Perhaps it’s the sentiment of old-fashioned love letters (thanks, technology, for kicking that to the curb), but there’s just something inherently romantic about the long lines and loopy letters of calligraphy. Delicate, intricate, and intimate, it's almost a private invitation to read between the lines of love, especially when used in a wedding.
Handwritten script is a beautiful way to add a personalized touch to your big day, starting with your save-the-dates and invitations, where calligraphy provides a luxe, elegant feel to usher your guests into your union of love. Of course, when it comes to the actual wedding, there are other paper goods to splash some gorgeous calligraphy across—ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, and menus.
But the beautiful thing about calligraphy is that it can be written on basically anything. Swap out paper for an acrylic sheet, cacti paddle, palm leaf, or the like to match the theme of your wedding, and combine it with a calligraphed touch for a fun mix of styles. And calligraphy doesn’t have to be handwritten—a laser-cut or neon sign, name cake toppers, or printed balloons achieve the same romantic effect.
We’ve rounded up 26 of these unique, creative calligraphy ideas. From parchment scroll seating charts and table numbers to customized wine labels and hand-painted desserts, there’s something for every wedding style.
Minimalist Hanging Copper Monogram
A copper monogram framed in wreaths of greenery makes for a minimalist ceiling centerpiece.
Elegant Calligraphy Paper Invitations
Don’t deny your paper invitations some gorgeous calligraphy—printed letters are fun, but nothing says romance like an elegant scrawl.
Hand-Painted Menu With Watercolor Calligraphy
We’re in a tizzy over this rainbow of a tabletop, from its iridescent flatware and colorful glassware to the bold blooms and hand-painted menu, complete with miniature drawings and watercolor calligraphy.
Escort Cards With a Tuscan Touch
Elegant escort cards get a Tuscan touch when staked into rustic crates of grapes. We’re utterly charmed by this unique idea!
Scroll of Calligraphy With Your Vows
Up the romance in your wedding backdrop with a scroll of calligraphy. We love the idea of having your vows written on them!
Table Runners With Gorgeous Scrawling
A table runner will be the only centerpiece your reception tables need if its trailing words are as gorgeous as these.
Place Cards With a Turquoise Watercolor Background
Calligraphy doesn’t get more classic than when written across paper goods. A turquoise watercolor background on this place card marries the indie-boho feel of a table setting with tie-dye linens, wooden accents, and gemstones.
Whimsical Balloons With Calligraphy
Playful and whimsical, balloons are finding their way into weddings more and more. They get an extra dash of fun when flaunting a few special letters.
A Laser-Cut Welcome Sign
A laser-cut style gives a fresh spin on wooden signs, especially when it includes an unexpected welcome phrase.
A Photo Prop Sporting a Phrase in Calligraphy
We love a good photo prop that refrains from being overly gimmicky—especially when it's as punny as this one.
Decorated Marble Table Details
Clean and light, this decorative marble table detail is rich in ethereal European beauty.
Gilded Mirrors With Beautiful Script
Instead of a traditional sign, a gilded mirror reflecting beautiful script offers a more unique and vintage feel.
Sweetheart Chairs With Adorable Labels
These sweetheart chairs are everything, from their magical, tropical blooms and their acrylic make to the adorable “wifey” and “hubby” labels.
Script Place Cards Applied Directly on Wood
We love how this place seating takes a bucolic approach by scrawling the guest’s name directly on a bare wooden table next to the place setting for some natural beauty.
Customized Wine Labels With Your Calligraphed Names
Custom wine labels bring a personalized touch to bottles of vino—and look even prettier when featuring your names in pretty lettering.
A Unique Guest Book
If you’re a wanderlust couple, we’ve got the ultimate DIY project for you: Paint a globe with a cute saying and have guests sign it in lieu of the traditional guest book.
Spelled Out Table Numbers
Why use numerals to designate tables when you can spell them out in gorgeous calligraphy? With a backdrop of metallic copper, this table number is so on-trend.
Fans Calligraphed With "Thank You"
An outdoor summer wedding calls for fans to keep guests cool—have them designed with a print of balmy blooms and a simple “thank you” written across the front.
Calligraphy Labels for Food Stations
First of all, can we take a moment to applaud this amazing cheese tower? And then we can appreciate the calligraphy label that completes this set-up’s rustic aesthetic—it’s certainly every cocktail hour dream.
Calligraphed icing is the only kind of sweetness your wedding cake needs. A wreath of organics adds a slightly Tuscan touch.
Neon Signs With a Script Font
Neon signs never fail to add a bright blast of fun.
Scripted Cake Toppers
How sweet is this scripted topper on a colorful cake adorned with whimsical fondant flowers? Opt for a cute phrase or have one custom-made with your names to lend your wedding cake some love.
Romantic Draped Tablecloth With a Quote in Script
A draped tablecloth scripted with your favorite passage or quote adds a personal touch and some old-world romance charm to any table.
Hand-Painted Treats for Guests
Have sweets, like these decadent macarons, hand-painted with guests’ names to serve double duty as both place cards and favors.
Parchment Scrolls With Scrawling Calligraphy for Seating Charts
A seating chart takes on romantic elegance with oversized parchment scrolls boasting scrawling calligraphy.
Adorable Throw Pillows With Calligraphy
“Mr.” and “Mrs.” throw pillows add an adorable accent to sweetheart chairs. This cozy display gets a bohemian vibe with a tent setting.