Calligraphy Noun, from the Greek meaning “beautiful writing”
- The art of beautiful penmanship.
- Handwriting in general.
- a script of a high aesthetic value produced by brush, especially that of Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic origin.
Wording created by hand, not with typesetting machinery. Usually elegant and often embellished, calligraphy is the gold standard for addressing envelopes and even for entire invitation suites. Although it is not required to use calligraphy for wedding invitation addressing, in general hand-written addresses are standard. Whether you ask your mother to do the writing for you (disclosure: my mother has superb handwriting!) or pay for a professional, calligraphy creates an immediate impression on your wedding guests. Nobody would mistake this work of calligraphy for junk email.
image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Calligraphy can fit into most wedding budgets, either by seeking out calligraphers locally, on Etsy, or by following one of the many tutorials online to DIY your own version. Mrs. Paisley did it on WeddingBee, and Project Wedding has another tutorial. And don’t forget- it’s always acceptable to call up your mom, uncle, or long-lost friend with excellent penmanship for a favor. It never hurts to ask!