I don't know about you, but I spent so much time looking for elegant letterpress wedding invitations within my budget. It's definitely expensive for a reason; letterpress requires a lot of time and skill (read more about the letterpress process here). However, my wedding invitations were very important to me, and I just couldn't get around the fact that I adored the look and feel of a letterpress wedding invitation. Because we did have a smaller destination wedding with a relatively small budget, I just couldn't justify spending $2,000 on our wedding invitations. As much as I tried to convince myself and my fiance otherwise, I knew that I had to come up with a compromise between what I really wanted and how much that I wanted to spend (the bride's ultimate conundrum!).
Now, a high quality letterpress invitation is never going to be nearly as cheap as a boxed set from Target. It just won't happen. However, there are ways to cut down the cost of letterpress to under $1,000 (for 100 invites), which is considered affordable in the world of letterpress stationery. Here are some cost cutting tips:
Mix and match. For instance, opt for letterpress invitation cards, but flat printed Reply cards. I actually went with wedding invitations that were only partially letterpressed to keep our costs down, and I was very happy with how they turned out!
Keep it B&W. Get your letterpress invitations printed in just one color; as a rule, the more colors you use in your invitation, the more it will cost to produce.
Reply Cards. Save on both printing and postage by selecting an invitation suite with a Reply postcard, rather than a Reply card meant to be mailed in a seperate envelope. Or, skip the RSVP card entirely by asking your guests to RSVP on your wedding website.
Signature Collection. Because the stationer must create a brand new illustration and plate for a custom letterpress invitation, it's always cheaper to go with an invitation from the stationer's Signature or House collection.
DIY. Assemble your invitations yourself. This way, you can add any extra details that you want yourself, and save on the assembly fees.
Picks on Paper - Top Five Affordable Letterpress Wedding Invitation Stationers
5. Invited Ink
4. Luxe Letterpress
3. Pistachio Press
2. The Aerialist Press
1. Elf Design & Letterpress
Other honorable mentions include PrintablePaperie, which offers letterpress for some of its designs, Ruby Press, Volta Press and Wedding Paper Divas.