So it’s about 3 months until your wedding. You are going to dress fittings for yourself and your bridesmaids, you are dragging your fiancee along to catering and cake tastings, you are starting to work with your florist on centerpieces and bouquets and you have booked your venue and are co-ordinating all of the pre-wedding events.
But have you forgotten about your invitations? Did you even PIN some yet? You do know that nobody will show up if they don’t have an invitation right?
Because I know that you are busy enough to forget about them, (I have gotten plenty of calls from frantic brides that are anywhere from 2-4 weeks away from their wedding that still need invitations!) I wanted to give you a step-by-step guide on choosing a custom invitation designer that will help you stay on budget and take away your stress.
1. Start Looking Online: Your target designer should have a well designed website. Because they are a vendor that (should) have the talent to design their own website, it should be modern, tasteful and easy to navigate. If it’s not, hightail it out of there and find someone else.
2. Find a Style You Like: There are as many different styles of invitation designers as there are wedding dress styles. Narrow down the styles you like–modern, rustic, vintage, hand-illustrated, etc., and find at least 3 designers that can create in that style.
3. Inspect Their Portfolio: You will want to find as many examples of their work as you can. But remember, quality over quantity. New designers are always popping up…and just because they are new doesn’t mean they can’t design an amazing invitation.
4. Read About Their Reputation: Google your potential designers to find any reviews or testimonials they may have. Some designers post testimonials on their website, but make sure to go to non-biased sites like Wedding Wire to read reviews too. This is also a place where I would like to note that you shouldn’t let one bad review ruin your opinion of a designer–especially if the review states an objective opinion.
5. Gather Inspiration: Once you have narrowed down your search to your top 3 designers, gather inspirational images of invitations that you like and of the overall style of your wedding. Designers are usually very visual people so having examples to show will ensure that you end up with a product you’ll love.
7. Write Down Questions: Treat these designers as you would your other vendors and ask questions about things you are unsure about. Want to know how to word your invitation or how many invites you should buy? Writing down all of these questions will come in handy for our next step…
6. Book a Consultation: Contact your top 3 designers and book a consultation so that you can get to know them and talk to them about your unique wedding and inspiration. Personality can make a big difference in how well you work with someone, so booking a consultation is a great way to know which designer you will click with. Make sure to ask your questions that you have written down to gauge the experience and expertise of each designer.
7. Narrow it Down: After consulting with each designer, make a list of pros and cons for each and take into consideration their personality, design style and their estimated cost of your invitations. Other things that are helpful to keep in mind are their professionalism, their responsiveness via email or phone and the testimonials of their previous customers.
8. Sign and Design: After you have chosen your designer, make sure to sign a contract that outlines the delivery date, exactly what they will be designing and the cost of your entire project. Every designer that can be considered a professional will require a contract.