When I showed you the save the dates, I didn’t really talk about the parts that made them up.
I mentioned I created the design in Illustrator and that we had them printed.
One of the rare places where Sparky expressed strong opinions was when it came to our invitation suite. He really liked letterpress (I mean, who doesn’t?) and was really gunning for that.
I put together the dimensions of what I was thinking and started looked for places to have them printed. I got quotes from all of the local printers and from several national places, too. I collected everything in an Excel spreadsheet and then presented my findings to Sparky.
One place jumped out immediately as having the lowest quote and for being local. That place was Evolution Press.
Evolution Press was wonderful to work with, had amazingly fast turnaround time both for actual printing and for responses to email, and quoted us half of what we were quoted by anyone else. (This was because, I believe, they combined multiple pieces onto one sheet and then cut them down, rather than putting each piece on an individual sheet.) They even were able to match ink color to the paper I’d found (more on that in a second). They even ship, so you don’t have to be in Seattle to use their services!
We ended up printing all of our wedding paper through them (except the program inserts, which are yet to be finished). I’ll reveal the rest of the pieces as we go.
One of the first things that I was attracted to in invitation design was pocket-fold invitations. They just seemed to make a lot of sense to me as the best way to put together all the necessary information. Armed with this, I started scouring the internet for colors to match our wedding colors.
The first place I looked was Cards & Pockets. They have an amazing selection but, unfortunately, none of their colors were just right (and I know because I ordered a sample of every. single. color.).
I was about to give up when I stumbled on Envelopements.
Now Envelopements was more expensive than Cards & Pockets, but they had the added benefit of being viewable in a local store so we could go and look at colors. When we did we were pleased to discover that they had the perfect colors.
As I quickly learned from reading measurements, the Envelopements paper (being proprietary) was oddly sized. This is to ensure that you purchase all your paper from them. Not exactly the most honest of practices, but it was fine, considering that they had the correct colors.
We ordered our colored paper from Envelopements through the local paper store (Paper Delights in Wallingford) and, using the measurements available from The Envelopements website, I tailored all of my Illustrator designs to match the sizing and sent them off to printing.
Once we had all of our paper (the matting and the invitation suite) I cut the matting down to size (it was a lot cheaper to do this than to order the paper pre-cut). So far we’ve only mounted the save the dates, but in doing that we experimented with glue dots and double-sided tape. The tape turned out to be the easiest and was the same level of secure as the glue dots. I don’t have any pictures of this in progress, but I promise to share when we do our invitations!
Envelopements also sells an extremely helpful tool for those people ambitious enough to do their own assembly, and I HIGHLY recommend picking one up if you’re going do to these. (It would work for non-Envelopements paper, too, since it’s just measurements).
Each quadrant contains three levels of measurement for accurate matting. It’s amazing! For some reason they don’t seem to sell it on their website anymore, but if you can find one you should definitely pick one up! (You can watch a video about how it works here.)
If you assembled your own wedding paper suite, how did you put it together? Was it worthwhile or do you wish you’d bought it pre-made?