Many couples prefer to handwrite the addresses on their wedding invitations, while others–especially those who have a large guest list–prefer to have me pre-print their envelopes. Hiring a calligrapher to address your Philadelphia wedding stationery is something I often recommend in lieu of these two options. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned approach, but if your wedding will have a more elegant or traditional aesthetic, calligraphy is exactly what you’ll need!
Most people don’t know the first thing about this ancient art, or about how to even go about hiring a calligrapher. Here are a few pointers to help you get started:
Where To Use Calligraphy
Calligraphy is most commonly used on the inner and outer envelopes of wedding invitations. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it elsewhere, though. Handwritten calligraphy can be used on almost any part of your Philadelphia wedding stationery, including escort cards, programs, menus, and favor tags. The only thing I don’t recommend is having your entire invitation lettered in calligraphy, since it can be hard to read that way. Reserve it for stuff you want to accentuate, like your names.
Cost + Time
Prices for wedding invitation addressing can range anywhere from $2 to $5 per envelope, and most calligraphers have a two-week turnaround time. This can vary depending on the size of the project, though, or if you have special requests. Also, it’s important to bear in mind that just like any high-profile wedding vendor, good calligraphers are often booked up fast. Hire one as early as possible, or you might wind up paying extra for a rush job!
How To Find A Calligrapher
Your Philadelphia wedding stationery designer should have a few contacts that they can direct you to for your calligraphy. You can also ask friends for references, if you admired the calligraphy on their wedding stationery, or search for styles you like online. Regardless of who you’re interested in hiring, you’ll want to ask for a list of references, relevant experience, and samples of their work.
If you’re curious about one or more of the finer points of hiring a calligrapher, or aren’t sure whether you should hire one at all, drop me a line!