frequently asked questions
I'd love to work together. What's the best way to contact you?
Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by clicking the appropriate field here. The more information you're able to provide in our initial communication, the better we'll be able to serve you. We do not offer any kind of information regarding working together via Direct Messaging on Instagram.
How long does the process take?
Just as the scope of projects varies, so do the timelines for design and production. We generally book up a few months in advance for any custom work, and only take on a limited amount of fully custom projects per year, so if you're interested in a custom project please contact us as soon as you have a general idea of what you're looking for.
For our stock or semi custom designs, the design process takes anywhere from one week to one month depending on the scope of edits and how quickly feedback is received.
Typically printing takes around 3 weeks. We are able to print rather quickly if needed, though a rush fee may apply.
How much does a Swell Press wedding invitation suite cost?
Due to the custom nature of every project, we are not able to give a blanket cost for wedding invitations. Swell Press customers appreciate artful craft & design and know that unforgettable communication takes time, creativity, and investment. Typically a wedding invitation suite from our stock design collection begins at $1,250 for an invitation, reply card & envelope, and outer envelope for a quantity of 100. Custom designs typically begin around $3,000. Invitations containing fully custom design, assembly, envelope calligraphy, and postage typically range between $4,000 and $9,000.
Do you offer wedding 'day - of ' items such as menus, programs, and escort cards?
We offer day-of items for our bridal clients only. In fact, if you are a bridal client we suggest continuing the design process throughout the materials of the big day.. We offer letterpress printing, as well as digital printing, napkin printing, laser cut signage and / or cocktail stirrers, and screen printing (did someone say totes?!).
I have designed my own wedding invitation -OR- I am a designer, are you able to print for me?
Yes! We'd love to be able to bring your digital creation to letterpress life. We offer discounts for plate-ready files- please email us for design specs.
I live in Los Angeles, can I come watch my invitations being created in person?
Due to our printing schedule we do not accept visitors at this time. However if you'd like to be able to witness your items being printed, please let us know when the time comes, and we'll make sure to show as much as we can on Instagram Stories. We love when our brides, grooms, and branding clients are able to watch the creation of their special items!
Can you tell me more about your studio? Can I come visit?
We’re located in Redondo Beach, California. Our 1,400+ square foot space contains 5 presses (2 Vandercooks, 1 Kluge, 1 Chandler & Price, and 1 Heidelberg), 2 paper cutters, and a variety of other equipment. If you’re a Swell Press client and live in Los Angeles, you’re welcome to come by for an in-person consultation. We are unable to offer drop-by or other appointments for non Swell Press clients, though our lessons are a great way to see the space and explore letterpress. Starting June 2019, we will have limited open retail store hours.
I'd like to know more about exploring the letterpress method, starting my own letterpress studio, or getting into the stationery business. Can you help me?
We have a variety of offerings for aspiring printers or stationery designers. You'll find in-person lessons offered here. For tips and tricks, we suggest tuning into our weekly Instagram Live Q&A, which is hosted most Thursdays at 6pm PST. We've found this live, group Q&A format to be incredibly helpful to those curious about all things letterpress. Our Blog also contains ‘show notes’ from our Live Q&As with helpful tips, links, vendors, and the like.
We do accept a limited number of personal one on one training via Zoom, where you're able to have a more private setting to ask questions. We also offer a more hands-on mentorship role, where you can apply for here (price upon request).
We also have seasonal weekend intensive workshops in a small group format- our first (sold out) workshop will be May 2019, and another workshop will be offered in early November. We typically announce our workshops on Instagram, so make sure you’re following along to stay in the loop. We understand traveling to Los Angeles for our workshop might not be possible for everyone, so we’re also planning on launching an online, live weekend-intensive class. If you’d like more information about the weekend workshop when it launches, please let us know via email @ email@example.com using the subject line ‘weekend intensive’ and we will make sure to notify you as soon as it’s solidified.