Handmade Paper: Everything you need to know

Whether it’s a fad or here to stay, I am pro handmade paper when it comes to wedding stationery. There is nothing like getting a fluffy handmade paper envelope in the mail.

There’s just something about it that is so unique and beautiful! Not to mention the fact that it is in fact, handmade. And no, I do not make it myself. That would be cool! But I’ll leave that up to the expert papermakers that have unmatched talent. (I will share more about them later).

So are you trying to decide if you want handmade paper or not?

Here are some things you need to know about handmade paper that can help with that decision!

1.     It is imperfect: every single piece is different, because it is in fact made, made by hand. Each piece is a little bit different in texture, color, and shape. I love this part of handmade paper the most! Every single piece is it’s own little unqiue work of art.

2.     It comes in different colors, textures, and thicknesses: you can get most any color you would want, thanks to the amazing paper makers out there these days. I love my neutrals but colored handmade paper can’t be beat. Every paper maker has a different formula to making their paper, so every type of paper is different! You can get thick and fluffy paper, or a thinner more delicate sheet, or even some with more refined edges. It’s all up to your preference and aesthetic!

3.     It takes to letterpress really well: If you’re wanting a wow factor, letterpressing handmade paper will do it. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

4.     It is an investment: Yes, handmade paper is more expensive than regular cardstock, but it makes sense right? Each piece is made by hand. Hours are put into it. For a designer to print your invites, they have to feed it into their printer by hand as well. It’s a labor of love that is SO worth it if you can make the investment.

Here are a few handmade paper makers I love to work with. I respect and love each of their unique body of papers!

Pressed: Owned by the sweetest woman named Sharon. She truly believes in her paper and has worked her butt off to get the perfect formula. Her generous spirit is infectious! The paper's texture is so consistent and reliable. The colors are the best part of Pressed! 

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Idyll Paper: Fluffy and soft as butter. I use this paper most consistently for my semi-custom invitation. The neutrals are to die for!

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Farmette Press: The most pillowy paper I've ever seen. Is amazing with letterpress printing. The studio hires refugees to make this paper in the midwest. Love that this brand is bigger than itself!

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