We know that the trend in today's world is to buck tradition. The more creative you can be and the more cutting edge seems to get all of the applause. But there are times when something that is old school or shall we say an ancient art form still grabs attention and has a place in our society. One of the prime examples of where this is true is in the wedding world. When it comes time to design your invitations, there is truly nothing like hiring a professional calligrapher to make out your envelopes and invitations in a special hand written cursive. Think about all of the time and money that you are spending on the invitation itself, why not go the extra mile and complete the picture. Your guests will be super impressed and they will feel like they are being invited to a very special ball if you add this very special touch. It will definitely get everyone very excited about what is going to happen. If you decide to go this route, you will want to make sure that you hire a true professional because that is the only standard that you should hold your wedding plans up to. Do not let a cousin or a friend tell you that they have really good handwriting and that you should leave it up to them. This would be a huge mistake. Here is a guide that will lead you to the exact place that you want to get to, a professional calligrapher who will provide you with an amazing art form on your big day.
This might be the kind of search that you have never had to conduct before. There are a few different ways that you could pursue, but we believe that there are three basic ways that will suffice. The first thing that you need to try and do is harness the power of the world wide web. Do a Google search for “calligraphers in the Charlotte area.” There is no doubt that you will see a number of results that come back to you after pressing enter. Start clicking on links and checking out websites. You will especially want to pay attention to the online portfolio section. Hopefully they have posted some of their work for past clients. When you see some calligraphic work that knocks your socks off, write down the name and contact information of the candidate. Also, talk to your wedding vendors that you have a relationship with. Call each one and see if they can recommend any calligraphers. And one source that we recommend that you never neglect is your family, friends and coworkers. Maybe someone you know has had a previous experience with a calligrapher. If it was positive, add their name to your list of potential candidates. It is now time to setup an interview with each of your candidates.
You definitely want to talk about turn around time. Depending on when you are conducting your interview, this could be a major issue. Under normal circumstances, a professional calligrapher will take around two weeks to get your finished product back to you. But you never know, you may have caught them at a time when they have more clients than usual. Take a look at several samples and at their portfolio of cursive writing to see if you like their ability and their style. Ask them if they will provide you a guide that shows you the format they would like to see your addresses in. Find out how many extra envelopes they will need for corrections. Keep in mind that there will be mistakes, everyone makes them. Ask them for at least 3 to 5 references. Call up each one and find out about their experience with the calligrapher. Of course, you will need to find out how much their talent and skill is going to cost you. When you are really wowed by a specific candidate, ask for a contract and get ready to have some of the most amazing invitations created to announce your very special day.