With the economy the way it is, it’s no wonder that people are looking to save money wherever they can. One of those areas is Weddings. Gone are the days of extravagant affairs with Mom and Dad footing the bill, as most working couples find themselves chipping in, or paying for it entirely themselves. One way for couples to save is to search every corner of the internet for deals on everything from favors, to invitations to reception halls.
Certainly the easiest way to save money on invitations is by using a one-stop-shop online service that offers packages with templates that allow you to “customize” the colors, paper, fonts, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but what many fail to realize is that the quality of the invitations may not be what is expected. And in reality, when you’re choosing from a set selection of options, there is a good chance there is nothing unique, individual, or custom about them. There is also the time involved in searching for just the “right” design, waiting for samples, playing with the fonts, etc.
If your budget is the be all end all of your wedding plans, and you don’t care much about the quality of the paper or the originality of the designs, then these sites can make sense. Don’t get me wrong, there are some boutique websites out there that offer very elegant designs and good quality, but in the end, you’ll be paying just as much for those as you would a for a custom design, provided the designer has good contacts in the printing world.
Many people, however, view their weddings as (hopefully) a special, once in a lifetime event that calls for something a little more unique. The pro’s of hiring a designer to help make your invitations memorable can certainly outweigh the con’s if you look at them side-by-side. The invitation package sets the stage for your event and gives it an identity. This is where working with a designer comes in.
With a designer, your options are endless because a good designer will work to give you exactly what you want out of your invites, and can even show you what you didn’t know you wanted through well educated design decisions. There is greater control over the design process, and the quality of the finished product will be higher. The biggest pro, however, is the personal attention a live person can offer over a set of buttons and pictures on a website. A good designer can even help relieve some of the stress you experience while planning one of the biggest days of your life, by helping you make the right choices of paper, printing style, theme, font, and wording.
In fact, the only “con” about working with a professional designer, is the cost. This is because, you’re not just paying for the printing, you’re paying for the designer’s time and effort. But if the extra cost of getting exactly what you want is not that big of an issue and you really want your Wedding invitations to stand out in a sea of “customized” options available on the internet, consider working with a design professional.