21 Gorgeous Gold Foil Printed Wedding Invitations

Question: What happens when you apply gold foil onto a wedding invitation?

Answer: You get optimum lux that takes a ho-hum invite from everyday mail to something that makes one think of gold, wealth, and royalty!

Combine gold leaf with a beautiful personalized design to create a wedding invitation that each guest will distinctly remember.

Andrew and I got married at an early 20th century mansion in Vancouver. Naturally, we chose a roaring twenties theme with gold accents.  So, when we stumbled upon Minted’s Foxtrot gold foil wedding invitation, we knew we’d found the wedding invite for us.

Thick, foil-pressed, luxurious, and exuding a 1920’s style. It makes my stationery meter register a 10 out of 10 just thinking about it. After all, truly well done stationery is like a cherished piece of art that could be hung on a wall.

 

Minted foxtrot gold foil Wedding invitaitonsMinted foxtrot gold foil invitaitons with gold sparkly envelope insert

 

What is Foil Stamping?

Foil stamping is a specific type of printing process. In the simplest form it involves three things: foil material, heated metal dies (aka plates), and pressure. The end result is a luxurious, slight indentation effect in the form of your design that adds a little glitz to whatever surface you apply the foil.

What about price?

We’ve gotta be honest, foil stamping can be an extravagant printing method, which means the price can fluctuate greatly depending on the invitation design and paper type. You could spend $1,000 or more on foil stamped stationery.

With that in mind, we’ll look at the exact process of what goes into a gold foil invite, the different pricing you will come across, along with pros and cons. Of course, afterwards we’ll take a peek at some pretty gold foil invites that we found on our hunt for gold foil invites.

The foil printing process is a beautiful way to really impress guests with an elegant, luxurious wedding invite.

 
 

The Gold Foil Printing Process

In this article we’ll talk about gold foil. When it comes to foil color options, there is no shortage of additional variety such as copper, silver, white, red, green, and blues. Furthermore, there are wonderful finishes like matte or  holographic.  The end result is similar to that of letterpress in that the pressure it takes to transfer the color onto the paper will leave a faint indentation behind.

Foil stationery requires heavier, high quality paper to withstand the indentation of the print, much like letterpress.

Foil stamping is a specialty printing process that is considered a ‘dry’ technique because there is no actual ink required within the process.

Once the design of the invitation is agreed upon, your design will be put onto a custom made die (i.e., metal plate features the raised reversed image of your design). When the metal die is ready to go to print, the chosen foil color is positioned between the paper receiving the foil and the heated metal die.  Pressure is applied to the die onto the paper and the heat activates an adhesive within the foil. The result is a thin layer of foil transfered onto the paper, revealing a beautiful foil stamped invitation.

 

How much does it cost?

Although foil stamping is the perfect way make your wedding invites look expensive and glitzy, it is only a little more expensive than letterpress printing.

You do have to consider the paper quality. As with letterpress, you will need to choose a slightly heavier paper grade for printing, which is one of the things that can drive up the overall cost of foiled invites.

There are 4 different options when it comes to gold foil:

  • Foiled Stamped
  • Personalized Foil Text
  • Custom Personalized Foil Invitations
  • Faux Foil

As with most wedding stationery, the the price can fluctuate depending on factors such as how many pieces you order, or the degree to which you customize your invites.

We decided to compare a few different companies offerings with regards to gold foil and look at how much the company charges for 50 invitations, with a basic paper option.

 

Foiled Stamped

Many online stationers offer beautiful wedding stationery that incorporate real foil in their design elements with digitally printed personal messaging. As there is no need for custom text, you end up with beautiful gold foil detailing on your wedding invites, for a lower cost. At least, that is what we thought …

 

Personalized Foil Text

You can find online stationers offering beautiful wedding stationery where you can personalize your text – everything from names, times, ceremony and reception details – all around the same price as the less customized versions.

 

Custom Personalized Foil Invitations

Custom anything usually means pricer. In the case of personalize foil invites, the average price increases substanitally. As you can see from the per invite prices below, you better have a large wedding stationery budget if you wish to go this route.

  • Foiled Invitations.com – $12.50
  • Bellafigura.com – $17.90
  • Steel Petal Press – $10.60

 

Faux Foil

A new and cheaper option we stumbled upon while on our hunt for gold foil stationery is faux  gold foil by Zazzle. The finished effect appears as a shimmer, without using any real foil. No gold foil was hurt in the making of these invites!

  • Zazzle –  $1.42

  • Considered a ‘dry’ technique because it doesn’t use ink. It is also known as an opaque medium because no matter what colored paper you choose to print on, the foil will not change color (unlike lithography, letterpress or thermography). So, you can create dramatic effects on dark colored paper using lighter foils like white or silver.
  • A variety of finishes including metallic, glossy, pearlescent, holographic and matte.
  • A variety of effects like marble (hint: marble is trending for 2017).
  • Foils are available with a semi-transparent tint, which allows the paper color to come through.
  • Foil offers a lustrous, shiny finish that will impress your guests from a distance
  • Combine foil printing with other printing techniques such as letterpress, digital printing and engraving.
  • Can create all different looks with foil invites from lux formal and traditional to modern and bold

  • Cannot mix gold foil with thermography printing because the heat will melt the thermographic resins
  • Foil can be labor-intensive and expensive for custom made wedding stationery
  • Best to restrict foiled text to borders, intricate designs and key words, as it can be difficult to read foiled text.

 

 

Modern Gold Foil Wedding Invites

1. Remarkable Frame

by Wedding Paper Divas

Remarkable Frame – Classic Wedding Invitations by wedding paper divas

2. Gilded Shore

by Minted

Gilded Shore wedding invitations1

 

 

3. Modern Gold Foil

By peachyprintsuk

 

Modern gold foil wedding invitation

 

4. Charming Love

By Minted

 Minted Charming Love Foil-pressed Wedding Invitations

 

5. Opulent Lines Wedding Invitations

by Wedding Paper Divas

Opulent Lines Wedding Invitations Wedding Paper Divas

 

6. Painted Canvas

By Minted

 Painted Canvas – Customizable Foil-pressed Wedding Invitation by Minted

 

7. Watercolor Delights

by Minted

watercolor delight gold foil wedding invite by Minted

 

8. Cascade

by Minted

Cascade- Customizable Foil-pressed Wedding Invitations in Gray or Silver by Minted

 

9. Whimsical Rose

by Invitations by Dawn

 

Whimsical Rose – Foil Invitation by Invitations by dawn

 

Luxury Gold Foil Wedding Invites

1. Renae

by Engaging Papers

Renae gold foil bark themed wedding invitations

 

2. Gramercy

by Foiled Invitations

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3. BOHEMIAN

by Bellafigura

BOHEMIAN

 

4. Aubergine Calligraphy

by Steel Petal Press

AUBERGINE CALLIGRAPHY SAVE THE DATE

 

Budget Gold Foil Wedding Invites

1. Faux Marble and Copper Geometric 

by Zazzle

Faux Marble and Copper Geometric Wedding Invite by invitations by dawn

 

Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

1. In Bloom

by Minted

in bloom

 

2. Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitation Suite

By TheWoolberryPress

 Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitation Suite

 

3. Rose Gold Flowers

by BanterandCharm

Rose Gold Foil Stamped Wedding Invitations

 

4. Flourishing Joy

by Wedding Paper Divas

Flourishing Joy Wedding Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

 

5. Diamond Blossoms

By Wedding Paper Divas

Diamond Blossoms Wedding InvitationsAloe

 

6. Strung Floweret Wedding Invitations

by Wedding Paper Divas

Strung Floweret Wedding Invitations by wedding paper divas

DIY Gold Foil Invitations

If you are up to the DIY stationery challenge, I found a fantastic tutorial video by Swell & Grand on how to DIY your gold foil invitations.  For 100 invitations, including supplies, she was able to create gorgeous personalized for a total cost of $68.95 or $0.69 cents per invitation! Amazing!

If you are interested in doing a similar project, you’ll need the following supplies to create your own DIY gold foil invitations:

 

Gold foil stamping complements all sort of wedding themes, everything from luxe and romantic to whimsical, contemporary and casual.  Not sure if gold foil is for you?  Check out all the other techniques in our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Stationery Printing Techniques