What to expect when you hire an invitation designer

You finally got the ring from the person you know as your best friend. You’re in 100% wedding planning mode.  You have booked the venues and have already thought about the day you try on wedding dresses (what am I kidding…you’ve thought about that day your entire life!).  You check back on your Wedding Pinterest board and realize you need to separate that into distinct planning sections (dress, cake, decor, etc).  And as you browse Pinterest almost daily, you realize…I need someone to help me with some of this stuff.

Does that sound like you?  If so, you’re the perfect bride to hire a designer like myself.  You know what you want.  You know your style.  You can make decisions once you see the amazing options in front of you.  That’s you.  And if that’s you, you’re the couple I want to work with.

I get so lucky to work with so many great brides and grooms over the 10 years I’ve been working with client and couples.  And there are a few traits of these couples that make things easy.  Our expectations align.  So I wanted to jot those down to my easy list of :


What to expect when you hire an invitation designer:

1. Trust me.  Easier said then done, right?  I mean, you have your binder and timeline and shouldn’t we be staring to design my invitations for my November wedding in April?  I mean, that’s what the timeline says!

Slow down.  I got ya.  And that’s trust.  I will make sure your invitations are in your hands before you need to put them in the mail (which is usually 2 months before your wedding day, unless we talked differently).  I would lie to you if I didn’t sweat some timelines myself.  But then that’s on me and I’ll rush ship or print things to get them into your hands in time.  I promise or I’ll make it right some other way.

2. Let me show you some new things. Pinterest has given us a world of beautiful things at our fingertips.  I get many photos shown to me for inspiration, which I love!  Here’s the thing…some designs aren’t meant for you.  I had a bride once who wanted a monogram like the one she showed me.  Wonderful!  I love monograms.  But her name started with a B, and her future husband’s name started with a J…and I don’t want their wedding invitations to have a monogram on them that also refers to anything that would make your grandma blush. 

So I was able to show her a few different things that would work and she ended up loving our creation even more.  So don’t be afraid to see something different. 

3. Communicate with me.  I say this in my Wedding Invitation Guide I send out to couples when they book with me: be honest with me.  I’m designing for YOU….YOU need to like what I do.  If you don’t like something, tell me.  You are not hurting my feelings. 

I have developed some very thick skin to criticism of my work over the years.  I do not take it to heart.  My heart would hurt more if we get everything printed and done and you tell me you didn’t really love it.  UGH!  Then tell me that before we’re done!  We’ll keep working on everything!

4. We can do anything together.  I’ve gotten this line lately: “So you’re like a one stop shop?”  Uh, yes.  But that sounds bad in marketing so I don’t ever say that.  But I can design anything for your wedding day and I’ll make sure we’re staying consistent on the look and style we created.   I love new ideas so if you have something crazy or unique or just want to know if I can help you with something, let me know!  I’d say 95% of the time I will say COUNT ME IN to your idea.


So those are just a few things to keep in mind when you hire an invitation designer.  Looking back at my points, those are also good points for your upcoming marriage too.  Kinda fun connection, huh?

I’m Engaged! Now what?

I say this a lot.  One of the favorite parts of my job is meeting with couples and talking about their wedding day.  I want to hear about everything from the dress to the flowers to what the guys are wearing.  By the time I meet with couples, most of the big stuff is planned.  Invitations make their way to the middle of the planning list, which is actually perfect. 

But I have met with couples who don’t even know where to start.  I mean, how many newly engaged couples have planned a wedding before?  And I’m sure that moms/sisters/friends/cousins/random people on the street are giving you their opinion on what you should and should not do.

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If you’re just getting started, here are a few tips from me on where to begin.

  1. Take a deep breath! – Unless you have to get married tomorrow, there is no rush in planning your wedding.  Take time to be engaged!  Talk about your wedding dreams and what you both want for your wedding day.  And then start reaching out to vendors based on your dreams.
  2. Who’s paying for this anyways? – Ah…the big budget question.  How much money do you want to spend on your wedding?  That’s something only you know the answer to.  Do you have parents contributing to the wedding fund?  Are all parents or just a few?  How much money do you want to spend?  Start penciling down some numbers BUT keep an open mind.  Again, you’ve never done this before so start researching how much things cost.  If you’re dreaming of a floral filled wedding day but have $100 in your budget for flowers…you may be disappointed.
  3. Location, location, location. – The start of your wedding plans should be planning where you want to get married.  Do you have a specific venue you want to get married in?  Or maybe it’s even location…destination weddings are so popular!  Narrow down where you want to get married.  Sometimes, that’s more important than WHEN you want to get married.  Venues book up, so if you do have a favorite location, find out what days the have available and go from there.
  4. Inquire with Vendors – The only way to know what you like and what you can afford for your wedding day is by reaching out to vendors.  Most vendors will be more than happy to meet with you (usually free consultations) to give you an idea of what things cost based on what you want.  I have pricing on my website so I’m upfront about your investment into invitations.  Where do you find wedding vendors?  Some of my favorite websites are TheKnot.com as well as Nebraska Wedding Day and All About Weddings Omaha, for local Omaha and Nebraska vendors.
  5.  Pick your non-negotiables. – What have you been dreaming about for your perfect wedding?  Is it that cathedral long veil?  Is it that Kim and Kayne-esc floral wall?  Or maybe sending out invitations that will wow your guests.  Figure out your top categories and reach out to those vendors first.  The rest of the details will fill in.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but if you slow down and decide what you actually want for the big day, start there.