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Aug302011

ROCK the Wedding World! The Name-Your-Price Experiment!

Let’s get a little dialogue going about value, shall we? I question this myself on a daily basis. I question the value of advertising space on this blog. I question the value of my hours of work on a veil. I am constantly considering and comparing my value of being an independent designer to mainstream designers. Sometimes this keeps me up at night.

Talk about things that kept me up at night... We aren't all like budgetless try-hards that toss numbers around like their wedding is a game of Party Bingo. Most of us actually want to know what we’re getting for our money and we all want to feel like we’re getting the biggest bang for our buck! In fact, in these times of economic stress I’m fairly certain that we’re all questioning value versus cost in every aspect of our lives – not just with our weddings! Right?

I also know how much time I spent comparing dollars to value when I was planning my wedding. Talk about things that kept me up at night... 

With the emergence and subsequent popularity of on-line everything there seem to be limitless options when it comes to weddings – options that can make a bride’s head swim! I know mine did. How many times have you seen something and thought, “Oh my God, YES!” only to see the price tag and alternately think “Oh my God, NO!”  I remember feeling that way about so many things that I got a little depressed at times. Boo to depressing wedding planning thoughts. Boo, indeed.

But what if? What if you could decide on the cost versus the value yourself? What if you could assign the value of handmade? The value of indie? The value of good design? The value of working one-on-one with an actual human being?   How much would you pay?

Well, enough what ifs. I think you know where this is going, right? The Thirty-Something Bride is really proud to partner with Up Up Creative Design Studio and Print Shop to bring you an incredible opportunity for all your invitation and paper needs!

For the month of September, Up Up Creative is going to ROCK the wedding world! Julie Green, the creative talent behind Up Up Creative is letting her customers set their own prices for wedding invitations! Can you believe it?

Now, as brilliant as I know all T30SB readers are, I will state the following for clarity: free is not a price. Furthermore, as the caring, socially conscious, indie-designer-supporting creatures that you all are, I know you will take into consideration the expense, time and expertise involved in creating these paper master pieces. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to NAME YOUR PRICE! 1

Up Up Creative is running this pricing experiment for the entire month of September and depending on the results, might even continue the pricing model beyond September. I mean, how freakin’ cool is that? Way cool, that’s how cool.

Think it’s too good to be true? Well, check out just a few of the lovely, modern and wonderful examples of the creative genius that is Up Up Creative as well as her video that explains the process.

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So now you know what to do, right? Trot your little self on over to Up Up Creative and start picking out invitations, STAT. You get to start naming your price on Thursday, September 1st (that's the day after tomorrow)! What a great way to start falling into Fall!

Here’s what you do:

  • Go to Up Up Creative and shop around.
  • Choose what you want.
  • Click on the “Name Your Price” button starting Thursday, September 1st (the button won't be there until then!).
  • You’ll be directed to a page explaining the process. You'll see the video and a link to name you own price via PayPal. You can pay via PayPal account, bank draft, or major credit card. Easy peasy!

So you don’t have to leave a comment to partake. You don’t have to follow me on Facebook or Twitter (although, those things would be nice!). All you have to do is shop online. I’m pretty sure y’all know how to do that. If not, I can teach you, real quick like.

So hop to and NAME YOUR PRICE!2 

1 That made me feel a bit like a game show host. No, more like Patty Stanger, “MEET MY MILLIONAIRES!” 

2 Yup. Definitely like Patty.