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Charleston Wedding Calligraphy


Your wedding is such a special event and it is so nice when everything that you have planned turns out perfectly. One of the first things that you will have on your agenda after you agree to say I do is getting your invitations out. There are many decisions to make in this regard and we know that you want to make a great first impression on everyone. In order to make sure that that happens, one of the things that you should seriously consider is hiring a calligrapher to fill out your invitations and your envelopes that will be going out. This provides such a nice personal touch that your guests will absolutely love. But the key to making this happen is to hire a true professional calligrapher for this task. There are a lot of people that fancy themselves as artists or claim to be able to do calligraphy and maybe they are family or friends, but we must warn you that this may not work out to your liking in the end. Many a bride has entrusted their calligraphy needs to someone they knew only to be horrified by the result. So, we highly recommend that you start searching around the Charleston area for some professionals that you want to consider for your wedding. Once you have a few candidates that you want to check out further, here is a guide that provides you with advice on how to narrow your choice down to the perfect candidate for you.


There are some truly excellent calligraphers in the Charleston area for you to check out. One of your first moves should be to ask your friends, family, and coworkers if they have ever hired a calligrapher before or if they have any recommendations based on the finished product they have seen from an artist. Of course, you can always do a Google search for “calligraphers in the Charleston area.” One other potential source is a wedding vendor that you are either considering or that you have hired. Wedding vendors should know who the really talented calligraphers are. Once you have a star by the candidates that you want to check out further, setup some meetings to interview each one. One thing that we want to warn you about right off the bat is to pay attention to each candidates working background. Taking one class does not make a professional calligrapher. You want and need someone who has quite a bit of experience and who has honed their craft. It truly takes years of practice to be proficient at this art form. So, with that said, you need to see samples from any candidate that you consider.


Have a discussion about timing with any candidate that you interview. Find out how long it will take them to write out all of the information that you are looking for considering the number of invited guests you have on your list. Keep in mind that your invitations are normally mailed out eight weeks before your wedding date. So, your calligrapher needs to be working weeks before that and also providing time for any errors that might need to be corrected or added. So, looking for a calligrapher at least five to six months before your wedding is not out of bounds. The earlier you find someone and hire them, the better for everyone involved. Talk about the type of envelopes you have and what would be best in terms of color, size, and ink.


Professional calligraphers normally like the guest list to be provided to them in a certain format, find out what that is. Expect to provide extra envelopes because nobody is perfect. It is a good rule to provide at least 10 to 15 percent more envelopes than the number of guests invited. Don't forget to ask for references and follow up with each one to make sure that there are no red flags with one of your candidates. Price is a considerations most of the time. Find out if they require a deposit and what method of payment is acceptable. By this time, you should be ready and able to make an informed decision on which calligrapher is the perfect one for your wedding needs.