Wedding Invitation Printing Styles

Written with love, by The Bride List vendor Laurie Louis

Which Invitation Printing Style is Right for You?

There are many items to consider prior to sitting down with a wedding invitation company to design your invitations. The two biggest things to consider are budget and style and so, we are going to review the current most popular options when it comes to printing styles:

 

Digital/Flat Printing:

This is generally the best option if you are on a budget and perfect if you are in a hurry. The ink lies flat and generally works better on smooth paper. Because of the way it’s printed, the ink colors and designs are limitless.

 Designed by The Bride List vendor  Laurie Louis

Designed by The Bride List vendor Laurie Louis


Thermography:

Thermography is a middle of the road option similar to engraving, but less expensive. Thermography uses special ink mixed with a powder compound that is raised with heat. It produces a “glossy” look instead of the engraved “matte” look and is not as detailed as an engraved invitation, but it also works as a great alternative to the higher cost engraved invitation.

 Designed by The Bride List Vendor  Cordial Punch Press

Designed by The Bride List Vendor Cordial Punch Press


Foil Stamping:

Foil Stamping is a process that includes heating foil to create dimension. Taking foil, heating it and stamping it onto the paper, creates the stamping and plates are generally created for each color to build the design. Because of the process, foil stamping tends to be costly but if you want gold or silver in your design, it tends to be the best option.

 Designed by The Bride List Vendor  Sizzle Cone Designs  (custom order request)

Designed by The Bride List Vendor Sizzle Cone Designs (custom order request)


Letterpress Printing:

Letterpress printing is the opposite of engraving in that the design is pressed into the paper instead of a raised design. Letterpress generally uses 100% cotton type paper and a plate is created for each color. Because of the detail of the design and cost, it is generally suggested to limit your colors to two or three.

 Designed by The Bride List Vendor  Cordial Punch Press

Designed by The Bride List Vendor Cordial Punch Press


Engraving:

This is the most traditional and oldest form of printing. Lettering and designs are etched into a metal die, inked and then pressed against the paper. Unlike thermography, the lettering is sharp and intricate and the price is costly. If your wedding is one of elegance and sophistication and you can afford the price, you should consider engraving.

One final note to think about prior to sitting down and creating your design is to think about your wedding theme and colors. Do your due diligence prior to your meeting by looking at designs and inspiration boards. This way you have an idea of what you are looking for. Not all invitation designers offer all options but whether it's rustic, traditional, beach or formal, black and white, a hint of gold metallic or blue and navy, there is a printing process that is perfect for you!