Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post by Vaishali from Ananya Cards. She explains the different options available for your wedding stationery. Who knew there were so many!
Choosing your wedding stationery is one of the most fun planning tasks, and is one of the very first ‘real’ glimpses of your vision, for both you and your guests. The aesthetics you choose will likely be carried through the rest of the stylistic narrative of your wedding, and these days the choices really are endless. So much so that, without knowledge of what the terminology and techniques actually are, it can be a little tricky to navigate the differences – so we’ve put together an “essential guide” for you below that we hope will help!
- Letterpress Printing. Letterpress is one of the oldest stationery printing techniques in use. Here the design is ‘raised’ on a metal plate (so we call it a ‘relief printing’ technique), and then an impression of it is made onto the paper with the printing press. This typically includes the use of ink, but can be done without as well; either way, the finished product will have an indentation texture that is lovely to touch. Generally this is a very high quality, classic look – but is quite time consuming, so worth keeping in mind that turnaround times can be longer than other methods.
- Screen Printing. Screen printing is a technique we adore using here at Ananya, and one we’ve chosen for many of our all-time favourite designs. In this process, ink is pressed through a mesh screen using a rubber blade (or ‘squeegee’), until all the open ‘windows’ in the mesh have been filled with ink. The blade is then reversed back across, and the design is created when the paper (or other medium) touches the mesh screen. Different colours need to be printed individually, and then combined carefully and accurately into a design, so this often requires an exceptional level of technical skill. We love the vibrant colours this technique produces, and the fact that it allows intricate juxtapositions of matt and metallic elements.
- Offset Printing / Litho Printing / Flat Printing. This is a more “indirect” technique for printing, and is very popular for larger volumes. Here the image on a metal plate is transferred (i.e. ‘offset’) to rollers or rubber blankets, and then printed onto the paper or other chosen print medium.
- Digital printing. Digital printing is a modern, fast and accurate technique used very widely nowadays, and involves the use of many (many!) small dots of ink combined to create text and images. As this is quite cost effective, it can be used for smaller quantities; however, this technique is more limited as to which types of paper can be used (suits thinner paper styles) and quality can be variable. It’s also not a technique suitable for printing shiny metallics.
- Laser Cutting. Laser cutting is on a whole different level of precision and design, and is inspired by ancient techniques used in many different cultures. Nowadays the procedure is very fast and accurate, and involves cutting material with a laser. This means very intricate designs can be created on an industrial scale, including delicate lace patterns and 3D designs.
- Embossing and Debossing. Embossing is a technique which produces a raised design by pressing together two engraved metal moulds which fit into one other. Debossing is essentially the inverse, where the texture is an indent in the paper rather than a raised design. These processes are very popular, and give a timeless, luxe look to any suite.
- Engraving. This is the most formal and classic of the printing styles, but also one of the most expensive. Engraving involves creating the design by etching a metal plate, which is then pressed into the back of the paper to produce raised lettering on the front (and a slight indent on the back). Ink is then applied to the raised lettering – which gives it a true wow-factor!
We hope this overview has been a helpful guide throughout your planning journey! Whatever you choose, Ananya would love to help – say hello at email@example.com, so we can start brainstorming your perfect wedding stationery!
Please contact Vaishali Shah at Ananya for more information.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 1877
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