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 3 days 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.
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! Most of my 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 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 $4.95 per suite. Premiere design packages begin at $946, 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 $900 and $2,300, 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?
YES! Send me an email, let's talk!
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. My 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. 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 you and me from copyright infringement, late payments, unjust revision cycles, etc.
Do you have a question for me that I haven't answered above? Send me an email!