(Closed) How crazy is it to DIY my own Letterpress invitations? Long, Poll, Pics

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Thoughts on DIY Invitations (or not?)
    Throw all caution to the wind and do letterpress! : (6 votes)
    29 %
    Go lightweight DIY and Gocco those suckers! : (11 votes)
    52 %
    Forget it. Outsource 'em! : (4 votes)
    19 %
    Other (Please share awesome ideas below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3141 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Both are pretty if you have the knowledge and the tools to do the Gocco do it that way. I personally don’t think invitation costs should be $500, but that’s me 🙂 If you are limited on time, don’t add stress to your life and wedding planning by making something that could be simple into something costly and needs your time and attention to complete properly 

    Post # 4
    1916 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I actually used Jeronimo’s Lithocraft for my letterpress invitations.  He charged me $243 to set up each piece and I had the envelopes off set printed.  He let me print as many as I want, so it was actually cheaper and less hassle. 

    I think the watercolor invites would have to be offset printed, but they look lovely.  My favorites are by Julie Song Ink who you listed above. 

    The designers that I liked for custom work like you’re looking for were actually rather expensive, just FYI.  I ended up designing my own. 

    Post # 5
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I love letterpress and if I had the time I would totally take the class and do that.You might be able to find cheaper plates through someone like Bocxcar Press.  Seriously look around.

    I don’t know if I would count the workshop in with the price of the invitations, since it’s a hobby for you.  Even so, $500 for letterpress is a bargain.




    Post # 8
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    OMG!!  That studio sounds amazing!!  I share your love of paper (and letterpress)… that’s a tough decision.  I think if it were me and I could afford the increased cost of the DIY letterpress, I would go that route… I mean, pretty hard to turn down!  But I also think if you decided that simpler/using what you have would be better, the gocco would be great too.


    Eeeek so tough!

    I also second the PP who said that more talented graphic designers will be $$$.  I would diy that part too, that’s my plan. .. though I know I will be tearing my hair out at times.


    PS, I recently bought a gocco with intentions of printing my wedding invitations!  So excited to see another bride with one– seems like they are a little scarce these days!

    Post # 10
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it would be an AMAZING adventure! I’m also a crafty nerdy type, so I would have a blast.


    With being so crazy busy, will you have forgotten everything you learned by the time grad school is over and you have time to devote to starting your business? Would it be better to wait and use the experience to make things you can sell instead of just wedding invites?

    Post # 11
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @multinational:  I have no idea how long letterpress printing would take… but I would imagine similar to other printing methods.  I feel like the big difference between time for gocco vs letterpress would be the learning curve– you already know how to gocco so you wouldn’t spend the time figuring it out, going slowly, messing up, etc.

    For the actual printing… ballpark, 8-10 hours per piece of the invitation suite, maybe?

    Post # 12
    687 posts
    Busy bee

    Wow, some of those are really pretty! I think it sounds like a lot of work so I’d say unless you think you can swing it without it turning into a nightmare (iffy at best) maybe just pony up and pay for a company to do it.

    Post # 13
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @multinational:  Aw!  I just love paper crafts and since starting grad school haven’t had much time for those kinds of projects.  (Going to be done in May though!  Woo hoo!)

    50 sq. inches is 5 x 10 inches.  I can’t find the blog post now, but there was a woman who got her plates from Boxcar and basically had all the elements of her invites formatted so that she could cut the plates apart and use portions of them.  So the main motif was one section, and she put that on everything.  And the lettering was another section, etc.  Most invites have a lot of white space so this can be a good way to economize the plates you need made!  I’m sure whatever graphic artist you work with for the design would be able to help you format the file.

    One thing to consider is that time isn’t exactly on your side, if you put your invites in 8 weeks before your wedding, you need time to make and address all your invites.  An early June wedding would put your invites in the mail in early April, so only a couple months to get this done.

    Whatever you do will be the right decision for you, and if you don’t DIY your invites you can always take letterpress up later for fun!

    Post # 14
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    The letterpress sounds awesome and like you would love to do it, but your schedule really is tight!!  And keep in mind that with a 6 month schedule, you actually only have 4 months to create the invitations.  I would go with the Gocco unless you can rearrange your schedule, but it sounds like your commitments wouldn’t allow for that!

    Post # 15
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I love letter press!  I love how it looks, how the heavier paper feels… I would have loved to have been able to afford letterpress invitations.

    However… I think you should go the Gocco route.  You already know how the set up and actually process works, so you won’t be burning a lot of hours trying to figure out the basics, plus there’s the possibility that by starting with a more complex letter press (an invitation suite as opposed to a stationary card), there might be a mistake made and you lose more time and money correcting it.  Plus there’s the money and the time cost factor.  I’d also worry about what hours you can use their equipment, or is it additional equipment that they set aside specifically to rent out?  You might have difficulties scheduling enough uninterrupted time to use their equipment.

    I do think you should take the class.  It sounds like fun.  And possibly once the wedding planning settles down look into starting with something more simple like Christmas, birthday, or stationary cards to get your feet wet.  Learning a new skill and producing all those items in about 4 months makes me stressed just thinking about it.

    Post # 16
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Letterpress invitations for $500 is a steal!  Yeah, you’d be doing it yourself and it’s labor intensive.  But if this is something you really love to the point that you’re considering it as a career field, I say do it!  Throw caution to the wind and have fun doing what you love!

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