BRIDES magazine feature | Spring 2019

“… this stunning shoot, styled by events planners For The Love Of Weddings, is a floral fairytale brought to life. Petals in a palette of soft peaches and pinks – offset by foliage and pops of purple – set the tone, complemented by tables adorned with yet more flowers, sumptuous silks and opulent gold touches. Add luxe bespoke stationery, a beautifully ethereal cake and an exquisite gown and you have the key to unlock the Secret Garden wedding of your dreams…”

~ BRIDES magazine, March / April 2019 edition

Photography – Jessica Reeve Photography –
Venue – Dorfold Hall
Stylist – For the Love of Weddings
Cake and illustration – Amy Swann
Stationery – By Moon and Tide
Florist – Lucy the Flower Hunter
Hair/makeup – Jodie A Smith
Hair Accessories – Clare Lloyd Accessories –
Dress – Emma Beaumont Atelier –
Tablescape linen and bridal bouquet ribbon – Kate Cullen –
Linen for styling stationery, shoes and cake – Lancaster and Cornish –
Shoes – Emmy London
Suit – Whitfield and Ward –
Chairs – Chairman Hire –
Models – Catherine Barrett & George Palmer
Tableware – Vintage Gold China –

Rustic kraft wedding calligraphy ideas

kraft rustic calligraphy font wedding invitation

Around about the time shabby chic became a thing and weddings all began to look vintage, an innovative eco-warrior invented kraft card and introduced it to all the brides and grooms in the world. And we all fell in love.

My kraft card wedding invites have been a big seller for almost 5 years. They’re printed or handwritten on recycled card and are really affordable. They’re perfectly suited to a barn wedding or a festival-style celebration – they work equally beautifully in a country house or garden marquee.

This beautiful pic by lovely Photography by Kathryn, based in Yorkshire

My kraft wedding invites come in various designs, all with handwritten place cards, seating plan cards, menus and other on the day stationery available.

Browse the images below for different ideas and colour palettes to work with the kraft card – there are so many options with this really versatile, natural colour.

I’m looking to add new designs to the kraft & calligraphy collection, so if you have a particular idea in mind for an illustration or theme, get in touch and we can chat about a bespoke design.

Simple kraft calligraphy wedding invitations – photo credit Theresa Furey, Fine Art Film Photographer
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Modern kraft wedding stationery collection

kraft calligraphy stationery

Luxe gold ink wedding calligraphy envelope samples

wedding envelope calligraphy uk

Lovely Lauren asked me about gold calligraphy addressed envelopes for her wedding, and these are the samples I addressed for her this week.

Some envelopes are more suitable for calligraphy than others. These are absolutely perfect – they’re a GF Smith paper stock, and work wonderfully with the gold ink.

wedding envelopes uk calligrapher for hire

Thank you to lovely Ellie from Silk Beau for the samples to test. I do so hope to be addressing more of these for Lauren soon!

Wedding invitations for 2018

Hand calligraphy and bespoke commissions make up around a third of what I do.

Bespoke wedding invitations are wonderful to work on, and writing on handmade and watercolour papers is a dream. But these projects can be expensive, and I want calligraphy to be available to every bride and groom.

With this in mind I have developed a range of affordable calligraphy wedding invitations for By Moon & Tide. They’re timeless and on-trend, with minimalist design, beautiful typography and watercolour illustrations.

The 2018 invitation collection has something for every bride and groom, from botanicals to watercolour effects, soft dove greys to stormy midnight blues.

Prices start at £1.65 per invitation, with samples available for just £1.50. Each design in the collection has an invitation, rsvp cards and information card, and is easy to personalise for your wedding.

Shop now on Not On The High Street

Illustration by Amy Swann

All images shown are by Jenny Jones Photography

New wedding invitation collections for 2018

Our new wedding invitations for 2018 are here! UK shoppers can find the collection of beautiful, personalised wedding invites in my Not On The High Street shop, while international customers can buy on (click the link to be taken directly to my store front!)

Each design has been carefully crafted with illustrative elements and calligraphy fonts to give you the calligraphy ‘look’ without the price tag of bespoke or handwritten pieces.

While I’m still writing bespoke invitations for smaller weddings, these wedding invitations are perfect for larger celebrations and couples on a tighter budget for wedding stationery.

My price list is here: Wedding invitation costs – By Moon & Tide

Wedding invitation wordings for 2018

Image credit Jo Bradbury Photography. Illustration by Amy Swann. Featured on Love My Dress

The internet is far from perfect. Google for inspiration for wedding invitation wordings and you’ll find advice from 2007 alongside recommendations from 2017. And when you read some of those old fashioned wordings you could be forgiven for thinking that’s how everyone’s writing their invites.

You couldn’t be more wrong.

Captured by Brightside Photography, with illustration by Amy Swann and featured on B.Loved Blog

Just as wedding dress styles have changed in the last decade, so have invitations.

“Mr & Mrs Smith request the pleasure of your company for the marriage of their daughter…” is falling by the wayside along with stretchy white chair covers and mason jars.

Modern brides and grooms are choosing their own wordings, and sending invites which sound brilliantly personal, friendly and real.

Image credit Jenny Heyworth Photography for Aspire. Styling by White Feather & Co.

So forget about writing to your friends to request the pleasure of their company and send invites which are more you.

Try these wedding invitation wordings for size:

Emily & Joshua
are getting married
and would love
you to join them
at [venue]
on [date]
at [time]

Emily & Joshua
joyfully invite you
to their wedding
at [venue]
on [date]
at [time]

Together with their families,
Emily & Joshua
invite you to join them
for their wedding
at [venue]
on [date] at [time]

Short & sweet is definitely the way forward for wedding invitation wordings. If you’re considering handwritten calligraphy invites, then a shorter wording will make them really affordable too!

Image credit Jenny Heyworth Photography for Aspire. Styling by White Feather & Co.

Simple, friendly wordings alleviate any pressure to mention your hosts by name – an especially thorny issue if your parents have remarried.

Keeping your printed wordings simple doesn’t mean you’re giving guests less information – all you need is a wedding website where you can share as much information as you like – from RSVPing online to accommodation lists, timings, taxi companies and even the story of how you met.

Photo credit Amanda Karen Photography Featured on the English Wedding Blog

I just love that wedding invites in 2018 are heading for simple design-led styles. And by pairing your printed invites with a simple website you can share ten times the information you’d ever have seen in a pocketfold invitation back in 2007!

Image credit Photography by Kathryn

Shop minimal wedding invites with calligraphy: or bespoke, handwritten designs:

Rose gold bespoke wedding calligraphy invitation on BLOVED blog

It’s always so exciting to see my calligraphy on a major wedding blog, and last week was the turn of one of my favourites – lovely BLOVED blogger Catharine featured a bespoke illustrated invitation with hand lettering in a rose gold inspiration feature.

This richly illustrated invite suite has such a pretty aesthetic for a summer wedding, with illustrated florals by my wonderful friend Amy Swann. Protea and tumbling foliage create depth and texture in the design – in this case we added a touch of rose gold leaf from Hanover for extra sparkle and shine!

The lettering was handwritten in Finetec rose gold ink – with everything from place names and menus lettered by hand in the same colour.

To see the full shoot on BLOVED blog, please click:


Photography: Brightside Photography
Stylist: Elizabeth Hall Event Design
Venue: Turvey House
Hair: Hair Hostess
Makeup: Adele Faye Make Up
Campervan photobooth: The Boho Booth
Flowers: The Flower Story
Wedding Dress: Truvelle
Groomswear: Hugh Harris Formal by Design
Accessories: Miss Clemmie
Stationery: Amy Swann Cakes and Stationery with Calligraphy for Weddings

Rosehips – introducing a beautifully illustrated wedding invitation from the Wild & Painterly collection

Rosehips are our favourite: their arrival in late summer brings joy and the memory of evening strolls, hand in hand… and this romantic asymmetrical wreath illustration by Amy Swann captures their beauty in a unique wedding invitation design.

This is a sweet and simple wedding invitation, with Amy’s trademark attention to delicate detailing in illustration and organic calligraphy inspired by nature’s golden days. We love the soft hues and sweetly autumnal palette and we hope you will too!

The beautiful Rosehips wedding invitation is available in my online shop from today, and prices start from £2.50 per invitation.
Add a matching RSVP card and hire me to write your envelopes in romantic, modern calligraphy for the perfect finishing touch.

Read more about our Rosehips invitation

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Competition – win £50 to spend on Wild & Painterly invitations

There’s still time to enter our Wild & Painterly competition – don’t miss your chance to suggest the wedding invitation design of your dreams to be added to our Wild & Painterly collection in the spring! Details are here – Wild & Painterly competition

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See the full Wild & Painterly wedding invitation collection