With our fleet of 100+ year old printing presses, we believe in the slow, methodical, and time-honored art of making by-hand. A method of relief printing, letterpress involves inking a raised plate and "stamping" it into paper, leaving behind a deep, pillowy impression. (The best kind, tbh.) 


Old Timey Printing for New Timey Times.

Paper & Honey® is a full-service creative and letterpress print studio specializing in modern-day keepsakes for weddings, events, and small businesses.

(and whatever else cool thing we get excited about printing.)

We work with a limited number of engaged couples per year. Now booking custom wedding paper and design for 2024-2025 events and celebrations.

Project Availability

Our office hours are 10am-5pm ET Monday-Thursday. Phone calls, in-person studio visits, and Friday meetings are by appointment only.

Office Hours

Paper & Honey® is proud to be a Michigan-based company serving clients from all over the US and beyond.

Based in the USA

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more than "just" handmade.

Services & Offerings

Offerings

Services

Our bread & butter! Since 2012, we've had the pleasure of creating wedding and event stationery for hundreds of couples. From save the dates, to invitation suites, to day-of stationery, telling your love story through cohesive design and eye-catching printing is our very favorite.

Custom Heirloom Wedding Stationery

We like to say we make meaningful paper for meaningful marriages.

Wish you had a print vendor that cared about your work as much as you do? (We get it. It's tough out there.) Say hi to the Print Club: our stress-free solution for stationery designers in need of high-quality wholesale letterpress and foil printing.

Wholesale Print Club
for Stationery Designers

new-timey times

for

old-timey printing

save the dates · thank you cards · personal stationery · packaging, collateral, client gifts · party invitations · business cards · personalized notecards & envelopes · dinner & bar menus · calendars · drink coasters · giftable art prints · holiday cards · personal library cards & book plates · recipe cards · moving & birth announcements

...but that's not all!

and whatever else you can dream up.

What is letterpress?

Letterpress printing is a centuries-old method of relief printing that involves inking a raised surface and pressing it into paper, leaving behind a deep and luscious impression. Widely used for centuries before modern digital printing became prevalent, prints are created with woodblocks, metal type, or in our case, photopolymer plates. 

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When your design is completed and we're ready to move into the Print & Production phase, your artwork is made into a custom photopolymer plate. With letterpress, each ink color is printed one at a time, requiring a new plate and machine set-up per color.

From digital design to physical plate

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Print registration can be described as exactly *where* your print is placed on each sheet of paper. Because each sheet is printed by hand, accurate registration is essential to provide the heirloom-quality pieces we pride ourselves on. This stage often includes a few test runs to ensure perfection.

Plate registration

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Ink colors are mixed by hand according to specific Pantone Color Matching recipes before being applied to the machine's ink disc. Printed one color at a time, ink colors can also be layered and overprinted, creating additional colors and interesting textural effects.

Mixing & applying ink

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Once setup is complete and the presses are makeready, actual printing can begin! Each and every piece is printed by hand. This means each sheet of paper is fed into the press and removed once impressioned. For being 100+ years old, our printing presses are quicker than you'd expect antique machines to be.

Printing by hand

Whether letterpress or foil, hand printing on these antique machines mean that each and every print is delightfully unique. These eccentricities and variations between prints are both expected and celebrated! In our Post-Production phase, we inspect every single print with discerning eyes to ensure they meet our high standards — and more importantly, that they're worthy of a treasured keepsake.

Quality control & inspection

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Once production is completed and our presses are shiny, clean, and ready for the next print run, we put the finishing touches on your project and pack it up nice & tight. Like proud, anxious parents sending their firstborn off to college, we say our bittersweet goodbyes to your paper as it heads out the door... and then party just a little bit as we imagine your reaction. The best part.

Shipment

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I'm over the moon, for real.

Woman. I'm OBSESSED with the invitations. They are remarkable! The letterpress, the foil, the postage, the calligraphy. I practically want to cuddle them! They are truly works of art. You are so talented. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Elizabeth — Bride

Warning: may be contagious

If you want to get excited about paper, just talk to Laura Joseph for about 30 seconds. Her passion for it — and specifically for letterpress printed paper — is infectious.

Brooke — Bride

I feel so relieved.

Immense gratitude for your hard work. You always do such a great job, and you make our lives so much easier.

We received everything and I was brought to tears! We are SO HAPPY and blown away!

I felt like I was collaborating with a friend.

Working with Paper & Honey was a joy from start to finish! I had never worked with a letterpress printer before, but seeing the caliber of their portfolio, I trusted them with my client work 100%.

Laura was so helpful in walking me through the process, sending paper samples, providing clear instructions for setting up files, and more. The cherry on top is her sunny personality —

Working with Paper & Honey was a joy from start to finish! I had never worked with a letterpress printer before, but seeing the caliber of their portfolio, I trusted them with my client work 100%.

haha! we love to bike!

Laura was so helpful in walking me through the process, sending paper samples, providing clear instructions for setting up files, and more. The cherry on top is her sunny personality —

weee!

I wanted to let you know how absolutely ecstatic we are with the save the dates. They are so stunning and even more perfect than I could have imagined. Thank you, thank, thank you. 

I was legit close to tears when I first saw them. 

Molly — Bride
Molly — Bride

These are true works of art!

Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful addition to our wedding story — compliments are already flowing in saying how gorgeous they are!

Laura, I can’t convey how pleased we are with the final suites. You perfectly captured the fun and sophistication of our venue and what we hope for our big day.

Laura, I can’t convey how pleased we are with the final suites. You perfectly captured the fun and sophistication of our venue and what we hope for our big day.
Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful addition to our wedding story — compliments are already flowing in saying how gorgeous they are!

but Laura made it a worry-free and enjoyable experience for me. 

Wedding planning felt stressful and frustrating,

I feel so lucky to have worked with Laura! I was indecisive about my overall invitation design, and she helped make the picture in my mind and my ideas come true.
The process was organized and clear, and I received so many compliments from friends. Even opening the UPS packages was satisfying!

T — Bride

The process was organized and clear, and I received so many compliments from friends. Even opening the UPS packages was satisfying!

I feel so lucky to have worked with Laura! I was indecisive about my overall invitation design, and she helped make the picture in my mind and my ideas come true.

anxiety is not a nice feeling!

I know my client will receive a high-quality product. Laura and Max once alerted me that the letterpress plate was missing the dot over an "i," and they reprinted to ensure it was done correctly, without question. The team literally made sure to cross their "t"s and dot their "i"s and continue to do so with every order I place.

Printing with P&H gives me confidence as a business owner.

Thank you for your precision and care shown for every client piece! It makes my job easier, every time.

Let's make some magic, shall we?

calling all paperheads

There's more ephemera and postage stamps and old-timey printing presses where that came from.

If you're into that kind of thing.