Post # 1
I’ve got a problem and since I feel like this community is probably the most loving (as well as more anonymous than complaining to my family) and knowledgable, I’m hoping for some advice.
My cousin is my invitations vendor. She is a graphic designer with a design side business, who offered to help me with invitations. I, of course, gladly accepted her help, and she declined payment for it. (including printing!) I spent a weekend at her house about 6 weeks ago designing the majority of my pocketfold invitation pieces, but in the end (after everything was designed and printed) I decided to add another insert–a map.
Because it was the end of the weekend and we live in different states, we discussed what the map would look like so she could do it on her own time, and I left.
Over a month later I finally got the first proof of the map, and I had to ask her to make quite a few changes (I felt like I was being a pain in the butt, but I put my foot down). It looked ok on the screen, but I didn’t realize that it was quite blown up as a pdf on my screen. Once she made the changes, I oked her printing them and another couple of weeks later I just received them in the mail. And I was so disspointed.
The words (street names, address, etc) are so unbelivably tiny that they’re almost illegible. If I had to guess, the font size would be a 4 or a 5. I have really good vision and both my sister and I had to hold the map about 6-12 inches from our faces in order to read the street names. Forget about my (46 year old) mother! She can’t read it at all. Attaching it here probably wouldn’t help because it doesn’t look that bad on a computer screen.
Now I’m not sure what to do. I was directly involved with every other piece of the invitation so I knew they would be perfect. I was devastated when I saw how terrible the map looks, but it’s crunch time and I have to make a decision.I could be really emotional because of wedding stress and this is my knee jerk reaction. Or I could just be the owner of inserts I’m not really happy with. I wanted to know what you bees think I should do.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
I say, life goes on if you don’t have a map. Or could you try to do one yourself?? Your cousin should have told you that the font was going to be that small. Did she actually see it printed herself? If you think you can tell her without straining the relationship do it, but otherwise, you may have to let it go. Good luck.
Post # 4
To be honest, I have never used a map insert within the invitation. That’s what GPS is for! I would just leave it out.
Post # 5
Miss Peep Toe: I can’t imagine she saw even one copy printed before shs did the batch because it seems so obvious to me. I haven’t talked to her since she sent them–I just got them in the mail yesterday.
I might be able to tell her, but since the solution to get a new insert printed is not looking feasible time-wise (to order new paper, mail it to her, her fix the design and print it, and mail it back to me–which i would then need to cut and insert) I just don’t knwo if it’s worth even bringing it up to her at all. But we have more stionatery to work on (escort cards, 2nd reception invites) and I’m hoping to make sure that I am there when she works on the design so I can proof it before printing!
Post # 6
Can you just ask her for the file, enlarge it, and print them yourself (or at Staples or something)? It may not match perfectly, but at least it will be functional!
Post # 7
Rosy–part of the issue is that I’m worried about ruffling feathers. My cousin did all the work for free and I feel awfully petty asking her to redo them when I’ve already had her change the design pretty drastically from the first draft.
I can’t enlarge the whole image and print because than it wouldn’t fit in my pocketfold anymore. And I’d still have to get more paper.
Post # 8
It seems to me that the only answer that you can live with is just to use it and not worry if people can’t see it. This way nobody is offended, you have a map, and most people will use their navigation or mapquest it from their houses. Don’t stress about such a small (haha) detail.
Post # 9
I would call your cousin, let her know of the error and let her know you dont hold her responsible but you are very unhappy with the way it came off. Tell her you would like to pay to have it corrected and see what she says. Worst case scenario she says no and then you are where you are right now. And in which case, I wouldnt include the insert. I decided to do a direction card instead of map, might be a better alternative and easier to read.
Post # 10
The wording is so harsh…I wouldnt say get over it but I would probably include them. I think those maps are mainly decorative anyway and people will probably use mapquest for actual directions.
Post # 11
I actually don’t think I would include a map that you can’t read. It seems worse than no map at all. And you may have guests who don’t look at it carefully, but also don’t bother to mapquest your location, because hey, there’s a map in the invitation! Those people could end up having a hard time getting there.
I also don’t think I would tell your cousin that you’re "very unhappy." If she’s a graphic designer, she should know, once she thinks about it, that the maps aren’t acceptable. I would give her a call and say "Hey, I love all your work, thanks so much! You know, I want a little advice though – I’m looking at the map and maybe I included too much detail for the size we printed. Do you think it’s readable?" See what she says. Maybe she’ll offer to redo it for you – maybe not. But at least you don’t come off as if you’re blaming her for something that is at least partly your fault – since you okayed the map without realizing how it would look printed on the cardstock with the invitation set.
Post # 12
I chose to call/email your cousin, but offer to cover the costs of the re-print. My 2nd choice would be to not include them. We included one on our website, but not in the invitations. If people don’t know how to get there, I’m sure they will use Google Maps or something to print directions.
Post # 13
Make a map yourself- I drew mine- and include it, or talk to her about it. Maybe she would be willing to change it to a bigger font.
You could always laugh it off and include those cheap party favor magnifying glasses with each one!
Post # 14
i agree, don’t include a map that you cannot read!! i’d simply tell her that the font size seems a little too small to read for you and if she’d be willing to take a look at it. I bet she will have no trouble making such a small revision such as font size, then just offer to cover the reprint.
and if you really really want a map and don’t want to ask her i’d be willing to help make you one 🙂
Post # 15
I like Suzanno’s advice! In addition, if she says no, do you have a wedding website? Maybe you could include the map on the website?