(Closed) How Much to Expect to Pay for a Design?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am not sure if it would be cheaper to commission someone or do Etsy alchemy, but I remember a post from another member of the hive where she was going to DIY her invites, but she was really inspired by these unusual ones she found on Etsy. I just looked for like 10 minutes trying to find this thread to show you, and I can’t so maybe someone else will remember it. Anyway, she was torn about intellectual copyright and if it would be wrong to “rip-off” the design (most people said not to copy it outright but that using it for inspiration as long as she designs her own herself was the same as paraphrasing the wording of a document). So that inspiration part is really not relevant, just saying it in case someone remembers it/finds it. Anyway, this bee contacted the invitation designer to look into buying just the right to use the design and still DIY, and I think the seller wanted something like $250 or more. It was a lot of money considering the seller was not going to be using any materials or anything. So that is something to consider. Have you considered playing around in Photoshop/equivalent yourself, or do you have any artsy friends who could?

Post # 4
2403 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$30-70/hr is a typical design freelance rate. (depends on project type & quality of work) An invite would prob be 2.5 hours. One way to expedite design time is to find inspiration images that you like and are looking for. (this way the designer has clear direction and wastes no time, or money, figuring out exactly what you are looking for)



Post # 5
15 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try Sarah at Belletristics! Her work is lovely and her quote for a full invitation set (invite, RSVP card, reception card, directions and accommodations card) was equivalent to the cost of one hour’s work from other designers (well under $100). I decided to take a swing at the design myself and was actually sorry not to be able to work with her. Belletristics.com

Post # 6
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

It really depends on who you ask. The designer sites, like Bird and Banner, charge a based of $500 for the design. But smaller Etsy sellers are often willing to work for less. 

Post # 7
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We paid $135 for our Save the date design on Etsy. Our designer was onelonelyapricot.

Post # 10
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Try http://www.madmonkeydesigns.com/  I think they charge $75 per hour (and it shouldn’t take very long if you provide ideas before hand)  They have good prices and great designers. We’re using them for our invites.  You can decide to print through them too.

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