Engagement season is upon us, and soon after comes the planning. Once the date is set, the venue is selected, and the guest list is started, you can start thinking about the fun details. Wedding stationery can sometimes get overlooked in the process of picking bridesmaid dresses and flowers, but it stands to be one of the more important details of your day. How else will your guests know where and when to show up? I know there are a lot of websites out there that will let you semi-customize a wedding set. Those can get pricey quickly, and at the end of the day, you’re working with a big company who doesn’t need to pay attention to the details.
Here are 6 reasons why you should consider a personalized wedding stationery designer versus semi-customized suites.
- You get one-on-one personal attention. When I have a client, I always take the time to meet with them either in person or via Skype/Google Hangouts so that I can learn a little bit about them as a bride, interact with them, and try to get a feeling for their entire vision. I cannot tell you how immensely this helps me as a designer. But as a bride, I would find it invaluable.
- Everything is proof-read by a human being. Most likely more than one human being. Mistakes happen. It’s part of human nature, but there are some mistakes you can avoid by proof-reading. When I am working on a suite, I proof-read twice, and send it out to at least one other person to proof-read before I sent the final drafts to the bride and groom to proof-read themselves. I know of brides who have gone on to not include wedding dates on their invitations because of a proofing error. Oops!
- You’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind suite. What bride DOESN’T like feeling like she’s the only one with this or that?? I certainly wanted something that no one else had for my wedding. That’s what kicked this whole thing off for me. I was so bored with the standard, “fill in the missing information”, wedding invitations. I wanted to be able to customize my fonts, my wording, my colors, etc. Every single invitation suite I have designed has been uniquely different from the other weddings. How cool is that?
- You have ongoing communication throughout the entire process. I know this kind of ties into my first point, but I love that I can quickly e-mail my brides about a design change, and that we work together. Things change and it’s nice to have a line of communication open if something does happen.
- There are lots of options. I’m not just talking about design options. Many of the stationers I know offer services a la carte, meaning you aren’t paying for services that you don’t need. If you’re a crafty bride and want to put together your invitations (over wine, of course) with your entourage, you can simply order the invitations from a stationer. If you want to relax while someone else puts them together, you can add that as a service.
- It ends up being cheaper. In the long-run, it will ultimately be cheaper to go through a stationer, which seems a little backwards if you ask me. A lot of places, any customization will cost you extra, more colors will cost you extra. If you’re working with a stationer who only does custom designs, you won’t get charged extra for those details. Some places may end up giving you a discount if you order additional items through them, such as programs, menus, and place cards.
Have I convinced you yet? Feel free to check out some of my customized suites while you’re making up your mind.