Calligraphy and weddings go together like peas and carrots. Seriously, if you want your wedding to have an elegant feel to it, and for your invitations to catch the collective eyes of your prospective guests, then hiring a calligraphy service is essential. However, this part of the wedding planning process is one that many people don't consider, and then end up being blind-sided by both the amount of time and money that have been consumed in the simple writing out and packing of the wedding invitations--not to mention the table names and place cards. Don't force yourself into even more stress than is necessary. By abiding by the following list of tips for hiring a calligraphy service, you will find the process become much less stressful and time-consuming, allowing you to focus your energy on different aspects of your party planning that deserve your attention.
Calligraphy is typically used on the envelopes for the wedding invitations, but that doesn't mean you can't use it elsewhere in your wedding. In fact, other facets of your wedding such as escort cards, menu cards, and ceremony programs could greatly benefit from being adorned with this elegant flair. However, keep in mind that calligraphy takes time and can start to be pricey depending on the service you use, how much time you're giving them to do the work, and any special materials that you might be using like custom inks and metallic ink. On average, calligraphy can cost about $4 per envelope. However, if you don't mind sacrificing the quality, you can also find free calligraphy fonts on the internet if you don't mind having printed font on your invitations. If you do decide to go with a professional calligrapher remember that the turnaround can be about two weeks, so make sure you plan accordingly. If you wait too long to hire a service you run the risk of paying a rush fee.
To find a calligrapher, look through local calligrapher lists online, or ask for a recommended list of calligraphers through your stationary boutique. Some have in-house calligraphers, but if not than they should definitely have a list of trusted calligraphers. Once you have a list of calligraphers, correspond with them and ask them about their experience and ask to see examples of their work. Once you've narrowed down your lists, email the calligraphers that you are interested in and give them the details of what services you're intersted in using, your wedding date, guest count, what styles you would like to use, and what time-frame you will need them completed in.
Request basic details and a quote from them, and remember to sign a contract so the deal is set in stone. When sending the address list to your calligrapher, make sure to type it out, quadruple check every single letter and punctuation, and send it in e-mail form so you have an archive of your correspondence. Once you receive the finished product, make sure to review the work before sending them out so you can catch any mistakes that may have been made.