Over the last few weeks, I have been talking to some of our Dealer/Designers from all over the world and paying even more attention to wedding blogs other articles. Here are the top 10 key points I’ve heard about and I wanted to share with all the Little Miss Engaged brides-to-be out there.
10. 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?
9. 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.
8. 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. It’s not a deal-breaker, but make sure they meet #7
7. 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?!
6. 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.
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.
4. 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.
3. 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.
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.
1. Envelopments Dealer/Designers
Envelopments has the broadest, premium design line in the industry. Envelopments Dealer/Designers can work with over 230 colors and 90 shapes and sizes. They can design anything by mixing and matching from our line. And, if you dream up something we don’t offer, they can access our full custom services department, as well.