As an Enneagram type 6, I always like to be prepared. And I mean always.
Visiting a new restaurant? I’ve already downloaded the menu on my phone. Hopping on a flight? I’ve got a print AND digital boarding pass – just in case. Meeting with a new client? I’ve got their drink order in-hand and their favorite invitation design ready to go.
Even if you’re not an Enneagram 6, by choosing to work with an invitation designer instead of buying from big box retailers I know we’re a lot alike. You clearly value artistry and authenticity as much as I do.
Whether you’re looking for a highly personal experience designing a fully custom suite or something a little simpler like designing your own semi-custom invitation, a consultation is the best place to begin.
But first, what should you expect?
I like to hold consultations via Zoom or around Oklahoma City at various coffee shops and bars. My go-to spots are Stella Nova, Bradford House, and The Big Friendly! A consultation typically lasts around 45-60 minutes. We look at print samples, envelope colors, fonts, and we often dive into inspiration from your Pinterest board.
(Don’t worry – if you’re not local to OKC, I’ll mail you a packet of samples to review!)
So, if you’re the type of person who likes to be prepared, here are few steps you can take to make the most of your invitation consultation.
Tip #1 – Come Prepared
Although the goal of our chat is to clarify your vision and brainstorm inspiration together, there are a few things you should know (and preferably have handy) before meeting with your invitation designer, who is hopefully named Laura 😉 She sounds really, really cool.
Anyway, before meeting you should know your…
Anticipated quantity (or at least a ballpark estimate)
Expected budget range
General style you like (which leads me to Tip #2…)
Tip #2 – Be Open-Minded
It’s not uncommon for couples to zero in on a particular design from my website, Instagram, or TikTok before meeting in-person. But you might be surprised what catches your eye once you start flipping through samples!
Before meeting, focus on finding general invitation styles you like instead of individual designs.
Some suites on Pinterest can easily run $15-$20 per set. Your stationer (read: me) can help you make budget-savvy swaps to get the look you want for less!
An ethical invitation designer will never copy another artist’s work, so some flexibility may be required if your heart is set on another stationer’s design. Set healthy expectations if you’re wanting to recreate someone else’s work.
Tip #3 – Start EARLY
I cannot stress this tip enough. I know you’re busy and feeling overwhelmed, but many stationers only accept a certain number of clients each month, especially during busier seasons. So if you’ve got your heart set on working with a particular designer, do. not. dilly. dally.
For day-of details, book your consultation 2+ months before your wedding date.
For invitation suites, book your consultation 5+ months before your wedding date.
For save the dates, book your consultation 7+ months before your wedding date.
If these timelines seem early, remember that highly personalized invitations involving specialty paper, foil, or custom die cuts require a few weeks to design, proof, print, and then deliver. In the prolific words of Cinderella’s fairy godmother, “Even miracles take a little time.”
So, what does this mean for you?
If you’re planning a wedding for January 2024 and beyond, it’s time to book your consultation. Have 45 minutes to spare? Let’s grab a latte and talk about your invitations. You can book online at primpaperco.com/booking or give me a call at 405-694-1639.
I can’t wait to meet you!