If you are having 50 guests or less, you can hand-write your invitations
on personalized plain white stationary. Either the bride or her
mother can issue these invitations.
This is the most exquisite and expensive type of invitation you
can buy. Your words and designs are cut into a thin piece of copper,
placed into a press, inked and then stamped onto your paper or
card stock. The pressure of the press leaves indents on the back
of the paper and thats why its called engraved.
This is the most popular type of invitation because its
beautiful and much cheaper then Engraved. It all starts with a
negative of your wording, that is transferred to a plate. Your
choice of paper goes through the press and while the ink is still
wet another machine dusts the ink with powder. Then your paper
goes through an oven heating the ink and powder, creating a raised
look and feel.
While all formal invitations are printed/pressed on white, ivory
or ecru coloured paper, contemporary invitations use colour. By
using coloured paper, colour ink, a bouquet of flowers, a picture
of the couple, etc., you are personalizing the invitation. Contemporary
invitations are not suggested for formal weddings. The wording
on these invitations can be less formal also.
Exactly what you think it is. Your wording is printed directly
on your paper. No fancy steps, no big production. You can make
this type of invitation by yourself or order them.