Place names, table plans and on the day wedding calligraphy

Calligraphy adds playfulness and charm to wedding tables and venues. A little sign here and there, a beautifully crafted calligraphy menu for the table, a quote or something quirky to help style your day.

Wedding calligraphy to inform your guests

Hiring a calligrapher is also a fabulous way to provide information to your guests.

They’ll be looking for their tables, their allocated seats… and handwritten stationery is a beautiful way to communicate everything they need to know.

I am always delighted to work with couples to create matching wedding stationery from calligraphy invitations and save the dates through to the on-the-day stationery.

A colourful wedding cake covered in sugar paste wildflowers standing up like a meadow, and a wedding menu with floral illustration and hand calligraphy
Photography: Jo Bradbury // Cake and illustration: Amy Swann

If you decide to have paper goodies for your wedding day – and it’s all entirely optional! – you can choose from:

  • a wedding timeline sign
  • unplugged ceremony sign
  • order of the day cards
  • order of service cards or booklets
  • calligraphy escort cards
  • a full table plan
  • or individual table plan cards (e.g. to stick on a mirror)
  • folded place name cards
  • flat place name cards
  • place name tags with or without punched holes
  • handwritten menus (these can also be printed)
  • table numbers
  • or table names – these are often forgotten until the very last minute, and are my most popular last-minute calligraphy order!
  • mini signs for dessert tables
  • drinks menu signs
  • guest book signs
  • anything else you can think of, which is unique to you and will be a first for me!
Handwritten calligraphy table number card with a torn edge. Illustrated with pink and blue florals
Photography: Jo Bradbury // Cake and illustration: Amy Swann

Sustainable card and paper wedding items

I write on paper and all kinds of other surfaces for on the day wedding calligraphy. The paper I use has to be of a very high quality for calligraphy, and I source from the very best manufacturers and paper mills.

All of the papers I use are FSC certified as a minimum. Luxury paper has to come from sustainable forestry to protect our environment. Wherever possible, I use recycled card for wedding stationery – and all of my packaging is recycled, recyclable and uses as little plastic as possible! (I only use plastic where orders need to be waterproof; we can’t have your beautiful calligraphy getting soggy if the postie drops it in a puddle. This is the UK after all…)

a soft silk wedding napkin with a calligraphy place name card on top
Styling – Lily & Sage // Photography – Nicole Colwell

Alternative wedding calligraphy ideas

There are no limits to what you can ask me to write on for your wedding day!

Last year one of my couples brought an ancient wooden barn door to my little studio… it became their table plan, with hand lettering across the top of the door and escort cards pinned on with guests’ names in calligraphy!

Slate signage for a Lake District wedding styled by Tebbey and Co
Venue: Askham Hall // Styling: Tebbey & Co // Photography: Jessica Reeve

Slate is also a favourite surface for wedding signage and calligraphy design here in the Lake District, alongside wood wedding signs, mirrors, glass frames with hand lettering, and chalkboards!

Slate signage for an Askham Hall wedding with Tebbey and Co
Venue: Askham Hall // Styling: Tebbey & Co // Photography: Jessica Reeve

… I almost forgot the bird box. Creative projects are so much fun… whatever you’d like me to write on, please ask! I will be delighted to hear from you!

an elegant wedding place setting with a napkin and torn edge recycled calligraphy name card. Eucalyptus sprigs hang over the top of the plates, which are photographed from above
Beautiful photography by Agnes Black

Last minute wedding day stationery

This is the work I love most of all – the little surprises from couples who’ve just discovered me when they search for place names on Etsy, and get in touch weeks before the wedding date. My summers are filled with elegant calligraphy place names and escort cards, and it’s wonderful!

I have an Etsy shop for all of my calligraphy place names, which are sold at very affordable prices. Many come with the option of silk ribbon or punched holes.


elegant wedding signage with hand calligraphy by Claire Gould
Photography by Jessica Reeve // Frame and glassware from Narrative Hire
Ethical wedding calligraphy

There are a couple of calligraphy favourites I don’t do, and they’re plastic (acrylic), agate slices and imported shells.

I believe weddings should be as sustainable as possible, and it’s important to me to have an ethical wedding business. So I avoid the use of acrylic and recommend using framed glass (nkuku is a favourite) or wood items instead.

The mining of agate slices, popular for wedding calligraphy place names in recent years, has issues with workers’ human rights and conditions, and using shells imported from overseas for calligraphy place settings can have a very damaging impact on ecosystems. There are so many options for beautiful wedding calligraphy which is sustainable, and I can happily advise on ethical alternatives for your wedding signage and on the day stationery.

recycled sustainable wedding place name setting in dusky pink ink, on a wedding napkin
Agnes Black Photography
Wedding table with eucalyptus and pink roses, and dusky pink candles. White plates are styled simply with a grey napkin and calligraphy place name card
Agnes Black Photography