When it comes to designing wedding invitations, there are many factors to consider – style, paper, the wording of your message. What is often overlooked are the printing techniques, such as embossing or letterpress, that can make your cards really stand out.

Whilst the printing technique that you choose will depend on your budget, it is worth having a look at your options. Each type of process has its benefits and drawbacks. The techniques you use can determine the perceived formality of your event; for instance, engravings appear more luxurious than a simple digital print. However, digital print is typically more cost-effective and has a faster delivery time.


Here’s a list of 6 print techniques for wedding invitations:

Foil stamping

For a papery, metallic look, foil stamping work a treat. A hot copper plate pushes the foil into the paper, creating an impression similar to letterpress. This process is known as “dry printing” due to the fact that it doesn’t use ink.

Foil stamping looks great on a range of coloured papers; light foils such as silver look lovely on black paper, for example. It is worth using foiled text minimally as too much can be challenging to read – stick to key words or borders.

The technique is becoming increasingly popular at a range of marital ceremonies as a result of its elegant, whimsical and romantic character. It is, however, known to be an expensive printing method which may take about 10 business days (up to 60 days if outsourced) to deliver.



This creates a debossed look; engraving is a classic and timeless print method that has been practiced for hundreds of years. It is created using an image etched onto a metal plate filled with ink. The plate presses the paper with a strong amount of pressure to create the indentation.

Engraving works best on thick paper – thin sheets such as parchment will break during the process. This technique is considered one of the most traditional and expensive print techniques, and is well-suited to formal wedding invitations.




This technique can add depth to your wedding invitations; it has an effect similar to engraving but is colourless (it doesn’t use ink). A thick sheet of paper is pressed into a metal plate which transfers the image.

Embossing creates a subtle yet stylish and contemporary effect ideal for monograms and borders. It suits a range of marital ceremonies, from the traditional to the contemporary. Similarly to engraving, embossing is an expensive and time-consuming process which may take up to 5 weeks to have delivered.



In this method, letters are inked and literally pressed into the paper, leaving an indent on the front with the back slightly raised. This technique can add dimensionality and sophistication to your wedding invitations.

Letterpress requires thick, soft paper. It uses thin ink, which means that it suits light coloured paper better than darker shades.

It is considered to be one of the more expensive methods, though it is cheaper than engraving. It may take several weeks (up to two months) to have letterpress wedding invitations delivered.



For a flat, cheap yet high-quality image, digital printing works well. A professional laser printer will offer a higher quality than you would get from a home printer – you won’t get smudge marks, and the paper quality will be far higher.

Digital printing is perfect for the casual wedding or for people on a strict budget or timeline. It generally takes just a few days to produce and ship. It also allows you to choose virtually any colours you want.