Beautiful Affordable Letterpress Printing By Thomas-Printers

It's a wedding industry miracle

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

Fact: You (you know who you are) love letterpress. Mmmmm… letterpress.

Problem: You got all excited about how luscious it would be to have letterpress wedding invitations, and then you did a little browsing to find out what it would cost. WHAT? That was a typo right? Someone added an extra zero to that price right? No? TEARS.

Solution: Thomas-Printers. They offer affordable letterpress services for invitations you’ve already designed or had someone else design (check out A Printable Press’s Letterpress ready section, for beautiful and affordable designs, for example). If you fall down the rabbit hole of their past wedding invitation work, you might never come back. Plus, they’re a woman-owned business, so supporting them means you get all the fist bumps.

Here is the skinny: Thomas-Printers is a one-woman letterpress operation run by Kseniya Thomas in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Kseniya has a serious background in a serious art form. She was trained as an intern at the print shop of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.

How It Works: Kseniya explains it this way:

We are commercial printers, so ninety-five percent of what we print is designed by our clients. We are always happy to help you with file prep, though, or advise you on what will work with letterpress and what won’t work as well. We pride ourselves on being fast, being friendly, and being fastidious. Printers are known for being finicky about their work, and we keep that in mind with every job we run.

Since every job is different, pricing is dependent on the specifics of a given project. We offer foil stamping, edge painting, custom duplexing, die-cutting, and envelope lining, among many other services, and are always happy to send custom quotes to anyone thinking of making the leap to letterpress. Our project minimum is $195, so contact us with your specifics for a custom quote.

Rates: Like Kseniya mentioned, every job is different, but here’s an example of pricing for one hundred invitations, on one hundred percent cotton stock, where you supply the design.

One color: $270
Two color: $360.

Blank envelopes are also included, free of charge. Keep in mind, your invites will tend to go to couples or families, so one hundred invites will work for a two hundred person guest list, more or less. If you haven’t researched letterpress pricing yet (maybe don’t, you’ll cry), this is spectacularly good. Plus? Kseniya prides herself on amazing customer service.

Why Letterpress is so awesome: My theory is that there are two schools of thought on wedding invitations. There are people who want something easy and no-nonsense (the point is just to get people the information, right?). And then there are the folks who want to create something that will stand the test of time, particularly in this age of fleeting photos on Instagram and status updates on Facebook. Since I just reached over to grab the copy of our letterpress wedding invitation that I keep on my desk, I’m clearly in the latter camp. Letterpress is an old art form, and it’s one that should have died out. But somehow, it’s hanging on, through wedding invitations and birth announcements and things people want to serve as part of the historical record, to stand the test of time. Kseniya says:

Letterpress is so rewarding. And challenging, and probably life-affirming. To get philosophical, it’s great to work in a triumphantly defunct industry—one that’s somehow thriving—and it’s really satisfying to have people want what I make. And it’s not every industry that has such a great community. We’re all printers working together, sharing info, and helping each other. I love that about letterpress.

So for those of you who were about to give up on the dream of letterpress? Today’s your day. Get in touch with Thomas-Printers. They pride themselves in work well done, and seriously good customer service. Oh yeah. And you’ll be supporting a woman rocking a machine that weighs a few tons. Perfect.

Kseniya is offering free shipping for readers now through September 30th—just mention APW!

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit #NASTY

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  • KC

    I just popped over to the site to drool over letterpress, and… business cards. She also does business cards. *swoon*

    • Emily

      Business cards? I have to go look!

  • Jules

    As someone who’s kept every program and invite to all the weddings she has ever attended (sans the ones that Mom had dibs on), I need to finally admit that the “just the info” invite isn’t happening. BUT $300!!!! Yes.

    I hope she’s around when we finally need to order!

  • Caitlin_DD

    That two-tone invitation is amazing! Thank you for all the stationery goodness.

  • Megan Marie

    Ahhh gorgeous and affordable! Thanks for sharing xx

  • Jane

    You can also contact local letterpress printers from your own hometown. You’d be surprised how many printers there are all over the country! Then you’re helping a small business and getting gorgeous invites!

  • Kat

    I don’t know if anyone will see this, but I have an invite etiquette question… we have a few couple friends, of which we would want to invite both people even if they broke up before the wedding. Do we address the invites to them together, or as individuals? I think the chances of any of them breaking up are very slim, but you never know. They’re all long-term.

    • Nope.

      I think that the likelihood of this happening is rare enough that you should just address the invite to both of them. IF they break up before the wedding, you can text/call/FB/email each of them individually to say, “Hey, so sorry to hear about this! We hope you’ll still be able to make it to the wedding. Let us know if we can do anything to make that more comfortable for you.” or something along those lines. And then just adjust the seating chart.