Where to Begin | FAQ

I know I want to use handwritten calligraphy to add an elegant and personal touch to my wedding; can you describe all the options for implementing this art form for my special day?

If I’m planning to have you address my envelopes, what do I need to know before I order invitations?

How long does the calligraphy process take?

How far in advance of my wedding should I book your services, and how do I secure a spot on your schedule?

What calligraphy styles do you offer?

Can you match a pre-designed calligraphic style and color palette?

In what format should I provide my guest list? What should I do if I have last-minute additions to our guest list?

I have some names in my guest list that don’t fit the “Mr. and Mrs.” format. Can you help me figure out how they should be written?

Can you coordinate directly with my wedding planner?

How do you handle delivery and shipping of invitation materials? Do you ship nationwide?

Do you have an Etsy shop?

I know I want to use handwritten calligraphy to add an elegant and personal touch to my wedding; can you describe all the options for implementing this art form for my special day?

People most often think of using a calligrapher to hand address invitation envelopes. Upon receiving a beautifully addressed and personalized invitation, your guests are certain to feel special at their inclusion in such an exceptional event. However, that lovely, personalized touch also can be carried throughout the printed material of your event in the following ways:

  • A custom, calligraphic invitation suite
  • Contributions to a designed wedding suite
  • A custom, hand-drawn event map embellished with calligraphy
  • Calligraphed chalkboards, table signage, escort cards or place cards
  • Any hand-lettered material of your imagining

If I’m planning to have you address my envelopes, what do I need to know before I order invitations?

There are two things you need to consider, the first of which is timing. Most couples mail their invitations to arrive about eight weeks before their wedding. Calligraphy requires one to two weeks’ work, so aim to have your invitations arrive at least 10 weeks prior to your wedding.

A second important reminder is to order extra envelopes. Calligraphers commit the occasional error, and our tools can be very sensitive sometimes, so I ask that you order 15 percent extra envelopes, an allowance with which your stationer will likely be familiar.

How long does the calligraphy process take?

Most projects require a minimum of one week for production, but I can provide a more specific timeline after you contact me with the details of your event.

How far in advance of my wedding should I book your services, and how do I secure a spot on your schedule?

I typically need at least three weeks notice for a project. Adding in two weeks for production and the goal of the mailing your invitations to arrive eight weeks prior to your event, you should aim to contact me at least 13 weeks before your wedding.

High wedding season (April through June) can book up pretty quickly, so don’t hesitate to reach out even earlier – I accept bookings up to nine months in advance!

Once you contact me with the details of your project, I will send you further information and a contract. In addition to the signed contract, I ask for a 50 percent deposit; once I receive both of those items, I can reserve your spot on my calendar! Your deposit is refundable until I begin work on your project.

Need last-minute help? I do offer rush processing for a 50 percent upcharge if my schedule allows. Rest assured that rush processing does not mean the artistry of your project will be rushed! It simply means I will bump you up in the queue.

What calligraphy styles do you offer?

I have several different styles for you to choose from, including Copperplate and Cecily. Head over to the My Work page to see their creation in action.

Can you match a pre-designed calligraphic style and color palette?

Yes! I absolutely love collaborating with you to make sure that all aspects of your event flow seamlessly with one another. I often can mimic type-set fonts to complement your invitations. And, if you have inspiration photos, I am happy to take a look and let you know what I can do to achieve your desired look.

I also can match ink colors to complement or accent your printed materials and wedding colors. I can hand mix almost any color you would like, including metallics

In what format should I provide my guest list? What should I do if I have last-minute additions to our guest list?

I prefer receiving guest lists electronically in a Microsoft Word or Pages format, but I will accept Excel/Numbers formatting as well. You can send your guest list to me any time before your project is slated to begin. Last minute additions are normal and easily accommodated! Please send those additions to me in a separate document or email so they aren’t confused with the originals.

I have some names in my guest list that don’t fit the “Mr. and Mrs.” format. Can you help me figure out how they should be written?

Of course! I am an etiquette NERD and love all questions of this nature. Ask away! If I don’t know the answer, I usually refer to my hero, Emily Post.

Can you coordinate directly with my wedding planner?

Absolutely! I have worked with many planners in the DC Metro Area and across the country. I am here to make this process as easy and convenient as I can for you, and I am happy to communicate directly with your planner.

How do you handle delivery and shipping of invitation materials? Do you ship nationwide?

If you live outside the DC Metro Area, you can ship your invitation materials using the carrier of your choice to my studio. I can your return you completed project in a similar fashion at the cost of the shipping.

If you reside in the DC Metro Area, you can drop off and pick up materials from my studio or you can arrange to have me do the traveling for a small fee.

Do you have an Etsy shop?

Yes, I do! Head over to sarahbohldesigns.etsy.com!

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