(Closed) Minted Invitations- letterpress, premium vs. not. Anyone use Minted?

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Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I ordered my Save the Dates from minted, and while I love them and they turned out great, i went elsewhere for my invitations. I was looking for quality AND to save money. If you have to ability to spend what I saw as a ridiculous amount of money, then you go girl! I didn’t see much different between the 2 cottons (which I’ve seen from other brides), at least not enough IMO to pay much for it.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I got my STD’s from Minted but they weren’t letterpress so I can’t help you with that actual combination but on their website it does say that the 100% Cotton Paper doesn’t project the letterpress as well as the Premium paper. And the cheaper of the two papers is almost half the thickness so keep that in mind, as well. So if you like that really deep letterpress, I would skip on them if you don’t go with the Premium paper.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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soontobeamg:  Hmm, weird, I could have sworn I got letterpressed samples in both paper stocks. But that was a few months ago now, so maybe it’s changed. Anyway, I’ll see if I still have them and try to take pictures for you!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I haven’t seen the premium paper in person but I ordered mine using the regular paper and the quality was great. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Found them! 

 

Here’s both next to each other. Standard on the left, premium on the right. Please excuse the blurred text on the left one, we had just gotten our return address stamp and I got carried away stamping our address on everything 😛 

 

Comparing thickness. Obviously premium is on the left, it’s basically twice as thick. 

 

Closeup of the standard. The paper feels nice when you run your finger over it, you can definitely feel the cotton texture. You can mostly see and feel the letterpress. The fonts they used on this one are fairly thin, so I think it’d be more pronounced with thicker text. 

 

Closeup of the premium. The lines are a bit thicker here and I think that makes a difference, but the paper is thicker too so the indent is deeper. If you’re a fan of letterpress you’ll love this, it’s very luxurious. Feel and looks beautiful. 

 

Closeup of the back of the premium. Thick and textured, although I’m personally not a fan of the texture here, it’s too big, if that makes sense. 

 

Closeup of the back of the standard. Here’s where the real difference is. I’m not sure if it’s clear in the picture (maybe try to open the image in a new tab to really zoom in and see) but you definitely can see and feel the indent of the letterpress (I know this has a specific term but I can’t remember). I don’t think it necessarily makes the invitation look cheaper, but compared with the premium paper stock I can definitely see why people choose to upgrade to the thicker stock.

 

 

Hope that helps! Let me know if any of the pictures aren’t that clear and I can try to take pictures with a better camera/lighting. 

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Helper bee

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soontobeamg:  Happy to help! Yeah, it’s very weird that they don’t include it… I feel like seeing the two next to each other is gonna make people decide to get the premium! I haven’t ordered invitations yet, but we decided not to do letterpressed.

Post # 10
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Newbee

Hi I went standard, it is good enough to show the letterpress In My Humble Opinion. I couldn’t justify going premium, was expensive enough already

Post # 12
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Helper bee

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soontobeamg:  I think you absolutely can and should mix the paper stock! The most important piece is the invitation, so you could do that letterpressed in the premium paper. All the rest can be on the standard (still very high quality!) paper, and I don’t think letterpressed it necessary. The reply card should definitely be standard stock, if guests are mailing them back you don’t want them to be heavy/bulky and require more postage! For those, guests will be returning the card to you, so I don’t think it’s necessary to go with any upgrades like letterpressed/thicker stock since they won’t even be keeping them! 

One thing to consider that my Future Mother-In-Law pointed out to me and helped my decision a lot – the majority of your guests will hang your invitation on their fridge once they’ve recieved it. Thicker stock may give a nice feel, but your standard refrigerator magnet won’t be strong enough to hold it up, and if they can’t hang it on their fridge they’ll have to figure out somewhere else to put it, which is a hassle and they’ll most likely just lose it. 

I know things like letterpressing, foil printing, painted edges, laser cutting, thicker stocks, etc etc etc matter a lot to us because it’s our wedding and we want to make everything beautiful (and when else in our lives will we get to have something letterpressed??) BUT to our guests, we’re just one of the many weddings they will go to in their lives, and most won’t notice the expensive upgrades on the invitations. It was very hard for me to accept that, but I’ve finally come to accept that this is just a piece of paper my guests will keep until the day after the wedding when it’s going into the trash (or hopefully recycling at least). The things our guests WILL notice and care about is the wedding itself, and the care and attention we put into making it a beautiful, intimate, fun celebration of love and marriage! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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soontobeamg:  Happy to help! My Fiance does his best to pretend to be interested, but it’s nice to have other people to talk to that actually care as much as I do! 

We decided to go for nice but moderately priced invitations, but we’ll go for fancy upgrades with the ceremony programs, since some people do actually keep those. I’ve saved the programs from all the weddings I’ve been to and I know a lot of my friends are the same. 

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