Planning Your Wedding Calligraphy
- Booking Calligraphy by Marcia Aronow: I recommend booking me for your event calligraphy early in the process, or as soon as you order your invitations. After we agree on details, a deposit is required to hold time for you in my schedule. See Pricing & FAQ's for pricing information. Contact Me with any questions and I'll help you get the process started.
- Preparing your invitation guest list: Please submit your guest list in Word format. I will forward a template to you for single or double envelopes, or for place cards. Your guest list should be typed in 14 pt., complete and accurate. Do not use all caps & please don't abbreviate (with the exception of titles). Your list should be created alphabetically by last name. Include titles/names, address, city, state and ZIP code. Check all zip codes on USPS. Don't forget yourself and your officiant! How you type your guest list is exactly how I will address your event pieces.
- Addressing etiquette tips: Download my etiquette guide, Guidelines for Addressing Your Envelopes, for help in preparing your invitation guest list. Additional help can be found at Emily Post. I'm happy to answer any of your etiquette questions.
- Escort or place card guest list: Your place card guest list should also be typed. I will provide a Word place card template for your list creation. Your cards can be inscribed formally or informally. For more formal and traditional events, escort or place cards may be written using titles with first/last names such as, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. This is the same wording as how your guest's invitation was addressed. Some like a more casual feel for their reception place cards and prefer only first/last names to be written without titles. Adult children should receive their own place cards.
- Changes to your guest list: Once I begin calligraphy, any changes or additions to your guest list should be emailed separately to me. It's not necessary to re-send the entire guest list.
- Order extra envelopes and place cards: Please provide 25 additional envelopes (both outer and inner) or place cards for every 100 to be addressed, to allow for mistakes, changes or additions to your guest list, damaged paper stock or errors.
- Turn around time: Turn around time for each order can vary. Typical orders of 100 single envelopes require two weeks to complete.
- Mailing your invitations: Hand addressed wedding invitations should be mailed eight weeks prior to your event, longer if mailing overseas. Save The Dates are typically mailed out five to ten months prior to your event, so plan accordingly for these as well. I recommend that you take a complete, fully assembled invitation to your post office to be weighed. This will ensure that your invitations have the correct postage before you mail them.