- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
Like so many of us, I really wanted letterpress invitations but balked at the price. After calling probably every printer in the country for rates, I settled on Mercurio Brothers out in Berkeley and dealt with them mostly online. I did the design myself using a trial of Adobe Illustrator, which I downloaded AFTER working out the design basics in Photoshop, which I already had (this was so I wouldn’t run out of time with Illustrator before finishing it all). The vector art was free, found online.
The main invite card is letterpressed on Somerset 500gm (equivalent of Crane Lettra 220 – basically, super-thick) and the insert and reply card are laser-printed on 24lb resume paper, which I used because it both looked nice and could easily go through the printer at work 🙂 I ordered the envelopes months in advance so I could address them bit by bit. I’m so glad I did that.
The belly band is made from samples of Crane Lettra paper (Neenah Paper sent me a giant, giant box of it for some reason… yay free) with a heart punch to jazz it up, since the thought of writing everyone’s name or printing stuff out on them was not appealing. Then I threw some tissue paper in there to separate the layers.
Here’s the suite!
All in all, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. If I were doing it over, I would have ordered the envelopes, which I bought in an anti-bridal, “how you like them neon green stationery?!” pique, in a lighter color— I originally wanted to incorporate pink (perhaps with edge painting & pink tissue paper), but with the bright green envelopes any pink looked really watermelon-y. I also would have printed the inserts and reply cards on an inkjet printer using thicker paper, but since I started the inserts/reply cards a bit later (and don’t own an inkjet printer at home), this was fine.
If I were doing it over, things I would do the SAME are starting super, super early (I spent four months on these bad boys but it was very off and on), designing them myself, printing hard copies of the design every time I changed something, and using Mercurio Brothers. Their rates are fantastic for the quality they produce.
Oh, and I originally had a much more text-based design that I worked on for months, decided I hated, and then scrapped for this one, which I put together in a few days. I like this one so much better. Even though I felt crazy throwing away months of work, it was worth it 🙂
110 letterpressed invite cards: $299 (including tax and shipping)
Envelopes: $26 total
Resume paper: $14
Cutting, belly bands, ink: free (done at work)
Heart stamp: $7
Total: $336— or a little over $3 per invite (before postage)