Oh, the choices that a bride needs to make with her invitations (or anyone ordering cards and invitations, for that matter)! Starting with the design, fonts, wording, and paper choices, the options can be very overwhelming!
One of the first questions I ask my client is "what type of printing are you interested in?". Below are descriptions of each type of printing that we offer, and when discussing your order I am here to answer any questions and guide you in the best decision for the look you want to achieve and, of course, for your budget.
1. Flat Printing: The first option is flat (or digital) printing. We have quality paper choices for our designs (and tons of options to choose from), and we almost always mount an extra card on the back to add extra thickness and a pop of color or texture. The beauty of flat printing is that it is the most budget friendly option, but there are still many things that you can do to "dress it up". You can add belly bands, pocketfolds (or card) invitations, printed envelope liners, (or colored card stock liners), rounded edges or die-cut shapes, and we can print white on colored card stock (which most flat printers cannot do). You can also have your invitations printed on metallic paper to add shimmer and shine without paying for foil. We also have the option to print laser cut, and if you are going for the "earthy" or "rustic" look, we can have your invitations printed on a wooden veneer (this option is also available for letterpress printing, although the ink is not pressed into the wooden veneer... it is "kissed" with ink).
2. Letterpress: If you are like me and appreciate the art of paper and printing, this is one of my favorite options. Our letterpress prices are VERY reasonable compared to most print shops, and the paper and quality of the printing is top notch. If you are willing to invest a little more than flat printing to have your invitation design beautifully pressed in our soft, luxurious 100% cotton (Crane Lettra) paper, let me tell you it is worth it! Letterpress printing is the oldest type of printing, and the plates are pressed into the paper. The result is beautiful and timeless- you can see and feel the indentations of your design and wording. Letterpress printing can make a single word in a simple font look exquisite! One thing to keep in mind about letterpress printing is that if you have a painting, it cannot be letterpress printed. We make plates of your invitation/stationery, so the design needs to be in vector art (or drawing). We can flat print the painting, and then letterpress the line art or text on top of the painting (or on the same paper as the painting).
3. Foil: This type of printing is hot right now... like a marble or quartz countertop in a white kitchen... everyone wants the shine of foil on their wedding invitations. And because I am a trend follower, or maybe because it is just so good looking, I LOVE foil. Our foil prices are higher than our letterpress, but... if you want the look, you do have to invest a little extra for it. The foil is pressed into the paper, so not only do you still get the indentations of letterpress, but you also get the true shine that no other printing can give you. Gold is also hot right now, and everything looks better foil printed in gold. But keep in mind, we have tons of other colors that can be printed in foil. You can also print foil on metallic paper, which is double shine... and letterpress cannot be printed on metallic paper.
4. Engraving & Thermography: The other options that we have are engraving and thermography. The look is the opposite of letterpress- the design and lettering is raised instead of indented. Thermography is the more budget friendly of the two, but engraving is the type of printing that my grandmother and my mom had for their wedding invitations. It is classic, timeless, and exquisite... just a little different look than the letterpress, but just as beautiful, and also timeless!
Keep in mind that there is no "right" or "wrong" with the printing that you choose. Every option is beautiful, it just depends on the look that you want to achieve and the amount that you want to spend. You an purchase samples of our printing, and we are happy to converse with you about our printing options, or if you are in the Chattanooga area, let's set up a time to meet in person!