Seeing your wedding invitation in print makes your whole day feel so…official! Rubbing your fingers over your freshly printed names and wedding date is a moment that’s so magical, it just might bring a tear to your eye.
If the deadline to order your wedding invitations is coming up, but you’re stuck on how to choose the right design for the two of you, we’re here with some advice. We understand that choosing the right design can feel overwhelming! For lots of couples, it’s the first time they’ve purchased personalized stationery and all those terms – from paper weight to printing processes – can feel like a different language.
First Things First: Budget
Before you even begin to browse for invites, set a budget. The cost of wedding invitation suites can range from very affordable to very high-end. Our sister-site, Ann’s Bridal Bargains, sells invitation sets for just $.99 each (whoa, we know!), while our most luxurious styles are more than $7 per invitation.
Remember, you’ll need one invitation suite (invite, rsvp card and information or reception cards, if needed), for each household, not guest.
Think About Your Style
Do you have a specific theme or style for your wedding? Your wedding invitation is your guest’s first peek at what to expect on your big day, so make sure you set the tone from the moment they open the envelope.
If you’re having a rustic wedding, choose an invitation the suits that style. If you’re more about elegance and a timeless look, select a classic wedding invitation. There are even styles for more specific themes like art deco and fairy-tale inspired weddings.
Learn About Printing Techniques
As you explore price ranges and themes, you’ll notice that wedding invitations are often printed using techniques that are new to you. The most common types of wedding invitation printing styles are:
1. Digital Printing
Digital printing results in flat printed invitation. It’s often used on more modern vibrant designs that feature colorful artwork like floral prints.
2. Thermography Printing
Thermography printing is one of our most popular types of printing because it’s very affordable, but also unique enough to feel really special. Thermography print is raised and has a glossy or shimmering appearance. It’s most often using on lettering for a timeless look.
3. Letterpress Printing
Letterpress is a favorite printing method for weddings because of its traditional roots. Because a custom die is needed and your wording is pressed into thick 100% cotton paper, letterpress is considered a high-end printing method.
As shining metallic hues like gold and rose-gold have trended more and more, foil-stamping has become a favorite printing method on invitations. Shiny foil is pressed into your wedding invite, resulting in shimmering metallic that sparkles and shines.
Browse Different Format and Special Details
There are so many different wedding invitation formats available. Here are a few favorites:
1. Pocket Wedding Invitations
Couples love pocket style wedding invites because of their neat and tidy presentation. The color customization options are also totally endless.
2. Laser-Cut Wedding Invitations
One look and you’ll fall in love with laser-cut wedding invites. Their intricate cut-outs, folds and wraps will make you weak in the knees!
3. Wedding Invitations with Ribbons
You’re tying the knot…invite with one too! There’s just something about a wedding invitation that’s finished off with a ribbon that makes it feels so much more special.
4. Vellum Wedding Invitations
These see-through wedding invitations are so cool. Ours are printed with thermography for an extra special touch.
It’s nerve-wracking to order your wedding invitations sight-unseen. We totally understand, which is why we offer free samples delivered right to your door. Being able to see the details, feel the printing and select the right ink (we include an ink swatch card), will make you feel so confident about your choice!
Get Help From an Expert
And finally, if you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our wedding invitation experts are standing by and can help you with everything from finding the right style for your day to assisting with wording your wedding invite.
Well – what do you think? We hoped you picked up some tips on ways to tell your wedding guests exactly who’s invited, and who isn’t. Best wishes, brides and grooms!
Xo – the team at Invitations by Dawn