Couture Collection FAQs
My wedding date is set…when do I need to meet with Allison Barnhill Designs?
Save the dates should be mailed 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding date. If you are interested in save the dates, please contact us about 10 months prior to your wedding. Invitations should go out 8 to 10 weeks prior to your wedding date. Please schedule your initial meeting with us at about 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding. Day of accessories – for example, programs, place cards, table numbers, menus – should be addressed closer to the wedding date, at about 2 months prior.
I have a vision…what is next?
If you are local to Annapolis, Maryland, Allison Barnhill Designs would be pleased to schedule an initial appointment with you to discuss your wedding stationery. At this initial meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your wedding in detail, see samples of our couture creations, pick colors, cardstock, fonts and ask any questions you may have. Each client and each wedding is unique, so at this meeting we like to get a good feel of your vision for the big day, so we can reflect it in our designs for you.
If you are out of state, through the powers of technology, Allison Barnhill Designs can still work with you to design your wedding stationery. Please email or call us to begin the process.
My vision is still blurry…can we meet?
Sure! You will need to schedule and appointment to meet with Allison. Appointments are typically scheduled M-F from 9am to 2pm and select Saturdays each month. If your wedding venue is in the Annapolis area, we can meet there or pick another location (Starbucks…yum!) in Annapolis to meet.
I’m making my budget…how much do Allison Barnhill Designs invitations cost?
Since all of our work is custom for each client, pricing does vary based on the style and materials used to create your couture invitation. On average, our invitations cost $4-$10 per set. Our invitations are priced per each, there are no minimums and you can order any quantity…even if it isn’t a quantity of 25…stop the madness! Finally, your initial consultation and preliminary computer generated designs are free of charge.
I need a response set, a reception card….A la carte? All inclusive? Huh?
Depending on the style of invitations you choose, items like response sets, insert cards or return address printing might be included in the price of the invitation. Here’s the scoop on the accessories for invitations: flat style invitations come with a single mailing envelope and all accessories are a la carte, meaning you pay for each item in addition to the invitation cost; this might be a good option for clients who only need an invitation and response set. On the other hand, folder style and pocketfold invitations have all inclusive pricing that includes a response set, insert card(s), return address printing, mailing envelope and more!
It’s a process…so what happens next?
Are you ready? At your initial meeting, Allison Barnhill Designs will gather information to create computer-generated designs that will be emailed to you 2-3 weeks after that meeting. You will receive .pdf files that show the designs, along with an information document that describes the invitation and provides pricing and general information. You will review the designs and go back and forth via email with Allison until you get to your final invitation design. This process can take a few days to a few weeks. After you finalize the design, Allison Barnhill Designs will provide you a proposal that reflects your designs, quantity ordered, etc. You will sign and return with a 50% deposit. At this point the process might slow, depending on your wedding date, but you can be gathering text for your invitation (final wording, response date, meal choices, directions, accommodations, etc.). You will be asked to provide this text to Allison Barnhill Designs for final proofs. Proofs of all printed items for your invitation will be provided via email for your review prior to printing. Expect these a few weeks before your delivery date. We will not print until we receive your final approval on all items. Then, sit back and let us do the hard work! We’ll email you with a final invoice when your invitations are ready for pick up or delivery.
I’m excited…how long does it take to get my invitations?
Allison Barnhill Designs delivers invitations based on your wedding date. We typically complete invitations about 10 weeks prior to your wedding date. If you are having a destination wedding or need to have the invites in your hands earlier than that time period, please let us know. As long as our schedule permits, we’d be happy to provide them to you by the date requested.
I’m crafty…can I do the assembly?
While we completely understand the need to be up to your elbows in cardstock, ribbon and glue, we also have your sanity and best interests at heart when we say that the assembly of your invitations is best left up to Allison Barnhill Designs. Let us use our years of experience and compulsion for perfection to provide you the ideal couture creation…from start to finish.
Impressions…can I get letterpress or thermography?
No. In order to ensure that your invitations are perfect for you, all printing is done at our studio. We use heat set/laser printing on all of our invitations.
I’m visual…do I get a real sample of my couture invitation design?
We do not provide actual samples of your invitation or other stationery prior to the delivery of your full order. Single samples are time and labor consuming and also, since they have to be hand cut and singly printed, would not have the same quality as your final product. We hope by providing samples of our previous work, or by you meeting with us in person at our studio and by providing swatches of all stock used, you will have a level of comfort with our stationery designs. You will, however, receive electronic copies of your design and final proofs via emailed .pdf files.
Invitations….check…what else can Allison Barnhill Designs check off my list?
Here is a long and comma filled list: save the dates, wedding invitations, shower invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, programs, place cards, table numbers and names, menus, favors, tags, labels, thank you notes, monogram/gobo designs and more.
Weddings are near and dear to our heart, but we also love other specials events: baby announcements, baby shower invitations, birthday party invitations, anniversary invitations, holiday cards and stationery gifts.
Have more questions? Contact us today.
The Boutique FAQs
Our designers can help you select a design, customize your design and even provide wording advice. We can be reached by phone at 443.875.8512 or by email at email@example.com. Our design associates are available between 9am – 4pm EST Monday-Friday.
After you place your order, our designers will create a free personalized digital proof of your item(s). Within two business days of your order, you will receive your proof(s) via email for review. You will have one opportunity to make any required changes. Revisions, if needed, will be emailed to you within one business day. Additional proof revisions are available for a fee of $25 per item, per revision. It is in your best interest to review your proofs carefully the first time, in order to ensure there are no additional costs. Your order will ship within seven to ten business days of your proof approval. Shipping times depend on your location.
Every order includes one complimentary digital proof and one complimentary revision. Your free digital proof will arrive within 2 business days of the date you place your order. Customers who place orders on Saturday or Sunday will receive their proofs on or before the following Wednesday. You will receive an email with your proof(s) to review. Reply to the email with your complimentary one time revisions and you will receive new proofs within 1 business day. Additional proof revisions after this time are available for $25 per item, per revision.
We understand there is no substitute for seeing our products in person. For most of our wedding products we offer samples in one color option and on one paper type. This means that when you request a sample, we will send you the one color option and paper type that we stock, so that you may see the paper and printing associated with the design. To request a sample, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Samples are mailed within a week of request and sent via regular US postal service mail. One free sample will be provided per customer.
We know your wedding is unique, and you want your wedding stationery to reflect that. Our designers are able to make many customizations free of charge, including font changes and text changes. If you have more extensive requests, including custom colors, back of card printing and major layout changes, please email us at email@example.com to have one of our designers review your request and provide information on additional costs.
All of our invitation designs are digitally printed. The printing is flat, not raised.
Paper + Envelopes
Currently, we offer printing of our designs on white or ivory 100lb. cardstock. These two stock options are included in the price listed for each item. We can offer other options for cardstock including 98lb. pearlescent cardstocks which have a subtle shimmer surface and other cardstocks in a variety of weights and colors. These additional types of cardstocks are additional costs. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
White or ivory envelopes are included with all wedding invitation orders. The color of the envelope matches the color of stock ordered. Our signature envelopes have a square flap – this includes the matching response envelope.
For an additional cost, you can order double envelopes (inner/outer envelopes), lined envelopes and even envelopes with custom printed liners to match your invitation. For these additional charges, please email us at email@example.com.
Shipping + Turnaround
After you approve your proof, your order will be shipped within 7 to 10 business days. Your orders will be shipped via USPS 2-3 Day Priority Mail (to US locations). Shipping times vary based on your location. For samples, they will be mail via regular first class mail. We do not provide shipping to areas outside the US, at this time. We can ship to P.O. Boxes.
If you decide to cancel your order before our designers have created your proof, we are happy to refund your purchase minus a $15 processing fee. If you decide to cancel your order after our designers have created your proof, we are happy to refund your purchase minus a cancellation fee of $25. Once you approve your proof, we are unable to change your order. While we can’t refund your purchase, we will assist you with a discounted reorder.
Because of the personalized nature of our products, we are unable to accept returns. Because of this, we take great care to ensure the accuracy of each order before printing. Of course, if the error was ours, we will reprint the order at no cost to you. Please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist you.
We recommend that you take one complete invitation set (invite, response card, response envelope and any insert cards, along with a mailing envelope) to the post office to have it weighed and measured, to determine the correct postage. Keep in mind that square invitations are considered an non standard size by the post office and can increase postage costs.
A Special Note
Some online stationery companies will print their logo, text and even barcodes on the back of their invitations and cards. At Allison Barnhill Designs, we will not print any design, text or logo on the back of our items, unless is it text that is requested to be printed their by our customer. We feel that our work speaks for itself and request that our clients share our name with friends and family, when they ask where the invitation was purchased.
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