A printing style I frequently recommend to brides who love a luxurious, organic vibe is letterpress printing. Letterpress is pretty self-explanatory once you learn a little about it – letters or designs that are raised or carved are coated with ink and pressed into paper, creating the depth and feel that the style is known for. Pretty fascinating – and just plain pretty. I’m excited to be able to offer this invitation style, including calligraphy elements, to brides in State College!

letterpress wedding invitation
Photo credit to Heart Box Weddings.

For the above invitation, I wanted the calligraphy to stand out and a simple, elegant typeface and design. I also identified the exact Pantone color for the ink, which I specified to my awesome letterpress printer, Elefant Press.

Paper selection is important for letterpress printing, as its weight determines the feel of your finished invitation. I recommend the classic Crane’s Lettra. Basically synonymous with bridal letterpress, the thick, fibrous paper creates a luscious look when pressed. The above suite used Crane’s Lettra 220 in Pearl White. The 220 is almost a chipboard-level of thickness, but the 110 still provides a beautiful effect. All based on personal preference! Word to the wise: Crane’s Lettra envelopes are notoriously difficult to calligraph. If you’re attempting a DIY, I recommend taking it very slow, using an ink that flows easily and bringing a glass of wine along for the ride.

You can really take letterpress to the next level with gold foil, a blind deboss of a design along the edges of an invitation, or applying watercolor to the paper before it is pressed with ink.

Custom letterpress invitations are such a lovely way to get your Pennsylvania wedding or event started off in the right manner. The beautiful feel of the piece will be stunning for your guests!

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