As many of you may know, my journey with calligraphy started with my own wedding, so I know that you might be asking yourself the same question - should I do my own wedding calligraphy? For Ory and I, it was one of our favorite personal touches that made our wedding so special--but there are a lot of things to consider before you might choose to go this route. So before we ask the big question of “should I do my own wedding calligraphy,” let’s start with a few smaller ones.
How much time do you have?
Ory and I were engaged for a year and a half before we got married. That’s a lot of planning time and thanks to my 9-5 I also happen to have some event planning experience. So personally, the wedding planning process left me with quite a bit of downtime between busy seasons. Even still, planning a wedding is a lot of work. And most of us already struggle to find enough hours in the week, even when we don’t have a wedding to plan.
So you’re probably wondering, ok, Michelle, so how much time does it actually take? For a professional calligrapher, about 100 envelopes alone can take about 8-10 hours to complete. And place cards and escort cards can easily add another 2-3 more.
The idea of DIYing your wedding calligraphy might sound romantic, but just be sure you allot enough time to make it happen. If you do have the time, though, DIYing your wedding calligraphy can add a really amazing personalized touch to your big day.
2. How’s your handwriting?
Now I’m a firm believer that you can learn calligraphy even if your normal everyday handwriting is atrocious. But if you’re on a tight timeline you’re probably going to have to work with what you got, so if you don’t love your current handwriting, chances are it’s going to take a while before you love your calligraphy style. This may be an easy indicator as to whether or not you want to embrace or skip the wedding calligraphy DIY.
3. What’s your budget look like?
Here’s the thing. Calligraphy is definitely a luxury item. It’s the icing on the cake if you will. And while I’m a firm believer in the importance of details, I know that when you’re planning a wedding, you constantly have to make decisions about where to spend your dollars.
So let’s get real: for full service calligraphy, which might include envelopes, place cards, escort cards, and a sign or two, you could easily end up spending close to $1000 dollars. If you’re looking to outsource your wedding calligraphy and are concerned about your budget, I have a great post on creative ways to fit calligraphy into an already tight wedding budget.
But if you have the time, you like your handwriting, and you want to add an extra personal touch to your day: the DIY route may be a great option for you! I have a free mini course to get you started that will walk you through what supplies you’ll need and how to use them and will share one of my favorite calligraphy tricks.
So what do you think? Should you do your own wedding calligraphy?
If your answer a resounding yes or a curious maybe, I encourage you to snag the downloadable wedding calligraphy timeline below. It will share best practices from my own journey: when general wedding calligraphy should be completed, and how long it will take. And sign up for my free online getting started course for a head start on your DIY adventure!
And If you’re already completely overwhelmed just reading this, that’s okay! Snag my wedding calligraphy pricing guide here and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about how we might be able to share your love story through calligraphy on your big day.