Calligraphy, according to the dictionary, is the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or a brush.
In a sense, it’s kind of a really fancy style of writing. Of which there are many different styles available.
No! Calligraphy is its own style of writing, which I’ve studied and practiced, so the letters are more intentionally created with regards to the size of the letter, the space between each letter, and the spacing between each line. My regular handwriting is a hybrid of print and script and is only legible depending on the speed with which I’ve written down whatever it is I needed to. (Basically, slower = more legible for sure!)
If you’re interested in learning calligraphy yourself, I can direct you to some resources. But you definitely don’t need nice handwriting to be able to do it! Just a lot of patience and willingness to practice :)
Currently I offer a modern calligraphy style, as pictured in the photo at the end of this page.
Each calligrapher has his or her own specialty styles, though. For example, if you’re picturing heavily flourished, swirly letters when you think of calligraphy - you may be picturing the classic Copperplate style.
Check out this blog post for some samples of other styles!
Calligraphy can be used for any kind of special occasion, big or small. Typically people think of wedding invites when they think of calligraphy, but it can also be used to add some elegance for anniversaries, retirements, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby showers, bridal showers, or even birthdays - think quinceañera, sweet sixteen or other landmark birthdays that end in zero. Calligraphy can also be used just for fun to make your event feel more festive! (A housewarming party, your dog’s birthday, the start of stone fruit season…)
Plus, all kinds of things can be customized with calligraphy, not just envelopes. For your event, you could have custom place cards, gift tags, seating charts, menus, invitations…
Honestly, “it depends.” For starters, there is a set up fee for new clients and projects, and beyond that each item available has its own baseline price. After that, certain modifications will cost extra. Keep reading for a specific example on envelopes.
Calligraphy is basically made of two components - the writing, and the thing on which it is written. The writing takes time because I have to lay out each piece - measuring lines, spacing the words - and then write really slowly to make sure the letters look precise. As for whatever it is you’re having calligraphed - envelopes, place cards, boxes, gift bags, gift tags, etc. - they all have different costs associated with them. If you’re purchasing your own paper goods, then obviously you will be paying a separate bill to a separate company for your purchases. But if you’d like me to provide, or design, the stationery for your event, that will also be an additional project cost.
Here’s the example I mentioned earlier - I’ll use envelopes (pictured below). My base price of wedding envelopes is $2.50 per envelope - which is the bottom envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Taylor written in gold. That is the cost of the calligraphy alone, and does not factor in the cost of the envelope itself.
This base price includes up to four (4) lines of writing in black, white, or gold - with the addressee’s name written in calligraphy, and the rest of the address written in print. The address will be left-aligned, meaning the writing on the address lines will start in the same spot toward the left of the envelope.
From there, there are extra options available, as referenced in the photo as well - including having all the text centered, or adding some sort of specialty ink. The green ink is available for purchase pre-mixed in a store, but the blue ink was something I custom-mixed myself - so the additional costs for that would be higher. There’s also an extra cost for doing the entire envelope in calligraphy, rather than having part of it printed. And there would be a cost per additional line, let’s say if Philip Carlisle had a plus one, or if the envelope for Daphne and Niles had the zip code on a separate line (which is a personal preference most of the time, but sometimes it’s just a matter of what fits in the space!)
This is just a general example, but hopefully you get the gist. If you still have questions, or you want to talk more about your specific project, click this link to send me a message! Please include as many details as you can so that I can offer you the clearest answer about your project.