Post # 1
I have recently fallen in love with letterpress invites but I have no idea what the realistic cost of the invitation suite will be.
We have a guest list of between 150 and 175 and expect to buy 125 invites. We only plan on buying the invite and response cards with accompanying envelopes. My mother and I have taken calligraphy courses which we plan on doing on our own so we plan on incorporating what that cost would have been into the actual cost of the invites.
Is it better to think of the budget on a per person/invite cost instead of an overall cost? Would that make me feel better about what the cost could potentially be?
I have an appointment to meet with a letterpress company on the Friday after Thanksgiving and they said I should start thinking about budget, but I have no idea where to even begin! All thoughts and suggestions are welcome! Thanks!
Post # 3
I would check out some prices on etsy.com. I love letterpress but is was no where near my budget.
Post # 4
We ordered 125 Carlson Craft invitations from a local paperie, with thermographic printing (I initially also wanted letterpress, but found thermographic would suit me just fine). They included the invitation, reception card, response card, and outer envelope for around $450. I thought it was a great price, and they looked great. Here is a picture of a sample invite of the ones we ordered I found online (the black part is also textured):
Post # 5
I’m thinking we are going to have to go with thermography to stay within a reasonable budget. I’m budgeting $600 for 75 invites, response cards, information cards and outer envelope. We will also pay $1/envelope for calligraphy and for postage, which isn’t included in the $600 budget. $600 is still a lot of money, but I really want the added texture of either letterpress or thermography, but don’t think I can work letterpress out for under $700-1000.
Post # 6
So what I’m gathering so far is that people aren’t spending a ton of money… but were you able to get exactly what you want within your budget?!
Post # 7
A better poll would have been cost per invite. Mine were $600 but I only needed 75, 125 would have been $1000. The best advice I have is to really think about your must haves. I was set on a pocketfold invite with multiple inserts so letterpress had to go. If I was ok with one color printing and a simpler design I probably could have swung letterpress. In the end I did feel like I got exactly what I wanted.
I second checking out Etsy, I love this shop in particular
Post # 8
I got my non DIY invites from Mr. Boddington! I have to take a pic and post them one day, they were FABULOUS!!!
Post # 9
I didn’t know if it was appropriate for me to call my invited non-diy because i am diy-ing a lot of it. but i found some great affordable letterpress options if you have design skills or know someone with design skills http://mercuriobrothers.com/ is super afforable.
If you don’t have design skills Parkerlife Press is fairly affordable and offereing 10% off through the month of Novmeber. With one free hour of design for every $250 you spend.
Post # 10
I would also recommend looking at etsy. then asking for quotes!
Post # 11
Your poll should have prices per invitation. I can’t vote accurately, because we sent out 1,750 invitations.
Post # 12
I also fell in love with letterpress. We ended up spending about $1700 on 115 letterpressed custom designed invitations. Expensive, yes, but worth it to us–we loved them.
Post # 13
I spent about $650 for my Etsy invite suite – pocketfold invite with invite, RSVP w/ addressed envelope, info card, thank you notes w/ envelopes and wrap around labels that she addressed with my invitees info and our return address info. I also just spend $20 with the same vendor for a digital copy of our program.
For the amount of customer service, the level of detail and quality I received, it’s a bargin.
I got them from littlesparkcreations on etsy and I love her – she’s fantastic. I’m going to order stickers for our favors and a digital copy of our menu once the menu’s picked out. I HIGHLY recommend Lucy from littlesparkcreations without one hesitation!
Post # 14
the aerialist press. . .great affordable letterpress and wonderful to work with! $1000 for 175 invites, RSVP cards, a directions card, and RSVP envelopes. let me tell you, i did not find that price ANYWHERE else for letter press–and they are gorgeous!
Post # 15
@hellorebecca – that is a great price for 175 letterpress invites w/ response cards, envelopes and direction cards! I will definitely check them out! Thanks for the heads up.
@jindc – I’ve been scouring Etsy and haven’t come across littlesparkcreations but I will check them out!
@Miss_Pura Vida – I’m not artistic on the computer so I think I will have to pass on the Mercurio Brothers but I will check out Parkerlife Press. Thanks!
@LGenz – I have check out Letterpress Light on Etsy and they are great… I’ll have to do more research!
Post # 16
I posted a thread on the result of our invites (I forgot to ad that we also had belly bands made). When I finish our programs, I’ll post them, too. They were made and shipped within about 10 days, which was awesome and truly unexpected!