payment methods accepted
your basket (0 items) £0 checkout
Luxury Printing Service At The Letter Press of Cirencester

Wedding Invitations - A History

January 9, 2017

A time before Stationery Printers

Prior to the invention of the printing press in 1447, weddings in England were typically announced by the Town Crier, a man who would walk around the town announcing very loudly the invitation, so nothing very personal about those wedding invitations. Anyone who heard the invitation was invited.

In the Middle Ages, illiteracy was widespread, so the practice of sending written luxury wedding invitations emerged among the nobility. Families of means would commission monks, skilled in the art of calligraphy, to hand-craft their notices. They often carried the Coat of Arms, or personal crest, of the individual and were sealed with wax.

Wedding Stationery Printing Presses Arrive

Despite the development of the luxury printing press, it still produced a poor result for stylish wedding invitations. So this is where the tradition of announcing weddings in the newspaper became established and is a tradition to this day.

Printing Wedding Invitations finally became more mainstream from 1642 with the invention of metal-plate engraving and so higher-quality wedding invitations and stationery were now within reach of the emerging middle classes. Engraving means the printer had to hand write the text in reverse into a metal plate using a specially designed carving tool. It was this engraved plate which was used to print the wedding invitation. The ink was prevented from smudging by adding a tissue interleaf to each design.

During the Industrial Revolution the invention of Lithography made it possible to produce much higher quality wedding invitations with very sharp and distinctive designs. This then brought luxury wedding stationery to the mass-market.  

 

Mass Market Luxury Wedding Invitations

In more recent times another explosion in the popularity of wedding invitations can be traced back to just following World Was II. The combination of the speeding up of the industrial growth and democracy gave everyone the ability to join the worlds Elite with luxury wedding invitations.

As wedding stationery became far more popular the printing technique of thermology became popular. Thermology allowed raised print to be used on stationery without the time consuming engraving.

So many options for your Wedding Stationery

With the emergence of modern mass printing techniques, even at home there has been a turn around in the popularity of traditional printing techniques. This is seen as a sign of higher quality and more attention to detail. Therefore Letterpress printing techniques have made strong resurgence. Here at the Letter Press of Cirencester you can order your Luxury Wedding Stationery using classic high quality printing techniques with the benefit of modern day by ordering them to you specific requirements, colours, text all via the internet at www.letterpress.co.uk

Back to blog home

Other Blog Posts

Luxury Printed Stationery - a guide to the different types of printing May 26, 2017

Over the last few months we’ve been highlighting the art of letter writing and why it’s not a dying art. Hopefully giving you confidence, inspiration and most of all the tools with which to ensure your letter writing skills grow. But… it can be confusing when buying – what do you buy, how many do you buy and what do all those print types mean. So we thought we’d put together a guide to show you what the choices are, then you can get your very own luxury stationery personalised just for you.

How to write a great letter April 5, 2017

In this modern age of emails, text and direct messaging, even Snapchat, you would think that writing a letter is becoming a lost art and one that many people simply don’t know how to do. But actually it’s not. As digital technologies take over, well almost everything, we can see that trends are moving back towards more traditional values. Music, once it was vinyl, then tape, then CD, then MP3 players, and now streaming, such as Spotify, but what’s growing exponentially? It's vinyl again. The same with jigsaws and colouring books away from computer games. The pleasure and sense of achievement of creating something yourself is becoming hugely popular and letter writing is once again seen as an emerging trend.

2017 Top 10 Wedding Blogs March 6, 2017

Engaged couples have a number of sources to be inspired to create their own perfect yet truly personal wedding day that says so much about them both. Luxury personalised wedding stationery and invitations obviously forms part of their big day and we’re obviously biased as we know wedding day stationery can add so much more than you would ordinarily consider.

Planning a Wedding Proposal to Remember January 30, 2017

How, where and when to propose is very special and one that often needs careful consideration. If you want to make your proposal one to be remembered and one to talk about for years to come we’ve got a few suggestions. Some are more traditional and then there are some which are quite adventurous!

The History of Christmas Cards November 30, 2016

It is commonly agreed that the first Christmas card was sent by Sir Henry Cole in 1843. Sir Henry Cole was a civil servant helping to set-up the Post Office, where he worked. He wanted to encourage the fledging Post Office as to how it could make it’s services more readily available and used more by ordinary people.