Despite calligraphy being such a rage these days, not many people (especially non-calligraphers) are familiar with it’s ins and outs. Combined with the sea of information out there and not all of it genuine, it’s easy to get lost and make wrong decisions. And when it comes to special occasions, wrong decisions can sometimes prove costly. Which is why, I’m sharing with you five things to keep in ask your calligrapher before you sign the deal.
1. Colors are your friend
Theres an unlimited variety of ink colors that you can choose from. Gone are the days of black, white and brown. You can ask your calligrapher to create a custom color just for you! As a result, your wedding theme can tie in beautifully together starting with the first thing your guests will see. Don’t restrain yourself to the basics, friend. The sky is the limit!
More importantly, make sure your paper goods are conducive to calligraphy inks. You can check with your supplier or let your calligrapher know the paper specifications so that they can confirm for you.
2. Mistakes happen
Whenever you provide your calligrapher with invitations or day-of paper goods, always ask them how many extras they need. It’s usually 10-20%. The last thing you would want to do is scramble at the last minute because your calligrapher made an ink flub and there’s no more extra envelopes left. Believe me, that’s not fun.
Moreover, remember how I said that not all paper types are best friends with calligraphy inks? Your calligrapher will test the ink before she begins scribing. Sometimes it takes an envelope or two to figure out what works best, which is why it is imperative that you give her a few extras.
When it comes to wedding invitations, provide them to your calligrapher at least eight weeks prior to the wedding. This gives them about two weeks to scribe on them, and six weeks for you to send them out and receive the RSVPs, especially if you have lots of out-of-state guests coming in. For local guests, cut that time by two weeks.
Also, timing depends on the calligrapher’s production schedule and skill level, so check with her before you ship them off. This brings me to my next point…
4. Good things take time
If you’re short on time, it might not be the best thing to hire a calligrapher. Ouch, honesty hurts.
Calligraphy, essentially, is art that you make by hand. There’s no one size fits all. It isn’t a font. Its not a label. It is art that you put on paper, and that you can read, and that looks beautiful. Which is why you need to give your calligrapher room to breathe so that they can transfer that relaxed state of mind onto paper. It’s very easy to tell what/how the calligrapher was feeling by simply looking at the envelope. Give them time. It’s worth it.
5. Its not just about paper
Did you know you can get calligraphy done on windows, wood, fabric, mirror and metal? You name it. With the right tools, your calligrapher can write on any surface. If you’re the non-conventional bride who wants something new, ask your calligrapher and see what they come up with it. Or better still, tell them what you want and watch them as they make it happen!
I hope these five tips help you as you step into the calligraphy world. Communication is key and you’ll need a lot of it for custom work. Moreover, it’s better to over-communicate than under.