Stationery Printing Techniques

Choosing a design and a printing technique for your wedding invitations is equally important as the wording because it gives a hint to your guests on how formal the reception will be and what kind of event they should expect.

From royal-style engraving which is the most expensive technique, to modern offset printing, see which 6 styles are often used for wedding stationery and decide which one is the most suitable for you:


Letterpress is an old-fashioned technique which became very popular again recently, especially for vintage themed wedding receptions. You can be creative and make different fun designs with it. The text is not perfectly crisp but it has a very nice texture and looks cool and retro. The letters are carved out of a metal plate and pressed into the paper. This style works best on soft, bulky paper and is ideal for both formal and informal weddings.


Engraving is the most traditional and the most expensive technique. Etched copper plate is covered with ink and then pressed on a very thick, high quality paper such as cotton fiber. It looks very stylish and luxurious which is why it is simply ideal for classical formal wedding invitations.


Thermography is an affordable alternative to engraving and the result is very similar. Heated ink and resinous powder are used to create the raised lettering effect. The text has a shiny finish and is not as crisp as the engraved one. This technique works best with thick, light coloured matte paper and dark ink.


Offset printing technique is similar to digital printing and is the least expensive option. You can use it for both formal and informal wedding invitations and accompanying stationery for your reception. Its flat style is commonly used for postcards and magazines, and the quality and intensity of colours can vary to a great extent.


Embossing is very decorative and is commonly used for monograms and floral ornaments. It can be coloured or bare if you just want an elegant, discrete relief on your wedding invitation. This technique is great for traditional cards, but can also look very modern.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is a great idea if you want a classical wedding invitation subtly decorated with shiny golden or silver letters and bordering. However, you can use this technique to make bold, glamorous designs which resemble modern glossy magazines. The printing process doesn’t involve ink which is why it is called “dry printing” and is perfect for fine detail.

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