November 13, 2018
Meet Steph. She’s the gorgeous, sweet, and super talented girl behind Oh My Designs by Steph. She creates incredible invitation suites and stationery and her work is seriously flawless. Steph was super sweet when I reached out to her a few weeks ago and agreed to do a little guest spot here on the blog to give a little insight to why you may want to hire a pro for your wedding invitations.
When it comes to ordering wedding invitations, the different options can get overwhelming. Cost, quality, and turnaround factors can largely determine where you’ll choose to buy your invitations.
Some couples choose to buy their invites online, from templates on large websites. Others decide to DIY by designing and printing themselves. There are also couples who find designers specializing in working one-on-one to create custom wedding invitations.
Different people have different reasons for choosing where to buy, which is wonderful because that is what makes the world go round! Most couples purchasing wedding invitations have never done so before and hiring a professional is a great way to ensure you get a top of the line experience and product. It makes the process stress free and (gasp) even fun!
Hiring a designer ensures that someone with experience can handle the job, while you sit back and relax. No need to worry about printing methods, file formats, CMYK builds, bleeds, crop marks, or paper types. Not to mention figuring out where to source printing or envelopes! Sure, you can spend (a lot of) time researching to figure all this out but who has time for that when wedding planning?!
Finding someone with wedding invitation experience will ensure you have a great experience! Working one-on-one allows me to develop a friendship with every couple that hires me. You get an entirely different experience than if you were to input your information into a large website and click a button to purchase. (Hint: they’re most definitely not interested in seeing your beautiful wedding photos after the Big Day!)
Speaking of clicking a button to purchase, do you think the people behind the screen are available to help you with your questions about wedding invitation wording? My guess is no. They’re there to print your information into an existing design, which is totally fine if you’re wanting to skip the proofing process and email exchange that goes into working with a designer.
If you haven’t ever ordered wedding invitations before (likely), it’s so wonderful to be able to work with a designer so you can ask specific questions regarding wording and etiquette. I provide a wording guide on my website with specific examples and offer suggestions throughout the entire process. My couples love that they can be a little “hands off” knowing I will reword and format their information in the best way possible.
I’ve seen some beautiful invitations that were DIY’ed or ordered from large wedding websites. To be honest, a majority of the big online invitation retailers do have a great product! However, there are a few websites out there that give the others a bad name. With constant sales, coupon codes, and pricing that even my wholesaler can’t beat, I caution you to order a sample before placing your full order with them. If it seems to good to be true, it likely is.
Because I work with a limited number of clients and focus on wedding invitations, I’m able to really control the quality of my products. I go through each order after it is done at the printer and make sure everything is perfect. If there’s an issue, I go back to the printer to fix it and my clients never even know! Sneaky? Nah, I’m just doing my job!
In the end, your wedding invitation is the very first impression guests get of your big day. It’s also one of the only things you get to keep after the wedding has ended. Choose wisely when deciding where to order your invites and consider working with a professional!
If you’re interested in working together for your wedding invitations, check out my information guide now – answers to frequently asked questions, details about the process, pricing, and more.
If you’d like to follow Steph and see more of her amazing content, her behind the scenes stories on Instagram. or find out how you can work with her for your wedding invitation suite, I’ve included ALL THE LINKS to where you can find her (:
You can find the beautiful, silver styling tray I used here: https://amzn.to/2JEcVnN