I've always been a fan of beautiful lettering. I even took calligraphy as an elective in junior high school (was my school awesome or what?) and learned how to write pretty things and illuminate letters medieval style. It was so much fun! I don't do large-scale calligraphy projects anymore, but I do still enjoy lettering, even just as a way to pass the rare quiet afternoon.
Here at Pretty Entertaining, we love modern calligraphy right now. What is "modern calligraphy?" When we use the phrase in our studio, we're mostly using it to mean calligraphy that features modern fonts that look somewhat relaxed, often with a mix of fonts in a single piece, along with ornamentation and even unexpected colors. Calligraphy that's maybe just a wee bit nonconformist. Still proper, but with loads of personality.
Why do we love it so? Well, your wedding stationery is the first impression your guests will get of your wedding. From the outer envelope to the design within, it's your chance to start the buzz about your big day. Truly artful calligraphy makes an impression like nothing else, and I guarantee yours will be an invitation your guests will remember. Of course, you don't have to stop with your invitations: Once you've settled on a design, you can carry it through your whole event for a cohesive look from start to finish.
Here are some examples we love:
Top left: invitations by Parrott Design Studio; calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap
Top middle: invitation design by Beth Helmstetter Events; calligraphy by Beth Suber Thorpe of Plurabelle Calligraphy + Design Studio
Top right: calligraphy by Caitlin Bristow of Lettered Life
Center left: calligraphy by Laura Hooper
Center middle: calligraphy by Amy Neubauer of 5th Floor Designs
Center right: invitation design and calligraphy by the bride; letterpress printing by Alia and Jason of Darling Press; featured on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog
Bottom left: calligraphy by Caitlin Bristow of Lettered Life
Bottom middle: calligraphy by Kelsey Neldon of Willow & Ink Studio
Bottom right: calligraphy by Amy Neubauer of 5th Floor Designs