At one time during a period known as "America's Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship", a person's handwriting  was as important as computer skills are today.  There is now renewed interest in calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, which can say much about your affair before it begins.

    Being a well informed consumer will help you to make an appropriate choice of calligraphy service.  We suggest contacting this specialist before ordering invitations as they may best direct you.  Remember, both "computer calligraphy" & hand-lettering have their uses, but you should always know exactly what you're paying for  & what to expect.  The main issue should always be quality. But there are other issues, also.

    A calligrapher is a human being, not a machine.  A little of the artist will always be reflected in the work produced.  In hiring a calligrapher, always ask about how the work will be produced and see samples.  Ask for a list of previous clients, both corporate & private.  Is the calligrapher trained to mix colors & metallics to match your invitations?  Is the writing clean and sharp or smeared and dull looking?  Are the letters neat and without jagged edges, with the lines well-placed in appropriate size to the piece, straight & with good spacing?  Look carefully at the work:  do you find it warm & beautiful, does it "speak" to you?  Talk honestly with your calligrapher.  Are you on a tight budget, did you need the work 'yesterday'?  A professional will always have advice to solve your problems.

    Finally, provide your calligrapher with a typed list, extras for damages, & color swatches if needed.  Then, relax & let the compliments pour in for the Beautiful Calligraphy & your wonderful affair. 

 

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