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Planning the Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are so much more than an invite. Invitations are an opportunity to impress your guests with the fonts, designs and paper, while revealing a small glimpse of the wedding theme. All the details of your engagement announcements, save the dates, wedding invitations, reply cards, enclosures, place settings, menus and thank you cards should encompass the thematic elements of your wedding. We are sharing some tips to help you plan your wedding invitations and paper details.

Following the Engagement Timeline

All the invitations and paper have a place on your timeline. Wait too long to order your invitations, and they will arrive after your honeymoon. Send them out too early, and your guests will forget. It is a good idea to send out engagement announcements as soon as you get engaged. When you have a wedding date, send out your save-the-dates to prevent guests from making other plans on your special day. About six months before your wedding, order the wedding invitations and enclosures. Six to eight weeks before your wedding day, send out the wedding invitations. It is recommended that you send out invitations to the rehearsal dinner, bridal shower and other wedding related celebrations about one month prior to each event.

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Designing Wedding invitations

Beyond the purpose of wedding invitations, they create impressions and become a keepsake in a photo album. Your wedding theme should influence your wedding invitations and other paper materials. Choose the color palette, fonts, style and embellishments with your theme in mind. You will have the paper, envelops, fonts, graphics and inserts to consider. Beyond the paper and font, think about the patterns of your wedding designs and incorporate the small details into your wedding invitations for a textured look. Shape and size are other thoughts to consider. Get to know the paper lingo before shopping. Digital invitations are becoming a popular alternative to print. They are more affordable and easier to deliver. Explore options and choose an invitation type and style that fits your event.

Get to Know the Paper Lingo

Get to know the paper lingo before you shop for wedding invitations. It is easy to understand when something is referenced as handmade or natural materials, but cotton, rag or hemp can get a little confusing. If you envision a vintage theme, familiarize yourself with a deckle edge to create that irregular and torn look. Corrugated refers to folded stock with wrinkles and ridges. Industrial is created from chipboard or newsprint. Matte is nonreflective and opaque. Mylar is a shiny foil-like finish. Parchment is cloudy and translucent. Rice paper is thin and soft. Linen is grainier than cotton and has a textured appearance for a classic look. Jacquard is screen-printed paper that creates the illusion of layering, such as with lace. Vellum is a delicate, thin and opaque cotton blend with a matte finish. It can be layered on a card stock or used alone. Explore all your paper options before making a decision.

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Printing Techniques

You should also get familiar with printing techniques. Letterpress involves inking an image to produce an impression. Thermography creates raised lettering with a heat-based process that has an appearance similar to engraving. Engraving is created with a metal plate and creates textured and raised font. Embossing crimps the paper to create raised letters. Printing is a significant part of the design. Explore printing techniques and find the design you love.


Répondez s'il vous plaît or RSVP is important to finalize the headcount for seating charts, place cards, favors and the catering. Your RSVP should have a deadline of no less than two to three weeks prior to your wedding. The decorative insert should be placed in the fold of the invitation, and match the design.

Crystal Ballroom BeachPlace

Crystal Ballroom BeachPlace

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