So you’ve found the wedding invitations of your dreams, but your journey is not quite over yet! Now you need to decide how you’re getting your wedding invitations printed. The terms you’ll come up against might seem confusing at first, so here’s a quick run-down of common methods of printing wedding invitations.
Engraving: Often spoken of but not often practiced, engraving is the most traditional method of printing wedding invitations. The design and words are etched into a copper plate. The invitation is placed facedown onto the plate and then pressed until the design and words are engraved onto the paper, creating raised lettering. While classic and beautiful, this sort of printing will cost you. If you’re going a bit less high-budget, look into thermography.
Thermography: This heat-based method involves joining ink and a resin-based powder that fuse to create the look of raised lettering. One of the most popular choices when it comes to printing wedding invitations, thermography produces an appearance similar to engraving without the prohibitive cost.
Lithography: You’re likely the most familiar with this method of printing wedding invitations, also known as offset or flat printing. Lithography creates a flat image on the paper, without the raised effect of engraving or thermography, using a rubber cylinder which transfers an inked impression of the text to paper.
Laser printing: The most cost-effective option, laser printing can likely be done with the computer printer you already have. Most unprinted wedding invitations are delivered with the intent that they’ll be printed using this method.
Calligraphy: Do you have an unlimited budget? Calligraphy is done by hand by skilled artisans experienced in the trade. Done with special pens and ink, calligraphy is an involved process that will leave you with the most beautiful handwritten invitations. Due to the high cost, calligraphy is most often kept to the most formal of wedding invitations.