Received Invitation proof & it's awful-venting & seeking advice!

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vess5:  could you provide us with a pic of what you were going for, and the pic of the proofs so we can see what you see? I think that would help 🙂

Post # 4
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1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vess5:  Tell them nicely what you like and what you’d like changed. Ask them if it is possible to get what you’d like. I’m all for honesty. Hopefully they’ll be honest with you and tell you whether it is feasible to create what you’d like. If not, start looking for a back up.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had the same problem.  I sent several examples and my designer came up with something that was totally different.  It took several emails and calls back and forth but we did end up getting exactly what I wanted.  They are used to people making changes and if I were you, I would print out the proof and circle the places that you want the changes to be made and give it to them.  That is what I finally had to do and I love my invitations.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vess5:  Totally understand. Starting at square one sucks and I’ve been there a few times planning my wedding so I comiserate with your frustration. Fingers crossed for you!

Post # 10
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It would be un-ethical, and possibly illegal, for a designer to copy another person’s design with “a couple of minor changes.” That may be the roadblock you’re running into.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Full font families can be pricey. But it’s very possible they don’t want to do a copycat of the design, because designers can get sued for that. 

It’s hard to give you advice without seeing the inspiration and the proof itself to see how far everything is ‘off’. But I will tell you this, I work at a design company and we EXPECT changes to come back after a first round or a first proof.

Often it’s a miscommunication or the client visualizing something that they cannot quite articulate so we are left to mindread so to speak, what they are actually looking for.

It seems like you gave a pretty clear cut example of what you wanted, so without photos, I would just advise you to take a look at the things in the proof you do like, and ask them to please change the elements you don’t like. Please don’t tell them you just ‘don’t like it’, be specific. Say, ‘this font I would like to be a script font, I’d like it a few points larger’ etc. Specifics really really help the process along. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

@vess5:  Glad there’s a happy resolution!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@vess5:  that’s awesome! So happy it turned out well in the end 🙂 

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