custom letterpress wedding invitations

You’re probably here because you’re wondering why custom wedding invitations come with a higher price tag. I also have a hunch you’re someone who appreciates the artistry and uniqueness that custom stationery brings to your special day. If you’ve never tackled wedding planning before, the world of custom wedding stationery can seem like a vast and bewildering place. But fear not, my friend, because you’ve come to the right spot. In this blog, I’ll take you on a journey through the realm of custom wedding invitations, delving into their beauty, significance, and the reasons behind their price.

Imagine stepping into David’s Bridal and stumbling upon an off-the-rack wedding dress that fits your budget and looks decent on you. However, there’s something missing—it doesn’t make you feel truly beautiful. You also get a sense of déjà vu, realizing that your best friend’s cousin wore a very similar dress at her wedding.

Now, picture yourself entering a designer showroom. You gracefully slide into the ballgown of your dreams, and it’s a perfect match. It resonates with the vision of your garden mansion wedding venue that you’ve cherished for so long. Suddenly, it embodies your personality and harmonizes flawlessly with your wedding aesthetic.

Custom wedding invitations operate in much the same way. You could opt for the generic, run-of-the-mill online wedding invitations you’ve come across countless times, or you can invest in something tailor-made just for you. These invitations will complement all the other intricate details of your wedding and give your guests a tantalizing glimpse of what they can expect on your big day.

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Why are Custom Wedding Invitations so Expensive?

Custom wedding invitations may seem deceptively simple, often perceived as just a small 5″ x 7″ piece of paper. But did you know that custom invitations are both a product and a service

  • Luxury Service: I’ll talk about the product side of custom invitations in part two of this post at a later date. But, perhaps the most substantial and, in my opinion, the most priceless aspect is the involvement of a seasoned, creative, and dedicated professional who collaborates closely with you throughout the entire process.
  • I am a self-taught stationer, blessed to have a natural eye for design. However, through trial and error and plenty of time, I’ve learned how to create a floral frame that catches your eye.
  • I took a letterpress class to learn how to print letterpress, even though I don’t own a letterpress printer. Why? Because it makes me a better stationer, to know what can and cannot be letterpressed. 
  • I’ve taken classes on systems processes so that couples can have a wonderful, stress-free experience with me. And invested in that same system where all communications, proofs, and contracts are in one, easy-to-access place.
  • I’ve practiced my calligraphy for over fifteen months, concentrating on each stroke, so that wedding envelopes will become small works of art.
  • I’ve increased my product knowledge, and invested in samples of paper, envelopes, ribbon, and wax seals so I can properly advise couples on what’s available and what’s possible.
  • I’ve added thoughtful details like the delicate flower from your proposal or finding a vintage stamp that echoes the place you first met.
  • I’m also the friendly face behind the screen who answers your heartfelt email when you realize Great Aunt Susie’s invitation slipped your mind.
  • And when the whirlwind of wedding preparations leaves you weary, and addressing countless envelopes feels like a daunting task, rest assured, I’ve got our back.
  • Custom Art: Here is where we define your uniqueness as a couple. Thoughtful details are created just for you, whether it’s a crest with your initials intertwined, a hand-drawn illustration of your wedding venue, or just about anything you can think of. It’s like a one-of-a-kind mini piece of art, commissioned just for you. This ain’t some generic design you’ve seen dozens of times on Pinterest!
  • From handcrafted paper to custom venue illustrations and the intricate art of letterpress, every element is meticulously handcrafted, infused with genuine artistry, and thoughtfully intertwined to form what becomes your wedding invitation suite. 
  • I get it that some people aren’t interested in investing that amount of money in paper they think will be thrown away. But you aren’t like most people. You value the keepsake that reminds you of the day you said “forever.” Ironically enough, I still have my wedding invitation (framed)! 

Are Custom Wedding Invitations Worth It?

Ah, yes! When you bring onboard individuals who are passionate about serving couples and crafting something uniquely special for them, the results always surpass the generic invitations from a faceless website.

  1. You’re investing in a small business: All my life I’ve been the coach’s wife or my children’s mom. Now it’s time for me to build something I can be proud of. That I can show my children that it’s never too late to start something. My husband cheers me on every time I get an inquiry. I’m truly touched when an engaged couple selects me to design their wedding invitations among countless other talented stationers. It means the world to me. 
  2. Quality Matters: As I’ve said before, you are no generic bride and neither are your invitations. When you invest in handmade paper, letterpress printing, custom wax seals, and calligraphy envelopes, each of those elements is handmade and hand-produced. And because of that, it’s like a little bit of the artist’s soul is represented in each invitation. You can’t get that from a mass-produced design, where you’re just another order.
  3. You’re working with a real person who cares: You have an etiquette question, I’ll answer it. You have special circumstances, I’ll guide you through them. Don’t have any time or desire to address and mail your invitations, I’ve got you covered. Nothing is more important to me than helping you have a stress-free, enjoyable process, where it’s fun to plan a wedding!
custom wedding invitations on handmade paper
photo courtesy of Tonya Hjort Photography


Whew! By now you can see why wedding invitations are an investment. If you’re ready to take the next step in creating your custom wedding invitations, I’m here to help. Contact me today to discuss how we can bring your vision to life. Let’s create something beautiful together.

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