When asked to contribute to a feature for Money magazine about the cost of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitations, we were more than happy to chime in! 600 guests were lucky enough to receive an invitation to the royal wedding. For those who received one of these beauties in the mail, they opened their envelopes to find a die-stamped invitation burnished in gold with black text, containing beveled and gilded edges. Space was left purposefully for their calligrapher to handwrite guest names once printed. These invitations are the definition of elegance and no expense was spared to achieve that look.
If you are looking to recreate a royal replica, that’s certainly something we can do with our engraving printing process. Whenever someone thinks of engraving, they think of tradition and refined luxury. These type of invitations are typically typographically based with ornate script adorning the card – similar to the look of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding invitation!
If you are loving the vibe of their invitation, but are not so keen on the cost, there are always other options available to you. We can achieve the same kind of look through letterpress and foil stamping as an alternative to engraving. It’s easy enough to keep the elegant integrity of Harry and Meghan’s design, but instead of raised ink, the ink would be pressed into the beautiful paper. This kind of printing is equally as lovely, but allows for even more design experimentation should you want to add any whimsy to a more formal set that engraving might not allow for.
Below you will find some designs that ring true to the feel of the royal couple’s wedding invitation, while we’ve also included designs that add a more modern twist to a more formal layout. We hope this sparks some ideas for those who are inspired by the royal wedding to come this May!
Our Morocco design is carried horizontally like Harry and Meghan’s, featuring Partial Flourish hand calligraphy accents by Ted Clausen for an extra touch of luxury.
The royal couple’s wedding invitation features beveling (a sloping edge) and while this isn’t something we offer currently, we are able to add foil edging or edge painting to the sides of the invitation itself. We can also mimic the royal invitation in a reimagined way by using a Gold Matte border or a letterpress ink color instead, like what’s shown on our Chatsworth design in French Vanilla.
The blind-debossed pattern in the background of our Oberon design adds a level of sophisticated intrigue to a more traditional layout.
Faunus V.2. shows off what you can do with foil stamping that might not be necessarily achievable through engraving with intricate florals in each corner. The Marsala letterpress ink compliments the Tawny Matte foil providing a royal and elegant overall look.
Abby and Max worked with our friends at Rock Paper Scissors to customize our Chatsworth design for their Deer Valley, Utah wedding last summer. From their Imogene save the dates to their ceremony programs and menus, Abby and Max used a cheerful palette of navy and rose gold and used a combination of hand calligraphy styles from Sarah Hanna and Elizabeth Hardin to highlight important text on their suite pieces. They added our lincoln diecut shape to the invitation for an added bit of interest and used our elegant garden pattern as an all-over pattern on the interior of the pocketfold. Their accessory cards were sized and stacked within the pocket so no card would be missed.
The menu and coasters for their Shabbat welcome dinner were printed in rose gold and cerulean ink while the mason jar motif from our library gave a less formal, more fun feel to the pieces.
letterpress inks: navy + cerulean | foil stamping: rose gold shine | fonts: caslon + katie | hand calligraphy: victoria style + carlisle style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply + 2-ply + bella smooth cotton white 1-ply | diecut: lincoln style | envelope: bella cotton white + bella cotton white pointed flap | foil stamped liner: elegant garden pattern in rose gold shine | Rock Paper Scissors | customizations #31902 + #34219
Using our Chatsworth design as inspiration, Victoria and Benjamin worked with our friends at The Write Image to create these romantic vintage floral wedding invitations for their Salt Lake City wedding. Gold matte foil was paired with digitally printed florals throughout the suite, including the coordinating envelope liner.
foil stamping: gold matte | digital inks: cmyk | hand calligraphy: honoured style | paper: bella smooth cotton ivory 1-ply + 2-ply | foil edging: gold matte | envelope: bella cotton ivory | liner: rose 11 pattern | The Write Image | customization #33191
Chelsea and Taylor dreamed up their La Vie en Rose inspired wedding invitations with the help of our friends at The Windmill Paper Boutique. Our Chatsworth design was printed in tawny matte foil with a letterpress border in british rose ink. Sarah Hanna’s hand calligraphy highlighted standout text throughout the suite, including the pocketfold. Our vintage rose patterned envelope liner was the finishing touch and was another ode to the couple’s romantic inspiration.
letterpress ink: british rose | foil stamping: tawny matte | font: impression + aiden | hand calligraphy: honoured style | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply | pocketfold: white gold paper, tawny matte foil | envelope: bella cotton white pointed flap | liner: rose 4 pattern | The Windmill Paper Boutique | customization #29176