(Closed) Invitations…

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I just ordered mine– I decided to splurge on the dream invites because I just didn’t find anything else I liked anywhere near as much! I’m making little cuts in other areas of my budget, to make up for the difference between what I initailly budgeted and where we ended. They’re simple, but so luscious in person. Love them! Deveril by Bella Figura

Post # 5
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369 posts
Helper bee

Love those. I like how letterpress looks but I don’t think I will get that done for mine. I decided not to not only because of the price but because I don’t see the hype in it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Oops, tried to repost a resized version, and then somehow erased it. haha!

I love the script of the names too– it’s the Burgues Script font that Pengy has posted about a lot recently. The people at Bella Figura were great to work with– very quick with the proofs, and helpful with all my questions. Plus, these are the only invites my fiance really loved, out of all the ones I showed him. Good on both sides!

I love nice paper, and also coveted lots from Ceci before ordering these, so I know what you’re going through trying to find ones that fit your style while not driving your budget crazy! 🙂

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Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m sure if you found a design you liked that a designer/letterpress printer could reinvent it for you.  As long as it’s a practical piece (not like a 3 color run), you can keep it from getting totally exorbitant

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

My dream invites are letterpress beauties. Sadly, our budget is less than what it would cost for our invites so we’re diy-ing it and building a letterpress machine and buying the plates. It’s a lot cheaper, and while it’s time consuming, I wouldn’t do it any other way.

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009 - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart & The Jefferson Hotel

@jhphi those are stunning!

I’ve been having serious invite envy recently, I feel like I settled for mine by ordering from a local shop for the convenience factor!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I chose to do custom letterpress and I learned a horrible lesson. You should go with a vendor who has been vetted by others. Unfortunately, this means that you’ll have better luck with bigger, more visible studios (think Bella Figura or any others you frequently see on this blog and others), which are usually very expensive. What you are paying for is reliability and quality–two very important things. If you are comfortable in Illustrator and can deisgn your own, you might save on design costs which I found to be part of why any custom invitation, regardless of printing method, tends to be so pricey. At the end of the day, since this is the first thing that needs to get out the door, you really want someone reliable taking care of your invitations. Trust me…it’s been a wildly, uncontrollable source of stress. If you don’t have a really complicated design, you could probably do it yourself like 365. I heard that depending on what kind of press you are using, it can get really frustrating at times, though. The PP Presses at least make it easier to get plates for your designs, but it doesn’t work on all presses. If you’re going to DIY, just make sure that the press you’re using can do what you’re trying to do. Good Luck with vendors, and PM me if you want some recommendations, as well as vendors I’d steer from…

Post # 15
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Newbee

I Love Letterpress! I’ve been searching for vendors for our wedding. I had a friend who works at Paper Source and she was going to give me a discount for my invites. Even with her discounts, the cost was more than some of the other vendors I looked at.

 

I’m eventually going to use a company called SFSEE.com Somebody previously mentioned them in their blog. They are located in California and they said they’ll print half my invites in letterpress and all my programs in flat printing. They have the best pricing I’ve seen so far. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If I didn’t design my own, Ceci is definitely one of my top choices. She has beautiful designs and great to work with. I have worked with her on a different level and she is just spectacular. I wish I had the budget for her stuff but ultimately, I’ve always wanted to design my own.

Plain and simple – I’m a designer and this was one of those rare opportunites to work on something to please yourself then WAY YOU WANT IT TO BE. Yet, at the same time, it’s a lot of work. I think I designed about 22 different ideas before we narrowed it down and deciding which one to print. However, stressing about printing, envelopes, ink colors, etc… not as fun but very worth the while when you see the end result of all your labor.

Since I had a chance to create my own std & invite, I created something more fun for the std and something for elegant for the invite.

The only thing that I would have done differently is letterpress some pieces and add more adornments. Ended up not having enough time since I was in the process of designing other invitations and projects. 🙂

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