(Closed) DIY: Invitation Calligraphy: Did you do it? Would you again?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
  • poll: If you did your own calligraphy, how did it turn out, and would you do it again?
    I did it, it turned out great, but I don't think it was worth it! : (1 votes)
    14 %
    I did it, it turned out terrible, had to back up plan it. : (1 votes)
    14 %
    I did it, it turned out great and I would totally do it again if i redid things! : (4 votes)
    57 %
    I did it and have tips and ideas to make it easier (PLEASE write below!!! Thanks) : (1 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I can’t vote since I didn’t really do it, but I know quite a few girls who avoid having to “perfect” their calligraphy by printing out the names & addresses on the envelope in a light color (gray for example) and then tracing over with the calligraphic pen.

    HTH!!!

    Post # 4
    Member
    2209 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I did my own calligraphy for the invites. I actually made my own invites, which was a huge super pain, turned out really well, but would not recommend. The calligraphy, on the other hand, I would do again. I basically just chose a pretty easy style and went for it.

    My main tip would be to start with addressing the RSVP cards. That will give you a chance to practice doing the same thing over and over. You will at least get the strokes down.

    After that, try to address the invites in small batches, like only 20 at a time. My work would go down hill if I tried to do more in one sitting.

    Post # 5
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    8 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I printed the addresses in a fancy font right on my navy blue envelopes. Then, traced over with a silver gel pen. While not technically caligraphy, I think it looks great. It sounds funny but it was kind of a relaxing project.

    Now I’m trying to decide if I should do the same on the RSVP envelopes or just do labels….

    Post # 7
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    8 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    No, you can’t see through mine and I didn’t even print gray, just regular black because the Navy Blue envelopes were too dark to use a lighter font.

    Post # 8
    Member
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I addressed my own envelopes, but just wrote in cursive rather than calligraphy.  It wasn’t super fancy, but it worked.  You’ll have at least one friend or relative with decent handwriting to fall back on.  Relax and give it a shot, if you have the time, you might discover a hidden talent.

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