Beautiful calligraphy can make your wedding invitations look extra special. To create a sense of luxury and romance, many couples choose to present the important wedding information that their guests need to know in cursive penmanship that is formal and elegant.
If you’re planning to handwrite your personalized wedding invitations there are a number of practical tips that will help you transform an unreadable scrawl into a decorative script of beauty.
Tips To Improve Your Calligraphy To Use It In Your Wedding Invitation
1. Choose The Correct Pen And Paper
Before you write a single word on your luxury wedding invitations, you need to stop and think about the pen and paper you will be using. Calligraphy is visual art that requires some design considerations. As all writing instruments do not perform in the same manner, on a variety of different writing surfaces, it’s key that you also take due care when choosing the paper/card for your wedding invitations.
The style of calligraphy (there are many!) will influence the choice of your writing instrument. Unless you’re highly skilled in the art of calligraphy and have pointed brush mastery, you’ll want to pick a pen that feels comfortable in your hand and has a flat or broad tip. You’ll also need ink if you’re using a traditional dip pen. Brush pens, and fountain pens that contain an ink cartridge, are ideal for the novice calligrapher.
You’ll need to select the paper to practice your penmanship on – lined paper works best – and high-quality paper/card for your wedding invitations.
2. Practice Doodling
It’s essential that you practice doodling and cursive writing on lined paper, before putting pen to your wedding invitations.
Start by making a few relaxed scribbles on a page, to get a feel for the pen. Allow your doodling to flow, so that you can train your hand and eye to work in synergy. The aim is to get the pen skimming across the page in an easy and smooth flowing action.
It’s a good idea to keep a writing journal so that you can practice your penmanship skills every day. Dating your writing samples allows you to easily track your calligraphy progress.
If you have a particular style of calligraphy in mind, for your wedding invitations, print up some calligraphy font and script samples so that you can practice writing them.
Hold the pen with a firm, controlled grip. Your wrist should be loose, and your elbow anchored on the solid writing surface so that it works like a pivot as you move your hand across the page.
3. Correct Your Posture
Writing your wedding invitations should be a pleasant writing experience. To minimize getting writing fatigue, it’s important that you consider correcting your posture. Your calligraphy can be improved by making a few minor adjustments to the way that you sit as you write.
Writing at a desk or table provides a more stable surface than, working on your lap.
Sit in a straight-backed chair with your spine straight and your feet flat on the floor. Relax your shoulders, arm, and hand. You can shake up your hand and wrist to loosen any tension. Don’t forget to breathe.
4. Examine Your Writing Style
Now that you’ve improved your calligraphy, by practicing daily cursive penmanship in your writing journal, it’s time to write your wedding invitations. Before you begin, take a sheet of lined paper and write out the entire alphabet – joining up every letter.
Carefully examine your calligraphy to check for any errors. Focus on the letters that you have the most trouble writing. Check that every individual letter is properly formed and clearly legible. If there are letters that are not formed correctly, circle them, and practice writing them until they are perfect.
Next, practice writing out a chunk of the information that you will write out on your wedding invitations. Check that the letters are the correct height in relation to each other. Letters that are not the correct height will make your elegant calligraphy difficult to read. Making a few minor tweaks and adjustments to the letters, at this stage, can vastly improve your calligraphy technique and style.
Pay close attention to your natural handwriting style – does it slope backward or forwards, or are the letters/words straight and upright? For your calligraphy to be beautiful, it must look visually appealing and decorative on paper.
It’s also a good idea to check that your handwriting doesn’t look cramped on the page. Wedding invitation calligraphy should always be presented in a flowing, naturally spaced manner.
Write out a rough draft of the entire wedding invitation on a piece of practice paper. Once you are happy with the calligraphy script and presentation, it’s finally time to put your pen to paper, and to write your personalized wedding invites to send to your guests.
5. Pace Yourself
Unless your wedding is a small and intimate affair with only a handful of guests, you will need to handwrite a sizeable pile of wedding invitations. To maintain your calligraphy style – so that every invitation looks the same – it’s crucial that you pace yourself.
Most people have a natural writing style that is too fast. Perfect letter formation requires patience and care so don’t be in a hurry to get to the end of the wedding invitation pile. If you take the time to write at a pace that feels comfortable and unhurried you will be pleased with your calligraphy results!