Have you ever seen incredible calligraphy envelopes on wedding invitations and thought to yourself, wow, these look amazing? There’s a secret to that! Today you’ll learn how to get the most beautiful calligraphy wedding invitations for a truly bespoke look. We’ll reveal three secrets to get the look of custom wedding calligraphy that will surely wow your guests. Let’s get started!
Calligraphy Envelopes for Weddings
Today’s post was inspired by a recent Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be Lacey. She is getting married in October and wonders where to get calligraphy envelopes, or if she can do her own calligraphy invitations (and how to get started). She writes,
“Hi Emmaline! I’m getting married this October and want to get calligraphy envelopes done for my invites. Do you have any suggestions for professional calligraphers? Or how to do my own wedding calligraphy? I have terrible handwriting so I am definitely a beginner. Thanks!”
Great question! We’ve done some research into your question about envelope calligraphy and hopefully, these tips will help you (and other brides-to-be) out on the topic of wedding calligraphy. Here’s how to get the most beautiful calligraphy envelopes for your wedding invitations.
1. Learn how to do your own calligraphy envelopes.
There’s an old saying that if you want something done, do it yourself!
I know what you might be thinking — but Emma, my handwriting is awful! If anyone gets it, I do. Today, I love hand-lettering and handwriting, but I’m no professional calligrapher. I used to have awful handwriting and it took me a lot of practice to get it to where it is today. And now I have fun with it (as nerdy as that sounds). In addition to practice, in order to do your own wedding calligraphy envelopes you need a passion for it. If you have a passion for calligraphy and a little time on your side, you can definitely learn how to do your own wedding calligraphy with a kit or a book.
Here are some excellent suggestions sure to help you on your quest for better handwriting.
Wedding Calligraphy Books
This book from calligraphy artist Laura Hooper is a fantastic resource aimed at wedding calligraphy. It is written for people who want to tackle dozens of wedding-focused projects. Laura outlines themed projects such as how to do calligraphy envelopes, calligraphy place cards, calligraphy signage, food labels, edible treats and more. This book also features beautiful photography with detailed letter diagrams. Buy it here.
Hand Lettering 101 by ChalkFullofLove (Sarah)
This next book from calligraphy artist Sarah, known as Chalk Full of Love online. Her book will introduce you to calligraphy of all kinds, giving you plenty of room to practice in the book and perfect your calligraphy skills before moving on to your own calligraphy envelopes. This book will inspire you to learn a variety of hand-lettering styles, as Sarah has a great method of encouraging you to “make those letters dance”. Buy here.
Wedding Calligraphy Pens + Practice Pads
Colorful Calligraphy Pens
Black Calligraphy Pens
Calligraphy Practice Pad / Workbook
These supplies will make your instructional wedding calligraphy so much easier.
If you don’t want to do it yourself, here’s another option.
2. Get professional calligraphy envelopes done for you.
If you have no desire (or, heavens, TIME!) to learn how to do wedding calligraphy, there’s help for that! Some Etsy artists (like Words of Love Invites, as one example) specialize in custom wedding calligraphy for invitations, envelopes, signage, hand-lettered place cards, and more. These artists will happily hand-letter your calligraphy envelopes in time to mail your wedding invitations.
Calligraphy Envelopes by WordsOfLove Invites, Rachel Curtis
Etsy artist Rachel of WordsofLoveInvites adores hand-lettering. She will make beautiful calligraphy envelopes for any event and mail them directly to you for an affordable price — only $0.30 each! This is a wonderful price for a talented calligraphy artist.
These calligraphy envelopes are different than some you might find online, as they’re not printed. These are actual hand-lettered envelopes, which makes them incredibly custom.
Add vintage postage like this for an extra-special touch.
Here is an example of custom calligraphy place cards by Lisa Cron Design.
3. Fake calligraphy envelopes with FREE envelope printing.
Last but not least, if you want to mimic the look, you can get FREE envelope addressing with any invitation at Minted. For a limited time, they’re offering free envelopes and FREE guest addressing on envelopes that will look similar to custom calligraphy.
Plus, you can sample anything FREE so you can see it for yourself.
You can see all the invitations and preview the calligraphy envelopes here.
Have questions on wedding calligraphy envelopes / how to do your own calligraphy?
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