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Elegantly Scripted Wedding Calligraphy Friday, April 6, 2012 ~ 9:15 a.m.

We all know that weddings can be pricey, but I can honestly say that one purchase that I never regretted for a second was hiring a calligrapher to create our place cards and address our wedding invitations. When your guest receives your invite in the mail, with their names and address elegantly scripted on the outside of that envelope, you know they're going to notice it. I just think that you get a whole lot of bang for your buck!

In my opinion, calligraphy is definitely an underappreciated art form. I may sound like a total nerd, but I was just so happy with the way that our stuff turned out, that I strongly encourage you to set aside a bit of money in your stationery budget for a calligrapher. The great thing about it, too, is that you really can control the cost somewhat easily. You can do this by comparing the prices offered by various calligraphers, of course, but you can also pick and choose what, exactly, you'd like handwritten, and what you can just print yourself. When I first started looking at wedding invitations, I actually considered getting my invites entirely handwritten. We were planning on a pretty small wedding, with a limited guest list, so I thought that the cost associated would be doable. I ultimately decided to go with a letterpress invitation design, and hired a calligrapher to address the envelopes (our invitation printer handled our return address). Later on, I also hired another calligrapher to create our sand dollar place cards!

Both my invitations and place cards ended up being two of my very favorite wedding details, because despite the fact that I personally didn't write them, they still felt specially made for our guests. Each handwritten name added a personal touch that you just can't replicate on a computer. It adds that extra little bit of character and charm that really makes all the difference.

With all of that being said, I've rounded up some of my favorite calligraphy designers for your consideration. Before I do though, I thought I'd mention that I was very happy with the calligrapher who handled my wedding invitation envelopes - Hillary of Feather Letter. I went with a more modern look for our invitations, although there really are so many different styles of calligraphy out there, and each one is just a little bit different and unique!

Because I do think that cost is often a huge factor when considering calligraphy, I was sure to include the price for each one of the handwritten envelopes (or place cards) pictured below. Keep in mind that the prices are for the calligraphy only; in most cases, you'll need to provide the paper/envelopes yourself. Please also note that these prices are subject to change, so definitely click on the Etsy links provided to make sure they're still accurate since I first recorded the prices this morning!

Calligraphers and envelope calligraphy

Elegantly Scripted - Wedding Calligraphy

Designs by Robyn Love - $2.00 (< 50 cards), $1.90 (50 < 99 cards) and $1.80 (> 100 cards)

Kristen Henderson Calligraphy - $2.50 guest address + $1.50 return address = $4.00 per outer envelope

NJW Calligraphy - $1.00 per place card tag (name only)

Dancing Pen & Press - $2.95 guest address + $1.55 return address = $4.50 per outer envelope

2 Inspire Designs - $1.15 per outer envelope (guest address)

Inkblot Calligraphy - $3.00 per outer envelope

NJW Calligraphy - $2.50 guest address + $1.50 return address = $4.00 per outer envelope

Calligraphy by Hillary - $2.50 guest address + $2.00 return address = $4.50 per outer envelope

Pink Ink Paper & Calligraphy - $1.75 guess address + $1.00 return address = $2.75 per outer envelope

Pink Ink Paper & Calligraphy - $1.00 per place card

Laura Lavender Art - Custom 10 x 12 "Just Married" sign, $30 CAD

BP Invites - $1.75 guest address + $1.00 per additional address = $2.75 per outer envelope

Angelique Ink - $2.75 guest address + $2.00 per return address = $4.75 per outer envelope

Inkblot Calligraphy - $3.00 per outer envelope

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Kat (California)

Apr 20, 2012 3:05 PM

I am so honored to be included in this post!
Something to keep in mind, Brides--don't be afraid to negotiate prices with vendors (calligraphers included!) My price is always negotiable, especially if the order is particularly huge, or if they want me to do their day-of paper products (i.e. place cards, menus, etc.) or if they are willing to share professional photography for my business.

Kristen Henderson (Charlotte NC)

May 12, 2012 10:35 AM

Oh my---I was just stumbling around the internet and came across this post somehow. Thank you for including me in this distinguished roundup of calligraphers! I am honored!
Kristen Henderson

Nellie Barker (Averill Park, NY)

Aug 22, 2012 9:01 PM

Thank you so much for including me in your collection! I am honored. You have a beautiful blog and look forward to reading more posts!

Nellie Barker (Averill Park, NY)

Aug 22, 2012 9:04 PM

P.S. We recently changed our name from NJW Calligraphy to Whoa Nellie Press. You can find us at for our latest work and inspiration, including hand calligraphy letterpress invitations soon. Thanks again!