It’s the little things… styling your wedding tables with beautiful modern calligraphy

This summer has been wonderful already. I’ve written for some amazing couples, worked on fabulous projects for wedding signage and stationery, and designed calligraphy suites for some of my favourite photographers. Tomorrow I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop in Manchester and we have another (booking up fast!) on the 19th of August. If you’d like to come along, you can book places in my Etsy shop now. But first… a few little notes about using calligraphy for your wedding day.

So many brides and grooms contact me looking for a special, personal touch to their day. Calligraphy is more than just writing: it’s art, craftsmanship and creativity – and as such it lends real elegance to place settings and wedding tables. Most of my work over the summer months is writing place names for weddings, and I thought I’d share some tips with you all today.

5 tips for styling your wedding tables with calligraphy

  1. Keep it simple – use flat cards, linen napkins and plain plates or chargers for a modern, elegant look
  2. Remember your place names should be legible – don’t squeeze long names onto tiny cards! Many modern place name cards are designed for first names only. If you’re not sure, ask a calligrapher!
  3. The most popular colours this year are soft grey tones – either white ink on grey cards, or vice versa work beautifully with most colour schemes
  4. Combine your place names with favour tags, or even turn them into escort cards. It’s really simple to do: have a calligrapher write little tags with a table number on the reverse or in the corner. Create a display near the door with your favours, each with a tag and a number. Explain (with some lovely calligraphy signage maybe) to your guests that they should find their named favour, look for the table number and then find their seats!
  5. Be playful and trust your calligrapher to be creative. I love it when couples ask me for suggestions based on their colour scheme. Pastels can be so beautiful… but a pop of colour with dark place names and white or gold lettering can be amazing!


Oh, and tip number 6:

don’t leave it too late to order! I’m already taking bookings for weddings all the way through to December. I have some slots available over the summer but they are running out fast, so do get in touch as soon as you can if you’d like me to write your place names in calligraphy!

I designed these pieces for lovely Katie and Nancy at and The grey tones work wonderfully with their tablescape – dove grey ink alongside the blue-green foliage and gorgeous candles is a winning combination. The script I chose was long, modern and super elegant – using the whole place name card to play with the lettering.

I love how they’ve used tons of foliage running down the centre of the table – it’s amazing how much colour, texture and fragrance comes from foliage like this – and doesn’t it look fabulous?! My favourite thing about sending my calligraphy to styled shoots is seeing it nestled in natural loveliness like this – by

Image credits:

Calligraphy by me at Calligraphy for Weddings
Styling by Lily & Sage Events
Photography by the fabulous Katie Julia
Florals by Westwood Design

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.



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