Fort Myers Wedding Calligraphy

Your very special day is coming up very quickly and you want are full of many different emotions all at the same time. You are excited, nervous, and full of anticipation. You have been working on those all important invitations and one of the elements that you are very seriously considering is hiring a calligrapher in order to give your invitations that very personal touch. For some people, any form of cursive writing is like an ancient ritual that has died off. But in this one case, it actually fits very well and provides that wow factor that your guests will immediately appreciate. But as with anything, the key to having it done is making sure that you hire someone who can truly perform quality calligraphy. So, that probably has you asking how does a person determine what is quality and what is not. Keep in mind that anyone can call themselves a calligrapher, but that does not mean that they are a seasoned professional with a lot of talent and can provide you with something that you will be more than satisfied with. There are specific things that you should be looking for when you search the Fort Myers area for a professional calligrapher. This brief guide will help you in that search.

First, you need to find some quality candidates to consider. There are a few different ways that you can do this. A good start would be to ask your friends, family, and coworkers about any experiences they might have had with calligraphers. If someone has, this would be a very good thing for you because it is like a built-in first hand source. Another potential source is Google. You can search for “calligraphers in the Fort Myers area.” And don't forget about your wedding vendors. It would be shocking if they could not give you at least a name or two. Once you have a few names for consideration, it is time to meet your candidates, look them in the eyes and ask a few questions. You may be surprised, but we suggest that the first question out of your mouth be, “do you use a dip pen?” If they say no, move onto your next candidate. A true professional uses nothing but a dip pen. Talk about their experience and how long they have been doing calligraphy. The more time and chances they have had to hone their craft the better for you because calligraphy is one of those arts where the truly talented get better with practice. Make sure that you check out their portfolio and determine whether you like what they have done in the past.

There are time considerations for you to talk about. Ask how long it will take to have your materials completed and in your hands. For each candidate to give you a time frame, they will have to know how many guests that you are inviting. Invitations are usually mailed out eight weeks before the wedding. So make sure that you give your calligrapher of choice enough time. Figure in time for potential corrections and you will know when you need to hire a calligrapher by.

Most calligraphers like your guest list to be provided to them in a specific style, make sure that you find out what exactly that is. Ask each candidate how many extra envelopes they want provided to them in case of mistakes. You definitely want to get references and talk to each one to find out how things went in the past. How much do they charge for their services? Make sure that they tell you the bottom line price with no hidden fees. Ask if they require a deposit? When you find that one candidate that blows you away and that you can afford, it is time to hire your latest vendor.

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