(Closed) custom wedding invitations.. is this quote for real?!!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
5136 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@KC-2722:  sorry, i don’t care how pretty invites are, I refuse to spent over $1K for paper! its just gonna go in the garbage. I would put that big chunk of money towards something else!

I watch a lot of wedding shows and some of these invites are just so ridiculous, with the bling, and the ribbon and the brooches, i jsut can’t. its a waste!

Post # 18
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

While it is a little high, the price for letterpress is not hugely based off of the number of invites, but the amount of work that goes into creating your custom plate.

Post # 19
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@KC-2722:  That sounds very close to the estimate we received last year for letterpress (also 50 invitations).  And I concur with @Ixtlali’s statement that much of the expense comes from designing the custom plate(s).

As much as we love letterpress, we like our money more and just went with a regular digital print.

Post # 20
141 posts
Blushing bee

@KC-2722:  For letterpress that sounds about right. Letterpress is an art form, done by hand, each invitation is done one at a time. It’s not like regular digital printing. I compeletly understand you wanting to find other alternatives… but that seems like a fair price. The cheapest letterpress I found were for $12.00 per suite each BUT only because I was quoted for 250 invitations/120 rsvps/250 info cards. The more you order the more discounts they apply. I think that for only 50 they would’ve charged me $25.00 per suite.

Post # 21
3975 posts
Honey bee

Letterpress is really, really expensive and just about th emost expensive you can go for paper. That makes sense especially when you’re doing a small run. Each setup can take hours – you’re paying for art. 

Post # 23
241 posts
Helper bee


If you are the crafty type you can letterpress them yourself.  I fell in LOVE with letterpress yet couldn’t afford to have it done for the whole invitation set so I DIY’ed it.  Designed them myself and then got an L letterpress.  It actually turned out almost identical to the professional letterpress I’ve seen.


I would be more than happy to share any tips that I learned along the way if thats a route you would like to go.


If you aren’t crafty yet still can’t afford the quotes you get feel free to PM me and I could maybe do it for you.  You can see how mine turned out in one of my other posts.  I don’t want to clutter your post up with a picture.








Post # 24
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

There are a few things to know before we know if it’s too much…

Are you printing in 2 colors?

How many press runs?  Invite, reply, info & envelope return address?

Letterpress is a much more expensive artform than thermography or even engraving so if you are doing 4 press runs and envelope lining then that quote doesn’t seem too extreme.  If you are pressing in 2 colors, it’s actually slightly reasonable.

Post # 25
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

letterpress is generally more costly, but definitely not that costly! You could probably get away with around $700!

Post # 27
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I know letterpress is more expensive, but holy crap.

Post # 28
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Dude… That is $65 an invite (and all the inserts but STILL)


I have seen food estimates for less than that! Yikes.


Post # 29
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

$50+ per person??? wow , nooo! Even if I really loved some invites I’d buy my second favorite.  

Post # 30
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s way too high, even for letterpress. Look into Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, and American Wedding. You can have beautiful invites, without spending as much. 

Post # 31
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes, that’s how much it costs for custom designed letterpress invitations.  If you want to save on cost, you can select a pre-made design and have it letterpressed at a shop , but it will still cost you a pretty penny.  The set up costs are usually the same if you are printing 20 or 200 pieces.

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