Bad wedding marketing from Sharpie marker pens

I’ve had this little beauty in my inbox for over a month and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost deleted it yesterday, but I’ve just been browsing a wedding photographer’s blog and seen some place names written with big fat marker pens. I can’t resist sharing Sharpie‘s press release with you now. But it comes with opinion!

“Big fat marker pens – every bride’s best friend”

Basically Sharpie want me to tell you that their markers are great for weddings. Write your guest names in big fat felt tips (admittedly in pretty colours) on place names. Perfick! If you can squidge all those fat letters onto your delicate place names…

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Handwritten wedding place name card – definitely not with a Sharpie!!

It ain’t that easy to sell chunky felt tips to a calligrapher

Just saying. If I was in Sharpie’s marketing department I’d be feeling a little sheepish. They even phoned me up to tell me how good their big fat pens were. I explained that I was a wedding calligrapher, and could therefore blog about their pens and share the press release with you, but might not be entirely complimentary. They seemed pleased… ?!!

Sharpie’s big fat pens – the one size fits all wedding solution?

“When it comes to picking the ideal wedding decorations, invitations, favours and all the other little things that help to make your big day extra special, the choices can be overwhelming. At the same time, it can be hard to find something that fits you and your other half perfectly.

“With Sharpie, the UK’s favourite permanent marker, this needn’t be an issue as you can uncap the freedom to customise your day and create the perfect additions to any wedding, hen party or stag do.” [I can see they’d be good for writing L plates in a single stroke…]

“Available in 24 bright and bold colours, plus an outstanding metallic range in silver, bronze and gold, Sharpie markers are the ideal option for the couple who want their wedding to stand out from the crowd and say something about them.”

They’re also good for after school clubs, art lessons for the under-11s and drawing Dangermouse / Homer Simpson / Mr Men characters with.

My big fat marker pen wedding decor… and other options

I do think you can get away with using Sharpie pens for bits of your wedding decor. If you’re having a DIY or rustic theme they’ll work for scribbled name tags, quirky signs and handwritten headings on your menu or seating plan.

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Wedding writing – not with a Sharpie, but with a sharp pen. They’re as different as chalk and helicopters.

The finer things in life… wedding writing tips

For your wedding invitations, full-name place cards, smaller tags and any elegant wedding styling, step right away from the Sharpie markers! You can ruin an invitation or a delicate place card by cramming names in with a chunky pen.

Either hire a calligrapher or use a lovely fountain pen to write anything you’d like to look elegant and graceful. If a professional wedding calligrapher is out of your budget, find a friend or an auntie or uncle with lovely handwriting to help out.

Any joined up handwriting can look good as long as it fits with your wedding style. Practice makes perfect, and using a pen you enjoy writing with will make all the difference. Trust yourself with a lovely pen – and if you’re not confident about your handwriting then the last thing to use is a Sharpie! The fatter the pen you use, the clumsier your letters will be.

Here’s the official example – make your own mind up!
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Sharpie – the official sell for big fat wedding pens

And here are a few of mine for comparison 🙂

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Calligraphy by Claire – see more by clicking ‘My Calligraphy’ in the top menu of the English Wedding Blog or visit

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So there you have it. Big fat marker pens from Sharpie, perfect for writing on the sole of your wedding shoes. Or professional calligraphy by a wedding blogger. Who’s not the ideal candidate for promoting Sharpie pens. Sorry about that.

Oh! And a final point to end with – why the hell are those pens called Sharpie? They’re as sharp as the business end of a wooden spoon. Just saying!

For more information and ways to get creative visit:

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Belinda McCarthy
    7 years ago

    Ha! I actually think that the official Sharpie picture looks ok – but give that pen to someone like me, who has terrible handwriting at the best of times, and all I can see occurring is a splodgy, horrible, terrible disaster. I’m going to leave writing anything that’s important to the experts 🙂

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago

      Hehe – an honest comment, Belinda 🙂
      I honestly think everyone can have lovely handwriting – you know when you get a lovely new journal as a present, and the first page is beautiful because you write your very neatest… then about halfway through it all goes pear-shaped? (I do it too!) – it’s just about having lovely materials to write on and with.
      So my top tip is get a lovely pen and lovely card and your writing will be fabulous – that will work for everyone, try it!
      Naturally, don’t get a big fat marker pen… 😉

  • A calligraphy artist like yourself would surely know what works for your delicate projects. Sharpies are more for labelling stuff!

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