Post # 1
Hi Everyone! I’ve been a member of Wedding Bee for a while, but I haven’t really posted.
I’m doing letterpress invitations, and have compiled a long list of vendors to use. Does anyone know anything about any of these designers? Anyone use one? How do I pick JUST one?? Thanks!
Twin Raven Press
Little Miss Press
Post # 3
First off, I’d start by visiting a recent thread about this: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/letterpress-suggestions-please
Secondly, I would look through these vendor’s websites and see if they have a general style you like or if you are inspired by their work. If you can narrow it down to a few, contact them and request samples so you can look and feel their work and ask them what they’re offering (get an idea of price, if they do custom work, etc).
And lastly, I’ll briefly summarize what I’ve learned about a few of these vendors based on other threads and contact with them-
Bella Figura does AWESOME amazing beautiful work but it is not cheap. It is actually quite expensive. Heard nothing but good things about them. I have some of their samples and was pretty blown away.
Twin Ravens Press is the one I’m leaning toward myself- Kristin the owner is very friendly and professional, and does some really amazing work at great prices. She does custom work and I just really like her designs.
I think Atlasprod is actually Atlas & Campbell, and their work is really nice. Working on getting some samples from Aubrey so I can see it up close and personal. They seem friendly and willing to work within your price range. But I really like the designs in their blog.
Post # 4
Oh, thank you! I actually did see that thread a while back, thanks for pointing it out as a reminder though!
I guess my thing is, why are some of the letterpress companies SO much cheaper than others? Are they new? Do they use cheaper ink?
What could they possibly be doing that lets them sell their things for less?
Post # 5
I think the price difference comes from a lot of things. Here’s a list I compiled quickly:
-how long they’ve been in business
-how much overhead they have (are they a one-person printing shop or do they have employees and other expenses they need to cover)
-how much custom design work they do (are they a straight printer or do they design as well)
-how well-known and how popular their services are. People on etsy are often just starting out so their prices will be less than others.
-are they actually printing the work themselves or are they outsourcing it to another printing company.
Post # 6
Definitely is helpful. Thanks! Picking the designer seems nearly impossible! They all seem so talented. I guess I need to go back through and pick the one that has more of the "style" I’m looking for!
Post # 7
Habibi is right on. I did ask a couple of the smaller vendors how they could possibly afford to give such great (custom!!) work at the low prices they do, and the response was that most of them have very small shops, so they don’t have any overhead or staffing expenses. They also have a lower demand, so they are going to have a lower price point.
Definitely do go through and look for "style" that you like- not to say that if you don’t see anything you love a designer can’t custom create it for you, but if you see something you really like the designer might have an easier time of making it for you. (Example: I recently fell in love with a kate spade invitation suite that is amazing but I can’t afford, so I’d like to mimic it and borrow the design idea from it. I looked through the letterpress designer’s work and noticed that Twin Ravens did something similar and in the same general style as this invitation, so I’m confident that if I show her my request she can make something up that will make me happy). Another example: While hello, lucky! has some really cool invitations, they’re just too modern-looking for me- I want something rustic!
Post # 8
I used Invited Ink to make letterpress invitations to my at home reception. And I highly recommend them- they were prompt, professional, very chic, and did exactly what I asked for.
I also used Ceci NY for my wedding stationary which is one of the top letterpress design companies out there. First of all the custom experience was very different. But also, the feel of the 100% cotton paper, the texture, the intricacy of the letterpress, this is all so much higher quality. They also cost 10x more.
So yes, there are differences when it comes to reputation, overhead, custom vs. non-custom. But also there is a difference in quality so I would just ask for samples along with the pricing so you can see what you get and for how much.
I LOVED my invitations with Invited Ink but I wouldn’t really compare what they are to what I have from Ceci.
Post # 9
LM-Thanks for letting me know about paper quality. I’ve ordered some samples from a couple of them and will be very curious to see what the difference is in the paper!
Post # 10
Also, Miss Burgandy. Thanks for reminding me about the style.
I had some issues trying to purchase my STDs because I chose someone who’s style was VERY different from things I liked.
When I go home today, I will take a closer look.
Post # 11
I do have to add really quick- after seeing the samples I got from Bella Figura and comparing them to Twin Ravens, I noticed that I preferred the soft cotton paper from Bella and the fact that their letterpress engravings were very deep over the Twin Ravens samples that I got, which were on paper that I did not like as much and the pressing was not as deep or obvious.
I talked to Kristin at Twin Ravens about it and she said that you really have to specify with your vendor if you want the "letterpress feel" on your invitations. She also said that she can use a 100% cotton paper if I want to make a deeper impression, and if the design has thinner lines the letterpress will be more obvious. I believe her on this one because she tossed a few business cards into my package and they were made out of a softer, more cotton-y paper and had deeper impressions on them. So I would absolutely ask about that as well if you’re interested in it, and I’m sure they can provide samples to show you.
Post # 12
Miss Burgandy- I know there are different types of 100% cotton paper to use, particularly in thickness. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them when they arrive now.
Thanks for the heads up!
Post # 13
Hi…I just wanted to throw another name out there. We are currently waiting on our plates to come in so Kristin can start printing our invites. We had the same concerns about a deep "letterpress feel" that Miss Burgundy mentioned above and choose a soft paper to allow for them. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. We choose Twin Ravens based on cost, ability to custom design a bit more (including a custom size), and quick turn-around since we need to mail our invites by April 15.
I also loved Bella Figura, but our 2nd choice was Parklife Press. Travis was great at getting samples mailed and answering questions. I personally liked the "feel" of their samples better than any of the others (including Bella). They have examples to choose from but will customize things for you as well. http://www.parklifepress.com/
Post # 14
Thanks! I just sent him an email too!
Post # 15
ggsb- I am really glad you mentioned Parklife Press, those are stunning!! I may just request a sample and see!
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2010 - Family Lake House
I do letterpress. I’m making my own wedding invitations. The best paper to use is 100 percent cotton Crane’s Lettra. It’s the top-of-the-line, made specifically for letterpressing. Anyone can order it. You can order it by the crate from a distributor (listed on the Crane website) and ask your printer if you can provide the paper. Or ask what their paper costs are and compare to what you can get from a distributor. It may be cheaper that way.