If you’re a bride, I’m sure you’ve been busy planning your wedding. And by now, you know there are many decisions to make from choosing a wedding style to determining what song you will walk down the aisle on. One of the biggest decision (I’m sure you’ve said, they are all big decisions) you’ll have to make is picking out your invitations.
Your invitation will be the first “sneak peak” into your wedding for most of your guests. The style of your invitation helps set the tone for your entire wedding. In the past, for formal weddings, a traditional invitation was engraved or printed in black ink on high-quality white or ivory paper. However, with the growth in technology there are so many more options to choose from.
First you will want to pick the type of invitation you want. There are so many options to choose from. Below are 3 of my favorite styles.
• The Wedding Card is a single layer invitation that can range in size, I typically create this type in a 5X7 size. This card can be printed just on the front side, or I have had fun with creating a fun design to include on the back. If you want a little more depth to your invitation you can also add an invitation mat to the invite.
Thanks to Krista Mason Photography for capturing my Cinco De Mayo themed invitation
• The Folded Card invitation looks like a card and you open it to find the invitation. I create this invitation in either a 5X7 or 6X6 size. I like this style because it gives you the look of the pocket fold, but doesn’t require you to use all of the inserts. You can also add additional adornments such as a mat, belly bands and monograms if you want a little more spice to your live.
• The Pocket Fold I believe is by far my most favorite invitation to create. I love the ability to create various layers to this invitation. There are so many sizes and variations to the pocket fold but I often use the 6X6 square pocket fold or the 5X7 rectangle option. Can’t you tell that these are two of my favorite dimensions? With pocket folds the sky is the limit and the possibilities are limitless.
I love peacocks which was the inspiration for me creating this invitation.
Next you’ll want to decide what type of printing you want for your invitations. The printing often signifies how formal your wedding will be. Also the printing you choose will impact your budget, help determine the paper options, and determine turnaround time.
• Engraving is the printing method were the letters are raised on the front of the invite which creates an indention on the back of the invite. This is one of the oldest printing methods around. This technique is used for a very formal wedding and is one of the most expensive printing options. This process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete.
• Thermography is very similar to engraving in that the letters are raised on the front of the invitation and are often shiny, however the back is smooth. This is accomplished by printing the invitation and then adding a powder while the ink is still wet to give it a raised look. The beauty of this process is that it is typically 30-50% cheaper than engraving. Turnaround time for this option is about a week.
• Letterpress is an even older printing option than engraving. It consists of letter being indented on the front and slightly raised in the back providing a textured look. This is another costlier printing option. This process can take up to two months.
• Foil Stamping is a paper-like foil that leaves a metallic look. It leaves an impression very much like letterpress. The process actually does not use any ink and is called “dry printing.” This is by far the priciest printing option. This process can take over two months.
• Digital Printing is what we use here at Erika’s Elegance. There are many font options available that can give you the look of calligraphy without the actual cost. More and more brides are opting for this type of printing because it gives you elegance at a fraction of the cost. Turnaround time for this type can start at a week.
Lastly you will need to decide how you want your invitations worded. It is very important to word the invitation correctly. Your stationer can help you with this process. Invitation Consultants is a great website to refer to for writing samples.
At Erika’s Elegance we love to design an invitation that will fit your personality and wedding style. We would love to work with you. Contact us today!
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