Printing Methods

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is one of the most common printing methods, seen in most everyday printed materials.  Digital printing uses a toner or liquid ink to transfer a digital image onto paper.  Digital printing is best option for printing elements such as photos or variable data (such as guest addresses).

What is Letterpress?

Letterpress printing is one of the oldest printing methods.  Designs are transferred onto plates which are then inked and stamped directly onto the paper leaving an impression of the design.  Each card is printed individually, one color at a time.

What is foil stamping?

Similar to letterpress, foil stamping uses plates and a press machine to stamp an image directly onto paper.  Unlike letterpress (which uses ink), foil stamping uses heat to transfer the design from a roll of foil onto the paper.  Foil stamping provides an opaque and often shiny finish and is the best method for printing metallic colors (gold, silver, copper) or light colors on dark papers.

What is embossing?

Embossing refers to the creation of a raised impression on the surface of your medium.  Like letterpress and foil stamping, embossing uses plates to create these impressions.  However, with embossing dual plates are created in order to raise the impression on your medium.  Embossing can be done "blind" (the raised impression only) or with foil.


do you offer calligraphy?

While Bourne Paper Co. does not offer in-house calligraphy, we do have a network of preferred calligraphers that we work with on a regular basis.  If you are interested in calligraphy, we are happy to provide a list of recommendations based on the style(s) you're interested in.  We are also happy to work with calligraphers outside of our preferred network.  As part of our bespoke services, Bourne Paper Co. will also oversee the project management of your calligraphy.

timelines & shipping

what is your average turnaround time?

The average turnaround time for a wedding invitation suite is 6-8 weeks.  Projects that incorporate unique printing process, materials such as fabric, wood or leather, special embellishments or calligraphy will typically require extended turnaround times (approximately 8-12 weeks).  During the proposal process, we will provide an estimated turnaround time specific to your particular project.

Do you offer rush processing?

Yes, however rush processing is subject to availability and may incur additional fees.  Please specify your preferred completion date during the proposal process.  We will make every effort to accommodate a project turnaround time that works for your event.

what shipping methods do you offer?

Bourne Paper Co. offers ground (5-7 business days), priority (2-3 business days) or overnight (1-business day) shipping via two preferred carriers: USPS Priority Mail and UPS.  We will recommend the most economical carrier based on your location and preferred speed of service.  With either carrier, orders will be shipped fully insured and tracking information will be provided.

Assembly & mailing

Do you offer assembly?

Yes!  All of our bespoke packages are full-service, meaning your invitations will arrive fully assembled and ready to mail.  This includes application of postage, ribbon wraps, wax seals or any other embellishments that are part of your invitation design.  All you'll need to do is seal your envelopes and deliver them to your local post office for mailing.

How much postage is required to mail my invitations?

Invitation postage is determined by the final size, shape and weight of your invitation suite.  During the production and / or assembly process, Bourne Paper Co. will provide an estimate of the postage required based on currently USPS rates.  As postage rates are subject to change and may vary between USPS locations, we recommend having your invitations weighed at your local post office prior to mailing.

Do you offer mailing services?

Yes, mailing services are available upon request.  If you are interested in mailing services, please indicate that during the proposal process for pricing and availability.