If you want to spend money on only the necessities, then the answer is no. You should not spend money on calligraphy and paper goods.
All you need to get married is you, your partner, an officiant, and a witness. No dress, no cake, no ring, no photographers, no calligraphy, no nothing. But these luxury items make the day special. Can you imagine a wedding without the ring? That’s how I would feel about a poorly designed invitation suite. How else will you guests know where to go?
Decide what is worth splurging on, and what is worth saving on. I cannot rank your priorities for you, but I do know that personally I love stationery pieces. So my wedding will definitely feature beautiful paper items. Would you expect anything else?
An elegantly designed invitation sets the tone for the event months before your guests have arrived. Event signage welcomes your guests as they arrive on the day-of. Place cards and seating charts tell your guests where to sit, because they are VIPs. Favour tags tell them thank you, personally, as they leave the event. And thank you cards extend past the event day to share your gratitude to your guests for joining the celebration.
Paper goods are keepsakes.
We love seeing our names written out. Paper goods, especially ones with our names on it, make the best keepsakes. I keep my favourite cards, letters and envelopes in a box that I call my happy box. It’s full of encouragement and things that make me smile.
Pro tip: as a wedding guest, tuck your place card into your pocket or purse before the meal ends. Otherwise, when the lovely staff clean your table, they may remove your place card. Don’t remove it until after the food is served though! Often your dinner choice is on your place card to help wait staff serve you your food. Definitely snag any paper things you want to keep before the dancing starts!
If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you are thinking about having calligraphy at your wedding. If this is you, then my answer is yes, you should spend money on calligraphy. It is absolutely a good idea to invest in calligraphy for your big day.
There are many reasons that we naturally love calligraphy: it is luxurious, personalized, and unique!
If you want calligraphy at your wedding details but it is outside your budget, then I’d be happy to work with you to find a happy medium. I can help you create a full wedding suite, from save the dates and invitations to day-of details to thank you cards. Or I can help you create just one thing.
If after reading this, you’re thinking that calligraphy is awesome and you should learn it to DIY all your wedding pieces and if you have time for that, then yes, you should! It would be fun for your and your bridesmaids to learn together. But if you don’t have the time or the patience, I am more than happy to free up your time and address your envelopes for you.