Invitation Printing 101 – An overview of the processes, timing and cost

Invitation Printing 101 Graphic, Chalkboard style with illustrated floral details and calligraphy style font

Welcome to Invitation Printing 101! We know it’s not every day that you shop for fancy invitations so over the next few weeks I’m going to guide you through the various printing processes to help you choose the technique that works best for your style and budget. The invitation is your guests’ first impression of the event so it’s best to choose a design and printing technique that accurately conveys the tone and formality of your day. After all, your guests would most likely be horribly embarrassed if they showed up to your very formal big day in khakis and a blazer because the invitation implied a casual, rustic party instead of an elaborate, Gatsby-inspired affair.

To start here’s a pretty little chart explaining some of the basics.

Printing Process Chart, Chalkboard style chart, Explaining the various invitation printing processes and their texture, timeframe and cost



These are the main printing processes we offer. The process of designing and printing each technique varies greatly in style and complexity. I’ll go into more detail about each one over the next few weeks.

Look & Feel

There are many variables to consider when choosing a particular printing technique — raised or indented ink, shiny or matte, the list goes on. While you can get a good understanding of the different ink and foil textures through descriptions and photos, the best way to understand the look and feel of each technique is to see them in person. During your invitation appointment, we’ll give you LOTS of paper and ink samples to touch and feel. If you live far away or have a super busy schedule, feel free to call us and we can discuss mailing samples directly to your home.


This is a general guide of how long your invitations will take to print. Keep in mind that this does not include design and proofing time. For standard orders, the proofing process generally takes at least 2 weeks. If you are interested in a completely custom design, expect to add an additional 2-4 weeks to your timeline. In a rush? We can usually move things along quicker – just let us know before we begin the process ?


As with any other element of a wedding or event, pricing can vary greatly. At you initial Fat Cat appointment, we’re happy to price various options to show you the cost difference amongst the different paper, ink and embellishment options. In general, if you would like to work with us, plan to budget at least $1000 for your wedding invitation suite (this is based on a quantity of 100). An invitation suite consists of your invitation, reply card with envelope and mailing envelope. On average, our brides spend $2500–$3500 on their invitations and about $1500-$2500 on their day-of stationery (menus, seating cards, programs, etc.).


Check back over the next few weeks to learn more about printing your wedding invitations.

Happy planning!

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