Tips for Hiring Your Calligrapher

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer

Wedding calligraphy is one of the most beautiful things about a wedding invitation suite (I might be biased). There is simply no better way to impress your guests than with this hand-written first impression. Calligraphy has been around for centuries and, while penmanship may be a dying art form, there are a group of modern calligraphers who have brought calligraphy back into the 21st century with a fresh set of "hands".

So, you know you want to hire a calligrapher but what do you need to know first? Finding a good calligrapher isn't always easy. Here are a few tips that may make your search easier:

Photo by Clayton Austin, Styling by Lauren Field Design

Photo by Clayton Austin, Styling by Lauren Field Design

Styling & Photo c/o Lauren Field Design

Styling & Photo c/o Lauren Field Design

YOUR BUDGET

It's good to have a rough idea of what calligraphy costs prior to seeking out their services. Many calligraphers charge between $2.50 - $4.00 an envelope and between $1.00 - $2.00 for escort cards. If you know calligraphy is something you definitely want, be sure to set this money aside as part of your stationary budget!

WHEN TO HIRE

A good calligrapher books as quickly as the perfect venue or photographer. You should begin looking for a calligrapher at the same time that you hire the rest of your vendors. Calligraphy can be a slow process as each envelope is handled with care and precision. The sooner you hire your calligrapher, the better. For most calligraphers, you can expect a turn around time of two-three weeks.

FINDING THE RIGHT STYLE

Your calligrapher more than likely has multiple calligraphy "styles". Be sure to ask for samples or images to make sure that your potential calligrapher's writing style matches the look and feel of your invitations.

CITY LIMITS

Don't be afraid to look outside of your city! Most calligraphers are more than happy to ship your items to you from anywhere in the country! If you find that perfect calligrapher on Instagram, don't be afraid to shoot them an email.

ENVELOPES

Most calligraphers will request that you supply your own envelopes. Make sure to discuss with your calligrapher the color and paper type of your envelope so you can discuss the best color options for your calligraphy. Some calligraphers may charge more for writing on certain types of paper or for envelopes that are lined. Be sure to discuss the details prior to sending your envelopes to your calligrapher.

Don't forget to order additional envelopes for your calligrapher. Many professionals will ask for a certain percentage of extra envelopes to cover any mistakes that may happen while writing.

THE GUEST LIST

Your calligrapher will ask you for a guest list. Make sure that your address list is typed nice and neat. The more organized your list is, the less likely your calligrapher is to make a mistake. Need help on how to address your invitations? We've written you a guide.

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