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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

WTF Wednesday: Amy and the Wedding Invites

Creating Wedding Invites is not for the faint of heart

 Yesterday night, Amy and I were talking wedding invites and how she needed to create the summery, vintage imagery for her perfect wedding invites. Being the all supportive and helpful Maid of Honor with a knack for In Design and a good eye for the adorable, I said I would put together a few templates for invites that might tickle her fancy.

This morning, we began was I thought would be an easy and fast process. Pick template, pick words, bam...send to printer. RIGHT? RIGHT? HAHAHAHA. Not. Not at all.

Luckily, Amy is a gracious bride and loved all three of my templates. However, approximately 6 hours later, we had gone through approximately 50 different versions of colors, fonts, sizes, shapes, invites. Because I'm using In Design and I am by no means a graphic designer, it took me 7 years to make the multiple changes to get the invites to perfect....which actually was never achieved.

I don't blame Amy for her 700000000 changes she continued to make throughout the day. Some of them were necessary, some of them frivolous, some of just wrong and made us take a step back to whatever we were doing before. 

Bottom line: Wedding Invites are really hard. I had no idea. I had noooooooooo idea how many little details are in it. On the surface, its easy. In the details, it makes you want to kill yourself.

Now I know why graphic designers put a limit on the amount of edits anyone can make to any design...because if they did what we did with the back and forth, they would actually go insane with multiple clients. If I were a professional, I would've made a bazillion dollars already based on charging per edit that brides want on wedding invitations. Seriously. This shit was making me insane.

So, at the end of the day, Amy was going to make a final list of changes and I will make them...and there will still likely be more changes. The good part is, she isn't paying per edit and I love her, so I'm happy to do it, even though it is insanely tedious. I really am just happy to be involved in her wedding plans...she could be leaving me out completely and I would be a very sad camper.

Bridesmaid Pro Tip: 
Don't volunteer for things you aren't ready to jump full force into. Don't do it if you're going to half ass it or are not willing to deal with making something to complete perfection in the bride's eyes. No matter how easy you think the task is, it is not if it involves a wedding.

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