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Take Note // What to Know Before Hiring a Designer


Last week I talked about what you are actually getting when you hire a professional designer to design your wedding invitations (or any project, really).  This week, I’m going to give a few points to keep in mind when working with a designer so that your expectations equal real life.

The first thing to note is that before you even reach out to a designer that you’d like to work with is to know what it is you want.  Sounds simple,  yes, but you’d be surprised at how often people don’t know this.  You need to be able to discuss what it is you are looking for.  This doesn’t mean that you need to have your idea all planned out (afterall, isn’t that the reason to hire a designer?)  It does mean that you’ll be much more successful (as in: able to make decisions and give feedback) if you know what your end goal is.

The next couple of points seem a little harsh when I list them out, but they are worth noting.  1. Designers have more than one client at a time.   2. We also don’t work 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  It’s most difficult to remember these things when you’ve given your designer a rush job or have had other obstacles yourself.  Even when it’s a rush project, you will want your designer to get some fresh air, sleep and food.  Keep in mind that when you’ve requested a modification that you know/think/they’ve told you takes 20 minutes, but takes them 3 hours to respond with, that it is quite possible that six other clients had a similar request that day, too.

That being said, I feel very confident in saying every designer thinks about your project a lot more than you think they do.  In fact, it’s highly likely that they think about you every single day.  Their best ideas probably come while they are out walking their dog or watering their garden.  Because…they think about you all the time.

And last, but not least, no matter how super stylish and trendsetting you are, trust us.  Listen and trust.  We’ve been doing this for a while and know what is going to work and what isn’t.  You may have a great eye, but getting from point A to point B requires more than knowing when something looks good.  Hire a designer whose aesthetic fits yours, throw ideas out there, share images, talk (a lot) and then get out of their way and let them go to town.

When it’s your turn to give feedback, be specific about what you like and don’t like, offering as much detail as possible.  When left at, “I don’t like the feel of this invitation” we have nowhere to go.  Be specific.  Is it the font, the colors, the style of the graphics?  In contrast, if you say, “I like the individual tribal motifs, but overall the design is too busy for me,” it is much easier to rework the design and come up with something you love.  On the flip side, if you are on the fence about something and your designer tells you to trust them that it will be amazing, then trust them.  It will be amazing.

(I feel it goes without saying, but is worth noting that it’s not okay to bring someone else’s work to your designer and ask them to copy it.  A professional won’t copy someone else’s work.  They can use it as inspiration, sure.  But, if you love a design so much that you just want to copy it, the best thing to do is to find the original designer and ask them to customize it for you.)

In the end, our goals are the same; we both want you to love the design that we create for you.  We also want to be proud of our work.  Like most things in life, if there is trust, communication and respect, everyone wins.


photography by True Atelier, see more of this shoot here.

Designer’s Pick | True North Font

144946Vintage styled signs and logos are quite popular right now.  I love the look myself.  If you are wanting to try your hand at a hand-illustrated project, but lack the skills to do so, then give this font family a looksie.  It comes with 20 different styles: block, bold, inline and graphics, banners and the like.  Plus True North is 50% off until August 9 on My Fonts!


Botanical, Blue & Caramel Wedding Inspiration

Raw wood, stone and hanging foliage are really some of the most beautiful natural elements.  I combined these with shades of blue in today’s inspiration board.  I like the golden tones of the leaves as a substitute for the always popular peach and blush colors that have come to be so expected in weddings these days.



Image credits:  bouquet by Jessica Sloan via Once Wed |  groom’s suit photographed by Rebekah Westover via Elizabeth Anne Designs |  couple walking (source unknown)  |  flowers on water via photographie  |  rose gold stackable rings photographed by Rylee Hitchner, styled by Ginny Au  |  foraged garland & table photographed by Fiona Kelly styled by Always Andri via 100 Layer Cake

Peony & Mountain Boho Wedding Inspiration

I love styled shoots.  Over the last few years, they have really become the thing to do in the wedding world.  They are fantastic because, for those involved, you have total creative freedom.  You can come up with a hair-brained concept and watch it come to life in the most beautiful way.  (Inside scoop: I have a whole series coming up in the next few weeks called The Makings of a Styled Shoot, where I’m going to go into detail from concept to execution to promotion of styled shoots.)

I was thrilled to be asked to design the invitation for today’s featured shoot styled by Leslie Dawn Events.  The entire team was a stellar bunch and the result is stunning.  In keeping with the earthy setting and the romantic overtones, I did some hand lettering on linen for the invitation.  Leslie wanted something simple with a focus on texture (my favorite!) and I love how it all came together so perfectly.

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Photography by Megan Robinson Photography  |  Styling & Design by Leslie Dawn Events  |  Florals by Soil & Stem  |  Invitation by Peter Loves Jane  |  Makeup and Hair by Alexis Rogers  |  Gown from Gateway Bridal  |  Cake by Le Loup Cakery  |  Hair Adornments by Danani Handmade  |  Video by Nicole Traveller Photography & Films  |  Model: Torrie Thomas  |  Location: Wasatch State Park


Bridal Pulse App Launch

A while back I told you about a really cool project I was collaborating on and now I get to share it with you! I’ve am helping to supply content to a fab new app: BridalPulse.  So all of the gorgeous weddings, styled shoots and stationery features you see here, and on other top wedding blogs, have all been gathered and are available to you for free whenever you need them!

The new BridalPulse app is brought to you by BrideClick and sponsored by Cuisinart.

BridalPulse is the first app that brings all your favorite bridal bloggers’ content and inspiration together in a digital magazine. Find the latest wedding information and trends, organized into popular wedding categories such as fashion, destinations, real weddings, DIY, hair & makeup, stationary and more! BridalPulse is a FREE app available in the Apple App Store for iOS.

BridalPulse includes these amazing features:

-        Discover the latest and most popular wedding trends

-        Instant updates with new content

-        Save and share your favorite posts and ideas with friends

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Go check it out today!