How to order bespoke calligraphy wedding stationery – a step by step guide

Ordering handwritten wedding invitations from a calligrapher is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. If you’re wondering where to start, this little guide should help you navigate every step of the process from your initial enquiry through to receiving your final calligraphy order a couple of weeks before your big day!

Prices for handwritten calligraphy items depend on wordings and quantities. When you first make an enquiry, it really helps if we know roughly how many invitations you’ll be sending and how many guests will be there on the day.

Wedding invitations can either be fully handwritten onto luxury papers, or printed onto high quality card. Consider your budget: which will work best for you? Handwritten invitations cost from £8 for up to 30 words and shorter wordings are recommended. If you have a longer wording, then our printed invitations may suit you best. They have a design fee of £150 then a printing cost from £2 per invitation.

If you need guidance on wedding invitation wordings, please ask! The shorter your wording, the lower the price for any handwritten calligraphy will be. We recommend setting up a wedding website to provide information on travel, accommodation etc. so you won’t have to pay for extra information sheets in your invites.

Your initial enquiry

Let us know your colour palette and the overall style of your day: will the styling be elegant or rustic, vibrant or soft, pastel tones?

Tell us your wedding date and when you’d like to post your invitations.

On receiving your initial email enquiry, we’ll reply with prices and options for your stationery.

We will also look at timings and explain our calendar system: for all but the most last-minute orders we take bookings in advance. On receipt of a 50% deposit we will block out days in our calendar to write your order. This means we can guarantee despatch on a certain date, and it also gives you an idea when to send your guest list and final wordings, and when the final balance of your order will be due.

Save the Dates (if applicable), invitations and on-the-day stationery are treated as distinct orders so we can keep the deposit system straightforward. We do keep everything on file so when you book us for your on-the-day stationery we can make sure it all matches your invitations.

In a nutshell – step by step to ordering your wedding calligraphy

  1. Tell us your colour palette, approximate guest numbers and any specific requirements you have for your stationery
  2. We’ll chat over email about designs, options for different budgets, and timings
  3. When you’re happy with the initial concepts we’ll ask for a 50% deposit to secure slots in our calendar to write / print your stationery
  4. On receipt of your deposit, we’ll create mockups and send any samples required. We’ll also confirm calendar dates for your final guest list and payment, and for despatch of your order


How to get in touch

The best way to contact us is by email – it’s really helpful to have all our ideas in writing to refer back to during the design process.

If you’d rather have an initial chat over the phone, call Claire on 07722 405 537 during working hours (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)


Image credits:

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Verona Lain Photography
GOWNS: Joanne Fleming Design
MAKE-UP: Laura Szydlowski at Tori Harris Pro Team
CALLIGRAPHY: Moon and Tide
FLORIST: Some Enchanted Floral Design
PROPS: Lula & Rye
SILK RIBBONS: Kate Cullen Styling
JEWELRY: London Victorian Ring
RING BOXES: La Petit Box
MODELS: Rebecca Garland (Profile Models)
FILM LAB: Canadian Film Lab