With Pinterest playing a huge role in wedding planning, it's easy to get dizzied by pin after pin of invitation designs... and even easier to crave something totally custom after seeing so many options!
We sat with couture NYC wedding stationery designer and expert Ceci Johnson, of Ceci New York, to chat about the overwhelming world of custom wedding invites — and how to make sure you pick the right design partner to suit your vision. Read on to learn Ceci's three point checklist for interviewing a custom invitation designer!
1. Design Capability
It's important that your designer is able to make your vision come to life. Do your research to be sure the designer's reputation and talent level is up to par with all you wish for your wedding. If you are truly looking for a couture experience, be sure that the designers are artists listening to you and creating from scratch, not just modifying templates. A custom experience should be just that — tailored perfectly to suit your individual style with no limits. Don't settle for anything less!
After you've worked so hard creating a custom design, you must ensure that your designer can deliver what they promised. "It's heartbreaking when I hear stories of clients that went elsewhere and were pitched one thing and then received something totally different — with errors, poor printing, or (even worse!) a product that was not delivered at all! I truly believe great design is only 50 percent of our job and the other 50 percent is execution and service. Ask what the designer's process is for quality checking orders," Ceci suggests. Your designer should be a perfectionist, double-checking each piece by hand to ensure each order is as promised.
Consider how long the company has been in business before jumping headfirst into a contract or seeking out a less expensive option. You'll want to work with an established, reputable company that you are confident can bring your dreams to life (and will still be in business on your wedding date!). "With over eleven years in business, I'm proud that our clients know and trust our ability to manage both the big picture and all the tiny details," says Ceci.
From the etiquette and wording to design, printing and final delivery, there are so many parts that go into the process. "With all the time, effort and money you put into your wedding, it's worth it to find someone dependable, creative and with a sharp eye for detail to be sure it all comes together for you. Cutting corners, never works out in your favor."