Just Jurf Designs

Alexia & Matthew | Centerville, Massachusetts | September 28, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Paul Blackmore Photography
Venue: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Hand Lettered Designs - Antea Amoroso Design
DJ: Plus One Productions
Videographer: Aimee Bartee Photo
Flowers: Fancy Flowers
Cake: Montilio’s Baking Company
Hair/Make-up: Nicole Greco Makeup By Marlo
Bridal Gown: Cristina’s Bridal
Groom Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.

Meghan & Daniel | Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois | September 22, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: This is Feeling
Venue: Bridgeport Art Center's Skyline Loft
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Planner / Coordinator: An Event Less Ordinary
Production: Art of Imagination
Bar: VenueLogic
Catering: D'Absolute
Flowers: Steve's Flower Market
Videographer: Something New Media
Hair/Make-up: BeGlammed
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Groom Suit: The Black Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.


Katie & Andrew | Healdsburg Country Garden, Healdsburg, California | October 5, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Shadowing Lights
Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Planner / Coordinator: Heald Wedding Consulting
DJ: Logan Aguirre
Photo Booth: Vintage Fiesta
Catering: Elaine Bell Catering
Videographer: Weddings on Film
Cake: Moustache Baked Goods
Hair/Make-up: The Powder Room

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.


Emily & Justin | Blithewold Mansion, Bristol, Rhode Island | August 18, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Megan Braemore
Venue: Blithewold Mansion
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Music: "Them Apples" Entertainment Specialists
Catering and Cake: Blackstone Caterers
Flowers: Young Designs
Tent Lighting and Decor: Exquisite Events
Tent: Newport Tent
Officiant: Lee Mirasolo

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.

Amira & Mason | Private Residence, Los Altos, California | June 23, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Cate Beth
Venue: Private Residence
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Planner / Coordinator: Andria Leigh Events
Catering / Bartenders: The Party Helpers
Flowers: Laura’s Floras
Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals
Linen: La Tavola
Cake: Susie Cakes
Bridal Gown: Lace & Bustle Bridal

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.


Jenna & Brett | Sherwood Inn, Port Carling, Muskoka | September 8, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kayla Yestal
Venue: Sherwood Inn
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
Band: Stereoflavour
Flowers: Seasons in the Country
Rentals: Guelph Tent Rentals, Tiffany Party Rentals and Chairman Mills
Videographer: Naturally Captured
Cake: Comfort Bake Shop
Hair/Make-up: Hudson Salon
Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel
Groom Suit: Suit Supply
Ring: Marisa Perry

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.

Lauren & James | The Barns at Weslayen Hills in Middleton, Connecticut | August 5, 2018

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Vendors:

Photographer: Daphne and Dean
Venue: The Barns of Wesleyan Hills
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
DJ: Powerstation Events
Flowers: In Bloom Florist
Cake:  J. Cakes
Hair/Make-up: Ashley Lynn Artistry / All dolled up salon
Bridal Gown: Wedding Salon of Manhasset - Carolina Herrera
Groom Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.


What Goes in to Your Letterpress Invitations

Tips & TricksJenn Jurf

Letterpress is a very hands on process so today, I wanted to take you through a step-by-step guide of what happens with your invitations once we start production.

1 | Plates

A big part the letterpress process (and price) are the custom plates that are made with each design. We take the digital PDF that you approve for printing and have a film negative created, similar to a photo negative. We then take this film and expose it against a photopolymer plate (along with several other steps involved) to create a reverse image that will be pressed into your invitations.

Cleaning off letterpress plates after exposure and wash out

Cleaning off letterpress plates after exposure and wash out

2 | Paper


Letterpress paper is truly luxurious! It’s a 100% tree free cotton paper (woo-hoo!) It’s light and airy allowing the plates to create the beautiful impression that we all love with letterpress. All of our paper is cut down to the specifications of your job.

Cutting cotton paper down to size for invitation printing

Cutting cotton paper down to size for invitation printing

3 | Ink


All of our inks are hand mixed and matched to the Pantone Matching System (PMS). This system allows us to replicate the ink formula time and time again to provide a consistent color throughout different projects.

Once the ink is mixed, we spread it on the disk of the press and run the press to spread the ink evenly.

Since we can only have 1 ink on the press at a time, you’ll find the letterpress prices to be broken out into number of ink colors. More on this in a minute!

Mixing custom ink colors

Mixing custom ink colors

4 | Preparing the Press


So we have the plates, we have the paper and we have the ink. Now, it’s time to merge them all together and start pressing! But not just yet.

Once we load the plate on to the press, we take some time to set up the card alignments, check for even impressions and make any last minute adjustments before we run.

Loading the plates into the press

Loading the plates into the press

5 | Hand-Feeding


Once we’re ready to start printing, each card is hand-fed through as the press runs. Since this is a handmade process, you’re constantly checking for alignment, even impression and ink inconsistencies after each card.

Checking alignment and test prints

Checking alignment and test prints

That’s it! That’s how letterpress invitations are made!


A few other notes…

Now one big thing about letterpress is if you invitation has multiple colors, once you’re finished with step 5, steps 1, 3, 4 and 5 are all repeated for each color.

The other big question I get is quantity. Why are small runs almost the same price as big runs and that’s because the process is still the same. The only difference is we grab a few more or less paper or we spend an extra 2-3 minutes on the press. It’s enough that we show a difference in prices but the majority of the cost comes from the design time and time preparing the press to print. That’s why we always recommend ordering about 20% extra for letterpress invitations because a run for 5 cards can cost almost the same as 100 cards.

If you have any questions about letterpress, please don’t hesitate to contact me! You can also request a sample so you can see and feel this luxurious print method in person.

Simple Elegant Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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Ooohh am I excited for this one! Not only was this design a blast to design and print but this is also my 100th design that I’m launching for Just Jurf!

Blind impression is the exact same process as letterpress however, there is no ink pressed into the sheet so you’re left with a simply stunning impression that doesn’t draw too much attention.

Simple Elegant Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite

Simple Elegant Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite

For the Simple Elegant Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation, I chose to do blind impression for the flowers in the corner and a simple warm grey for the elegant type.

The RSVP and Details cards carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The envelope liner has a seamless pattern of the florals that are impressed on the invitation in a similar warm grey as the main text, though slightly lighter to provide contrast.

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands!

The Simple Elegant Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Botanical Minimalist V2 Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Elegant Anemone Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Elegant Calligraphy Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Simple Script V2 Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Gold and Silver on Your Wedding Invitations at Three Different Prices

Tips & TricksJenn Jurf

Gold and silver are wonderful colors to accent any wedding! It’s a nice touch to incorporate these colors into your invitation suite to tie everything together.

This post will break down the 3 different ways to add gold and/or silver to your invitation suite at 3 different price points - Digital Printing ($), Letterpress ($$), and Foil Stamping ($$$).


Digital Printing ($)

The beauty of digital printing is that you can print almost any color, including watercolor drawings, at the push of a button. Digital printing is the most cost effective print method for this reason. This method makes it easy to change colors of the text to gold or silver and print without any change in the pricing.

Please note: silver is a very light color and therefore, we only recommend silver ink as an accent color for borders, lines, etc. rather than your main text (i.e. your names or other important information).

Classic Gold and Navy Wedding Invitation

Classic Gold and Navy Wedding Invitation


Letterpress ($$)

Unlike digital printing, letterpress is a very hands on and handmade process. Once your designs are completed during our digital PDF proofing process, your information is converted into a plastic or steel backed plate that will be used on our hand-fed presses. The press can only carry 1 ink at a time, meaning that each color will require its own plate, setup time and hand-fed time on to the press. Because of this, your letterpress pricing will fluctuate based on the number of colors in your design.

We use a metallic gold or silver ink when pressing these colors. The letterpress impression leaves a slight shadow and impression that you can feel, therefore, you’re welcome to include your main information in gold or silver without the risk of losing legibility.

Elegant Burgundy Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Elegant Burgundy Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation


Foil Stamping ($$$)

Ahh the shine we all know and love! Foil stamping is extremely popular as it not only creates an impression like letterpress but it creates a shine on your invitations as well.

Foil stamping is a similar process to letterpress, however, we use real foil that is heat transferred on to each card we press. Due to the high heat, we must use copper plates rather than a plastic or steel material used in letterpress and therefore, the price of foil is at the highest price point.

Elegant Blush Floral Wedding Invitation with Foil Details

Elegant Blush Floral Wedding Invitation with Foil Details


I hope this breakdown is useful in your wedding planning journey! Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you need advice on the best method for your invitations.

Important Dates for my 2019 Couples

AnnouncementsJenn Jurf

As my own wedding date quickly approaches, it’s time to finalize and announce some important dates for my 2019 couples.

The studio will be completely closed from March 30 - April 21, 2019 while I am away celebrating my wedding and honeymoon. There will be no email communication or production during this time.

If you’re just starting the process, please allow at least 1 week prior to these deadlines for estimates and proofs.

Here are important deadlines for orders to start production in order to guarantee shipment prior to the closure dates:

March 8, 2019 - Last day for letterpress/foil wedding invitation orders
March 15, 2019 - Last day for digitally printed wedding invitation orders
March 22, 2019 - Last day for save the dates and day-of stationery items, such as menus, programs, thank you cards, place cards, etc.

Please note that in order to start production of your order, we require the final proof to be approved for printing, final balance paid and final guest list, if applicable.

The studio will reopen on Monday, April 22, 2019. Please expect a slight delay in email responses and production for the first week as I get caught up from my time away.

I can’t thank you all enough for your tremendous support, patience and understanding during my time away to be fully present with my new husband!

Elegant Burgundy Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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The Elegant Burgundy Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite features a romantic script font and sans serif typeface. The modern geometric border is done in a gold metallic letterpress for a subtle contrast to this design. Paired with our Burgundy Poppy Envelope Liner to give this design a floral vibe that’s perfect for spring, summer and fall weddings.

Barbara & Cameron's Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding in Tarrytown, New York

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Simple. Neutral. Greenery. What more could a girl ask for?

This style has been a particular favorite of mine this year! I love the romantic, greenery oasis that was created for Barbara and Cameron’s wedding. The neutral tones mixed with a simple, almost minimalist, reception set up is just truly stunning.

I loved working with Barbara to create a cohesive look throughout their wedding stationery. I was fortunate enough to work with her on their save the dates, wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations and day-of stationery. They chose the Modern Greenery design and customized the suite with a new font for their names and layout that were more suitable for their wedding style. I love that!

Browsing through their wedding album makes me so happy to see it all come together!

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Vendors:

Photographer: Kaylee Chelsea Photography
Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion
Invitations: Just Jurf Designs
DJ: Deejay Al
Flowers: Damselfly Designs
Hair/Make-up: Diana Streany / Jamie Cinquegrana
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Groom Suit: Suit Supply
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier

Please note: We do our best to include as many vendors as were aware of in this list. If you were a vendor for this wedding and are not mentioned, please contact us.

Simple Modern Script V2 Letterpress Wedding Invitation

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The Simple Modern Script was one of my favorites for summer weddings! I’m so excited to release an updated version in letterpress today!

The script font used in this design is modern and playful. We complimented it with a mix between a simple sans serif and serif in italics to continue the playfulness.

The RSVP and details card carry over the same simple typography with playful touches of script throughout.

The new and improved Peach Watercolor Floral V2 Envelope Liner is the perfect combination, making this suite perfect for summer weddings!

Top off the suite with matching envelope printing for your invitation and RSVP envelopes.

The simplicity of this suite really lends itself to several accessories to tie your suite together. My personal favorite is the vellum belly bands!

Request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Simple Modern Script V2 Letterpress Invitation Suite has all matching day-of stationery for your wedding from save the dates, menus, place cards, thank you cards and anything else you may need to create a cohesive look for your wedding day.

Other designs you may also like …

Simple Modern Script V2 Wedding Invitation
Simple Script V2 Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Elegant Anemone Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation
Modern Greenery V2 Letterpress Wedding Invitation