It’s common practice that the addressing an invitation be done in calligraphy. I don’t think I’ve ever received a wedding invite that didn’t have calligraphy on the envelope. But you know what? My own wedding invitation didn’t make use of calligraphy.
Maybe it’s because weddings are usually grand affairs here in the country; the perfect excuse to dress up and experience the “elegant, high society” life (at least for one day). They usually brought to mind chandeliers, crystal goblets, and expensive china. Not to mention extravagant flower arrangements at every nook and canny of the room. With that grand a wedding, I would say it’s an insult to your invitations if the envelopes weren’t addressed using calligraphy.
Calligraphy adds a touch of elegance to your invitations. And as they say, invitations are usually the first impression your guest will have on your wedding. Your invitations will give them an idea of what to expect. So if you’re planning the classic grand Filipino wedding, make sure that calligraphy expense is on your budget list.
Artists usually charge around Php2,500++ for 100 invitations. I’m not sure though, that’s just me trying to recall a quotation given to me about a year ago. Maybe it’s even more. The point is, I wouldn’t say calligraphy services come in cheap. Although I don’t normally approve of vanity… But if you got the money, why not?
Back during the time of our parents and grandparents, you’d probably be “required” to have calligraphy done on your invitations. It’s traditional. But recently, couples are becoming more practical and daring with their choices. Calligraphy isn’t a need anymore.
There are invitation designs that make use of materials not apt for calligraphy (I know, I make those kinds of invitations as a side job). My own wedding invitations made use of tags, each of them addressed using my own handwriting. Aside from the fact that I saved ourselves the cost of calligraphy, the hand-written address (though I can’t say my handwriting was near to being fantastic) somehow gave the invitations a more personal touch. My guests actually liked the simplicity and the… err… uniqueness of it.
Remember, expensive and extravagant stuff don’t necessarily make an event memorable. It’s really up to you to decide whether to you’d want to just impress your guests, or make sure they have the time of their lives. My husband and I chose the latter—our wedding turned out to be something that won’t just be memorable for us, but for our guests as well.