The invitation

Make an impression with letterpress

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Letterpress is an enduringly stylish option for wedding stationary, and it’s a technique I was keen to employ when it came to my own invitations. I commissioned Beatrice Bless from London’s New North Press.

 

 

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Beatrice invited me to New North Press' Hoxton studio where I was able to look through the extensive library of fonts, motifs and decorative borders. This proved vital in helping build up a picture of the kind of style I wanted.

In addition to the movable letterpress text plates - pictured below - Beatrice explained that it was also possible to have a bespoke plate made out of custom artwork. She must have spied the illustrations I was feverishly clutching.

 

 

 

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It was interesting to see the printing process in action. New North Press always prints on an Albion press which means that each print is inked individually with a roller, wound into the press and pulled by hand. It takes time and skill, so don’t expect a fast turnaround: oil-based inks take at least 24 hours to dry, so jobs of multiple sides and/or colours aren't quick.

 

 

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But the end result is worth it. The technique leaves a light impression on paper to create a slightly embossed feel, and this, combined with a good quality paper – go for a heavy 250 to 300gsm – works to create a luxurious effect.

 

 

 

 

 

I love the finished invitation, especially the monogram – personalising your Burberry or Smythson is now de rigueur, so why not your invitations, too?

 

 

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For a further twist, I chose to combine the letterpressed card with a laser cut paper band from Paperchase, hand drawn RSVP cards, and retro cassette tapes from Moo.com, allowing my guests to submit song requests for the evening reception.

 

 

 

 

 

For a bespoke letterpress wedding invitation quote, visit new-north-press.co.uk. Alternatively, New North Press letterpress workshops start at £108 per person / £72 students and include a printed example of your work.

Pictures: Joss McKinley, Beatrice Bless, Patricia Campbell.

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