Now that you know WHAT components make up an invitation suite, it’s time to learn about some of the most popular wedding invitation print methods! This is where you start to envision what your dream invitation will look like. If the terms digital, letterpress, emboss, deboss, and foil stamping have you feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry, I have you covered! Continue reading below for the details to help guide you in selecting the wedding invitation printing technique that works best for your budget and style.
Also called flat printing, digital printing is the most popular printing method for wedding invitations. The process is fast, efficient, and has the most versatility for colorful designs. Digital printing also offers flexibility for ordering small quantities with low minimums. This high-resolution print method uses CMYK ink to print directly on the paper and is the perfect option for the couple who wants colorful designs.
Letterpress Printing dates back to the 15th century. To achieve this wedding invitation print method, you use a printing press, custom plates, and hand mixed Pantone ink color(s). The inked plate is passed and pressed into the paper leaving behind an indented design for a luxurious and textural style. Every ink color needs a custom plate, so the more colors you want to incorporate, the more expensive your invitations will be.
Similar to letterpress, blind debossing provides a recessed design, but without ink. Blind emboss, on the other hand, offers a 3D or raised effect. Both of these printing techniques don’t use color or ink (hence the word blind) and are perfect print methods for subtly incorporating an unexpected design, such as a monogram or pattern.
Foil Stamping is the application of pigmented metallic foil. When the heated plate is stamped on the paper, the metallic foil is permanently adhered to the paper surface. Foil stamping is the only way to achieve a true metallic foil look. It’s also the most expensive printing option for wedding invitations.
Each wedding invitation printing method has its unique charm, allowing couples to express their style, while setting the tone for their special day. Still not sure what the best option is for you? INQUIRE HERE and let’s chat! I can’t wait to hear from you.
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