Hire a Calligrapher
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 list as a service and does not specifically endorse anyone.
All business arrangements are strictly between you and the calligrapher, and the Guild takes no responsibility for any problems that may arise.
Note to Clients:
Skill, experience, lettering styles 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
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.
Ashburn, VA, USA
We offer Arabic calligraphy and traditional art courses for complete beginners and seasoned students. Our instructors are based both locally and internationally.
Ayako Toho Makabe
Gwynn, VA, USA
Calligraphy for all occasions, and also Japanese calligraphy. Graduated Roehampton University Calligraphy course in London. Over 30 years Japanese calligraphy experience.
New York, NY, USA
Lettering styles, both classic and contemporary, are my great passion, as are hand-made books, boxes and portfolios. I savor the challenge of rendering the emotional content of literature through an appropriate letterform and the judicious use of color and gold leaf. Shakespeare and Danté are my literary heroes whose texts are an infinite font of joy and calligraphic expression.
Hagerstown, MD, USA
Special consignments - book of memorials - baptisms - marriage vows - poems and quotations - creative ideas.
Diane von Arx (Anderson)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
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.
Alexandria, VA, USA
Calligraphy for all social events and office needs.
Alexandria, VA, USA
Hand-lettered invitations, envelopes, ceremony programs, table cards and menus.
Reston, VA, USA
Illustration, lettering, calligraphy, and carving.
Washington, D.C., USA
Envelope addressing; invitation and monogram design; seated materials; custom letter writing; bespoke commissions and illustrations.
Mineral, VA, USA
Resolutions, certificates, illuminated letters, personalized wedding gifts.
Alexandria, VA, USA
Envelope addressing, place cards, escort envelopes, table numbers, spot calligraphy for invitations, return address stamps, menus and most other social and wedding calligraphy needs.
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Calligraphy and Lettering Art; Modern Illuminations; Complex Compositions; One-of-a-kind Graphic Designs.
Frederick, MD, USA
Calligrapher and graphic designer. Lettering and design of certificates, awards of recognition, and custom commissioned works.
Over 45 years of producing high quality hand-lettered items for government agencies, associations, corporations and individuals.
San Rafael, CA, USA
I enjoy the variety of projects, venues, styles and media I work with every day, from commercial chalkboards to illuminated certificates to keepsake calligraphy to glass engraving. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have clients all over the US.
Specializing in numerous languages, scripts and historical and contemporary calligraphy styles, I accept commissions for multi-lingual projects, marriage certificates, publication and book cover design. Lettering in languages including Arabic/Persian/Farsi/Dari/Urdu, Devanagari/Pali/Sanskrit/Tibetan/Kannada and other South Asian scripts, as well as Latin/Roman, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Avestan, Amharic, Aramaic, etc. For those interested in Persian poetry, I carry out research, translation and calligraphy of works by Rumi, Hafiz, Sepehri and other classical and contemporary Persian poets.
Calligraphy and hand lettering in graphic design. Logos, headlines, book jackets, packaging, typography, font design, consulting. Work by hand and digital. Clients include National Geographic, U.S. Postal Service. Internationally acclaimed lettering designer. Teaching, lecturing and exhibitions worldwide.
Lindsey Hook Calligraphy & Pen Arts
Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago-based calligrapher and artist offering a wide variety of calligraphy and lettering services including envelope addressing, day-of paper goods for weddings and events, spot calligraphy and design work for print and digital media, handmade cards and certificates, as well as longer/larger text compositions, broadsides and mementos.
Culpeper, VA, USA
Custom Invitation Suites, Monograms, Venue Illustration, Envelope Addressing, Place/Escort Cards, Menus, Wedding Vows, Custom Commissions, and Certificates. I also teach beginner level workshops and classes, as my schedule allows.
Scripts: Copperplate, Flourished Copperplate, Spencerian, Italic, Foundational, Blackletter, Fraktur, Uncial, and Modern
Catskill, NY, USA
Quality bespoke Wedding Invitations, Stationery, Monograms, Illuminated designs, Ornamental Lettering, Awards, Certificates, Envelope Addressing, Place Cards. Fine art, portraits and custom designs also available. To complement calligraphy watercolor, pastel, colored pencils, acrylics offered in addition. Serving Government agencies, Corporate and private clients for over 25 years, nationwide.
Leesburg, VA, USA
Artist, Teacher. Fine art commissions for special occasions. Illuminated lettering, Illumination in the Islamic tradition, Botanical illustrations. Contemporary and traditional calligraphy in Persian, Urdu and Arabic.
Nutley, NJ, USA
certificates, invitations, envelope addressing, place cards and logo design.
Bethesda, MD, USA
General and specialized calligraphy; certificates, envelopes, resolutions, poetry, one-of-a-kind commissions in full color or black and white, illustrations, etc.
Mary Lou O'Brian, Special Awards
Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Creating awards of all types, including resolutions, citations and testimonials.
Michele Hatty Fritz
Alexandria, VA, USA
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.
Michele de Souza
Stafford, VA, USA
Envelope addressing, escort/place cards, menus, poems & favors for weddings, births & events. Reasonably priced; references available upon request. Celebrating 15+ years of service.
Nancy Hart Lettering & Design
Baltimore, MD, USA
Calligraphy and design for all occasions. Hand-lettered envelopes, escort/table cards, invitations, menus, holiday cards, Quaker wedding certificates, personalized gifts, etc.
Baltimore, MD, USA
Hand-done and computer-generated calligraphy. Envelope addressing, place cards, table numbers, seating lists, certificates, poetry, photo albums. No job is too small. Fast turnaround time. Assisting clients nationwide since 1992.
Phawnda Moore, Calligraphy & Design
Rocklin, CA, USA
Graphic design, hand lettering, Watercolor brush illustration, Drawn lettering, Italic, Uncial calligraphy; Book cover design; Spiritual, educational, health project exp. Projects of lettering, design, card printing & hand addressing for nonprofits/promotion.
Award-winning author, editor, designer with print experience; Instructor with 25 yrs. experience.
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Brushpen lettering, Spencerian, Copperplate etc. We offer classes.
Arlington, VA, USA
Diplomas, citations, resolutions, wedding calligraphy, poems. No job is too small. Fast turnaround time. Illustration, both traditional and computer-based.
Silver Spring, MD, USA
As a Washington DC based calligrapher with clients worldwide, Sammy has a broad variety of styles and specializes in events-related calligraphy including envelope addressing, menus, place and escort cards and more. See more samples on her website. Clients include corporations, government (including five presidential inaugurals at the Capitol) and many happy individuals!
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Midwest-based calligrapher and artist offering a wide variety of calligraphy, lettering and bookbinding services for weddings and special events, handmade cards and certificates, poetry and broadsides, specialty signs and chalkboards, illuminations and gilding, engraving, and in-person events.
Washington, D.C., USA
Pointed Pen / Script calligraphy for weddings and special events such as custom invitations suites, envelope addressing, maps, monograms, menus, place cards and other day-of items. Commissions and original artwork.
Virginia Lucas Hart
Charlottesville, VA, USA
Virginia offers a range of pointed-pen calligraphy styles and her services include stationery, announcements, invitations, envelope addressing, monograms, crests, watercolor and digital illustrations, vintage botanical collage, day-of-event materials, and keepsake artwork.
Orlando, Florida, USA
Vivian is a professional calligrapher and co-owner of Ziller's, a full-service calligraphic arts studio established in 1894, specializing in designing and creating recognition awards, memorials, with illuminations in 23k gold and colors for corporations, associations, schools and private clients worldwide. Custom framing is offered. The studio also designs and personalizes diplomas and certificates, poems, wedding vows and more.