Letterpress invitations.. Is it ok to mix and match design/paper?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What do you mean by “other cards”? If you mean cards they receive at other times (like thank you cards, place cards), no one will care and almost no one will even notice.

If you are having an RSVP card, which is sent the same time as the invitation, it’s kind of nice to have them similar, but again no one will really care if they’re not.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

“cheap” means different things to different people. letterpress is done by hand- each piece is printed by hand. that’s why it’s so expensive. 

the “cheapest” i’ve found was $550 for our invitations & rsvp cards. i’d only need 60 of each. needless to say, that isn’t happening. i just don’t have the money to do it. if i did, i would. i love letterpress, always have. if i could do it myself, i would. but i don’t have a press. so yeah.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

i did letterpress for 110 invites- for $290. Look into Matthew Kelsey– he did a great job. I did catprint for the reception and rsvp card. The paper is the same so I don’t think it really matters. However, you can’t exactly match flat printed colors to letterpress colors that well….so I did the reception and rsvp cards in other colors from my color palette, instead of trying to match the exact same color as my invite. I’m definitely really glad I did that– the invite looks and feels awesome!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

http://www.clandestine-press.com I don’t know how much your invitations would cost because each design is custom and prices vary based on your order but I know the owner and she is a very good and fair person. You can email back and forth, tell her what you are looking for and what you can afford, and she can do her best to work with your budget, and the worst thing that could happen is she wouldn’t be able to do exactly what you wanted within your price range. It’s worth a try; at least you can go into asking her knowing that she’s a friendly person!

ETA: She’s based in San Francisco, California

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  boogiewoogies.
Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

we ordered our invitations from invitationsbydawn.com, we ended up getting featherpress, sort of a similar look to letterpress, but much better price tag. Plus they have sales all thte time, we got everything 30% off with free shipping.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

This thread is so helpful!. I was/am planning on designing and letterpressing my own invitations and purchased paper from lcipaper.com. If you go to the letterpress & cotton paper tab, they have paper w/ 3 different weights- the 110 gsm text weight paper can be fed through a home printer and matches the thicker 300 and 600 gsm paper. If you buy the 110 in the same color, it will help create uniformity across your suite. I purchsed the 600 gsm for letterpress and may look into just sending the paper and my design off to a printer so I don’t spend an eternity inking my own plates.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Realized I probably should have shared a link! Matthew Kelsey was so easy to work with, and super helpful. I provided the design, but he did an amazing job with the printing! 

http://www.mkprinter.com/

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think that you definitely can!  I was SET on having an all-letterpress suite, and now I custom designed my own suite and I love it so much more than the letterpress, so I doubt I’ll have any at all, go figure!  When I was researching suite ideas I found a ton that are mix-and-match, this one is my absolute favorite (The invitation doesn’t appear to be letterpress but I think it would look just as wonderful if it was, the mix-and-match is perfect): 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

 

MrsTywinLannister:  Thank you so much!  That is my daughter’s wedding invitation.  Yes, I so wanted to get at least the invitation in letterpress from Minted, but she wanted to save a few extra bucks so we got flat print.  It still came out great.  She printed and hand cut all the insert cards herself, except the rsvp.  Each of the metallic cards has a pattern on the back similar to the envelope liner.  We actually just copied a piece of cardstock on regular printer paper for the liners.  She also used the silver and gold metallic cardstock for her placecards/menus but printed them on the patterned side.  No pics back yet from the photographer.  I took that one myself!  Anyway, it did my heart good to think someone else likes them too!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

strawberrymarshmallow:  Yes.  She made a pattern out of a clear plastic folder/notebook for each shape.  She marked in the miiddle where it should be placed on a certain letter and traced around it.  Then she cut them all by hand.  My cutting skills were not up to par.  Oh darn.

For the envelope liners, she made the pattern, then cut one out of a full sheet of cardstock.  Then printed copies of the one that she cut out.  It saved a lot of ink and the shape was all that was printed so it was easy to cut out.  No tracing.  She used a tape runner to glue into the envelopes.

Good luck! Please post yours too!

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