Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Foil Stamping

It's Wednesday!! Not only are we halfway through the work week, it also means it's...Wedding Wednesday! To celebrate, we want to share one of our favorite printing processes for wedding invitations...foil stamping! We touched on foil stamping in our recent blog post "Things We Heart: October Edition," but felt this new trend deserved a post to itself!
LOVE the Chicago skyline in this white foil stamped save the date!
Foil stamping is a great option for brides wanting a true metallic print on her invitations, or for those who are envisioning white text on a colored paper. This printing process truly gives the most authentic metallic text, so with all of our recent requests for gold...we've been turning to foil stamping!
Foil stamping is super swanky on reception items, like these wedding menus!
In addition to printing metallic, it is also a great option for brides who want to print white on colored paper. In the printing world, there is no such thing as white ink, so brides who want white text on colored paper have two options: foil stamping or engraving. Don't get us wrong, we are all for engraving, but foil stamping is a considerably less expensive option, and yields a crisp and clean finished product!
Foil stamping works well with both classic and modern designs, with the shine of the metallic foil adding a pop of perfection and shine! To see some of the stunning foil stamp work we've done, check out some of our most recent examples below!!
Katie & Nathan's Nantucket Wedding Invitation Suite
Katie came to us wanting something that was tasteful, but not your traditional Nantucket nautical themed wedding invitation. She opted for golds, whites, and a soft turquoisey blue, rather than the navy and green most of our Nantucket brides favor! 

With several insert cards to include in her ensemble due to a weekend packed full of fabulous events, we decided to do varying colors of foil, on different papers, to compliment the color scheme.  The striped invitation was printed first in lithography (which is flat printing) in the blue. Once that was dry, it was then foil stamped over that in gold to add that pop of metallic! So beautiful! With the reply card being printed on coordinating white stock (sans the stripes) then printed with gold foil, we thought it only appropriate to do the "Welcome Party Pig Roast" insert on gold metallic paper, and reverse it out by foil stamping in white! We took this beautiful invitation to another level by adding a coordinating gold foil stamped envelope liner featuring the compass element from their wedding logo...perfection!

Katie said literally every guest called or emailed her upon receiving the invitation--and was blown away by their response! She was so overwhelmed with their paper love for the final invitation ensemble! We hit the nail on the head! 
Dana & Brad's Lake House Wedding Invitation Suite
For Dana's invitation, her lakeside wedding called for neutrals with a pop of her favorite summer shade of coral! We decided to do an unexpected shape since it was a more casual affair than your average black-tie country club wedding. With their wedding logo anchoring the text, the square format helped the layout flow beautifully! Dana loved the recycled look of this kraft paper and foil stamping in white, so choosing foil stamping was a no brainer! The striped envelope liner was the cherry on top, and we had calligraphy done in white to coordinate!
Claire & Chris' Holiday Save the Date
Claire and Chris are getting married two weeks before Christmas, so we wanted to get guests in the spirit of the season, while keeping their save the date both classic and fun! After deciding on the perfect "Christmas" red, gold foil stamping seemed like the perfect compliment. A subtle snowflake was first printed in lithography, with gold foil text printed on top. We then paired it with a colored envelope lined in a full pattern of the snowflake motif from the save the date! Topped off with beautiful gold calligraphy and a foil stamped return address, these are STUNNERS! Just wait for the invitations! 
Gold foil reception swag...pretty and proper and oh so fun!
With more and more brides thinking out of the box, wedding invitations have become more than just your standard ivory stock with black engraving. Get creative! There are so many options out there, and foil stamping is just one more way to add some excitement to your ensemble! We at Nico and Lala believe in traditional elements paired with good design and showing some personality. A wedding invitation should reflect you and your groom, and what guests can expect at the ceremony and reception.....so have fun with it! 


XO,

N&L

3 comments:

  1. Great post! I will be sharing this on my blog now!

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    1. Thanks, Terrica!! Love it!

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  2. Great !!! You have given important information about foil stamping invitations. Designs and color combinations are fabulous. Stunning wedding cards specially I like white card with Gold color stamping. Even golden text looks beautiful with almost every color card but the combination of white and gold are perfect and unbeatable.

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