The Aerialist Press
1514 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608  | map
Products: Custom Products
Services: Design, Printing
Specialties: Letterpress, Recycled Paper
 
 
 
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  • Quality of Service:  5.0
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  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  4.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
This husband and wife team is amazing. I worked extensively with Alexandra, who never once got irritated with me as I changed my mind on my invitation style and wording like a million times. She was unbelievably professional and courteous. I love Aerialist Press!!
Wedding: 11/09/2013
Services Used: Invitations
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4.6/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
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  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  4.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
We worked with the Aerialist Press for our invitation suite, menus, and escort cards for our 9/28 wedding. The quality of their letterpress designs and printing was absolutely beautiful - we could not have been more pleased with the finished product.

My only complaint is that they can be a little hard to get on the phone (this could be in part due to their small team and the time change to Chicago!), but other than that we had a really great experience.
Wedding: 09/28/2013
Services Used: Invitations
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  • Quality of Service:  5.0
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  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0

Rachel 2 Reviews
Hands down one of the best "surprise" vendors I found! I had all but given up the idea of letterpress invitations in my budget that fit my very specific style until I found Aerialist Press. Not only are their designs the most gorgeous, unique and creative out there, but their prices can't be beat. Alexandra is professional, responsive and made us feel like we were custom clients. Being located in NYC I was never worried or doubted Aerialist Press would get the job done.
Wedding: 09/22/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
Alexandra did the most amazing job on our wedding suite - from the invitation to the programs and menus - the quality and style was unsurpassed for the price. Their work was flawless and materials were very high quality. Alexandra even went the extra mile to find the exact envelope lining pattern we were looking for despite not typically carrying - and the end result of the work was phenomenal. Would absolutely recommend Aerialist to my friends and family...already have!
Wedding: 09/21/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
The Aerialist Press did an amazing job with my invitations. Alexandra was quick to respond to all my e-mails, she provided updated revisions of the invitation suite within a day or two of my changes and they turned out great. The quality is fantastic and the colors for the ink are beautiful. All in all if you have the money to spend on letterpress (I didn't but still wanted to great invitations so I worked around the extra expense here) this is great company to go with!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the kind words, Emily! We absolutely loved working with you and getting to be part of your big day :)
Wedding: 08/24/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
We just picked up our Aerialist Press letterpress invitations last week, and we're very happy with how they came out. We also had the guest addresses digitally printed. We've already gotten back many compliments from our guests.

Since I live in the Bay Area, I was able to make an appointment and meet with Alex to discuss designs and see samples. She was happy to modify the house design we chose (Pemberly) and send us several iterations of proofs so we could try different fonts. Even if you can't make it to Emeryville, I would not hesitate to order from them. They do beautiful work and their prices are much more affordable than other letterpress printers I saw out there.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the sweet review! We loved working with you too :)
Wedding: 08/17/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
What an absolute pleasure it was to work with Alexandra. Every time I got an email from her, I was excited to see what she had come up with. She happily took my changes into consideration and cheerily sent me proof after proof of tiny wording changes, font changes, icon changes, and more without making me feel like I was bothering her. The quality of work was outrageous. I still receive compliments about our unique, personal, and beautiful invitations today, even from Guys! (who are known to not read invitations). Our design was so personal to us and meant a lot, our invitation has so much sentimental value. Thank you for your hard work, I will use Aerialst press for everything from now on.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Chelsea! Thank you for the kind words! We loved working with you on your custom suite. I just know your wedding was incredibly lovely and personal. Best wishes!
Wedding: 08/16/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
I had an absolutely amazing experience with The Aerialist Press. Alexandra made the invitation ordering process a breeze. My fiance and I knew we wanted a mad libs style RSVP card and it took just a few descriptive sentences for Alexandra to create a beautiful piece that fit my vision exactly. Further, I was a bit indecisive with a few of the important details for the invitations, including colors, but Alexandra was so patient with me for the number of emails I sent her. The end result was stunning and I couldn't have asked for a better vendor.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Christine! I'm so happy you were happy with your suite! We loved working with you on the mad libs reply. Congrats and best wishes :)
Wedding: 07/20/2013
Services Used: Invitations
3.6 out of 5.0
3.6/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  4.0
  • Responsiveness:  3.0
  • Professionalism:  3.0
  • Value:  4.0
  • Flexibility:  4.0
We used The Aerialist Press to create our letterpressed wedding invitations, reply cards, program, and menu. While the final products were beautiful (for the most part), I have mixed feelings about the service we received. We received many compliments on our paper goods, especially our invitations, and I loved the way everything looked. However, The Aerialist Press was challenging to work with at times. Ultimately, I think The Aerialist Press is a great option for affordable letterpress with lovely house design suites, but they need more employees to provide a higher level of service to their customers.

They are not available by phone or email on evenings or weekends, and their studio is not open at these times for pick up either (I had to go there before 5 pm on a weekday to pick up my invitations, although they do ship at an extra cost), which makes communication somewhat inconvenient.

The main issue we had was with our day-of paper goods. We paid for design work for the inner pages of our program, which wouldn't be letterpressed, but we wanted them to look consistent with the rest of the program and decided to use their digital printing services as well. The Aerialist Press merely changed the font of the text we provided, without even proofreading for formatting errors before sending us the proof. There were also formatting errors in several other pieces (like the word "potatoes" being separated onto two lines and hyphenated on our menu) which wound up wasting a significant amount of time going back and forth with proofs. This resulted in our pick up date being pushed back to only a few days before our wedding. After a phone call and email, they expedited our printing at no charge, but this was not what we expected after providing them with so much business.

While their letterpress is beautiful, high quality, and more affordable than most other printers, The Aerialist Press' service lacks the attention to detail that would make it a great business.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Emma,

I'm so sorry you weren't totally happy with your experience with us! For us, client service is the most important part of what we do. We want you to feel like your order is our priority and that we care about making your ordering process as easy as possible.

Unfortunately, with programs, the layout can be a little more nuanced, so we like to start the proof looking exactly as you have sent your wording over to ensure we don't overlook any formatting that is important to you. We always made changes to your order as quickly as possible, often sending several revisions same day or in the evening and we never charged for extra proofs.

We also offer Saturday/Sunday appointments one weekend a month and evening appointments on Wednesdays to accommodate hectic schedules, though we do understand Wednesday isn't ideal for everyone.

We always make every effort to accommodate our clients' wedding timelines and schedule and I hope having your order ready early helped ease any stress you might have felt during the proofing process.

I am happy you ultimately loved the quality of the printing and design, and again, I'm sorry you weren't totally satisfied with the proofing process of your day of pieces.
Wedding: 07/19/2013
Services Used: Invitations
4.6 out of 5.0
4.6/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  3.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0

Private User 5 Reviews
Loved the finished product we received! We placed our order over the internet/phone, hoping for the best and that is exactly what was delivered. Competitive pricing on letterpress. Thank you!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you for the kind words!
Wedding: Recently Married
Services Used: Invitations
4.6 out of 5.0
4.6/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  4.0
  • Value:  4.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
Loved the invites! Would definitely use them again!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Trina! Thank you for your kind review! Best wishes!
Wedding: 05/11/2013
Services Used: Invitations
4.9 out of 5.0
4.9/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  4.5
The aerialist press was a joy to work with. Easy going, responsive avd very helpful. I really loved our letterpressed invitations and programs we got from them. Highly recommend!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the great review!
Wedding: 03/16/2013
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
I cannot say enough good things about The Aerialist Press! I've been a bit overwhelmed and stressed by all the wedding choices out there - so many styles, so many themes - but the one thing I really, really wanted, from the beginning, was letterpress invitations. I didn't think I'd be able to get them, though, due to our budget. However, I found The Aerialist Press on some blogs and was surprised to find that I could get grade-A quality for a lot less $ than the other letterpress options out there. Even though we worked with one of their house designs, Alexandra was flexible, and we were free to move things around however we wanted. The end design felt pretty much like a custom design. We had a tight schedule when we ordered, but Alexandra was really responsive, turning around 6 proofs in only a couple of days. We were also able to talk to her on the phone (we're in NYC, so going in person to check out colors was not an option) and she was really patient with all our questions and requests. At one point, when we couldn't decide on whether we liked a particular color, she even offered to send us another invite sample so we could get a better idea. The turnaround time was also exceptional - we got our invites in about a month, as we had asked, despite Hurricane Sandy. We leapt for joy when we got them! Even the fiance, and he is most definitely not an invite guy, haha. The invites are just beautiful, thick, and turned out much better than we expected. The guest address printing on our envelopes was really nice, too (and saved us the calligrapher money). I am beyond happy and cannot wait to send them out. Maybe it's silly, but getting these beautiful invites has made us really excited about getting married, which is a welcome respite from a year of stress! Thank you Aerialist Press!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the kind words, Joanne! We loved working with you and Richard and are so excited for you guys! You made our day today :)
Wedding: 02/16/2013
Services Used: Invitations
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5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
I love The Aerialist Press! Like many other reviewers, I fell in love with letterpress but thought it was well out of our budget for our wedding invitations. I spent hours looking at dozens of websites and reviews but didn't find anything I liked in our price range until I found The Aerialist Press. Not only are their prices affordable, but their designs are beautiful. I fell in love with mine (the Clare suite) right away, but they offer a wonderful variety of designs for every type of wedding. Alexandra is fantastic to work with and did an amazing job with our save dates and wedding invitations. I live in DC, so we're on opposite coasts, but this was never an issue. Alexandra is incredibly patient and responsive, and she made this process virtually stress-free for me. We have received so many compliments on our save the dates and invitations. My fiancé rarely gets excited about any of the wedding details, but even he was thrilled with our invitations. We cannot recommend The Aerialist Press highly enough!
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Jaime! Thank you so much for the review! We adored working with you on your save the dates and invitation suite. So thrilled you loved them as much as we did. Congratulations bride-to-be!
Wedding: 10/13/2012
Services Used: Invitations
4.8 out of 5.0
4.8/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  4.5
  • Professionalism:  4.5
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0

Jeff 5 Reviews
All the printed materials for our wedding—from the invitations to the programs—were expertly done by Alexandra at the Aerialist Press. We love letterpress and were worried that we wouldn't be able to afford it. But she gave us something that was not only good value but also amazingly beautiful. One word of warning: She gets busy, so sometimes it will take a little while to get a response. But it's worth it to be patient and be able to work with her.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your kind review! Congratulations and best wishes!
Wedding: 09/22/2012
Services Used: Invitations
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service:  5.0
  • Responsiveness:  5.0
  • Professionalism:  5.0
  • Value:  5.0
  • Flexibility:  5.0
I chose a template but we changed it around so much that it looked like a completely original design. The invitations were incredible and they were patient with my endless changes. LOVE!!! Everyone gushed over the invites and the price was incredibly reasonable.
The Aerialist Press responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the review! Thrilled you enjoyed the process :)
Wedding: 09/16/2012
Services Used: Invitations
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