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Types of Printing for Wedding Invitations

Before your wedding invitations are printed, you will have to make a decision about what kind of printing method you would like to use. For some people this is a no brainer, you know exactly what you are looking for. But for many of my clients, they don't know where to start. 

So here is a little rundown on the different types of printing methods you can choose and the pricing that would accompany each. Hope this helps you feel confident in selecting and ordering your luxury wedding invitations!

Flat or Digital Printing ~ $

Flat printing is the most used method because of its cost and flexibility.  Although it is the most cost effective, it also has attributes none of the others have. Like flat printing can also be mixed with any of the other printing methods, like shiny foil, to create a super artistic design. Most importantly, this style is the only way to get full color. We use this method to print all of our watercolor pieces. If whenever you think flat printing you think, smooth, dull copy paper, well expand your horizons. Because a beautiful design in full color printed on cotton or deckle edged paper, can be a show stopper. 

Raised Printing (Thermography) ~ $$

Elegant raised printing is perfect for text and single colored designs. Or for outlining watercolor, which gives it a luxurious finishing touch. But how is do you get raised printing? When printing, the wet ink is sprinkled with embossing powder and heated to create this shiny, raised effect. Doesn't the calligraphy look splendid like this? It can only be printed one color at a time, and is more labor intensive, so the price reflects that. But you come away with a textured invitation that is very impressive.

Letterpress Printing ~ $$$

We love letterpress printing here! The calligraphy is made into a "plate" of hard plastic that is inked and pressed into thick cotton paper, leaving a textured, elegant piece that your guests will swoon over. Above you will see a toasted oatmeal ink set into creamy paper and the way that the light hits the indents in the paper, you just could stare all day. Then this invitation was finished with edge painting on the thick cotton paper in a happy rose pink. So, although letterpress is more pricey, it is the utmost of style if you are looking for luxury wedding invitations.

Foil Printing ~ $$$$

foil wedding invitation calligraphy

Foil printing is very similar to letterpress printing. The calligraphy is made into a plate, but this time the plate is made of metal. The printer heats the plate before it presses thin foil into the paper, leaving an indentation filled with your choice of fancy colored metal! It is just delicious with calligraphy. And we just can't seem to get enough. 

A Dorset County, England Wedding Map in Watercolor

Last week I had a great time working on this watercolor wedding map with calligraphy of this countryside wedding in England. Dorset County to be exact. I love that the bride wanted so many fun animals and local attractions. This is going to make for one awesome invitation. Below you see the original in all its glory! Can't wait to get some fancy pictures of the printed out set!

New Orleans Magnet Wedding Maps; Save the Date

I love new products. Although save the date magnets are not a new idea, this was my first crack at these fancy little decor items. The New Orleans watercolor wedding map here is one of my favorites. It depicted the French quarter and the second line band which are NOLA's signature.

For those of you who are new to my watercolor wedding maps, these are each custom painted for my clients. They pick the places, the style, the colors, the font, and the layout. All wording is personalized for the occasion. My watercolor wedding maps can be used inside your invitation, as a thank you card, in a welcome bag, or on the front of a weekend program. Pretty much anything you can print on, these maps can be used to decorate. What a great touch!

Calligraphy return address rubber stamps

One gift option we offer in our Etsy shop is a custom rubber return address stamp. This one shown has a wood handle. The return address stamp can be designed in any of my luxurious calligraphy fonts. So if you are looking for a fun personalized gift this Christmas season, this calligraphy retirn address stamp is a gret choice. Come by he shop to check it out!

Jewel Tones

What a fun Jewel tone vintage wedding scheme!! This excites me to design something fun and eye opening. I could think of so many different patterns that would look lovely up against these details.

It reminds me of the movie I saw last Thursday, Water for Elephants. Oh I loved that circus look. swoooon. What are your favorite bright color combinations?

Letterpress and Calligraphy Rehearsal Dinner Invitations and calligraphy promotion

In honor of Friday night, I would like to present a calligraphy rehearsal dinner invitation I designed in letterpress. This was for a BBQ meets black tie affair. The Bride just adored it, and so did we.

Check out other new pieces in our shop. Mention this post before July 15th and get a 10% discount on any order of 50+ invitations just because its Friday (and I am in a good mood!).

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