In an age of hastily written e-mails, the wedding invitation is a reminder
of the delight that can come from receiving a beautifully crafted message. A save-the-date card or invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of the wedding, so you’ll want it to be special.
The elegance of calligraphy
Calligraphy brings elegance and personality to your wedding stationery. Despite printing presses and the modern day computer, calligraphy is still the essence of style and sophistication, and with the popularity of using this beautiful writing for wedding stationery, calligraphy will remain one of life’s finer arts.
Every cultured person understands how much harmony and expressive elegance well formed letters can give to meaningful words.
A calligrapher will not only write your guests’ names in your invitations, but will be able to design your invitation. When the word “Wedding” is written in a style of your choice, the calligrapher can use his skills to create an invitation to reflect the flavour of your wedding.
Italic will convey elegance and romance, Gothic is perfect for historical venues, or Contemporary; a modern design for those looking for simplicity.
- Think about having an excerpt from your readings made into artwork and used throughout your stationery.
- A monogram of your entwined initials can be used as a design.
- Calligraphy on place cards will give your guests something they will rarely see; their name beautifully written. Something they will take away as a memory of your day.
- A table plan will always be a reminder of your friends and relations who shared your special day.
What more can we say about calligraphy? You will love it.
And after the big day……. Preserve your invitation
- Get your wedding invitation preserved along with your bridal bouquet. You can keep both these things together so that you will be reminded of the best day of your life whenever you look at them.
- Have your invitation framed with your favourite wedding photograph.
It is traditional to send wedding invitations out six to eight weeks before the wedding. However, some couples choose to send them earlier if their wedding is abroad, or if their guests need to reserve accommodation early. If your guests need to book very far in advance, consider sending a save the date card and include information about travel and accommodation.
Order one invitation per couple or one invitation per family if children live at home. You should send invitations to all members of the wedding party, including both sets of parents, even though it may be obvious that they will attend. Order a few extra invitations. Even if you are writing your guest name, mistakes can be made. These can also be used if any guests can’t attend and you would like to invite someone else without having new invitations made.
Add a “reply by” date to your RSVPs, this will ensure that you will be able to let your venue know your final numbers for catering requirements.
Add as much information as possible to ensure the smooth running of your day.
The invitation should include the full address and postcode of your wedding and reception venues. This will be invaluable for people using SatNav. If your directions are on a separate sheet, add a map including any landmarks.
Other information may include local accommodation, including B&Bs and hotels along with addresses, phone numbers and prices. Include access information for guests with disabilities. Details of car parking at the wedding venue and lastly, any rules and regulations regarding confetti.
words by Urbis Scriptores