Our invitations, programs, place cards, table cards, and menus could not have been more beautiful. Your talent lies not only in your artistic ability, but also in your attention to detail. You even caught address errors that we had made. How you did that we will never know but will be forever grateful. It was truly a pleasure working with you from start to finish. Your talent, competence, coordination skills, and enthusiasm are unparalleled in your industry.
The National AIDS Memorial at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City has maintained a Memorial Book in which the names of those who have died of HIV/AIDS are recorded by request of their family and friends. When searching for a calligrapher I approached Jan Garver and asked if she would be willing to undertake the work of inscribing almost 3,000 names. To my surprise and delight she accepted and began the task, completing the job in record time. In every way, she performed superbly and I would recommend her to anyone for her skill, thoroughness and sensitivity for this kind of important work. Her advice was invaluable and we could not be more pleased with the results.
Jan Garver is my hero! We originally hired Jan to address our wedding invitations and then she did such a fabulous job and was such a pleasure to work with that we asked her to assist us with our table cards, programs, menus, itineraries, gift bags, and wedding favors, and before long she became our full-fledged wedding coordinator. When all was said and done, she was involved in literally every aspect of the event. To be honest, I was hoping to do without a wedding coordinator, but as the big day approached it became clear that it was too much for one person (especially someone who was working full-time) to handle on her own. From the moment Jan stepped in I felt like an enormous weight had been lifted from my shoulders. To her credit, Jan had to establish working relationships with a multitude of vendors in a very limited time frame and she had to deal with contracts that I had already begun to negotiate. Anyone who has been involved in wedding planning knows how hard it is to step in when so many decisions have already been made, but Jan handled everything seamlessly with her typical grace and poise. She was polite and professional with everyone but she also knew when to push back, and how to do it diplomatically and with minimal drama. I am a perfectionist by nature (which is one of the reasons I was wary of having a coordinator to begin with) so it's a real testament to Jan's talents that I was able to relax and let her handle even the most important of details. The end result was far beyond my (admittedly high) expectations. In fact, when the wedding was over, I found myself really missing the multiple conversations we had each day — not only is Jan organized and efficient but she is also clever and fun and has a terrific sense of humor so she's just the kind of person you want around you in a stressful situation. I have no doubt that Jan will drastically improve any wedding that she's involved in!
This was a new one for me: after the bride wrote her testimonial, her husband asked if he could add his thoughts. I love it!
To be perfectly honest, I don't have the faintest idea what Jan did for us at our wedding because my wife was in charge and for us it made sense for me to just stay out of her hair and let her make the decisions. What I do know was that my wife was extremely stressed out about the wedding and then, when Jan came on the scene, my wife completely relaxed and calm returned to our lives. The night of the wedding the drinks were flowing, the food was great, my wife was calm, the guests were happy and I wouldn't have changed a single thing about the evening. So Jan, many thanks!
Our envelopes arrived right on time today and we were so excited to open the box. Our excitement was well worth it - they are so beautiful!! I can't even believe how beautiful each name and address looks! I want to take a picture of each one. Once I got the box and was able to look over the list and process your notes, I realized just how much effort you put in to make sure every name was correct. I've had people, from whom this is quite a statement, say that the invitations are perfectly done and I know your attention to detail plays a VERY big role in that! Thank you for all the effort you put in on our behalf. I really appreciate it! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are amazing and so fabulous to work with.
Jan did it all, and did it all beyond expectations! From helping to plan and coordinate the final details, calligraphy and address etiquette, last-minute preparations, running interference, to day-of coordination. You can even throw in grandma-wrangling. She did it all, and all without the batting of an eye. My words cannot, and will not be able to, do this vendor justice. Please know that if you choose to work with Jan, you will be more than thrilled. You want Jan on your team for your big day and for all those needs leading up to it!
Jan was INCREDIBLE! Not only was her calligraphy BEAUTIFUL (she did our invitations, table names, and name cards), but she knew so much about the proper etiquette with names, addresses, etc. She was seriously a lifesaver -- we LOVED her and cannot recommend her highly enough.
Jan did the calligraphy for my son's destination wedding. She added some incredibly beautiful touches to make the event special, from addressing the invitation envelopes in a matching ink to designing a "thank you" card for the dinner place setting, in Italian as well as English. She even hand-painted a wooden direction sign for the road. She never made me feel I was asking too much of her -- she assured me she likes unusual challenges. And she is super easy and fun to work with. Communicating with her by email was a breeze and her turnaround time was quick. Janscript will add a classy and personal touch to your special day.
Jan was a pleasure to work with. She was the best vendor that I worked with during the entire wedding process. I first learned about her when she received rave reviews from the store where I ordered my wedding invitations. For my wedding, I was looking for someone to do calligraphy on invitations and escort cards. I also wanted custom wedding programs. When I met with Jan, I could tell right away that she was classy, organized, prompt, and experienced. Jan took calligraphy services to a whole other level by confirming guest addresses and editing salutations based on proper etiquette. In addition, her calligraphy is gorgeous. I would recommend Jan with no hesitation and plan to use her services in the future.
Jan provided much appreciated guidance and support, along with her excellent event-planning skills, during every stage of planning for my wedding. From the invitation selection process and her skillful calligraphy talents, to her unparalleled knowledge of all etiquette formalities, to her creative solutions for event venue and timeline conundrums, Jan was an exemplary professional every step of the way. She listened to me and my fiancé during the entire planning process, and she made sure that our vision for our special day was upheld--the result was a very smooth, well-run event that I confidently left in her capable hands.
Jan is amazing to work with! Her attention to detail, her responsiveness, her thoughtfulness, timeliness -- I can't say enough!! She saved me money, while giving me great ideas! Helped me with place cards, invitations, gift bags, all of the paper items that go along with a wedding! Can't wait to work with her again! She cleaned up my guest list so beautifully, I am still amazed at the time she took! She was fast and such a pleasure to work with, I miss her and can't wait to work with her again!
My good family friend recommended we work with Jan Garver on our wedding invitations and I could not be happier. She is wonderful and a joy to work with! She is easy to communicate with whether by phone or email and quick to respond to any questions you have (no matter how dumb you may think they are) and answers them honestly. We had so much fun creating a wedding logo with her. Her creativity amazed us and she was able to create something that perfectly fit our wedding style. We fell so in love with our logo that we decided to use it in multiple aspects of our wedding: napkins, bags, invitations, table numbers, glasses, and even a wedding boat flag!
Jan is a true professional and takes extraordinary pride in her work to make sure that the finished product she hands back to you is exceptional and perfect in every way! She matched the color of our invitations perfectly and all of her lettering styles are beautiful and unique. Our invitation packages were their own custom pieces; we have already been getting compliments on how beautiful every detail was. I cannot recommend Jan enough; she is an absolute joy to work with and made all our wedding details elegant and unique.
Working with Jan was such a pleasure. In addition to her work being so beautiful, she was also extremely accommodating to our schedules and the changing needs of our order. Often, she was able to anticipate issues or problems that we had not thought of. In the hectic process of planning a wedding, Jan was an invaluable source of knowledge and reliability!
It is without hesitation and with much enthusiasm that I recommend Jan Garver to anyone who needs calligraphy services. Neither the quantity of invitations nor the short turnaround time I requested daunted her. All of our nearly 1500 invitations [to a fundraiser at Senator Edward Kennedy's home] were enhanced as the result of her hard work. I received many compliments on her classy calligraphy. We will certainly use Jan for any future parties we plan. (The American Prospect)
We asked Jan to caption an oversized family album for us, but didn't trust our own taste. We left the details -- the styling, the sizing, the placement, the everything -- of the captioning up to her. She did not only a truly excellent job with the calligraphy, but with the overall aesthetic and the Arabic phrases we challenged her to inscribe. In short, while we didn't know exactly what we should be asking for, Jan had a great feel for what to do, where to do it, and how exactly it would look best. We loved her taste, her precision, and the fact that there is one person left in the country who can actually avoid the obligatory typo. The only condition that we had placed on Jan -- an absolutely unreasonable deadline -- Jan beat by miles. We were truly impressed that she could handle our odd little request with such ease and, absolutely yes, elegance.
We would absolutely recommend Janscript for all calligraphy services. Jan went above and beyond for our wedding invitations and reception place cards. She went over every detail with great care and offered so many valueable suggestions along the way. Her calligraphy is stunning and creative. Over and over our guests remarked that they had never seen a more beautiful and elegant invitation. She met every deadline easily even when we changed our minds about a few things. She was wonderful to work with. We have recommended her to everyone we know & would never consider using anyone else's calligraphy services. Her calligraphy set the tone for an amazing wedding day.
Working with Jan was an absolute delight! Amidst the craziness of wedding planning she was organized, responsive, and helpful. She knows every etiquette rule in the book and is willing to make any and all last-minute changes. Most importantly, though, her work was absolutely beautiful! She customized a color to match our invitations that we used throughout the wedding. We received so many comments on how perfect the invitations, escort cards and table signs came out. I can not recommend her highly enough!
I feel so lucky that Papyrus recommended Janscript. It was such a pleasure working with Jan. She addressed invitations and place cards for my September wedding. Not only is she kind, patient, and professional, but her calligraphy is stunning! She offers many beautiful styles. I liked so many, I had a hard time choosing which to use so she recommended one that complemented the font on our invitation. It came out wonderful, far exceeding my expectations. She also custom-matched the ink for us. Her attention to detail and expertise on all things etiquette were much appreciated. From double-checking my guest list addresses to alphabetizing the place cards, Jan's service is by far the best! I would absolutely recommend her and will use her again in the future.
Here are some things my clients have had to say over the past couple of decades.
We needed to send out one thousand invitations to a charity event in a short time frame and we needed it done with style. Jan Garver was chosen based on samples of her elegant calligraphy. The finished product was excellent in quality. Our invitations went out on time and Jan was a pleasure to work with throughout the process. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for this type of service and requiring this standard of quality. (Gucci America, Inc.)
I had not seriously considered hiring a calligrapher for our wedding until my stepmother suggested it. Even then, I was skeptical and couldn't imagine the outcome to be "that good." Jan was "that good" and more. She was incredibly meticulous when addressing our envelopes and double and triple checked her work with me. She was patient when I had to ask my parents friends what their addresses were and even used white pages to ensure the address was correct. Beyond her incredible attention to detail, Jan's work was stunningly gorgeous. I received numerous compliments on both the envelopes and place cards. The price for her work was completely reasonable and she was easy and pleasant to work with!