20 Elegant Ways to Decorate Your Wedding with Calligraphy
If you're mesmerized by a calligrapher at work, you're certainly not alone. There's just something about putting a pen to paper and watching swirly, artistic script come to life—especially when you leave it to the pros. If you've ever been captivated by those viral videos of hands putting beauty to text, you might want to consider hiring a calligrapher to design an element of your wedding day. Perfect for brides looking to add a dose of elegance to their ceremony or reception décor, calligraphy is an age-old art form that's sure to impress your guests.
Of course, you don't need calligraph every inch of your wedding. Enlist a professional to address your invitation suite, design a ceremony sign, or adorn your menu. Planning a destination fête? Hire a creative professional that specializes in atlas calligraphy to create a detailed guide to the area—the map will serve as a memento, long after the big day is over.
That's really the beauty of this loopy script—calligraphers can turn your vows into special keepsakes and or stationary sets into eighteenth-century-inspired love notes. They can embellish just about anything, including favors, guest books, and vows. And as the following photos from real weddings show, calligraphy isn't reserved for one type of wedding, with one specific style. From traditional celebrations to more modern affairs, these calligraphed ideas upgrade every party, whether you're looking to go all out or keep it subtle. Ahead, beautiful ways to weave in the art of the written word.
Calligraphed Seating Chart
This bright, tropical wedding got a classic touch thanks to this white and pink seating chart by Miss B Calligraphy.
Calligraphed Wedding Vows
Rather than having their entire invitation suite hand-calligraphed (cha-ching!), this couple focused on the first thing their guests saw—the address.
Calligraphed Escort Cards
Calligraphed Gift Tags
We loved these monogrammed tropical nightcaps, which were given out after a Hawaiian wedding.
These custom Edwina White invites, created for a summer wedding on New York's Shelter Island, were calligraphed by Bethany Siekmeier, and helped guide guests acclimate to the locale.
Calligraphed Seating Cards
These rocks were embellished with white gel pen, with names on top and table numbers on bottom.
Calligraphed Stationery Suite
Calligraphed "Just Married" Sign
A vintage getaway car looked even better with some classic calligraphy.
These cowbells calligraphed by Anne Robin served as escort cards, noisemakers, and favors.
Calligraphed Table Marker
This couple had their wooden table markers calligraphed with sweet and meaningful Italian words.
A calligraphed sign directed meandering guests on their way to the outdoor ceremony.
Calligraphed Chair Décor
Neither Snow's calligraphed "Just Married" chair signage looked dashing alongside garlands of pittosborum and bay leaves.