Do you know how wedding invitations are so beautifully printed?


You probably never gave it much thought, but the art of printing fine stationery has been around for 100s of years (for a fun history of the wedding invitation, visit the Dandelion Patch). Although Ann’s doesn’t specialize in many of the traditional (and expensive) forms of printing such as engraving and letterpress, the printing processes we do use are meant to give you fabulous quality while staying within your budget. All of our wedding invitations are printed using one of two printing techniques: thermography or digital printing.


wedding invitation with raised printing


Thermography is also known asraised printing because you can actually feel the invitation’s lettering and design. This method involves sprinkling resin on the printed invitation sheet while the ink is still wet, then exposing the sheet to heat. The resin and ink fuse together, raising the lettering on the invitation’s surface. It’s meant to mimic the elegant look of engraving without the super high price. Thermography is actually very affordable, which is why we love it!


raised print invite close-up


Digital printing uses high-resolution, digital color to print elaborate designs. The wording and design are flat printed rather than raised like thermography. This printing method not only yields brilliant, long-lasting colors, it does so within a fast timeframe. Due to its quality and fast turnaround, digital printing has become one of the most popular printing methods used in today’s wedding invitation industry.


wedding invitation with flat printing


If you would like to learn more about other types of printing techniques, visit Printing Matters at Invitations by Dawn. As you’re reading, you can shop and see the invitations printed using that method. We highly recommend checking out the Featherpress™ printing — simply awesome.