So, you’ve already sent out your “Save the Date” cards to your intended wedding guests. It’s now time to start thinking about that ever important and confusing WEDDING INVITATION. And keep in mind you don’t have to match your “Save the Date” cards.
Brides are working on their checklists more diligently than ever. I would not act on the invitation process too early. You have plenty else to do. The couple should order their invitations between four to six months before the wedding. Order 25 extra and other wedding stationary, such as thank you notes and place cards, if you want them to match.
The traditional time to send out your wedding invitations is about two months or eight weeks before the big day. This gives your guests time to make airline and hotel reservations and plan time off work, if needed.
Wedding invitations can be seasonal, just like your actual wedding day. Think of ways to tie in your color scheme and season. Or just pick the invitation that you fall in love with! There are several things to consider when ordering your invitation package. The three major categories are paper, printing, and wording.
PAPER – There are at least nine different kinds of paper to choose from, maybe even more if you talk to your professional printer. The four main types of paper are Linen, Pearlescent, Vellum, and Parchment. Linen is the most common, with Pearlescent running a close second. These types of paper give a clean finish and are usually easier on the budget. Vellum is a sheer paper that is commonly used in romantic invitations. Parchment paper is slightly thicker than Linen. Some other types of paper are Jacquard, which has a raised design, and corrugated, usually out of cardboard or some type of metal. These types of invitations are for the more non-traditional couples. There is also Handmade paper, which is usually thicker, can have slubs, and has a rough finish, Glassine, looking somewhat like cellophane paper, and Rice paper, which has a bumpier finish than linen.
PRINTING – I know of at least five kinds of printing on today’s wedding invitations. There can be a difference in price, so be aware of what you are choosing. Letterpress is the most common, since it is a process using a printing press. Thermography printing is a process with raised letters, making a beautiful impression on the paper. Offset printing is where an inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket. The offset transfer moves the image to the printing paper surface. Engraved invitations are produced by embossing around lettering printed by another process (lithography or offset printing) to suggest the edges of an engraved plate. And probably the most expensive and most time consuming is Calligraphy. If this is created by hand, it is the most outstanding invitation a couple can use to invite their guests to their special day.
Wording – There are two kinds of wording on wedding invitations, Traditional and Contemporary. As the bride and groom, this will be your choice. The more traditional wording would read, “Mr. and Mrs. Jones, the parents of Alicia Jones request the honor…” While the contemporary version would read like…” We invite you to join us in celebrating…”
There are two ways to have your guests respond to make up your guest list. You can include a response card or have them send an email to your wedding website. You decide which works best for you. Also include any information that seems necessary in your invitation. Maps are no longer necessary, since everyone has Google Maps or another form of directions on their phone/vehicle.
As you can see, ordering wedding invitations can be a confusing process. But I am here to help. Give me a call or send an email if you have questions or comments.
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