Here’s the Scenario:
You’re so excited to be planning your wedding!! You’ve gone to pinterest and found the perfect EVERYTHING that you want for your wedding! You’ve found the flowers, the dress that you hope to find, the place settings, chairs & even the decor!! You’ve booked your venue & you’re settled on a date, so now you need invitations. You found a website that does invitations but you don’t just want any old invitations, you want some unique to you. You’ve booked an appointment for a design consultation & because this is your first wedding, you’re not too sure what questions you should be asking…
Here’s the Answer:
When you meet your stationer, she or he will have somewhat of a display set up for you so that you can see what they’ve done, what they can do, and if you had a pretty decent conversation on the phone, they’ll have something for you to see that’s similar or relevant in style that will match what you had in mind for you wedding. Most stationers will have already asked you some questions about your event when you booked your appointment so they have an idea of your taste, the design of the event, and the time frame that they have to work with. SO….
The first questions you should be asking are:
What are your quantities? Some stationers have set prices based on the quantities that you order, usually in bundles of 25. for example: each set of 25 invitations is $150 so if you have 200 guests, you may be looking at a minimum cost of $1200 (something to think about)
What types of papers do you use? Most stationers use all types of different papers for their clients, depending on the style, colors, and the event itself that they’re designing for. Now if you ask this question, the response will most likely be, “What have you seen that you like?” or “What do you have in mind?” in which case you can now describe what ideas you have in your head so that your stationer can guide you to the perfect paper.
Can you show me different printing styles? This is a question that I Highly suggest you ask, ESPECIALLY if this is a custom design consultation. Why? because No print style is the same and the way that the print feels can make a world of difference on the effect of your over all design. *Personally Letterpress is my favorite* If you’re not familiar with the different types of Print, Click here to read up on them and ask to see an example. it may change your mind from what you originally thought.
What is the approximate turn around for this? To be honest, Rush orders are a nightmare for everybody involved when it comes to planning a wedding or any other special event. Make sure to ask what the turn around time is and make sure to check to see if it fits within your plans. Some design details take a while to create and if you’re the type of person who only checks their e-mail once a day, or you take a while to make final decisions, be sure to factor that into the turn around time. All of these factors determine when you’ll get your invitations back
Do you provide the text? Quite a few stationers don’t create the text for your invitations, so a good idea would be to have some samples of how you would like the invitation to read.
Can you work with my budget? I know this is a tempting question to ask first, but before you ask this question your stationer needs to know what the design ideas are, what materials will be involved, how many invitations you’ll need, and how much time it’ll take to make them. I know from experience that with handmade invitations, the time frame is a little longer and if your stationer is one who will have to order materials, shipping and taxes are calculated in your quote. So be honest about your budget and be honest about what you want and your stationer can accommodate you.
For the most part, these 6 questions will give you the information you’ll need to determine if the stationer you’re talking to is the one that give you what you WANT and what you NEED for your wedding. Designing your invitations, menus, and programs is a partnership and a team effort between you and your stationer.
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