sweetheart chairs, or a sign letting people know that you’re having an unplugged wedding.
Related: How to Tell Your Wedding Guests to “Unplug”
Wedding ceremony backdrops are a beautiful
alternative to the traditional altar and you can make them even more personal
by painting a special phrase in calligraphy style onto the backdrop. Another
idea is to calligraphy meaningful words or phrases onto the aisle runner that
leads to the altar space.
Seating Charts, Escort Cards, Table Numbers, and Place Cards
All of the above act as guides for your
wedding guests. Seating charts are organized by table number and list each
guest’s name; escort cards are individual cards that are alphabetized and
direct each guest to the appropriate table; place cards are also individual
name cards that are placed at each seat, letting guests know which is theirs;
and table numbers are exactly what they sound like! These may be simple
directional items, but they can look just as ornate as any other wedding
A calligraphed table runner placed on the
head/sweetheart table makes for a unique and personal wedding decoration. Ask
your calligrapher to write your vows or other meaningful words on the ends of a
piece of butcher or art paper so that the text is legible and not covered by
the table centerpieces.
Message toppers in calligraphy style add a
personal touch to the wedding cake and match nearly any theme. There are an
abundance of options, from Mr. and Mrs. cake toppers to individual names to
sweet sentiments like “Let’s Eat Cake!” There are also opportunities to create
custom toppers through places like Etsy.
Bar signs and dinner menus (whether on a sign
or on paper) get a boost with calligraphy. Spell out your signature cocktail
options, place a pretty menu card on each guest’s plate, or calligraphy the
whole menu on a large sign.
Send your guests home with a special and unique calligraphy favor. Write guests’ names on gift tags attached to the favor or calligraphy a sentiment on a favor bag, bottle, or pot that holds whatever item you’re gifting (plant, chocolate, handmade goods, candle, etc.).
Are you loving these creative ways to include calligraphy in your wedding? Same! I’d love to know what your thoughts are and how it turns out!