11 Local Calligraphers You Need to Add to Your Wedding Vendor Team
These pros will make your celebration all the more special.
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In our digital age, the handwritten word holds a particular magic. That’s why calligraphed paper goods and signage instantly create a celebratory feeling both leading up to your event and long after the big day. Read on for eleven local calligraphers who will design invitations, seating charts, and menus that you and your guests will certainly “ooh” and “aah” over.
AMR Calligraphy & Design
Modern designs and pretty, personalized details are at the heart of Alfonsina Rodriguez’s work. Rodriguez can take care of everything from addressing the envelopes for your invitations to designing your entire stationery suite to lettering all of your day-of paper, glass, marble, and acrylic goods. The end result? Pieces your loved ones will treasure forever.
This creative lady’s work has been commissioned by brands such as Versace and Alex and Ani, but you can take advantage of her skills for your nuptials, too. When Joas isn’t crafting gorgeous signs, escort cards, and semi-custom and custom invitations, she’s also a mom and works full-time as an engineer for a general contracting firm.
Canvas & Kale
Jessica Glazier Goldenberg’s fascination with calligraphy began when she was a child, and though she went to school to become a teacher, after graduation she followed her true passion and made calligraphy her full-time gig. The designer and Sip and Script instructor, who can handle any and all of your lettering needs, also tied the knot last year (and worked many a late night on the calligraphy for her own wedding signage and paper goods) so she certainly knows a thing or two about designing for stylish modern weddings.
Samantha Paull Elliott knows just how remarkable it is to find “the one,” and she strives to bring that sense of specialness and romance to all of the paper goods she dreams up. Elliott says her company’s name describes both her high-energy work ethic and her passionate approach to her designs, but there’s a good cause at the heart of it, too: Each year the owner donates a portion of her profits to support pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Brookline-based calligrapher Elissa Barr has 30 years of hand-lettering experience, and it shows in her work on envelopes, chalk boards, mirrors, trunks, and beyond. Barr writes with custom-made inks designed to complement a variety of aesthetics and color-schemes, and can execute not only a range of fonts, but calligraph in Hebrew as well.
FXA Calligraphy & Custom Designs
Owner Lauren Smith’s creations are positively dreamy. The Newburyport-based designer’s custom pieces can complement a variety of wedding aesthetics for favors, menus, table numbers and more. Beyond that though, Smith also specializes in stationery-suite design and large-scale murals on paper, chalkboard, and acrylic.
Jan Boyd Calligraphy & Illustration
What do Pope Benedict XVI and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They’ve both been gifted work calligraphed by Jan Boyd. Years before her designs were in the hands of the world’s most famous, Boyd started doing calligraphy on the side while working as a social worker. It eventually became a full-time gig, and now she writes and draws on envelopes, invitations, menus, and escort cards for brides in Boston and beyond. Looking to add some extra frills to your signage and stationery? The designer also specializes in botanical illustration.
Amberly Wallace describes her calligraphy as modern meets vintage-inspired, a style that gives each of her designs an artful look. Wallace offers three signature calligraphy fonts, but also has a particular affinity for doing custom creations for signs and escort cards, as well as foil, letterpress, and digitally printed invitation suites.
Posh and Prep
You might know Julie Mancini as the co-founder of Sip and Script, a company that hosts calligraphy classes around New England, but she has also personally calligraphed décor, favors, and paper goods for more than 300 couples since 2012. Mancini offers eight distinct calligraphy styles, which means there’s most certainly a match for the look of your celebration. If not, she’s often able to match other fonts upon request.
Script by Simone
Simone Wornum’s doesn’t work within a collection of fonts: Each of her designs is completely tailor-made for her couples. The constant throughout her designs, however, is an elevated, elegant style that adds a sense of specialness to each and every event where her calligraphy appears.
We’re Into It
Owners Amelia Rossi and Natasha Taylor met in a typography glass in college and instantly became BFFs and creative collaborators. With encouragement from friends and family who had seen their work, they started We’re Into It in 2015, creating colorful cards and prints and also designing for weddings. The two can calligraph save the dates, tote bags, invites, and more, but are especially adept at mixing their graphic designs with hand-lettered elements.