Post # 1
So my hubby is getting hit up to design wedding suites. He designed our wedding invites, Web site, save-the-date and even an awesome online RSVP system to save money. But now we’re not sure what to charge for these services for a couple who wants all of these for their ’09 fall wedding. So…. what would you want to pay either a la carte or as a whole package for:
– a custom wedding invitation suite (illustrated map, invite on letterpress print)
– a custom wedding Web site
– a custom postcard Save the Date
– an online RSVP system
We haven’t yet asked them about budget, and will, but wanted to see what you all would pay if you were a) the ones buying our services or b) the ones selling these kind of services.
My hubby and I would love your advice to see if we can make this work as a side-business–this is a great creative outlet for us!
Post # 3
Well, if you’re trying to get into the business full time, you’re going to need a portfolio, so I wouldn’t charge this couple anything. I would tell them that you(husband) are trying to build your portfolio, so as long as you have a lot of say in the design and execution (while still making something they love, of course), you’ll do the design work for free. All they would pay for is materials and printing, etc. That way you have the first suite for your portfolio. I would be willing to help somebody build their portfolio, which I am actually doing! Also, remember working for others isn’t half as creative as working for yourself. While you build your portfolio, it might be, but after you are established you are at the mercy of others and trust me…it’s not always fun or creative.
Post # 4
Well, I can tell you what I paid for materials (and labor, for the letterpressing):
–website: $47 (bought domain name and hosted through godaddy.com, designed it myself in iWeb)
–letterpressed stationery suite, designed by me: $1500 (1-color #10 STD, 1-color A2 thank you, 2-color A7 invite, 2-color A2 map, 1-color A2 brunch card, 1-color 2-sided A2 RSVP postcard).
I think you have to figure out how much an hour of your time is worth, how long it’ll take to design each piece, then add some profit in there to make it worth your while. That’s how I charge for freelance writing.
Post # 5
Thaks Rebecca and Kate for your comments!