Wedding calligraphy place names

When it comes to your wedding goals, mine (if you’ll excuse me having one!) is for your guests to smuggle their place names into pockets and purses and take them home. If they’re taken care of like little treasures, protected through all the dance floor shenanigans and popped on a desk or a mantelpiece afterwards, I’m a happy calligrapher!

I’ve even seen my wedding place names used as social media profile photos. That’s the best compliment I could have!

We were so delighted with the beautiful cards that we ordered for our wedding, the service offered was also wonderful. Hand written cards arrived as promised and we were so thrilled with the result. Thank you so much, our wedding table settings looked beautiful! – Becca

simple and elegant calligraphy wedding place names on a silver tray with flowers scattered around them
Lara Rios Photography

Wedding calligraphy on a budget

If there’s just one piece of wedding calligraphy you can afford, this is the one to choose. Place names are affordable, guaranteed to be seen by your guests, and quick and easy to order!

I sell wedding place names in my Etsy shop – these are the most popular styles my couples ask for. Many come with silk ribbons, and this year I’ll be adding a wax seal collection. Prices start at less than £1 for a place name.

A grey place name with swirly calligraphy saying "the bride" sits on a grey napkin on dusky blue plates, with foliage around
Paper & Primrose

Bespoke wedding place name calligraphy

If you’d like something a little different, please send me a little message and ask. I’m friendly and happy to help!

I’ve made lots of bespoke wedding place names to match couples’ wedding colour palettes and themes.

Illustrated place names are another option and I’d love to write more of these this year!

Simple floral illustrations are recommended: line drawings in the same ink as your names on the cards.

These burgundy cards for a photoshoot were lovely to write, and matched the entire stationery suite with simple line drawings and dots in gold ink.

Paper and ink colour choices

I can source papers from all the best manufacturers, matching your colours as closely as possible.

I mix my own calligraphy inks so I can match your ribbon or fabric swatches if you’d like me to!

Gold, silver, copper and rose gold inks are popular – these work best on darker place names for a beautiful, striking effect.

White ink wedding place names

White ink is different, and will make your place settings pop!

Bright cards are really on trend and complement mixed florals: think tulips in springtime, peonies in summer, dahlias in autumn and hellebores in winter.

Paper or card for wedding place cards

Torn edge papers add a rustic touch, as does a super modern calligraphy style.

Cotton rag paper looks beautiful but a word of caution: some can be tricky to write on.
They take longer, and for this reason I charge extra to write calligraphy on cotton rag papers.

I can add gold accents to your luxury place names for a small extra fee. The gold is 23 carat leaf gold, which is applied by hand using traditional gilding techniques.

Place names on recycled card

I source recycled card stock wherever I can for wedding place names.

All of my wedding place cards are on FSC certified card and paper stock, and all are fully recyclable once the ribbon or wax seal has been removed.

Kraft card is a popular colour choice, and affordable too! The tiny flecks of colour in the card add to the eco conscious vibe, and they look lovely with black or white calligraphy.

I can cut your Kraft place name cards to size, or source these dinky little tags for your wedding! (See photos)

Sizes and styles for wedding place names

Paper and card can be cut to any size for your wedding place names.

The most popular place names for modern weddings are flat, but I can also make the more traditional folded cards for your wedding, and these look fantastic with calligraphy.