Planning a wedding can be daunting, and the amount of choice when it comes to stationery is bewildering. Here we explain the options available.

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Interest in this ancient style of printing has renewed recently. Invitations are made with traditional presses and superior paper, creating the effect of text being stamped on to the surface. This method is expensive.


Paper is stamped with a mould, which leaves an indentation or imprint. Once ink has been added, it is allowed to dry. Letters are raised on the front and indented on the other side.

These invites can be pricey, since they are difficult to make. For money-saving ideas, see

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The cheaper cousin of engraving, thermography creates the same look but without the indents on the reverse side.

With thermography, ink and powder are added to a glue-based solution which is then heated. As the invite dries, the lettering becomes raised.

Foil Stamping

Heated components apply graphics to a surface in this dry printing method. A range of finishes includes matte, shiny, holographic and neon.


Hand-painting is a delightful option tailored to your desires which is one hundred per cent custom-made. As such, this is an expensive option.


This approach creates elegant handwriting with a stylish vintage appearance. Some firms use a digital method.

Coloured Envelopes are an attractive touch and can be purchased from retailers such as

Digital Printing

This style of flat printing is the most common. Quality can vary, so ask to see the printer’s portfolio and samples.

This method has a quick turnaround time. It is also very cost-effective, including touches like creasing and folding. Sheets can also be personalised with guests’ names.

Bought from a Shop

Some high street shops sell stationery with gaps for your details. These are cheap, but you need stamina for filling in the same information repeatedly.

DIY Invitations

With DIY invitations, it is entirely up to you what you want the invites to contain and how to decorate them. You need patience to make your own cards and should allow enough time for the activity.

Downloadable Templates

This DIY option is popular. You choose a template that can be downloaded and customised, keeping costs down. Print at home to save money, or bring your templates to a professional printer to avoid the hassle.