I receive many requests for wedding invitations printed on hand made paper. I love this trend, and I am happy to share with you my experience with hand made paper.
There are a handful of wonderful small businesses that make beautiful hand made paper. I will talk about three of my favorites here.
But first, let's talk about printing on hand made paper. Many hand made paper companies will say you can print on their paper using a home printer. While this may be true, this really works best for text weight paper (like typing paper)...and not thick, invitation thickness paper. You should also be aware that it can be tricky. The paper is naturally irregular, which means it can get stuck in your printer, cause strange printing streaks, or even worse...ruin your printer (the component of the printer that "grips" your paper and feeds it into the printer can get worn out and stop working).
Therefore, I highly recommend letterpress printing on handmade paper. This is what I have been doing for my clients, and the results are stunning! I will share photos later.
Here are the hand made paper companies I recommend, with a few notes about them (in no particular order):
1) White Dragon Paper. www.whitedragonpaper.etsy.com
Rocky, the owner, is sooo nice to work with! Rocky is extremely responsive, and answers any questions you have about their paper stocks. The papers are all recycled, made in Ohio. For this reason, turn around time can be a few weeks, so plan accordingly. My favorite paper is the white with small black specks (I believe from recycled copy paper). The thickness is luxurious.
2) Artfull Messages. www.artfullmessages.com
This paper is also extremely luxurious. I love the assortment of different colors, all very natural, and some a bit different....which will surely impress your wedding guests. These papers are also made by hand in America, and made to order....so also plan accordingly.
3) Silk and Willow. www.silkandwillow.com
If you are in a rush, Silk and Willow is probably the best option for you. Their papers are in stock, imported from Asia. If made in America is important to you (as it is to me) one of the other companies I recommend may be best for you. Silk and Willow's colors are also limited to a neutral white, but the quality is very beautiful.