Post # 1
Did any of you pay a calligrapher to hand address your envelopes? If so, was it worth it?
Or did you hire a calligrapher for place cards or signage?
What were the factors that helped you choose a calligrapher? Was it price? Writing style? Impressive portfolio?
If you decided NOT to hire a calligrapher, why not? Would anything have changed your mind?
You’re all awesome. Thanks!!
Post # 2
I have decent enough calligraphy so I just did them myself. Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the money. Your guests are going to see it for literally 3 seconds before they open the envelope, and then won’t care anymore. If you have the extra funds to splurge and it’s really Important to you, I guess go for it. But personally, I would save that extra $$ and put it towards something your guests will notice like a yummy late night snack or upgrade your dinner menu or something!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
Our caligrafer did all of our stationary. It was expensive and definitely an extra but for us it was definitely worth it.
Post # 4
I practiced cursive myself and one of my bridesmaids had pretty cursive. I used brown envelopes with white paint pens. I was surprised at how beautiful they turned out. I got a lot of compliments on them. The envelopes are going in the trash after opening.. hiring someone to do that is just not worth it to me. But I f you have the money to spend go for it!
Post # 5
I have pretty nice handwriting so I addressed mine in cursive myself. It only took a few evenings to get them done, and I sent out about 150 invitations.
Post # 6
breannacb : I don’t have beautiful handwriting and it’s the first thing people see, so it was worth it to me. We used someone whose work I had previously seen. She also did the place cards.
Is it worth it? It’s certainly an easy place to eliminate expense on a budget, but different things are priorities to different people. It’s true that some people throw away the envelopes without a second glance and don’t appreciate the artistry or effort that went into it. But I do, so it was worth it to me.
Post # 7
I did them all myself, I’m really glad we didn’t spend money on something literally no one else would care about.
Post # 8
I wrote them myself in cursive. I read somewhere that no matter what envelopes should be addressed by hand for a personal touch, though of course many people these days just print them. I don’t think a professional calligrapher is necessary, but if you have the money and like the look, it can’t hurt.
It was important to me that our invites be beautiful, but I was happy with my handwriting. I’m sure most people didn’t notice, but I did get a few compliments from older guests who mentioned how nice it was to get something hand addressed these days.
Post # 9
For our save-the-dates my mother-in-law was sweet enough to calligraphy for us. We didn’t have a huge guest list; I’d never have asked her to address 100 envelopes or anything.
Our invitations were all-in-ones from Minted. We were able to have names/addresses printed onto each individual invitation. It was pretty and so simple!
I did get an artist on Etsy to do our bar menu and place cards. She was so amazing to work with and I ADORED how the table numbers came out. Would absolutely hire her again if I had to do it all over. These looked even prettier in person.
Post # 10
My husband and I have… “okay” hand writing and we hand wrote our envelopes. It didn’t make sense for us to take the time and money to make it fancy or nicer because people (at least in our circle) don’t notice the envelope or what’s on it. I never pay attention to envelopes in the mail. I glance at it for 3 seconds to see who sent it, then it goes into the trash. For my husband and I, what was inside the envelope was important. If someone was going to be offended about something as small as the handwriting on the envelope, then I didn’t want them at my wedding anyways.
Post # 11
I have crap handwriting and still addressed the envelopes myself anyway, lol (yeah, okay, if I put effort into it it’s “decent”). As PP have said, people are only going to glance at it for 2 seconds before ripping it apart and tossing it in the trash. No one really cares, when it comes to addresses. Placecards on the other hand *might* be worth consideration, since people will have it in front of their faces all night…but still not a super important detail. You could always just print those, anyway. Guests would probably only bat an eye if the writing was ESPECIALLY sloppy or bland, otherwise I doubt any healthy adult wouldn’t be capable of “decent-enough” writing. 🙂
ETA: Also, to be perfectly honest…I doubt that, as a guest, I would even notice that anything as pretty as professional calligraphy was actually handwritten. There would probably be no difference to my clueless naked eye between handwriting and digitally printed font. Unless I knew it was handwritten, I wouldn’t particularly appreciate the writing, you know? That being said, the font you choose is more for you and contributing to your dream for your wedding, not for the guests. So ultimately, go for what you’d really like!
Post # 12
I ordered my envelopes with the addresses printed on them and never looked back 🙂
Post # 13
I had the addresses printed on the envelopes professionally. Our invitations were pretty crisp and modern so it worked well.
I designed the escort and place cards myself and then printed them on a printer. I bought perforated cards, but used an Exacto knife and cutting board to cut them. The perforations suck but they are a great guideline.
Post # 14
Haven’t done invites yet, but our STD’s were digitally printed on. Gives us the clean look we’re looking for but without spending the big bucks! Like most people above, it’s a lot of money to spend on a calligrapher for an envelope that will go in the trash more quickly than the invites themselves. It made more sense for us to spend the money elsewhere.
Post # 15
Everyone has the things that are important to them during a wedding. I LOVE paper goods and beautiful invitations so this was my thing. It was worth it to me! But I understand if it’s not everyone’s thing