Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Calligraphy isn't just for invitations anymore

We've seen tons of gorgeous invitations created with calligraphy by hand. The traditional use of calligraphy for wedding invitations has apparently been around since the Middle Ages and is still a very popular way to announce your wedding or formal event.

But besides its use in invitations, calligraphy is popping up in other wedding items that even the less formal, more modern bride can love.

Favors and gifts are a particularly great place to incorporate calligraphy. What guest wouldn't love the highly-personalized touch of a favor displaying their name? These macaroon favors are not only edible, but would add a nice pop of color to a place setting and could also serve as a seating marker.

Kathryn Murray Calligraphy

Handmade favors are becoming more and more popular, especially culinary-inspired favors. Using calligraphic labels takes the handmade, rustic feel of these flavored vinegar favors to the next level.

These adorable map envelope seals from the KisforCalligraphy Etsy shop could be used on favors handed out at the event or even on thank you notes you send out later. Using background papers that fit your color or pattern palette for these would be just another way to create a more unified look and tie together your design elements, all the way down to the favors.

Calligraphy tags add a great finishing touch to bridal party gifts. The look of hand-done calligraphy, used on a gift, makes the recipient feel even more important and thanked. These tags from BellesLettresDesigns add a touch of class to these cigar groomsmen gifts.

And don't be afraid to think out of the box with calligraphy styles. Professional calligraphers can create items using a variety of fonts, not just the more traditional script look. This style from Kathryn Murray Calligraphy is much more whimsical and relaxed.

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