Post # 1
So I started working with a stationary designer. I’ve met with her twice, fairly brief both times, and picked out sample papers. She probably already ordered the paper to make my samples but I haven’t seen anything from her yet. I met with her in March and she said it would take her a couple weeks to order paper and make samples, and I haven’t heard from her since. Since then, I’ve realized that I could make my own invites for 1/4 of the price and probably make them more creative and stylish. I don’t have a contract with her. Is it okay to "fire" her at this point? How should I go about it? Thanks!
Post # 3
Did you give her your word that you would work with her? If so, I would ask her to quote you a fair price for time and pay her that amount. I know you don’t have a contract, but if you shook hands on the deal…
If she’s already bought the materials… you can always buy the paper off of her to use for your Gocco printing!
Post # 4
I think it’s ok given how much time has passed, how much money you can save, and how crappy the economy is. Is that enough reason?
I would call her and simply say something along the lines of, "since we last spoke my fiance and I have decided to make our own invitations. It was a difficult decision, but our budget just won’t allow for the dream invitations you and I were working towards." And something nice about how it was a pleasure to meet her, etc.. If she has ordered samples then maybe you could offer to pay for (and keep) the samples.
I’m pretty surprised that so much time has passed given she said she would only need a few weeks. That had to have been at least 7 weeks ago. Does she still think she’s doing your invitations?
Post # 5
Yes, I’d say since I told her to start a sample, that’s as good as giving my word that we’d have her do the invites. I am thinking that since our wedding is in the winter (I started planning early), she has put our stuff on the back burner while she does the summer weddings. So hopefully she hasn’t done much besides order some paper, which I will definitely be happy to pay for.
Post # 6
As long as you pay her for the money she is out and any time she’s spent, I think you will be fine. They probably haven’t spent that much time working on it yet, but there was bound to be a couple of hours there.