The Details of Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Coral Watermark Spot Calligraphy Wedding Invitation Suite by Jen K. Calligraphy

Coral Watermark Spot Calligraphy Wedding Invitation Suite by Jen K. Calligraphy

{This is our first guest blog post and I am thrilled to have Jen Kruskamp of Jen K. Calligraphy here to share her expertise on calligraphy wedding invitations with us today! Jen and I met about a year ago and quickly bonded over the fact that we were both launching our small businesses and our baby boys were about the same age. Since then Jen has pursued her creative talent as a calligrapher through Jen K. Calligraphy, her Etsy Shop, as well as teaching calligraphy workshops in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area. As a wedding planner, I love the concept of having customized, hand lettered wedding invitation suites and other paperie (menu, programs, placecards, etc.) as it adds a formal yet personal element to the overall wedding style. So I'll turn it over to Jen...}

Guest Blog Post by Jen Kruskamp of Jen K. Calligraphy

Okay beautiful bride-to-be. You’ve got the ring, and you’re already ahead of the game with setting your date, booking your photographer, venues, and now its time to get the ball rolling on the wedding invitations. So where the heck do you start with that!?

If you’ve decided to get custom wedding invitations done for your big day you’re going to want to get in touch with a graphic designer and/or calligrapher. Here’s what to expect and know when working with your invite suite designer...

Setting a Wedding Paperie Budget

First, nail down your budget for your wedding paperie. The average cost of custom wedding invitations is anywhere between $700-$1000 for 100-120 invitations. This includes the main invite, the details page, and the rsvp. Take account for envelopes and any additional embellishments (these are typically add-ons) like silk ribbon, twine, wax seals, etc. You will also want to get your envelopes addressed by the same calligrapher. Calligraphers typically charge about $2-$3 per envelope.

Choosing a Calligrapher

Next, is to choose a calligrapher that’s right for you, you want to check out their previous works. Most Calligraphers have a certain style that speaks to their specific talents. A simple way to see their work is to check out their website or instagram account. Once you figure out who’s style would mesh well with the overall theme of your wedding day contact them a.s.a.p.!

Once you have met with your designer, he/she might go over specifics so here’s a few Q&A’s to prep you!

What is spot calligraphy?

Spot calligraphy is when the invitation has a mix of a print font and hand written calligraphy. For example the bride and grooms names would be in calligraphy and the rest of the invite would be in print.

When do I need to get started with my invitations?

Here’s a timeline that shows when you need to start planning and mailing out your wedding paperie before the big day...

SAVE THE DATES: Order 9 months out. Mail 8 months out
WEDDING INVITES: Order 5 months out. Mail 2 months out.
DAY OF DETAILS (programs, place cards, seating chart, etc.): Order 1 month out
THANK YOU CARDS: Order after wedding. Mail 1 month after wedding.

Why choose a calligrapher to create invites over printed pre-designed invites?

This question has 2 answers. The first is BUDGET. If you’re wanting to splurge on flowers, dress, venue, photographer, etc. that’s when you would consider using a pre-designed wedding invitation because they are typically less than custom. The second answer would be UNIQUNESS. If you are wanting a one of a kind, timeless, heirloom wedding invitation suite- that’s why you want to work with a calligrapher. They can also create the perfect custom design throughout all of your other wedding paper goods like place cards, and menus.

I hope this helps you to know where to start with planning out your wedding invitation details and congratulations!