Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher (Guest Post)

Today I am so thrilled to have Emily Cromwell speaking about her experiences as a calligrapher and sharing her best tips for how to make the process of hiring one go as smooth as possible. Thank you so much for sharing today, Emily!! xoxo, Stacia

Hello!

My name is Emily Cromwell. I am an illustrator with a passion for hand lettering and designing things that make people smile! I am so excited to be here to talk to you today about one of my favorite subjects, calligraphy! I’m going to be giving you some wonderful tips about working with a calligrapher for your wedding, and I promise, it’s super easy!

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

Calligraphy and hand lettering have been making a big come back these days. More and more brides are wanting their wedding invitations, save the dates, envelopes, and escort cards hand lettered or done with a modern calligraphy style. Who could blame them?! I love to hand letter because I believe that there is just something so beautiful about it, something that a computer could never be able to achieve.

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

When you’re working with a calligrapher, there are a few things that you will want to take into consideration and remember to do. First and foremost, always make sure to double check, even triple or quadruple check, your information that you are sending over to your calligrapher. Whether its information to be put on your invitation, your guest list, or names for escort cards, you always want to make sure that you haven’t made any mistakes when writing everything up. Make sure to check for any misspellings of last names, correct titles such as Miss or Mrs., and correct addresses as well. A good way to remember it is whatever you want your calligrapher to write (such as VA or Virginia), make sure to write it the way you want it written. And remember, your calligrapher has no idea how to spell someone’s last name, so they won’t know if it’s wrong or not.

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

Another piece of information to take into consideration is start thinking about the style of calligraphy that you are looking for. Are you wanting the calligraphy to be loose and care free or are you wanting it to be structured and planned out? Everyone has different tastes, so remember to talk with your calligrapher about how you are envisioning the final product to come out! Don’t be afraid to ask for some photos of previous work that they have done, you just may find a style that they've done before that you like!

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

Remember, this is a wonderful time in your life, just have fun with the whole thing! Your calligrapher is going to want to make this process as easy for you as possible, so don’t worry about a thing. When I am working with clients, I always make sure to update them on the process and send them pictures to keep them up to date on everything. So, don’t be afraid to ask your calligrapher to keep you updated and send you some photos along the way!

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

Well, it’s been great being here today! I hope you found this article helpful and for all of you soon to be brides out there, have a wonderful and beautiful wedding day!

-Emily

Tips for Working with Your Calligrapher - Paper Swallow Events

Emily Cromwell is an artist and illustrator based in a tiny town in Massachusetts. She specializes in hand lettering and illustration design. She strives to design beautiful things that bring more joy into the world. In her spare time she likes to doodle new ideas in her sketchbook, read a good book on her beloved nook, and travel to new and exciting places!
You can find her at www.emilycromwell.com