Post # 1
So, I know there have been a few articles written about people bartering with vendors for their weddings… Like, a photographer offering free family shoots for various vendors, or, one article I read, a girl got TONS of stuff because her… dad? stepdad? owned a newspaper and she just offered up ad space like candy… BUT this only works if you have something truly valuable to trade. I am a graphic designer, so I may offer these skills to potential vendors and see if they’re interested in some advertising,etc., but other than that, I’m not sure I have much in the way of “prized pigs” if you get my drift.
Which is why I got to thinking – the amazing ladies on these boards have INCREDIBLE skills! Some people are EXCELLENT at those fabric flowers, some girls have a natural talent for creating signs, while others (like me) have skills in designing invitations and other stationery. SOOOOOOO – why don’t we barter within ourselves? Custom wedding invitation design can be costly, but I could do it for free if, say, you could mail 75 of those tissue paper flowers you make so well… Or, I could print 50 thank you notes for you if you send me the table runners you used in your wedding. See how this could be awesome?
Is anyone else thinking this is a great idea, or am I just crazy? I know some people who have tried this have created some contract-y templates we could employ, just so everyone gets what they “bought” via barter…
Is anyone else in? Maybe we could start by interested parties listing the skills/talents/items they’re willing to barter with (backed by photographic evidence, if possible?)
Post # 3
@sfms: I think you should change the title of your post. No one will have any idea of the subject of your post from the title.
Post # 4
Oh my god, I LOVE this idea. My skills are organisation and DIY stuff… Oh man, this could be brilliant.
Post # 5
My trade is Marketing because I am creative. If I can find the materials and have a picture or idea I basicly can create anything.
Post # 6
I am a pro Hair & Make Up Artist 🙂 happy to barter and trade my services for your special days! 🙂 LOVE This idea!!
Post # 7
I think this could be a neat idea…BUT, aside from trusting folks to be nice people and live up to their commitments, how could you be *sure* you are actually getting what you want? I just think of all of the horror stories from ETSY vendors who end up not completing the work on time…or don’t create what was pictured (etc).
Also, I DIY’d a LOT for my wedding, but I also went the extra mile to make sure my “stuff” looked good. I also learned that I’m really not a “DIY gal” through the whole wedidng prep…so maybe this does not apply to people that actually have crafting talents….but would they put the same amount of love/care/prep into a “strangers” craft?
Post # 8
@Rock Hugger: OK, so, I don’t have all the details… I guess you’d just have to do it in good faith, and hope that the other person will understand that it’s like a payment system… I don’t know. For my work, I can send a low-res proof with names changed and a watermark showing that I have the invitation(or whatever) done, but will hold it until I receive my “payment.”
I don’t know. I’m just saying… I’m willing to do design work for someone’s wedding if they’re willing to do something for me. Even if I end up getting screwed in the end (which would really suck. But… I’m a trusting person, I guess), I’m willing to give it a try. If you don’t trust people, don’t do it, because I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s going to come down to. Like I said, there are templates for contracts that you can sign (via print/scan/fax, or digital signatures). You just have to trust that the person on the other end of the deal is going to do what they say.