The Knot’s 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Stationery Designer: Answered

Engagement season is finally here!

And that means congratulations are in order.

The internet is chocked full of a million and one websites that are geared toward helping you plan your big day. Some of my personal faves are Wedding Wire, Equally Wed, Carats + Cake, and so many more!

Not only do they offer inspiration and nifty planning tools, but their blogs are loaded with awesome content. You can find every thing from how to find the best vendors to whether or not you should smear cake on your fiance at the reception. (I say DO IT!) I highly suggest looking at everything each site has to offer before making your final decision on which is best for you and your fiance. (I would love to give you a list of my favorite features, but that’s another blog post for another day ?.)

Some of the most helpful blog posts for newly engaged couples help you figure out how to find vendors that are right for you and your big day. Which brings me to today’s post. The Knot actually has a pretty awesome list of questions to ask your stationery designer, you can read the original post here. Well, today I am to answer all 10! Because, let’s be real,finding all these answers in one place will be way more helpful the searching everywhere.

So…let’s get to it!

10 Questions to Ask your Stationery Designer

1. Do you sell custom designs or invitation lines, and if so, which ones do you carry and how many are available?

I offer both custom and semi-custom options to fit everyone’s style and budget.

2. Do you specialize in a specific style or theme (for example, traditional or watercolor)?

I tend to design a little bit of everything, but that being said, I specialize in melding my clients’ personalities with their wedding theme. So…let’s say you decided on a masquerade ball theme for your wedding. You went with dark colors and your favorite musical is phantom of the opera. I may might incorporporate the phantom’s mask, or some of the song lyrics to make your invites more you.

3. Are there books I can browse through?

I don’t have any books, but I do feature a lot of my designs on my instagram. I DO bring a ton of physical examples to your custom design consult. That way you can browse through and see what you like (and what your don’t)

Since all of my designs are custom creations, not all of my previous designs may fit your style. I always encourage shooting over your pinterest boards showing styles you love. This helps me really get a feel for your style, likes and dislikes.

4. Are other personalized items available? If so, can I see examples and a price list?

Yes, I can design everything for your wedding from table numbers, to custom designs to print on rose petals. Essentially, if it can be printed, I can design it. If I am unable to print the item in my studio, I will help coordinate everything with the printer (like in the case of the rose petals.) You can grab your pricing guide and stationery timeline worksheet here.

5. How are invitations priced? Is there any benefit to purchasing other wedding paper (menus, escort cards) at the same time?

Bottom line: bundle, bundle, bundle

Ordering stationery a la carte is almost always the most expensive way to order your invitation suite. (This doesn’t just apply to me, but practically everywhere you buy things!) So… if you are looking to buy more than just an invitation card, the best way to save money is with my DIY bundles, and done-for-you printing bundles.

Ordering everything at once is the best way to order your stationery and here’s a few reasons why…

  • Placing your order all at once means you’ve locked in the lowest possible prices.

    Let’s say you order your Invitations in late 2018, but you don’t need programs until late 2019. If you wait to order the programs until you need them, you might end up paying more.

    Just because you ordered all of your stationery items at once doesn’t mean you have to solidify ALL the details for your programs when all you really need right now are your save the dates! We will create a custom timeline so you get the items you need when you need them.

  • I only take on 36 custom orders per year,and some seasons are busier than others.

    Booking everything at once, means you get on my calendar early and marked in permanent marker.

  • You are booking a sh*t ton of vendors, so spreading out payments can be a huge help!

    Every order is different and no two payment plans are alike. Although you can pay your entire balance at once, if you wish, most couples pay a down payment (to save their spot on my calendar) and spread the rest of the balance over the course of our journey together. It’s super convenient!

6. How much customization is possible?

Pretty much anything is possible, as long as it conforms to the laws of physics ?.

But for real…anything is possible.

  • wooden and clear invitations
  • upholstered invitation boxes
  • metallic paper
  • fonts
  • illustrations
  • and more…

7. What about calligraphy—do you work with anyone? Can you recommend someone?

I work with several calligraphers that I love and can even coordinate these services for you! If you would like me to recommend a calligrapher, shoot me a message with your location and I’ll see who’s closest to you.

8. Am I allowed to customize my invitation wording?

Absolutely! Invitations introduce you (and your fiance) to your guests. Honestly, by the time your moms get done with they guest list there will be a bunch of people you don’t event know (no offense, mom)! So making sure the wording reflects your personality is pretty important. For example, if you have a sarcastic personality, a formal worded invitation would be a bad fit. (I am all-for calling it like it is!) But if you are a more conservative person, then a more formal wording wouldn’t be out of place.

9. How long after I place my order will my invitations be delivered?

This really depends on the services you ordered and the style of your invitations, but I tell everyone that a minimum of 10 weeks is best.
NOTE: This does NOT mean 10 weeks from your wedding!!! This is 10 weeks from when you would like to send your invitations. In my pricing guide, there is a worksheet to help you find the best time to order your stationery, and you can grab it here

10. Once I’ve placed my order, will I be able to see a proof (what the invitation will look like) before the invitations are printed? What happens if there’s an error in the order?

Of course! If you have ordered a DIY bundle, I will send you digital proofs via e-mail for you to review and approve prior to printing. If you ordered done-for-you printing items, I will send you physical proofs of your invitation suite to approve prior to printing. I find that physical proofs make sure EVERYTHING, from the paper to the colors and fonts, is exactly how you want it to look.

All orders include 2 revisions, so we can tweak what you don’t like and make it your own. If we get through your second round of revisions and you feel you want more things tweaked, you can always purchase an extra round. I print exactly what you approve, so any errors found after approval that need to be addressed would be subject to reprinting fees.

Whew, we sure covered a lot!

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