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You’ve set the date, secured a venue, hired your wedding planner, photographer, florist, etc, and now it’s finally time to starting working on your wedding invitations! Like the rest of wedding planning, finding a calligrapher to address your envelopes and calligraphy place cards, escort cards, etc can be a daunting task. Here are a few factors to keep in mind & inquire about when searching for a calligrapher for your wedding stationery:

1. It helps to book your wedding calligrapher at the same time that you book with your stationer (if they aren’t the same person – we offer both stationery design/printing as well as hand calligraphy). Most calligraphers will take a non-refundable retainer and secure the time for you in their calendar. This ensures that once your envelopes are ready, they can head straight to the calligrapher for addressing and avoid any delays in your target mail-date.

2. Ask about extra charges when inquiring for an estimate. Here at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, we operate on a flat-rate basis, but some calligraphers will charge extra for centering, metallic inks, extra lines beyond a standard 3-line address block, etc. A “cheaper” per-piece starting point does not necessarily mean it will end up costing you less when all is said and done. We only charge extra for custom-mixed if needed.

3. Overall, when a calligrapher is “cheap” you want to find out why. Check out samples of their work and compare them to someone who is more in line with industry standard rates ($3.50+ per outer envelope address). Reach out and see how quickly/clearly they communicate. You will most definitely see a difference in the quality of work, but not only that, you will likely also find a difference in their experience (or inexperience) in communicating quickly/efficiently regarding your order/their process, in addressing your envelopes properly and letting you know if there are errors in your list, etc. It’s completely up to you if you want to invest in quality & experience for this element of your wedding, but be sure you know what you are in for either way!

4. Find out a calligrapher’s turnaround time & plan accordingly with delivery of your envelopes/final list. Industry standard is about 2-3 weeks. Many calligraphers can accommodate a shorter turnaround, but rush fees may apply. When a calligrapher imposes a rush fee, it doesn’t mean the writing is “rushed” – we can’t simply write faster! It usually means that they will be working nights/over a weekend to accommodate the shorter turnaround time. Basically the calligrapher has to work unplanned overtime to make up for delays in the design/printing stage.

5. Your calligrapher does not necessarily need to be local – we work with clients all across the United States & regularly ship orders. It is most important that you find someone whose style and quality of work is in line with what you are looking for for your wedding invitations & reception work. But when you are communicating with a potential calligrapher, keep an eye out for any signs that they aren’t experienced in shipping envelopes/stationery suites. If they are discouraging you from having them ship the work, and it would be necessarily to use this person, definitely believe them and go an alternate route!

Hopefully these tips will help you in your search for a calligrapher and/or stationer for your wedding paper goods! You can find full details on our design & handwritten services on our website here.

Xo
Laura & Alyssa

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When you are practicing calligraphy, it is important to maintain your tools and keep them in the best condition they can be. Caring for your tools will help you achieve the writing style you are striving for and allow you to continue to learn and grow your skills.

One of the key tools that is crucial to maintain, is the nib. The nib is how you are able to bring your calligraphy to life and if it is broken or dirty, you will not be happy with the end result.

A few tips that I use to help care for my nib are:

  • The proper ways to clean your nib
  • How to protect your nib
  • Where and how to store your nib and pen holder to avoid damage

In this video I demonstrate the top ways I keep my nibs clean, providing a fine hairline, and lasting as long as they can.

 

How to Care for Your Nibs - YouTube

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We are in love with our client’s beautiful D.C wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. We were honored to be apart of their special day and had the privilege to do the table numbers, ribbon place cards and get away “just married” car sign!

Eventi Floral and Events did an amazing job and we were so lucky to get to work with such a talented vendor team!

Take a closer peek at the gorgeous event below with photos by Sarah Ingram and head over to Martha Stewart Weddings for the full article.

 

Event Planning and Flowers: Eventi Floral and Events
Photography: Sarah Ingram
Hair and Makeup: Behind the Veil
Stationery: MLC Designs
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Videography: Lee Russell Films
Music: Blue Label Band
Wedding Location: Gonzaga High School Chapel
Reception Location and Catering: Congressional Country Club

The post Real Wedding: An Elegant Black-Tie D.C. Wedding with Eventi Floral and Events & Sarah Ingram appeared first on Laura Hooper Calligraphy.

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A lot of people ask how I am able to sit and write for long periods of time and while I am very used to it after 15+ years, the answer is that I always try to maintain good posture while I am working.

There are many basic tips I have learned over the years that will not only improve your writing, but allow you remain comfortable while you do it. Sometimes I will work for eight hours straight, so I promise these are tried & true!

A few of my key posture tips include:

  • Sit square to the table
  • Keep one foot on the ground
  • Use a chair with a back
  • Make sure your shoulders are down
  • Stay within your comfortable writing zone
  • Keep your non-writing hand firm on the desk

Along with your posture, something as simple as finding the right chair and table to practice on can make a big impact on your writing, so it is crucial to find what is comfortable for you.

In our youtube video, I demonstrate these tips and explain how better posture will allow you to write more comfortably, smoother, and achieve straighter lines.

Enjoy!

 

6 Tips for Perfect Posture - YouTube

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**UPDATE: Enrollment for the course is currently closed – please join our email list to be notified when we open enrollment again**

Five years ago I was feeling “stuck” with my work.

We had started teaching beginner workshops in modern pointed-pen, and I saw the joy that was sparked in our students from *learning* & knew I wanted to feel that excitement again, too.

I decided I would finally give a more traditional script a try…the beautiful Spencerian script!

I wasn’t sure where to start, so I decided to turn to those who had learned before me and could share their expertise. For the last few years, I’ve trained with 3 Master Penmen to learn classic calligraphy styles, specifically the Spencerian script style.

Because I have loved diving into the more classic styles – and we’ve seen an overwhelming amount of you asking to learn them – I’ve spent a significant portion of the past year working on my very own Spencerian course and I’m so thrilled to be able to streamline my learning into a comprehensive 7-week online course.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll get when you enroll:

  • Week by week training for 7-weeks
  • Accountability through homework assignments and personal critique from Laura {with optional private Skype tutoring}
  • Video demonstration of all drills + lower and uppercase letters
  • A 150+ page Spencerian Course PDF workbook {with option to purchase a pre-printed workbook on calligraphy quality paper}
  • 2 live group webinars
  • LIFETIME course access – all videos + your PDF workbook

Enrollment ends March 31st and the course will run between April 7th – May25th! Can’t join us live during that time? NO problem! This is the perfect course for you. Once you purchase this course, you get it for life. It is entirely housed within our online education portal – So you can also join us from ANYWHERE in the world, ANYTIME that is convenient for you. Head to http://lhcalligraphy.com/spencerian for the full details, we can’t wait for you to learn this beautiful script with us!

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We are frequently asked about what tools I {Laura} am using, so we compiled this list of the most commonly requested supplies! We’ll continue to add here as you guys inquire.

Desktop Accessories:
Phantom Liner
Gold Rulers
Grey Desk Pad 
Pink Desk Pad
Light Pad
Laptop Cover

Writing Tools:
Gold Paint Pen
White Sharpie
Black Sharpie
Felt Tip Marker
White Paint Pen
Regular Pen
Gold Ink
Nib Cleaner

Books:
Artful Sketch
Calligrapher’s Business Handbook
Modern Florals
Everyday Watercolor

Miscellaneous Event Supplies:
Himalayan Shot Glasses
Champagne Flutes
Oyster Shells
Fabric
Fixative Spray

If there is something you see us using on our Instagram story that is not on this list, simply comment below or send us a DM, and we will add it to the list if we can source it for you.

This post contains affiliate links. An affiliate link means that we may receive a commission on sales of the products that we link to; however, we only share items that we personal use and truly recommend regardless of commissions received.

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If you haven’t checked out the shop recently, you may not know that we have some fun, new arrivals to add to your calligraphy supplies!

So what all is new?!

There are 6 new ink colors to brighten up these remaining weeks of winter & lead us right into spring!

You can get them individually or in sets of 3 or 6.

We are also so excited to offer brand new wooden desk accessories!

If you’ve been following my journey for a while, you know that I do a lot of calligraphy work using envelopes. It can sometimes be hard to figure out where to set your envelopes to dry without cluttering up your work space. I have found a solution to this problem and I am thrilled to share with you these brand new wooden envelope drying racks! This is a great way to stay organized and prevent your envelopes or place cards from getting smudged.

Another great desk accessory we added to the shop are some wooden pen rests. This will help keep your pen off your desk, allowing your nib to stay protected and in great condition! The rests can accommodate up to 3 pen holders {straight or oblique} & can also hold pencils, pens, and other utensils on your desk top.

These wooden accessories are hand crafted by our team here in Virginia and we love knowing they are headed to happy calligraphy homes.

As always, if you need to stock up on your calligraphy supplies, head to the shop and grab your favorite pens, nibs, practice pads, and more!

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When you are practicing your calligraphy, there are so many things that you have to think about while you are writing.

How do I form the letters? When do I press the nib down harder? Is my ink too thin? Is my paper going to hold the ink well?

There is a lot to keep in mind and using the correct tools that work well together is going to give you a better experience all around, and you will be able to improve more quickly.

If you are not using complementary tools, you may end up with a frustrating result. For instance, using everyday printer paper is not going to give you the look that you would get if you are writing on calligraphy quality paper.

All of the paper in our shop is calligraphy quality and is specifically curated to work with all of the inks and penholders offered in our shop. We want to help take out the guesswork of trying to create the right combination of the ink + paper and provide you with the nibs I, and many others, use regularly, so you can focus on what really matters, your writing!

In our YouTube video, I demonstrate the difference you will see between writing on calligraphy quality paper vs. everyday printer paper. I’m also sharing some insight on using thin and thick inks and the effects they have on different types of paper.

 

Practicing Calligraphy on Quality Paper - YouTube

 

Resources featured in this video:
Grey Oblique Pen Holder
White Lined Practice Notepad
Black Ink
Nib Set
Calligraphy Starter Kit 

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After many years of requests for a beginner calligraphy kit geared towards children, we are excited to finally make this beautiful art form more accessible for even the youngest of learners with the Laura Hooper Calligraphy for Kids Starter Kit!

Our kid’s calligraphy kit includes our signature top notch supplies, but with instructions, diagrams & doodles geared towards children aged 7-11 years old. The young student can even choose their own pen color, how fun is that?!

It’s been kid tested & guardian approved over the past couple months – you can check it out & scoop one up at our shop.

I {Laura} personally started practicing calligraphy when I was just 11 years old, so it brings me such joy to see other kids excited about calligraphy and wanting to learn the art.

We are honored to help young calligraphers start their artistic journey and grow their skills in modern pointed-pen calligraphy with our newest starter kit made just for them!

The post Introducing the Kid’s Calligraphy Starter Kit! appeared first on Laura Hooper Calligraphy.

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We are so excited to have our work featured on Brides.com for Trea Turner and Kristen Harabedian’s beautiful wedding! I love when I get the chance to put my painting skills to work and for this wedding I was able to create the table numbers and escort cards using hand painted canvas. It was a pleasure to work with Pineapple Productions who always comes up with such creative ideas for me to execute and I have to admit this was certainly a favorite!

Check out some of the photos below by Kate Headley and be sure to head to Brides.com for the full article!

Wedding Planning: Pineapple Productions
Photography: Kate Headley
Decor + Flowers: Amaryllis Floral and Event Design
Hair: Remona Soleimani
Makeup: Leah Margosis
Music:  DJ Chris Stiles of Élan Artist
Videography: Toast Wedding Films
Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy 
Paper Products: Cheree Berry
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts

The post Real Wedding: A Detail-Filled D.C Wedding with Pineapple Productions & Kate Headley appeared first on Laura Hooper Calligraphy.

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