Finally I get to announce a new project I’ve been working on! Having an online directory of wedding invitation vendors is great, but I want to take it one step further.

Bi-yearly, WeddingInviteLove will release a PDF lookbook of all WeddingInviteLove-listed vendors! Vendors will be categorized by location as well as special listing areas for custom illustrators and hand calligraphers. All listed vendors will have an image slot much like the search listings on WeddingInviteLove, and upgraded vendors will get jumbo half-page listings.

If you have a full-size single image on WeddingInviteLove, then you’re already good and you don’t have to do anything. Upgraded accounts will be contacted for print-quality images (since their listings will be so much larger), and if your portfolio image is a collage, you’ll be contacted to supply an alternate image for the lookbook.

I’ll be posting preliminary screenshots soon. The first lookbook will be released online for free this fall, and a small number of printed versions will be provided to local Bay Area wedding boutiques as well as for sale online.

If you’re a designer and not listed on WeddingInviteLove, now is the perfect time to do so (not to mention we’re running a prize this month for all new designers). Sign up soon to be included in the first lookbook!

We’re also looking for a few advertisers for quarter-page, half-page, and full-page advertising. Contract Tracy for rates and guidelines.

I love providing a resource for finding wedding invitation vendors and I’m so excited about providing another way for couples to peruse and find their perfect designers, printers, and calligraphers!

I’m a sucker for unique invitations and I adore Chewing the Cud‘s gorgeous craft + white invitations so much. Not a lick of swashy-fonts to be found! Chewing the Cud also produces beautiful fabric wraps (which I got to see at the National Stationery Show), and there I fell in love with Chewing the Cud’s beautiful design aesthetic even more. Wedding invitations need more clever and unique designs like this! Congrats to Chewing the Cud for being our featured vendor this week. :)

Hey, that’s me and my boyfriend at a friend’s wedding! I think my hair is ready for a re-dying, don’t you think? Holiday weekends seem to slow the rest of the week down — I’m glad it’s the weekend again and looking forward to next week!

Biggest news this week was our giveaway for wedding invitation vendors! All existing WeddingInviteLove-listed vendors are entered for one package, all new vendors in July are entered for another, and all those entries are combined to win a beautiful typographic letterpress print! Find out more in our announcement.

Notable news from the week:

New WeddingInviteLove vendors:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Beautiful outdoor wedding today — enjoy some eye-candy from Brooke Photography & Design!

The sweetest California couple I’ve met! Leah used to joke about Shane’s last name (Kunkle) with her friends in school years ago, and now she is one! Fun-loving, sweet, and so in love.

(Check out the kid’s face back there. Priceless!)

Reception Venue: Hyatt Vineyard Creek
Cake Designer: Auntie B’s Bakery
Image Provider: Two Bright Lights

Letterpress printing is such a beautiful way to finish off your wedding invitations, but working with a printer the first time can be confusing! Kseniya from Thomas-Printers Invitations has some great advice about working with letterpress printers.

No event really starts until the invitations are sent out. And even though I’m biased, as a letterpress printer, I think paper invitations — especially letterpress-printed ones — are absolutely the best way to welcome your guests to celebrate with you. So, let’s say that you’ve decided that your wedding invitations must be letterpress-printed. Excellent — the printers of America thank you! How do you go about working with a printer who can make your all your papery dreams come true?

Letterpress printers are easy to find, these days (Ladies of Letterpress has more that 1000 members alone!), so that part will be easy. The whole process will be easy, actually, if you follow these helpful hints.

  1. First off, there are many kinds of letterpress printers: which kind do you need? There are those who mostly print others’ work, those who print and sell their own designs and do some custom printing, and those who do no custom printing at all. Thomas-Printers, my company, mainly prints other folk’s designs from digital files. If you or a designer has prepared a file for you,you’ll need to find a printer who is accustomed to printing custom work. Find a printer whose work you like, and ask them if they take custom orders and how long their turnaround is.
  2. Once you’ve found a group of potential printers, it’s time to request quotes. The more specific you can be about the quantity, size, and number of ink colors per-piece, the more precise the quote will be. All printers have their own costs associated with production (rent, salaries, costs of materials, and so on), so you can expect some variation in price. Likewise, there are no fixed prices for letterpress printing, but if someone hasn’t been printing for very long and their quote comes in quite low or extremely high, that could be a sign of inexperience.
  3. A brief message about pricing: letterpress is expensive, no doubt about it, but it’s a hand-made product that takes time, skill, and precision. Things that may not appear on the estimate but nevertheless cost the printer time and money are phone consultations, speedy and friendly customer service, organizing other people (die-makers, paper vendors, etc) so that your job has everything it needs when the printer is ready to start production. Additional ink colors, pressruns (if your design has large areas of solid color, and thinner delicate areas, and both in the same color, you may need an additional run), or last-minute changes may add to the final cost.
  4. Every printer has his or her own preferred file type, but usually, if supplying your own art, it will need to be a file created in a vector-based program (Adobe Illustrator or InDesign). Asking your printer about the file types and specs and sending a print-ready file will save time and money!
  5. Only very rarely does the client send paper to us for printing. It’s much easier for me to buy the paper in the larger sheets we need, trim them down to a press-sheet, print them, and then givethem their final trim. It’s great if you know the paper you’d like your invitations printed on, but don’t hesitate to ask your printer for suggestions.
  6. Do allow extra time for production in case your printer needs extra time—she’ll love you for it! And whatever you do,
  7. Don’t leave printing for the last minute.
  8. A final thought: as much as I am in favor of doing things yourself, I have to plead that you don’t DIY your own letterpress wedding invitations, unless you have the help of a skilled professional. We “fix” several jobs every year where the bride or bridegroom had the best intentions of printing their own wedding suite, only to find that the results are less than great.While anyone can learn to print, an important job like this is best left to a pro who can get them printed and done in a speedy manner.
  9. A final final thought: don’t be afraid to ask questions of your printer. We love our customers,and love talking to them and teaching them about the letterpress-printing process.

Kseniya Thomas is the owner of Thomas-Printers and Thomas-Printers Invitations in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

When I decided on the theme of this roundup, I assumed that blue designs would be everywhere — however, blue was in the minority, behind pink, green, and other colors! I found some really great examples though — both soothing light blue; deep, exciting electric blue; and more in-between.


Lasso’d Moon

 


e.m. papers

 


Paper + Pinafore

 


Hello Tenfold

 


Girl Metro, Inc.

 


Ice Cream Social

 


Studio SloMo

 


Lisa Samartino Atelier

 


Anders Printing

 


Real Card Studio

 

Happy 4th of July everyone! Back in May, we got a great look into Julie’s beautiful bilingual invitation, further cementing Cartoule’s Press as one of my favorite designers on WeddingInviteLove. So this week I’ve chosen Cartoule’s Press to be our featured vendor this week — congratulations!

See more of Julie’s beautiful work on her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to the Cartoule’s Press website.