Hand Calligraphy - Envelope Addressing
PenDance's Wedding Invitation Addressing Service
Planning your wedding is a time-consuming task, with many details that require your personal attention. But the good news is that...
Hand-lettered envelopes convey the attention to detail you've given to planning your special day, and your guests will know it will be an event they won't want to miss!
How do I request hand calligraphy services?
Why should I hire a professional calligrapher?
Professional calligraphers work daily with fine wedding stationery and know how to address envelopes efficiently. They can offer you many lettering styles to choose from, are familiar with which inks work best on fine papers, and can answer etiquette questions regarding your address list.
Ideally, if you decide to hire a calligrapher, plan to do it several months before ordering your invitations to ensure that your preferred calligrapher is available. Most will require a deposit to guarantee their availability for your envelopes.
How many envelopes should I order?
Order a minimum of 10% extra envelopes than you have invitations to send out. This will ensure that you have enough envelopes in case of address changes or other errors. For metallic-coated papers such as Stardream, you might order 15% extra.
Also, if your envelopes come from the stationer pre-stuffed with the invitations, remove the invitations before delivering the envelopes to your calligrapher. In some cases you can request the printer not to pre-stuff the envelopes.
How does PenDance charge for addressing envelopes?
We charge by the envelope or per set of outer/inner envelopes, not by the line. We do not charge extra for using colored inks (other than metallics) or for opaque or lined envelopes.
However, if the envelope paper is soft, such as certain letterpress or handmade papers, we may charge an additional fee since these papers take longer to address.
For monoline styles, we only offer black ink.
How should I prepare the address list for PenDance?
Please see Address Formatting for how to prepare your address list. We offer an Excel template that you can download to enter your guest list information. We'll convert your Excel spreadsheet to label format for your review prior to addressing the envelopes.
Which calligraphy style should I choose?
For formal weddings, pointed pen styles such as Copperplate and Spencerian are always suitable. For casual weddings, you might consider Contemporary Pointed Pen or an Italic style. View our Calligraphy Styles to see samples of pointed pen, monoline, and italic. These styles can also be chosen for creating a custom invitation design.
If you are looking for a less expensive option than pointed pen lettering, you might consider one of our Monoline styles.
What information will PenDance need to address my envelopes?
Deposit and Due Date
© 2012 Maureen Vickery. All rights reserved. This page last updated 02/21/2012.