I got the idea for this blog post after overhearing a bride-to-be talking with a nearby vendor at a wedding expo. She was sharing with the vendor how she ordered the cutest heart-shaped save the dates from a stationery company online. They came with square envelopes that looked so unique but when she went to the post office to mail them, she had to pay extra postage for her square envelopes. She ended up buying standard envelopes to mail her save the dates so she didn’t have to pay for more postage but in the end she probably spent more money buying new envelopes than if she had just payed the extra money for postage…and entire issue that could have been avoided had she hired a professional stationery designer.
We realize hiring a professional stationery designer for your wedding stationery isn’t for everyone but there are some pretty convincing reasons why your wedding invitations isn’t an area you should DIY for your wedding.
They have experience and knowledge when it comes to wedding stationery.
Like the story above, wedding stationery designers know standard sizes and what requires extra postage. They know proper etiquette when it comes to wording and how to address your invitations. They also know about printing techniques, paper options, invitation sizes, how to choose the quantity a couple needs to order and so much more. THey are able to guide their clients through the process, avoiding mistakes and confusion.
They have the design knowledge necessary to create something special and unique.
Wedding invitation design is more than just putting some fonts and some artwork together on a sheet of paper. A stationery designer is going to know how to put fonts together that work and are easily readable. They are going to know how to choose fonts based on the formality of the wedding and the wedding style. They will have access to unique art or will be able to create custom artwork for the invitations that are created for you for your special day. As mentioned with experience, stationery designers know how to work with printers and about different printing techniques.
They can help ensure quality for your invitations.
Quality just may be the most important reason for using stationery designer. Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event and your wedding invitations are one of the few things that will last beyond the day and most likely become a keepsake for you, your family and close relatives. While invitations may not be where every couple chooses to splurge, they are a very important part of the day. There is so much to consider when it comes to creating wedding invitations. An experienced designer has the skills and experience to create beautiful designs but they can also help make sure the best paper options are used, the best envelopes are selected, that they are printed by a quality printer as well as pick the right color palette. Also, because of their experience, they can help couples make these decisions based on their budget.
They can save you time.
Planning and preparing for your wedding is time consuming especially when you plan to incorporate DIY projects. We are all for DIY projects but not for your wedding invitations. Wedding invitations take a lot of time to get the design right, from the right wording, to the best layouts and designs, selecting papers and envelopes, etc. Once they are printed, they need to be trimmed to size and then any embellishments added. This is a very long, tedious and time-consuming process especially when every single one needs to look perfect.
They can save you stress and tears.
We understand that budgets are important. Unfortunately, far too often couples fail to see at first that there comes a point where the additional stress of trying to do everything themselves just to save a few dollars isn’t worth it. Consider all the wedding planning decisions and things that needs to be done in the months to come. Remember that this is a time for joy, not stress and anxiety. Stationery designers like us are here for this very reason. We want to help couples achieve their dreams for their wedding by helping take some of the stress off your shoulders.
Weddings are expensive, they take a lot of time to plan and it can all get to be very stressful. DIYing things for your wedding is great and we love to see the things that couples create for their own weddings but regardless of your budget, there are some things that are best not to do yourself. Whether you hire Raspberry Creative or one of the many other amazing stationery designers out there, find one that you like, that you get along with, that speaks to your own style and let them do what they do best!