I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but haven’t been able to find a way to come at it so that it’s helpful and informative if the world of wedding stationery has you completed stumped. Prices very so drastically and I know it can get confusing and feel overwhelming. This is a topic that comes up at least once a week in the Etsy shop and even more now that our shop here on our website is growing.
While our specialty is still custom designs, the designs we sell direct on our Etsy shop and in the shop here on the website are meant primarily to be sold as-is. When a customer requests one of our designs with more customized changes, there is an additional charge for those requests. Some customers questions why making more detailed changes cost more and I’m going to do my best to explain this for you today.
Our listings currently include basic wording changes and color changes only. By basic wording changes we mean changing the names, dates, times, locations, etc. Unless noted, elements within a design can be modified to a different color using our color chart just like backgrounds and text. The only time something in our design cannot be changed is if it’s noted that way in the listing because it was originally hand-painted art or licenses artwork.
This year we stopped offering font changes as part of our standard listings. While some may think this seems weird, the reason is because fonts are carefully selected to be an integral element within our designs. Changing the font can drastically change the look and feel of a design. The other reason we no longer offer font changes as part of the standard listing is because fonts are not all equal in terms of size. Arial at 12pts is not the same as Times New Roman at 12pts for example. Changing the fonts in a design can impact the entire layout which means the entire design will have to be resized and spaced. This creates a significant amount of additional design time for a listing we are anticipating minimal design time for. When a customer wishes to changes fonts, we ask that they contact us about a more custom order so that we can plan for the amount of time needed to make these additional alterations.
One of the most common things we get asked about is removing a design element and replacing it with something else. While in theory, this act of swapping out one element for another is quite simple, but when the replacement element doesn’t exist, it has to be designed, created or purchased from one of our stock sites. While we are always willing to work with a custom to make these changes to feel more personal an custom, making design element changes can sometimes be time consuming or costly which is then reflected in the time needed to complete the project as well as the cost.
Raspberry Creative does not use free clip art. The artwork that we use is either artwork we create here in house or purchase the rights to use from another designer. Client budget, turn-around time and the complexity of the design changes all play in to what option we go with. While over the years, I have accumulated a library of design elements that we can use, we can’t possibly have something for every potential request we receive. This is especially why we offer custom designs, so that you can receive exactly what you envision. We want this for you most of all!
Often times swapping one element out for another also requires additional layout changes to make things work. Just like with fonts, our designs are carefully laid out, elements chose, and fonts picked so that everything goes together cohesively. Every part of a design has a purpose and has been carefully thought out. This is true even when we customize a design. When one major element changes, it impacts the entire design and that requires time and thought.
Custom designs are truly custom when you order from Raspberry Creative. We love to help your ideas become reality from fonts to colors to graphics and sizes. The design you purchase from us is as original as you so the time and efforts we put in is valuable. Custom work is worth the extra fee so that your design is exactly the way you want it. IF custom isn’t in the budget or timeline, then any of our available designs can be personalized to make it feel more personal. We are here to help you make your vision come to life! Visit our shop or reach out to us. We’d love to be creative with you!