(Closed) Hiring a Calligrapher?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Should I Hire a Calligrapher?
    Yes, it will save me time and sanity, and the professional job will make the invites look great : (1 votes)
    13 %
    No, suck it up and address them myself by hand : (5 votes)
    63 %
    No, print them myself on a computer : (2 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    11239 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ll probably write the envelopes myself and do the invitations on computer. I’m luckily enough to know people who can write in calligraphy. Have you asked around? My MOH’s Dad is writing my place cards.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1872 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I took a calligraphy class and am addressing them all myself, but it’s kind of soothing for me. Have you tried places like Etsy? There are calligraphers on there who charge about $2/envelope.

    And I don’t personally see the problem with labels. Technically, it’s supposed to be “bad form” but who in this day and age really cares? They make some really fanciful labels out there–paper source and http://www.thepaperwink.com has some fun design-y ones.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @JennyW1:Was it you that was worried about the post office delivering the envelopes?  How did that turn out (I’ve been digging through old paper posts, as I really need to find invitations!)

    Post # 6
    Member
    1872 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @nmsoonerbride: HI nmsoonerbride! I’m smiling that you actually remember me! We haven’t sent the invites out yet–I have yet to actually make them, but I did streamline the design just a bit and I asked my postal server if he would deliver them. He winced at first but he read the address without a hitch, shrugged and said, “Well, if I can read them…” So we went two “test envelopes” out to mine and FI’s parents and both of them got through, no problem. We’re purchasing a very clear stamp return address, just in case.

    But for one, I’ve sent all kinds of crazy things through the mail and never had a problem–clear envelopes, crazy calligraphy, stacks of vintage stamps, odd formatting…The design for ours was inspired by Betsy Dunlap’s lovely calligraphy and yes, she’s a professional, but if you’ve seen her designs, you have to wonder how HER stuff gets through the mail!

    Post # 7
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Personally.. I don’t GET calligraphy. Paying someone else to write names on your envelopes? I don’t see how anyone could honestly care how the name on their invitation was written. As long as it wasn’t in crayon, I don’t think I’d even notice how my name was written on an invite. Calligraphy just seems like a completely unnecessary cost. 

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