Post # 17
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
If your seach is still on, you might want to check out Glidewell Press. I found their link through a previous post. The prices seem really affordable and include design, typesetting and delivery. (I went the printed route, but still find myself ogling letterpressed loveliness and wondering what if!)
I think you may be estimating a bit low on the postage. I spent 59 cents to mail each of mine (pocketfolds), and added a 42-cent stamp for each response card… coming in at $1.01 a piece. Rates increase on May 11th. Assuming you’re mailing your invitations after that date, and depending on whether you can get by with the first-class rate or need the 2 oz. stamp and whether or not you stock up on Forever stamps now or decide on 44-cent stamps for your response cards, you’re looking at spending between $108-132 for 125 invitations.
Just helping you to see the big picture a little clearer! :o)
Post # 18
I got my invites through Mercurio Bros. Woo hoo! I loved them. They do have some design files available, so you may be able to put something together for not a lot of money working with them. And they are so nice to work with. Ask your friends / coworkers if they can help with design. My fiance’s coworker is a graphic designer and he helped us with our design (invite and rsvp) for lunch. We found an invitation we liked, scanned it, gave him a picture of it and told him (in detail) what we wanted changed on it, he did it in photoshop, and it took him about ten minutes. Really, all we needed was photoshop…
I do recommend getting the Sommerset paper — it’s not much more and it really looks and feels fabulous. We ordered our envelopes in bulk from Crane’s to save some cash, but their prices have gone up since then.
Post # 19
Your budget is totally not unreasonable!!
The price you’re willing to pay for an Etsy design is not too low. I got a custom invitation design (+ all the inserts) from Belletristics (also an ETSY seller) for only $30 and she was awesome!! She did amazing work and knew her stuff and worked with my printer and everything! check her out: http://belletristics.com/home.htm
I ended up deciding to go with Thermography b/c we needed 200+ invites but I spent a lot of time researching letterpress prices. Mercurio Brothers was an excellent vendor and a good deal but I found Studio on Fire was significantly (but not ridiculously) cheaper, easier to deal with, and in my opinion, had a nicer quality of work.