(Closed) Calligraphy – are you DIY-ing or BIY-ing?

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
  • poll: Are you using a calligrapher?
    Yes - I am hiring someone : (7 votes)
    32 %
    Yes - my own two hands : (6 votes)
    27 %
    I am using a calligraphy-like printer font : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Nope, using labels : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    2058 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I had a calligrapher address our outter envelopes = guest addresses and return address on all of them $2.50 per completed envelope (I had 108 total.) I am in Seattle but our calligrapher was in CA. For the RSVP card I just printed that off the printer.

    Mrs Argyle had a great post here about her calligrapher. I checked out her site and her prices are fantastic. 

    Hope that info helped Laughing


    Post # 4
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    When I was in college (art major), we had several classes that dealt with calligraphy/hand lettering. After all that practice time, my natural hand wasn’t beautiful by any standard. And I’m a lefty so I would drag my hand through the wet ink with some consistency. It’s doubtful I’ll hand letter my own envelopes. Looking into using a calligraphy font for addressing inner/outer envelopes. I know no one is going to keep them after opening – so not worth the stress and gray hair!

    How is your natural penmanship? A big factor in DIY vs hiring someone would depend on the amount of pieces and number of invitations you’re mailing out. It should be more affordable to hire someone for just one piece, especially if you can reproduce it digitally.


    Post # 6
    11 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @rachaelrobin: I saw this tip before:  A good way to “cheat” is to print it on the envelope in a font color just a few shades darker than your envelope and use a calligraphy pen (authentic or marker will work) and write directly over it!  Just make sure you don’t have tiny font and super wide strokes.

    Post # 7
    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I took a very extensive class.  It was like an “art lesson” that was therapeutic during the wedding planning.  I took about 8-10 hours total (either 1 or 2 hour classes for about 1 or 2 months), before I started to get to work.  It was EXTREMELY rewarding, everyone was very impressed, and it’s something that I might continue.  You can definitely do it in 1 or 2 months (HOWEVER, LEFT HANDED IS MUCH HARDER).  In the end though, with the price of classes and supplies, it probably cost similarly to a real calligrapher, but it had the ooomph of DIY.

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