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What is the process?

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No.1: The Consultation

It all begins with a conversation—discussing design elements, pulling samples, finding what really speaks to you, looking at paper and ink swatches, discussing print methods, and truly collaborating to create a custom experience. This is the perfect opportunity to learn as much as I can about your wedding and personal style. My goal is to create something unique and one-of-a-kind, a wedding suite that tells your story through paper. I can’t wait to see what we come up with!

No. 2: The Proposal

I will put together a detailed proposal for your consideration, reflective of the pieces we discussed in our consultation. Nothing is set in stone, so we can certainly adjust before I begin the design process. Once you are ready to move forward, the next steps are a deposit and signed agreement from you and a timeline for the rest of the process from me.

No. 3: The Design Stage

I will then begin the creation of your wedding suite. When all the pieces have been designed, I’ll share a digital proof with you via email, in PDF format. At this point, we can adjust and make any necessary revisions until we arrive at the perfect design.

No. 4: The Green Light

When everything is perfect and ready to go, I will move into production. Any details, timing, shipments, etc. will be communicated at this time, and the final payment will be due. Printed pieces will be delivered to you once production is complete.

No. 5: The Follow-Up

Six to eight weeks before your wedding, let’s schedule a time to chat through your coordinating pieces—like programs, table numbers, menus, escort cards, and thank-you notes. I want to make sure your big day flows, down to the final details!

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When should I order my invitations?

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I would suggest scheduling a consultation any time between five to eight months before your wedding and ordering shortly after. But don’t worry, rush orders can be accommodated.

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When should I mail my stationery?

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If you’re sending save-the-dates, they should be mailed anywhere from six to twelve months before your wedding. Your wedding invitation suite should be mailed six to eight weeks before, and destination wedding invitations should be anywhere from ten to twelve weeks before.

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What do invitations cost?

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This is such a tricky question, because so many factors play into pricing each custom suite. Based upon your quantity, print method, the number of pieces, and embellishments, costs can vary significantly. With the custom design process, pricing is unique to each couple and project. Please know that pricing is competitive and I can work within all budgets.

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What are the different print methods?

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LETTERPRESS: Created in the 1400s, this print method is my absolute favorite. A plate is made of your invitation artwork, which is inked and pressed into the paper, creating an impression you can see and feel.

FOIL: My second favorite! This is where you can play with metallic colors. A plate is also made of your artwork and stamped into the paper, creating eye-catching shine.

ENGRAVING: One the oldest forms of printing, this method has a raised look and feel, and is considered the most traditional of all print methods.

THERMOGRAPHY: This method is also raised, but is powdered and melted down to create the texture you see on the paper. It also has a sheen coating over the top.

OFFSET: Also referred to as flat printing, a rubber press transfers ink onto paper, leaving a crisp, clean outcome.

DIGITAL: Digital printing delivers multicolored, clean, and flat printing at an affordable price.

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Will you able to address my invitations for me?

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Yes! I can digitally print your addresses directly onto your mailing envelopes, styled to match your invitation suite. I will send you a proof before printing them.

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branding

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What is the process?

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No.1: The Consultation

The first steps is to get to know each other, learn about your business, and understand where you would like to take it. I have a questionnaire we will fill out together to help work through the details. From there, if you are ready to move forward, the next steps are a signed agreement and a deposit. I can’t wait to see what we come up with!

No. 2: The Design Stage

From here, we begin to collaborate. I will begin to do research and put together a mood board with a custom color palette to ensure we are on the right track. The next step is the logo variations—I will create four logo options, all to include different fonts and styles. From there we will narrow things down, adjust, and make changes until we land on the perfect fit for your business. (Branding packages include two rounds of revisions.)

No. 3: Refine

Once the logo is set, I will then create your brand identity board, including your logo, color palette, secondary logo, fonts, and patterns.

No. 4: Final Files

You will receive all logo, secondary, and pattern files. Fonts are not included in any of the design files but can be purchased.

No. 5: Additional Branding Pieces

Let’s talk about your collateral! I offer à la carte add-ons to the initial branding process, from custom-designed stationery and business cards to packaging, stamps, and stickers. These pieces are a perfect way to add a personal, branded touch to items you use every day, as a business owner. Once designed, I can either release the files to you to print on your own, or I can print them for you for a truly custom look and feel. (See printing methods here.) Pricing depends on each piece and quantities needed. A custom quote will be provided.

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Do you do custom websites?

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Unfortunately, I do not. If you have a template (Squarespace or WordPress), I can certainly assist with making sure all of your branding flows nicely within the template. If you want a custom-designed website, I would be happy to give you some great recommendations.

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What does pricing look like?

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Logo packages start at $995. 

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general

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How do I pay you?

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I accept all major credit cards, as well as personal checks.

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I’m not from the Twin Cities, is that okay?

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Yes, of course! Call or email me to set up a time to chat about your project.

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What sets Jill Elaine Designs apart?

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I strive to make each project one-of-a-kind. Building relationships with my clients is important to me—we aren’t just conducting a business transaction. From weddings to business branding, I’m stepping into very important parts of your life, and I do not take that lightly. I want to truly understand who you are, what your style and personality is, and what makes you light up. With that perspective, I can create pieces that truly reflect you. And with six years in the design industry and a keen attention to detail, you can be certain that it will be what you’re looking for.

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Do you have an office space?

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Yes, I do and I would love for you to see it!

It is located at 1629 Hennepin Avenue South, Suite 300.

The building is directly across Hennepin from The Basilica of Saint Mary. Parking is usually best in the back, by Cafe Lurcat, where there is meter parking. When you enter through 1629, take the stairs to the third floor and it is the first door on the right after you walk through the landing entrance. Or you can call me and I can run down to meet you!

If you want to set up a specific meeting time, shoot me an email and we can set something up!

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