Vendor Spotlight- Wedding Calligrapher Leah Moss

wedding calligraphy

Com­pa­ny: Leah E. Moss

Web­site: www.leahemoss.com

Social Media: @leahemoss

Loca­tion: Home Stu­dio in Birm­ing­ham MI (by appoint­ment only)

How did you get your start in the indus­try? I had dab­bled in let­ter­ing and oth­er art forms as a hob­by since high school. In 2012, I start­ed work­ing as the exec­u­tive assis­tant to the CEO of a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm — it was stress­ful. Cal­lig­ra­phy became my way to decom­press after long days at work. Know­ing it was relax­ing to me, one of my close friends asked if I’d help address her wed­ding invi­ta­tion envelopes. I said “of course,” but then oth­er peo­ple who had been invit­ed to that wed­ding asked who her cal­lig­ra­ph­er was. Inquiries began pop­ping up… It’s grown as a busi­ness from there!

How do you ensure your tem­plates are so pre­cise? Do you use any help­ful equip­ment? For envelopes and oth­er small paper goods, I use a light box with a guide-sheet under my piece or a Slid­er Writer (it’s a laser!). For large sig­nage work, it’s a good ole’ fash­ioned yard stick and a healthy dose of patience. The adage “mea­sure twice, cut once” is def­i­nite­ly applic­a­ble — I always dou­ble check my mea­sure­ments before writ­ing anything.

How far in advance should cou­ples book for your ser­vice? I take clients on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you know cus­tom sta­tionery or cal­lig­ra­phy ser­vices are some­thing you’re inter­est­ed in, get on my pro­duc­tion cal­en­dar ear­ly! For cus­tom design ser­vices, plan on a cou­ple of months of work­ing togeth­er on get­ting your design ready, plus anoth­er month for the print­ing process and enve­lope address­ing. Add in anoth­er week for assem­bly, and all of that needs to get done in time to mail those beau­ti­ful invi­ta­tions to your loved ones eight weeks pri­or to the wed­ding date.

What cal­lig­ra­phy ser­vices do you offer? 1. Cus­tom design — I start from scratch with you to come up with the paper items of your dreams. I incor­po­rate cal­lig­ra­phy, draw­ings, paint­ings, and dig­i­tal ele­ments to cre­ate a ful­ly cus­tom, total­ly unique sta­tionery set for your big day. Illus­trat­ed maps, cus­tom crests, flo­ral tid­bits, venue illus­tra­tions — you name it, we can make it hap­pen! 2. Envelopes and oth­er paper details — the “typ­i­cal”… address­ing envelopes, writ­ing out escort cards, tran­scrib­ing vows, lyrics, poems, and per­son­al­iz­ing gift items on paper. 3. Sig­nage — Mir­rors, chalk­boards, wood­en boards — you name it, I’ll write on it! Hand-let­tered signs are great for wel­com­ing guests, remind­ing them of an unplugged cer­e­mo­ny, alert­ing them to sign the guest book, describ­ing your sig­na­ture drink, serv­ing as seat­ing charts, or giv­ing a run­down of your menu. Lots of options for these and they’re always a beau­ti­ful addition.

What is the aver­age cost for cal­lig­ra­phy wed­ding ser­vices? For indi­vid­u­al­ized pieces (envelopes, escort cards, etc.), the esti­mates are priced per unit. So, the price would be very dif­fer­ent for 50 envelopes ver­sus 250 envelopes. For an order of 100 envelopes, plan to spend a few hun­dred dol­lars on address­ing. The invest­ment for cus­tom design services/printing for invi­ta­tion pack­ages begins at $1,000.

Is there any­thing cou­ples should know before book­ing your ser­vices? Your invi­ta­tion is the first impres­sion you give your loved ones about your wed­ding. Bring­ing that to life on your behalf is an hon­or, and it’s one I don’t take light­ly. Cus­tomer ser­vice is of the utmost impor­tance to me and I go out of my way to ensure that every detail is 100% per­fect. As it should be.

 

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