Use Calligraphy for Creative Wedding Invitations

Just about every bride (and groom) wants creative wedding invitations for her special day. Your marriage is one-of-a-kind, so it makes sense that you would want a unique wedding invitation to commemorate one of the happiest days of your life. When you're calling for creative wedding invitations, it's time to consider calligraphy.

Calligraphy defined

Calligraphy is considered a visual art and its roots can be traced to ancient times across many cultures. More than simple cursive writing, calligraphy incorporates fine nuances in style, shapes and sizes that offer meaning that transcends written text. More than anything, calligraphy is a beautiful way to showcase your creative wedding invitations.

Using calligraphy

There are several ways you can incorporate calligraphy into your wedding invitations. You can order pre-designed wedding invitations written with calligraphy, and though they would be creative they would not necessarily be unique to your wedding. Instead, consider hiring a calligrapher to design your wedding invitations for you - or, at least to write the announcement text and hand it off to your wedding invitation designer.

Try calligraphy kits, books and fonts

You can also create your own calligraphy for your wedding invitations. This doesn't mean you have to hand-write each and every invitation, but it does mean you'll have to learn calligraphy yourself. You can purchase calligraphy kits and instruction books, or you can watch free online calligraphy tutorials, and then design your creative wedding invitations on one sheet of paper you can scan in and send to your printer. This way, you only have to design one invitation to be able to print hundreds or even thousands.

While there is no substitute for calligraphy that has been meticulously transcribed by hand, a cheap alternative is to simulate hand calligraphy with calligraphy fonts. These fonts will allow you to have a creative wedding invitation without spending too much money or time. Calligraphy fonts for wedding invitations can be found in both free and paid versions, and you can either use them yourself or ask your designer to use them in your invitation designs.

If you're going to go with a calligraphy font, try to find one that incorporates brush strokes and lettering imperfections - just like real calligraphy. Two good calligraphy fonts that work perfect for creative wedding invitations are The King and Queen and Porcelain.

Add a foil stamp

Calligraphy is a great addition to any elegant invitation, but it's not the only way to get creative wedding invitations. Foil stamps add an elegant sheen and perfectly complement calligraphy, as does printing on rich 13-point  recycled matte cover stock paper. You can also print your creative wedding invitations on C1S or C2S glossy, super-thick 16-point cover stock, which displays colors with brilliance.

Whether you're going to hire a master, learn to do it yourself or simply find a great font, calligraphy is the perfect way to add elegance and style to your wedding invitations. Add in a touch of personality, and you can have unique and creative wedding invitations that will be remembered through the ages.