The finest quality invitations are printed on 100 percent cotton rag paper, although other elegant choices would be linen or vellum. More individualized choices might utilize parchment, rice paper, or handmade papers with a rich, textured feel.
Cotton Fiber - 100 percent cotton paper. THE classic traditional choice for elegant, formal wedding invitations.
Linen - slightly grainier than cotton, but still quite elegant. Think f linen as elegance with texture.
Vellum - a translucent smoothly finished paper made from a cotton blend. Sturdy enough to be printed on, this makes a beautiful overlay.
Parchment - an antique looking paper, it can be either translucent or opaque.
Jacquard - paper on which a design has been printed, such as a pattern of lace or leaves, giving the illusion of layers.
Corrugated - paper that has thick wrinkles, grooves, or textures. Lends itself well to edgy, urban chic, or elemental Zen designs.
Handmade paper - made from natural fibers, which may or may not have botanicals embedded. Its heavily textured and can run the gamut from slightly uneven to coarse and irregular. Is difficult to print on using traditional methods. Letterpress works best.
Glassine - a thin, transparent paper with a smooth surface. Most commonly used in envelopes.
Rice Paper - thin and supple, yet nicely textured. An unusual yet elegant choice. Like handmade paper, its difficult to print on using traditional methods and is best suited to letterpress printing.
Special Effects and Finishes
Deckle edge - regular and symmetrical or irregular with a torn-edge look and feel.
Die cut - a sharp metal piece is used to cut a shape or pattern, usually along the outer edge of the paper, such as invitations with scalloped edges or shaped like a wedding cake.
Marbled - paper that has a swirled, multicolored design and mimics the feel of the natural patterns found in marble.
Matte - a flat finish that doesnt reflect light.
Sizing It Up
While theres a wide selection of sizes to choose from, there are two sizes that remain the standard: Embassy, which is 5 x 7, and Classic, which is 4 x 6 (inches). The invitation can be a single sheet of three-ply card stock in this size or a sheet of heavy paper (32 42 pound cont is the standard for wedding invitations) thats folded to this finished size. The wording can run either vertically or horizontally.
Part of what determines the size you select is how much wording you need to put on your invitation. If both sets of parents are hosting the wedding, or there is a fair amount of wording for other reasons, the smaller size invitation may not work for you. Another consideration is cost. If you opt for an oversized or unusually sized invitation, or one that has other special mailing needs, youll need to take into consideration the extra postage.
These elements are added when the couple is looking for a special, unique touch to make their invitation really stand out.
Architectural borders .
Botanical elements .
Customer designed logos .
Layered invitations .
Pen and ink drawings .
Sealing wax .
Sheer ribbons .Wrapped invitations that open like a present.