How to Craft Medieval Wedding Invitations

By Deborah H. Schreiben

If you are planning a wedding with a medieval theme, your invitations should definitely reflect the look and feel of that period. You can craft your own invitations by using modern technology available today in the form of computers, printers and graphic arts software programs while incorporating a medieval look with natural papers and fonts reminiscent of calligraphy used during the Middle Ages.

Purchase 8 ½-by-11 inch paper and business-size envelopes with a parchment or linen appearance in an off-white or tan color. Do not use bright white paper.

On a graphic arts software program, open a plain, letter-size document. Import a border to be placed around the edges of the paper. Consider fancy scrolls, flowery designs or Celtic prints. Position the border about 1 inch in from the edges of the paper.

Choose a decorative font to use for wording. Appropriate styles include Calligrapher, Tudor, Chaucer, Excalibur or similar fancy fonts, depending on what is available on your computer.

Wording should mimic the voice used during medieval times. Begin the invitation with wording such as “The honour of thy presence is requested…” Use formal names and remember to include essential information such as the date, time, place. If you would like guests to dress in period attire, this should be indicated on the invitation.

Carefully tear the edges of the paper to give it a more natural appearance. With the paper lying flat on a table, lay a ruler parallel to the border and pull gently upward to tear and soften the edges while still maintaining a clean line.

Fold the paper in thirds to fit inside the envelope. Seal the invitation—not the envelope—with a drop of wax. Using wax on the outside of the envelope likely will cause it to become caught in mail processing machines and may not be accepted by the post office.

Make reply postcards from heavy card stock in a color to match that of the invitations. Use the same font and border designs. Four postcards can be made from a standard 8 ½-by-11-inch sheet of heavy paper, but do not tear the edges. Doing so will likely make the reply cards smaller than postal regulations allow and may create problems when the mail is processed.

About the Author

Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.