Choosing an Invitation Designer


Key points to consider when searching for your wedding stationary designer"

Attitude

You’re going to work with this person for one of the most important parts of your wedding. Make sure it’s someone you like talking to and working with.

Design Aesthetic

Many designers can do a variety of event types and styles, but you can also get a sense by looking at samples if the designer has the “look” you want.

Process and Timeline

Are you in a rush? Tell the designer upfront to make sure they can work within your timeline. How involved do you want to be? Check with the designer as to their standard process—number of design reviews, revisions, etc.

Budget

How much are you willing to spend? Articulate your budget early on with the designer so you can make sure that they can help you meet your goals.

Printing options

Do you love letterpress? Maybe you want the classic “engraved invitation.” Regardless, make sure your designer can do the print process you want or has the resources to get it done. That’s not a surprise you want later on in the process.

Ability to translate your vision and personality in to the design of the invitation

Sometimes designers have their own “look” or a “go to” design. Make sure they can translate your vision into the invitations. That’s why you chose a custom invitation in the first place, right?!

Experience with YOUR type of Wedding

This is especially important if your style or theme is unique. If you love carnivals or met your fiancée at one and want to use that as a theme for your wedding, make sure the designer has done something like that before. Ask for samples. 

Reputation / Testimonials from previous clients

Check out wedding vendor listings, yelp.com, etc to get feedback on potential designers. If you’ve received an Envelopments invitation you like, ask the sender who designed it. Referrals can be a useful part of the decision-making process.

Location (convenient to you or local to destination?)

Thanks to the digital age, you have access to designers all over the world. Design consultations can happen on conference calls or Skype and prototypes can be emailed at light speed. Think about whether geographic proximity is important to you: Is it important that you can “stop by” the shop? Do you want to hire someone who lives and works in the town where your destination wedding will occur?