This wedding advice comes from the lovely Courtney Shannon, professional calligrapher and owner of POPPYjack SHOP. Not only does Courtney help brides adorn their weddings with her beautiful calligraphy, but she also teaches workshops throughout the LA and Orange County regions. Be sure to check out her calendar to see if she’ll be holding a workshop near you!
Lots of us girls spend a good amount of time dreaming of our wedding day…the dress, the cake, and even the invites! Can you see it? Your ideal wedding complete with perfectly scripted calligraphy in every nook and cranny. You spend hours and hours pinning everything from the save the date envelopes to the dessert table signs.
However, many brides’ dreams are crushed when they don’t realize the timing on these projects, and suddenly their gold inked wedding invitations are being scribbled in ballpoint pen. Well today, I’m here to make sure those calligraphy dreams stay alive! I’ve put together some key information when it comes to wedding planning, to make sure every single detail of your big day turns out just as you had imagined. Take a look…
Save the Dates & Invitations
When planning a wedding, it’s best to send out your save the dates 4-6 months in advance, and your invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. I always encourage my clients to give me a 3-week to one-month turnaround time, just to be safe. This will allow time for any last minute additions, as well as shipping. Also, keep in mind the size of the order! If you have fewer than 100 people on your guest list, many calligraphers are able to offer a faster turnaround time. With orders over 100, remember that there is only one person handwriting each invitation. Give them time to do the job well and return them to you in perfect condition.
Escort Cards, Table Numbers, & Paper Signs
Table numbers and signs can usually be done rather quickly, if they are simply ink on paper. Escort cards and place cards will depend on the number of guests you have attending your wedding. I always recommend having your calligrapher start this process a month out from your wedding, and do a check-in at two weeks out for additional RSVPs. This allows the bride to have everything in hand about a week before the wedding. There’s nothing worse than the last minute craziness of tracking shipments with essential wedding items!
Oversized & Painted Signs
You know all of those big wooden signs with beautiful quotes you have pinned to your secret wedding board? Here’s some advice: it’s best to get those requests in sooner rather than later. These types of projects take a bit more time than smaller paper signs, and also run at a higher pricepoint. I request that clients give me at least a month, if not more, to work on larger signs like these.
Always remember that each calligrapher is different. But most importantly, remember they’re usually a one woman (or man) team! It’s best to check in early to ensure a proper, feasible timeline and avoid rush fees, frustration, and extra hand cramps.
Will you be adorning your wedding with beautiful calligraphy?
XO Team LC