(Closed) thermography vs flat

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Before planning my own wedding, I received many invitations to other weddings. I only remember one of them and it was not even letterpress! The invitation was just so cute (and it happened to come right after I got engaged). I think that you have to decide what your priorities are and realize that people will probably notice those things the most (your great food, perfectly coreographed first dance, etc.)! Good luck!

Post # 4
47 posts

I notice paper more than I notice printing.  I think if you have good paper and a pretty font or cool monogram, people will notice that more.

Post # 5
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Ditto the good paper – I also notice color, and quality of printing.  You should look at some samples that are flat-printed and see what you think.  You can get really wonderful things flat printed.  And realistically, only your immediate family and maybe your best friends will keep your invitation – the rest of them will end up in the garbage.  So you need to think about that too, when you decide how much money to spend on invitations vs something like your food, drinks, and facilities budget…

Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Personally, I don’t like thermography!  I am a sucker for letterpress and engraving as much as the next bride, but I never "pooh pooh" an invite with a beautiful design, no matter how it’s printed.  I say go with the flat-printing to stay within your budget, and focus on making the design so beautiful that it doesn’t matter how it’s printed

Post # 7
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree with the comments above. A nice design and non-flimsy paper is more important than thermography.  You could use the most expensive printing process in the world, but if you have some cheesy design, that’s what will make the invitation look cheap.

Good luck! 

Post # 9
267 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think flat printing looks cheap. That being said, I got my thermography done at http://www.nwprintedsolutions.com, and they took my design and printed it on my paper, so it can definitely be done. You could also have them use their paper, if you prefer. Just be aware that you’ll drastically reduce costs by having as few different pieces of paper to print as possible.

So, let’s say you have an invitation and RSVP. You could theoretically print two invitations per page, and 4 RSVP’s per page. If you need 100 of each, you’d need 50 sheets of invitations and 25 sheets of RSVP’s. The printers will charge you a setup fee (sometimes as high as $150) for each type of page, and minimal fees per piece. So you’d end up paying, say, $300 in setup and (let’s just say it’s 50 cents per page) about $37 in printing.

However, if you put 1 invitation and 2 RSVP’s per page, you’d need 100 sheets, (and you’d have extra RSVP’s) but you’d only spend $150 in setup costs and $50 in printing. So you’d save money.

Anyway, NW Printed Solutions was very helpful– they even made sure to check for typos in my design before printing, and that was after I’d assured them there weren’t any (there WERE). They do flat printing too, so check them out!

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