(Closed) English/London based Bees please can u help?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Hi there,

I can try but am by no means an expert.

I wanted letterpress – for which I blame this blog and snippet and ink, but googling proved it was way out of my budget so i ended up looking at thermography (which is sort of raised print).

I sent off for loads of quotes – anyone I found online and didn’t get too many responses – of the ones I did I went with the cheapest (which still pushed my budget) I paid about £390 for 160 invites (some day some evening only)

I used thermofast http://www.thermofast.co.uk/ they’re okay. They were by far the cheapest I found but i’d only recommend them if: you know what you want, you have plenty of time, and your willing to chase them. They come through in the end but can be really slow and suddenly silent. Also doublecheck they can print what size you want and you know the format they need etc before you start any design process – they don’t look at files you send properly until they try to print them, which is why I found them slow as they kept finding difficulties (simple things like how the colours were set to print) that would have to go back to the designer to be changed – and make sure you give them a deadline to work too even if its an artifical one.

Our invitations came out beautifully but order spares – there were a few clumps of 10 or so where the print was slightly off – we had loads to spare so this wasnt an issue for us and we’ve had loads of compliments on the final invites.

We found a graphic designer to do the design work through http://www.peopleperhour.com (happy to recommend the designer we used if your interested) and stuck our hand embellishments (paper roses for us) on ourselves.

If you go this route you might want to work out the cost in advance – I was kind of in denial at how expensive the invitations I wanted were so was happy to look at each cost individually but you’ll need to factor in design, print, embellishments, envelopes, labels and postage to get the full cost.

Im interested to see what other bees come up with – as not sure our route was the easiest or cheapest in the end – but we were happy with the end result

Hope our experience helps!

 

 

 

Post # 4
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had my Save The Date  cards designed and made by http://www.papermonkeys.co.uk/ and I am going to have all my wedding stationery made by Katharine.  I am not sure if she does exactly what you are looking for but it is definitely worth checking out her website.  Her designs are fab and I can’t wait to start working with her on my wedding!

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