Why You Should Hire a Calligrapher

Without having much knowledge or insight into the wedding industry, the cost of things can be a huge shock to many brides. With all the DIY wedding projects on Pinterest, it may seem like doing them yourself is the better way to go. But doing things like addressing envelopes yourself, doesn’t mean it’s more cost effective than if you hire a calligrapher.

What most brides don’t take into account when they decided to take on a laundry list of DIY projects is that life happens. Things don’t go as planned, work gets busy, and projects end up taking longer than you anticipated. They take away time you could be enjoying with friends, family, and your soon-to-be husband. And having tons of projects to complete in the days leading up to your wedding can be stressful.

Water color floral invitation suite designed by Paperloveme Calligraphy

Benefits of Hiring a Calligrapher

Hiring wedding professionals means you get access to their expertise and experience. These professionals listen to your vision and help you figure out how to achieve your dream wedding on your budget. They’re familiar with the ins and outs of the industry.

When you chose to invest in professional wedding vendors for your wedding day, you’re investing in them because of their experience. They know what works and what doesn’t. They’ve done it enough times to know how long it actually takes to address envelopes or create center pieces.

Weddings are a big investment. There are lots of details to think about and you want to make sure you factor each one into your budget. This ensures you have an appropriate budget set up in order to have they wedding you want. If you’re trying to determine whether need a calligrapher, it’s important for you to understand the benefits of working with one.

Black place card with name in gold calligraphy on a clear charger with pink flowers

Importance of Working with a Calligrapher

Why is enlisting a calligrapher to help with your paper goods important? Because your paper goods play a huge role in setting the tone of your wedding day. Your save the dates and wedding invitation suite are the first taste guests have of what your wedding day will be like. Seeing it makes them excited about your big day! And whether it’s a seating chart, ceremony program, or a bar sign, these elements help bring the vibe of your wedding day to life.

Today, I’m thrilled to have Giulissa of Paperloveme Calligraphy on the blog to talk about calligraphy. Let’s dive in!

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01. Tell me a little about you.

My name is Giulissa Principe (soon to be Watkins), but everyone calls me G! It’s easier to spell and pronounce. I spent 15 years in supply chain and logistics. During that time, I took on a big role at a start-up and ended up feeling frustrated and stressed out. I decided to learn Modern Calligraphy to be able to relax and indulge in some “me time”.

Blue and white wedding invitation suite by Paperloveme Calligraphy

02. How did you get started doing calligraphy?

Learning calligraphy allowed me to be more focused and feel less overwhelmed. I ended up falling in love with it! I practiced until I was comfortable enough to start doing projects for my friends. After that, I opened an Etsy shop and that’s when Paperloveme was born.

Soon orders for place cards and envelope calligraphy started popping up in my inbox and Paperloveme turned into a part-time job. My full time job wasn’t becoming any less stressful, so I quit my job at the end of 2017 to pursue Paperloveme full time. It has been a beautiful ride so far!

spring boutonniere with calligraphy name cards

03. What’s your favorite part about weddings?

I love working with brides that have specific ideas about what they want for their wedding paper goods. I love taking all of those creative ideas and bringing it to life for them. Collaborating with brides to make their dreams come true is one of the things I love most about my job. I feel like their fairy godmother!

Partnering with brides that don’t know what they want is equally as exciting. I love the creative freedom it gives me. Seeing the surprise and delight on their faces when they see the final product is why I love what I do. And being able to come away with a new friend after the process is so fun!

blonde bride with blue eyes wearing natural makeup holding a groom card

04. Why do you think hiring a professional calligrapher for your paper goods is so important?

I think it’s important for many reasons.

1. Consistency

Working with a calligrapher ensures your paper goods have a consistent design aesthetic. From your save the date to your reception menus, they can create pieces that match. They ensure your design is carried through every element of your wedding day.

2. Cost Effectiveness

You may not think it’s true, but choosing to work with a calligrapher saves you money. As a calligrapher, I have access to paper suppliers and their vendor pricing. I also spend time finding the best supplies to use for my client’s designs so they get the most value from their wedding stationery.

3.  One Point of Contact

Using different vendors for your paper goods means you end up spending precious time having to explain your vision to each one. It can become overwhelming and time-consuming for you manage. Not to mention, it’s much harder for you to make sure each piece has the same design aesthetic.

Watercolor floral wedding invitation by Paperloveme Calligraphy

05. What are the benefits of hiring a calligrapher versus having a family member or friend do it…or doing it yourself?

A professional calligrapher is a more reliable source. They’ll make sure that you get exactly what you asked for. It’s easier for you to let them know you’re unhappy with the result. When you work with a family member or friend, it can get awkward. Feelings can get hurt and that adds extra stress to you. It’s not worth the extra money you might save.

Jenna’s Tip: Another huge benefit to using a calligrapher is that it saves you time. Addressing your envelopes may be fun at first, but if you’re addressing 200 envelopes it can get tiring quickly. All that time you spend on that is time away from other things. Plus, they might not turn out how want them to. You don’t want to look back on your invitations and regret not having pieces that capture your vision.

man wearing a blue and black tux holding a calligraphy wedding note

06. What’s your process once a bride contacts you?

No matter what I’m creating for them, we start by hopping on a quick call. This helps me get to know my clients. On the call, we’ll hash out the details of what they’re looking for and talk about their design vision. After that, I begin working on their pieces.

Blue and white menu card designed by Paperloveme Calligraphy

07. What’s one piece of advice you would offer brides?

Find a calligrapher that you enjoy working with that matches your style and your budget. You want to be confident they understand your vision and will be able to create what you want for your wedding.

acrylic wedding seating chart on an easel in calligraphy

08. When you aren’t doing gorgeous calligraphy projects, what do you like to do?

I’m always doing something – that’s my curse! I’m either working on my house, painting, cleaning, sewing or sketching while watching Netflix or listening to an audio book. I also love spending time with my fiance, exploring Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas or having brunch!

Groom wearing a midnight blue and black tuxedo with a bride wearing custom calligraphy leather jacket

Why Hiring a Calligrapher is Important

Working with a calligrapher ensures you set right tone for your wedding day and makes your guests feel special. There’s nothing quite like getting a hand written envelope in the mail. It’s touching, personal, and something guests will love. It saves you time, money, and it’s one less thing you have to do!

Thank you Giulissa, for sharing your insight about the benefits of using a calligrapher. Giulissa is a creative and talented calligrapher who designs beautiful and elegant pieces for her clients.

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Photo Credits (listed in the order they appear in the blog post)

1. Photography: Madison Ellis Photography | Invitation: Paperloveme Calligraphy

2. Photography: Jasmin Lee Photography | Place Card: Paperloveme Calligraphy

3. Photography: Paperloveme Calligraphy

4. Photography: Radostina Photography | Invitation Suite: Paperloveme Calligraphy

5. Photography: Jasmin Lee Photography | Name Cards: Paperloveme Calligraphy

6. Photography: Radostina Photography | Name Card: Paperloveme Calligraphy

7. Photography: Madison Ellis Photography | Invitation: Paperloveme Calligraphy

8. Photography: Jasmin Lee Photography | Letter to Groom: Paperloveme Calligraphy

9. Photography: Radostina Photography | Menu: Paperloveme Calligraphy

10. Photography: Jasmin Lee Photography | Acrylic Seating Chart: Paperloveme Calligraphy

11. Photography: Pat Furey Photo | Design & Planning: Modern Kicks | Florals: Hudson Botanica | Venue: Basilica Hudson | Caterer: Marcey Brownstein | Lucite Signage: Modern Kicks | Videography: LoveBrain Films | DJ: Bed Goldfarb of 74 Events | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Stationery: Gubba Gumma | Wedding Dress & Veil: Karen Willis Holmes | Bride’s Attire: Kate Spade | Bride’s Custom Leather Jacket: Paperloveme Calligraphy | Groom’s Attire: Todd Snyder & Drake’s | Wedding Party Attire: Adrianna Papell & Todd Snyder | Hair: Grant of Cut-Splice | Makeup: Becca of Cut-Splice | Jewelry: La Kaiser | Rings: Brilliantly Engaged by Mark Turnowski, Lauren B Jewelry, Mr. OK Grooms | Shoes: BHLDN, Crockett & Jones | Cake: Milk Bar | Photobooth: Rose & Dale Photo Co. | Officiant: Linda Bock

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