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Pushing the Envelope

Make a personal first impression with stunning calligraphy.

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    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Calligraphy with Style by ReneƩ Polcher. Cost: $2 per outer envelope.
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    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher. Cost: $2.75 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Calligraphy with Style by ReneƩ Polcher. Cost: $2 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Crystal Kluge Hand-lettering & Illustration. Cost: $3.75 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Katie Murphy Design & Stationery. Cost: $1.25 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher. Cost: $2.75 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Crystal Kluge Hand-lettering & Illustration. Cost: $3.75 per outer envelope.
  • Calligraphy
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Crystal Kluge Hand-lettering & Illustration. Cost: $3.75 per outer envelope.

Calligraphy 101:

What you need to know

•As weddings continue to get more casual, addressing etiquette is becoming more personalized and less traditional. Find a formula that works best for you.

•Give your calligrapher an idea of what inspires you. Details such as where you’re getting married and how traditional you plan to be can influence the lettering style.

•Quirky, unconventional styles, such as freehand lettering or addressing the envelopes at an angle, are gaining popularity.

•Make sure your guest list is typed out exactly as you would like the names, titles, and addresses to appear.

•If you have questions about etiquette, ask your calligrapher for guidance—they’ve seen it all.

•Don’t be afraid to think beyond traditional color palettes. White ink on dark-colored envelopes is beautifully dramatic—and very trendy.

•Supply your calligrapher with 10 to 20 percent more paper or envelopes than needed. There are always those forgotten neighbors, cousins, and friends of the future in-laws who finagle their way onto the guest list.

•Provide extra envelopes so your calligrapher can experiment, test the ink and paper, and redo errors.

•Not all papers are suitable for all inks. If possible, send your calligrapher a sample of your paper before you start.

•Before you hit the post, be sure to recheck the calligrapher’s work against your master address list. Mistakes happen.

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