If you’re anything like me, you have a creative streak to try to make things on your own. Though I often succeed, I’ve had my fair share of craft and design failures, and I’m sure you have, too. But if those experiences and the various articles and blogs devoted to craft fails and Pinterest fiascoes are any indication, what we expect doesn’t always live up to the reality. Sure, the steps of a project may seem simple, but carrying them out in an attractive way often requires an artist’s touch.
With that said, it might not be a great idea to print your own wedding invitations. In theory, it may save some money, but in the long run, this is your wedding, not a birthday party or family reunion that happens yearly. If you design an ugly birthday party invite, you can try again next year. That isn’t an option for your wedding invitations. Is this really the time to practice your graphic design skills?
The programs used to create such things as wedding invitations can be complicated. You could end up spending hours trying to get it just right and still be dissatisfied, while a professional graphic designer could whip one up while you’re tasting cakes or choosing bridesmaid dresses. And if it isn’t just what you like, they’ll make changes until it is.
Hire a graphic designer to ensure that your wedding invitation design is perfect. Do your homework when you hire your graphic designer so you know you can rely on them and that they’re within your price range. Read on to learn five questions you should ask before deciding which graphic designer is best for you.
1. How long have you been in business?
You may have already seen samples from a graphic designer that excited you, but don’t fall in love with a pretty face before you get to know them. Find out how many years they have been in the business. Though there is no magic number for good graphic design experience, you want to know that they’ve been doing it long enough to be good at both designing and managing a business. If they’ve been around for a few years, there’s a good chance they know what they’re doing.
2. What is your design background?
Graphic designers are as varied as any other group of people. Some of them went to school specifically to learn graphic design while others may have just picked it up along the way. Some are artists working in a variety of mediums while others only create printed pieces like wedding invitations for brides and brochures for brands. You may find that you really like something about the background of a graphic designer that impacts the work he or she creates.
3. Can I also order my place cards, ceremony programs, thank you cards, etc. from you?
In all likelihood, your wedding invitation printing project probably isn’t your only printing project. Place cards, ceremony programs, and thank you cards are other digital print projects that a bride may want to coordinate with her wedding invitation. Make sure that the graphic designer you choose isn’t a one trick pony.
4. Once I place my order, how long will it take to finish the wedding invitation printing?
The answer to this question is going to be very important, depending when you want to mail your invitations. Find out their timeline for being able to start on your project, apply revisions, and complete the wedding invitation printing before making your decision. Be sure to include anything else that may go with your invitation, like RSVP cards and envelope printing. It’s best to choose a different designer if his or her schedule doesn’t fit your timeline.
5. What about extra services that I may want?
Your graphic designer may be able to help you save time and effort with your wedding invitations. Some of them may offer wedding invitation assembling options, such as stuffing envelopes, tying ribbons, and applying favor seals. Others may offer variable data addressing services for your wedding invitation printing, which can save you the time and effort of writing or sticker labeling addresses on envelopes. Having these services available can be huge time savers!
Store-bought invitations aren’t for everyone. Professional graphic designers can create unique wedding invitations, just for your special day. The design is created from your direction and it can be revised until it looks exactly as you like. Make sure your wedding invitations live up to your imagination: Hire a graphic designer.
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