Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get my envelopes or place cards and guest list to you?
A: I'm based in Baltimore and work mainly through insured Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, or any secure means of mail. If you live in Baltimore, we can arrange for a local drop-off or pickup, as well. Simply send your envelopes to me in a secure package (include about 10%- 20% extra envelopes for the inevitable mess-ups, for which you will not be charged), along with a numbered list of invitees in MS Word, or another word processing program, format.
Q: Why can't I use a list from Excel?
A: Guest lists in Excel are very, very difficult to follow for any calligrapher. Because we must look carefully at each guest's name and address, and visualize where each word must go on the envelope, it's much easier to keep everything straight in a format like the example above. It's too easy to mix up one guest's name with another's address with a horizontal, grid format like Excel.
Q: What etiquette should I use for addressing my invitations?
A: Etiquette can depend on whether your wedding is formal or casual, or if your personal style is more modern or traditional. I like to use trusted sources like Crane's. I also offer a simple, PDF "Guide to Addressing Wedding Invitations" that features formal and informal etiquette for all kinds of relationships and living situations- just ask, and I'd be happy to send it to you!
Q: What alignment options do you offer?
A: I offer left alignment, staggered alignment, and centered alignment. Unlike most calligraphers who charge extra for centered alignment, I try my best to center addresses free of charge.
Q: What ink colors do you offer?
A: I offer a variety of ink colors. If you need a special color to match your wedding colors, I'd be happy to try to mix one for you.
Q: What makes your custom maps different from others?
A: My maps are all drawn and painted by hand, according to your specifications. I take care to create maps that are unique, artistic, but also functional. Please contact me if you wish to request my "Guide to the Custom Map Process", which outlines how your ideas are communicated to me, then turned into a unique map!
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