There are a lot of do-it-yourself projects for your wedding that will drain your time, money and energy with little impact on your overall wedding. On the other hand, there are certain details that are worth the effort. Imagine the impact of the first glance of these invitations:.
Obviously I am not encouraging you to hire out-this is a website to help you have an affordable wedding, and calligraphy generally costs double the cost of the invitation! But with the right pen, and printer, and a bit of creativity, you can have the same look.
The right pen…
As you browse calligraphy websites, you will see they encourage nibs and ink, but Isay they are messy and hard to work with. A few years ago I found a magical tool I think everyone should have at least three of(one in each size)…
Pop the cartridge in, and it writes neatly and smoothly. I write everything with these pens! People actually comment how nice my real handwriting is! They vary from a think calligraphy tip, to a fine point pen tip. Once you write with one, you will never go back! If you order one, make sure to get a lot of cartridges. They are cheap, and last a while.
Here is a youtube video on how to write with them:
You will also need A good font…
The two examples below have you type the calligraphy, print, and trace it. Make sure you have a good font to begin with. Here is a free Chopin Script Font
Calligraphy Idea Number One: The Light Table Approach
This idea comes http://weddingresourcepublishing.wordpress.com
You will need to create templates for all of your addresses.
- Start by making a box the same size as your actual invitation (mine was 5″x7″.) This is so you can cut them out and slide them easily into your envelope to trace them.
- Type out the guest’s address (using your special font) where you will want it to appear on the envelope. Make sure you leave plenty of room at the top for your stamps.
- Enter your guest’s addresses one by one, and print out all of your templates. Make sure you DOUBLE CHECK your addresses!
- Cut out all of your address templates. (I used a paper cutter, so I could cut out more than one at a time.)
- Insert your template into your envelope, and use your lightbox (or glass coffee table, or window) so you can see the font through the envelope.
Carefully trace the addresses using the Artpen.
Calligraphy Idea Number Two: Printing On The Envelope
Jennifer from www.designsponge.com had a great idea to lightly print on your envelope, and then trace over the printing with your pen. She used white ink in this example.
For information on how to formally and correctly address people, visit this site: