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Our Guide to Different Methods of Print Wedding Invitations – What to Know

Wedding preparations can be overwhelming, stressful, and expensive. Brides are often faced with making the major decisions and getting themselves familiar with wedding things they may have never heard of before.

Wedding invitations are no exception. When designing your wedding invitations, it is crucial to remember that the printing style and the type of ink can be an effective element of the artistry of your wedding invite. 

Here are some wedding stationery printing techniques you can look into when browsing through your options.

1. Thermography

This most cost-effective stationery printing method is a mixture of the ink and a resinous powder that sticks to the paper. It is then placed under a hot surface to melt the resin and blend in with the ink. 

The process results in a finished product with a clean, shiny, and slightly raised effect on the stationery that is almost as similar to engraving, though not as luxurious. Thermography also requires less manual labour since it does not need any engraving plate. For that reason, thermography is a cheaper and faster alternative than engraving.

2. Foil Stamping

If you want to add some glitz to your wedding invitation, foil stamping is the way to go. Foil catches the light in a way ink does not, brightens the design, and adds class to the stationery. With so many colour variations available, you can order foil in just about any colour from the colour wheel.

The process of foil stamping is almost the same as letterpress. It is a special printing technique that involves making a die and pressing it against a special type of foil. Next, the foil then transfers the design to the paper under the heat and pressure, creating an elegant effect.

3. Offset Printing (Spot Colour)

Digital printing and spot colour printing almost work the same way. However, there are differences that you need to consider. Digital printing has four main colours—black, yellow, cyan, and magenta. While it gives digital printing a good colour range, there are some colours it just cannot reproduce. Extremely vibrant colours, ultra-rich, or neon are way out of its scope. That is where spot colour printing comes in. 

Spot colour starts with the 12 primary colours, which means you can create any colour you want and imagine. However, do not be tempted with this endless option and start going crazy with colours. Like letterpress, each colour needs a new plate and another to run through the printer.

4. Calligraphy

You don’t see this beautiful artform often as much as it used to, but these elegantly handmade cards are great options for a wedding invitation. As a matter of fact, calligraphy is one of the most elegant techniques to present a wedding invitation.

However, this technique is not as easy as it seems. Unless you have a friend who is talented enough to pull it off or you are blessed with a flair for writing script, you will need to hire a professional calligrapher for this. They normally charge by the hour, which makes this technique more ideal for more intimate and formal affairs, such as weddings.

With so many options available, it is recommended to do your research first. Learn about each technique and determine which one will work best, given your budget and time restrictions.

If you are looking for affordable wedding invitation printing services in London, get in touch with us today! We are happy to help.

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