Calligraphy by Janine Cuenca-Dario
Thank you for your interest in my service.
The service I do for invitations is hand calligraphy. For weddings, I do
the master copy in hand of the invitation card which will be layed-out
and be reproduced by the printer. The fee for that is P1000 for up to 15
lines. We can also do something for souvenirs and even your thank
I also address the invitation envelopes
with the name of your guest. The charge is P16 to P20 and a minimum of
50 lines. If you are on a tight budget, we can discuss about doing some
of the envelopes like those of the VIPs/principal sponsors. Contrary to
the practice now, for wedding invitations, etiquette still dictates that
it be addressed by hand by a professional calligrapher or someone with
good handwriting, and not machine generated by a computer or typewriter.
I am also including a proposal below plus
some tips which you may find helpful. I hope this is readable.
Presented here is low-resolution sample of my calligraphy
to which you can refer for style. The actual output of course is of much
finer quality. Except for the embellished script in sample 3, this
style is the most in demand of those I have produced. Variations have also
been requested either by adding embellishments or simplifying the
style. I am also very comfortable with this style so I can complete it
faster and with little error. If you have another in mind, let me
Feel free to call me for any questions, even if you
decide not to go with my services.
Sample 1 . Flourished slant
Sample 2: Flourished bold
Sample 3: Flourished bold (top half) and
Embellished Script (bottom half)
Although the use of computer printers to address
invitations are getting quite popular, etiquette still dictates that wedding
envelopes should be handwritten, by a calligrapher or by someone with good
handwriting. Calligraphy continues to be the choice of the discriminating
client. The following are details of my service:
Proposal For Calligraphy Services
Calligraphy may be employed for weddings,
debuts, graduations and other special occasions for:
This is only a guide. Any deviation
from these may be still be negotiated. For further inquiries, contact:
Text on the invitation card
Thank you cards
Certificates and diplomas
The proper way to address the envelopes,
proper titles of government officials, clergy and diplomats is employed
unless otherwise requested. This is an add-on service that is provided
at no extra cost to the client.
The client benefits from my over 15
years experience as calligrapher. Among my satisfied clients are:
No pencil marks are made on the envelopes
or paper, which remains clean. For very thick or lined envelopes,
pencil line guides are made but not noticeable in the finished work.
Quality of the writing is affected by
the smoothness and absorbency of the paper. Paper of 100% cotton
(some Crane’s papers) may be difficult for hand calligraphy.
To ensure accuracy and avoid delay of
the work, please note the following:
Prepare a legible guestlist, clearly written
or preferably typewritten without erasures or corrections. Ensure
names with accents, punctuation and ñ, formal titles are correctly
reflected on the list.
5% extra envelopes shall be provided
to the calligrapher
If any, indicate the names you need
earlier than the rest
Please make yourself or a representative
reachable for any questions.
The standard time of completion is 150
to 200 names per week for unlined envelopes. Special arrangements
may be made to accommodate those that are needed sooner that may involve
For calligraphy on envelopes, the charge
is P20.00 per line for a minimum contract price of P1,000 (or 50 one line
envelopes). For envelopes that require mailing addresses, the charge is
a flat rate of P45.00 per envelope. If you are on a budget, we can use a simpler font with fine pen for P16 per line.
Full payment in cash is requested upon
delivery of the completed envelopes.
Bel Air P.O. Box 88, 40 Solar Street, Bel Air 3, Makati
Phone +63 2 892 0689
Mobile 0918 922 5228
Helpful hints in addressing your
Avoid the use of nicknames or abbreviations even
for the street address except for Mr., Mrs., Dr., Jr. and for military
rank like Gen., Col..
A common practice here in the Philippines is to
use the phrase, "and family," and may already be acceptable. Many reference
books advise against it and instead recommend writing the first names of
the children below their parents' names.
Another common question is how to address
people in government. Senators, members of congress, department secretaries
and judges are all addressed with the title "The Honorable _(full
name)_" followed by "and Mrs. _(surname)_" if their wives
are invited. Women with titles (such as senator, congresswoman or doctor)
may drop their titles if they are invited with their husbands and
simply carry the title "Mrs." Senator Loren Legarda would be addressed
as "Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Leviste," or may be written separately as, "Mr.
Antonio Leviste and The Honorable Loren Legarda." Catholic priests use
the titles "The Reverend" unless they are of a higher rank.
The practice in the Philippines is to use 2 envelopes with the outer one being addressed and the inner one kept clean.
Originally, this is because the outer one is for mailing and thus includes
the guest names and their address while the inner envelope is to address
your guests. You may also choose to address both the outer and inner
envelopes. My reference gives the following instructions:
Mr. and Mrs. Teodoro Dario
The outer envelope is used for complete mailing
address and the guest's full name, followed by the street address
35 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90210
Mr. and Mrs. Dario
The inner envelope does not include the first name
of the guest nor the address, but includes the children who are
invited to the occasion.
Martina Gabrielle, Chiara Miren
Important tips on hiring
Ensure that you have more invitations
printed than those on your guest list. Living in a culture where it is
embarrassing to leave out friends and family, you anticipate that you will
need more for last-minute additions. Many of my clients expressed their
problem of not having enough invitations and being unable to have more
printed in time. Clients have resorted to "saving" invitations by putting
together in one invitation relatives who do not live in one residence when
they should have separate invitations.
Advise your calligrapher if your
paper is textured or lined, as this may cause a little more difficulty
or time to complete your envelopes.
Ask your printer to provide you with
extra envelopes (at least 5% additional pieces) to give the calligrapher
for unavoidable mistakes when they are addressed. Even computer print outs
have a risk of mistakes. Most invitation printers do provide extra envelopes.
Prepare a legible guest list for
your calligrapher. It is best that you also keep a copy so it would be
easy to discuss corrections and questions over the phone.
A typewritten (or computer printout)
numbered list with minimal handwritten corrections or marks would help
reduce the number of mistakes by the calligrapher. Check your list for
misspellings and names with special characters like letters with accents
or the spanish ñ as some typewriters cannot produce these.
If you wish to get some of the invitations
ahead of time, indicate your priority in the list such as with an asterisk.
Formal invitations use full names
and appropriate titles of important people (i.e., VIPs, members of government,
clergy). Refer to the helpful hints below or ask your calligrapher
Coordinate with your calligrapher
on the following:
Provide him with your contact numbers
for any questions. Being unable to reach you for questions may be a cause
for delay or wrong assumptions.
Advise him on any special instructions
or preferences, if any (such as if you wish to employ the British style
of omitting punctuation on the titles, or if you wish to include mailing
address, or if you prefer another color of ink to be used other than the
standard black). Advise him if you wish to have both inner and outer envelopes
If your invitation cards are already
inside the envelopes, ask him if needs to have the these removed.
Ensure that he has ample experience
Check past work to see if he keeps
the invitations clean. Some envelopes have visible pencil guide marks.
Make sure he will be able to provide
advice and employ the rules on proper addressing of important people to
save you the problem of having to research the correct form.
Will be able to accommodate last-minute
additions to the list.
Guarantees quality. If an envelope
is not to your liking, he should be able to repeat this at no extra charge
to you. This is where your extra envelopes come in handy.