When it comes to your wedding stationery, I’m a firm believer in balancing form and function. It’s all about communicating that vital info in the most beautiful, personal way. How and what you choose to suit your style and budget can be the tricky bit—do you opt for a customised design or go bespoke? Then there's the print process to consider—digital printing, digital foil, hot foil or letterpress? Confused? I’m here to take you through each step of the process.
First up, let me explain the difference in print methods to help you decide what's best for your budget.
What’s the difference between digital printing, hot foiling and letterpress?
I’m so glad you asked, I love talking printing methods! Digital printing is a four colour process of cyan, magenta, yellow and black which makes up a full colour image. It prints as a flat surface on any card stock and is perfect for small print runs with a cost effective, quick turnaround. Digital foiling works in a similar way, though there are fewer colours and finishes compared to that of hot foiling.
With letterpress your design is applied to a plate which is pressed into the card stock to make an indent with a gorgeous tactile finish. Letterpress inks are mixed to make a specific colour, and these are priced per ink, so it’s a good idea to limit the colour palette to one or two per design. Hot foiling works in a similar way, with many colour and metallic foils to choose from.
Because these print processes require a bespoke set up, printers have a minimum print order of 50 and prices start from £7.50 per invite. These luxury finishes really give an exquisite premium touch to your wedding stationery—the Creme de la Mer of invitations!
Go custom or bespoke?
Customised stationery is designed to bring a sense of style and quality to your wedding. Combining simple, clean design with beautiful finishing touches, there is something to suit a range of weddings – whether classically elegant or colourful and eye-catching. You can make these your own by changing colours, wording, and finishes, making them a faster and cost-effective alternative to bespoke. Every suite includes a range of items to cover each stage of your wedding stationery needs, from save the dates, to invitations, to wedding day menus and place names.
Looking for something more unique?
There’s no question that opting for bespoke stationery is the ultimate way to create something really personal that beautifully sets the tone of your wedding. With plenty of flexibility, designing your suite from the ground up, this can include venue illustrations, luxury print finishes, edge painting, hand calligraphy and wax seals, taking in your style and the things you love.
Pricing depends on the specific items and print techniques you choose. As a guide, based on a quantity of 50, you can expect to pay approx £650 for digital printing and £850 for premium letterpress or hot foil printing.
Whether you choose to customise an existing design or go for a bespoke stationery suite that’s unique to you, there's something for every budget to create something really special.