• paperdaisies

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Elegant, textured, and timeless. Classy, colorful, and fun. Engraving, embossing, and debossing... The options are endless! But, deciding on a print style can feel a little overwhelming, especially since they can sound similar by name. So, what exactly is what? We’re delighted to simplify it for you.


The appearance is raised letters and high detailed texture on the front, while bruised and willowed on the back. But don’t get turned off by the term “bruised!” It’s actually a very beautiful aesthetic. Quite luxurious!

Text or an image (like your initials or wedding crest) is etched into a metal plate. That recession is then filled with ink and stamped onto paper with heavy pressure of about a few thousand pounds.

Engraved invitations are used for traditional appeal. That timeless touch is priceless and so worth the expense!


Embossing creates raised letters on the front, but also clean and reversed impression on the back. This style is dearly appreciated for its timelessness, and the aesthetic is strong and clean.

Embossing creates defined textured to the paper by pressing text and design into paper. It also requires an etched metal plate, but color is usually secondary to the process. Blind embossing (inkless) is usually preferred because of its sophistication; however, colored embossing is still attractive!


The look is deep texture of letters on the front, embossed appearance on the back. Although strong in effect, debossing can also be timeless yet it screams formidable personality! Quite resembling to the strength of love.

A sheet of paper is sandwiched between two metal plates, one with your design and the other to receive that design into. Since the first plate is pushing the design into the paper, the other plate needs to be able to hug and hold that impression.

Like embossing, blind debossing is preferred. Color is secondary but not at all impossible!

Letterpress – blind, inked or foiled

It creates light impression of text or image on the front, flat and smooth on the back. This style is more modern and trending but can appear traditional depending on your font of choice.

A metal plate with your etched design is kept stationery, ink is rolled onto it, and then is met with paper for stamping. The impression is not as heavy or textured as emboss or deboss, but still impressive nonetheless!

Foil Stamping

Depending on your preference, flat or light impressions are made on the front, and is smooth on the back. If you want the shine, shimmer, and extra glam, this is your pick! Foil stamping is versatile and can add flare and luxury, but also simplicity and elegance to your invitation.

This process is quite similar to engraving or letterpress in that a metal plate and pressure is applied to paper. Except, the plate has to be heated before the foil is applied and sealed to paper.

Flat Printing

No impressions are made on the front or back, and it remains smooth all the way through. An invitation does not only or always need any of the above print styles to make a statement. Flat printing speaks to simplicity – a thing unmatched.

Invitations are digitally printed through a computer file. Details show up cleanly and crisp. The detail in the artwork is sometimes so accented that it sometimes can have a slight appearance to that of engraving!

Here's a fun video of Lisa explaining print styles. You'll even be able to see some examples in movement!

Hopefully you’re feeling a bit more studied on these print styles and can now understand the differences and worth in each one. And can you mix and match styles? Of course, you can! Our studio is filled with highly versed designers who can guide you even further based on your taste. Contact us if you would like to schedule a consult and check out our portfolio for more examples!

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  • paperdaisies

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

Watercolor paintings have been gaining in popularity for weddings over the recent years and it’s no wonder why! These custom pieces are nothing short of meaningful artwork that the couple is sure to cherish well into the future. If you are considering a custom watercolor piece but not quite sure how to incorporate let us recommend 3 favorite ways to use artwork in your wedding details.

The Wedding Site or Venue

Some of our favorite watercolor paintings have been of wedding venues! This could focus on a beautiful scenic landscape near the wedding site. Or it could be a painting of the church or building where your vows will be exchanged. Whether submitted by our clients or painted in-house, we have used these watercolors on everything from the save the dates and invitations to programs, itineraries and coasters.

A Map of the Area

Another great way to apply a watercolor is in the form of a map. Watercolor maps will sometimes appear in the wedding invitation suite but more commonly they’ll show up in the welcome box as part of the itinerary set as a way to help guests find their way around (read more about welcome boxes). Custom watercolor maps not only add a great deal of soft color to any stationery set but they can also add a bit of whimsy too!

Custom Drawing of your Pet

And last but most certainly not least is the watercolor of the client’s best friend {the furry one, that is!). These are favorites and such a great keepsake for the couple. And while some artwork such as line drawings and/or silhouettes of animals have been used on single color items such as napkins, can coolers, etc. the watercolor artwork will often make its debut on custom signs, cocktail signs, and more!

We have an amazing team of in-house and contracted artists who LOVE to paint, so if you are looking for a custom watercolor for your wedding contact us for a quote.

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  • paperdaisies

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

You’ve put countless hours into planning the perfect wedding weekend. Now it’s time to share those key events with your special guests. To do so, we recommend a wedding itinerary or as it is sometimes referred to, a welcome note. Oftentimes wedding itineraries are paired with a gift box or small favor to greet your guests when they arrive at their hotel.

As you begin to think about your wedding itinerary we recommend that you consider the following 5 key pieces of information.

First of all, begin with a lovingly written note to welcome your guests. There is no better way to kick-off the weekend than by sharing your true appreciation for the journey that your guests have made.

After your initial greeting it’s important to identify the key weekend activities. This should include the date, time and location for each event. Oftentimes this will include details about the Rehearsal Dinner, a Welcome Party (if there is one), the Wedding itself and the Reception. And, if only certain guests are invited (such as the wedding party only) then it’s important to highlight that as well.

Along with a list of key activities it’s also essential to include any travel considerations for the weekend. Some weddings will have a shuttle to and from the hotel for different events. It’s especially important to share those shuttle times. There are also some locations that might be better suited for guests to arrive by Lyft or Uber while other locations may require specific details around parking.

Fourth on the list for wedding itinerary must-haves is the couple’s favorite spots to visit in town. This will be especially nice for those who are unfamiliar with the city. Adding favorite or conveniently located restaurants is sure to be appreciated. And add in a few of your favorite spots or tourist destinations for those who are spending a few extra days in town. It might also be helpful to include a map of the area. These often double as beautiful artwork.

And finally, if you have a planner or month of, or day of coordinator, include their contact info somewhere on the note. This will allow your guests to contact someone other than you with any questions about the weekend.

Get started on yours today by visiting our online shop of itineraries.

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