Calligraphy & Custom Art Work

Melanie Hill

Watertown, MA

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About Melanie Hill

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I have been drawing and designing for various venues for over 20 years.

I have helped brides make their weddings more beautiful by adding custom, handwritten calligraphy. I have designed weddings scrolls with hand drawn and colored flowers, beach scenes etc. If you have a vision for your wedding, a theme - let me help you make it a reality. I have made guest's table assignments on bright red apples for a fall wedding. I have made sand dollars a guest's placecard for a summer/beach wedding. There are so many things you can do - the sky is just about the limit! Let me help YOU!

I make all kinds of special art work for the elementary school in which I work, including sequencing material, counting visuals, you name it. All in all, I love being creative!

If I can help you with anything, give me your idea and let me help you execute it. No project is too big or too small!

I am looking forward to working with you.

Thank you in advance!

Location

56 Burnham Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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  • 5/5 stars September 27, 2013

    Melanie was a pleasure to work with and did a beautiful job! She addressed our wedding invitations and they were gorgeous. Melanie was very careful in choosing the perfect color to compliment our invitations. Her style is beautiful! Further, Melanie was a pleasure to work with. We were on a tight schedule and Melanie worked with us to have everything done on our timeline - she was actually able to get them done earlier than anticipated for us. After we picked up the envelopes I had a question regarding envelop stuffing and Melanie had an answer for me right away. She is very knowledgeable about all things related to invitation etiquette. Melanie was so nice and accommodating and did an absolutely beautiful job! I would 100% use her again and recommend her to anyone looking for a calligrapher.

  • 5/5 stars June 20, 2013

    I can not say enough positive things about Melanie Hill. I was impressed when she first replied to my email and even more once I spoke to her on the phone. My situation was not an easy one for I left my escort cards till the last minute. She was more than willing to work with me and accommodated my needs. She was very professional and quite friendly. I requested a special pen color and she worked her magic. She is easy to get a hold of through email and phone, she responds promptly unlike other calligraphy businesses I had contacted. From her first email response I knew I wanted to work with Melanie and I am so glad I did. She is fantastic!

  • 5/5 stars March 21, 2013

    OMG....i don't know where to start. Melanie did an amazing job on our place cards. As you know planning a wedding takes work but dealing with Melanie made things so easy because when I didn't have the answer to an issue she did. She is extremely professional but yet super warm and welcoming. I would totally recommend her to anyone looking to have quality work done.

  • 5/5 stars December 14, 2012

    Melanie did the caligraphy for my wedding invitations this past summer. She spent a long time trying to match the ink to the return address ink that was pre-printed on the envelopes. Melanie turned ~100 envelopes around in a couple of days which was great! She was also very understanding when I asked her do write a few more envelopes for me. Many people even called me after receiving my wedding invites to tell me how beautiful the envelope address looked!
    I really enjoyed working with her and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for affordable and high quality calligraphy services.

    Melanie H. replied to this review on January 2, 2013:

    Hi Gabriella - Thank You so much for this wonderful review - I appreciate it more than you know! I have just been honored by being awarded the BOW (Best of Wedding) Award on the knot. I would be so grateful if you could copy and paste this review to the knot also. I can't seem to find your email address - if you can send me something to my email address I will send you the whole little format thing. Thank You again for everything - My Very Best Wishes to You and Your New Husband in the New Year! Melanie

  • 5/5 stars November 28, 2012

    If I could give more than 5 stars I would-she's more than excellent. Not only does Melanie do amazing work but she's a doll to work with. From the first email I sent her to find out a little more information to well after I picked up our wedding invitation envelopes the whole time she was always eager to help and extremely thoughtful. Even after she was done with all of them she suggested that I leave a couple invitations this way if I had any last minute ones she'd address them and send it out for me! You don't find people going that extra mile anymore like she does.

    I knew right away she was someone I wanted to work with. She was always available by phone, email, in person and was great at communicating with me throughout the process.

    Even though she gave me warning to double/triple check the address/spelling of towns/zip codes which I did she still caught a couple errors I had. She emailed me right away letting me know and that it was no big deal. I trusted her 100%. Her professional opinion helped me since I had no idea the proper way on addressing the envelopes.

    We had her use navy ink which matches our invitations exactly. I can't wait to send them out now because I know everyone will love the handwriting. Even though I don't know much about addressing envelopes, initially was thinking of a way to address them myself by using a printer. I'm SO happy I didn't. They look a thousand times nicer than any printer.

    I found Melanie from maybe the same way you are finding her- through her reviews which you see are nothing but positive feedback. I've been very lucky to have found Melanie and you won’t be disappointed if you hire her.

  • 5/5 stars August 3, 2012

    Melanie was by far one of the easiest vendors I worked with throughout the wedding-planning process. I found her on theknot.com. I contacted her, and she got back to me promptly. She was always such a pleasure to talk to, seemed genuinely excited and interested in my wedding, and was reasonably priced. When I called her, I had my guest list of addresses ready to go, but was prepared to have to wait a while if she had other brides to take of first. However, she was extremely accommdating, and said she'd get started on my envelopes as soon as I dropped them off. She managed to get 80 double-enveloeps finished in just a few days. It was amazing! They were PERFECT! She has two fonts to choose from, both of which are gorgeous. I was extremely happy with the one I chose. She followed our list perfectly, and followed up with me during the process to make suggestions regarding etiquette. She even caught a mistake I had made, and ensured that it was corrected prior to being written on the envelope - over and above the call of duty! She kept me up to date step-by-step throughout the process, and was so easy to get in contact with via email. The finished products were truly works of art. Many of our guests have commented on how spectacular they look. I would recommend her to anyone! She also has followed up with me since I picked them up, and has noted that she does placecards as well. I'll definitely be keeping her in mind once all those response cards make their way back to me!

  • 5/5 stars October 21, 2011

    I used Melanie to address my daughter's wedding invitations for October of 2011. What a delight Melanie was to work with and what beautiful work she does. She made several suggestions to me, worked with me on addresses and even found and corrected several mistakes I had made. She also completed the invitations in the time frame that I asked her to. Her calligraphy was beautiful and made our invitations even more special. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Both my daughter and I are very glad that we used her.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Wedding Calligraphy - but I have been getting more call for my regular artwork.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Please just give me a chance - I won't break the bank! I just want to draw and color and have people enjoy what I do. I will begin to make money when you tell a friend and they tell a friend but for right now I just want to work. I never miss a deadline - so brides if you think it's too late to have your invitations addressed - Call me - I haven't turned down a job yet!!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. No not really - I guess I know how much time I spend making things perfect - I would like to know how other calligraphers can do their work for less???

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How many invitations you have - how many envelopes, the date of your wedding, ink color etc. As far as artwork goes - just a really good idea of what you looking for - special colors, size - due date definitely!!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I think that my work stands out from others because I take extra care to make sure that my work is exactly what my customers envision. I look at every single detail and I think that my artwork/calligraphy shows that.
I also pride myself in making the whole experience of creating a piece of artwork or addressing your wedding invitations as STRESS FREE as possible - I will bend over backwards to accommodate your every need.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I absolutely LOVE being creative. I have the perfect job (preschool aide) to bring out my creativity on a day to day basis. Whether I am helping another teacher with a sequencing book - or just drawing leaves or pumpkins "on the fly" I love every minute of it. Plus I am out of school at 2:00 and I have Fridays off. My schedule allows me to be able to be creative every day!!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Pretty much about pricing. I know that brides are strapped for cash - I try to keep my prices reasonable. And as far as school goes - I know that teachers don't make a lot and they get very little help. So If you are a teacher and you would like something that will be really special - and something that you will also have forever - give me a try. I have many pieces of artwork at my school that I can get together and show you!

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I guess it would be either my sequencing books that I do for school - because the kids just love them and they can see that the artwork that I do looks exactly like the art in the book - OR - it would be how happy brides are when they pick up their invitations and they look beautiful and they are going to be sending them out in a few days - and my calligraphy has just been one more thing that has come to fruition in their dream of the "Perfect Wedding"

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I guess - that although you can absolutely print your envelopes on the computer - you can tell when a calligrapher "hand writes" your addresses - they look extra special - and your guess will notice that - and as I always say - your invitation is "the prelude" to your wedding! Also - you can buy sequencing books at the local Teacher Stores, but believe me - once you have an actual piece of hand drawn artwork that isn't really replaceable - that's what you will always want!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I went to school to be an art teacher - but I didn't get to do my practice teaching, then I got married etc. and never went back and did it. I regret it now - but I have had the luxury of doing so many unbelievably creative things - designing bookcovers for Large Print books doing all kinds instructional media for the phone company. Designing the town booklet and drawing various town land marks for the Chamber of Commerce in my town. Working with so many interesting people and always being able to do something creative to help out various causes.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I did a sequencing book for school - The Old Lady that Swallowed Some Leaves - the pictures were great - a little bit more of a cartoon style - but it was awesome. I also made a candycorn wreath for my daughter in law that is pretty neat! And of course I am always proud of my invitations - just doing placecards now for an October 23 wedding!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. No I don't - but if something in the town continuing education booklet jumped out at me - I would jump on it - that is if I had the time!!

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. No - I guess the worst thing about my calligraphy business is that invitations and addresses can be done on the computer - and with weddings costing what they do - brides are willing to cut corners. What I have to say is that there is no comparison between computer generated addresses and real hand written ones. Believe me - your guests will recognize the difference.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Unfortunately my artwork isn't really "cost affective" for me - but there isn't too much that I like to do more. Like I said before - I do things for teachers - they don't have a lot of money so I usually accept what they can afford. Probably not the best way to do business - but as I said - give me a chance and I'll go from there. Weddings (100 guests - two envelopes and placecards) usually run around $400.00.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. I don't - number of envelopes, color of ink, time frame that's about it. Artwork - it just depends on the piece.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Keep practicing and keep drawing - AND DON'T GET DISCOURAGED! If you love what you're doing - keep at it!

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Is your wedding more stressful than you ever imagined?? and now it's time to make an address list and a seating arrangement?? Let me help you with this - I will make addressing your envelopes - Completely Stress Free - I will let you start with a partial list list and we can go fro there - I will put table numbers on placecards up until two days before your wedding - CALL ME!!!!

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