It’s a familiar scene. You’re getting started wedding planning, so you go online and search Pinterest for stylish wedding invitations. You see some you like (so pretty!), except then you discover that the cost of those pretty invitations is the same as the budget you have set aside for food. Like, all of it. Okay, you think. I’ll just go find some affordable invitations. Except the affordable wedding invitations are… not so pretty. And then you cry a little bit, because why can’t wedding planning just be easy?
Except, it totally can (you just have to slowwwwly step away from the Pinterest). Longtime APW sponsor Printable Press is all about good design at prices you can actually afford. Founder Kimi explains:
Many stationers offer a range of lovely designs, whether printed or printable. But I believe we shine in an offbeat approach. I love big statement artwork, the hottest of new fonts done by incredible artists, and a fun twist to everything. There are so many blah designs out there, or incredible custom work that could break the bank. I want people to find something that speaks to their hearts but also fits their budgets. My favorite saying is from the naturalist John Muir who said, “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread.”
As you’ve probably noticed, “affordable” is kind of a subjective term in the wedding industry (affordable for whom?), but with Printable Press, it’s pretty much guaranteed. And here’s why:
OPTIONS, OPTIONS, OPTIONS
With Printable Press, what you’re really buying is the beautiful stationery design, because that’s Kimi’s specialty. (She’s a trained designer with years of experience.) But when it comes to printing, that’s where you have lots of options. You can print directly through Printable Press, and get your invitations on thick textured paper (or 100% post-consumer recycled paper if that’s your jam), for just 3 for 100 invitations and envelopes. Or you can get a downloadable file from Printable Press and print your invitations wherever you see fit—a copy shop, your home computer, or your favorite local printing place. Printable invitations are just . And because Kimi is serious about helping couples get the best invitations possible (even when she’s not making extra money off it), Printable Press has tons of resources for DIY invitation printing to make sure your invitations come out exactly the way you want them to.
(ALMOST) ENDLESS CUSTOMIZATION
With most affordable wedding invitation designers, the options for customization are pretty limited, which is part of why they are so affordable. But Printable Press lets you choose up to three colors per invitation, from a selection of 42 different available colors, or for just $25, Kimi will gladly create a custom color for you. And for an additional $25, you can even change the fonts on your designs (keeping in mind it’ll change the overall look of the invitation). And Kimi does all this for no other reason than because she believes it’s important for you to have beautiful stationery that makes you happy.
There are two things that make my job amazing. The first is being able to delve into the designing process itself which is endlessly inspiring. I peruse magazines, old engravings, modern trends, and just doodle my own artwork as well. And the second is to hear from customers that we have made them so happy. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that I’ve made a couple’s celebration just a little more special, a little more heartfelt, and a little easier too. We don’t just allow them to cross an errand off their list—we give each person special attention, because this is a special celebration.
On top of the stunning invitation designs offered by Printable Press, there is also a ton of invitation swag available if you want to dress up your invitations. Things like belly bands (which go around your invites), invitation backers, return address stamps, custom wedding logos, and all the normal accouterments that go along with standard invitations suites like save-the-dates, RSVP cards, direction cards, thank you cards, and the list goes on.
NOW ABOUT THOSE DESIGNS
Printable Press’ designs really are one of a kind (often imitated, never duplicated.) There’s so much care and attention that goes into each one, and Kimi’s flawless aesthetic runs the gamut from elegant and modern to whimsical and nature-inspired. Kimi even recently added two new collections for 2015: New Botanicals and Modern Classic (which are featured right here in this post). So if good design is something you care about, and previously assumed you couldn’t afford, then consider that myth busted. Because Printable Press has a solution for everyone.
And since today is your lucky day, Printable Press is giving one lucky reader $100 toward their wedding invitations.* All you have to do is go to the Printable Press website, browse the invitations, then come here and tell us which one was your favorite (cast your vote in the widget at the bottom of this post). To get you started, I’ve rounded up ten of my own favorite designs from Printable Press.
Pen & Ink Invitation
Vintage Destination Invitation
Bearing Gifts Invitation
Kindred Spirits Invitation (choose your animals!)
Olive Branch Invitation
Vintage Glamour Invitation
All Lit Up Invitation
Starry Night Invitation
Swallow and Bee Invitation