Hiring a Calligrapher: Top 3 Must Knows
So you've decided you want to incorporate the timeless, hand-crafted art of calligraphy into your special occasion – hooray! By now, you've probably poked around online, saved a million and one pins to your Pinterest boards, and now you're wondering how to get started. Where do I find a calligrapher? How much will this cost me? How long will it take? Not to worry! You're not the first person to have these questions and you certainly won't be the last. Here, I've shared the top 3 things you should know when looking to work with a calligrapher.
1. Calligraphers come in many styles.
No two are alike and each offer his or her own particular aesthetic. No different than shopping for your perfect wedding dress, it is important that you spend time shopping around for your perfect calligrapher. You will find that some offer a wide variety of styles, while others focus on a smaller range of styles and offer a variety of additional design services. You may prefer to work with an individual locally, or rather someone who works with a larger team remotely. If you have a particular look and feel in mind, you may choose to seek out a calligrapher who has a portfolio that reflects that style.
"Okay, Molly. So how do I find my perfect match?!"
There are many ways to do this! If you're working with a planner, they will often have a group of calligraphers and designers who they work with regularly. Ask friends, family and coworkers if they know of anyone who might be a good fit for you – it is likely that someone you know has been through this process before. Peruse Instagram and Pinterest to find styles that you like and reach out to calligraphers directly through their website to inquire. Very often we run small, intimate shops so you'll likely be talking to us directly!
2. It is an investment.
Hiring a calligrapher for the whole nine yards can be quite pricey. You are paying for years of expertise and time to create one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted works of art. In addition, calligraphers offer a wide range of add-on services like printing, assembling, mailing, and more, so you can focus on the things that need your attention most. Don't let that scare you off! If you have a small budget, reach out to the calligraphers you are considering to ask what they can do within your price range. There are many, many ways to incorporate calligraphy into an event, whether it's a fully branded event from start to finish, or just a handful of small touches, and we're always happy to offer recommendations! Sometimes your budget simply won't allow for custom calligraphy, but that's okay. There are many alternate options for you to explore such as Minted, Etsy and local paper stores where you can purchase semi-custom products to help you achieve the look and feel you want.
3. There's no such thing as planning too far in advance.
Good work takes time, especially when done by hand. There is no way for a calligrapher to speed up their writing process and produce the same high-quality product that you're paying for. If you've found a calligrapher you like, and you've decided to make the investment, be sure to plan far enough in advance to allow your calligrapher to deliver the very best work they can. Many calligraphers ask for at least 2–3 months advance booking to reserve time in their calendar. Doing so also gives you the flexibility to make adjustments along the way.
That said, we know things come up and sometimes 2–3 months advance notice just isn't doable. Don't panic! Reach out to your calligrapher to see what their schedule looks like. Most calligraphers will offer a rush service for an additional fee. (That means we love what we do so much that we'll work beyond our normal business hours and shift things around in our schedule to get you what you need, so it costs a bit more.)
I hope this helps get you hit the ground running! If you have any additional questions in regards to hiring a calligrapher, please don't hesitate to contact me.
All the best,