Are you really ready to book with your favourite wedding stationery designer?
You've spent weeks, possibly even months looking at different stationery options and getting quotes but are you ready to get that design fee paid and have your project marked down in your designer's diary?
A stationery designer's diary can get full pretty quickly and your design spot is not guaranteed or secure until you officially book and pay an initial design fee, this is the case even if you've spent a lot of time already via email discussing ideas - sound harsh but true. Stationers get booked up months in advance.
Here's 6 things to do before you book with a stationery designer
1. Know your guest list
Start collecting names for your guest list as soon as possible and I'm not even kidding! As soon as you've decided you're going to get married, you need to sit down with your partner and start working on that list! You don't need to have the full list nailed before approaching a Stationery designer but it's extremely helpful for both you and the Designer if you have a good idea of guest numbers.
2. Determine your budget
Costs for wedding stationery can vary a lot. I often hear couples saying that they're looking for something that's 'reasonable' or 'not going to break the bank' or 'not too expensive' Now I'll be honest when I hear those statements that says to me that the stationery is low importance for you and guess what? That is absolutely fine, just know that you won't be able to have calligraphy, wax seals, tassels, lined envelopes etc and you need to be cool with that and if you're not you really need to relook at your budget. Some clients invest £500 but others will invest £1,500+ on wedding stationery.
3. Work out your timeline Think about when your wedding date is and work backwards determine how many months or weeks you have available before you need to send invitations to guests and have your on-the-day stationery ready by. There's a table here that will really help!
4. Choose your words The date, time and location are a given but how you choose to express that information is up to you. You don't need to be traditional if traditional isn't your thing. This can be a key aspect that allows you to get creative if you want to (totally optional!).
5. Think about your style My stationery style is modern, minimalistic and often uses speckles, textures and earthy tones but that might not be your style. Spend some time thinking about your favourite colours, textures, patterns...maybe your favourite places etc to help you to decide on the style/design you want to go for. Stay away from trends, literally run - it's your day, so do it your way!
6. Don't forget the little details
If there's special, personal touches that you're keen to integrate into your stationery to show your love and appreciation for your guests or you want an extra copy of your invitation so that you can frame it - now would be a good time to think about these kind of things so that they can be factored into the design and process. I'll say it again, stay away from trends, literally run - it's your day, so do it your way!
If you've got these things in the bag, you're in a very good position to get that design fee paid and your slot booked in with your favourite stationery designer.