All pricing listed is intended as an estimate that may be subject to change up until the point you confirm an order and pricing arrangement.
The prices listed cover the main scripts I offer: Copperplate Style Script, Engrosser’s Script, Spencerian, Italian Hand, and Contemporary Freestyle. Pricing for other styles is determined on a case by case basis.
Black and brown ink are included.
Stationery and paper are not included.
Calligraphy Design Pricing
Wedding invitations and all the accompanying materials vary significantly according to each unique couple’s sense of style. The pricing estimates listed below cover the most common items included in a wedding suite along with the most common information included on each. I am happy to provide individual quotes for specific items and I recommend you request one if you are looking for something different than what is listed in the descriptions.
Original design work can be provided to you either as camera ready artwork or as a high resolution digital file (tiff, jpg, etc…). The pricing includes an initial planning phase to decide on a script and composition, a first draft of the layout and a full sample of the script, a second review phase to request changes and tweaks to the script or the design, a second, final script sample if needed, and the final piece of work. A more extended design process with additional revisions can be accommodated and will be priced on a case by case basis depending on the work.
General Info and Answers to F.A.Q.’s
“Scripts” and “Hands” are the calligraphic equivalent of fonts in print and digital design. Calligraphers learn different scripts and hands like you might learn to speak a foreign language, and they bring their own unique style to each one. I am most proficient in historic pointed pen scripts with flourished capitals, fine hairlines and shaded letterforms. You can check out the range of scripts I offer in the portfolio section of my website.
Ordering and Turnaround Time
My turnaround time can vary a great deal depending on the size of your order and what other commitments I’ve already booked. I recommend contacting me one to two months in advance of when you will need your order, especially if you have a larger or involved project. You can reserve a time frame on my schedule with a non-refundable 50% deposit of your anticipated order.
I accept rush orders (any order that is placed less than 14 days out from the required completion date) on a case by case basis with a 30% rush fee.
Shipping, Pickup and Delivery
I work full time out of my home studio in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago and can be available for drop-offs and pickups pretty much any time as long as you arrange it in advance. I will also ship pretty much anything nationally or internationally for actual cost through USPS or UPS.
Not all papers are created equal when it comes to calligraphy. Some have rough and textured surfaces that look beautiful but will limit the styles of calligraphy that can be written on them, others are not made to handle ink and may bleed like permanent marker on a paper towel. It’s best to to pick up a sampler of the papers you’re considering and have them tested prior to purchasing everything. I’m happy provide tests of any papers, as well as recommendations with any order.
Extra Stationery Allowances
I am human, which means mistakes will happen. To ensure I’m able to deliver your full order without errors I require at least 15% over the final number of envelopes, cards, or paper needed for your order. Any extra materials left over once your order is complete will be returned to you (unless you request otherwise).
Please provide all guest lists, address lists or other source information in a digital format like Google Docs or Sheets, MS Word or Excel and in a single file. Please format all entries and line breaks as they are intended to occur in the finished work and have at least one other person check your file for errors prior to sending it to me. Typos, mistakes and misspellings that are obvious to you may not be so obvious to me and corrections after the fact are charged as additional items.
I require a non-refundable deposit of half your order up front with the remainder due upon completion. I accept credit cards, cash, and PayPal.