(Closed) Invitation drama/ fees

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Member
3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsDeLovely:  Part of the proofing process isi they show you a proof, and then you can make changes. You get to see examples of their work, and tel them what aspects to include and what not to include. You’re asking them to spend hours to prepare a proof for you, any custom order usually requires 50% down (whether it’s invitations or a dress). If you “hate” the proof, I’m sure they have outlined how many proofs and changes are allowed before charging more. If you are not able to handle the uncertainty, then I would advise you not to go completely custom and to use minted.com or other such sites that have really high quality designs.

Post # 5
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsDeLovely:  Most caterers don’t give free tastings, so you lucked out there.

Putting 50% down on things that require upfront work, like proofs, is really standard. If you don’t like it, you should research other options. There are a million invite vendors out there.

Post # 6
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7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@MrsDeLovely:  I think part of the reason for the high deposit might also be to discourage people from letting the shop do the work then have the customer come check out the results only to cancel and go replicate all that work in DIY software. It sucks that you only liked one design, because if you’re not happy with the proof, it limits your options for changing it…

Post # 7
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9061 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Generally any custom work for anything is a 50% down payment. When I ran my small business I required it on any custom orders. That’s just how it is — they don’t want to be out money for someone who could just go, “Eh.”

I got my invitations through weddingpaperdivas and I got a proof after I sent in my full payment. They have to pay someone to make the proofs, and that money has to come from someone.

@Daisy_Mae:  “I think part of the reason for the high deposit might also be to discourage people from letting the shop do the work then have the customer come check out the results only to cancel and go replicate all that work in DIY software.”

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Post # 8
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12821 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t have to do a proof, but I also had a family friend who owned a printing press and did them for me.  The PPs make a good point about discouraging people from seeing their designs and then not purchasing them. 

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