Hand calligraphy or digital calligraphy, which one should you choose to address your wedding invitation envelopes? Both can be beautiful, but timing, pricing, and the type of envelope you have can determine which of these two styles of calligraphy you should use.

Digital Calligraphy

The return and guest addresses are printed onto the envelope using an inkjet or laser printer. Digital calligraphy offers a variety of fonts, and you will likely be able to match the fonts you used on your wedding invitation, which will give your suite a more uniform look and feel.

Two additional advantages of digital calligraphy are affordability and quick turnaround times. If you are on a budget or a tight deadline to get your invitations out, then digital calligraphy is your best option.

There are certain limitations you must consider with digital calligraphy, the most important of which is that digital printers do not have white ink. Because of this limitation, the ink always has to be darker than the envelope. For example, if you want gold addressing on a navy or black envelope, then digital calligraphy will not be a good fit.


Hand Calligraphy

Hand calligraphy is truly an art form! Calligraphers have a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern, so you can really get creative customizing your envelopes with virtually endless and beautiful options. With hand calligraphy, no two envelopes are the same, giving your suite a unique and personal touch. Additionally, hand calligraphy gives you the option of having light-colored ink on dark envelopes.

Hand calligraphy is a time-consuming process and therefore more expensive then digital calligraphy, so make sure it fits in your budget before you commit. Also, make sure you schedule with the calligrapher well in advance to make sure your order is completed on time. Generally, hand calligraphy takes about two weeks, but it may vary depending on the project.