Feature: Lola Grace Calligraphy


We recently asked the very talented Grace of Lola Grace Calligraphy to ask her all about the beautiful nature of Calligraphy. From Wedding invitations to Menu Cards, Grace talks about how she got started, how she creates a style and the processes of each.

1. How did you become a Calligrapher?

My Grandma was always a bit of an etiquette fan, so early on, I attended many etiquette classes including penmanship classes. As I became older, I started to address holiday cards for friends, work, etc. I then started to address wedding envelopes and escort cards for friends. How I decided to start Lola Grace Calligraphy is because one of my friends, Jenn Ederer of Modern Day Floral, kept pushing me and convinced me to give it a try. So I did my research, started practicing and well, the rest is history. Lola Grace Calligraphy celebrated its first year this past April. 🙂

2. Do you find that Calligraphy is primarily needed for Weddings?

Yes, most of my work is wedding related. I have done anniversary vows, addressed envelopes for client appreciation cards and holiday cards. I have also hand lettered place cards for formal dinner parties, pieces for styled tables that were part of the McKay Ballroom’s grand opening event and the Amway Grand Plaza’s the Grand Affair (which is their annual bridal event).

3. How do you determine your styles? Is it by frequency or request or by creation through the process?

When I was doing my research, I wanted to have styles that are all elegant and beautiful. I wanted to be able to offer styles that appeal to brides whether they like a more simple style, fun/contemporary style or a more elaborate style.

4. Do you have a favorite style? Is so, why is it your favorite? 

I love my new dreamy font. IT has the most flourishes out of all of my styles, but I wanted to make sure that even with the flourishes, it is still readable. It is every bit a reflection of its name and perfect for the most formal of weddings.

5. Can you explain the process of Calligraphy on Envelopes? How do you know how largely to write/space every line? 

My process starts with gathering of all my materials, doing a little warm up test out with the nib, ink and the style I planed on using. I tend to base that on the size of the envelopes. I use guides with different line heights which then dictate how big the letters will be and the space between.

6. What kind of Calligraphy have you done for The Ballroom?

I was very fortunate to have been asked to hand letter menu cards and place cards in a beautiful metallic champagne gold ink for The Ballroom’s Grand Opening last spring. I have also worked with one of The Ballroom’s brides last fall with her invitation envelopes.

7. What is the average length of time that a couple should expect for their envelope Invitations to be Calligraphed?

Depending on the quantity and the involvement, I would recommend on planning about two weeks from the time I receive the envelopes, guest list and payment to proofing and the delivery of the finished product.

A huge thanks to Grace of Lola Grace Calligraphy for her expert advice on this incredible field of talent! Be sure to check out her site!