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« on: January 02, 2014 10:41:36 AM »

One of the ladies I work with has a daughter getting married in November. Her mom was talking to her on the phone and mentioned I have a Cricut and like to make cards and such. To which her daughter promptly asked her: Will she make my wedding invitations? I, in turn, promptly said NO WAY!!! I really have a hard time making stuff for others when its a specific request. I love to paper craft and want to do it to my taste or my way keeping the receiver in mind. But then I started to think about the fact that I love to paper craft and I like my coworker's daughter. So I asked how many she was thinking about sending and was told about 125...So my question is this: Would you consider making the invitations? And what would you charge for something like that? Because there is no way I could afford the paper cost to make that many invites for a gift. The most I have ever done was 25 for my baby sister's baby shower!
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014 07:35:58 AM »

I've done it!  I made 75 wedding invitations with my silhouette for a friend this past summer.  I did it as a gift to them and I think the final cost of materials only was about $300.  Then factor in the work (two nights of 4 hours feeding paper, peeling it off the mat, and folding.  One evening of two hours gluing and assembly.  So 10 hours total?) at only $10 an hour (which is WAY lower than I'd charge) it's $400.  I know the cricut is more labor intensive than the silhouette so I think you need to charge at least $15 for the hours working with that.  And this isn't even counting whatever you'd charge as a "design" fee.

I really enjoy making them for friends and family, but I would have to think REALLY hard if I was asked by someone not in my inner circle.  I think a fair price to start is to quote her $500 as a base price for JUST the invites and build from there.  It seems steep, but it's pretty competitive when she starts shopping around and sees that mass produced pieces are over that price and hers would be handmade... 

Think long and hard before you commit!  And good luck if you decide to do it!  I'd love to see!!

« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2014 05:09:09 AM »

i would charge her enough to cover supplies, typically from what ive researched is an invite can cost between $3-$8 depending on how many supplies are being used. One site wanted $10 for 5 invites, another wanted $10 for 8 invites. IM making my own and so far i`ll have about $20 into 100 invites, stamps will be an extra $50. OR tell her to cover the cost for supplies and maybe tack on an extra $20 for labor. Also I dont know anything about these machines you both mentioned.. I do all my crafts with my fingers Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017 12:45:20 PM »

I know this is old, but custom orders come up sometimes, and it's good to discuss!  Here's my take on dealing with custom-ers:

Communication is all-important. 

Start by talking to the bride.  If you like her, go ahead with the project.  If you don't, quote her an astronomical design price (in construction, this is known as the @$$hole price).  It should be enough that it overcomes your dislike for her, plus a hefty bonus.

Ask her to bring (or send) any samples or inspirations.  Maybe a picture of her gown, or cake design, or favors, so you get to see what she likes.  She probably has a Pinterest wedding page, check it out.

Make a sketch or other preliminary design before you invest any money or give a firm quote.  Have her approve each step of the design process.  Show her 3 (yes, exactly 3) choices of things.  For instance, 3 color swatches, 3 types of flowers, 3 sets of wording.  Save the ones you like best for last--that's the one they always pick. 

Get a deposit to cover materials.

Make a sample of the final design.  Get her approval in writing.

Buy the materials, make the invites. 

Collect the balance of the money due ON DELIVERY.  Don't give her the invites without payment, or you'll be chasing her forever, and she'll claim they weren't exactly what she wanted, or the wedding date changed, or something else.

Am I bitter and jaded?  Yeah, I guess so!

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2017 07:46:33 PM »

I agree with everyones comments so far !
As an invitation designer... I'd have to say using the cricut for laser cut invites is very labor intensive and time consuming. Which typically means you can charge more but unfortunately there are a lot of chinese sites now selling them for cheap so, its hard to stay competitive. I just use the selling point that I'm going to be more reliable and higher quality.

But back to your question ...
The cost you would actually charge TOTALLY depends on how many layers of paper, are they adding ribbon, etc. You need to favtor in cost of glue, cost of cricut mats that will prob be ruined by the end of it , cost of envelopes, postage, etc. And remind your client that they won't need 300 invites for 300 guests, but 150 or so considering couples / families.. if that comes as a surprise to them they may be willing to spend MORE. But its a long learning process and doing them for the first time can be rough so, make sure its not someone who's too picky and that you're not charging a ton of $ with them expecting it to be perfect.
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