Grand Rapids Wedding Calligraphy
We realize that most people want their wedding experience to be as special as it possibly can be. And along with that, making everything personal and memorable is certainly a huge part of doing that. One of the things that some people like to do in order to really personalize their wedding invitations and printed materials is to have a professional calligrapher hand craft them. However, more than likely, you have never had to perform a search for a vendor like a calligrapher. So, with that in mind, we would like to provide for you some well placed tips that will not only help you in your search but also in making your final decision in which professional is the right one for you. There are some really high level professional calligraphers in the Grand Rapids area and we want to help you find the perfect fit for you. Here is some questions and considerations that you will want to keep in mind as you conduct your search.
One of the first things that you want to make sure of is that calligraphy is right for you. Calligraphy is not for everyone. It is a true art form and has a style and tone that is truly different, it make a statement of your personality. For some people, going the way of a calligrapher is just not something they need, they are fine with the normal printed font. On the other hand, if you know that you definitely want a calligrapher, then you need to figure out what meshes with your style. For instance, if you are having the traditional very formal wedding, a classical formal style of lettering would work perfectly. But if you are having an event that is a bit more off the wall like a barn or beach wedding, a quirky style might suit you better.
Keep in mind that invitations should be mailed eight weeks before the wedding day. Calligraphers usually need about two weeks to work their magic. We recommend that you start to consider calligraphers at the same time that you start to look at invitations. Once you have settled on a stationer, ask them for the names of calligraphers that they work with. Check out samples of work that these calligraphers have done in the past. If you don't like what you see from these professionals, ask your wedding planner if there is anyone they would recommend. You will want to be aware that it is best when the calligrapher's style meshes with your style. Talk to anyone who you consider about your likes and dislikes so that they can get a bead on what might satisfy you.
Keep in mind that this is a skill and an art form so hiring a professional calligrapher will be more expensive than just having your invitations printed. In general, envelopes will cost in the neighborhood of $2 to $5 per set. You also want to be aware that specialty paper can increase the cost as well because it will need special treatment so that the inks don't bleed. You can take calligraphy to as high a level as you would like provided you don't mind the cost. But once you find the professional that you really like, that is something you can discuss with them. We wish you well on your search for a professional calligrapher.