>> Mar 14, 2017
Wedding invitations are more important than the average invitation to an event. For one, they are still expected to be printed and sent through the post. In most contexts, you probably get an invitation to an event through a text message from someone you know or through an invitation via social media. With a wedding, however, you are expected to go the extra step and actually send out physical invitations. That way, people will post the invitations to their refrigerators or bulletin boards. Often, the friends and family of the bride and groom will make collages with the invitations. The photographer will take photos of the invitation for the wedding album. Also, many people like to keep their invitations around for their scrapbooks. All of that is to say your wedding invitation will be around for a very long time. You should make sure that it is a well-designed invitation. An invitation is a visual as well as a tactile experience.
The paper used for wedding invitations is different than other types of paper. Instead of the thin printer paper that is used for many different applications, wedding invitations are typically made from a more fibrous material that is slightly closer to fabric. Cotton fibre is a popular option. Inspired Designs uses cotton fibre for their embossed and letterpressed invitations. A few benefits of using cotton fibre are that it is softer than other types of paper, and is also heavier. Such heavier paper is more durable and more official. Someone is less likely to ignore or discard an invitation printed on a sturdy, weighty paper. It’s a tactile experience in itself. The letters can then be embossed or receive a letterpress design to enhance the tactile experience.
Embossing and Letterpressing
Embossing and letterpressing are two processes that are fairly similar. Embossing is a process that uses heat and pressure to reshape the actual paper to form certain letters. An embossed envelope has raised letters to create a tactile sensation when you touch the invitation. Instead of raised letters, a letterpressed invitation has depressed letters. Letterpressing is a process that was invented in the 1300s to replace calligraphy. The letters could be performed on metal plates and simply pressed into the paper. That’s essentially how it is still done to this day. The letters are pressed into the paper to create a depressed look. They can also then be filled in with ink or gold foil. Such a design creates a visual experience as well as a tactile one.
You can also choose to invest in foil pressed invitations. Foil lettering is fairly simple process. Instead of using ink, a precious metal foil will be used to create the letters and adhered to the surface of the invitation. Gold foil is a very popular choice. One of the benefits of using this design is that the invitation will be instantly recognisable and very distinctive. The use of precious metals is also a sign that the invitation itself is precious. Expensive metals show that an object has a lot of value as well as adds value to the object.