Calligraphy, which literally means "beautiful writing", is the perfect
way to add that romantic touch to your invitations.
Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you
in your wedding planning:
When should my invitations be mailed?
A. Six to eight weeks prior to the event,
unless 'save the date' cards have been mailed. Then four to five weeks
What format should my address list have?
Your address list should be TYPED in upper and lower case letters,
EXACTLY as you want it to appear on the envelopes. Handwritten address
list are not accepted.
What is the accepted format for inner envelope names?
A. The traditional format for addressing the inner envelope is to
simply state the salutation and last name, i.e. Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
However, some brides choose to use a less formal style, i.e. Aunt Sally
and Uncle John or Sally and John. When using first names, the woman's
name is listed first.
Are children's names listed on the envelope address?
A. If there is only one envelope, the children's names should be listed
on the outer envelope. If there is an inner and outer envelope, the
children's names only go on the inner envelope. Children over the age
of 18 should receive a separate invitation. "and family" should be
avoided if possible.
If a guest or escort is being invited, should this be on the outer
A. If there are two envelopes, the guest or escort only goes on the
inner envelope. If there is only one envelope, it goes on the outer
If only one of the couple has a title, who should be listed first?
A. When using titles, the titled individual is listed first, i.e. Dr.
Sherri Smith and Mr. Steven Smith.
Are different ink colors offered?
A. Yes. Standard colors are the same price as black.
There is a surcharge to mix colors to match invitations.
There is a 20 cent surcharge for gold, silver or brass ink.
Do you provide calligraphy on hand made or custom paper?
A. Non-traditional envelopes may respond differently to ink. Highly
textured, opaque, or dark paper may not absorb ink as easily and
require special handling. This would be subject to a surcharge.
How many additional envelopes are required?
A. Preferably, 15% additional envelopes to account for additions,
errors and changes. A minimum of 10% is acceptable.
What turn-a-round time do you require to adequately complete the job?
A. Please allow at least two weeks for order completion. Rush orders
with less than a two-week turn-a-round time require a $25.00 surcharge.
What is the lead-time required to reserve a calligraphy order?
A. You may reserve a time slot to ensure availability with a $25.00
deposit going toward your balance. This is highly recommended as I do
pre-book orders and can be unavailable at certain times due to high
To request a quote, please
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