Hi! My name is Claire Gould. Welcome to By Moon & Tide, my calligraphy studio by the sea on the edge of the beautiful English Lake District.

I’ve enjoyed working full time as a calligrapher since 2005, writing everything imaginable from wedding invitations to table plans, marriage certificates to poems and heartfelt wedding vows.

I’d LOVE to write something for you, whether you’re planning an intimate celebration for 10 guests or a huge party for 200 of your nearest and dearest. No project is too large or too small – and I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about calligraphy for your wedding.

Most of my customers are brides and grooms looking for elegant, modern calligraphy and unique wedding stationery, but I also work with wedding planners and stylists, local businesses and national brands.

Previous clients have included the BBC, Kirstie Allsopp and Louis Vuitton as well as celebrity brides and grooms!

Header image: the fabulous Verona Lain Photography
Photo of me! my wonderful friend Jenny Jones Photography

Affordable ready made designer stationery for your wedding

Photo above: lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography

I sell ‘off the shelf’ affordable wedding stationery on Etsy.

You can find my Etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/bymoonandtide

Here you’ll find elegant calligraphy wedding invitation suites, colourful place names and calligraphy poem art prints, all in my most popular designs.

All of the items in my Etsy shop can be personalised with your own wordings – ordering is really simple.

1.  Browse and choose an invitation design you love from the collection

2. Order as many as you need – add to your basket and follow the instructions

3. Send us your details for personalisation using the ‘notes to seller’ box at the checkout.

Between us we’ll make sure your wording and personalised details are just perfect (via direct message / email chat).

My online shop also has unique calligraphy gifts for special occasions: handwritten and printed calligraphy poems, wedding readings and family tree prints. Any of these items can be personalised or adapted especially for you.

Interested? See more examples of printed wedding stationery collections… 

Be Unique! Creating the loveliest bespoke calligraphy & stationery, especially for you

Photo above: wonderful Suffolk photographer Kathryn Hopkins

If you’d like to commission something unique for your wedding, then I’d love to help.

I work with couples all over the world to create beautiful, artisan wedding stationery with a personal touch you won’t find anywhere else.

I specialise in luxe, handmade paper invitations and organic calligraphy lettering styles and work with hand-dyed silk ribbons, elegant gold threads, quality wax seals and stamps to create bespoke wedding stationery with a luxurious, unique finish.

Starting with your ideas for colours, papers and styling elements, I can design modern calligraphy themed stationery to perfectly suit the style and tone of your wedding, so every element from your Save the Dates to your seating plan is not only beautiful and unique, but perfectly represents your personalities and the spirit of your day.

Get in touch – hello@calligraphy-for-weddings.com


See more examples of bespoke stationery design for weddings


Modern calligraphy workshops in the UK

Calligraphy workshop photo by lovely Laura at Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

Calligraphy workshops at our home-from-home in Manchester’s fabulous northern quarter are perfect for absolute beginners who want to try calligraphy for the first time. Bring along your mum, your friend or your partner and enjoy a relaxing afternoon learning a new skill!

Join me for a modern calligraphy workshop on one of these 2018 dates!

Special “calligraphy summer school” – a shorter class, held at Ziferblat in Manchester on Saturday 18th August – only £35

Friday 7th September

Saturday 20th October

Friday 7th December

With the exception of ‘calligraphy summer school’ at Ziferblat, all workshops start at 1pm and finish at half past 3. You’ll find the workshops in our little classroom at the Craft & Design Centre, around 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly station for easy accessibility from anywhere in the north of England.

Click the links above to book, or for more information and to check latest dates see all workshops.

I’ll send you a booking confirmation in the post as soon as you’ve booked your place online.

To hire me to teach a calligraphy class in any other UK location please get in touch. I’m very happy to travel to new places and share the art and enjoyment of learning modern calligraphy!

Photography on this page is by lovely Laura at Inbetween Days Photography (Brighton)

Latest projects, ponderings and calligraphy news!

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Modern calligraphy is harder than it looks. But I’m confident at least 90% of people can do it – and I really do believe that you only need 2 hours of teaching before you can continue your calligraphy journey to success! The secret is to practice – have your first practice session at home (if …