5 printing methods to consider for your wedding stationery

Did you know that even though it’s only just the middle of 2019, if you are planning a 2020 soiree then it’s already time to start planning?

I don’t say that to make you panic, I want to help you get all your stamps in a row and plan like a boss! So today we are talking about 5 printing methods to consider for your wedding stationery.

Before we get started I just want to be clear, we will not be covering colors, fonts, and envelopes. This post is all about printing methods and here’s the reason why. When you understand the differences between the different print methods available, you can better plan who can design your desired look.

  • Do you need a designer or a calligrapher?
  • Does the designer have enough time to accomplish the look and vibe you want to achieve?
  • Not to mention, you can figure out when you should reach out to to your designer to get started, (because let’s be real, no one wants to pay for rush fees, amiright!)

Digital ($)

This is by far the most common printing style due to its vast affordability and speed. Most stationery you come across, whether custom or pre-designed, utilize the digital printing method in all or part of the design. If you are in a crunch for time or just want to keep the spending to a minimum, this is definitely the way to go.

Pro Tip: If you love dark papers with White ink then you should look into White Ink Printing! It is a bit more expensive than color printing, but many printers now offer this service. If you want color designs along with the white ink, be sure to ask for white+color. Otherwise, your graphic will not show against the dark papers. I will say, the end result is totally worth the extra money.

Letterpress ($$$)

Letterpress is one of the most common upgrades to wedding stationery suites because of it’s iconic elegance. Letterpress is accomplished by pressing the design (or maybe just a portion of the design) into the paper using plates. Letterpress is kind of a less is more technique but can be combined with digital printing to give a bit more oomf. But in my personal opinion, letterpress by itself is gorgeous and perfect for modern and traditional weddings alike.

NOTE: If you are perfectionist letterpress may not be ideal for you. There are always imperfections either with ink color across the run or how well the paper took the impression. So be sure to talk this printing method through with your designer if imperfectly perfect isn’t your thang.

Foil Printing ($$-$$$)

This technique is where your design will incorporate actual metallic or opalescent leaf and is absolutely to die for!

Acrylic Wedding Invitation in a custom velvet upholstered invitation box

How to save a bit of moolah. If you like the foiled look, whether digital or press, consider only using this technique on one card. This significantly decreases your investment while still giving your invitation a bit of extra pizazz.

There are actually two methods to accomplish foil printing:

Digital Foiling ($$) This technique applies the metallic foil to the toner of the printer, much like a minc but on a much larger scale. This is the more affordable and quicker option of the two foiling techniques as it doesn’t require any press plates to be made.

Foil Press ($$$)This technique impresses the metallic foil into the paper and leaves an imprint. It’s essentially a combination of letterpress with metallic foil.

If a super classy and high-end appearance is what you are looking for, then be sure to think about these considerations:

Colors are limited. Although you do have several options, colors don’t abound like with digital printing. Most places offer about 9-12 foils to choose from.

Turnaround varies by technique. If you are on a tighter timeline and really want the foiled look you will need to go with digital foiling. This technique can be accomplished in just a few days, whereas foil press can take weeks.

Thermography ($$$)

Have you ever touched a business card or a book and the ink was raised? That is thermography. This unique print method gives you a look that can’t be matched with any other printing method. I will say, this is not an extremely popular stationery option. So if you use thermography in your suite the unique factor will definitely go up, but due to its rare usage, so will the cost.

Hand-Lettering ($$-$$$)

Do you like the intimacy of a handwritten note and the flowy-ness of calligraphy? Then hand-lettered stationery is totally up your alley.

But there are some definite things to consider when budgeting for this one-of-a-kind look.

No two cards will ever be the same. I mean a real live (non-robot) person will be hand writing every card. That means there is a lot of time, effort (and love) going into every single card.

Colors and Designs may be limited. The type of papers and colors available for this type of design cater to the ink flowing well on the paper. So what is available may vary greatly calligrapher to calligrapher.

Pricing this is hard. Calligrapher pricing varies A LOT! Location, time-of-year and workload all factor into how calligraphers price this service. IF they even offer full stationery suites because not all calligraphers do.

Bottom Line: If you know you want hand-lettered stationery, reach out to your preferred calligrapher at least 8 months before your big day. If you can reach out even earlier please do! Your calligrapher will thank you for the extra time.

Which of 5 printing methods to consider, screams you?

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