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In my earlier post “Top 3 Invitation Printing Methods”, I highlighted the most popular printing methods used for producing wedding invitations.  In this blog post, I want to mention two traditional printing methods that are still in use but are not as popular as they used to be many years ago.

1. Engraving – The engraving process is actually the oldest and most traditional printing method for producing formal wedding invitations.  The engraving process produces a raised printing result similar to thermography except that engraving is actually pressed through and can be felt on the back of the paper.   Engraving used to be the most expensive form of printing and still is in some cases but it is now generally priced closely to letterpress printing.

2. Handwriting – A wedding invitation may be printed in a lovely handwriting completed by a calligrapher or any member of the family with beautiful handwriting.  Handwritten wedding invitations were very popular for very small intimate weddings, these days a handwritten wedding invitation may be used by a couple seeking a more personal touch on their wedding invitations. This traditional form of printing is also considered formal.  You may read more about this on my recent post “Handwritten Wedding Invitations”.


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The selection of a formal wedding invitation should be carefully completed.  I am guessing if you are a bride or a wedding professional assisting a bride and groom, you are also big on etiquette or at least would want to fulfill all etiquette guidelines.  Regardless, be sure the wedding invitations ordered reflect the couple’s true style and taste.

I have highlighted the top features of a formal wedding invitation below.  If you need any further assistance getting your invitation design project completed, you are welcome to leave a comment or ask a question.  I would love to help.

Shannon Couture Formal Wedding Invitations at Event House
Shannon Couture Formal Wedding Invitations Houston at Event House

Top Features of a Formal Wedding Invitation:

1. Color – Traditional wedding invitations are typically white, ivory or ecru (also known as a natural or soft ivory color).

2. Size – The sizes of traditional wedding invitations are approximately 5 by 7 with a finished size of 5.5 by 7.5 when inserted into an envelope.

3. Printing Method – A traditional wedding invitation is usually engraved or thermographed (a more popular option now). To learn more printing methods, you may reference my blog post “Top 3 Invitation Printing Methods”

4. Ink –  The most traditional wedding invitation is printed in black ink.

5. Wording – A traditional wedding invitation is usually issued in the third person.

I have provided a sample wording of a formal wedding invitation issued by the Bride’s Parents below:

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Windsor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Anne
Edward Albert Thomas
Saturday, the fifth of June
Two thousand nine
at half after four o’clock in the afternoon
First Baptist Church
10555 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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The top 3 wedding invitation printing methods are Offset Printing, Thermography Printing and Fine Letterpress Printing.

Two Ink Thermographed Wedding Invitations at Event House
Two Ink Thermographed Wedding Invitations at Event House

:: Offset Printing – $: Offset printing is one of the most commonly used printing available today. It is also the most economical printing process. The inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. The ink and images lay flat on the paper. Request a sample from your invitation designer or wedding stationer.

TIP – When interviewing invitation companies – ask if your invitations are printed on a digital commercial press or on a laser printer. Some things may be home-made, your “dream” Invitations should not be one of them.

:: Thermography Printing – $$: Thermography popularly known as raised printing resembles engraving with a raised surface but when complete appears shiny.  Thermography produces raised printing similar to engraving using a different process and also provides a less expensive alternative to foil stamping, embossing, or UV coating. In thermography, a special powder is added to the ink printed on the paper. The printed piece is heated and the powder and ink mixture dries to form a raised effect on the paper.

:: Letterpress Printing – $$$: Is one of the most elegant printing processes available. Letterpress process is printing text with movable type in which the raised surface of the type is inked and then pressed against a smooth substance to obtain an image in reverse. Request a sample from your invitation designer or wedding stationer.

Vivian @ Event House

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