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NOTE TO CLIENTS: Skill levels and prices vary considerably, so we
offer these suggestions in selecting a calligrapher:
1) Ask for samples similar to the type of work you need. For unique commissions, ask to see the calligrapher's portfolio.
2) Contact several calligraphers for a cost estimate for your particular job.
3) Regarding your work agreement, be specific in the following areas:
- Price (or breakdown of charges)
- Completion date/turnaround time
- Pickup/delivery options
- Minimum quantities necessary for the job
- Materials that will be used (ink, colors, paper, etc.).
4) Feel free to ask for references and discuss the calligrapher's background, training and experience.
For any commissioned work, ensure that the text provided to the calligrapher is legible
and worded as you want it to appear.
When multiple items are involved, provide extra envelopes or
certificates as a courtesy to the calligrapher.
All business arrangements are strictly between you and the calligrapher, and the Guild takes no responsibility for any problems that may arise as a result of any business relationship.
Washington Calligraphers Guild home page
About the Washington Calligraphers Guild
Meetings, classes & Workshops
Scripsit, the WCG journal
How to become a member
Exhibits & Special Events
Links to related websites
Zapf fund to further calligraphy education
Are you seeking a calligrapher to design your wedding invitation or marriage certificate? Address envelopes? Design a logo? Letter a meaningful quotation or unique award certificate? Create a family tree?
The following members of the Washington Calligraphers Guild are available to do contract work.
The Guild provides this alphabetical list
as a service and does not specifically endorse anyone.
Skill, experience, lettering styles and prices vary considerably;
see guidelines at left for selecting a calligrapher.
Bakers' Studio Calligraphy & Art
Takoma Park, MD
Specialties: Custom designed awards, certificates and specially requested copy. We work with the client to make the perfect validation.
Baldwin Graphics & Calligraphy
Specialties: Diplomas, citations, resolutions, wedding calligraphy, poems. No job is too small. Fast turnaround time. Illustration, both traditional and computer-based.
Specialties: Custom wedding certificates.
Specialties: Logos, illustration, addressing envelopes in elaborate script, lettering on fabric and food.
|Michele de Souza
Calligraphy by Michele
Envelope addressing, escort/place cards, menus, poems & favors for weddings, births & events.
Reasonably priced; references available upon request.
Celebrating 15+ years of service.
Severna Park, MD
Specialties: In-store signage (laminated), quotations, etc.; fast
Bonnie Jean Eastep
Wedding invitations, envelope addressing, handwriting, escort/place cards. Variety of handwriting styles. Reasonable prices. Samples available upon
Michele Hatty Fritz
Meant To Be Calligraphy
Specialties: Life's most meaningful celebrations deserve a personal touch. Meant To Be Calligraphy can help you set the tone for your wedding or party long before the first guest arrives with beautiful hand-lettered invitations and envelopes, then help carry that elegance through the event with hand-lettered ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, keepsakes, and more.
Specialties: Unique cards for special days, in the following hands:
Foundational; Uncial; Batarde; Carolingian; Italic.
Specialties: Calligraphy for all social events and office needs.
Specialties: Calligraphy and design for all occasions. Hand-lettered envelopes, escort/table cards, invitations, menus, holiday cards, Quaker wedding certificates, personalized gifts, etc.
Iowa City, Iowa
Specialties: Wedding envelopes and place cards, certificates, prose or poetry done in Spencerian, Copperplate, Foundational or Romans.
Specialties: Elegant calligraphy at affordable prices for addressing envelopes, custom-designed marriage certificates, wedding vows, poems and family trees. Nationwide service.
Specialties: Copperplate and Italic lettering for envelopes and place cards. Samples provided upon request.
Long Village Lettering
Specialties: Chalk board art. Wedding calligraphy - including envelopes, ceremony programs, escort cards, table markers, menus, and keepsakes. Ink colors & scripts to match your personal style. Pointed pen & chisel pen calligraphy. Celebrating 25 years of craftsmanship. References and samples on blog.
Specialties: General and specialized calligraphy; certificates,
envelopes, resolutions, poetry, one-of-a-kind commissions in full
color or black and white, illustrations, etc.
A full-service studio with over 25 years' experience in hand lettered commissions.
Patty Shaivitz Leve
Hebrew calligraphy, Ketubot.
Specialties: Resolutions, certificates, illuminated letters, personalized
Silver Spring, MD
Specialties: Broad variety of styles and approaches; thorough knowledge
of current protocol and etiquette; flexible and dependable.
Anne V. Mackechnie
Specialties: Weddings--envelopes, menus, place cards, monograms. Citations, resolutions and fine art commissions. Serving
Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington and nationwide.
Ressie Lou Malone
Art of Elegant Writing
Specialties: Invitations, stationery, announcements, inscriptions,
adaptations to historical documents.
lettering, calligraphy, and carving.
Kathleen McCann (Scribner)
Specialties: Wedding invitations, envelope addressing, handwriting,
"matching" traditional scripts, Copperplate, formal dinner seatings.
Samples available by request.
McCann Calligraphy is located at
3913 Commander Drive, Annex Entrance, Hyattsville, MD 20782.
Felecia Brice McFail
From One Hand To Another
email@example.com (free estimate via email)
Specialties: Certificate fill-ins, addressing envelope, poems, prayers, favorite quotations, scriptures and creating visual calligraphy prints for poets, authors, songwriters, writers.
Script: Foundational, Uncial, Gothic and Italic.
Check out Caren Milman Calligraphy on Facebook to see brochure and samples. Click on the thumbs-up icon to "like" the page!
Specialties: Envelopes, invitations, menus, placecards, certificates,
name tags. Small, large and rush jobs welcome. 35+ years experience.
Received the most votes every year from 1999 through 2012 in
Washingtonian Magazine's Bridal Survey for calligraphers. Included on the WUSA9 "A-list" for 2006.
Just Write Studios
Wedding calligraphy, including envelopes, placecards, pointed pen
work and customization of script and ink colors to compliment the
overall look. Freehand engraving on crystal, glass and metal. Fast
Jill Norvell Calligraphy
Specialties: Fine hand-lettering, illustration, design and custom framing for corporate, government and social clients in the Metropolitan DC area. Established 1983.
Available for on-location events.
Mary Lou O'Brian
Specialties: Creating awards of all types, including resolutions, citations and testimonials.
Specialties: Custom lettered and decorated quotations and poems,
decorative French matting, personalization of guestbooks, photo
Calligraphy by Aviva
Specialties: wedding invitations, Hebrew calligraphy, commissioned art work, fast turn-around time.
Nutley, New Jersey
Specialties: Envelopes, certificates, one-of-a-kind artwork.
Summit, New Jersey
Specialties: Special events; bridal; awards and certificates with
custom hand-painted borders and illumination. A full-service studio since 1986.
Calligraphic designs for anniversaries, announcements, awards, baptisms,
certificates, family trees and albums, resolutions and retirements;
hand-wrought personal calligraphy pieces and quotes; other fine-art
commissions. Complimentary portfolio samples sent upon request.
Specialties: Sweet Ink is a full service calligraphy and framing studio specializing in government and association
Location: 5 Eighth Street SE (near Eastern Market), Washington, DC 20003.
Specialties: Wedding and special events, diplomas, awards, citation, special commissions of poetry,etc. Original illustration and drawings can be incorporated in color or black and white.
Diane von Arx (Anderson)
Specialties: Professional lettering since 1977. Teacher and designer of Graphic & Expressive Words for packaging, formal documents of recognition, logos, weddings, prose & poetry, card design and BorderGraphics for your walls.
Specialties: handlettering in graphic design. Logos, headlines,
book jackets, packaging, typography, font design. Work by hand and
on computer. Clients include National Geographic, U.S. Postal Service.
Internationally acclaimed lettering designer. Teaches, lectures
and exhibits all over U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Work in major
Specialties: Custom handmade gifts, including 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" accordion style books, lettered in gold on cream colored paper with your choice of cover color scheme (pictured). Original matted collage, greeting cards, prints, and custom artist books. Please send email for help with ideas! Wedding envelopes, certificates, poetry, and other commissions are also available.