Ok, friends. I know. Weddings are expensive no matter which way you slice it. And sometimes calligraphy just doesn't make the top of the list given that for most of us it's a want and not a need.
But just because you don't need something, doesn't mean it can't be part of your magical day and I'm hoping the next few paragraphs here will give you some tips and tricks on how to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding without breaking the bank.
So the biggest thing to know about calligraphy in weddings is that calligraphy can help set an aesthetic and feel for your guests. I don't know about y'all, but when we got married, we wanted our guests to feel special and loved and calligraphy was our way to add personalized touches because who doesn't love to see their name written prettily!? Even the men were taking home our personalized favors ;)
But in order to set the vibe that you're going for, it doesn't always have to be grandiose and a few well placed pieces can absolutely do the trick!
Here are a couple of ideas for incorporating calligraphy into your wedding at a few different price points:
$100 and under
Display a favorite print, quote, or scripture (or 2) on your gift table or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!
Add a pop of pretty with calligraphy on your table numbers.
Get small custom signs made for your gift table, cake table, bar menu, etc.
Ask a calligrapher to create a keepsake envelope for your invitation suite! Your photographer can then use this for your invitation photos and you can keep the pretty envelope to display in a shadow box or wedding display!
$200 and under
- Display your personalized vows on your gift or cake table! These also make a great keepsake to display in your home after the wedding!
- Wow guests with personalized place cards or escort cards!
- Add a pop of calligraphy on your wedding invitations by using a semi-custom invitation suite!
- Add a mirror welcome sign for a pretty entrance to your ceremony/reception!
$300 and under
- Send happy mail to your guests with hand lettered wedding envelopes!
- Add a statement piece with a customized seating chart on an elegant mirror.
Seriously, y'all. SO MANY OPTIONS! So before you throw in the towel on having calligraphy as part of your wedding decor, know that there are so many ways to do this. And all of them can add that personal touch and charm that calligraphy offers.
If you're still struggling on ways to incorporate calligraphy into your wedding and want a little help, use the form on the Let's Chat page to reach out! I'm happy to work within your budget to figure out what some affordable options might be for you and help make your wedding that much more special.
PS These prices are based on estimates and may vary based on the number of guests, the size of the project, the calligrapher you're using and how quickly you need a piece, but hopefully they make you realize that wedding calligraphy doesn't have to be a total pipe dream and that you can create that magical wedding you always hoped for without sacrificing your budget in the process. Happy wedding planning, friends!