Post # 1
I love letterpressed invitations, but have no idea the cost! I am currently working on the custom logo design for our inviations and will be designing everything myself.
How much does Letterpressing cost? What are other alternatives other than sending them through my printer?
I live in the Dallas area, so I should be able to find a printer to help me, but don’t know where to start! Thanks for you help ahead of time!
Post # 3
It really depends on where you’re located, how many pieces you’re printing, etc.Â But a letterpress printer I have worked with gave me a rough quote that might be helpful:
For 125 or so invitation sets including 2-color printing on the invite and reply card and 1-color printing on the outer envelope and reply envelope, it could be anywhere from $700-$1000.Â She did say that this depends on paper used, who does the designing, how much set-up work is involved on her end (depending on how efficiently you build the files, etc.), and so on.Â But this might help you get a basic idea!Â Â
I am located in PA, as is this printer, but we live a few hours apart; I worked with her entirely via email, had a great experience and I was pleased with the final product.Â It wasn’t for invitations, but for some letterpress notecards I had printed up as gifts and she was very accomodating and enjoyable to work with.Â It was my first time using letterpress and she was very helpful and patient with my tons of questions.Â She also really helped me to economize when I was looking to save some money printing 6 different notecard designs but all in the same color.Â Her website isÂ http://thomas-printers.com/ if you are interested!
Post # 4
my printer is my carpoolmate’s friend’s ex’s roommate. yeah.
acutally, it’s a couple that does this as a home business. they bought a press to make their own invitations and the wife does the design while she stays at home with their baby. i’m going as bare bones as possible to save money and doing all the design myself and probably buying the paper seperately (i can get a discount through a friend). here are my costs for 125 invites:
paper – $24 (arturo medium flat card)
printing – $256 (2 color)
envelopes – $42 (metallic envelopes)
save-the-date and reply card (3×5)
paper – $18 (arturo small flat card)
printing – $103 (1 color)
envelopes – $36 (metallic envelope)
that’s $636 before postage, with nothing on the evelopes and no enclosures. this is actually an incredibly good deal, but it’s definitely my splurge item. i’d be happy to pass along their contact info to anyone seriously interested, though they are still pretty small.
check out mercurio brothers as well if you want to design your own (http://www.mercuriobrothers.com/letterpress), i was looking into them and they sent me some great samples.
Post # 5
Costco has some really nice ones with good pricing.
Post # 6
Letterpress is an extremely expensive method of printing. It does look really nice but if invitations and stationery are not one of the items you want to splurge on, then don’t bother with letterpress.
Here are some alternative print methods you can ask about:
Thermography – this is somewhat cheaper than letterpress. Instead of the pressed finish where the pattern is pressed down onto paper like you get with letterpress, the pattern will be slightly raised above the paper. It finishes with a slightly shiny look.
Flat-printing: Will finish flat on the paper (not raised or indented). This is a good cost effective method of printing. It can be printed on any type of paper so if you want an expensive/formal look without the cost of letterpress, just do flat printing on a really high quality textured card stock such as the type you would use for letterpress.
Digital printing: Cost effective only for small quantities (if you have 500 guests, this might not be any cheaper than the other methods) but it is a good cost effective option if you have a small number of invites (150 or less). Probably not quite as professional looking as the other two methods
Hope this helps.
Post # 7
Another idea if you’re trying to save cost, what if you got your design custom done on a stamp, and you can emboss it? It would save you SO Much money, and gives the design a nice raised look.
Post # 8
We got ours letterpressed through Paper Source. They have pricing on their website: http://www.paper-source.com
Post # 9
Letterpress is by far the most timeless look. I would say that MissBlushings numbers are close to what you should be looking at.