And so was born my idea for “The Lettered Bride,” a DIY calligraphy kit for budget-savvy brides.
Thank you for considering us for this special component in your wedding planning! Our invitation designs focus on the beauty of calligraphy scripts and will be customized with your desired colors, print method and, of course, calligraphy script preference to perfectly match the tone and theme of your wedding celebration. Invitations are your guests’ first peek at your special day and are the best way to let your friends and family glimpse the festivities to come.
I think calligraphy is seeing a resurgence in popularity because, in our busy digital age, we’re all craving a more personal and thoughtful touch in our correspondence.
Samples are perfect to see our different print methods: letterpress, flat print and foil print and to understand what makes them special.
A wide assortment of samples for making your decision about ink colors, calligraphy, maps or invitations.. When you order please put in the notes which styles, colors and papers you are most interested in so we are sure to include them! If you are interested in specific calligraphy styles, maps, or invitation sets please indicate which you like as well.
10. Don’t limit your work to envelopes. Think place cards or escort cards, table numbers, and favor-tags.
My calligraphy received more positive comments from our guests than any other element of our wedding! The skill itself wasn’t too difficult to learn, but finding the right tools and materials was.
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Each sample packet is different and not all samples are available at all times. Laura Hooper Calligraphy reserves the right to substitute similar samples to aide in the decision making process, or that demonstrate similar colors, styles, or quality.
1 Color Letterpress or Foil Printing 100 Sets which include Invitation & Envelope + Response card & Envelope: $1,500. Additional sets of 25: $65.
As a self-taught calligraphy bride herself, Ashley has also kindly offered up some of her tried and tested tips for budding calligraphers. So before you pick up your quill, read on…
Thanks so much Ashley for sharing your own experiences, and your great tips, as well as the gorgeous images of your work. If you’d like to try your hand at calligraphy for your wedding, you can purchase The Lettered Bride DIY Calligraphy Kit here.
All of our invitations feature Laura’s hand calligraphy that is digitized and laid out for printing. An invitation suite includes the main invitation, outer envelope with return address pre-printed, reply card & reply envelope with return address pre-printed. Additional cards, envelope liners, etc are billed separately.
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And lastly? Be patient. If you’re a calligraphy novice, it will take some getting used to, so give yourself some time for trial and error. And try to enjoy the process!
Your wedding colors will bring your vision to life and combine all of your interests into a cohesive and vibrant design. Also, every color has its own personality – pink exudes femininity, green speaks nature – so your wedding colors should represent your personal style and theme. Choose a color below and see how Laura Hooper Calligraphy can incorporate even the most unique color palettes into a custom and elegant wedding suite.
Color is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. Color accentuates the theme, sets the tone and brings life to your special day. When picking your unique color palette, think about your venue, flowers you always dreamed of, and specific decor you would like to include.
1. Give yourself plenty of time to learn. Remember that invitations need to be sent out 6-8 weeks (or more) before your wedding.
Please take a look below and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions.
While your calligrapher will go over their work, you should also give yourself two weeks to review all the envelopes before sending out the invitations. This will allow time for any corrections to be made if you do find an error. You’ll also need that time to stuff and seal your envelopes. You could ask your calligrapher to do this for you, but that’s not customary and will probably be an additional cost. Finally, before you drop them all off at the post office, hold on to one or two invites as a keepsake.
With options to specify your ink color (gold, white, or black), it comes with step-by-step instructions for learning calligraphy for your wedding envelopes.
At Laura Hooper Calligraphy we work with only the finest 100% cotton invitation papers and envelopes. We offer three paper colors: Bright White, Off-White and Ecru. Each color comes in two paper weight options depending upon printing method: Standard 110lb cover, or Extra-thick 220lb cover.
When you work with a calligrapher, you’ll look through examples of script options and choose one for your envelopes. One of the most traditional styles is Copperplate. Most famously used in the Declaration of Independence, it features alternating thin and thick lines; Italic is another popular slanted style that’s characterized by oval-shaped letters. Every calligrapher has their own style—some specialize in very traditional styles, while others create and hone their own custom scripts. Look at your calligrapher’s portfolio and decide on the style you’re most drawn to. You could even request a new script that combines characteristics from multiple styles, says Chernoff. Keep your invitation and its typeface in mind when selecting a script and bring an invitation sample to show the calligrapher so they have an idea of the formality of your event. Obviously, if your wedding is more traditional, a more ornate script will fit, while a more casual handwritten script without many flourishes would pair well with a laid-back affair.
Only “pointed” nibs give that flowy, modern look that’s so popular right now (and they also work for left-handers.)
Looking for a color not shown here? No problem — just let us know the Pantone number and we can mix an ink just for you (custom ink mix fee: $45).
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2 Color Letterpress Printing 100 Sets which include Invitation & Envelope + Response card & Envelope: $1,900. Additional sets of 25: $85.
We’re so excited to share this post today because, well, we’re more than just a little bit in love with calligraphy.
A calligrapher should have a degree or certificate in the arts and should be able to produce a list of references and a portfolio of their work for you to review (oftentimes their portfolios are available online). Ask how long they’ve been doing calligraphy. Quality comes with experience and a younger calligrapher’s work may not have confidence of stroke. You’ll also want to ask for samples (especially if you’re going custom) before you make any final decisions. The key to good calligraphy is consistency: Shape, stroke, weight, spacing and rhythm are all factors in letter perfection. So survey as many samples of lettering designs as possible from each calligrapher.
9. Order extra envelopes! Most professional calligraphers actually require brides to send them 15%-20% extra materials.
Calligraphy takes time, but that means you put heart and soul into it, and your guests will notice and love that. Plus, it’s a skill that extends beyond your wedding – you can use it for your holiday cards, baby showers, and other special occasions.
The pricing found in this section is for invitation design & printing only. It does not include mailing address calligraphy, which must be booked separately here.
I spent countless hours and dollars testing pens, nibs, and inks that were frustratingly thin or that caught on my paper, and I often wished I could just have everything I needed delivered right to my doorstep.
Ideally, your envelopes should be addressed by hand, but there are calligraphy fonts you can download and print onto your envelopes, often free of charge. You could also ask your stationer about buying the same font they use on your invitations—that way you can print other items, like your programs or even escort cards, to match. You can almost always tell the difference between handwritten calligraphy and a printed font, but printed calligraphy can be a beautiful option if you’re on a budget.
I’ve always loved finding old family letters, exchanging mail with pen pals, and endlessly perusing the pen aisle at Staples. So when I got engaged last year, it seemed natural that I would decide to teach myself calligraphy to address our wedding invitations.
2. Don’t even attempt calligraphy if you have (self-proclaimed) “horrible handwriting!” Trust me, it just won’t be pretty. I’m sure you have many other lovely talents.
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5. Research the inks and tools that professional calligraphers use, or save time by purchasing a kit such as The Lettered Bride.
From your invitation envelopes to your favor tags, handwritten calligraphy will give your wedding paper a luxe, elegant look. Whether you’re choosing your calligraphy style or wondering what to ask your local stationer, here are some useful details to keep in mind.
Please allow 7-10 business days from time you place your order for a digital proof. Once your order is approved we will prepare your files for press. Digital/flat printed orders take approximately 2 weeks for printing. Letterpress and foil printed orders take approximately 4 – 6 weeks from proof approval.
We love fonts here at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and have lots of options for you. We’ve organized them into three categories for you: script, sans serif, and serif. For a traditional look, try pairing a serif font for the invitation body text with a script font for names. For a more modern look, choose a sans serif font. For an extra elegant look, all script is a great option. We suggest using the same one or two fonts throughout your entire invitation suite for a cohesive look.
Calligraphy is a time-consuming process with a fee to match. Pricing can range anywhere from $2 to $5 per envelope or higher for special requests. Many calligraphers price their work with a few factors in mind: the style, turnaround time, special materials like custom ink colors or metallics, and the type of paper or materials they’re writing on.
It is standard etiquette to mail wedding invitations 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding date. Please keep this in mind when you are ordering and selecting your desired “in hand” date, which is the date you will receive your invitations back from us. Please be sure that the date you select is at least 4 weeks after the date you are placing the order for invitation design & printing only, and approximately 6 weeks after the date you are placing the order if you are adding envelope calligraphy.JUMP TO:ORDERCALLIGRAPHY STYLESFONT STYLESPRICINGINK COLORSPAPERSPRINT METHODSTURNAROUNDSAMPLESCUSTOM
There’s nothing quite like calligraphy for wedding invitations! We can hand letter just your names or just a few words — and typeset the rest of your invitation in one of our invitation fonts — or Laura can hand letter all wording for a truly custom invitation. We recommend choosing one or two styles for the entire wedding invitation suite for a cohesive look.
And so, with our penchant for hand-scripted stationery in mind, we were over the moon to hear about Ashley Lurcott. An incredibly talented illustrator and calligrapher, Ashley creates the most stunning hand-crafted invitations and paper goods.
Find out how your calligrapher wants you to format your address list. Most prefer a spreadsheet with separate information in each column: names; address line 1; address line 2; and city, state and ZIP code. Don’t handwrite the addresses (even last-minute additions), as even the most legible handwriting can lead to errors. Check your list twice and make sure someone else familiar with the names takes a careful look as well. Don’t forget to include titles like Mr., Mrs. and Honorable. Once you have your list, email it to the calligrapher. That way you have a record of all requests and instructions. In addition to your guest list count, your calligrapher will probably require that you include extra envelopes (usually 15 to 20 percent of your total). Mistakes do happen even when pros are doing the addressing and you may have last-minute additions or changes to your guest list.
Enjoy the process and the fact that you’re creating something special that will be a cherished keepsake for a very long time!
Start with your stationer—most stationery boutiques have a list of trusted calligraphers they work with and can match you with an artist who’s in tune with your style to ensure your suite has a cohesive look (you don’t want whimsical lettering paired with a traditional invitation). Some larger stationers have in-house calligraphers or will outsource it for you so you don’t have to add another to-do to your list. Look at stationery blogs and real wedding galleries and note the calligraphy styles you like and the names of the calligraphers who produced them. Reach out to your friends and ask about the calligraphers they used for their weddings, especially if you admired the style. You should also check out our local calligrapher listings broken down by city.
1 color Flat Printing 100 Sets which include Invitation & Envelope + Response card & Envelope: $950. Additional sets of 25: $30.
7. Give your ink plenty of time to dry! There’s nothing worse than crafting a beautiful envelope, only to check it and create a smudge.
8. Wear dark clothing that you don’t care about while you write. Accidents do happen, especially if cats are nearby!
Please note that since devices, computers and displays can vary greatly and are calibrated differently, all colors viewed online should be considered approximate. Ink varies slightly from press run to press run; we cannot guarantee color match for items ordered at different times. Letterpress inks are hand mixed for each order and vary slightly from colors shown on screen. Sample kits are available so that you may see ink colors in person.
Traditionally calligraphy is reserved for the inner and outer envelopes of invitations, but you can incorporate it elsewhere like on your escort cards, menu cards, ceremony programs and even the favor tags. While calligraphy isn’t typically used on the entire invitation (it can be difficult to read—and expensive) spot calligraphy, which highlights important items like your names, is an increasingly popular option.
3. Have patience with yourself; calligraphy takes many hours of practice and lots of concentration. It can be a very meditative task, though, so plan your practice time in the early weekend mornings or as a way to “wind down” after a long day at work.
A few tips for choosing ink colors: 1. Dark colors are best for small text and for digital printing 2. Choose one or two ink colors for your entire invitation suite for a cohesive look and feel 3. Light ink colors are lovely when letterpressed, but can be difficult to read when flat/digitally printed 4. Metallic inks are slightly metallic when printed letterpress and more shiny when foil printed.
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4. Don’t buy a calligraphy kit at your local art supply or book store – the inks are too thin and the nibs are usually meant for Italic and more gothic calligraphy styles.
From the glistening of gold lettering on heavy stock card, to the sweep of pure black ink on crisp white paper, calligraphy is not only beautiful, but it demonstrates patience, style, and refinement too.
If you’re looking to script your wedding day details or thank-you notes yourself, there are a few things you should know. First: Be realistic. You might have time to calligraph the table names at the reception but skip hand-lettering 200 place cards. It may sound like a fun project now, but know that leading up to the wedding you’ll have your hands full. Second: Learn the craft. Pick up an instructional book or consider taking an online course through a service like Skillshare. All you need to begin is a nib, pen holder, bottle of ink and paper.
With a bit of effort, it looks so achievable, even for lefties like me!
Seriously, we can’t get enough – Elizabeth has even been teaching herself to scribe on her travels!
We offer two printing methods: Flat Digital Printing or Letterpress Printing. Flat digital printing is a common form of printing, using digital or offset machines the design of your choice is inked onto the paper. Our most inexpensive print method, the ink is flush with the paper, leaving it neither raised, or indented to the touch. Best for designs where multiple colors are used for a vibrant appearance. Letterpress printing is a luxurious print technique where metal plates are used on an antique machine to “press” the ink of choice into the paper. The machine is hand-fed the paper and operated by an artisan specially trained in this craft. Letterpress is best for designs with one or two colors.
If you have decent handwriting, are crafty, and are determined to impress your guests with a personal touch, read on for my top 10 tips for DIY-ing your wedding calligraphy!
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Most calligraphers schedule two-week turnarounds, but it really depends on the size and type of the project. Keep in mind that much like a popular wedding venue, experienced calligraphers book up fast, so don’t leave hiring one to the last minute—or you could end up paying a rush fee.
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Once you’ve narrowed down your list of calligraphers to a few, email them to ask for basic details and a quote. Include your wedding date, approximate guest count and a general description of your wedding style, as well as the services you’re interested in (envelope addressing, escort card labeling), so your calligrapher can give you a more accurate quote and timeline. Also, find out how to reserve your calligrapher—you should sign a contract and some calligraphers require deposits.
6. Learn how to properly clean your pen so that it lasts and continues to write evenly. A clogged “nib,” or pen tip, is a very frustrating thing.
I picked up my first pen in April and sent our invitations in July – but I also wasted a lot of time with the wrong materials, which hindered my practice. If you’re starting out with quality tools and materials, you’ll need a month or two to get the hang of it.
But eager to help DIY brides and grooms in their quest for calligraphy, she’s also created a very nifty kit called The Lettered Bride, a DIY writing set with everything you need to teach yourself calligraphy at home. Perfect!