Just recently I came across Laura Hooper with A Lucky Orchid Wedding and she is amazing! If you are thinking about having your invitations and other details done by a artist, I highly recommend Laura. Below are a few great suggestions from Laura blog.
“Find someone you like and book them as soon as possible. Many calligraphers book up months in advance, making rush jobs expensive or nearly impossible.
Remember to factor hand calligraphy into your stationery budget so you don’t have to scrimp on quality. It’s true when they say you get what you pay for!
Read your calligrapher’s ordering instructions carefully and ask questions. They should have their policies clearly listed on their website, or should provide you with some sort of literature explaining how orders should be presented. If your calligrapher asks for your guest list to be in Word format, do not send it in Excel or in any other format. If you are doing inner envelopes, be sure to provide a list for those, too. You calligrapher should not have to determine how to write each inner envelope based on the outer.
If possible, obtain samples of the artist’s work. Keep in mind that with hand-lettering, mistakes will happen but your calligrapher should be willing to correct them immediately. I check all my envelopes myself but I am human and sometimes I miss small things. However, I try to get corrections out within 2 business days of getting notice about them.
Stay in contact with your calligrapher. It can be difficult to send your envelopes across the country to someone you have never met, and they should be understanding of this fact.
Keep in mind that calligraphy is an art form and all the work is done by hand. Though you have expectations of when you need to send out your invitations, calligraphers can encounter numerous problems with the textures of different papers and inks, which can extend their turnaround time.
Try to check the work within 48 hours of receiving it. Often times I get corrections 2 weeks to a month after an order is completed.
Send yourself an invitation. I hear that this simple gesture makes you feel like the wedding is “really happening” and it also gives you an idea of when your guests will start getting their invites in the mail as well. It makes a great keepsake, too!
Let your calligrapher know they did a fantastic job!”