What to look for in wedding invites

We live in the digital age. It’s all emails, texts and WhatsApp these days. So it makes it even more special when you get actual physical correspondence. And because they don’t get much more important that wedding invites, you need to make sure yours are even more eye catching.

You’ve chosen the venue, bought the dress, finalised the guest list. All that’s left is to send out the invites. Here’s what to look out for when shopping for your wedding invitations.

Belly band

Like the icing on the cake, the belly band fits around the invitation holding it all together. Made from fabric or ribbon, this is your chance to add a bit of flair.

What to look for in wedding invites

Deboss or emboss

Debossing is when images or text are pressed onto the paper creating an indentation. Embossing is when the paper is raised using similar techniques. It’s an elegant stylistic touch ideal for subtle monograms or decorations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Engraving

Text is etched onto a metal plate, which is then covered in ink and used as a printing press. Prince William and Kate Middleton used this method for their invitations so expect it to be a little pricey.

What to look for in wedding invites

Foil stamping

A metal plate is used to print various coloured foils onto the paper. It’s a great way of making your invitations stand out.

What to look for in wedding invites

Laser cutting

This precise cutting method can cut incredibly intricate lace patterns into paper. It’s bang on trend right now and adds depth to your invitations.

What to look for in wedding invites

Letterpress

A similar method to engraving but at a much more affordable price. Gives your invitations a real vintage look.

What to look for in wedding invites

Offset

A form of flat printing that works best with delicate materials. If you’re using thin paper or other fabrics, this is the way to go.

What to look for in wedding invites

Screen printing

Create a hand painted look with ink pushed through a stencil woven mesh.

What to look for in wedding invites

Stock

Think quality paper for your invites. The thicker and heavier it is, the better. Stock is the term that refers to the weight of 500 sheets.

What to look for in wedding invites

Thermography

A short cut for creating beautifully printed hand lettering. It looks just like engraving but costs an awful lot less.

What to look for in wedding invites

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