Wedding Calligraphy On a Budget: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

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!
Photo by  Soul Focus Media

$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!

Stories Behind the Script: Janelle and Roberto's Story

Last December my sweet cousin Janelle got married to her partner in crime, Roberto. The ceremony was in a beautiful church in downtown Tampa and the reception was perfectly rustic in an outdoor covered barn space. Simple and sweet - my favorite!

I was thrilled when Janelle reached out to me about addressing her wedding envelopes. Not only did the turquoise color go perfectly with the invitations she had picked out from Wedding Paper Divas, but Emily and Thomas from The Ganeys captured the suite beautifully!

Janelle and Roberto's Wedding Invitations
janelle and roberto bridesmaids
janelle and roberto church
janelle and roberto reception
Janelle and Roberto Bride and Groom

To top it all off, these two are expecting a little one for their one year anniversary!! Congratulations Janelle and Roberto! :) I couldn't be happier for you two!

My Story Behind the Script: Why I Fell In Love with Calligraphy

My husband and I got married almost a year and a half ago. It truly was SO magical to be surrounded by so many of our favorite loved ones. One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is that it never feels like there is enough time to love on your guests and make them feel valued and appreciated for traveling from near and far to celebrate that day with you. It is the people that make that moment in your life so special.

bridal party

 

In planning our wedding something that was super important leading up to the day of was the details. Not because I wanted some fairy tale wedding, but because by focusing on the details and infusing our personalities into the ceremony and the reception, we could make our guests feel special. And what better way to add personalization than through calligraphy?

place setting - octopus - gift tags

Think about it. When you get your mail every day, it's one boring bill or spam mail after another. All with your name (probably spelled incorrectly if you're like me) typed out in some generic, stale font. But you know that feeling when you see a handwritten address on an envelope? That is the very same feeling having calligraphy at your wedding can create for your guests. From when the Save the Date envelopes arrive to seeing place cards with their names lovingly written out, this extra gesture can make such a difference.

table  numbers calligraphy
wreath calligraphy - all you need is love - handlettering

Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't replace spending time with your guests at your wedding,  but  the larger your wedding gets, the harder that can be. By adding special touches throughout the evening, your guests can still feel valued, included and loved on. And for some, that place card or envelope will become a special keepsake that will remind them of the beautiful vows you made to each other that day. Calligraphy is just one little aspect of making your guests feel like a special part of your wedding day, but one that my heart has truly grown to love.

beach  portrait - wedding - love - ory and michelle - ma belle calligraphy

Stories Behind the Script: Lindsey's Story

One of my favorite things about what I do is getting to work with such amazingly thoughtful people. Lindsey is no exception. Lindsey reached out about purchasing some monogrammed stationery for herself and a friend (who turned out to be her sister-in-law). I was so excited to get to work with Lindsey on this order and be reminded of how much I love designing this monogrammed stationery. Y'all the photo's just don't do it justice.

Lindsey decided to go with a three letter monogram design for her sister-in-law, Amy.

Lindsey decided to go with a three letter monogram design for her sister-in-law, Amy.

I use custom stamps to emboss the stationery and love including these as part of the packaging!

I use custom stamps to emboss the stationery and love including these as part of the packaging!

Lucky for me, Lindsey was so easy to work with and her stationery turned out beautifully. And her sister-in-law loved it too! So. much. happy! 

Lindsey's two letter monogrammed gold embossed stationery.

Lindsey's two letter monogrammed gold embossed stationery.