A common request you will receive when working with a calligrapher on an event is a guest list; a finalized and spell-checked compilation of your invitees. Your list of names can be accompanied by table numbers or addresses, depending on the project you're working on. The secret combo to nailing a list submission is clear and easy formatting and proper reviewing. It is so important that you carve out a little extra time to get this list right before you send it over to your calligrapher. By not cutting corners, you will save yourself time and money (or even heartbreak!). 

Formatting a list can be a puzzling task. Spreadsheet based programs, like Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel, help keep things clear, orderly, and neatly spaced. Unless your calligrapher asks for your names to be formatted a specific way, you can format your list however works best for you. My policy; as long as it's easy to read, accurate and has no missing information, I have no formatting preferences! 

Proper Reviewing
As a calligrapher, you see a lot of names. But with all the variations out there, it's truly impossible to know if you've got the right spelling unless you know the person. For example; "Mc Millan, McMillan, McMilan" are all valid last names, but any one of these could easily be incorrect. Since you know your guests best, it's up to you to make sure you send over the correct spellings to your calligrapher, who will copy exactly what you provide them with. 

By reviewing your guest list, you cut down on the amount of extra correspondence with your calligrapher, which ultimately means your projects may get done faster. And, without mistakes, you can be sure your commissioned calligraphy piece turns out just as desired, saving you the opportunity for disappointment or heartbreak. 

Why is it so important to get it right the first time? Sometimes you can't make changes after the fact. Surfaces like leather, denim or other fabric projects don't leave room for mistakes, and specialty papers that you don't have replacements of can also pose this issue. If your surface can be "edited" after the fact, some calligraphers may charge an error correction fee (a certain amount per revision) so getting it right the first time may save you some money, too. 

Bottom line; the no-hassle way to submit a final guest list is format clearly and to make sure you've checked it, maybe a few times, before submitting. Sometimes submitting your finalized list a few days late is better than submitting it on-time with flaws. 

February 2019 "Days Like These" Styled Shoot 
The Lin Beach House - Long Island, New York

"Days Like These" | Styled Shoot | The Lin Beach House, Greenport, NY from JF3 Productions on Vimeo.

Let's rewind a bit;
One cold (very cold), early morning at the end of February, I grabbed my bag of calligraphy goodies and hopped onto a ferry to Long Island with a group of complete "strangers". Although I correspond with other vendors daily on social media, I only ever meet a handful of them in person. 

When we arrived in Long Island, I was shuttled to the Lin Beach House by Justine, the florist, who was feeling quite under the weather that day. Somehow she still managed to make the trek out to New York to provide beautiful florals for the day's styling. Talk about commitment. 

At the beach house, I set up and helped style my contributions and then took my opportunity to step back and watch the rest of the team get to work. As a calligrapher, my work is completed before the day of an event, but most other vendors start their work day-of. It was really nice to see everyone working on their individual craft and it helped fuel and feed my creative curiosities. Everyone's contributions really came together to make something magical!

By the end of my time at the Lin Beach House that same group of "strangers" on my early-morning ferry ride had turned into my "friendors". I am so grateful to have been able to contribute and work alongside such a talented group of people. These new connections are what make styled shoots so special. I do not make referrals lightly, but am confident that if you're looking for any wedding services in the New England area, the vendors from this shoot are a wonderful place to start your search!

I hope you enjoyed this look back into that cold, but beautiful, day in February. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I'll inevitably be sharing more of these stunning photos from Corey Lynn Tucker; (@blacktulipcalligraphy) and please click through the links below to the other vendors websites to see what they're sharing!

- V E N D O R S -
Photographer + Creative Direction; Corey Lynn Tucker Photography | Videography; JF3 Productions | Venue; The Lin Beach House | Hair; Lindsay with UpStyle | Makeup; Erica T. Martell | Florist; Flowers by Justine | Rentals; Together LLC | Wardrobe Styling; Beth Chapman Styling | Bridal Boutique; The White Dress By The Shore | Suit Shop; Jos. A. Bank | Couple; Kate Shanley + Ben Willis

April 2019 Custom Jacket Calligraphy

I find that the price of my jacket calligraphy + illustration service can sometimes come as a bit of a shock to inquiring clients. It is one of the most time-consuming services I offer, and highest pressure too! But did you know that pricing for custom jackets varies dramatically? There are so many ways to save money and still get a design you'll love and cherish....

...This denim jacket is a perfect example. We shifted the focus of the design onto the calligraphy, and the movement of the script, which offers just as much visual interest as any added illustration would. I love how the white ink pops against the denim, and how the distressing on the jacket compliments the more minimalistic design. 

Often I will receive an inquiry about my services, but the client does not know what exactly it is they are looking for. It is hard to give a quote or walk someone through the brainstorming process without an end goal. Calligraphy is a very open-ended service and can be incorporated into your event in numerous ways, but having too many possibilities can sometimes feel quite overwhelming. If you're ever been interested in how you can add calligraphed details into your event, this blog post is for you!

Place + Escort Cards
I think one of the most popular ways to incorporate calligraphy into your event space design is with place and escort cards. This is also one of the most interactive ways to add calligraphy to your event, because they make up part of your guests' experience. These cards tell your guests the mood of the evening, tells them where to sit, and can serve as a personal touch for their place setting. It's a small detail, but creates a large impact. Pricing starts at $2 per card, average client spending between $400-$600.

Jacket Calligraphy + Illustration
One of the most fun and personal wedding details you could incorporate into your event is a customized jacket. A custom jacket allows the wearer to express themselves beyond any "traditional" attire your event may have. Designs start at $50, average client spending between $300-$600. 

Bar or Dessert Signs + Labels
Another great way to incorporate calligraphy into an event (especially if you're on a budget!) is to label your dessert or bar offerings with a menu sign or with individual labeling. Think; couple's drink choices, or the finishing touch to your dessert bar. Pricing varies, which helps this calligraphy service fit into any budget! Average client spends between $100-$200. 

Love Letters
A beautiful and super personal calligraphed touch for your event is by trading hand written love letters, gifting keepsake vows, or with poems or lyrics from a meaningful song. You can ask your photography is they know how to do a "douple exposure" with your handwritten pieces to incorporate the calligraphy into the photos from your event, as well. Pricing starts at $50, average client spending between $150-$300. 

Table Numbers
Another great way to add to your guests' experience is with calligraphed or illustrated table numbers. This option is much less expensive than the traditional seating chart, and work best when paired with escort cards laid out for guests to find their name, and take their seat. Pricing begins at $10, average client spending between $80-$150. 

I hope this post could give you some inspiration for your upcoming event. Check out the event calligraphy page for more details on pricing, or get in touch for a personalized quote! 

How are you incorporating calligraphy into your day-of details? 

Photo Courtesy of Corey Lynn Tucker Photography

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