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Calligraphy Week IV: Anne Elser Design

February 5, 2009

Everyone, meet Anne Elser….

website: Anne Elser Calligraphy
phone: 404-509-9676
email: Anne@AnneElserDesign.com
blog: Anne Pages


What styles do you offer?
I do three different styles based on copperplate script calligraphy:
Traditional & Formal
Traditional & Spirited

How long does the envelope addressing process typically take?
One weekend.

Do you ship nationally?

Is there a minimum order?
$85.00 min fee

Do you offer services other than envelope addressing?

Yes, I also design and calligraph wedding invitations, RSVP cards, table cards, etc.

How did you get started as a calligrapher?
I took one calligraphy class years ago which was enough to whet my appetite.
Addressing my own wedding invitations in 2002 was enough to get my work
out there for people to see. Then the orders started coming in. I’ve been having
fun ever since.

Where do you find inspiration?
Color and sound.

Any new products/type styles in the works?

Italic calligraphy
Blackletter calligraphy

1. Breathe!
2. Have fun.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

To see more samples of Anne’s work and for pricing information, be sure to visit her website!

Tomorrow we spotlight the last of our talented calligraphers. If you’ve missed our first three posts during Calligraphy Week, see them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Tips and Tidbits / Vendor Love

Calligraphy Week III: SD Calligraphy

February 4, 2009

Today we’d like to welcome Sarah Darcy of SD Calligraphy….

website: www.webng.com/sarahdarcy
e-mail: sarahdarcy@gmail.com
blog: Classic Bride


What styles do you offer?
I offer two very different yet classic styles:
Chelsea: A playful and flirty lettering infused with a bit of Parisian flair
and Jane: A no-frills print perfect for the minimalist at heart

How long does the envelope addressing process typically take?
Typically I ask to have at least two weeks to work on envelopes but it really depends on the lettering style and the number of envelopes to be addressed. Rush orders are always an option, as well.

Do you ship nationally?
Nationally and internationally! :o)

Is there a minimum order?
For hand-addressing, there is a minimum order of 10 envelopes.

Do you offer services other than envelope addressing?
Absolutely! I offer hand-lettering for escort/place cards and signage for social events of all kinds. I’m also completely open to working one-on-one with clients and businesses for custom orders.

What inspired the names for your lettering styles?
The lines and curves of my lettering styles inspired the names. The name ‘Chelsea’ appealed to me because I find the name to evoke a coquettishness and with the embellishments and curls featured in the style, I felt like the two were a perfect match. The name ‘Jane’ appealed to me for its simplistic beauty – exactly what I aim to create when I write in the style.

How would you describe your style?
Tradition with a modern twist.

Any new products/type styles in the works?
Yes! Custom maps, calling cards, note cards and geneology charts are currently in the works. You can have a sneak peek here.

1. Don’t limit inspiration to wedding magazines, books and blogs. Look all around. Find inspiration in your travels, in songs, pieces of art, fashion, architecture, current events, etc. Frame your wedding day with the same beauty that inspires you every day.

2. Not everyone will agree with me on this but I recommend tossing the notion of a traditional registry. Enjoy time with your guests and let their presence be gift enough. Set up a charity donation (We used the I Do Foundation <http://www.idofoundation.org/> ) for those who are so compelled.

3. Enjoy your day! Forget the details (just this once) and embrace the true beauty of the day – celebrating your marriage surrounded by friends and family.

{Photo Credits: Photos 1+4+5+7: Look Photography }

Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Be sure to check out Sarah’s website to see more of her work and visit her blog for classic finds, tips and inspiration!

Stay tuned for more tomorrow…and if you missed Parts 1 and 2 of our Calligraphy Week, you can see them here and here.

Tips and Tidbits / Vendor Love

Calligraphy Week II: MM Ink Calligraphy

February 3, 2009

Our first guest this week is Moya Minns of MM Ink Calligraphy…

website: MMInkDesigns.com
email: info@mminkdesigns.com
phone: 770.837.7000
blog: elle-B

How long does the envelope addressing process typically take?
For both inner and outer envelopes, the addressing takes approximately 2-3 weeks depending on the quantity.

What styles do you offer?
To cater to varying preferences, the styles I offer range from casual/traditional styles to sophisticated/chic designs. They are Italic, Copperplate, Bickham, Rook, Confection, a Rook Variation, a Burguess Variation, Citadel and Pendulum. My online portfolio will be updated soon with samples of each of these. Stay tuned!
I also enjoy doing other lettering styles to suit a client’s needs. I work with both broad edge nibs and pointed pen nibs so there’s a lot of flexibility.

Do you ship nationally?
Yes I do and I can also ship internationally.

Is there a minimum order?
No – no order is too small.

Do you offer services other than envelope addressing?
Yes, I offer lettering for reception items such as escort cards, favor tags, menus and seating charts. I also offer custom invitation designs, lettering for reproduction; and I have also introduced an MM Ink exclusive – my threaded lettering.

How did you learn calligraphy?
I always enjoyed drawing and sketching as a young girl. I received a calligraphy set as a gift that came with a little ‘how to’ book. I could not put the pen down! I even did my homework with the pen. It was definitely not really an ‘in’ thing at the time but its gracefulness really caught my attention. I went on to study under internationally known calligrapher, Sheila Waters, for broad edge pen instruction; and Chief White House Calligrapher, Pat Blair, for pointed pen lessons.

What’s the best thing about being a calligrapher?
To see the expression on a client’s face when they see the lettering – it’s priceless; and to be a part of such wonderful occasions is a true honor.

Any new products/type styles in the works?
Yes, I am working on a few additions to my style sheet including a Spencerian script and a line of greeting cards is on my to-do list.

{The photo below shows some of Moya’s amazing threaded lettering}

1.  Pre-order your envelopes so that your calligrapher can get started as soon as possible
2.  Hire a calligrapher who you feel most comfortable with and sees your vision for your event
3. The wedding is your special day – take the time to savor the moment!

Be sure to visit Moya’s beautiful website and behind-the-scenes blog for more info!

Stay tuned for more tomorrow…and if you missed Part 1 of Calligraphy Week, see it here.

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Calligraphy Week I: Beautiful Writing

February 2, 2009

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to Calligraphy Week! This week, we will introduce you to four talented calligraphers who will share a few tips and give us some insight into the way they work and their overall style.

To start things off, I thought I would share a little information about this beautiful art form and what to look for when you decide to hire a calligrapher…

Calligraphy literally means ‘beautiful writing’. The word originated from the Greek ‘kalli’ (which means beautiful) and ‘graphia’ (which means writing). The fluid and expressive lines of calligraphy can really add a timeless, personal touch to your envelopes, place cards or whatever item it’s added to. There is an undeniable artistry and craftsmanship that goes into every letter form and in this digital age where so many things are mass-produced, it’s wonderful to know that this form of art still survives.

Everyone’s wedding budget and list of priorities will differ (and I know we at betsywhite are probably a little biased due to our love for all things paper) but if it is at all possible, try to include calligraphy in your list of ‘must-haves’. Your guests will love to see their names written in unique hand lettering and there’s nothing like a beautifully addressed envelope (along with a selection of well-chosen stamps) to really set the tone for your wedding or special event.

{above, calligraphy details add a timeless touch to these beautiful wedding cakes}

There are many different types of calligraphy, ranging from heavily flourished, almost abstract letter forms to simple, modern type styles.  Also, although the tools of the trade are essentially the same (pen, ink and paper), each calligrapher will add their own individual style to those different types of calligraphy. So the first thing to do is determine what type of calligraphy you like and what will work best with the style of invitations you plan to order.

Along with searching online, it’s also a good idea to ask for referrals from your stationer, wedding planner or friends and family who might have used a calligrapher for their own event. Of course, we will also be showcasing four amazing calligraphers on Flights of Fancy this week so you can also start your search right here!

Once you’ve narrowed your list down to two or three favorites, be sure to ask how their pricing is structured. Since calligraphy is truly an art form, each calligrapher will probably price their work differently – some will charge by the line, some will charge by the envelope or even by the writing style, with more elaborate styles being more expensive. A calligrapher might also charge by the project if you are requesting a special item like a Ketubah or custom map.

Finally, when doing your research, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Before you hire a calligrapher (or any wedding vendor, for that matter), you need to make sure you’re both on the same page. Ask to see samples, ask about their process – ask any question you feel will help you to make the best decision.

{in the images above, heavily flourished letter forms are used as art in the backdrops of these photos}

Hopefully these tidbits will be helpful along the way…

1. Research and book your calligrapher as early as possible to ensure you can both fit into each others schedule.

2. There’s no need to limit yourself to local calligraphers – most will ship nationally and internationally.

3. Always order extra envelopes so your calligrapher will have an overage in case of errors.

4. Schedule to have your envelopes completed a week or two before you need to mail your invitations. This will give you enough time to stuff and stamp the envelopes and have any errors corrected.

5. Ask you calligrapher exactly how you should format your mailing list – you will need to make it as clear as possible to avoid unnecessary errors. Also double (and triple) check the list before you send it.

6. Although most calligraphers will catch and correct mistakes before sending your envelopes, recheck your items as soon as you receive them to ensure there is enough time to have an error corrected if one happens to slip through the cracks.

Tomorrow we introduce our first calligraphy feature…stay tuned!

Photo Credits:
Calligraphy Week header: calligraphy by Moya Minns of MM Ink
Green & blue envelopes (row 3): calligraphy by Moya Minns, photo via Caribbean Bride
Calligrapher at work: Anne Elser, photographed by Claudia López Photography
All other photos: Martha Stewart Weddings