Post # 1
I wanted to send out my invitations by Monday, February 24th. I only have 35 invitations (and then 35 RSVP cards).
I’ve messaged 2 calligraphers on Etsy, telling them I’m willing to pay MORE and pay for overnight shipping (for both ways,) and they’ve both turned me down.
Does anyone know a calligrapher that could bang out these 70 cards and send them back to me by Feb 21st so I can then send out my invitations by the 24th?
I’m about to just get some shitty cheap stickers to slap on the envelopes and call it a day. I’m so frustrated 🙁
I’m very good at planning, and thought we were going to have enough time… but the company we’re using for printing the invtations is kind of slow… so it’s taken about 1 week just to send me the envelopes, and 2-3 weeks to get the invites themselves printed up.
This wasn’t my plan at all. Now I just feel completely f*cked.
Post # 3
@LadyMoriarty: We had our envelopes printed by the store we bought our invites from, but I’m assuming you can take your envelopes into a paper store that does invitations and have them printed? Or could you look for a calligrapher in your area so you don’t have to worry about shipping?
Post # 4
@LadyMoriarty: Where in CA do you live? I hired a calligrapher through my wedding planner and she had them done in a couple days. There has to be someone nearby where you don’t have to rely on Etsy!
Post # 5
Just do them yourself! I bought calligraphy fountain pens and wrote in cursive, and they looked fine.
Post # 6
I thought Etsy would be the easiest place to find a calligrapher. I did find one on there, who also lives in California… I messaged her this morning and haven’t heard back from her yet. I feel like if I Google calligraphers in California, they’ll be busier than the people on Etsy who are already turning me down
Post # 7
If I thought for a second that I had the skill, or the patience, I’d be all over it. But school has my nerves on end right now, I definitely couldn’t do it. I’m thinking my only other option is to print them out on my printer at home. :
Post # 8
@LadyMoriarty: All is not lost!! I don’t know if she would be able to do it in such a short time frame, but Jennifer is AH-mazing!! She is reasonably priced and has different levels/types of calligraphy, depending on your budget. Her work is fabulous! Good luck, OP! 🙂
Post # 9
Can’t you handwrite them yourselves? What about printing them in a nice font on your home printer? It sounds like this is really important to you, but seems relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.
Post # 10
Maybe do it yourself? There are a bunch of tutorials on the bee and around the web showing how to fake it, trace it, or other how make it look pretty without really knowing calligraphy.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
If that’s the worst thing that happens in your wedding planning, and you consider yourself “f*cked, you’re doing very very well! I don’t have a suggestion, but stickers on the envelope is a perfectly fine solution IMO. I personally never pay attention to the outside of wedding invite envelopes, I’m busy saying “Ooh, mail!” and tearing it open to see what’s inside. 🙂
Post # 12
Maybe. Maybe not. It is worth a try and you can save yourself the postage and turn around time in the mail. My calligrapher was near Sacramento. It might be worth asking on WB if anyone in your area has a calligrapher to recommend.
Post # 13
I would do them for you if I knew where my pens were! They weren’t super fancy, though (the ones I did). Do you know anyone will good handwriting?
Post # 14
Why not just print the addresses directly onto your envelopes? I had this done for mine at a Fedex Kinkos and it looked awesome. I was able to match the font & colour to the one used for the invites.
Caligraphy is a lovely choice, but totally unnecessary these days. If it’s causing you so much stress, I’d just drop it.
Post # 15
Hah, I know, usually I just rip open mail too… there’s been other stuff going wrong too (my dress came in and was wrong, so it’s having to be remade…) …I’m more disappointed in myself for not planning this out better to give myself (and a calligrapher) more time :
Post # 16
know one in the Bay Area…her husband told me last night that she does calligraphy but I haven’t actually spoken with her about it (I know she does letterpress invitations for a living)…I’ll try to get in touch with her.