If you’ve been reading APW for a while, you’ll know that I can’t get enough of A Printable Press. For those of you who are newer here, let me explain why: Kimi, the founder of A Printable Press, believes that good design and affordable design shouldn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Armed with this belief, she creates stunning wedding stationery that you can either download and print at home on your regular printer or choose to have affordably printed through A Printable Press. And with most designs starting at just $79, A Printable Press might be the one wedding vendor I’d buy a time machine to go back and use.
Chalkboard Love by A Printable Press
But the best part of A Printable Press is that Kimi’s designs are constantly evolving. Her wedding style runs the gamut from modern to whimsical to minimal and just about everything in between. And each one is like a piece of art all on its own. Which is why I was thrilled when she told me that she’s been working on a brand new set of designs featuring hand-drawn elements. And boy, did she ever deliver.
Pen and Ink by A Printable Press
So for those of you who like quirky, edgy design that feels handmade (but who don’t have the time or money to hand write all of your invitations), this is collection for you. Kimi explains, “The passionate love affair with artisanal goods sort of defines this decade, as people are rediscovering the beauty and value of handmade goods. Hand lettering and calligraphy have undergone a revival in wedding stationery, but of course hiring a calligrapher is terribly expensive (as it should be, those are some mad skills they’ve been honing for years). So I decided to seek out the best and most unique script fonts out there, those that had a real feeling of modern penmanship. I then drew dozens of little details, arrows and vines and pocket watches, and tucked them in around the lettering. I want couples who love handmade things to have a way to incorporate that craft aesthetic into their celebrations. And of course, like all of my designs, they definitely all have a touch of whimsy as well.” In short, this new set of designs is the perfect blend of old school meets new school, with a lot of personality thrown in for good measure.
Modern Calligraphy by A Printable Press
Now, as if the designs themselves weren’t enough, what makes shopping with A Printable Press even more awesome is that you get to support one of APW’s longest running reader-turned-businesses ever. In fact, A Printable Press is so much a part of this community, that some of the invitations in Kimi’s collection are even inspired by you guys! Kimi explains, “I followed A Practical Wedding during my own wedding planning, and actually became friends with Meg—we pretty quickly formed a mutual admiration society. As time has gone on the blog has become even more glorious, and the sane and committed readership is an inspiration. In fact, the community has been a literal inspiration to several of my designs! I love all of the brides and grooms who find us through APW as they are the ones who have the same slightly offbeat aesthetic and sense of humor that I do.”
And as if that weren’t enough, to celebrate the launch of these new designs and Kimi’s overall love of APW, A Printable Press is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky APW reader, which can be used towards your stationery! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post (maybe tell us which of the new designs is your favorite?) and a winner will be drawn at random on Friday.
Sweet Mix by A Printable Press
Now, if you’re like I was, you may still not be totally sold on the print-at-home invitation deal. I was always under the impression that if printable invitations were affordable, then they’d at least look like they were printed at home. But with A Printable Press, the process is not only really, really easy, but the end result is truly lovely. (Just check out this handy APW step-by-step tutorial that features actual printed invitations for proof.) However, if you’d rather just get the beautiful designs and not have to think about anything else, A Printable Press recently started offering one-stop shopping, where you can order and have your invitations printed directly through them. You can check out their pricing guide here or contact Kimi for a custom quote, but let’s just say that this option is not only affordable (one hundred invitations with envelopes are just $213), it’s also green (yay!). Kimi has worked really hard to find high quality, thick paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content (or you can spend a little more and get 100% post-consumer recycled content). In short, high-quality printing you can feel good about. Which is all just…rad. So, so rad.
Little Details by A Printable Press
There are some innovations in the wedding industry that make me wonder how we ever lived without them. A Printable Press is one of them. So if you’ve been sweating your wedding invitations, wondering how you’re going to be able to afford something beautiful that also feels like you, look no further. And don’t just stop at the new designs, Kimi’s entire design portfolio (which also includes designs for babies, parties, artwork and more) is filled with goodies like bold botanicals, creative critters, travel-inspired designs, and even some classic favorites. So go! Discover the magic that is A Printable Press: affordable, beautiful, high-quality designs with paper that you can feel good about from a business that is run by one of your own. I can’t think of anything better.
Editor’s Note: The giveaway portion of this sponsored post is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who participated!