Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of questions that come up regarding the ordering process and what to expect from working with Laura Lavender Calligraphy & Illustration. Here are some of the most asked questions.

If you have any additional questions don't hesitate to get in touch!


Suggested time line for ordering event calligraphy

Thinking of your timing? Here is a suggested time line by wedding experts in regards to addressing and mailing of wedding invitations: Envelopes should be delivered to the calligrapher at least 3 months in advance of wedding. Invitations should be mailed 6 to 8 weeks in advance of wedding.

Also, I always advise clients to have the post office hand cancel your stamps, as the machine can damage the envelopes!

If you are interested in hiring a wedding calligrapher, be sure to contact them well in advance of your dates - at certain times of the year, we are booked months in advance.

Names & Address Format for Addressing Work

For envelope addressing, place cards or seating cards:

Please send name and address information in a word document format, saved as PDF.

Let me know if you prefer "&" or "and."

  • Please list names like this for place cards:

Miss Anne Shirley

  • Please list names like this for escort cards:

Miss Anne Shirley
Table 1

  • Please list addresses in this format for envelope addressing:

Miss Anne Shirley
Green Gables
Cavendish, PE

Please let me know if you have any questions about addressing or invitation etiquette!

How much time do you need to complete an order?

The time I need to complete an order varies greatly depending on the details of the order; however here are some guidelines to give you an idea:

  • Envelope addressing: Please allow one week per one hundred envelopes.
  • Name/table card orders: Please allow three to five days for your order.
  • Map orders: These projects generally require up to two weeks.
  • Invitation Designs: Please allow one week.
  • Logo Designs: Please allow at least two weeks
  • All hand lettered items require one full day drying time to avoid nasty smudges!

Is there a rush fee option?

Please be in touch prior to placing your order if you need your items right away. Depending on my schedule, I am sometimes able to accommodate rush orders. 

  • Rush orders have a 25% rush fee added.

Extra Stationery for Addressing work

For Addressing work: Please provide around 15-20% additional materials as calligraphy is a "human process" that can sometimes have a slip of the pen nib!
(For example, if 100 envelopes are being addressed, please send me around 120. I can keep a few extra after your order is completed if you think you may have changes to your guest list.)

How many revisions are included in my custom design order?

When you order a custom design  (such as a map, invitation, crest or menu etc.) your order includes two changes / alterations /additions to the design. If I have made a spelling mistake (yes, it does happen!) then that fix is not counted as a revision. 

Any additional changes / alterations /additions to your design are at a fee of $25 each, and are dependant upon my current schedule.

Do you retain the rights or do I own the work ?

Unless otherwise arranged, I retain all rights.