Graphic design artist Jodi Berlin puts a fresh spin on traditional wedding invitations with vintage details and dramatic colors to create a unique collection of modern classics for Kleinfeld Paper. Her designs stand out with their modern twist on a traditional sensibility. The attention she pays to Victorian-inspired pattern and typefaces is apparent in many of her wedding invitation suites. We asked Jodi to tell us about her background and what trends she’s watching in wedding invitation design.
Jodi attributes her love for design to spending endless afternoons drawing and painting with her grandmother. As a child, Jodi most looked forward to art class and knew early on that she was destined for a career in the creative industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree of Landscape Architecture at Michigan State University. Although she had a natural flair for the design, organization, and use of outdoor spaces, she felt that the technical side of that specific profession stifled her creativity more than she wanted. So she continued on and pursued studying Design at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
During her ten years in Atlanta, Jodi gained experience working with the wedding industry
and scrapbook and paper crafting market before launching her own wedding stationery line. Jodi eventually returned to her Midwestern roots. “I can’t help it that I am Smitten with the Mitten!” she remarks. She’s been back in Michigan for a little over five years now, working as a full-time freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Jodi freelances in the areas of greeting card illustration, retail product design, surface pattern design, corporate graphic design, and of course…wedding stationery!
Sources of Inspiration
Jodi points to vintage-era design objects as key sources of inspiration for her designs. These include vintage letterpress ornaments, antique textiles and prints, ornamental alphabets, and Victorian-era design elements like patterns and motifs.
When it comes to designing for today’s weddings, Jodi recognizes that weddings are becoming more personalized, with couples looking to express their individual tastes and styles in everything they choose for their wedding, especially wedding invitations. A few examples of trends Jodi is noticing in wedding stationery include:
- Whimsical freehand illustrations
- Invitations featuring a custom coat of arms
- A growing return to traditional printing techniques like letterpress and engraving
- Geometric pattern like chevron, so big last year, are beginning to give way now to softer-edged patterns
- Gilt-edged paper
Jodi’s designs are simple, elegant, and generally done in a classic style. She creates many of her designs especially for printing using letterpress, evident by the detail and color that presents so beautifully with the tactile precision that letterpress printing offers. “I strive to design timeless pieces so that they are always up to date,” says Jodi. “My area of specialty is creating classic designs (with a little twist) that lend themselves well to specialty printing techniques like engraving, letterpress, and foil stamping.” Jodi adds that she can’t get enough of white or light-colored inks on dark paper, apparent in designs like Freeport Sailboat, Posie (above), and Victorian Wedding (below).
When she’s not working, Jodi loves spending time with her husband and two-year old daughter. She also enjoys fly-fishing, traveling, and spending time in northern Michigan during the summer. Exercising is a big part of her life, with long distance running, cycling, hiking, skiing, and pretty much anything active in her portfolio of non-artistic pursuits.
You can see more of Jodi’s extensive wedding invitations online at Kleinfeld Paper using the search by designer tool, found in the left-hand navigation bar. You’ll find her designs in several style categories because of how beautifully she blends vintage, modern and classic design elements. Enjoy more traditional inspiration on our Pinterest board, Traditional Bride.
It’s true, lovers of traditional fine stationery choose engraving. Engraving is simply a timeless printing choice for showcasing fine design detail in a dimensional, distinctive way. Choosing engraved wedding invitations makes a classic wedding style statement and creates a lasting impression for your big day.
But there are some things you should know first about this printing technique. Not all designs lend themselves to engraving. Kleinfeld Paper currently offers engraving only through our retail partners and at the Kleinfeld Paper boutique in Manhattan. While engraved wedding invitations remain the ultimate choice for making a traditional wedding style statement, this printing option requires a bit more budget and some more time to produce. Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about engraving.
The Enchantment of Engraved Wedding Invitations
Engraving your wedding invitations offers some distinctive advantages, including:
- Gives depth and dimension to very fine design details
- Brings text and design elements such as patterns, monograms and motifs to life in a raised, tactile presentation
- Inks can be mixed to match any Pantone color and are the most opaque of all printing methods, resulting in an intense, vibrant look
- Light ink colors, particularly white, present exquisitely on dark color stock papers
Plates, Inks, Pressure, Oh My!
The way engraving works is by imposing ink onto paper using copper, custom-etched plates. These plates are engraved beforehand with your design, personalized type and other graphics. Then intense pressure is applied similar to letterpress, but instead of making an impression into the paper, graphics and type are raised up from the paper, creating a textured, three-dimensional look and feel. The resulting image has distinctive clarity, color purity and depth.
Showcasing the Finest Design and Typeface Details
Engraving is especially well suited for designs with highly detailed graphics and typefaces, such as those with intricate fonts, flourishes or ornate patterns. It’s an exquisite choice for the dramatic effect of white ink on color paper, and can be done on the invitation itself, envelopes and other accessories offered exclusively in store, such as pockets and bellybands. It’s not available for designs that feature certain artistic illustrations, such as watercolor-based flowers, which is much better suited to classic digital printing.
Available Exclusively at Your Local Kleinfeld Paper Retailer
This time-honored printing technique is currently offered through Kleinfeld Paper’s retail partners located around the country, or at our boutique located in the lower level of Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan. It’s easy to make an appointment at your convenience at our Manhattan location using an online calender or by calling toll-free at 855-824-4723. Engraving is not currently available for designs ordered online. Engraved orders place through a Kleinfeld Paper retailer requires relatively quick turnaround of approximately 5 to 7 business days in production once a digital proof is approved. If you decide using this printing option is for you, it will surely give guests a refined, detailed and memorable first impression of your wedding day.
Every bridal couple dreams of a memorable wedding ceremony filled with personal style and unforgettable moments. Build anticipation of such an occasion with beautifully printed wedding programs. Whether simply formatted or elaborate with details, wedding programs contain varying degrees of familiar traditions, personal touches, and special rituals. Few other components of wedding stationery record the unique details of your wedding ceremony like the program does. Here we take a look at the options for content and format of wedding programs.
Content: What to Put in Your Wedding Programs
Make the most of the opportunity to create a wedding ceremony program that tells your story. Don’t start with a blank page. Enjoy browsing the hundreds of sample wedding programs available at Kleinfeld Paper to guide you.
Include the Basics
The basic content for even the most simple wedding program includes:
Even if you choose a flat card format (instead of folded or booklet style), your program needs a heading. Like a cover, a heading identifies whose wedding it is, and usually the date. This can be written in a traditional style, using the bride’s and groom’s full names, or it can be done artistically, such as with a monogram or motif. It should coordinate with your wedding invitations.
- ORDER OF EVENTS
Working closely with your place of worship or officiant, list the proper order and wording of events. Select accompanying details or highlights to include, such as songs, readings, and rituals.
These could include your wedding party, family, officiants, musicians, etc. For extra guidance on who all the wedding attendants are across a variety of traditions, check out this handy glossary on theknot.com.
Today couples are adding more personal touches to traditional program content, including things such as:
- PERSONAL MESSAGE OR THANKS
Add a personal note, or express thanks to parents, family, guests or one another.
- IN MEMORIAM
Acknowledge special loved ones who have passed on.
- CALL OUTS
Print a meaningful quote, lyrics, verse or a poem.
- EXTRA EXPLANATION
Give guests extra insight about unique moments during your ceremony, such as unusual rituals or customs that may not be familiar.
Tell a little background about each one of your ceremony participants, or how each one is connected to you.
- YOUR STORY
Give a brief recap of how the two of you met or proposed.
Add a meaningful image or just a picture of the two of you.
There’s nothing wrong with borrowing and stealing! Squirrel away as many wedding programs you can get your hands on – weddings you attend, weddings your friends attend, sample weddings from the rags and blogs. Find more inspiration on our Ceremony board on Pinterest.
Format: How to Package Ceremony Details
Wedding programs are available in the following format styles:
- A flat card, single sided
- A flat card, double sided
- A folded card
- Booklet, with one insert
- Booklet, with two inserts
Choosing the right format for your wedding programs will depend on how many details you want to include. You won’t fit as much information on a single, flat card format wedding program as you can on a booklet with inserts. Also consider the design elements, such as illustration and pattern, that may limit how much text space is available. At Kleinfeld Paper, our wedding programs are designed as an integral part of the entire wedding invitation suite, and there may be more than one format option available for a given design.
Our formats are also offered in a variety of sizes depending on the design, ranging from a standard 5 x 7, an elongated 9 x 4, square-shaped sizes and more. All programs can be adorned with layers or ribbons in various tie methods.
For over 20 years, Kate’s Paperie has been a premier stationery resource known throughout the New York metro area for its beautiful paper and unique tools to bring it to life. Like others in the wedding stationery industry, Kate’s has evolved with the times. Recently re-established in a new SoHo location at 188 Lafayette Street in New York City, the store has been delighted to add Kleinfeld Paper into its lineup of designer wedding invitations and social stationery.
“We always want to bring in new and exciting vendors,” says Donna Lamendola, Custom Printing Manager. “Kleinfeld is such a wonderful and established brand in bridal fashion, so we need to be part of their stationery line. We choose the best and want to present our brides with the best.
Expressing Personal Style on Paper
One of the unique things Kate’s has been known for is exploring endless possibilities in the spectacular and sometimes surprising world of paper. This focus is a cornerstone of the store’s founding mission.
“We’ve have traveled the globe to discover the most extraordinary materials to ignite the imagination and inspire the creative mind, hands and spirit,” explains Donna. “We’re absolutely delighted to bring new products and services online and into our stores to help our customers express their own personal creative vision–with a little help from us!”
When it comes to wedding stationery trends, Kate’s sees more couples wanting to put their own personal touch into designer wedding invitations. Some using their own artwork that’s not just out of a book that means something to them. Also increasingly important to brides is anything with originality, which feels new and fresh, or puts a twist on the classic.
Tips on Shopping for Designer Wedding Invitations at Kate’s
While you can always call to set an appointment, Kate takes walk-in clients all 7 days a week. As is true for most retail stationers, the business months are wedding season, February through May, and the holiday season, November through December. It’s best to make an appointment about a week in advance, and it can depend on the date of your wedding.
Regardless of when or how a bride-to-be comes to Kate’s, she can always expect the best customer service. “We are dedicated to bringing our brides dreams come true and custom printing associates are with you the whole process our job is to make you not worry.”
For couples on a limited budget for wedding stationery, Kate’s recommends possible ways to trim costs such as choosing machine calligraphy over hiring a professional hand calligrapher, but definitely not skipping calligraphy altogether as it provides a great finishing touch to the presenting of the invitation. Other way to cut include laser or digital printing, or not ordering full bridal suites (menus, directions, programs, place cards, etc.) Designer lines like Kleinfeld Paper ensure customers can pick and choose only those wedding stationery components they need for their suite, customizing each one to their personalize style.
Kate’s recommends that brides bring with them to their first appointment any samples of their theme or style, including a way to share Pinterest images, or actual magazine clippings. It also helps to have a confident idea about whether the event will be a more formal vs. casual style, and to have a handle on the approximate quantity of invitations (which is not the same as the number of guests!)
Immerse Yourself in the Complete Kate’s Paperie Experience
They are located at 188 Lafayette Street (near the corner of Broome and Lafayette), New York, NY, 10013. Call Customer Service toll-free at 800-809-9880, or the store directly at 212-941-9816. Follow Kate’s on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. Store Hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
To find a fine stationery retailer carrying Kleinfeld Paper near you, use our Retailer Locator on our website, and follow us on Facebook as we introduce new retail partners!
You may have noticed we recently posted a helpful wedding stationery timeline that shows, once you’re engaged, it’s never too early to order wedding thank you cards. Be ready with a set of personalized thank you notes if you’re expecting a celebration of any kind before the wedding. Two most obvious times you’ll need thank you notes before the big day is for your engagement party and/or wedding shower.
When to Mail Wedding Thank You Notes
- For gifts received before the wedding, (including engagement and wedding shower gifts), send thank you’s within 2 weeks.
- For gifts received on your wedding day and thereafter, send thank you’s within 1 month to 6 weeks, and up to a year.
TIP! The One-year Rule
Everyone understands the honeymoon is a deserved respite for a new couple to retreat and relax after months of planning and being in the spotlight. So there is some relaxation in etiquette for when to send thank you notes for gifts received after the wedding day. In addition, guests have up to one year following the wedding day to send a gift. So it’s entirely possible you will find yourself writing wedding thank you cards more than a year later!
Be ready with a set of personalized thank you cards during your engagement even if you haven’t yet ordered wedding invitations.
Options for Ordering Wedding Thank You Cards
Our wedding invitation design suites offer different styles and formats for thank you notes. Many include some or all of the following options:
- Flat or folded
- Personalize with a photo
- Lined envelopes
- Envelopes printed with return address
If you are choosing a monogrammed thank you card design, consider ordering different sets to use before and after the wedding, especially if you plan a name change after you are married.
Who Should Get Wedding Thank You Cards
- Wedding Party attendants (bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearers, etc.)
- Wedding Guests who bring or send gifts
- Others who provide an unpaid service or act of kindness in your wedding preparations or during your wedding day. Some examples to keep track of might include:
- a non-traditional wedding ceremony officiant
- non-wedding party ceremonial participants and contributors such as readers, singers, greeters, etc.
- Non-professional, unpaid helpers such as chaperones, drivers, logistic coordinators, etc.
TIP! Gift Enclosures
Sometimes a hand-written thank you note might not seem like enough to thank someone for special efforts during your wedding. If you prefer to offer a gift as thanks, accompany it with a personalized gift enclosure from your wedding invitation suite.
‘Timeless Romance’ offers thank you notes in a variety of formats. Shown here in black and gold.
You know the saying well: April showers bring May flowers. But with this slow start to spring (was that really snow yesterday?), we thought we’d bring some flowers straight to you. Nothing flirts so easily with all things bridal like floral wedding invitations!
We’ve taken care to find as many different styles, colors, and types of flowers to share in this collage of bridal fashion, color and wedding invitations. Enjoy!
Find Floral Wedding Invitations and other Floral Inspirations Featured (above)
Kleinfeld Paper floral wedding invitations can be found across all styles, ranging from traditional to vintage to modern and more. Our floral-themed wedding invitation designs come in designer-recommended color palettes, but in some instances may be tailored for a special wedding color with a color sample or color matching number provided. Whether used as an accent or in prominent illustration, a Kleinfeld Paper floral-inspired wedding invitation design can enhance your unique wedding day style.
Here are links to images featured in this post:
Fresh Tulips by Yana Beylinson
Malis Henderson Headpiece
Alluring by Heather Ruggles
Rose Garlands by Suling Wang
Claire Pettibone Gown
Floating Mums by Suling Wang
Ti Adoro Jewelry
Wild Garden by Tumbalina
Enchanted Flowers by Tumbalina
Artistic Orchid by Tumbalina
Ian Stuart Gown
Watercolor Orchids by Tumbalina
Painted Peonies by Yana Beylinson
Did you know what shape your wedding day style will take? Shape it up with the flair of a diecut finish for the edges of your wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, menus and more. Kleinfeld Paper offers 5 diecut options to create custom wedding invitations with contoured edges, ranging from unconventional corners to perfect circles. Since we always print on premium, heavy-weight papers, our diecuts give our wedding stationery a tactile, visual edge that distinguishes it from other stationery.
5 Stylish Shapes for Custom Wedding Invitations
From softly rounded corners to dramatically arched edges, Kleinfeld Paper wedding invitation designs can be carved into a selection of 5 different style shapes, depending on what’s available for a specific suite design:
Die cutting at Kleinfeld Paper is done by machine to customize the shape of many different sized wedding suite components. Each design offers different diecut options, available for select components, ranging from a standard 5 x 7-inch rectangle to square-shaped cards to other pieces like reception cards, menus, directions and more. Place cards, enclosures, folded cards and certain other smaller-sized cards cannot be die cut.
Choosing the Right Shape
Consider how a particular diecut shape will look with the graphic elements of a chosen design. Our designers pay close attention to this, and since not all wedding invitation designs lend themselves to every diecut shape, some diecut options are simply not available for every design.
Different diecut options are available for different stationery suite components in ‘Nautical Starfish’.
Wondering why a diecut isn’t available for your design?
- Does the design have graphics that run close to or even spill off the edges?
Borders, illustration, and dramatic typography could get chopped away with certain diecuts and therefore may not work.
- What shapes appear in the design?
Some diecut shapes might contradict a design’s existing borders or pattern. For example, some geometric pattern might not work with rounded diecuts.
‘Whimsical Union’ works best with just diecut corners, either in the rounded or inverted options.
Other Diecut Details
While save-the-dates and invitations are the two most commonly diecut wedding stationery components, others to consider are:
- Round diecut menus for placement on round dishes at each table setting.
- Other diecut shapes available for menus for placement in a stand at each table, or along a buffet station.
- Diecut pockets are also available as another option at one of our retail partners who carry Kleinfeld Paper, and also at the Kleinfeld Paper boutique located inside Kleinfeld Bridal.
To see more diecut designs available at Kleinfeld Paper, visit our Shapes! board on Pinterest. You can also make an appointment in person at our Manhattan-based boutique, or find a local retailer near you.
Modern wedding invitations are, as discussed in an earlier post this month, noted for their unexpected layout, playful use of illustration, and bolder color and pattern. In the case of Kleinfeld Paper stationery designer Annah Syta, hints of historical details keep her modern style wedding invitation designs fresh and interesting. We asked Annah about her design aesthetic, inspiration and what trends she’s watching. Here’s a recap of what she shared with us. Enjoy!
KP: How would you characterize your design style?
AS: Clean and modern with a tinge of historical reference. I also love very muted colors and a primary use of white space, with a focus on beautiful typography. Keeping a balance between classic and contemporary, historical and modern, is something that I think is very important.
KP: How did you get started in graphic design?
AS: Initially, I wanted to be an interior designer, and went to the University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia. But after graduation, I was struck by how little creative control I had over my work – plus I really wanted to work in a field where my vision could come to fruition much faster! So I started to dabble in graphic design and developed an interest in packaging design, as it was spatial, like an interior, but on a micro scale. I was accepted for the M.S. Package Design course at Pratt Institute in New York in 2003, and moved around the world to pursue my passion. It was at this time that I started to design modern wedding invitations. They are, essentially, an extension of packaging design.
KP: What are your sources of inspiration?
AS: The influence of history on modernity really interests me. I love Art Deco and Art Nouveau, and am inspired by patterns and designs in wallpaper, furniture, and jewelry from that era. I like to refine and reinterpret these styles, utilizing contemporary colors and typographic approaches. My “Deco Grand”, “Deco Detail”, “Dazzle” and “Nautical Star” suites for Kleinfeld Paper are all inspired from the Art Deco era. “Modern Victorian” plays with historical elements while maintaining a modern-classic bridal style. Similarly, “Par Avion” also found inspiration in the past—old world travel—but has been reinterpreted for the modern bride. I often think that no matter how contemporary the bride or wedding, there is always a desire for a reference from the past, even if it’s only slight.
KP: Are there any specific wedding trends you watch and, if so, what are they?
AS: Strong use of vintage typography is something I’m doing a lot with at the moment, along with the mixing of typographic styles. My “I Heart” and “Dazzle” suites play with this approach. What’s great about this trend is that it provides a lot of detail without complicating the design.
KP: What other types of design work do you do?
AS: I work on a variety of projects from print, branding, web and packaging, and also spent several years working in special events. I recently started to work closely with my husband, who is a graphic designer and illustrator, under the name Syta|Roy Creative. We also work together on another project called The Wanderings of Walter, for which we create greeting cards based around a little character called Walter. We currently retail at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and will soon be launching our online store with an extended product range.
Find More Modern Wedding Invitations & Wedding Day Style
Find even more of Annah’s modern wedding invitation designs and other modern style inspiration on our Modern Wedding board on Pinterest.
The fitting. Then alterations. Some tailoring. A final fit. Just as each bride is uniquely fitted into her Kleinfeld gown, so too can she personalize and customize her Kleinfeld Paper wedding invitation design. It begins with finding the design, choosing the right details, reviewing a proof, and finally, flawless printing.
Making Our Designs Your Wedding Invitations
We want you to love your invitations. And what makes Kleinfeld Paper wedding stationery so special is the expertise and support we provide during customization and ordering. Our standard customization consists of a wide array of options and details so you can make a design exactly what you want.
Our invitations are designed by artists who deliberately choose certain colors, font styles and design elements, and thoughtfully arrange them to convey a certain style. But they are ultimately going to be your wedding invitations. So if something extra is needed, we will work with you. We handle specialty customization case by case, and will always communicate if something requires an additional cost.
Our Standard Customization
Our dedicated customer service and wedding invitation consultants are here to help you transform a favorite design into the wedding invitation suite of your dreams! Here are basic questions about the types of changes included as standard customization to any wedding invitation design:
Q: What is customization?
A: All orders are customized by selecting from available options during the ordering process, including:
- Printing technique
(available options depend on the specific design)
(available options depend on printing technique)
(besides a design’s recommended color palettes, we can try to match any color can be matched when provided with an actual color sample or PMS # — Pantone Matching System number)
- Personalized Text
(names, dates, location, etc.)
- Personalized Photos
- Additional Details
(e.g., die-cut shapes, liners, and more available in store)
Q: What is personalization?
A: Personalization is a key part of customization. It involves changes to text and photos and can be done online, or in person at our Kleinfeld Paper Boutique in NYC or at one of our retail partner locations.
Q: What text cannot be personalized?
A: It depends on the design. A change that alters the layout or design itself would be considered “specialty customization”. Ask customer service or invitation consultant for details.
Q: What additional options are available for fonts and colors?
A: Every design comes with recommended font styles and colors. Additional style and color options are available from our custom color palette and font chart, available in our free Invitation Tool Kit.
Q: What colors cannot be changed?
A: Colors used in designs with painted illustration, such as ‘Painted Peonies’ or ‘Elegant Orchids’, would be considered “specialty customization” and is changeable only at the discretion and availability of the designer.
Q: Can the reverse side of an invitation be customized?
A: Yes, the reverse side of digital, raised ink, or contemporary letterpress print orders can be printed digitally at no additional cost. Reverse side printing options include whatever the design suite shows, plus other possibilities such as:
- A coordinating color and pattern
- Personalized text and photo(s)
Q: Can a monogram or motif be added to a design?
A: Currently available only for in store orders, a monogram and motif from our available selection may be added at no cost as long as there are no additional changes needed to accommodate it. A “specialty customization” fee will apply if design alterations are required.
Q: Will other stationery components in a design suite be automatically customized the same as the invitation?
A: No, you must order and customize each stationery component from your design suite individually. In addition, you can add a stationery component if it is not included as part of the design suite.
Q: What changes are considered specialty customization?
Alterations that change an integral part of the overall design and require a design consultant are considered specialty customization. On a case-by-case basis, and at the designer’s discretion, here are some examples:
- Altering an existing graphic element or illustration
- Resizing or moving existing graphic elements
- Altering the details of graphic elements
- Creating a new graphic element
- Any other changes as determined by a Kleinfeld Paper consultant
Always call us or ask your Kleinfeld Paper consultant about a specific change you want. Our commitment is to your 100% satisfaction!
Planning a wedding? You’re likely learning more than you ever wanted to know about printed wedding invitations. Don’t let endless options overwhelm you – go with what feels as good as it looks! Letterpress wedding invitations use a coveted printing technique whose result is distinctively luxurious to touch, and it’s an especially beautiful choice for many different wedding day styles.
‘Modern Damask’ by Jodi Berlin for Kleinfeld Paper
The Kleinfeld Paper wedding invitation collection, depending on the design, offers 5 different types of printing processes, all at varying price points:
- Raised Ink
- Contemporary Letterpress
- Traditional Letterpress
With the exception of our classic digital printing, not all designs are available in all printing processes. This is because of the way a design’s graphic elements and type respond to a specific printing technique. For example, the small type or fine lines so perfect for raised ink printing do not respond as well in letterpress because of the thickness of paper and pressure used (read more below).
The Luxury of Letterpress Wedding Invitations
Many stationery enthusiasts consider letterpress to be the quintessential printing craft for its demanding balance among design, ink, paper and pressure. If you’ve ever seen in person the precision of letterpress stationery, it leaves as much of an impression on the senses as it does on the paper!
Part of the recent popularity in letterpress printing for weddings stems from a growing appeal for distinctly authentic, handcrafted goods in a mass-produced world. At Kleinfeld Paper, our traditional letterpress process does capture the beauty of the vintage printing press, but requires much less time to produce than ages past. We use custom-created plates for raised lettering and graphic elements for a specific design, then press with tremendous pressure directly onto a very thick, plush cotton paper. The resulting impression is precise and rich and beautiful to the touch.
Clockwise from top left: Traditional Wedding by Jodi Berlin, Classic Revival by Karla Cushman, Fresh Typography by Michelle Taylor, Happiness & Joy by Vita Mechachonis, Classic Swirls by Tumbalina, Love Letter Calligraphy by Lauren DiColli Hooke, Florentine by Jodi Berlin
Combining the Best of Two Worlds with Contemporary Letterpress
While our letterpress printing is comparably quick and affordable, it might not be for everyone’s timeline, budget or even taste. Contemporary Letterpress offers flexibility for brides looking to combine the distinction of traditional letterpress with the advantages of modern digital printing. Available for certain designs, contemporary letterpress uses letterpress printing for those graphic elements of a design that do not change, and digital printing for personalized information, such as the wording of the invitation, names, dates, and wedding venue.
The reason brides choose to the Contemporary Letterpress printing option may include price and slightly quicker turnaround time, but could be any combination of things, including:
- Color flexibility
- Personalized photo printing
Some designs are even designed specifically for contemporary letterpress because they look especially beautiful with the combination of printing techniques.
Clockwise from top left: Calligraphy by Yana Beylinson, One Sweet Love by Lauren DiColli Hooke, Sunburst by Jodi Berlin, Artistic Paisley by Tumbalina, Heart of Gold by Vita Mechachonis, Mr & Mrs by Samantha Schroeder
A Word About Paper
You can really see the texture and grain in our cotton papers, especially those used for letterpress printing. We offer a selection of weights for our 100% cotton papers for all letterpress printing because of the softness and thickness of this paper, optimal for making a distinctly visual and tactile impression into the paper’s surface.
Our pearlescent paper, perfect for raised ink printing, is not available for either Contemporary or Traditional Letterpress printing processes because its surface is too hard. For photo printing, the thickest cotton may have too many fibers and may not be optimal, so choosing the slightly lighter option is usually better.
The best way to decide which printing process works best for you is to see, touch and feel sample printed invitations. You can either order our free invitation toolkit directly online, or schedule an in-person appointment at our Kleinfeld Paper Boutique or at one of our local stationery retailers near you.