(Closed) does this letterpress invitation scenario seem feasible?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Did you get these prices from the Etsy designer and Mercurio Brothers?  Are you factoring in return address printing (if you’re doing that) and/or calligraphy?

Post # 5
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Worker bee

Make sure that the designer that you choose has worked with letterpress before and can show you printed samples. Not ever graphic designer understands the limitations and best way to design for the letterpress process of printing! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Good Point Sally! I think you are not offering enough for the design services. I was told by an Etsy seller that they charge between 40-50 an hour and wedding invites take more time then just an hour. Good luck though! I love letterpress!

  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree with Sally and Kate. Having some LP experience is key. I also have to say that $50 for a custom wedding invite design is really too low, IMO. Obviously every designer has a different way of calculating how much their work is worth, dependent on their experience and how much they actually want to make in profit, but there’s a fine line between budget shopping and then just outright devaluing good creative work. I know there will be people willing to do it for $50, and in some cases you might be lucky and snag an excellent designer, and in some other cases, you’ll get what you pay for.

This is not at all a criticism of the OP — I totally realize you only used prices you currently saw on Alchemy as a guideline for your own estimated costs — but that’s just a criticism of the system in general. As someone who works in the creative field, it just makes me a litle steamed to see other creatives get taken advantage of and propspective clients not really getting that these people do want to earn a living off their work, not just give away good work for pennies an hour! Okay, that’s the end of my personal rant =).

In short, your plan is feasible but perhaps not entirely realistic or fair on the design side. If you’re going to set your Etsy price at a lower price point for budgetary reasons, take other things into consideration like — is your design inspiration thorough enough that the designer won’t need a lot of extra work or guidance to create the look you want? Doing design revisions can be time consuming, so just be straightforward and exact about the elements you want. A couple rounds of edits is the norm, but once you get into the 10s of rounds, then that’s a litle iffy =). Does the designer you want to hire even do similiar work? It’d be best to find someone who actually does stuff very similar to your inspiration, since that means it’ll probably take them less time to execute as someone else who needs to build the design from scratch.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was also in the same boat as you. I recently fell in love with letterpress also. I got my suite done by http://www.sfsee.com They do not have prices on their website or anything about letterpress but if you email them with your invites, they can price it out for you. $750 is a good budget for what you are asking for. You will need someone to design it for you. They also do digital and traditional offset/flat printing, which was cheaper. Mine was a mixture of both and I LOVE THEM! Digital is great if you need more colors but it does have some limitations.

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

After you have your design you can get quotes from other letterpress printers too.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I saw a great post on Studio on Fire’s blog.  They said that if the letterpress machine can do larger sheets of paper, then you can do the pass all at once for every part of your invitation suite.  Then you can cut the paper down to size later. 

To save on costs, you can opt to do a one-color design.  Or combine letterpress with flat printing.  I would like to have the rsvp cards be flat printed since they’re coming back to me anyhow, and have a letterpressed reception card or directions card.  

I searched for months for the most cost-effective way to get letterpress.  I ended up finding etsy seller blackbirdpress (a bee posted about her).  Her designs are gorgeous, and she loves custom work.  I thought her prices were reasonable.

I’ve heard Mercurio Brothers is good too, so do whatever works for you.

Oh!  And someone is making their own letterpress with some pieces of wood and C clamps.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I agree that what you’ve budgeted for design is extremely low…. when I do freelance work I charge around $50 an hour, and a few versions of an invitation suite design with two or three rounds of proofs until the design is completed may take me 5 hours or more.  If you find someone who is willing to do all the design for $50, I would wonder if you’re compromising experience and skill, and ultimately ending up with work that you’re not happy with or files that aren’t set up properly for letterpress.

Have you thought about Wedding Paper Divas?  They now have a letterpress line and for 125 invitation sets and response sets, you can come in around $760 or so for a 1-color design.

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/shop/wedding_invitations.htm#101R24P1D0

Actually maybe even less because they have some sales going on:

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/promo/wedding-paper-divas-coupon-codes-promotions.htm

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I second the suggestion on the Studio on Fire post. It’s on my blog too {about a month back}, if you don’t want to sift back through theirs, though there is some serious letterpress goodness on theirs. Yum-O

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I worked with http://www.dickandjaneletterpress.com in St. Paul MN and was totally thrilled with their work and prices. I think you could TOTALLY get your letterpress done there for under your $700 budget. I think they even do custom design (and it should fit within your budget).

Post # 15
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Newbee

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