- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
I am a bridesmaid in my dear friend’s wedding. I am a graphic designer by profession. To save her some money, I offered to design her wedding invitations and programs.
Due to a proofreading error on the part of the bride, the invitations were sent with a major error that we had to correct by creating an “oops, we made a mistake” postcard and sending it to all of the invitees at a later date. It cost her an additional $70 on top of what we had spent on the invites.
At program time, we went to print and the bride realized too late that she had not proofread closely enough (and never bothered to show it to the groom, who would have noticed the mistake). She left out a groomsman and the ring bearer. So she had to pay $30 for 125 programs that went in the trash because she wanted a reprint. We reprinted…and now the she is telling me she left out another groomsman, so the program needs to be reprinted…again. Another $30 out the window. Now we are on our third printing of these programs.
Overall, the bride wasted $130 plus postage simply because she did not take the time to really read the pieces I created, and share them with others to proofread like I suggested.
And as for me…I am trying very hard not to appear stressed because I don’t want to make the bride upset three days before her wedding…but I continue to be shocked by how ridiculous this story is.
Dear brides, the moral of the story is, if you are working with a graphic designer or other outside vendor to have your wedding publications created, you can save everyone involved a lot of time and headaches (and save yourself money) by proofreading carefully. Show the piece to everyone involved and take your time…it is always better to have something done right instead of done quickly.