- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Here’s the deal:
Our wedding is coming up. Fast. We don’t have a date yet, but we’re looking at May/June 2013.
Some more info: I *love* DIY, I’m a great crafter, dream of opening my own paper shop someday in the future, and am smitten with letterpress. There is a letterpress studio (The Arm Letterpress) here in NYC that offers the use of their equipment (at an hourly rental cost — $20 per hour) after you’ve taken a workshop with them ($150). The photopolymer plates cost about .$62 per square inch, with a minimum of 50 square inches. (I’m no mathemetician, but I think I may need at least two plates (or maybe just one for invites, and not letterpress the other stuff) at 50 square inches each is about $130. Add in the cost of paper – $50 (for invites only) and the cost of a design (I’m not a graphic designer, by any stretch of the imagination) $100?? and we’re looking at a minimum cost of $500….. :-/
I do look at it as an investment in my future (as well as an investment in invites) as learning how to do letterpress will *probably* benefit me in the future, and I’ll have a ton of fun (and probably some stress) doing it. I would not buy letterpress invitations. They’re just too costly.
Here are some inspiration pics (and more below!)
The big hangup I have is time. I’m in grad school (though next semester should be far less work intensive, I planned it that way) and I work full time (Elementary school ESL teacher), and I”m planning a wedding on a 6 month schedule.
The other kicker is I have a gocco machine, and likely enough supplies to just do them with what I’ve got. (I may need to buy more ink, a screen or two and bulbs, but it’ll likely put me out less than $200, not including paper and design) — Did I just answer my own question, lol?
Additionally, I like watercolor invites, and could *probably* live with something that is none of the above. I know they’re going to get thrown out, but there’s something about handmade paper products that I adore.
Worth it? Totally not? Weigh in.
Here is a wedding bee blogger on Gocco:
And a blog post about DIYing Letterpress: