Did you know when it comes to ordering your wedding invitations, the type of print you choose is a big factor in the cost?

Here is a list of the common types of print you will find when you visit your printer.


This is the most traditional for of printing. It is also the most expensive. An engraved invitation has raised lettering on the front which is pressed through so you can feel it on the pack of the paper. Engraving is usually used for very formal invitations.


This is a good alternative to the costly engraved printing. You'll get the look of engraving for half of the cost.

A thermographed invitation has raised lettering that is shinier than engraved print and does not press through the back of the paper.

Lithography (Off Set Printing)

This type of invitation is printed with ink but does not have raised lettering. It is less costly than either engraving or thermography.


If you're on a tight budget this is a great idea. Invitations can be produced on a laser printer, either at a professional print shop or at home. The result should be very similar to that produced by lithography.

If you are a creative person and want to make your own invitations, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Buy high quality blank invitation forms. (Don't forget to buy some extras for practice!)
  2. Choose a typeface that is formal, crisp, and easy to read to make it look like professionally produced print.
  3. Be very careful that the invitations are fed through the printer straight and evenly.

Calligraphy - Handwritten

If you are having a small intimate wedding or want to personalize your invitations a handwritten invitation on lovely stationery is a nice idea.

Handwritten invitations can be used for a formal or informal wedding.

You can hire a calligrapher if you do not have beautiful handwriting. If you cannot afford to hire a calligrapher, a visit to you local printer can solve this problem. Most printers are now able to reproduce handwritten calligraphy using special software for half the price of a professional calligrapher.