Common printing techniques for your wedding invitations

When you’re in the process of choosing your wedding invitations, you may start to realize that there’s a lot of detail that goes into the process. You have to choose the perfect color, font, shape and theme. But there’s one element that is often overlooked and can affect the style of your invitation: printing techniques. Here are a few of the most common:

Engraving: This printing technique makes your letters raised on the front and indented on the back of the invitation. If your nuptials are more on the formal side, this type of printing is most appropriate.

Thermography: This style is extremely similar to engraving, but there’s just one difference: The lettering is slightly shiny and the back of the invite will stay smooth rather than indented. This also matches the look of a formal wedding.

Letterpress: This font looks very natural and is hand-set and pressed onto the paper, leaving a sophisticated and elegant look. This is one of the more pricey methods of printing and requires bulkier paper, like thick card stock.

Digital printing: Using thousands of small ink dots, each letter on your invitation won’t fade or smudge – looking similar to what you would get from a home laser printer, but with a more professional, high-quality look.

Foil stamping: This process results in a dramatic, metallic finish. These invites are great for both formal and casual weddings and are created using a heated copper plate to push foil into the paper.

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