The Process | Frequently Asked Questions

** As of January 1, 2018, Allison is no longer designing stationery for weddings and special events. She is focusing on helping small businesses become more successful by providing mentoring, branding and design services through Business by Barnhill. Contact us for more information. **

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.  If you are past these timelines and haven’t contacted me yet, that’s okay.  Get in touch and we’ll go from there.

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.

About that appointment…can we meet?

Sure! You will need to schedule an appointment to meet with Allison.  Appointments are typically scheduled M-F from 9am to 1pm and select Saturdays each month.  Contact me to set up this appointment.

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 extras for invitations: flat style invitations come with a response card, response envelope with return name and address printing and a single mailing envelope with return address printing. 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 within 2 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 contract 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 me do the hard work! I’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. I 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 me know. As long as my schedule permits, I’d be happy to provide them to you by the date requested.

I’m crafty…can I do the assembly?

While I completely understand the need to be up to your elbows in cardstock, ribbon and glue, I also have your sanity and best interests at heart when I say that the assembly of your invitations is best left up to Allison Barnhill Designs. Let me use my years of experience and compulsion for perfection to provide you the ideal custom 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 digital printing on all of our invitations.

I’m visual…do I get a real sample of my invitation design?

I 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.  I hope by providing samples of my previous work, and by providing swatches of all stock used, you will have a level of comfort with my 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, menus, favors, tags, labels, thank you notes, monogram designs and more.  Check out the “Paper” gallery to see examples of all of this work.

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.