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Wedding Invitation Assembly Q & A: Calligraphy Cost Turnaround
How long does calligraphy take and how much does it cost?
This depends on calligrapher. Generally it's a good idea to allow 2-3 weeks for calligraphy. You can ask your stationer to print your invitation envelopes ahead so that your calligrapher can get started while you're finalizing your invitations. Calligraphy is labor-intensive so usually costs about $4-$5 per envelope for the guest address (not including your return address).
Tips for working with a calligrapher:
- Order at least 20% extra envelopes for the calligrapher to cover addressing mistakes.
- Addressing opaque (colored or lined) envelopes may cost more than white envelopes because the calligraphy must hand line the envelopes before addressing them.
- The calligrapher makes light pencil lines on your envelopes to ensure proper alignment, then erases them when the addresses are complete. For white envelopes, calligraphers will typically use a light table, which allows a lined template to show through the envelope to guide alignment.
- If your calligrapher is not local, remember to budget for the time and cost of sending the envelopes to and from the calligrapher.
- When putting together your guest list, spell out all abbreviations and list guests' names with formal titles (e.g. Mr., Mrs.) exactly as you want them to appear. Some calligraphers will catch etiquette and even address errors, but you should be prepared for your envelopes to be addressed exactly as noted in your list.