Ask these questions when choosing your wedding invitations designer to get the best stationery for you!
I’ve spoken to a lot of couples at wedding expos and open days, and I love helping them on their journey to get the right invitations for them. It’s so good when they ask questions, because it means I can help them with a process that they likely haven’t done before, and have no idea where to start. Here are some of my most helpful questions that I know will help you feel more informed when choosing your wedding stationery.
Before you start, make sure you also read the first blog post I did on this topic that covers four other questions that you can ask your wedding invitations designer here.
The first question to ask
“Do you have eco-friendly options?”
Environmental impact is such an important issue, and weddings don’t escape it. Much of what we create for weddings is single-use, so making choices like foam-free floral installations and signage free from acrylic are great choices. So what can we do for invitations? Ask your potential invitations designer what they can offer you to reduce your carbon footprint. Some options are:
- Use recycled paper – the options really are beautiful, and you can’t tell the difference!
- Use paper made from more sustainable materials, such as wheat and grass.
- Take RSVPs via a website rather than a card posted back in the mail.
- Print invitations double-sided rather than with multiple cards.
- Choose a designer who will post your invitations to you with eco-friendly packaging.
- Avoid acrylic and foam for signage, opting for wood or aluminium/rubber composite.
- Print fewer ceremony programs or menus which can be one per couple or even fewer.
You can contact me to see some samples of the eco-friendly papers, I promise you’ll love them!
The next question to ask your wedding invitations designer
“What if I want a custom design?”
There are so many beautiful wedding invitation options that it can be really hard to choose. Sometimes you look through so many and they all start to look the same, and none really speak to you as original and really “us.” Consider requesting a custom design. What is their speciality? Is it illustrations, or custom monograms, or something else? Ask your designer what the process is – how do they create something from scratch for you? They might get you to send them your wedding mood board, or get you to fill out a questionnaire, or have a consult call with you. How many revisions after the initial design do you get to make the design just right? Each designer will differ in their custom-design process, so make sure you’re aware of the process before you decide.
And the final question is an important one
“What if there’s a mistake, or we need to change the date and reprint?”
Ah, this can be a problem that keeps us up at night! You get your invitations and there is a mistake! What happens then? Let me take you through a couples of things. Firstly, a designer should send you the final design to sign off before printing, which means you get to see the whole thing and check it over for wording and spelling mistakes. The designer should also go over this thoroughly too, so know that the likelihood of this happening is very small.
Next, if there is indeed a mistake once they have been printed, ask your designer what happens then. Do they do a full reprint for you? Who pays? How quickly can a reprint be delivered to you? If you have to change the date of the wedding or another detail after printing, usually it’s up to the client to pay for a reprint, but sometimes you will get a discounted price depending on the designer and the situation. Mistakes do happen on both sides, so keep cool and know that you have options for a re-do. Make sure you ask these questions so you are fully informed about these types of situations.
And there you are! Ask these three questions of your wedding invitations designer so you can better compare your options and feel really comfortable when you make that investment. Don’t forget to check out my other questions you should ask your wedding invitations designer in my previous blog post.
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