Wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding. Not only do they tell guests where and when the wedding is being held, they subtly indicate the degree of formality of the wedding through style, paper choice and wording. Typestyle, motif and monogram choices, along with the print method, ink color, envelope lining and perhaps a ribbon, all combine to create the perfect first impression of your wedding day.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How soon should I begin the process of ordering invitations?

Answer: Between four to six months before the wedding date.

 

2. What is the difference between letterpress, engraving, thermography, flat and digital printing?

Answer:

Engraving – Engraving is one of the oldest and most exquisite printing processes. Running one’s fingers over a piece of engraved stationery reveals the texture’s unique to engraving – finely detailed, raised letters with slight indentations on the reverse side of paper.

Thermography – Unlike engraving, where the paper is actually raised, the raise in thermography is created by a resinous powder that is melted over the flat printed ink.

Letterpress Printing – Letterpress printing brings age-old craftsmanship to classic and updated design. Wonderfully tactile, it has a rich, warm feel created when a plate is inked and pressed onto the surface of a paper, leaving a deep impression.

Blind Embossing – Blind embossing is similar to engraving in that a raised image is created by pressing paper onto a copper plate. But unlike engraving, no ink is used in the process. Instead, the raised image stands on its own on the page, bringing an understated elegance and highly sophisticated look to the final product.

Flat Printing – Also called offset printing or lithography, flat printing is produced by transferring an inked impression from a plate to a rubber cylinder and then to the paper. As the name implies, the image created is flat to the surface of the paper. Flat printing is ideal for large blocks of color and gradations of hue.

Digital Printing – Digital printing is a fast, affordable method of printing. Unlike traditional printing, digital printing tends to have a flat, one-dimensional appearance. However, the rich colors provided by a high-end printing system makes this process ideal for full-color projects.

 

3. How long does it take for invitations to be printed?

Answer: Depending on the process, between two to four weeks

 

4. When should my wedding invitation be mailed?

Answer: Six to Eight weeks before the wedding

 

5. Are there other items which are included in a typical wedding invitation?

Answer: Typically a response set is enclosed. The response set includes a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope to send back the response card, which the invitee completes, indicating who is attending or declining the invitation.

One might also consider enclosing a reception card. These small cards invite guests to the reception and provide the name and location. This is particularly helpful if the wedding and reception are held at different locations.