Professional invitation printing processes can be confusing — Ann’s simplifies it!

Ann’s Quick and Easy Guide to Invitation Printing Processes

If you’ve started the search for your wedding invitations, then you’ve probably come across the terms “thermography,” “engraving” and “letterpress” in regards to the professional processes used to print invitations. What do these methods involve? And more importantly, how do they affect your invitations? Below is an easy guide to help you answer these questions and more.

Thermography — both affordable and eye-catching!
Process Details

Thermography involves sprinkling resin on the printed invitation sheet while it is still wet and exposing the sheet to heat. The resin and ink fuse together, raising the lettering above the invitation’s surface.
Finished Product
Similar to engraving but not as expensive.

Engraving — a prestigious tradition with an elegant look!
Process Details
Engraving raises your lettering above the invitation’s surface while leaving slight indentations on the reverse side of the paper. The elegant look of engraved stationery is produced by filling the crevices of an etched copperplate with ink, feeding the paper into the press and stamping the paper between the copperplate and another hard surface. Some printers will even send you the original copperplate with your embossed invitation order as a unique and lasting keepsake.
Finished Product
A three-dimensional masterpiece!

Letterpress — finely crafted for unmatched beauty and distinct character!
Process Details
Letterpress involves pressing an inked raised surface, such as a metal plate, into soft paper (hard or thin papers won’t create as deep of an imprint). This pressure creates an impressed image, leaving your wording crisp and sharp in appearance. Letterpress is a detailed process that may need an extended production period, so be sure to allow more time.
Finished Product
The highest possible printed quality.

Now that you have an idea of what each of these popular printing processes involve and how they relate to the quality, time limitations, expense and look of your invitations, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on what type of printing process is necessary to attain the results you want.