Letterpress Invites?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re not buying invites… I’m making letterpressing our invites myself, at home. I have graphic design training, and I enjoy a good challenge every once in a while. It’s going to be hard but fun!

But just to get a sense of what I’m thinking (in case it helps), I am only letterpressing the invitation itself. Maybe the thank-you nots, if it’s cheaper to make them instead of printing them with photos. Everything else is getting printed on a printer at home!

I think you can absolutely print whatever inserts you need – and think about getting them printed somewhere other than your letterpress printer. Since they already have your business, it’s unlikely they will give you a discount for extra printing services.
Most LP companies use French or Crane Lettra paper to press on, but it can be too heavy to print on so they may not print on it, I don’t know.
You can buy paper to match your invite’s specs in a lesser weight from the manufacturer or dealers, and print inserts at home or at Staples, etc.

You may also want to ask your printer how much you can save forgoing the envelopes, and buy them yourself from a place like papersource, etc. I don’t know if that will do any good, but at least you won’t be upcharged for a colorful envelope.
You can also buy your own pocketfolds from the paper dealers sometimes.

This makes me sad (I love invites!), but most invites will be thrown out by your guests when all is said and done. Let’s say you order 100 invites – that’s not only $40 per invite (!!!), all that money is going directly into the garbage for the most part.

Maybe look into a few small letterpress printers? They may be much more willing to work with you and your budget. I’ve run across a few on my quest for more DIY info, so if you want I can send a list.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How many people are you inviting???  $4,000 seems like a lot, even for letterpress. I’d look around at other websites and order samples where you can!  It really helps to see them in person.

Post # 6
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KDOS:  Can you show a pic of your favourite, or your inspiration invitations, or whatever.

Post # 7
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think it’s necessary to letterpress each piece.  If you’re looking to save on cost, I would just letterpress the invitation and have the response card and envelopes offset printed.

I’m not sure how many you are ordering, but that pricing is way off.  Granted I designed my own invitations and had them letterpressed by a local printer, but I spent around a quarter of what you were quoted.  Are they printed in multiple colors?

Minted has okay designs, but there are definitely more reasonably priced options for letterpress. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Try mercuriobros.com especially if you can do your own design similar to the one you liked.  They’re the cheapest I’ve seen. 

ETA: I priced out 100 invites, rsvps, map cards and accommodation cards with the invite in two colors and it was about $1800 last time I did it. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KDOS:  Those are the ones we started with, and ended up with these, I designed myself – not letterpress in the end, though:

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KDOS:  FYI we had 200 of those printed for $145.  We went with digital, because offset on textured stock was going to be too expensive, but if you’re doing closer to 500, offset would be around the same price per invitation if you shop it around.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I used Jeronimo’s Lithocraft based on a rec from weddingbee.  They were great to work with and very reasonably priced.  Here are my invites.  Our names are printed in gold foil. 

Post # 14
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@KDOS:  I don’t have a letterpress machine either. I am using a Fiskars Fuse, which (with adapter plates) accepts custom letterpress plates. We figured we could use it after the wedding, plus we got it on sale at Joann’s for memorial day – 40% off!
I’m planning on having the plates made at Boxcar Press, but there are others I’m considering.

You can also build your own machine:
http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/05/how-to-build-and-use-your-own-letterpress/

There are some places you can go to and print on a letterpress machine. Often they are community spots, and many times they mainly do metal block letters, but I bet there would be a few willing to let you use a custom plate:
http://letterpresscommons.com/ for more info on locations
If anything you can learn a bit more!

http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/04/how-to-diy-letterpress/
for an example of using a community letterpress center.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I also fell in love with letterpress, but not the price. Check out Aerialist Press- VERY affordable and great to work with. I am in love with they way mine came out!

http://theaerialistpress.com/

For some reason I only have a cell phone pic of the invite, but again- I love it!! 

Post # 16
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278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KDOS:  I also thought about using Aerialist Press based on recommendations. They are even close enough for you to visit for a consult (assuming you live close to Lodi)!

 

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