Post # 1
A coworker of FI’s apparently does calligraphy work on the side or something and wants to offer her services to address our invitations as a gift! I think this is wonderful because it’s certainly something we wouldn’t be able to afford.
However I was wondering if you could help me with the pros and cons. Since we couldn’t afford it, I’ve never even thought about it. Is it ok to use calligraphy on the outer envelopes? Or does that mean that all of my invites will get returned to me due to no one being able to read a darn thing they say? Lol
Also what would she need from me? A giant spreadsheet or something? How did you give all that information to your calligrapher?
Should we take her up on this or just thank her for the offer?
Post # 3
@koi424: I’d definitely ask to see a sample of her work first. I’m always wary about friendors because if they mess up, there is no solution other than suck it up and deal with it. I hand addressed all of my own invites and just took the names off a simple word document I had. You’ll probably have to find out from her what information she’ll need to do that for you.
Post # 4
My friends mom did the calligraphy for me. Not all calligraphy is hard to read. There are many types. I am sure you could see a sample of her work. I think it was a very generous offer. I would take her up on it but also get her a nice thank you gift (within your budget of course). I just emailed my friend’s mom my guest list spread sheet that had everyone’s address on it and she gave them back to me to stuff and mail out. She offered to stuff them, but that was something I wanted to do myself.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Ask to see samples so you can pick the actual font. Tons of callipgraphy is easy to read, so just pick one like that. I’d give him an Excel spreadsheet with the guest list and their addresses. Make sure to give him some extra envelopes in case he messes up too. 25 extra is usually the standard. Yay for you!!! Calligraphy can be anything from $2-$5 PER ENVELOPE!!!
Post # 6
@Christy42213: I know! That’s why I came here because everything in me wants to say Yes Yes Yes! without bothering to stop and think about it. I know the Bees will help me with their collective wealth of knowledge when I’m too excited to think straight. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for all the advice!
FI & I got to talk about it more after work. The offer seems legit. She’s already working out a timetable for each of the tings we need to get done. I haven’t seen samples yet, so I guess that’s the last thing to do before really comitting to it, but she really seems like she knows what she’s doing. Yay!