Melanie Hill

Watertown, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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!!

Location

Watertown, MA 02472

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Meredith A. Jun 2, 2015
    Craft Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Melanie did a wonderful job with our placecards. She was accommodating with our short timeline. It was an absolute pleasure working with Melanie! I strongly recommend her services.
  • Lynn O. Sep 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.
  • Amy C. Jun 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!
  • Deborah P. Mar 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.
  • Gabriela B. Dec 14, 2012
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    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.
    Replied to Gabriela B. - Jan 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

  • Julie G. Nov 28, 2012
    Wedding Planning
    Verified Review
    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 wonÂ’t be disappointed if you hire her.
  • Anne M. Aug 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!
  • Elynn T. Oct 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.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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!!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I don't - number of envelopes, color of ink, time frame that's about it. Artwork - it just depends on the piece.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Wedding Calligraphy - but I have been getting more call for my regular artwork.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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!!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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!