You've found the perfect dress, reserved your dream venue, and hired the most amazing photographer. Now it's time to start searching for wedding invitations. With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? First, it helps to have an idea of how much you plan to invest; typically 2-5% of a couple’s overall wedding spending is set aside for stationery. Second, what does your time frame look like? Some processes take longer than others, so be sure to take that into consideration when weighing the possibilities. Once you’re aware of your price point and timeline, you can begin considering the ordering options that make the most sense for you. ONLINE RETAILERSSince online shopping is a mainstay of retail, many brides are turning to the web for invitations. Stationery websites offer pre-designed invitations that span a wide range of price points. Shopping online for your wedding invitations is ... Read More »
Starting the process of selecting a wedding-invitation suite can be an overwhelming experience. With so many great designers and different card options out there, how is a bride to choose what amounts to the very first glimpse guests will get of her wedding style? It helps to understand which components of a suite are required, which are optional, and which are purely for fun so you can make an informed decision. Invitation Must-HavesThere are three key pieces that are absolutely necessary to include in your suite: the invitation card; the response set; and an outer envelope in which to house it all. The main invitation lists all the pertinent information for your event, including your full names, the date, and the location, as well as who is hosting your wedding celebration. Invitations will typically be printed using letterpress (where the wording is pressed into the paper using a metal plate); ... Read More »
Choosing an invitation can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding. Once you start the process of shopping for the invitation suite, you’ll encounter a huge variety of choices and designs, made even more complex by the different printing options available. Each alternative will appeal to different brides depending upon personal tastes and cost considerations, so it’s wise to be informed before getting started. Letterpress Letterpress has long been a popular option in the United States. Using metal or rubber plates, an artisan hand-runs each invitation through the printing machine, which is often a vintage or antique printer. Each color must be run separately, and the printer will often mix the color on a palette to create the desired shade. A skilled letterpress printer will ink the machine to ensure even coverage on every piece of stationery that is fed through. The cards are then “pressed” ... Read More »
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