Wedding stationery is key. When you decide to get married, the excitement kicks in, and you cannot wait to say to people “save the date!” But how do you tell them?
- The traditional save the date in the post?
- A save the date magnet?
- A wedding website?
- An email?
It will be one of the first glimpses your guests get of your wedding so make sure you think about it before rushing to send them. Think about your theme or wedding colours. Consider the level of formality you want. There is no point sending beautiful hot foil formal invites if you want a rustic, causal barn wedding and vice-versa. To help you think about the different styles of printing available, I have listed a few below with a brief description.
Wedding Stationery – The Different Styles.
I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert in the stationery department; I’m not. However, I have seen many different styles and qualities. Below are a couple of the main styles of stationery available and a few of my favourite suppliers (just mention Mary Cushen Wedding Planner if you decide to contact any of them).
Foil Blocking or Hot Foiling is a traditional artisan method of hand printing. A metal plate (like a stamp) has your design carefully engraved on it. The block is then heated and pressed firmly onto your selected card with a sheet of coloured foil sandwiched between the two. As a result, the card is branded with a beautiful metallic finish.
Letterpress is a form of relief printing where the desired text or image is pressed (debossed) into the surface of the paper creating a lovely tactile and luxury finish to the product. This process is completed entirely by hand.
This is probably the one you are most familiar with. Unlike letterpress and foil printing, digitally printed stationery is printed directly from a file on the computer. It can be one the least expensive and quickest form of printing. Digital products produce flat text or images without any texture but offer endless possibilities as to the text, images and the range of colours that can be used in one design.
Exactly as you would expect, handmade are handmade. If going for handmade (not DIY), I would always recommend you ask for a sample first. The quality varies considerably across the different providers, so you need to be happy with what you are paying for.