I found Carmela by randomly googling callligrahers in NJ. I was hesitant at first to mail a stranger my envelopes. She did about 90 envelopes for me in about 2 weeks. She was great to work with and did an AMAZING job. I already referred her to 2 other people. She is also VERY affordable when you compare her prices to other calligraphers. Her work is overall stunning!!
Brides- this is the BEST, and likely least, money you will spend on your entire wedding. Carmela's work is simply gorgeous. We received emails, phone calls, texts from our guests telling us how beautifully addressed our invitations were. We had a shimmery brown envelope and Carmela used a gold calligraphy pen, and the results were breath-taking. Carmela is easy-going and kind. Not huge with communication or asking questions about any of the addressee's info- she will address your invites EXACTLY as you have the addresses printed. For example if you have "St.", she will write that instead of "Street" so be sure the info you give to her is 100% the way you want it to look on the invite. Make sure to reserve her far in advance as she books up quickly. Her prices are extremely reasonable and the work is so beautiful. You will not be disappointed!
My friend referred Carmela and we were so happy with her beautiful penmanship and it added a special touch to our wedding day. She calligraphed 200 programs and 220 placecards, as well as other signs for our beverages, reserved seating, etc. We had great communication and she's highly experienced. We were in a rush and Carmela was able to finish everything and shipped it to us within 5 business days (we're in CA). She is one of the most talented and reasonably priced calligraphers out there. We spent less than $100 on everything, including shipping. Other calligraphers were charging $300+ for the same service. I highly recommend using Carmela!
Carmela was recommended to us by a friend for wedding invitation calligraphy. I had emailed her but never heard back. We decided to use a calligrapher a few weeks before invitations needed to be in the mail. I have heard that you need to book with Carmela months and months before your invitation mailing date. However, I was hoping for a miracle. I picked up the phone and called Carmela and she was able to squeeze me in for July. Her work is phenomenal and she has a book for your selection of calligraphy style. It was $1.00 per invitation which includes assembly of the invitation. Our order was finished on the day promised. I highly recommend Carmela but book early!!
Carmela does fabulous, accurate work very quickly and for a great price. She's very popular (and getting more so) so book about 6-8 months in advance, but we received so many comments on the 'classiness' of our invitations from guests. We reccommend her very highly.
So many people commented on Carmela'a calligraphy when they received our invitations. She is very reasonable in price and easy to work with and a pleasure to talk to. Her calligraphy is beautiful. I think its the best I've seen on an invitation. She does book quickly though but she worked so well with me when my invitations got delayed.
We used Carmela for our Sept 2006 wedding.
We got the outer envelope, inner envelope, response card envelope (we didn't know our new address until after we ordered the invitations), place cards, and thank you note envelopes done by Carmela - everything came out fantastic! We mailed everything back and forth and emailed her with any changes/additions. She was great to work with and amazingly reasonably priced!
Carmela does beautiful work. She did all our inner/outer envelopes and also our menus. The only somewhat negative is that I believe that she smokes so when we received the envelopes, they kind of smelled. Luckily for us, I have a huge bag of peppermint which I placed over the envelopes overnight and the smell went away.