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We have worked with some very talented calligraphers over the past several years and have had the pleasure of meeting some fresh new faces recently as well. It made me think about how many clients actually know about calligraphy and how beautiful and effective it can be to incorporate its cost into your overall paper products budget. Today we will review where you can use a calligrapher and the costs involved. Yes, you don’t have to spend any money to have someone else write everything out for you but that can take hours and hours and your time is very valuable, so you might want to consider a calligrapher!

There are a few ways to calligraph using different nibs- yes that’s a technical term. Depending on the type of font, a calligrapher will use a different nib to create a thinner, more flourished font or a thicker, more chiseled font. Some fonts are so thin and delicate that an ink well can’t be used and a calligrapher will use an actual pen to create the lines of the font.

Here are some examples of calligraphy in a more chiseled font:

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The above two calligraphy samples provided by Calligraphy by Jennifer

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Here’s an example of a thin font that Jan has created:

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The above three calligraphy samples provided by Jan Boyd Calligraphy

These simpler fonts would be great for a more casual wedding reception or maybe even a rehearsal dinner invitation.

For a more traditional, formal font, take a look at these options:

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The above two calligraphy samples provided by Calligraphy by Jennifer

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The above two calligraphy samples provided by Jan Boyd Calligraphy

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The above the calligraphy samples provided by Ted Clausen Calligraphy

You can hire a calligrapher to take care of the following items:

  • Addressing Save the Dates
  • Addressing Invitations
  • Custom Invitations- they create one calligraphed invitation and send your printer a printable version
  • Place Cards
  • Escort Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Addressing Thank You Cards
  • Specialty Signs- well wishes containers, signature drink menus
  • Custom Favor Tags
  • Custom Programs- they create one calligraphed program and send your printer a printable version
  • Custom Menus- they create one calligraphed menu and send your printer a printable version

Cost for each of these items greatly depends on each calligrapher, how many years experience they have, and usually the style of font you select. Here’s a ballpark of what you might expect to pay for each of the above items:

  • Addressing Save the Dates-$1.25-$10.00 a piece for outer envelopes
  • Addressing Invitations- $1.25-$10.00 for the outer envelope, $3.00-$15.00 for outer and inner envelope sets
  • Custom Invitations- most calligraphers will charge a single flat fee of anywhere from $50-$150.00 for this artwork
  • Place Cards/Escort Cards- $.75-$1.95 depending on if the calligrapher includes just the guest name or adds the table number. Also if they have to calligraph an envelope and inner table number card that will be on the higher end of the price range.
  • Table Numbers- $5.00-$25.00 depending if the calligraph provides the paper and the level of detail of each table number
  • Addressing Thank You Cards- I highly recommend having this done for you so you don’t have to deal with it after your wedding. The list is the same as your wedding acceptance list so send it to your calligrapher to not deal with the hassle! $1.25-$10.00 each envelope.
  • Specialty Signs- $5.00-$25.00 depending on the size of each sign and how many words need to be calligraphed
  • Custom Favor Tags- ask your calligrapher about this, their prices will vary
  • Custom Programs/Menus- similar to Custom invitation artwork, plan on anywhere from $50.00-$150.00

Now on to the timing of things -you should schedule at least 2 if not 3 weeks for your calligrapher to get your invitations completed. They usually have specific ways they like to receive your lists, but excel or word documents are fairly popular and usually okay with most calligraphers. For place cards and escort cards most calligraphers can get those completed in 2 weeks. A rush fee can be applied to most orders to get them done in less time, and figure a 10-15% charge of your total bill in order to accommodate a shorter completion period.

Calligraphy is an added expense for sure, but it can be the finishing touch to all of your design elements- from your paper products, tabletop decor and even special extras. It saves you plenty of time too as it takes hours to write out everyone’s addresses. Most of you who have attempted to write out 100 addresses know that after a while your handwriting doesn’t look quite as good as it did when you started your project. Some people ask a family member or friend to address everything for them as well and although that would be very generous of that person, some people are very intimidated by such a task, worrying that it won’t look perfect. So after all is said and done, consider working with a calligrapher to make your life easier and make your wedding design that much more special.

Here’s a list of noteworthy calligraphers we either know or have worked with in the past and we highly recommend:

Jan Boyd Calligraphy
Ted Clausen Calligraphy
Calligraphy by Jennifer
Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Miss French Bulldog (message)  1,088 posts, Bumble bee

My calligraphy MADE my invitations :) The invites were so awesome, w/o the calligraphy they would have looked funny. Great recommendation :)

 
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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

The fancy-schmancy options ALWAYS get me — thanks for sharing…these are beautiful!

 
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Miss Poodle (message)  3,386 posts, Sugar bee

So awesome! - I soooo wish I was gifted like that :)

 
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I love calligraphy and I had a real interest in it when I was younger but then I just stopped. I wish I hadn’t now because I want to get into making my own wedding stationary and the calligraphy would look great.

 

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