DIY Wedding Invitation Calligraphy

Hey lovelies! Want a little helpful demo on how to save some money? Weddings are expensive.. so I bet you do! Here are a few helpful tips to address your own wedding invitations (or address anything, really!) so you do not have to hire a calligrapher.

A little preface, I am no calligrapher by any means. I’ve never been trained in it, and I do not claim to have mastered the art. I do, however, have a knack for writing script/fonts really well and figured I’d share with you how to do “copycat” calligraphy! This is a very basic way to make your envelopes look pretty! PS I mostly free hand things so if you are very OCD about spacing, you may want to get a little more technical than I did as far as measuring. Here is a little tutorial…

 

You will need: a pencil, a “gel” pen (I say that lightly because this pen did not seem gel to me.. it is one of those types that ¬†“bleed” on the paper… exact pen used was a Uni Ball Signo Micro 207), a ruler, and an envelope.

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1) This envelope was about 4 1/2 by 5 3/4, not exactly your standard invitation size, but this is the size we use to send to our clients (thank you notes, ect). I first measured 1 1/4 inches down from the top and made a notch.

 

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2) I drew a line across the top of the envelope at the 1 1/4 inch mark. This is where I want my first line of text to go. I spaced it that way so I would have enough room for a stamp. For a larger envelope, you can go down a little farther, just “eye” it and see what looks right. I then placed my finger in the middle (again, it probably wasn’t the exact middle because I didn’t measure, I got as close to the middle as I could with my naked eye) and drew the letter that would be in the middle of my first word. In this case it was “h” because I was writing “the”.

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3) After drawing my first line of font, I then measured an inch from the bottom of the envelope and drew a line across like I did for the top. This will be where I want my zip code (last line of address) to go. Now I have a visual of where my whole name and address needs to fit.

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4) I then wrote out my zip code (yes I know it’s very hard to see pencil in photos.. and the fact these are iPhone photos probably doesn’t help!) You will see in another picture just how big and spaced out I made the zip code in proportion to the whole envelope. This was more of a close up.

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5) Now it’s time to spruce up some of the font. Calligraphy in its true form (done with the proper tools) has narrow and think points due to the pen that is used. To imitate that, you can make certain parts of your letters/number thicker. Here is how I did that…

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6) Then I colored it in and added a little more depth until I felt it looked right. The great thing about this is there isn’t really a right or wrong way, just do it until you like what you see!

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7) Now I added some dimension to the numbers. Also, you can see now how the numbers compare to the first line of text. I think it looks best to space the zip code out to match the length of your first row of text, to give some proportion.

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8) Lastly, I wrote the name of the family, the street, city and state. For the family name, I went with a script again, but didn’t add the “calligraphy” touch. As for the address, I went with a sans serif all caps approach. You can have fun with it! Find a font you like! Then lastly, I added some dots between the numbers to add a little more personality.

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Now I know what you’re thinking… what if the person you are sending this to is an individual? Or a couple that lives together but is not married? I’ve got you covered…

Here is Mr. Alex Baker (for a single woman you can do “miss” or “ms”)…

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And for your brother, Sean, and his girlfriend, Cassie, who lives at the same address…

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I played around with this double name one for quite a while, and this was the one I liked best. It isn’t my favorite, but adding two whole names to an envelope is a lot of verbiage, so you have to write it some how, and this is what I came up with. Perhaps you have a better way!

 

The key to this is practice and ¬†little patience. Take out some paper and play around with it, or spare a few envelopes that you know will be for practice. You can write the whole thing out with pencil, and go over with a pen. That method is a little more time consuming, but guarantees less errors. I did the pencil method for a few things, but free handed the rest. Do what is comfortable and fun for you! If you have a couple of girlfriends who think they’d be up for this challenge, invite them over and make it a girls night!

I hope this inspires you!

xox Jessica

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