My step by step guide to ordering your wedding calligraphy

Wedding planning is like a rollercoaster or stepping stones where you’re leaping from one new experience to the next at what feels like a hundred miles an hour. There are venue visits where you’re led around a country mansion by someone who works there. (Imagine!) There are private menu tastings, zooms with photographers, personal appointments with florists and dress, suit or outfit fittings. This exclusive, luxury experience isn’t exactly an everyday thing unless you’re a celeb!

It’s one thing I love about wedding planning, experiencing life like a VIP where you get personal service and everything is designed especially for you. Calligraphy is no different (and ordering your wedding stationery should be special too)!

When you order wedding stationery or calligraphy from me I will be there to help you every step of the way. You get truly personal service and everything is produced right here in my home calligraphy studio, so you know I’m making your wedding stationery with love, care and attention to detail.

Every word, every spelling, every comma and full stop is checked by me. (I’m one of those grammar freaks in a bookishly fascinated but unpatronising way.)

Every colour is chosen especially for you, even the inks for addressing your envelopes are mixed right here by my own fair* hands!

*Okay, inky. My hands are inkier than I’m letting on. 

From your very first enquiry, through to the day your final piece of stationery is delivered, I am your single point of contact and will be here to answer every question you could possibly think of about your wedding stationery.

How to make a wedding calligraphy enquiry

Handwritten calligraphy wedding stationery from Claire at By Moon and Tide

There’s no pressure, and no right or wrong way to get in touch with a calligrapher.
Send me an email to let me know you’re interested in my services, and we’ll start our conversation from there.

It’s helpful if you include:

  • your wedding date
  • your colour themes
  • what bits you’d like (invitations, envelopes & matching bits, or perhaps just place names)

But it’s not necessary: we’ll get to that in due course!

How to book a wedding calligrapher

After a couple of emails where we talk through design, pricing and options, I will send a quote through for you.

If there’s a little while to go before your wedding, you can pay a 50% deposit to secure a slot in my calendar to write / print your stationery.

(If there’s less than a month to go before your wedding, we won’t mess about with deposits! We’ll keep it simple and payment will be up front.)

When payment is taken (either your deposit or payment in full) I plan my schedule, and I will communicate it to you so we both know what’s happening when – from writing your calligraphy to approval of proofs, printing, despatch and delivery.

For example: if you’re getting married on the 28th of September I will

  • despatch your on the day stationery by the 16th
  • write your calligraphy on the 12th and 13th
  • need all of your names by the 9th (I’ll check them carefully on the 10th – and I’ll have a day to remind you in case you forget!)
  • need your final numbers by the 2nd and final payment by the 6th

Every step of the way you will know what’s happening, and when.

Planning a wedding is stressful enough, and stationery can often be a last minute rush. (Stragglers are a thing; chasing guest lists for cousins with new girlfriends is enough stress!) A big part of the stationery and calligraphy service I provide is making things smooth, simple and worry-free for you!

How to get in touch

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

Image credits: styling by Lily & Sage; photography by Nicole Colwell