Dear Devon: Cost of Calligraphy

February 23, 2009

How much does calligraphy cost?  Is it worth it?

Depending on the experience and location of the calligrapher, calligraphy can typically range anywhere from $2.50 to $5.00 (and even more) per envelope.  Some calligraphers charge per line (Jonathan Lane charges $.085 to $1.12 per line), other calligraphers charge per envelope.  If you order both inner and outer envelopes, usually there will be a slight discount on the set.

When looking for a calligrapher, make sure to ask the price and the average turnaround time.  Because your invitations will need to be mailed 6-8 weeks before your wedding date, you’ll need to give your calligrapher plenty of time to address the envelopes and return them to you to be stuffed and mailed.  Two weeks is usually an average turnaround time for a set of 100-125 envelopes.

Is it worth it?  Depending on your budget, yes.  Calligraphy adds an extra touch to your invitation.  If you are especially cost conscious, I would think about eliminating the “reception card,” or opting for a postcard response card, and splurging on calligraphy.  Look how beautiful it can be!

lhcalligraphy Photo: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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