Post # 1
I’m hoping you guys can help me. We just got the ideas back from our Graphic Designer who’s helping us with our Save the Dates – and i’m REALLY not impressed.
A little background – Our wedding planner and I went to look at invitations at a local stationery shop and didnt’ really see anything that I liked. I wanted something pretty unique and fun! She recommended a friend she has worked with who’s a graphic designer. We met just before Christmas and went over some ideas I had. She seemed to be on the same page – but she said she was going on vacation for a little while and then she had a BIG corporate project to work on. We were planning on sending out the Save-The-Date Cards at the end of January.
Finally on January 30th she sent me her mock ups. They were very "typical wedding paper". You know – the nice flower in the background on one and the damask print on another. I wish i could show you pictures.. its just sooo…. not good. We had talked about her coming up with a unique pattern and design.
Because she is our wedding planner’s friend I’m not sure how to tell everyon that I’m really not happy. Should we get the 1 STD that is OK??? And then find someone else to do the Invitations?? After the work she put in – i don’t feel like I can say – thats not what we wanted and not do anything. And there istn’ enough time to find someone else to do the STDS??? To make matters more difficult my mother ALWAYS sides with the professionals – she will side with the Wedding Planner on this and tell me that we should try and "tweak" the design. So, my question…. How do you go about telling everyone that this JUST ISN’T WORKING and you want to try someone else????
Post # 3
you tell your planner this isn’t the vibe you are going for. that is what your PAYING your planner for = to connect you with vendors that are the right with WITH YOU. regardless of wether this person is their friend or not.
Graphic designers are used to doing multiple rounds of proofing. the first one is to determine if they are on the same page. clearly this first round is not. go ahead and tell them you are looking for something more fun. find samples that you like that express this idea.
Post # 4
From my experience with my brother (who is doing all of our design for the STD, invites and program) is to just tell them what you want..let them put it on paper and then leading them to the final product once he got the first draft down. It is easy for me since my brother is next to me and I can point out what I like and what I don’t. For our STD, he did a great job on our design..but his color was off, so I had him change the color, make some adjustments here and there…it worked out really well having my brother involved because he pretty much know my taste to begin with. Finding an example or few layouts you want combine will help that person see your ideas and will better help you create it. We ended up with three versions to choose from!
..it looks way better in person and this one was not the final product (which I didn’t get a picture of, but you got the idea).
Good luck with yours…and if it is still not what you’re looking for…just tell them that though they are talented, it is not what we’re looking for (the truth is always better). But your planner should do the dirty work since you’re paying her to do these kind of things for you. =)
Post # 5
I’m a graphic designer and it sounds like that designer didn’t put enough time or effort into your designs. Probably got caught up in the big corporate job.
If you have the time, I would definitely go back and ask for some changes. That’s a designer’s job to work with the design or create a new one until the client likes it. I would hope they would not think it is unusual at all.
Post # 6
wow, this was me 2 weeks ago — i feel your pain! i (stupidly) asked a friend to do all the graphic design for the wedding (she’s a professional designer). not only did she deliver crap, but she delivered crap WAYYYYY later than promised in the end. for me it was just easier to say "thanks but no thanks" and do it ourselves.
however, bc this person is your wedding planner’s friend, rather than your friend, don’t feel bad going back to her and telling her exactly what needs to change. like the above posters have said, she should have the opportunity to fix it and you should get exactly what you want.
that being said, i’m surprised that your wedding planner would connect you with a friend. my wedding planner has "connections" in the business who she feels comfortable working with, but (to my knowledge) they’re not necessarily friends, and this makes the working relationship between all of us alot easier.
i’d stay away from working with friends at ALL costs — i’m never going through my STD fiasco again!!!
Post # 7
Just tell her that you’re not feeling it and see if she will do another one. Maybe take the one she did and mark it up with what you don’t like about it. This is what one of my friends did with the woman designing her wedding invitations. We all gave her ideas and she chose what she really liked and passed on that info to the designer. Even so, she went through about 4 mock-ups until she got to the one that was "the one." They are being paid to design your std’s, so they should be willing to change until "the one" finds its way to you!
Post # 8
I’m going to throw this out there and I say, I wouldn’t avoid using friends!! I would love to help my friends’ with a wedding invite especially since I’m putting in all this research and ideas into creating my own. Not to mention friends are waaay cheaper than a professional.
I would just make sure you have an understanding–that you can treat your designer friend as you would any designer and make requests for changes or require that they meet the agreed deadlines. Also, feel free to ask if you can watch while they create or sketch some ideas out on paper. That’s brainstorming and the bride and/or groom would be a great addition to that part of the process!
Post # 9
Don’t worry about the Save-The-Date Cards. Go get someone else or get your planner to kick your graphic designer in the shin (they are paid for that right? I dunno) so she will work on something more reasonable for your invites. It’s Feb now so the Save-The-Date Cards are unfortunately a lost cause but you have time to save to the invites. Good luck!