Nothing adds a personal touch to your wedding décor quite like beautiful hand-lettered signage. You can use it to help point guests in the right direction, inform them about the festivities to come, or even share you and your beau's favorite quotes.
No longer relegated to just the stationery suite, brides are turning to calligraphy to ramp up their decor for unexpected pops on chair signs, ceremony backdrops, and more. This classic art form is getting a modern upgrade for 2020, with artists taking advantage of unusual materials such as agate slices, glass, and ferns. As a result, the lettering goes above and beyond the traditional.
Give your guests something to write home about with the following calligraphy signs!
Use the Local Language
If you're hosting a destination wedding, add some cultural flair with decorations in the local language.
Ramp up the Excitement
Rather than simply listing the wedding events, this sign by Sophia Loves Letters features friendly cues to ramp up anticipation (e.g. "generally awesome speeches," "we promise it's worth the wait").
If you want an unplugged wedding or simply don't want guests taking photos and videos during your ceremony, clue them in with a sign like this one.
Choose a Clever Chalkboard Sign
A cheeky chalkboard sign like this one by Proper Letter adds a humorous touch to the ceremony proceedings.
Surround the Ceremony Aisle
Line the ceremony aisle with a series of swoon-worthy quotes.
A Ring Bearer Banner
For a unique alternative to a "here comes the bride" banner, take a cue from this ring bearer, who carried a sign by Meant to Be Calligraphy featuring a lovely quote from Judy Garland down the aisle.
Customize Your Ceremony Backdrop
For the ultimate ambiance, ask your calligrapher to design a custom-made ceremony backdrop with a brief passage from a book, movie, or song that has special meaning for you. This wedding even showcased calligraphy (the & symbol) on the flower girl and ring bearer's wagon!
Screen Print Your Vows
A couple printed their marriage vows onto fabric as their ceremony décor—how dreamy is that?
Embrace Your Locale's Color Palette
A rose gold and sky blue sign by Jenn Heller Design Co. played up the stunning scenery of this beachside celebration.
Choose Sweet and Simple Sayings
This banner designed by Pink Champagne Paper says it all.
Consider a Monochromatic Palette
A quote framed by greenery on a whitewashed brick background is a cool choice for an industrial-chic venue.
Repurpose a Glass Frame
Repurpose a glass frame by printing a sweet saying by on it. After displaying it at your wedding, you can hang it in your home and be reminded of the special day every time you pass it in the hall. We love this one by Whimsy Design Studio.
Think About Tanned Leather
Boho brides, check out this nontraditional sign from Whimsy Design Studio, crafted from fabric and suspended in a tree.
Get the Party Started
Fig & Flourish used hip-hop lyrics as the inspiration behind this sign, letting guests know they were in for an awesome dance party.
Meant to Be Calligraphy's scroll-style seating chart display is ideal for an intimate affair.
Design a Mirrored Seating Chart
Mirror seating charts are all the rage right now, and this one is exceptionally pretty thanks to the lattice design.
Write Guests a Thoughtful Note
For an ultra-personalized touch, pin custom calligraphy notes for each guest to a wooden board, like this gorgeous sign by Baci Designer.
Everything's Better Edible
Edible escort cards are popular with guests, and we adore this citrus setup for a summery wedding.
Make It Multicultural
If you're throwing a multicultural wedding, honor both families' backgrounds with dual menu signs printed in each language.
Utilize Modern Lucite Details
Showcase your signature cocktails on a colorful sign. We're crushing on this lucite design by Anne Robin Calligraphy.
Pay Mind to Your Theme
Incorporate your wedding theme into your dessert table, like this whimsical Anne of Green Gables décor created by Momental Designs.
Adorn an Alfresco Space
An outdoor wedding featured this simple but stunning banner by Sea & Sun Calligraphy.
Don't Forget About Your Hashtag
Instruct guests where to send all of those hilarious candid snapshots with a hashtag sign.
Calligraph Agate Slices
Agate slices are quickly becoming one of the hottest wedding trends of the year—check out these steal-worthy table numbers by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
Add Elegance to Table Numbers
These glass table numbers designed by Schin Loong from OpenInkStand Calligraphy Studio would make an elegant addition to a black-tie wedding.