I’ve also discovered in my searching that I desperately love letterpress invitations. They are so classic and many of them have the calligraphy-scroll designs and feminine elements that I’ve been searching for.
Then I stumbled upon Bella Figura. It’s not the fact that they are an eco-friendly letterpress shop and print all of their invitations on 100% cotton (tree-free) paper (even though that’s definitely a plus!) but my heart literally skipped a few beats while looking through their collections. Their designs are exactly what I’ve been searching for, since, although they are pretty, I’m not one for bright colors, crazy designs and other shapes on my wedding invitations that everyone seems to be going after these days, but they are simple, clean, and just plain gorgeous.
The first one I found that made me swoon was the Classic Calligraphy design:
So simple but still so pretty, and the texture of the paper is great!
The Carlyle is, like the Classic, all in calligraphy with the different stand out design of the bride and groom’s names
Lastly, the Keswick – it has the calligraphy element with an added splash of color in the scroll-work at the top.
So, I got my hopes up thinking I found the perfect place to order my invitations, only to sadly discover that invitations and pocketfolds alone would run about $1300 🙁 I guess that’s what happens with an eco-friendly, 100% cotton paper, letterpress invitation designer.
I’m still Google-ing “Richmond Area Letterpress” to see if there are any small shops around Richmond that do custom orders or who will print other peoples designs…but if that fails, the next best option is thermography, which instead of the ‘press’ style where the paper is indented, they use a special ink that is raised for a reverse press effect. It’s a LOT cheaper than the letterpress since it prints like a normal printer instead of having to create a custom press for each job.
This is an example of thermography – still really pretty, and economical!
If this part starts to overwhelm me a bit too much within the next month or so, I’ll definitely turn to ordering them from someone else, but for now, the idea of having my own design as the wedding invitation is more intriguing 🙂