Post # 1
I was hoping to get some help from the hive. I am working on my wedding invitations and I am having a tough time finding something my mom and I both like – so I am turning to a graphic designer who did an awesome custom invite for a friend. I am curious about pricing as what to expect to pay custom artwork. I do know that he charges a flat rate for the invite design and is a little slower as he does this on the of his real job. Can anyone give some insight on the costs custom invitation design? Thanks!
Post # 3
It really varies widely from designer to designer. Just make sure you discuss pricing upfront before you get too far into it.
A friend of mine (who is a designer) is doing all of our stuff for free. But I would guess that others would charge an hourly rate — maybe anywhere from $35/hour to $100 or more/hour. It all depends on location and skill level.
Post # 4
I am a graphic/invitation designer and although my invitation prices are presented to my clients in terms that are easy to understand (ie, flat rate) it is based on a hourly rate + materials. Definitely discuss pricing AND production schedule up front. I always provide my clients both pricing and dates as to when I need text/info/payment from them and when they can expect to see prototypes and final delivery. It makes it clear on both ends. The pricing will all depend on the style, color, quantity, paper type, and make up of your invitation… it may be easier for him if you tell him your budget before you start talking about the design. Hope this helps!
Post # 5
Custom work really depends on the invitation that you are having designed. The more detail, bells and whistles (ie. ribbon, jewels, paper quality, boxed mailers, etc) incorporated into your design the higher the price. Generally speaking though the gammit runs pretty wide. Custom invites can be anywhere from $8/set to $30/set!
You best bet is to inform whoever is doing your custom design work of an approximate budget. This way they can let you know if that is something that they can work within. Additionally, it helps the designer to show you options that are within your price range.
If you do go the custom design route, make sure to gather bits and pieces of inspiration (ie. magazine clippings, a piece of fabric, a picture of your dress, etc.) This also will help the designer to get a feel for your big day, because the invitations truely set the tone for your wedding!
I hope that helps, have fun planning!