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How to Choose Your Wedding Calligrapher

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are many details to consider - and choosing the right calligrapher is one of them! Calligraphy adds a beautiful touch to wedding invitations, signage and statement pieces as soon as your guests walk into your venue and moments throughout the evening. However, with so many calligraphers out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one.


Research


The first step in choosing a calligrapher is to do your research. Start by looking at portfolios of different calligraphers to see their style and quality of work (check their website and social media channels to review past client work). You can also read reviews from past clients to get an idea of their professionalism and responsiveness. Researching multiple calligraphers will help you make an informed decision and find the right fit for your wedding.


Style


Each calligrapher has their own unique style, so it's important to choose a calligrapher whose style matches your vision for your wedding. Look for a calligrapher whose work resonates with you, whether it's modern or traditional, elegant or whimsical. Choosing a calligrapher based on their style is crucial because calligrapher's can't change their style like a font - their hand is not a computer keyboard!


Photography credit: Hayden Jordan Photo


Years of Experience


Experience is another important factor to consider when choosing a calligrapher. Experienced calligraphers will be able to guide you through the process and offer advice on the best materials, colors, and designs for your wedding. Sure you're paying for the products or services you'll receive on your wedding day, but you're also paying for the ease of working with them and having them navigate the best for you.


Location


Location is another important factor to consider when choosing a calligrapher. If you're looking at larger items you want them to set-up onsite (think welcome signs and large seating chart structures), it's important to choose a calligrapher who is located near your wedding venue, or who is willing to travel to your location. If you're ordering smaller items (think bar signage, place cards, menus, etc.), those can be easily mailed to your destination.


Photography credit: Red Arrow Photography


Services Offered


When choosing a calligrapher, it's important to consider what services they offer. Some calligraphers specialize in invitations, while others offer a wider range of services such as place cards, table numbers, and signage. Consider the specific calligraphy elements you'll need for your wedding, and choose a calligrapher who can provide all of them. This will save you time and effort, and ensure that all of your calligraphy elements have a consistent look and feel.


Budget


Finally, it's important to consider your budget when choosing a calligrapher. Calligraphy can be seen as a luxury, so it's important to choose a calligrapher whose pricing aligns with your budget. Consider the specific calligraphy elements you'll need, and ask for a detailed quote that includes all of the materials and labor costs. While you can let your calligrapher know what your budget is and see if they can work with you, it's important to remember that quality calligraphy is an investment in your wedding.


Photography credit: Kelsey Horner Photography



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