guest post: calligraphy {laura lavender}


I love calligraphy, it’s such a pretty artform and really adds something special to an envelope or invitation for your wedding.  But even if you’re having a small wedding, the cost of professional calligraphy for all of your invitations, place cards and envelopes quickly adds up!

If you’ve fallen in love with calligraphy but can’t afford to incorporate it into every detail of your day, instead of giving up completely and handwriting yourself (not advisable unless you have very nice handwriting) how about some other ideas?

Today, calligrapher and illustrator Laura Lavender is sharing some of her top tips for getting the same look without the price tag.

While having your entire wedding suite created by hand –  from the envelopes to the invitation to the table numbers – is never going to be budget or DIY, hand lettered loveliness can be incorporated into many different types of celebrations!

A Calligraphy Monogram


Hire a Calligrapher to create a beautiful monogram for you, which is usually an affordable commission. The digital file of the monogram can then be used on everything from napkins to wine glasses to envelopes, tying your celebration together in a lovely way!

A Calligraphy Rubber Stamp


This is for you DIY brides! Hire a Calligrapher to create a custom rubber stamp of your names, a monogram or the date and place of your wedding. This can then be used to create stylish DIY stamped invitations or save-the-dates.

Affordable Calligraphy Envelope Addressing


You may still be able to get your envelopes calligraphed, just by being attentive to what type of envelope you select. It is very difficult to letter on slick, shiny or metallic envelopes which can result in higher fees. Also, very dark envelopes may cost more to calligraph.

Several calligraphers these days are offering more affordable options for envelope addressing, such as using gel pens or other types of pens. If you are sticking to a budget, ask your calligrapher of choice if perhaps they offer one of these more affordable envelope addressing options.

Choose just one piece


How about a hand-lettered program cover? A calligraphy menu? or (my favorite!) a large “Just Married” sign?


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Martin (Martin & the Magpie)

I love calligraphy!! Before I became a florist I wanted to become a primary school teacher. A part of the training was learning calligraphy, but unfortunately I had to quit the education before even could’ve hold a calligraphy pen! :(
Loving the ideas as well! Never thought of getting a monogram done by a calligrapher…. have to keep that in mind…. :)