We're happy to present a post from Valerie at Spark Letterpress.
Letterpress is a wonderful printing method that combines beautiful papers, ink, and a deep impression to create a distinctive stationery suite your guests are sure to enjoy. The biggest advantage of using letterpress, besides that it is just stunning, is that you are inviting your guests with something special that they likely haven't received before. We hear from so many of our clients that the invites really felt like little works of art. In addition to that, just being able to feel that impression of the design, and the fact that most letterpress companies use eco-friendly materials and practices, are additional reasons why you can feel good about your stationery.
We are seeing a lot of gray and metallic inks and papers being used this year. We also have been doing a lot of letterpress suites with lovely touches of metallic and pearlized foils. Foil seems to be omnipresent these days, so we are using more unique foil offerings for our clients or pairing them with fun papers or other finishing touches for a unique look.
We also recently introduced laser cutting into our repertoire of services that has been a huge hit with our client base. We are dressing up a lot of simply done suites with classic typography or imagery by adding a laser cut wrap or belly band. It keeps the overall look of the suite in the classic realm but gives you that wow factor when a guest receives their invite.
Keep reading for tips on fonts, imagery, and adding on to your wedding suite!
Since your invitation is the first official communication about your big day that guests will receive, I've always felt it is important for it to convey the type of event you are having and to reflect your personalities. We have been doing a lot of designs that incorporate vintage maps — as an envelope liner or on the back side of an invitation or in a save the date. The map is a great a way to personalize the piece to your event and can be used subtly or boldly across your pieces.
Fonts are also something you should spend a little time selecting, as they all have different personalities that will pull together your stationery suite. Some fonts are more formal, others more casual, so listen to your designer when considering your font options as they often have great advice for what type of font will work well with a given design.
Adding Inserts and Save the Dates to Your Wedding Suite
Obviously we love stationery at Spark, so it is easy for us to tell you about a million other items that can really add that extra touch to your invitation suite. Depending on budget, we have clients who use us for our custom design services for a truly couture invitation suite. We also are finding that many people will start with us for their save the dates and follow through with the invitation, day-of pieces and thank yous.
Our specialties at Spark include a lot of fun finishing touches. We have passport-style invitations with a sewn edge; we have a luggage tag design for a save the date that is die-cut, set with an eyelet and finished with ribbon; we will add printed backers to your invitation to give it more substance and just make for a luxurious back side; we also have amazing pocket folds and accessory card sleeves, beautiful crystal applications, color edging and more.
Thanks to Valerie from Spark Letterpress for the insight on letterpress wedding invitations! All images used in the post are from Spark's new Spark Impress luxury line of letterpress, the blueprint of what's next for the design studio at Spark.
Are you considering letterpress for your wedding?