Calligraphy, custom signage, etc I want to hear!

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Post # 2
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

leahsullyjohn :  I looked into it, and it was quite expensive, even just for escort cards. I decided to learn myself, and I will be making all the escort cards, as well as doing all of our signs (guestbook, favors, etc) myself. About $20 for learning materials. I am getting pretty good!

Post # 3
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m trying to go the same route as hunting_bride : .

My wedding isn’t until March of ’18 so I’m trying to give myself plenty of time to learn! 

Post # 4
1389 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We did envelope addressing, a full suite, place cards, and programs. Super worth it, we are so happy with the way it all came together.

We went with 🙂 


Post # 5
2520 posts
Sugar bee

We did custom calligraphy.

She was recommended by my planner as they always work together.  For the RSVP envelopes, she had it stamped with our return address.  For the seating chart, my event designer did a custom escort card tree.  As for table numbers, I couln’t find what I was looking for so I ended up making my own.

Our envelopes.


Table numbers..


Post # 6
3611 posts
Sugar bee

I did, for envelope addressing and escort cards. It wasn’t cheap, but was totally worth it. I got so many compliments on how beautiful they were, especially the envelopes. I didn’t do it for my full invitation suite since I wanted a simple font on my invitations and inserts, but I saw my calligrapher’s work for full suites and it was beautiful too. If I had wanted that type of look I would have definitely gone for it.

Post # 7
200 posts
Helper bee

PREFACE: I’m a designer, but also super anal and on a budget. We’re doing a mix of things to save time and money. I found both my vendors online primarily by looking through their portfolios. My invitation designer is a real artist, that’s why I choose her, versus my calligrapher, is not a great designer, IMO, but she’s good for calligraphy only. 

Invitation: I’ve hired an artist to do illustrations/watercolour for my main invitation – $150 for the design. She’ll give me the digital file and I’ll make RSVP’s (my tentative design: to match.

Signs: I hired a different calligrapher to do a welcome sign ($75), seating chart ($200), and guestbook ($20). Instead of renting frames, I’m buying a thin piece of wood and staining it.

Escort tags, menus, programs, etc: Printing myself. I just printed our STD envelopes, and I think they came out as good as paying a calligrapher (Mockup:

My huge beef with today’s calligraphers and envelopes is they write the name and address in all cursive and/or light on light colours, so it’s almost unreadable. I’m a usability person, so I’m super picky about the balance between design esthetic and usability.

Post # 8
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I looked into it but didn’t want to spend the money. There are some very good instagram accounts for calligraphy so have a look into that for vendor ideas! I’m very lucky that my maid of honour decided to learn how to write beautiful cursive this year! It’s not quite calligraphy, she just mimicks that look by making the down-strokes thicker. But it looked amazing and we got so many compliments.


I just finished our welcome sign yesterday, I printed the design and traced it onto the wood with graphite paper, then went over it with a white paint marker


For the place cards I plan to print the names very faintly and then go over it with a gold pen.

Post # 10
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

leahsullyjohn :  i used a calligrapher and it was AWESOME. The envelopes were beautiful, but more so the TIME it saves. it’s such a pain to DIY it for a big wedding. She also did my escort cards, rehearsal din place cards, and as a 1 year anniversary gift to my Darling Husband I had her write out my vows. I found her on Etsy, though she no longer operates through there. I picked her because I liked her work and she was very inexpensive.

Honestly this is a great gift to give yourself haha. 


Hard to see because it’s in gold:



Post # 11
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I suppose it’s not quite “custom” but I used for my invitation suite. I loaded all the names and addresses of my guests and had them printed in a beautiful calligraphy font, with our return addresses on the back.

It was much cheaper and easiest for me.

Post # 13
861 posts
Busy bee

leahsullyjohn :  I saw a post from another Bee, who is a genius. She downloads a calligraphy font that she liked (like off She then printed her envelopes in a super light gray ink off her printer. Then she traced over the letters with a calligraphy pen. They looked amazing!!! You couldn’t even tell that they were traced and they looked perfect. If you’re at all crafty, I’d try this out. I tried it & decided to do it for our wedding 🙂 Saving a ton of money, but my guests will never know it’s DIY 😃

Post # 15
200 posts
Helper bee

angelinagonzalez :  This is a weird question, but where did you get your wedding ring boxes from?! I’ve been looking on etsy and online for “Wedding ring boxes” but I can never find nice neutral colores like yours!

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