We talked with Igloo Letterpress for advice on creating your own wedding invites and programs (and about straying from tradition).

We talked with Igloo Letterpress for advice on creating your own wedding invites and programs (and about straying from tradition). Shopkeeper Beth Dekker offers her words of wisdom.

Is it possible to create your invitations to the same caliber that you'd get from a stationer?

Yes and no. It depends on your background. If you're a letterpress printer, then yes! But otherwise, the equipment is hard to run and can also be incredibly dangerous. And if you start off on your own and then need to fix mistakes, that can actually be more expensive in the long run.

What's your advice for couples who want to be involved in the design process?

You can come in and choose a design that's in the store, and we'll mock it up and print it-and there you go. You can also bring in your own design, and we'll print it from your file. [Ideally couples will bring in digital files, but a drawing works, too.] Or you can come in to meet with a designer, and we'll create something brand new from your inspiration board and your samples. Once, a bride used an illustration by her late father; that worked out beautifully.

What should couples keep in mind when prepping or planning for wedding invitations?

Invitation language is changing so much-people are once again being incredibly formal. Use Emily Post's "Etiquette" book as a reference! We also have couples who are super modern and relaxed. We're seeing both.

What classes does Igloo Letterpress offer for bridal invitations?

Our classes are intended to give an overview of letterpress. Our letterpress designers' class is great if you want to design your own invitation. But neither this nor [the intro to letterpress class] will equip someone to walk in cold and create the perfect invite. We encourage people to come in and print the invitations with us. It's not true DIY, but you're a part of the process. These classes are generally offered four or five times a month.