7 no-fluff reasons to hire a wedding calligrapher
So, there’s always this thing that people mistakenly think when they’re buying wedding stationery or hiring a wedding calligrapher. They always think that it will take less time than it does, or that pretty “handwriting” just comes naturally.
The thing is, I’m not saying it’s their fault at all! I totally get why people would think it’s easy to throw together an invitation or wedding sign. Most of us have working knowledge of how to print documents (for school, work, etc). How hard could it be to put words on a page, right?
But this is what I want everyone to know who might ever think about hiring a calligrapher: there is SO much that goes into your wedding stationery that you might not be aware of! I want to share with you six reasons to consider hiring a calligrapher for your wedding.
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1. A calligrapher saves you a ton of time
There is SO much to plan and do when you get engaged. I remember after the excitement of Caleb’s proposal wore off a little bit, I started realizing that I suddenly had a mile long to do list–and I had no idea how it was all going to get done in the 10 months I had!
I started out by trying to DIY everything for our wedding. Guys, I spent (read: wasted) so much time trying to get everything perfect. It was fun at first, but quickly it became a burden, and I got to the point where I just wanted to be done with it. And after that point? My wedding started to not feel like us anymore, because I didn’t have the energy to keep making decisions.
Hiring a calligrapher is a big time saver. It allows you to take one big task off your list and know that you’ll get a beautiful end result.
2. A calligrapher helps you stay sane
You can't plan the whole wedding by yourself, and stay sane. The more you can delegate (to the right people), the better. And the thing about weddings is, you can only delegate so much out. Some things only you can do, so you want to be able to do those things very well.
No one else can decide the guest list for you, welcome out of town relatives or communicate all the logistics to your bridal party. And, you’re the reason all your loved ones are gathering–so you want to be able to relax and enjoy quality time together!
But there are things that you can (and will be thankful you did) delegate. Calligraphy falls into that category. It’s something that takes a lot of time–that you don’t have–and it’s something that other people are really, really good at (not bragging–I'm genuinely impressed by other calligrapher's mad skills!)
It might surprise you how much work and planning goes into creating a wedding invitation, so working with someone who knows what they’re doing is going to save you a lot of hassle.
3. A calligrapher handles a lot of technical stuff
There are a lot of technical skills that goes into your wedding stationery–not just the lettering! There’s the printing process, formatting all the addresses, sourcing materials and more.
Have you ever noticed how at home printers can be an extremely difficult machines to work with? At my old job, we had a printer we affectionately called “Princess” because she was so erratic. I mean, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to print and re-print before getting it right. No one likes paper jams!
The thing about working with a calligrapher is that they’ve got the process down to a science. Calligraphers know how to be the most efficient with these things because we have to do it all the time. Save yourself the headache (and the ink cartridges) and allow a professional to make sure your stationery turns out right!
4. A calligrapher makes your money go farther
What I love so much about calligraphy is that it’s one of the easiest ways to make your guests feel loved. It’s a small detail of your wedding, with a big impact. Now I’m not saying that calligraphy services are cheap, but in comparison with the other costs of a wedding, it is relatively low for the impact it makes to your guests and in your photos.
Your guests might not remember the color of your bridesmaid dresses, or the pretty chairs you rented but they’ll probably remember that their name was hand lettered on a place card at their table setting.
One of my brides had each guest’s name written on a small envelope as their place cards, and then she wrote a little note inside the envelope for them. The idea was unique, heartfelt, and made her guests feel really cared for. The place cards cost under $150 and she was able to make a big impact in her photos and in the experience of her guests.
Calligraphy is likely to be one of your less costly wedding vendors in the big picture, yet it leaves your guests feeling thought of and loved. It might not be as expensive, but it feels like a fun splurge. It enhances your photos (which is really all you’ll have to look back on afterward) and it gives you the opportunity to create something that is really unique and memorable.
5. A calligrapher saves you money
What I'm referring to in this point can be summed up in one word: wholesale. Most calligraphers have special wholesale accounts with paper suppliers (and other suppliers like ribbons, wax seals and envelopes) that aren't available to everyone.
A lot of stationery designers go through an extensive process to open wholesale accounts, and get special discounts on invitation supplies. And, we also spend time researching and sourcing the highest quality products, so you don't have to waste your time with it. Hiring a calligrapher will help you get the best value out of your wedding stationery.
6. A calligrapher helps you avoid wedding regrets
I have a confession to make–I regret not hiring a calligrapher for my own wedding invitations.
The reason? I wasn’t a calligrapher at the time (it was before I was practicing calligraphy). I had no idea what I was doing and it really shows. I thought I could "just make it work." The lettering was sloppy, the design was cluttered, and I was never really happy with them.
I have one single photo of them (they weren't super appealing to photograph), and I didn’t even want to include it in my wedding album because that wasn’t how I wanted to remember the day. I feel like I saw so many pretty pictures on Pinterest, but then had a total “nailed it!” moment when I tried it myself, haha!
Your wedding is a special time, and you don’t want to look back on it regretfully. You don’t want things to just be “ok” on the happiest day of your life! Going with a professional means you have someone who will work with you and truly capture your vision.
7. Why not?
What other occasion in your life will you have an event as fancy and joyful as your wedding? Most events in your life won’t warrant the option for escort cards, formal invitations, and beautiful signage, so why not have fun with details?
Now, I don’t think anyone should go into debt for the wedding, but if the budget is there, when else will you have the occasion to have fun with fancy details?
You’ve probably spent hours planning and crafting your wedding day, so why not wow your guests with beautiful handmade calligraphy? I would argue that your wedding is one of the most wonderful days of your life, and it deserves a special and beautiful touch.
I want to hear from you!
What questions do you have about hiring a calligrapher? I’d love to answer them! If wedding calligraphy is something you’ve been considering, let’s talk more about the services I provide. Inquire by clicking the button below and tell me a little bit about your vision so we can make it come to life!