frequently asked questions
What's the best way to contact you for a potential project?
You can contact me via email or by clicking right here. Please be specific in your initial message! Do you have a deadline, a budget, a headcount, a design preference . . . the more information you're able to provide, the more efficient our process will be. As a freelancer there are quite a few emails coming in daily, often requiring design work before responding. I typically respond to emails within 24-48 hours unless a situation is urgent, and while I do work on most weekends, I don't always respond to emails from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.
Note: I will not discuss a potential project, price, or availability via text, Direct Messaging on Instagram or Facebook.
Do you work with clients outside of Oregon?
Totally! Over half of AWD clients are located outside of Oregon. I've worked with folks all across the country—from Portland to Vermont. Shipping costs will increase if you're located outside of the U.S., and timezones might make my 9PM email a bit annoying, but I currently have no location restrictions for any project.
Do you take on graphic design projects outside of branding and stationery?
I am a graphic designer offering branding and stationery services, so that's what's in my wheelhouse and what I would prefer to work on. I do take on an odd job from time to time, especially for past clients (resumes, PDF packets, dossiers, posters, art prints) but I do not advertise these services. There are plenty of designers who might be a better fit for your project, maybe I can direct you to someone! Contact me here to tell me about your non-branding/stationery-related project.
And to those whose unique jobs I've turned down, I appreciate you thinking of me for your specific project! But sometimes I'm asked to do simple jobs that tell me that I may be the only person you can think of who knows how to use Adobe Creative Suite, which doesn't serve my business.
In the past I've tried to be a one-stop shop by taking on projects outside of my skillset, and I found that it was stunting my growth, as well as not offering you, the client, the work you deserve. Taking on any project, especially ones that I had no prior experience in, left me with a passionless portfolio that I just did not vibe with, or, more importantly, learn from. Just because I can make a Keynote presentation doesn't mean I should, especially as AWD grows and my workload is heavier.
It's like asking McDonalds to make better salads, you know? That just ain't what you ask McDonalds to do for you. I mean, not that I'm McDonalds. . . whatever, you get it.
Do you do styled shoots?
I sure do! Some of my favorite business relationships have grown out of styled shoots. I'm always down to offer my semi-custom suites and I design new work for up to 5 styled shoots a year. Let's talk!
One thing I'm committing to as a business owner is solely participating in styled shoots that represent inclusivity and diversity. Styled shoots that include diverse models, photographers, planners, florists, ceremonies, etc. If you're creating an inclusive styled shoot. send me an email to see if I'd be a good fit for your vision.
Not sure whether or not your shoot is inclusive? Check these definitions below:
the practice or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups.
Workplace Inclusivity. An inclusive workplace values and provides equal opportunity to all employees regardless of differences (e.g., ability, age, ethnic background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc) to achieve their maximum potential at work without discrimination.
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
How much will a wedding suite cost?
All the information you need to know about custom wedding suites can be found on my Wedding Services page. If you are looking for a custom suite from Andrea Woodlee Design, fill out this form and we'll chat!
An invitation suite from my semi-custom collection begins at $250 for an invitation, reply card & envelope, and outer envelope for a quantity of 100. Premiere design packages begin at $650, and there is a $400 minimum. Invitations containing fully custom design, assembly, envelope calligraphy, and postage (don't forget the cost of postage!) typically range between $775 and $1,750, depending on materials and scope of work.
If you have a budget that is less than the estimate above, that doesn't mean we can't make something happen! You can still fill out the form linked above and I will assess your project and respond with a proposal within 3 business days.
Each project is unique, with different wants, needs, and budgets, so you can understand why the quoting process cannot be instant.
Can I further customize my semi-custom suite?
As of right now, my semi-custom suites are only offered in the styles shown on my website, with the option to coordinate the colorway with your wedding palette. Envelope addressing can be added for a cost of $0.75/envelope—if you're interested in this, please reach out to me before placing your order.
This is as much further customization I can offer at the moment, but you do always have the option to upgrade to a custom suite if you're looking for additional add-ons!
How long will my project take?
Andrea Woodlee Design requires a 3-week minimum for all projects. This does not ensure that your project will be completed in 3 weeks. Rush Orders may be available at an additional fee, depending on the timeline and scope of work. As a freelancer, there are always multiple jobs happening, each with their own unique design and production timeline. You and I will establish a clear timeline for your custom project that works for both of us right away!
For AWD semi-custom wedding suites, the process takes 10-12 business days. You will receive a design proof and upon approval your order will be sent to print within 48 hours, and will arrive to you in 7-10 business days. For custom projects such as branding or a custom wedding suite, it's not as easy to predict lead times. These projects rely heavily on our communication; I've done a fully custom wedding suite in as little as 3 weeks, and as long as 10 months! It all depends on the amount of revision rounds, the scope of work, the add-ons, and most importantly, the communication.
When should I send my wedding invitations?
If you're curious about the AWD Wedding timeline, my Wedding Services page outlines when to start our project and much more information.
Your invitation timeline is all relevant to the length of your engagement. Etiquette says Save the Dates should be sent shortly after you've set a date and landed on a venue, to announce your engagement and to give out-of-town guests a heads up for travel purposes. Invitations are sent much closer to the wedding day as the date and location has already been announced. Now it's just down to the details: hotel accommodations, menu selections, attire, cocktail hour at the hotel the night before the wedding, etc.
For a year-long engagement, I recommend that your Save the Dates be sent around the 9 month mark, and invitations sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding. I typically start the custom design process with my couples 6 months out from their wedding.
We're shopping around for custom invitations. Do you price match?
Andrea Woodlee Design customers are looking for a custom experience, not just a low price point. AWD pricing is intentional and non-negotiable. If what you are asking for is outside of your budget, we can scale back the scope of work to fit your needs, but I cannot lower my prices to fit your budget. As a small business owner, I may not be able to compete with the low prices of a mass production company, and that's OK with me. Let's create something unique, made with a whole lot of love! And if I'm not the fit for you, there are plenty of other vendors out there.
Can I have a sample of my custom design?
As of right now I do not offer custom samples, but I would be happy to send you samples of paper weights, previous designs, envelopes, and other material examples if you are looking to see the quality you can expect from me. These sample packets are a $10 deposit and will be arrive to you within 7 days upon request. Should you decide to work with me, that $10 will come off of your total. Should you decide to keep searching for a stationery vendor, you can recycle the sample packet and lose $10 or mail it back to me and receive your $10 deposit back.
Why do I need to sign a contract?
Every custom project I take on requires a contract to protect my rights as a business owner and an artist. Contracts protect me from copyright infringement, late payments, unjust revision cycles, etc. and they also protect you from late work on my end. It's not personal, everybody's signing a contract. That's right, even you, family friend! Custom design projects are a super fun experience, but they're also my line of work, so I have protocol in place to protect us both.
Do you have a question for me that I haven't answered above? Send me an email!