Foiled invitations and other wedding stationery
Foiled invitations are hugely popular now. Foiling – in gold, silver, rose gold or other metallic colours – is a way to add some glitz and glimmer to your invitations or other wedding stationery, and many of our customers ask how much extra it costs to have custom foiling on their invitations. The answer depends a great deal on what you require and how much you’re willing to spend.
As with most things, there are options available according to price, so it’s worth looking at the different processes to see what costs and/or limitations you might need to consider.
We offer the 3 following types:
- Custom foil stamping
- Digital foiling
- Pre-foiled borders
Custom foil stamping
This is the luxury option for those who would like their names or other custom foiling that’s unique to you. It is the traditional method of creating a die (usually metal) in the form of whatever you would like to be foiled, and then using heat to stamp the die through a layer of foil right into the card. It produces the best results and can be used on any type of card – click on the image on the right to see the thick textured card.
Because foil stamping requires specialist knowledge and equipment to create the die and to set the job up, it takes up to 2 weeks longer than usual and involves set-up costs which apply regardless of the size of the job. Most printers require a minimum run of 50 invitations (sometimes it’s as high as 100), but once the die and foil are in place, they can produce any number of pieces.
For this reason, if you are having custom foiling it’s a good idea to get more cards than you think you’ll need, so you’ll have plenty left over as spares, and this will avoid a second set-up fee and a second minimum run.
We offer 2 versions of custom foil stamping:
- Version A (2-step process): Having the foil die stamped into card and then overprinted by us – the big advantage is that you can have a custom foiled area which is unique to you PLUS the flexibility to personalise each invitation by printing your guests’ names on them. Prices for invitations like this are anywhere between $9 and $20 each, depending on volume and design – the larger the foiled area, the more it costs. Smaller quantities work out more expensive because the setup and stamping fees are fixed per job. Depending on where the foiled area is positioned, you could consider getting a larger number of cards made up initially and retain the blanks to use for other things later, such as menus.
- Version B (generic): Foiled and printed without individual guests’ names. You can either leave a space to write the names in by hand, or simply word the invitation generically so that they’re all the same. If you choose the generic version you can also opt for a darker card colour, since they won’t be written on. This option is great for orders of 100 or more, because the setup and stamping costs are fixed, so larger orders are better value. As above, the size of the foiled area is also a factor. Prices are usually between $7 and $15 per invitation. We highly recommend getting a lot of spares regardless of the number you think you’ll need. Note: The example on the right is not our design – it was found on Google image search and originates in the UK.
There is an alternative method of custom foiling which does not involve the creation of a printer’s die. A piece of reactive foil can be applied to an area of black laser printing, placed inside a transfer folder and then run through a foil applicator machine. The foil adheres to black laser toner, so you can apply it to just about anything – names, graphics, etc, as long as they are black. You can even foil the whole invitation (we don’t recommend it, but it can be done). The example on the right is rose gold.
The biggest limitation to this method is that it can ONLY be done on card stock with a very smooth finish. It does not work on any type of card with a texture or even a slightly rough surface, so if you want a textured card or something a little thicker, this is not the correct method to choose.
We have smooth card in white and pale cream, and the reactive foil is available in a wide range of colours. The cost for a digitally foiled invitation starts at around $5 each, but can rise to $9 or more, depending on quantity and the area you want to be foiled. As with foil stamping, the larger the foiled area, the more expensive it is.
Another factor to take into consideration is that the results from this method are not as perfect as the foil stamping. There are often tiny areas where the foil does not stick – this will result in the black toner showing through on edges or little spots which have been “skipped” by the foil application, or small specks of foil on areas where they shouldn’t be. So if you want your invitations to stand up to close scrutiny, the reactive digital foil method is not recommended. Having said that, most people would never notice the imperfections – the overall effect is what matters most and it is so stunning!
If you want quality textured card with a little touch of gold or silver, and you don’t necessarily care about your own names being foiled, you can choose our gorgeous bordered Classic invitations with pre-foiled gold or silver borders. The borders have been foil stamped onto the cards with our own dies, so they’re the best quality! The card is also the beautiful textured 300gsm card that so many of our clients prefer.
The only compromise is that the printing of the invitation itself is simple flat colour. It doesn’t have to be black, but we cannot print in any metallic colours.
The price for our silver or gold bordered invitations is around $4-$5 on average, which includes a matching blank textured envelope. We can personalise them with your guests’ names, print addresses on the envelopes, provide matching cards or print on the back.