Your wedding invitations are extremely important. For many of your guests, they will not see bride or groom until the day of the wedding. That means unless they receive a wedding invitation that reflects the style and theme of the wedding, these guests will have no idea what to expect. However, by choosing your invitations wisely, you can offer your guests a peak into the big day.
The wedding invitation is not just the official announcement to family and friends about the upcoming wedding, but it also paints a pictue of your wedding for them. Interestingly, many people will base the style and price of gift off the invitation. In other words, if they receive a whimsical card on cotton paper and block font, chances are they will lean toward more simplistic gifts. However, if the invitations were made from handmade Japanese paper with flowing, calligraphy, then the gifts would naturally be higher-end.
Without doubt, weddings are very expensive, being a financial strain on parents. For this reason, many couples are now sharing in the expense, and trying to come up with innovative methods of saving money. One way to accomplish this is by making your own invitations. Now keep in mind, homemade does not automatically equate to cheap or poorly made. In fact, using the right type of software program, paper, coloring, and fonts, you can create invitations that look like those made by professionals without spending the money.
Start by choosing the style of invitation you want. If you want to stick with tradition, then you would use elegant paper and block or script-style font. However, if your wedding will be modern, you can choose several colors of ink for the invitations, as well as for the paper and envelops. In this case, you might choose pastel lavender, blue, or mint green.
For the printing, you will have two primary choices. The first is called engraving, which is a process that dates back to the 17th Century. The design is etched and then a word copy is put into a copper plate using a negative. You might hear this method also known as die stamping, which is the same thing. For this process to work, the paper is put face down into a plate that has been inked. Then using pressure that is placed on the back of the sheet, the front of the paper touches the plate. The sandwich effect then causes the lettering to raise and the back of the paper to bruise. Most often, when engraving is used, the engraver will give you the copper plate to add to your collection of things to keep.
The second option is called thermography. The results are beautiful but the price is much less than engraving. In this case, rather than a copper plate, an aluminum plate is made that has the word copy on the press. The paper is fed into the press, and then onto a conveyor. Next, resin is sprinkled on top of the wet ink. Then for the unprinted areas, this resin is vacuumed. Finally, the plate is placed into a hot oven where the resin is melted and raised. If you want a beautiful wedding invitation but dread the high cost, keep in mind that you do have many great options.