Just When You Were About to Give Up Hope on Affordable Letterpress Wedding Invitations


Thomas-Printers saves the day

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

People rarely have lukewarm feelings about letterpress. If you love letterpress (don’t kid, you know who you are), then you L-O-V-E letterpress in all caps. (APW readers have even been known to build their own letterpress machines, that’s how dedicated to this craft y’all are.) And while everyone else is all, “I don’t get it, what’s the big deal about letterpress?” you’re conducting a hundred different Google searches to try and figure out how to get affordable letterpress wedding invitations without having to sell an organ. Well, kiss off Google, because I have your answer right here: Thomas-Printers, a woman-owned letterpress company in Philadelphia, created by Kseniya Thomas, who learned the craft of letterpress in the print shop at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. Yes, as in the Gutenberg press, the first printing press in the world.

Here’s how it works: Thomas-Printers is different from a lot of wedding stationery companies, in that they specialize in printing, rather than design and printing (it’s how Kseniya is able to keep her rates so low). So you provide the design, Keseniya prints it for you, for less than you’ll find just about anywhere else. Which means more options for you: you can either work with a graphic designer in your area, or check out A Printable Press’ Letterpress Ready section, or design something yourself. Then, Kseniya will work with you to get that design on paper and out to your guests.

Rates: Every job is just a bit different, so rates will vary depending on your needs. But here’s an example, of one hundred invitations, on one hundred percent cotton stock, where you supply the design. Blank envelopes are included, too:

One color: $270

Two color: $360

And since most people are invited to weddings in pairs, one hundred invites will work for almost two hundred invitees. Kseniya says:

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.

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WHAT ABOUT CUSTOM WORK? While the core business of Thomas-Printers is in letterpress printing, Kseniya can absolutely work with you to create a brilliant custom-designed invitation. (Just keep in mind that custom pieces will cut into the affordability factor rather significantly, since design can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.)

There’s a rich history to letterpress printing that appeals to smart (okay, slightly nerdy) couples who appreciate beauty. Which is why Kseniya especially loves working with APW couples—you guys tend to understand the value of bookishness. But Thomas-Printers isn’t just about the art. Kseniya is also a great businesswoman, with a focus on customer service:

My philosophy: not only do I believe in hard work and quality materials, but I also strive to be the fastest, friendliest letterpress printer out there. Good customer service is paramount with us, and the best part of that printer-client interaction is talking with them about letterpress, educating them about what we do and how letterpress works best, and working together to make a beautiful finished piece.

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.

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So if you’re one of those people who L-O-V-E-S letterpress in all caps, then choosing Thomas-Printers for your wedding invitations is a no brainer. Not only do you get to support a woman-owned business, while also supporting an industry that by rights should have died out by now. But you also get affordable letterpress wedding invitations, which until now didn’t even seem like a possibility. So get in touch with Thomas-Printers for a custom quote, and then find something else to Google. Because this problem is solved.

Photo by Anticipate Invitations

get in touch with Thomas-Printers for a quote today!

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • SoontobeNatalieN

    Thomas Printers did my invites (designed by my little sister who was a Graphics Communication’s major), and not only are they gorgeous, but the cost of them was pretty much the same, if not a little bit less than what I would have paid for digitally printed invites. I placed an order, and *after* that, Thomas Printers ran a 20% off special for APW readers, and Kseniya honored it for me when I asked, which was super nice.

  • laurasmash

    We designed our own invitations and had them printed by Thomas-Printers, and they look gorgeous! We got so many compliments on them. Kseniya was awesome to work with. I didn’t think we would be able to afford letterpress and I’m so glad we went for it!

  • Julia Eckhardt

    Are you playing with me right now, APW? So this amazing lady and her awesome letterpress are in my city (Philadelphia), she lets you use your own designs (and I’m a graphic designer), AND she can get things done quick (we JUST had to move our wedding date up today due to an urgent family matter)?!

    Love, I don’t exactly believe in divine intervention, but if I were looking for signs, this would be enough for me. Pretty sure this post is about to save my life.

    (Too bad it can’t save all the gorgeous Save-The-Date’s I designed and printed myself that are now totally irrelevant because the wedding is now three months earlier than we thought it was going to be – murder me now!)

  • These invites give me chills! They are SO beautiful! Good thing I am already happily married, or I would spend tons of money on this :)

  • Stacy {Woodsy Weddings}

    I love each of these invitations! They look whimsical, modern, clean, and beautiful!

  • Nicole

    We used Thomas-Printers for our wedding invitations and were incredibly thrilled by their quality and services. My husband HAD to have letter press, and Thomas-Printers was the perfect way to go! Kseniya was very helpful answering my numerous questions. I would recommend them to anyone!