I love the thick cotton paper, I love the luxurious feel of the indented letters, I love the endless possibilities with modern polymer plates as well as authentic artisan typeset. Letterpress is rich with history and—not that I’ve ever pressed any letters myself (I nixed that plan months ago)—it feels intimate because the person printing has to mix the ink and man the machine or hand press it on a tabletop press. Letterpress was completely unattainable in my eyes when I started this journey. But the more I learned about it, the more we had to have it.
I kept looking for an affordable option and was lucky enough to find an invitation designer with a vintage Chandler and Price Pilot press who fit our budget just in time for save-the-dates, and I enlisted Janie’s help again for invitations. It was the best wedding decision we’ve made yet. If I had DIYed this—via a letterpress class or my inkjet—I would have pulled my hair out.
Sorry to get all nostalgic. I’m repeating myself, I know. But I needed to look back over the last 2 years (yes two years! Our engage-aversary was last Sunday) and have an inspiration-to-reality moment for myself, you know?