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Different types of Printing Techniques for wedding invitations:

Blind embossing

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Embossing (see below) without the addition of ink or foil. Letters and images appear raised but colorless. Blind embossing is normally used for details of the invitation like borders and monograms, but not for entire invitation wording because the letters can be hard to see.

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Digital Printing

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Digital Printing is the least expensive technique and an extremely popular printing method. Digital presses usually use toner-based inks where no printing plates are involved. This mean invitations are printed directly from a digital file on the computer so there is a minimal set-up cost. With that, essentially you are only paying for paper stock used plus ink. Digital printing does have limits: papers must be able to withstand heat and to go through a curved or straight path in the printer, which means you are limited in paper weight and thickness. Digital printers transfer the four colors (CMYK) to the paper simultaneously through a single pass through the printer. This method results in a flat image without any texture.

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Embossing

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A printing process that uses two die to raise letters and images on the paper’s surface. The paper is impressed with etched designs and words to produce beautifully subtle details. This technique is found in a lot of more traditional and catalogue style invitations.

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Engraving

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Engraving is the most expensive printing process and is a mark of distinction and quality. It is ideal for fine detail or small type and produces the crispest results. It can be done either with or without ink, when no ink is used it is called embossing.

The process of engraving is the most labour intensive and begins with preparing a copper plate with recessed areas. These areas are filled with ink and each piece of paper is fed into the press which then presses the plate onto the paper. The pressure of the plate onto the paper creates raised and embossed impressions that can be felt by touch on the reverse side of the paper.

Traditionally, a tissue overlay always accompanied engraved invitations to avoid smudging; though this is no longer necessary, the tradition lives on as an option.

 

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Foil Stamping

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Foil stamping literally involves pressing foil onto the paper. Metal plates are custom carved with the invitation design that is then fitted into the press and carefully pressed onto each invitation individually. Each type of foil has distinctive qualities and interacts differently with each paper stock.

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Laser cutting

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A process that uses a laser to cut out words and design details on invitations — it sometimes leaves barely noticeable burn marks on the back of the paper. When used on metal it can be used to etch works or cut out details.

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Letterpress

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Letterpress is the oldest form of printing, dating back to 1440 when mass printing was first revolutionized. In recent years, it has returned as a popular and nostalgic style for stationary because it yields a unique and handmade look. The process for letterpress is similar to that of foil stamping, but instead of pressing metal foil onto the paper, ink is stamped. A metal plate is inked by a rubber roller and then individually pressed onto each piece of paper. This form of printing leaves the text indented on the invitation, creating a debossed effect which is the opposite of the raised lettering that engraving and thermography create.

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Offset Printing

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Offset printing is the highest quality flat printing process available and next to Digital printing technique, this is the least expensive where the paper is run through a high-speed offset press that simply transfers the ink onto it. Unlike digital printing, offset printing can be used on any type of paper with any type of weight. It prints a single color at a time, so invitations must be completely dried and the press itself must be cleaned and reset before passing the invitation through the machine again for each added color. The text can be left flat as it is printed, or thermographed for a different effect.

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Screen printing

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A process that involves a mesh stencil (the “screen”) being pressed against material — generally fabric. Ink is then pressed through the porous mesh onto the material with a roller.

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Thermography

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Thermography is a raised ink printing process that looks very similar to engraving but is much less costly. This is a popular way to achieve a classic engraved look on a budget. With this process, a special powdered resin is sprinkled on the freshly-printed letters, sticking to the wet ink. The paper is then heated, reacting with the ink and resin and creating a raised effect (similar to that of engraving). Depending on which powder is used, the result is either matte, shiny, or metallic, each can subtly change the color as well.

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WHEN SHOULD WEDDING INVITATIONS BE SENT 1

Congratulations!!! You are engaged. Now what? Here is a handy dandy guide to help you with your wedding invitation timeline.  Perhaps the most important thing is – You should Order your invitations atleast 6 months before your wedding.  

This means that you will need to know your venue, date, and time. But as most venues book out atleast that far in advance that should not be a problem.

Okay, so lets work backwards from your wedding date – send your invitations out 6-8 weeks in advance to give people plenty of time to take off of work. If your wedding is during the summer, on a holiday or a destination location allow 12 weeks or more. So remember, this means you need to add the invitation design process and turnaround times on top of the times above to determine your get started date.

If you are ordering a pre-done pre-designed invitation from one of the big box companies  6-8 weeks before your mailing date should be sufficient, 10-12 weeks is optimal. Of you are doing custom designed invitation allow 4-6 months. Remember your preferred designer’s schedule may fill up and fabricating invitations from scratch takes time so, the sooner the better.

So what if you delay or just don’t have the time?  Is it still possible to get your invitations completed in just a few weeks? Well of course it is…. but the real question is… will you like the selection you may have to choose from or the price for a rush job…..? My best guess, probably not.  Remember what they say about value: there’s fast, there’s cheap, and there’s good.  Generally you can only get two of those things at once.

Are you are thinking of DIY? DIY can be a little tricky. Depending on how complicated you want your invitations to be and if you are going to get help with the design it could be a quick process or a long process. Just remember even professional designers take a couple of weeks. That being said however long you think you will need take that time and *TRIPLE* it. You heard correctly. Trust me it takes much longer than you expect to time ribbon and assemble. There will be unexpected complication and things will not turn out how you thought so give yourself time to fix any bumps in the road.

So, how do you avoid panic mode and rush fees?

Follow the timeline below:

9-12 months before your wedding

  • Put together your guest list to determine the number of invitations you’ll need (remember to order extras)
  • Start gathering photos, inspiration items etc. Pinterest is a wonderful resource. This will help you clarify your personal style and your vision of your big day once you see what you lean towards more.
  • If you are sending out Save The Date cards, start to consider what type of Save The Date you’d like…post card, magnet, card, custom.

6-9 months before your wedding

  • Purchase and send out your Save The Date Cards, especially if you are having a summer wedding, a summer wedding, or a holiday wedding
  • Start looking at invitation options to determine the type and style of invitation you are looking for
  • If you’ve decided on custom-designed invitations, find a designer you’d like to work with and book them
  • Give some thought to the wording you want for your invitation, and what additional inserts you may need (reception cards, accommodation cards, map/directions, itinerary etc.)
  • Determine the day-of stationery you desire (menus, escort cards, programs, thank you cards etc.)

4-6 months before your wedding

  • Finalize your guest list and make sure you have full names and correct and addresses for ALL guests
  • Also determine if you are allowing plus ones for your guests
  • Determine your invitation style, what additional inserts you will need and wording you will like.
  • Place your invitation order
  • Don’t forget to proofread, proofread and proofread!

3-4 months before your wedding

  • Begin addressing your envelopes if you are doing so by hand or sending them out for calligraphy
  • Begin assembling all the parts of your invitations and stuffing them in the envelopes (keep them unsealed, just in case)
  • Order any day-of stationery if you haven’t already

8-12 weeks before your wedding

  • Take one complete invitation to the post office to be weighed.  Purchase postage for your invitations.
  • Seal your envelopes, apply the postage and take them to the post office to be mailed (ask for them to be hand-canceled if possible)

3-4 weeks before your wedding

  • Keep a running tally of your RSVPs as they come in, make sure you keep track of both yes and no responses (there is a neat trick for this stay tuned to the blog to find it out)
  • Mail any additional invitations for events surrounding your wedding (rehearsal dinner, day-after brunch etc.)

2-3 weeks before your wedding

  • Follow-up with any guests who have not yet replied to ensure you have an accurate headcount for your venue

1-2 days before your wedding

  • Make sure you have all of your day-of stationery together and determine who will take care of the items (ie. who will hand out programs, who will set up escort cards etc.)

1-3 months after your wedding

  • Send out personalized thank you cards to your guests

This timeline is by no means the end all be all for every situation, but hopefully it will help you  stay on track and ahead of the game with your wedding invitations and wedding stationery.

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Wedding invitations can include a number of enclosures, depending on your specific wedding and your stationery budget. (obviously more pieces means higher costs)

Outer envelope: Holds everything all the enclosures. The envelope is formally addressed to your guest.
Inner envelope: Holds all the pieces of the formal invitation, this serves as protection for the invitation during shipping.
Reception card: This tells your guest where and when the reception will be held – this is usually only included if the ceremony and reception are at different locations.
Response card: This is where your guests accept or declines your invitation. Make sure to include an response deadline.
Response Envelope: The response card is included with this self-addressed (your address) and stamped envelope.
Map/Directional: Optional insertion to help your guests navigate from the wedding to the reception and/or give suggestions for hotel accommodations.

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Every wonder what stationery you need for your wedding. Well look no further, here is a list of all the wedding paper. Remember some of these pieces are totally optional:

:: Save the dates {cards, post cards, and magnets}

:: Wedding Invitations {catalog, custom, or couture}

:: Bridal Shower Invitations

:: Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

:: Custom Wedding Maps

:: Wedding Monogram Design

:: Envelope Seals

:: Welcome Guest Bags and Boxes

:: Wedding Itinerary

:: Envelope Addressing/Calligraphy

 

WEDDING CEREMONY STATIONERY

:: Wedding Ceremony Programs

:: Escort/Place Cards

:: Guest Favors

 

WEDDING RECEPTION STATIONERY

:: Menu Cards

:: Personalized Napkins

:: Reception Programs

:: Seating Charts

:: Table Numbers

:: Event Signs

 

POST WEDDING STATIONERY

:: Announcements

:: Thank You Cards

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Welcome to Ink and Elegance Wedding Invitations your online wedding invitation boutique! Ink and Elegance is an online wedding invitation boutique specializing in lace wedding invitations, gold wedding invitations and wedding calligraphy. Our wedding invitation designs are beautifully embellished and printed on luxurious cardstock.

Ink and Elegance offers a variety of styles including modern wedding invitations, elegant wedding invitations. Our invitations can be presented to your guests as a pocket wedding invitation, a boxed invitation, or in the classic but elegant envelope.

We did not forget the matching day of accessories. So wherever your guests turn they will see your unique theme throughout your wedding. Our boutique currently offers save the dates, wedding invitation suites, wedding ceremony programs, escort and place cards, as well as, menus and table numbers…. Oh and don’t forget the thank you cards.

We match your wedding colors when customize your unique wedding invitation package. Invitation wording and color changes are always included with every order.
You can browse our wedding invitation design collection. Don’t miss this season’s hottest colors; blush wedding invitations, gold wedding invitation, coral wedding invitations, mint wedding invitations and beautiful blue wedding invitations.

Ink and elegance also offers wedding calligraphy! Send your guests beautifully addressed wedding invitations without the time commitment of addressing your own invitations. When you order your invitations from us our digital calligraphy is free on the front of your outside envelope. Your guest’s addresses will be printed on the front of your invitations in the font that matches your invitation, with your return address printed on the back flap. This free service makes, stuffing and mailing your wedding invitations easy and stress free.