22 Super-Talented Philly Wedding Invitation Designers and Calligraphers
These local stationery studios will craft beautiful paper goods and signage for your Big Day.
Your wedding guests will get their first hints about your Big Day vision with your save-the-dates — a particular font, color or design style can serve as the anchoring element for your celebration, and can later be carried from the invitation suite to the day-of paper goods and signage, too. Whether you and your partner have a modern, streamlined aesthetic or long for the classic elegance of calligraphy, these Philly-area experts can deliver the “write” notes. Take a look at their wedding invitations — and more — below. Have a recommendation for this list? We’d love to learn more. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Lynn Designs covers all your stationery desires from start to finish — think the initial save-the-dates, day-of details like custom cocktail napkins, and personalized thank you notes post-wedding. Head to the website to read about previous clients’ stories — and see what this studio created for them — so you can get a sense of what your stationery will look like. (The invitation pictured here was printed on velvet.) Additional services include ceremony programs, welcome signage, seating charts, escort cards, place cards, menus, table numbers, favor tags, hashtag signs, signature drink signage, custom signage, stickers and cocktail napkins. 760 Woodbourne Road, Suite D.
Ashley Begley of Ashley D Studio, who splits her time between Fitler Square and Charleston, will create a custom watercolor-painted crest — a timeless design element for your stationery. You’ll have your choice of style, from something classic and floral to something more elaborate. And initialing could include the first letter of your last-name-to-be. Warning: You’ll want to embroider it on every pillow and towel you own.
If you’re overwhelmed at the sheer thought of customizing your stationery, Casa Papel can take away the stress. The appointment-only studio has a beautiful line of wedding stationery, and all you have to do is fill in the logistical details of your Big Day. Casa Papel also offers a hand-illustrated floral suite and laser-cut options. 804 North 2nd Street.
Charlie Whiskey Design knows your signature style doesn’t end with your invitations. Name cards are one of the things your guests might take home with them, so why not let this studio turn them into a keepsake? Yes, Charlie Whiskey will monogram anything from seashells to autumn leaves, so your guests can be just as swept away with your theme as you are.
This fabulous studio does it all — from glamorous and unforgettable destination wedding invitations to highly customized local ones — and has worked with the likes of Eagles player Jake Elliott. Founded in 2010, Chick Invitations will help you dream up your Big Day and bring it to life. The studio offers a plethora of bespoke options like save-the-dates, invitations, menus, programs, escort and place cards, plus pretty thank you cards for when it’s all said and done. 241 Race Street.
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This Black-owned, woman-owned boutique provides calligraphic services for the couple who appreciates handwritten love letters. In addition to custom invitation and design services, ECC offers place cards, escort cards, table signs, mirrors and welcome signs. 821 Haddon Avenue.
If you’re looking for a convenient place to find elegant wedding stationery, Fleurish has what you need — and more. Clients can choose from a bespoke suite that is completely custom, a semi-custom suite, or a suite from the online-exclusive collection. Additional services include menus, wedding timelines, welcome tags and programs. 216 East Pennsylvania Avenue.
One of the most unique and special ways to customize your stationery is to feature a watercolor painting. Hand-Painted Weddings owner Allison Celenza will create anything from simple flowers to a map of our city to a sweet menu, leaving a brushstroke that will last.
Ashley Aragona is the creative power behind hello, bird. She specializes in modern calligraphy and will craft custom drink menus, name cards, envelopes, table cards and more. Her delicate handwriting will add the custom touch you’re looking for — and will surely up the wow factor for guests.
House of Catherine is driven to make your wedding 100 percent about you, starting with your stationery and ending with the little details at your venue. Not only does the team create custom save-the-dates and invitations, but they will also provide matching day-of decor to keep your Big Day vision cohesive. Additional services include programs, menus, table numbers, seating charts, bar signs and welcome signs. Click here for one whimsical example.
All of Lewes Lettering Co.’s stationery is custom and features their signature handwritten calligraphy. The process starts with your inquiry followed by a consultation — in person or virtual — to discuss your design. From there, Lewes will provide a proposal and digital proofs of your suite. Lewes Lettering Co. also offers unique day-of decor and will add their elegant penmanship to special and distinct touches like name cards made of stone or even leaves. 112 Front Street.
If you’re looking for a sleek design, LoveLeigh Invitations will work with you to bring your ideas to the page. They’re not afraid to stray from regular paper — they’ll happily print your invitations on acrylic paper with a matte finish should that be your preference instead. LoveLeigh offers custom design work, including options featuring a map of the city or the states, to show just how far your love has come.
Kelly Wilson’s minimal, moody designs are an elegant option that say more with less. With inventive features such as timelines depicting the highlights of a couple’s relationship, Wilson’s knack for simple style shines through every save-the-date, just one of the elements she creates. Couples can also expect table-number cards, welcome signs, ceremony programs, and other day-of creations. Click here to see what she did for her own Big Day.
Paper & Posh takes the stress out of stationery planning. Their website lays out everything you can expect when working with them, including pricing and details on what will come in your package. For those couples that want to include the City of Brotherly Love as part of their wedding theme, Paper & Posh has you covered with uniquely Philly stationery suites. 318 West Baltimore Avenue.
The Paperia keeps you well-informed about all things stationery. When you visit their website, you’ll find their personal guide and tips. The details will help you navigate stationery so you’ll feel more in-the-know when you stop in for your appointment. They offer calligraphy, envelope addressing, place- and table-card printing, customized napkins and favor boxes, embossers, return-address stampers and more. 519 Wynlyn Road.
Paper on Pine has a catalog of options for clients to choose from but will also make custom invitations. They feature various printing methods, including engraving, foil stamping, letterpress and other options. Plus, who could resist picking up a Philly-themed goodie when you stop by the shop? 1310 Sansom Street.
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Papertree Studio will create anything you could imagine. Besides custom wedding stationery, they specialize in heirloom items like vow books. A custom wedding album that complements your stationery is the perfect finishing touch to your special day. Additional services include menus, escort cards, programs, signage and table numbers. 16 North 3rd Street; 30 Pitman Avenue.
The Papery offers an array of options that will charm your guests, from pre-designed collections to custom invitations. The studio also carries Sugarfina “Be My Maid of Honor” boxes so you can “propose” to your bridal party. Since you’re shopping local for stationery, why not incorporate your favorite Philly doughnut staple too? Other services include escort cards, menus, programs and cocktail napkins. They’ll also stuff, stamp and seal your invites for you. 1219 Locust Street.
Rabbit Rabbit Crew’s services reach far beyond the page. Besides designing stationery, they’re also event planners and will help you pull off your wedding from start to finish — and come up with some out-of-the-box signage and more for your celebration. Click here to learn more about the studio’s new Going Steady at the Matchbook concept. The studio is by appointment only and located on the balcony of True Hand Society. 2345 East Susquehanna Avenue.
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Rebranded from Party Favors Ink during the pandemic, Lynne Hart’s luxurious stationery business creates modern, chic suites that are rooted in the classics. Her gold-trimmed designs will charm you with their sophisticated elegance, though she’s not afraid to experiment with handmade and acrylic paper or bold colors like royal purple. Hart will also craft day-of paper goods such as menu cards, specialty beverage signs and seating charts. 1445 City Avenue, Suite 7-B.
Shindig maintains a boutique setting so each client has a one-of-a-kind experience. If you’re seeking a budget-friendly option, Shindig offers semi-custom suites that are easily personalizable for a fraction of the price. They will also create day-of personalized decor and are eager to print on mediums besides paper. Additional services include escort cards, place cards, seating charts, menus, programs, itineraries and table signage.
TPD Design House will bring your wildest stationery dreams to life. Established in the early aughts by Vanessa Kreckel, TPD is eager to create one-of-a-kind goods for your Big Day. They have years of experience in laser-cutting paper for those looking for a mod vibe. Prefer a more old Hollywood glam aesthetic? A custom velvet suite is just the thing. 163 East Lancaster Avenue.