Post # 1
Hey Bees! I have been back on forth with thermography, letterpress, engraving, etc. Found this great site finestationary.com where I can get 100 engraved Crane & Co. invitations for only $452! The thing is, the response cards are just as expensive. My mother suggested we order a different response card in thermography, but I feel like will be obvious we didn’t spring for the engraving. I am thinking about doing them in a vellum (in an ecru like the invitation). Obviously you cannot do anything other digital printing on a vellum, and the response envelopes’ address will be digital printing as well. I feel like because the vellum is SO different, its obvious we are not trying to match and it will be a good compliment to the main invite. What do you all think? Should I go that route? Or should I suck it up and pay for the engraved response cards? To add another layer of complex, I just read that Miss Manners abhors response cards! Ahhh!!!!
Post # 3
Well, I would never pay that much for something that the guests are going to throw away. Remember that most of them will NOT be keep your invite as a sentimental keepsake…they’ll just throw them away after the wedding. And YOU will probably just throw away all the response cards after you’ve entered the info into your guest list. If you can afford the expensive cards (and that should be the first question), then you should be asking yourself if you really want to spend that much on something that’s going to end up in a landfill, or if you’re lucky, a recycling plant somewhere. I say, do whatever you LIKE the best, whether it “matches” or not…no matter what, if you put them together, then they go together!
Post # 4
What is your budget for invitations? If you have not made one and limited yourself to a price for each aspect of the wedding (stationary, flowers, makeup, favours, etc) I can guaranty you will OVERSPEND on every part of your wedding.
Post # 5
I would get everything thermographed so it matches. Most people don’t know the difference and won’t notice, but they might notice if things don’t match. If you’ve got budget left over, you can spring for hand calligraphed addresses.
Post # 6
Well, it’s a rather formal wedding and feel I need a formal invitation to go with it. I don’t really have a budget in mind, and you are right, I feel I am overspending. However we are very lucky that my parents are paying for the wedding, and since I am the only girl and the youngest, they really want to go all out. I’m sure I’m much more cognizant/sensitive than most people about this kind of thing because I happen to work in philanthropic event fundraising in a very wealthy area, so am used to choosing high-end invitations (it might not help that when I had this conversation with my printer, he was shocked that I would consider anything other than engraving). I am very lucky that my mother knows calligraphy so we have that covered! Its amazing how many people commented on the calligraphy with the Save the Dates.
Anyway, I realized it’s a lot of money to some people, but I really just want to know if you all think the combo it would look good or not. Thanks ladies J
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Just FYI, you can use an inkjet on vellum if it’s not too thin, but the ink bleeds a bit (text will look fuzzy) since the vellum has a slick texture.
As a designer, I’d opt to do everything consistently, but at the cheaper price. I <3 letterpress, but it’s way too expensive, IMO (unless you have a big budget for stationery). Thermography always looks cheap or corporate to me. Have you thought about just doing digital printing? You’d save a ton of money, and the design/paper is typically what makes the invites, not the process, In My Humble Opinion.
ETA: based on your last post, I would go all letterpress even though it’s expensive. I would not mix letterpress & thermography or letterpress & digital printing.
Post # 8
I would suggest using a budget calculator to figure out how much you can spend on invitations.
By The Way we are having a black tie wedding and chose thermography because it was half the price of engraving ($1200 for 200 invites including invitation, reception card, reply card and all the envelopes versus $2400). We got a TON of compliments on how elegant and classy our invitations were, from a crowd that is used to going to very formal weddings. Choose an ecru stock with a neutral font color (black is really traditional but we did a taupe), use formal language and fonts, and use double envelopes and you will convey the formality of the event.
Post # 9
why would you not suggest letterpress invites mixed with digital rsvp cards? i’m just curious because that’s what i was thinking of doing. do you think it would look strange?
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Hey, @kcanon, sorry for the REALLY late reply. 😛 Honestly, it’s just my opinion because I do design for a living. I can tell the difference between the three, know how much each costs, and where each are typically done (digital = everything nowadays, thermography = business cards, letterpress = high-end invites).
It would be like standing three wedding dresses next to each other, each the same style but different price points/budgets. So lets say you look at one of the budget-friendly dresses alone, and it looks pretty dang good. Now stand it next to the Vera Wang it was inspired by…it may not be so stunning.
I don’t know that a lot of people would notice the difference if you mixed letterpress and digital, but I would instantly cringe. 🙂