Calligraphy at the Thomas Wedding

This weekend our good friends Jessica and Aaron married each other on a perfect August day. I had the pleasure of working on their place cards, table numbers and a chalkboard hash tag sign (the morning of the wedding!) Since my husband and I were in the bridal party, I didn't carry my camera for super fine shots but iphone photos will have to do on this post!


Time: about 25 minutes


For a chalkboard, I usually sketch out my idea on scrap paper and then visualize placement on the board. I use a chalk marker because it gives me super fine lines and its much darker than using chalk. To remove, just wipe off with a damp cloth and fix minor errors with a Q-tip or the edge of a napkin. 


  1. Chalkboard
  2. Chalk marker

Place cards

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Time: about 8 hours in total

Process: I ordered place cards (and 15% extra) about a month before the wedding. I also purchased ribbon matching the wedding colors when I picked up the place cards. For more details (list of materials and where to purchase materials) check out my place card blog post

Wedding Fun - just a few fun photos from the day

Creating Calligraphy Place Cards

Photo by  Rebecca Yale

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Time: approximately 3 minutes per card (175 tags x 3 minutes = almost 9 hours!)

Budget for Materials: $200.00


  1. Paper tags
  2. Spool/Roll of ribbon
  3. Calligraphy nib, pen and Ink: see my DIY Calligraphy Starter Kit blog
  4. Scissors
  5. Guest list!

Tips and Tricks

  • Always order about 10% extra tags to account for mistakes.
  • Make sure the tags are made with smooth paper. The rougher it is, the more the nib will snag when writing.
  • Ribbon rolls can be found cheaper in the garment district in NYC!
  • Larger number of paper tags may need to be ordered at a place like Paper Presentation
  • If you have extra time and want to save money, you can order a tag punch like this one and purchase large paper sheets to cut them out yourself