Printing Options For Wedding Invitations
Paperia | June 2015
Wedding invitations are the opening act to weddings. Because it’s the first thing that your guests see, you want it to set the tone for your upcoming nuptials. Choosing invitations can be overwhelming, however, because there are a number of different styles and printing techniques. Below you can find all the printing options to help make your decision a little easier.
What it looks like: The look of flat printing is very similar to printing on a laser printer at home, but without any smudging or fading of ink.
How it’s done: Ink dots from the printer are created and form letters on the paper. There are no letter indentations or raised feel.
Ink: You can use any color, but the printing doesn’t look as vibrant as with other processes.
What it looks like: The letters are raised on the front of the paper, but the back remains smooth. Thermography results in a formal look and feel.
How it’s done: Resinous powder is laid down on the paper and the ink is printed on top. It’s then heated and fused and the result is raised lettering.
Ink: Since this process fuses ink and powder, the colors are more limited. Darker inks on light paper work best.
What it looks like: The letters are indented on the front of the paper and slightly raised on the back. Letterpress results in a traditional and formal look.
How it’s done: A polymer plate is hand-set with all the letters and patterns and then pressed into the paper.
Ink: You can choose any colors with this method, but since each color has to be hand-pressed into the machine, it’s best to stick with just one or two to keep the cost down.
What it looks like: The letters are raised on the front of the paper similar to that of thermography, but the back is also indented. It’s great for a formal event and is one of the most costly printing methods.
How it’s done: A copper or steel plate is etched with the text and design and then ink is smoothed over top. Feeding the paper through a machine, extreme pressure is then applied downward and the paper is pressed around the letters and design.
Ink: Think ink, so you’re able to print light colors on dark paper.
What it looks like: The letters appear raised, as they are with thermography and engraving. However, they are colorless which makes embossing ideal for monograms and borders. The result is delicate and subtle.
How it’s done: A thicker paper is pressed between two etched metal dies and creates a relief, or raised, surface.
Ink: Color is possible with embossing, but if you want to stick with “blind” embossing, no color is needed.
There’s a wide range of prices between these printing methods, so you’ll have to take that into consideration when choosing which one is best for you. It’s a good idea to actually feel and see in person all the different printing techniques so you can figure out which ones you like!