How to Print Wedding Invitations

How to Print Wedding Invitations

When it comes to how to print wedding invitations, there are many invitation printing methods to consider. The majority of our invitations are flat printed, but we do offer specialty options like letterpress and foil stamping. Learn more about these options below:


These days, the majority of invitations are flat, or digitally, printed. Digital printing has revolutionized the way we print invitations. It’s much more affordable, especially for smaller runs of 50 pieces or less, and the technology has come so far that the quality is very high. You can even print on cotton stocks and heavier papers. I love the unlimited color capabilities that flat printing allows – it’s what gives our watercolor invitations their textural details. This level of detail wouldn’t be possible with letterpress or screenprinting.


Letterpress printing is a centuries-old technique in which ink is applied to a raised plate design and then impressed onto paper, often a thick cotton stock, creating a wonderfully textured result. Letterpress is a more expensive printing method, but when combined with our watercolor textures, it can be a truly stunning result.


Foil-stamping gives your invitations a high shine factor and a super luxe touch. I especially love combining foil with the digital (flat) printing of our watercolor invitations. The watercolor textures contrast so nicely with foil stamped type. So pretty!


Double thick stock can add a rich tactile feel to your invites. I recommend using double-thick stock only for the invitation, and keeping the reply card and details card in a regular card stock weight (we use a 19 pt. Savoy cotton stock as our standard). This helps avoid a bulky envelope, and can save you on extra mailing costs.


Printable invitations have become increasingly popular in recent years. With this method, your invitation designer will supply you with a high-resolution file that you can print either on your home printer or with a local print shop. Printing at home can save money, yes, but keep in mind the labor and possible printing woes you may run into along the way. You’ll have to trim the invitations yourself with an exacto blade and ruler, invest in a paper cutter, or take them to a print shop to be trimmed. Personally, I think printing at home can be a viable for small ceremonies of less than 50 guests, if you’re up to the challenge. For larger weddings, it’s worth the extra expense to partner with a professional invitation designer who can provide you with a beautiful, professionally-printed result.

I hope this overview of invitation printing methods was helpful in learning how to print wedding invitations! Now you can dive into the fun part – invitation shopping!

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