For centuries, letterpress has been a traditional printing method used on posters, newspapers, books, and more. Nowadays, in our world of wedding stationery, letterpress has become an extremely popular process for use on wedding invitations, save-the-dates, coasters, and more. It also sees a lot of use on personalized stationery, such as correspondence cards, note folders, letterheads, business cards, and even personalized holiday cards!
A custom plate is created for each color in the final letterpress design. Each plate is inked, and then is pressed into the paper (usually cotton). It takes a skilled pressperson to line up each color perfectly and to ensure the design from your screen translates over onto the paper.
The luxuriously deep and pillowy impression that letterpress yields is truly special and makes such a statement when guests receive your custom wedding invitations or personalized stationery. Our invitation designers continue to see a lot of requests for letterpress, and have put together some of our favorite styles below for you to view.
Carlson Craft Feather Deckle Letterpress Invitation
If you are looking for the look of deckled edges, it’s hard to beat the Carlson Craft “Feathered Deckle” wedding invitation suite. This elegant invitation style is available on either Fluorescent White or Pearl White 220# Crane’s Lettra, a soft (yet thick) cotton card stock that perfectly shows off the indentation from the letterpress printing. While it is shown in grey letterpress, you can choose from an assortment of standard ink colors to perfectly match your event style. Pricing for this invitation card starts at $919.90 for a quantity of 100.
Oblation Papers Jamie Letterpress Invitation
For a truly unique and organic aesthetic, look no further than letterpress on handmade paper by Oblation Papers & Press. Their handmade paper is made in house using 100% recycled cotton remnants from the garment industry. The result is a gorgeously textured paper with naturally deckled edges from the paper making process – no two sheets are ever the same. One of the best-selling designs is the “Jamie” suite (pictured above) with lichen and sea ink letterpress. The suite has optional embellishments for you to dress it up, such as envelope liners, wax seals, vellum wraps, and twine string ties. Pricing for this invitation card starts at $1045.00 for a quantity of 100.
Smitten On Paper Aimee Letterpress Invitation
Smitten On Paper is a wonderful company located in Monrovia, California that nails the California chic aesthetic for custom wedding stationery. Our clients absolutely adore their designs, and they are definitely a crowd favorite for both al fresco wine country weddings and black tie ballroom affairs. The “Aimee” suite (pictured above) features luxuriously thick savoy cotton card stock with a deep green letterpress ink. The deep green is also shown on the gold foil stamped envelope liner, rsvp envelopes, and Sunday brunch enclosure card. Optional add-on embellishments, such as backer layers, vellum wraps, and wax seals, really complete the entire look. Pricing for this invitation card starts at $795.00 for a quantity of 100.
Designers’ Fine Press Emblema Letterpress Invitation
While our Designers’ Fine Press line offers many printing processes, such as thermography, foil, and digital, their letterpress designs are still one of our favorites to choose from. Pictured above, the “Emblema” invitation suite speaks for itself. The main invitation card features biscuit letterpress ink, and has a total of three layers. A wide satin ribbon wraps between the layers and acts as a belly band on the back of the card, creating the perfect spot to place your enclosure cards. This suite is highly customizable – change up the paper colors, ink colors, personalize the monogram with your initials, and more. Pricing for this invitation card starts at $1062.00 for a quantity of 100.
Recent Custom Letterpress Wedding Invitations
Our semi-custom designs can act as a great starting point as you look into creating your own letterpress wedding invitations. For some, a design may be perfect as-is. For others, we may want to tweak a few details and switch up the colors. For the truly discerning, we can help you create a completely custom design in your choice of papers, colors, printing methods, and more.
Contact us or make a FREE appointment today to work with one of our invitation designers for your custom wedding stationery. We are located in San Francisco, California, but work with clients nationwide. Some of our clients reside in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, and Hawaii. Additionally, we have also created stationery for many special event wedding venues, such as the Fairmont San Francisco, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Westin St. Francis, and The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.