Many folks ask me for my recommendations in paper selections. Here’s a few of my favorites, especially for you ‘DIYers.’
PaperSource – The Chicago born national chain, finally makes its NYC Metro debut in Brooklyn. While I do prefer independent paper stores, it’s hard to resist such a great house. You can tell they are obsessed with paper.
Papél – Because this is a small Brooklyn paper boutique, Owner Raegan Hirvela can give you personal service.
Paper Presentation – The famous DIY Chelsea haunt, is my go-to store. While their website is convenient, you really must walk the wood floors of this mecca. The staff knows their paper and their inventory and are not afraid to show it!
And for custom made invitations and designs, check out my “Folks I Like Page.” Though the process and the price is not cost effective, letterpress is hard to resist.
In addition, check out Bowne and Company, Stationers at South Street Seaport. They still use their 19th Century Treadle-powered presses.
Also visit the West Village sister run Greenwich Street Letterpress.
Many couples and planners are doing away with paper and going ‘green,’ using digital invitations and Social networking to invite folks to their special day. While imagination and conservation is much appreciated, there are many more ways to keep this lovely tradition alive (while keeping trees alive.) Many printers use post consumer materials and soy based inks.
You can also scale down your own consumer materials in many interesting ways, Consider using postcards! Check out this design by Lucky Luxe proprietress Erin Napier.
In this electronic age, it is still and even more worthwhile to receive a personal invitation in the mail.
If you have a favorite paper/invitation source, please feel free to post yours below.
Stay tuned for more vendors profiles!