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Calligraphy: why is it really necessary? | After I Said Yes

Calligraphy: why is it really necessary?
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 Today I am happy to have Melissa Brown, owner of  Calligraphia by Melissa
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as our guest blogger.  She has close to 20 years in calligraphy. 

Whenever people think of calligraphy, the ancient practice of beautiful hand-lettering, they often comment that it is a “lost” or at best a “dying” art in this age of digital printing. However, using hand-lettered calligraphy to address envelopes, place cards and other stationery for your wedding undoubtedly reaches your invited guests on a personal level that says you care about them. In addition, it provides a first glimpse at the elegance of the event you are planning and leaves a lasting impression for years to come.

Hiring a professional calligrapher for your wedding can save a lot of time and frustration leading up to the big day.  Calligraphy takes years of practice to perfect, and trusting an experienced person to handle the details should guarantee excellence in the quality of the lettering and a timely delivery of finished materials. If you have no clue about envelope etiquette, a calligrapher will have knowledge of this. They may also offer complete invitation assembly and possibly even mail them for you!

When hiring a calligrapher it isn’t essential for the person to have a Master’s degree in the arts, but they should have had training from another artist or mentor as well as several years of experience. Ask questions such as how long they have been doing calligraphy, where they learned it, and which “hands” they specialize in. Then be sure to see samples of their recent work and get recommendations or read testimonials that are published in public forums. The pen strokes should be consistent and confident and the reviews should be good – you will be able to tell a seasoned artist from a newer hobbyist pretty quickly.

Finally, calligraphy shouldn’t eat into your wedding budget. This is often one of the hottest “DIY” items. Most brides fear that hiring a calligrapher will be extravagantly expensive, so they decide to do without it or attempt it themselves in a pinch. This isn’t necessarily the case – good calligraphy is truly affordable as well as valuable, which is why it is making a comeback.

So, is it really necessary? It depends on how much the details matter toward making your event spectacular!

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About Mark Moberg

Mark has been photographing weddings for over 40 years. First as an assistant to his father and then for the last 25 years on his own. He specializes in romantic fine art photography. He still loves to use film for his photography because of the unique qualities that it provides to his wedding work. Mark has photographed wedding throughout the world including Scotland and Nigeria. You can view his work at www.mobergphotography.com

One Response to “Calligraphy: why is it really necessary?”

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    Ashantai Yungai
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    January 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #
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    This is a great post! =) The old adage “I’d be rich if I had a nickel every time I……” comes to mind. I hear this quite frequently. Then they see my art and are enthralled!

    Calligraphy does provide a good first impression. It should impress upon your guests a “We have to attend this!” or “there’s NO WAY I will miss this!” mentality. That’s what goes into stroke of the nib when I address envelopes.

    And yes. A good calligrapher is worth every penny. It is arguably one of the more economical purchases in the wedding suite that will have an immediate and lasting affect.

    Well explained Melissa! =)

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