Letterpress Paper SelectionAnother choice to make is the letterpress paper selection. For the most part we believe that the thicker papers are better for letterpress. They augment and capture the real beauty of the impression and tactile nature of the process. Using a tree free paper such as a 100% reclaimed cotton paper, can really make a beautiful invitation pop into a truly fabulous piece of art. Be careful though, not all cotton papers are the same. For instance Craneís lettra tends to be a dryer paper and though it may receive the impression well, it often can leave cracking around the impression. Many printers will actually wet each piece before printing to try to counter this affect. But there are other brands that are not so brittle. To some though, other paper characteristics are better suited to the look and feel of their invitation. Some of these include a deckled edge, colored envelopes, environmental factors such as recycled paper or they want something clean and simple which is often found in traditional smooth finished letterpress papers.
The Wedding ProcessSo remember, your wedding stationery is a vital part of your wedding process. The wedding invitations say a lot about you and your fiance. Donít skimp on this part just because it may be a bit more expensive. There are other areas of your wedding where you can be more budget conscious. These could be flowers, favors, limos and location to name a few. There are usually plenty of deals and discounts to be obtained as well. For instance, we offer free return address printing periodically and also free shipping for direct orders. Just be sure to ask if you are unsure or donít see it on the website. You really want to go over how to word your wedding invitations is correct. Don't forget while you are planning this part of your wedding to begin thinking about the last part of this process which is the wedding thank you cards and even save the date cards.
Be sure to look for a designer who has experience with the letterpress process, has designed with fine letterpress as a medium and created countless invitations and personal stationery across a wide platform of papers including pocket fold invitations and handmade papers. Their sense of style will also play a role in their design sensibilities. See if they have designed modern wedding invitations or vintage wedding invitations and do the styles appeal to you. Also, Keep your time frame in mind if your are creating destination wedding invitations. Most of all you want this to be a smooth, stress free process, so just be you and design a wedding invitation that you are happy with.
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