Planning a wedding can be a huge and overwhelming task. From food to flowers, there are so many decisions to make. One of the most daunting tasks can be putting together your invitations: the paper, the wording, the typography, the printing method, and more. Let us help you make at least one decision! Here are the basics of what to look for in wedding stationery.
Before you select your paper think about how you want it to feel. Cotton fiber is the most traditional wedding invitation choice, and cotton invitations can be incredibly elegant. Cotton isn’t your only choice when it comes to your stationery. In fact, you can choose a paper that will fit with the overall theme of your big day.
For instance, paper with a linen finish is an excellent choice for wedding stationery. It’s important to realize, though, that linen will feel grainier than a pure cotton stock. This makes it an excellent choice for an outdoor wedding or for a preppy ceremony.
Handmade paper, often from cotton, hemp, or rag fibers, will have an even rougher texture. The uniqueness of the paper can be the perfect fit for a country or rustic wedding. Parchment paper is translucent. Often, parchment paper will overlay a thick card, and sometimes the invitation is printed directly onto the parchment. This is another formal choice.
Once you’ve decided on a feel, think about the stock of the paper. Stock refers to the thickness, weight, or heaviness of the paper. For a formal wedding invitation, look for a high number card stock. Some papers you’ll find in as high a weight as 260 g or even higher, while another readily available paper weight for wedding stationery is around 180 g. You’re probably familiar with receiving invitations in a heavy stock accompanied by a small slip of tissue paper or parchment, so if you save letters, invitations, and the like, take a look back at what others have chosen.
Along with the fiber and stock, you will want to select a finish. There are glossy options available, though matte – opaque and non-reflective – is common for wedding stationery. For a more abstract, artistic option, marbled paper is a decorative option. Whichever finish you choose, make sure your printer approves and has the capability to work with your choice because the paper choice must be compatible with the printing method.
There are a number of decorative flourishes you can choose. Do you want straight, smooth edges? Alternatively, deckled edges are popular for wedding stationery. Deckled edges are the torn edge of handmade paper. Another option is to choose a corrugated finish, which can be characterized by thick ridges or grooves. Both Amalfi and Fabriano offer stationery with deckled edges.
A watermark is a sign of fine paper. When you hold the paper up to light, a translucent emblem that signifies the paper company or boutique becomes evident (such as on the Amalfi Watermarked Stationery Set). A watermark conveys quality and elegance.
Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse your family and friends get of your wedding, and just like the big day we know you want it to be perfect. Plan far enough ahead that you have plenty of time to take into consideration each of the five wedding stationery features mentioned above, and you may even want to order your Thank You Cards at the same time for consistency. Whether you’re planning a wedding currently or just curious, ask any questions regarding wedding stationery in the comments!
Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at MaggieMarton.com