Hello everyone! I have a little calligraphy post for you this morning, which I thought I’d share after reading some comments on (my top favourite!) Oh So Beautiful Paper blog. Whether you’re writing your own envelopes in a quirky script, using a calligraphy font or hiring a calligrapher (I’m available!) you should consider how easy your addresses are to read.
Two things to watch out for if anyone’s thinking of hiring a calligrapher or learning:
1. The house name or number must be crystal clear. Watch for 1s that look like 7s and if you’re not sure, don’t embellish simple numbers. Clarity is more important than a fancy flourish.
2. The post code should be the most legible thing on the envelope. Again make sure the numbers and letters aren’t overly flourished here.
In the UK envelopes are sent through the Royal Mail sorting depots and usually go through machine readers. If the machine can’t read the address they’re sorted by hand.
To my knowledge this will be the route most calligraphied envelopes take. So you’re relying on a human being – imagine it’s your post man – to read the calligraphy. This person will be very used to reading all kinds of lettering, but they see thousands of letters… so as long as they can read everything on your envelope, you’ll be fine!
See more of my calligraphy at http://calligraphy-for-weddings.com