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Why Letterpress Printing Is Awesome… And Worth the Price

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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When it comes to planning a wedding, budgets can often go from modest to extreme in no time at all. Many brides and grooms keep an eye on the bottom line, even when it comes to the smallest expense. But it’s important not to become ‘pound foolish and penny wise’ when it comes to prioritizing where to spend your wedding budget. Invitations and wedding stationery can be one area which is often seen as an easy way to save a few pennies – but cutting corners on such a fundamental part of your wedding is short-sighted. Your invitations are not only the first view your guests will receive of your wedding style, but besides your photos are your main keepsake that will need to last you a lifetime. 

The Value in Letterpress Invitations

The amount spent on invitations, reply cards and related correspondence or wedding stationery is nothing when compared to how much a wedding party will spend on clothes, drink, decorations, photographs and just about everything else. And while it can be easy to see the value in splashing out a bit more for the best wine or the finest cheesecake, too many wedding parties overlook the role your invitations can play. This is especially true when it comes to springing for letterpress invitations, which do cost more than those printed with laser printers or offset printing methods. But while letterpress may be an older form of printing, more time consuming and expensive than newer technologies, it delivers not only a touch of old world class, but an image of enduring tradition and an instant keepsake for both you and your guests.

An Elegant and Lasting Impression

Letterpress invitations are designed to give an amazing impression – literally. Since they are printed by old world pressing techniques they have indented lettering and a heavier, creamier feel thanks to the ability to print on a wider range of thick cotton and other papers that is not possible with digital printing. The lettering and imagery imprinted on a beautiful and dense paper really stands out and creates an impactful and inspiring message. This makes letterpress invitations a perfect fit for keepsakes in your Wedding Album; it can also give all of your guests the best first impression of your wedding long before the magical day. Letterpress stationery is the little black dress of wedding correspondence – it goes with absolutely everything! No matter if your wedding theme is modern, retro, traditional or bohemian, the high-quality of letterpress stationery complements any style and enhances everything it touches.

The correspondence and stationery you use for your wedding will become a part of your own memories, the memories of your guests and will more than likely become a part of your wedding album. It’s one of the tangible parts of your wedding story – one which includes not only the photographs you’ll take that day, but the keepsakes which become a part of the celebration itself. As one of our clients once remarked, “No-one is throwing this one away!” Using letterpress stationery and invitations will ensure that the memories you make are timeless and will be worth their weight in gold!

Wedding Stationery – The Definitive List

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

letterpress personal stationery

When it comes to planning a wedding, it can be easy to overlook the correspondence angle. This is especially true since so much preparation is done online, over the phone and through texts or emails. But a wedding supported with old school printed correspondence is one that not only becomes a special series of milestones for the happy couple, but for their guests as well.

Save the Date

There was a time when people met locally – in bars, libraries, churches and other places that meant their relationships depended a great deal on their location. Just as internet and long distance dating has expanded people’s options and ability to find the one for them, it has also meant that wedding guest lists now include people from all over the country as well as all over the world. Save the Date cards have become fairly standard practice, often sent out a year or more in advance to let all your guests know the date of your upcoming wedding well before you’ve decided on just about anything else.

Invitations & RSVP Cards

Once the Save the Date cards have been sent out, you now have a chance to begin the long process of ironing out details such as the venue and time, invitations and RSVP cards. These are sent out several months in advance in order to give people – particularly those who will need to travel – plenty of notice. The invitations also set the true tone of the wedding. Your Save the Date cards may have been a bit more informal or reflected the rough ideas you had for color scheme or theme, but the invitations should be a true reflection of how you want to present your wedding. This can mean using traditional or Victorian script and style or updating the look to reflect the modern or artistic wedding you plan to host. RSVP cards should be entirely separate and leave plenty of room for guests to indicate how many are coming as well as any special needs they maybe have, such as dietary restrictions or the need for handicap access.

Guest Book with Memento

Generally, most guests will stop in to sign a guest book at some point during the reception. However, some couples do choose to have the book sitting out before the ceremony as well so that it is seen by all guests, even those who do not stay for the reception afterwards. Guest books are produced in a variety of styles and printing options have expanded to make it fairly easy to print one customized with photos of the couple or in a truly unique style created just for their wedding. A small post card style memento can be placed to one side which guests can take. These usually feature a professional portrait of the couple, the details of their wedding date and some personal touches such as the lyrics to their special song, a poem or even just a personal message from the couple on the back.

Programs, Menus and Keepsakes

Programs of the ceremony and reception activities, as well as menus and printed keepsakes are an excellent way to keep your guests informed of what lies ahead and they compliment the entire day. Special quotes, a story of your first date and other personal touches can be added to a program in order to make it a special keepsake. Menus, too, can get a personal touch if the couple wants to encourage guests to take them away but are useful regardless as they spell out dining options (certain dish options for those who eat Kosher or Vegetarian, for example). Small keepsakes for guests to keep are also a common touch and couples have been choosing everything from retro matchbooks to printed napkins for years. Technology has advanced so printed keepsakes look more professional than ever and can include a surprising variety of items such as:

  • Linen handkerchiefs
  • Small photo books
  • Custom bookmarks
  • Shadow boxes
  • Playing cards

Thank You Cards

Once the ceremony is done, the party cleared away and the honeymoon pictures developed, it’s time to turn your attention to the classic and timeless art of writing Thank You cards. These are the final touch to your wedding and so should be the final bow on the package, so to speak. Your color palette or theme should be incorporated in these final pieces of correspondence and they can be used to not only thank guests for specific gifts but also for anything they may have done to help you prepare in the run up to your wedding. Small acts of kindness which may have been overlooked along the way – the supportive phone calls, the special lunches or helping with picking out dresses, choosing flowers and any sort of help and support can be mentioned in these notes. These will be your last contact with guests as far as your official wedding correspondence goes, so don’t be shy about thanking them for anything that comes to mind. Not only will you make them feel good, it will also give you the chance to reminiscence about your special day while it’s still fresh in your mind!