Having your wedding invitations designed and manufactured by a professional is a wonderful thing, but it can be very stressful if you haven’t chosen the right designer. Though it is the vendor’s responsibility to help her brides get the invites they dream of and deserve it makes sense to compare a few vendors before you book your order. Not all designers are alike and not everyone will fit your personality and style! Here is a few tips that will help you get the most out of your stationery vendor:
1. Does their style fit yours?
Take a look at their portfolio is their style whimsical, super modern or vintage. It will cause unnessary stress and disappointment if your style is ultra modern and you book a designer who’s specific style is whimsical handpainted and floral. Make sure you know what your designer’s style is before you book her by looking at her portfolio online.
2. What is their turn around time?
When you’ve made sure about the style of your designer, find out what is her turn around time. It doesn’t make sense to order your cards and want them with-in a week and her turn around time is three weeks. That said, it’s a good idea to start working with your stationery designer at least three months prior to your wedding!
3. Does it fit your budget?
Before you book an appointment with your stationery designer decide on a budget. A good estimate is around 6% of your over-all budget for your wedding. So if you have a wedding budget of R 80 000 your stationery budget could be around R5000 for invites, menu’s, programs etc. Do a little research about the price of wedding invitations. If you want Imported Letterpressed wedding invites you should make provision for it in your budget! Send a few pictures of invites you like to your designer and ask for a price estimate on them. If your budget is really small ask if you can buy a design and print it yourself!
4. Do they specialize in what you need?
Do you want a Lasercut wedding invite? Make sure your designer has a lasercutter! Do you need email invite? Ask if your designer specialise in it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Designers know their strengths and limits, I know that I am not good at designing e-vites, and I don’t like to do it! But if I get a request for an e-vite I will outsource it or refer my client to someone who is awesome at it.
5. What about personality..
When you are looking for a wedding vendor it is important that you feel comfortable with them, you should feel like you can build a friendship with them. When your designer does not fit your personality, move on!
So when you choose your stationery designer choose wisely! Who knows she could be become your new best friend! Make sure you’re a good fit, it will ease stress and make your wedding planning much more fun!
I encourage you to take a look at our catalogue if you think that we might be a good fit for you – email us or leave a comment, lets chat!
As a bride do you have any tips on choosing your ideal invitation designer? How did you choose yours? leave a comment!