Wedding Calligraphy: Learn a New Skill and Earn Money
Calligraphy: A Profitable Business
Learning and mastering the skill of wedding calligraphy can be a profitable business. You can make this enjoyable hobby a way to earn money from home.
Calligraphy (or the art of ‘beautiful writing’) is a popular style of handwriting used widely in the wedding industry especially in wedding invitations, guest cards, place cards, wedding announcements and the like.
Professional calligraphers charge generally around $1.50 to over $4 for each hand-addressed wedding invitation envelope. The typical bride and groom mails any where from 100 to 200 invitations to their wedding guests.
Handwritten and hand-addressed wedding invitations enjoy a 96% open rate by those who receive them. It not only captures the attention of the recipient but adds a touch of personalization that they also appreciate.
Can Learning Calligraphy Be Difficult?
Like any skill, the art of calligraphy may be daunting to some. Professional calligraphers spend years refining the skills of calligraphic writing by practicing precision, control – and patience.
Embarking on the journey of learning the skill of calligraphy starts with acquiring good instructional books or watching instructional videos on the art. Just like learning to write the alphabet when we were in grade school, beginners in the art of calligraphy start by practicing basic strokes and styles. Basic tools like calligraphy markers, dip pens or fountain pens are used alongside calligraphy guide/practice paper to master the fundamentals of calligraphy.
Thankfully, one can easily see progress in learning the skill. It does take practice, control and patience – but the results can be visible in a matter of weeks.
Remember, the art of beautiful writing is just that: it is beautiful. It isn’t merely writing the way you write a letter, or sign your check. In fact, it is mastering the many calligraphic styles that are visually appealing (or ‘fancy’).
How to Earn Money with Calligraphy Skills
Writing in calligraphy can be not only fulfilling, but very profitable because your skills can be marketed to many industries, not only the wedding market. The professional calligrapher is called to scribe (in calligraphy) corporate and education material including company awards, letters of recognition, graduation awards and announcements and other formal material.
Once you are comfortable writing in one or two of the many popular calligraphic styles, you can offer your calligraphic services to the world. The easiest market to penetrate is the wedding market. The demand for good calligraphers for wedding invitations and envelopes is certainly very high. It is an evergreen market, that is, there is no shortage of demand for wedding calligraphy services.
Earning Money by Securing Your First Client
The easiest way to secure your first client is to offer your wedding calligraphy services to a friend or family member. Offer to hand-address their wedding invitations at a discounted rate. Make sure you do the best job possible. The bride and groom are your best advertisers. Guests will marvel at the personalized wedding invitations written in calligraphy (by you!) and the bride and groom are sure to speak a good word about your calligraphy services.
Concentrate on the wedding calligraphy niche until to you the profits come in. You can then be more adventurous and offer your skills to corporations, churches, schools and other institutions you think might benefit from your calligraphy services and skills.
Above All, Enjoy
Learning calligraphy and practicing the art can be a joy. Take time to research new ways to experience calligraphy writing. Learn the basics – then move on to more complex styles of calligraphy. Explore the fresh styles of contemporary calligraphy to widen your repertoire. Above all, enjoy the art of calligraphy!