Invitations: Do-It-Yourself, or Designed-For-You

Not very crafty, but you want the personal touch of a Handmade Invitation? Tips for finding a designer that will work with your budget and vision.

I like to think of paper like a handshake-it leaves a 1st impression. It is felt. It can be soft or rough. It’s physical contact and texture. Now, think of your wedding or event. A designer can use their expertise and creativity to help you produce invitations that will set the tone for your wedding day.

There are so many different types of papers out there, with a wide range of pricing. A designer, or stationer has access to paper suppliers, (from envelopes and pockets to ribbons and embelishments) that you may not be able to find at your big box stores, or even smaller boutiques, without going over budget.

Which brings me to my next point-papers and printers do not always give the same result. You can print the same design on three different papers and get different results. If you are considering DIY, be sure to test different papers and know your settings on you printer. However, having something printed professionally will give you the most vibrant colours and best results. The best materials and quality will be noticed by your guests, even if they don’t realize it.

When it comes to using a professional printer a lot of the cost can be in the setup. Whether ordering 1000 or 100, the setup is still the same. To compare to DIY, most home printers will print on 8.5 x 11, and you will likely only get 2 invitation per page. Using a local printer, they will most likely print on larger sheets, therefore getting more per page which reflect in the cost.There are also different types of printing techniques you can’t get at home. While digital is most cost effective, there is also foil or letterpress that are very popular and can give your invitations a very luxurious look or special touch.

When DIYing, many people don’t realize the mistakes that can easily be made along the way. There is a lot of trial and error, any many hours can be wasted trying to figure out what went wrong. Working with a designer can ease that stress in a fraction of the time. Afterall, that is what we do.

Designers have access to huge libraries of fonts and images, resources and professional software and supplies, to make your stationery look, and feel, the best. They can personalize each piece and colour coordinate (or at least closely match) with the other details of your day.

Working with a stationer can also help keep you on a proper timeline. Remember those mistakes that can happen? They can set you back, so start the process of selecting your invites at least six months from the day. If you are looking for Save-the-Dates, they should be mailed six months from the day. A timeline is important to have as it isn’t just the production schedule of the designer, but the printer as well. Keep in mind, some papers may need to be ordered but that doesn’t necessarily mean a higher cost.

Working with a designer can help you avoid many pitfalls. They work with you closely to personalize an invitation suite that works with you and your budget. From initial design concepts, proofing and printing, a designer can help you with many elements to make your day perfect. And why not? It’s a day worth celebrating with those close to you, creating lifelong memories!

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