production terminology 


common sizes


Envelope: 3-5/8" x 5-1/8", Card: 3" x 5"


Envelope: 4-3/8" x 5-3/4", Card: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


Envelope: 4-3/4" x 6-1/2", Card: 4-1/2" x 6-1/4"


Envelope: 5-1/4" x 7-1/4", Card: 5" x 7"


Envelope: 5-3/4" x 8-3/4", Card: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"


add ons


Decorative handwritten lettering with a pen or brush. 

belly band

A piece of material that wraps around your invitation suite to hold it all together. It can be as simple as a ribbon or as lux as laser-cut paper or a piece of lace. 

edge painting

Painting or inking the edge of thicker card stock.


A combination of your fiance's name and your name -- it can be both of your first names, your first and last initials, just your first initials or simply your new married one. 

wax seal

A very traditional form of sealing your envelopes. Oftentimes a family emblem, initial or monogram is made into a wax seal for the wedding. 

printing techniques

Die-cutting (+) 

the process of using a metal plate or blade to cut various paper shapes.

Digital printing ($) 

The most economical and quick printing method, it yields higher-quality results to what you might achieve from your at-home printer. 

Embossing ($$$) 

This technique forms letters and images with a raised surface, adding subtle dimension to the invitation’s design. Blind embossing is the same process with no colored ink.

Engraving ($$$$) 

The most formal, a plate is etched with your invitation wording and pressed into the paper, leaving the letters slightly raised. An indentation forms on the back of the paper from the pressure.

Foil stamping ($$$$) 

A technique in which a copper plate is used to push gold, silver or colored metallic foils into the paper to make an impression; the foil also creates a shiny design.

Thermography ($$) 

A heat-based process that leaves text slightly raised and shiny while the back of the invitation remains smooth.

Laser cutting (+)

A laser cuts out words and design details on invitations -- it leaves barely noticeable burn marks on the back.

Letterpress ($$$$) 

Images and type are pressed into the paper with a plate and ink leaving an impression and rich color.

Offset Printing ($$) 

Used with printing larger quantities or on textured papers, the process involves a stamp-like instrument using custom-mixed inks that prints the words and images through a press.

Screen printing ($$$)

A process that involves ink pressed through a mesh stencil against the material, paper, wood, etc.