Post # 1
It’s a bit early to try and totally source invitations, but I’m trying to get a realistic idea of costs for budgeting purposes! I absolutely love love LOVE the look and feel of letterpress, but I just can’t justify the cost of hiring someone to do a full suite for me. I think we only need to do about 40 invitations, and if that estimate ends up being wrong, well, some more distant family members may end up getting the design printed nicely instead of letterpressed.
Does anyone have any thoughts for how to get letterpress as budget-friendly as possible? The cheapest I’ve found so far was wedding paper divas, and only doing the main invitation letterpressed – we can print out the enclosures separately. Does anyone have any other ideas? Ways to fake a letterpress look? A brilliant and stunning idea that isn’t letterpress that they are using on their invites to make them stand out and be special? I know conventional wisdom states that most invites get thrown out within weeks of the wedding, but most of my family members still have my brothers’ wedding invites hanging about.
Post # 2
Check out this site, they are very reasonable for all of their invites, including letterpress. I was a tad skeptical due to the price (seemed too good to be true!), but I ordered a few samples and I was impressed. I didn’t order letterpress though, all thermography.
As far as another way to make your invites stand out – have you considered thermography? (Raised printing) Cheaper than letterpress but still stands out, in my opinion. Or foil stamped?
Also, Invitations by Dawn does a “feather press” style invite (a cheaper version of letterpress, per their description):
Post # 3
You can get diy kits if your up to it. I don’t think there’s anything that’s going to get the feel of letterpress without actually having letterpress. For our 50 engagement announcements it cost us around 800aud but we had the luxury paper and envelope liners. The quantity of the invites doesn’t really do much to the price, its the outlay that costs for the plates. Also handmade letterpress can be time consuming to make and a lot of places book up, so it’s never too early 🙂
Post # 4
Printable Press has some Letterpress Ready designs (http://printablepress.com/pages/letterpress-ready) that might reduce some of the design costs associated with letterpress.
As Rabbit56 mentioned the costs associated with letterpress are really in the plates and the set up, so having fewer invitations doesn’t really bring the price down much. You might try finding an art student that’s looking to build a portfolio (post on Craigslist maybe?).
If you want to try and DIY Letterpress a lot of the Bee bloggers have done it so you might read over their posts. (http://www.weddingbee.com/2015/06/10/diy-letterpress-tips-2/).
I had a friend who got her invitations from Wedding Paper Divas, and she had them printed on their highest quality double thick cardstock. That might help make your invitations feel and look more like a letterpress invitation without the letterpress printing costs.
Post # 5
babeba: I found a local print shop that does letterpress classes and will let a couple come in a print their invitations during the classes. You could try to find that in your area! I think doing the enclosures in a different design looks very nice! It add more color and design to invitation!