Traditional Wedding Invitations | Classic Wedding Invitations

Traditional Wedding Invitations | Classic Wedding Invitations

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When it comes to shopping for traditional wedding invitations, you're probably thinking "what makes a wedding invitation traditional?" A few different factors go into this more formal inviting style, but two big factors are the design and the wording you choose.

What do traditional wedding invitations look like? The word traditional can encompass all kinds of designs and styles – from traditional elegant to vintage charm to simple classic – but what really makes this style shine is finding the right balance of design and wording. The invitation should be beautiful but more importantly, it should never overshadow the importance of the wedding details and wording.

Finding the design you love is the easy part. Understanding the many different printing techniques and finishes often used on traditional fine stationery is what catches most people.

Here are the terms to watch for and what they mean:

Embossing is a very popular specialty print technique you will find in many traditional designs. Embossing is something you can feel because it's raised above the surface of the paper. In traditional invites, it's often paired with pearl foil.

Foil Stamping
Foil stamping is incredibly popular right now in all kinds of colors. Pearl foil is more of a classic, understated look that's very elegant and pretty. You will find many patterns that are foil stamped and embossed for a look that's absolutely stunning.

Letterpress Printing
Letterpress was developed hundreds of years ago and it's so beautiful that it's still used today in the most refined of wedding invitations. Wording and design are heavily impressed into thick cotton paper, which leaves the design and wording crisp and sharp.

Layers add depth to the invitation while often remaining clean and simple, which draws attention to your wording.

Embellishments are essentially accents that add a beautiful finishing touch to the invitation. Things like satin ribbons and ornate wraps add a special something that is sure to impress recipients.

What kind of wording goes on a traditional wedding invitation?

Traditional styles tend to be for more formal weddings, which means you'll want to write more formal wedding invitation wording. This can feel like a daunting task because there are so many etiquette rules to follow when writing formal wording but we can help step you through it! We suggest reading How to Word Your Wedding Invitations: Formally or Informally.

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