Post # 1
A few weeks ago I got a call from a place that does stationary, and agreed to come in for a “consultation.” So I went, looked at some binders and samples, and ended up picking some invitations/reception cards/RSVPs that looked close to my style. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was the best template they had. The total came to an astronomical $640! Despite the sticker shock, in my moment of weakness I signed a contract and paid a $320 deposit.
Weeks later, I still wasn’t feeling right about my order and how much it cost. $640 is more than my dress, if that gives you an idea of how comparatively high that price was to my budget. I started doing some research and realized just how cheap it would be to just buy pre-cut cardstock and DIY my invitations. Not to mention, my mom and I have been doing the rubber stamping / scrapbooking thing since I was a kid. So why was I paying so much money for something I could do myself for a fraction of the cost? And that would look exactly the way I want it to if I make it?
I felt really depressed about it and finally called the place to get a refund. They said they could only refund me half of my deposit as per the contract, and that it would be a shame to lose the money I had already put down. They talked me into cutting down what I was ordering so it cost only $500. But that didn’t make me any happier, because I was just getting less of what I wanted, and still paying too much for what I was getting.
This week, I decided to just cut my losses and cancel the darn order. I called them one more time and asked for my refund. I was promised that they would take care of it, and I haven’t heard back yet.
Ahhh that whole process burned me out! I rarely make decisions in my life under the gun, and I always shop around before making a decision, so I don’t know why I didn’t in this case! I feel like I let myself down somehow and wasted my money. That’s $160 I spent without getting anything for it. 🙁
Post # 3
I’m so sorry. Sometimes I get caught up in those sales pitches to. I really think that the company should have a cooling off period where you could get all the money back. That is a lot of put down on a moment’s notice.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry. That really does suck. But at least you learned something and your story can help other brides in their search for invites.
Post # 5
Ugh, that really sucks. I’m sorry that you had to waste that money.
Post # 6
I’m probably making too much out of $160 aren’t I? In the grand scheme of things it’s not that much I guess…
Post # 7
Maybe you can negotiate to get the paper from them? Or something along those lines, so your money wouldn’t be a total loss.
Post # 8
First off, kudos to you for getting a dress for under $640!!!!! I can see how this situation would bum you out, though. Maybe it would help to think about where else you have saved $160 and calling it a wash between those two items?
Post # 9
If you spent the same amount on invitations that you do yourself ($160 – which is totally possible), then you’ll have spent $320 on the perfect invitations, which in the end, is MUCH better than spending $640 on “okay” invitations. 🙂 I think in the end, you did the best thing for you!
Post # 10
@Rocktsrgn: That’s what I was thinking. These pocketfold invitations would be $84 for 100 of them, plus this gray printing paper for the inserts for $11, plus some cardstock for the RSVP cards and wedding programs = not even close to what I would have paid to that invitation place! I’m going to use rubber stamps and a medium silver ink on top of the gray paper, to make a pattern so it’s not just solid paper. I think it’s going to look nice! I’ll post pictures after I make one.
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Post # 12
I can understand you SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much! As a matter of fact I’ve done pretty much the same thing… I wanted custom invitations and paid a deposit at least 3 times… NONE of the ladies delivered what I’ve asked. They keep on bugging me with some stupid designer rule!!!!
For example, contrasting colors — NOPE mine is a tone on tone wedding, but they keep on trying to change my wedding colors; OR they say they can’t get the rhinestones in the colors I asked… again, false, I know a lot of online suppliers that have those; OR they keep on telling me to simplify… I don’t want one of those “to the bone” invitation… I can buy DIY ones!!! I want a custom invitation that is stellar and appropriate to my wedding theme but no way I can get it.
I just hate this stupid “no clutter” trend, especially considering that mine is an Edwardian themed wedding so there is simply NO ROOM for simple stuff. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH
I hope you can find what you’re after!!!
Post # 13
Oh man, so sorry. I think a majority of us have spent money on something they ended up not needing or couldn’t use or whatever. Its so frustrating! I’ve done it and I try to block it out. I hope you can save the $160 in some other way 🙂