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If you’ve ever thrown a party, you know that invitations are your first opportunity to set the tone for your event and impress your guests with your hosting savvy. With the ease and proliferation of electronic invitations (i.e. Evite, Paperless Post, etc), traditional printed invitations seem to be disappearing. But admit it – who doesn’t get excited when they open their mailbox and find a lovely, weighty personalized envelope that isn’t labeled “Exciting Offer Enclosed?” There is simply no better, more beautiful, or elegant way to let your guests know that your event – be it a small casual dinner, tea for girlfriends, or massive blowout – will be special. To help you in your pursuit for the perfect invitation to reflect your fabulous sensibility, here are some of our favorite places to buy invitations.
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Paper Source
175 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 934-4791

Offering custom invitations and stationary, Paper Source is no doubt one of the best options in LA if you’re looking for any type of invite. What’s great about Paper Source is the ability to select from a variety of invitation types that not only look current but are unique in design. From bridal shower invitations to wedding invitations and save the dates, Paper Source offers a myriad of options. Simply stop by one of the stores to get started today. Aside from a store near the Grove, Paper Source has locations in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Studio City and other spots around LA.

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Sugar Paper
1749 Ensley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 277-7804

With glass jars filled with tantalizing accessories, pens, paper goods and note packages delectably wrapped in clear foil and tied with ribbon fill front table displays, you’ll feel as if you’re walking into a candy store. And wait till you see Sugar Paper’s fabulously chic letterpress designs. Letterpress invitations can get very pricey, but for those on a budget, they also do flat printing and have unique pre-packaged invitation options as well.

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Kot Design Custom Invitations
Kot Design Custom Invitations
(818) 395-3388

Kot Design can do just about anything to help make your unique vision come to life. “Giving someone something that’s completely custom” and creating invitations that are “unique to fit each and everyone of my clients” is how Kot Design describes their vision. What’s even better? They come to you. That’s right. No parking. No packing up linen samples and color swatches and dragging them to the store. Kot design does not have a storefront and works by appointment only.

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Lilikoi Design and Letterpress
Lilikoi Design and Letterpress
(562) 972-1502

In addition to designing gorgeous and uber chic invitations, Andria Sato, the owner of Lilikoi, delivers intimate service. Even better – her studio is eco-friendly! Everything from the inks (vegetable oil based), the odorless solvent and the press run by hand help make this studio “sustainable.” Additionally, she mainly uses cotton paper made from reclaimed fabric (and made in the US) and orders are wrapped in 100% cotton, reusable packaging. Andria can provide a wide variety of invitation printing services from digital to letterpress, but it’s the letterpress invitations that she prints one at a time on her on-site hand-run letterpress that are truly extraordinary. Like Kot Design, Lilikoi does not have a storefront, she’ll come to you, and her service is by appointment only.

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Arts and Letters on Main
2665 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-9076

Looking for a stationery store with extensive experience and more traditional options? Arts and Letters on Main can help. The owner, Linda, is incredibly helpful, very knowledgeable and super friendly, “You have no idea how much I love what I do!” Well, yes, we do actually – her enthusiasm is evident in the elegant, well-curated and extensive selections available and in the outstanding personalized service she provides.

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Copper Willow Paper Studio
349 Richmond St
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 836-6004

Copper Willow is wonderful little gem in Culver City where you can find hip and unique invitation designs. An added bonus: although Jill Velez and Leora Mauck, the co-owners, have three letterpress machines in house, two of which are vintage 1950’s, they also offer other printing options including digital, off-set and engraved. In addition, all of their paper has recycled content or is FSC certified which is a great plus whether or not your environmentally conscious. They even have a wide variety of recycled and ‘plantable’ papers – the latest trend in invitation chic. So now, you can be gracious, elegant – AND eco-friendly.

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