Using Hot Foil for Wedding Invitations

Hot foil printing is also known as foil blocking. Foil blocking give a stunning and beautiful metallic finish. This traditional hand printing method creates a beautiful finish that shines in the light. A metal plate is engraved with a design, and then is heated and pressed onto a card with a sheet of foil between the two. This brands the card with your design in a metallic finish. We recommend combing this wonderful technique with custom personalised banners for the most wonderful personalisation imaginable. See here

Hot foil printing can be used for many different aspects of your wedding, including but not exclusive to:

  • Foil printing is an elegant way forward to creating stunning wedding invitations. Inform your family and friends of your special day with an eye-catching design! Foil printed invitations set the tone for your big day, with a professional and stylish invitation
  • On the day, hot foil adds a special touch to the event with printed place name cards, which are sure to be kept due to their beautiful design and appearance.

There are a range of advantages and disadvantages for foil printing.


  • Foil printing is available in a range of colours. The traditional colours used are gold and silver, but any colour imaginable is available, from blues to pinks! Therefore, if you are thinking of a colour scheme for your wedding, your invitations can match this theme!
  • Foil printing, unlike thermography, lithography and letterpress, does not use any ink. Therefore, the foil colour does not change based on the type of card or colour of card printed upon. This means that light coloured foils can be printed upon dark coloured cards, whereas light ink cannot be used upon dark cards.
  • A variety of finishes can be used, including metallic, matte, glossy, and pearlescent. Patterns such as marbling can even be used!
  • Semi-transparent foils can be used if you do want the paper colour to show through.
  • Metallic foils have a shiny finish, whereas metallic ink-based printing can fall flat in terms of shimmer.


  • As foil is applied by heat, it should not be applied near text or designs already applied by thermography. The heat may melt the thermography.
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