There are so many ways to put your personal stamp on your wedding – colors, flowers, food (and favors, of course). One of the most elegant and personal ways, though, seems to have fallen out of vogue. Sophisticated computer programs and high quality printers have replaced the truly personal elegance of calligraphy. Yes, that ancient art of “pretty writing.” Not many people do it anymore. Lord knows I’ve about forgotten how to hand-write altogether! Fortunately I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer, proud proprietress of Calligraphy by Jennifer. She’s been a Fan on our Facebook page for a while, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing her work, so I thought I’d share!
A sample of Jennifer’s work
Jennifer had an early interest in calligraphy – really early. “When I was younger, my friends and teachers always complimented me on my good penmanship, and I really loved writing and doodling around. I did a calligraphy project for the Beta Club in middle school, but it wasn’t until I got married that I fell back in love with calligraphy, after having my own invitations hand lettered. So with a lot of practice and a few classes, I started my calligraphy business in 2005. Each year I feel I’ve improved my skill, and I strive to develop more fonts and services for my clients. I am very passionate about what I do, and I feel so grateful to work with so many brides and clients nationwide. I wouldn’t change it for the world!”
Chauncery Italic font in a cream-colored ink
Jennifer’s website has exposed her calligraphy talent to a nationwide audience – she can now boast at least one client in every state! With that kind of exposure, I had to ask – “What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?” “I had a client once ask me to write his daughter’s name in calligraphy. I found out he later took it to a tattoo artist and had it tattooed on his back! He even sent me pictures after it was finished!”
Jen and her husband (shown with some of her work in the background)
With four years’ experience under her petite belt, Jennifer is happy to provide a little advice to brides-to-be. “I strongly recommend brides book calligraphers in advance, like they would any vendor, especially in the prime wedding season (Spring and Summer). I think many brides don’t realize calligraphers book up far in advance. I recommend that once they start to order invitations, go ahead and book then. It is never too early to reserve a good calligrapher, and this will also help the bride-to-be avoid any rush fees by waiting until the last minute. ”
Calligraphed sentiments and table menus add a warm feeling to your tables. Don’t forget that your calligrapher’s talent can add that singular touch to more than just your invitations – think place cards and table menus, too!
When asked if she wanted to add anything else to our little tete-a-tete, I was delighted to hear Jennifer respond, “I just want to add how much I LOVE my job! I have really enjoyed working with clients nationwide and making each one of their weddings special with the added touch of calligraphy! Calligraphy options are truly endless, and I think that is what I love most about my job. I have connected with so many people in the industry, and I love every aspect of the wedding business!”
See more of Jennifer’s handiwork at her website, and be sure to check out her Etiquette section as well. Lots of good tips for brides-to-be!