10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Stationery Designer
words by // Eve Green
photography // Swatch Studios
You decided on a wedding date! After securing a venue and a photographer, a wedding stationery designer is one of the next vendors you will want to hire. Stationery designers create semi-custom and custom designs that set the tone and capture the essence of your wedding. In order to find the right designer of your unique wedding stationery suite, consider these 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Stationery Designer.
1. What are the benefits of a stationery designer versus ordering invitations online?
A wedding stationery designer has the skills and experience to create one a kind designs that will wow your guests. With expert knowledge about design, color palettes, invitation etiquette, paper options, and printing, a designer will guide you through the invitation process and timeline with the knowledge and training that will help you achieve your desired aesthetic.
2. Can I order other printed wedding materials?
Stationery designers can often do so much more than just wedding invitations. Kelly Henry, owner of UpperCase Designs, a custom stationery studio based in Toledo, Ohio shares that brides often want to know if they can order programs and other paper goods. Kelly states, “I offer a wide range of paper goods to complete your wedding stationery items that include save the date cards, shower invitations, programs, menus, table numbers, escort cards, thank you cards and more.”
3. What level of customization do you offer?
Many stationery designers offer a variety of ready made invitations, semi-custom, and fully custom services. Ready made invitations offered by a wedding stationery designer usually allow for a certain level of semi-customization without the pricetag of a fully custom design. However, custom designs are created uniquely for you and cater to your desired design style. Plus, it’s always nice to know your invitations are truly one a kind.
4. Do you offer package pricing or discounts for large orders?
When you’re trying to stay within budget, package pricing and discounts can go a long way to help keep your finances on track! Ask the stationery designer if she provides package deals for ordering more than just invitations. If you are working within budget constraints, don’t assume custom stationery isn’t an option for you. Get specific pricing from stationery designers for different types of invitations.
5. What is your typical turnaround time on invitations and how long does the process take?
Stationery turnaround times can vary but you should be reaching out to stationary designers at least six months before your wedding. It’s best to aim to have your invitations completed about one month before you plan to mail them out. With this is mind, talk to a stationery designer about the timeline for creating invitations and what your options are. If you’re running short on time it’s important to keep in mind that you can keep things moving along by reviewing proofs and materials as soon as you receive them.
6. Do you offer envelope addressing services?
Envelope addressing not only saves you the bride a lot of time, they elevate the aesthetic of your invitations. As Kelly from UpperCase Designs says, “Think about saving time, stress, and sore hands by using this service. UpperCase Designs offers digital calligraphy or standard envelope addressing for your wedding invitation and paper goods. We can coordinate your envelope addressing to your invitation suite.”
7. Do you have a specific design style and aesthetic?
It’s important that your wedding stationery designer is able to capture the tone you are imagining for your wedding. If you love the designer’s past work, it’s safe to say she will be a good fit to design your wedding invitations. If you’re envisioning a design that is different from something she has created in the past, bring examples and some inspiration photos so the designer can determine whether she can meet your needs.
8. What are your policies for proofing invitations?
We love this suggested question from WeddingWire, that encourages brides to, “Make sure your stationer will send you a digital proof of the invitation so you can check for errors and make any necessary revisions before it goes to print. An invitation should never be sent to the printer without your approval. The same goes for other stationery products such as ceremony programs or menu cards.” Keep in mind there may be an additional fee for additional rounds of revisions and proofing.
9. What type of paper do you use?
Stationery designers offer a variety of paper options from standard to luxury. Brides who want to achieve an extremely elegant look may place more of a premium on invitation paper. Other brides may prioritize a recycled paper in order to keep it green. Keep in mind higher quality paper will also result in higher costs.
10. When should I mail my invitations?
Another reason we recommend hiring a wedding stationery designer is for questions like this. Due to experience, designers are a wealth of knowledge! A designer will be able to recommend a timeline for mailing your invitations based on the type of wedding you are having, taking into consideration as to whether it falls on a holiday weekend.
First impressions count. Save the dates and wedding invitations are not only the first thing your guests see, they detail the most important information about your wedding. A beautifully designed wedding invitation suite created by a professional designer will wow your guests and help to set the style for your special day!