(Closed) Inexpensive Letterpress Printing!

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Post # 3
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My FH does letterpress from our home.  He did ours (love them) and he has samples.

http://www.dontpressme.com/

He has more samples than are shown on the website. 

Jen

Post # 4
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88 posts
Worker bee

love this site/setup! especially homemade plates.. nice tutorial!

Post # 5
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Mercurio Brothers is a popular and relatively inexpensive letterpress company in the bay area.  I have had many friends who have had their letterpress done by them and they have nothing but good things to say about them.  I hope to use them once I figure out my design.

Post # 6
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55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I’m using them – I should be getting my invites next week!  If you do a seach here on Wedding Bee, there are several posts that mention them.  I was very impressed with the quality, and it’s definitely the best way to go if you can do the design yourself. 

That being said, it’s always best to order samples so you can decide for yourself – trust me, I saw a lot of printers that looked good on their website but were not so high quality in person.  Plus Mercurio Bros. will send you all the papers they use in the sample pack, which is very helpful.

I’ll try to post a little mini-review once I get them!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Hi again – just got out my first batch of invites (eek!) and thought I’d give a little review (will post pics once I remember to upload them on my computer).  I had Mercurio Bros. print invites + 3 inserts for my pocketfold invitations, and they came out perfect!  I designed everything using the free 30-day trial of Adobe Illustrator and then had them print it.  I asked for non-standard sizes (since I was going to put them in pocketfolds), and they charged me by the # of inks I wanted and by square inch.  The imprint isn’t too deep because of the paper I chose, but they really looked exactly as I designed them to look.  The trickiest part was getting them to print the color I wanted, since it’s really hard to figure what it’ll look like based on those little Pantone swatches, but it worked out fine. They were helpful and responsive every time I called, and they got them out to me exactly on the day they said – about 5 weeks after I placed the order.  They even gave me more than I had asked for!

Cost-wise, my invites were still really expensive, but since I DIY-ed everything except the printing, they turned out exactly as I wanted them to look and I LOVE them!  And they were cheaper than quotes I had gotten from pocketfold companies for thermography.

If you’re willing to design your own invites and are okay with no-frills service, they are definitely the way to go.  Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!

Post # 8
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Wannabee

I priced out Mercurio and while they were definitely reasonable for letterpress, I wanted to get my stationery costs further down.  If you have any interest in being a little more DIY and spending more time on them, look around for places that will teach you how to letterpress.  I found a small shop that lets people rent press time and will also train you.  It can be complicated if you’re starting with learning all the typesetting stuff, etc. but if you find a place that will just teach you how to print your computer designs on the press, it’s fairly simple and kind of fun!

Mercurio’s quote to do my entire set of stationery (STD, invite, reply card, accommodation cards, programs, envelopes) for about 100 pieces of each was going to end up being around 2k because I wanted 2 colors on a few pieces.

My total cost doing it myself will end up being somewhere in the neighborhood of 600-700 and will also include thank you cards, menus, and escort cards.  This includes the cost of paper/envelopes, training time, press rental time, the design plates, and having everything cut down to size.  If you have an idea for a design that is a lot more complicated with multiple colors, it may be better for a professional to do it (but you’ll pay for the complexity), but if it’s simple, color-wise I think it’s a great way to save money and then you’ve just put another personal touch on your invites!

PM me if you want more details! 

Post # 9
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36 posts
Newbee

i emailed mercurio my invitation design for a quote and they never got back to me.  so i went with a local press and got my invitation within a week…(http://www.coeurnoir.com) they were extremely accomodating although their quote is slightly higher than if i had went with mercurio, they were very helpful and knowlegable…i would rather pay more for service..

Post # 11
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15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I looked into Mercurio Brothers and they were very affordable but I found another studio that was EVEN CHEAPER!! and I thought they did better work (at least from their samples).

The company is called Studio on Fire and they’re passed in Minneapolis and i just found them online.. They quoted me at 200 invitation sets (invite + 3 inserts) in two color letterpress for only $900!! They were a steal and their word was nice and deep and beautiful!

 The only quam with them is you have to provide them with a design or pay them to do a design (this is common though!)

Seriously, they were great communicating via email as well!

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Look, shop around and actually call the boutique company you are considering. I’ll give you an example. I was looking at wedding invites and called three companies one was Page Stationery.I told them the suite I liked from the website, I think it was “stem”. They priced it out and it was around $13/100. Then they said I get free shipping because it was a direct order, then I asked if they are haveing any specials? Yes. free return address printing for wedding invites! Saved me a bunch more. So shop it around and do your homework and you might be surprised. They turned out great BTW!

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