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Align's 2018 Holiday Deadlines

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Align Album Design's 2018 Holiday Deadlines

photo by Jamie Zanotti Photography 
 
 
'Tis the season for all things cozy, yuletide cheer....and the mad dash to get everything done before HOLIDAY DEADLINES! Aren't you happy you're a photographer right about now? :) 
 
Your clients know that albums make amazing Christmas gifts, but do they know how long the album creation process takes? We want to help YOU help THEM have their albums in hand by the holidays, so we wanted to share a refresher on our design turnaround times and announce our holiday print deadlines. 
 

 
Turnaround times for DESIGNS:  
 
Due to the back-and-forth nature of the design and revision process, there is no one-size-fits-all estimate for how long the design process will take from start to finish. Please allow yourself and your client ample design time (multiple weeks) by placing your design order AS SOON as possible. 
 
Initial designs - Within 4 business days of receiving your order form, deposit, and images  
Revision requests - 2 business days after we've received the comments and any additional images or clarifications needed 
Final file delivery - 1 business day after the album has been approved AND the final balance has been paid (**see note at bottom of this page) 
 
Our business days for designing are Monday through Friday except for the following holidays: 
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 
Christmas - Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 
New Years - Monday, January 1, 2019 
 

 
Deadlines for PRINTING: 
 
If you'll also be printing through Align Legacy Books and wish to receive your album in the mail by December 21, 2018, you must send your album to print (i.e. fill out the custom Print Confirmation order form we email you after the design service is paid for) by the following dates: 
 
Thursday, November 29** for standard production turnaround times 
Friday, December 7** for rush production turnaround times (extra $100 per album) 
 
Orders placed before 11:59pm November 29 will ship within 15 business days of the order date 
Orders placed between November 30 - December 7 with a RUSH FEE will ship by December 19 
Orders placed between December 8 - January 1 with a RUSH FEE will ship by January 10 
Orders placed between November 30 - January 1 without a rush fee will ship by January 23 (at the latest) 
Orders placed after January 1 will ship within 15 business days of the order date 
 
Please note that our production facility will focused on rush orders throughout December and then be closed for the holidays. So non-rush orders placed in December (even if you don't need them by Christmas) may not be started until January 2nd, making the estimated ship date January 23rd (at the very latest). 
 

 
 
**Important Advice Due to the back-and-forth nature of invoicing, please plan for about 48 hours in between when your design is approved and when you will receive your final files (if you are printing elsewhere) or the link to your custom Print Confirmation order form (if you're printing with us). To skip the invoicing steps and speed up the process, you can:
-Authorize us to automatically charge your saved credit card (find this setting at the bottom your Edit Profile page). 
-Or pre-purchase Align Credit (in any amount) on your Account Balance page which will be automatically applied to your balance.
 
 
 
PHEW! That is A LOT of detail! We're SO excited to help you serve your clients well this holiday season!
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Blog post written by: Denise
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