(Closed) no calligrapher

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

ppfffttt…. I wrote mine with a sharpie because I couldn’t get anything to write on the glassine envelopes!

No one even cared one way or the other. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Post # 4
28 posts


I have been told I have very neat printing which looks like type on your computer.  I would be more then happy to do it for you for $1/per envelope.  Let me know.  Thanks.

Post # 5
20 posts

Fountain Pens can be tricky so I would reccomend a little practice session before you start on the actual envelopes.  Or get a nice gel pen as they are smooth to write with.

Post # 6
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

It is perfectly acceptable to write the addresses on yourself in cursive instead of getting a calligrapher 🙂

Post # 7
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

what about using a great font and running them through a printer?

I’m having mine done by http://www.artisticaddressing.com

half the price of calligraphy and a total godsend.

Post # 8
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

2ndGlittergrl; I just got a font and will run it through my printer.    


Post # 9
378 posts
Helper bee

We ran ours through our printer and it looked really good. And it was cheap.

Post # 10
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I am choosing to do mine myself.  Listen now that anyone can run them through a printer I think a hand addressed envelope is far more personal.  Wouldnt you rather receive a home made cake than Sara Lee?  

Post # 11
5 posts

I’ll be doing mine myself, but was wondering if anyone has found a good calligraphy tutorial online?  All I’ve come across is the old english style, but I’m looking for some information on more modern or whimsical cursive styles… maybe with flourishes?  I’ve been checking out some fonts and trying to imitate them, but figured I’d ask you girls if you’ve had any luck 

Post # 12
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008


I understand your point, but I think receiving an invitation is personal enough.  Guests aren’t eating the envelope – especially since they are so dirty after being sorted with other mail!   I don’t think guests will be offended that someone didn’t hand write their address.  No one saves them anyway. But, lots of cheers for you because that is a lot of work!


You don’t have to have print or calligraphy calibur handwriting.  As long as it’s legible, you’re good to go!  It’s so not tacky at all.  But I do second/third/fourth running them through a printer.  It will save you time and envelopes (you’re bound to make a couple mistakes along the way!).  You can always hand write the inner envelope if you are using one. 


Post # 13
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Someone posted here awhile ago that the tradition is NOT in the calligraphy – the tradition is that the bride addressed the invitations herself because it was a personal correspondance.  The bride actually hand wrote the invitations too.  So calligraphy isn’t the tradition, the bride addressing them herself is.  (This bothered my Fiance and he wanted to address some too!).  So address them yourself.  It will look fabulous.

Post # 14
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

I can’t even tell you how many compliments I got on the addressing on my envelopes which was done (by my Mom) in cursive.  Use a pretty color ink if you want to spruce it up and don’t worry about it for one second!

Post # 15
32 posts

No, it’s not tacky at all.  If you’re worried I’d suggest three tiny things:

1) Shamelessly copy Miss Donut’s calligraphy template

2) Buy the narrowest tipped calligraphy pen you can find. If it’s too wide your cursive will start to look too old fashioned.  Just a hint of width in places does wonders.

3) If you have time, practice writing out a few of the really common letters/phrases and make them a little prettier than your normal handwriting.  For me, that was Mr, Mrs and our two last names.  If you start out with a pretty Mr or Mrs the rest will just start to look prettier.

You’d be surprised at how much more elegant your standard cursive will become with a special layout and a special pen.  I went with the tips above and have received a lot of compliments on my invitation calligraphy, and it didn’t really take any additional time per envelope beyond standard cursive.

(one more random tip: test the calligraphy pen you’re using on an invitation and let it dry, particularly if you are using one of the metallic Stardream-like papers. One of the black pens dried to almost a dark green color on my paper so I had to try a few to find one that stayed black.)

Post # 16
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

It’s not tacky at all.  Go for it.

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