You have set the date and have completed the guest list, so what's next? Your next step is preparing your wedding invitations, printing them and mailing them out immediately. this should be done no later than three to four months before the wedding.
This is your special day; it's a moment of joy and happiness. Who would not want to share in this with you? Your wedding invitation will be much coveted; this is why you will want to create your list of invitees with great care.
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Invitation Styles & Print Etiquette
Invitation styles along with a variety of format options are readily available in some of todays top programs and softwares. It is for this reason that you will want to shop around before making a final and suitable decision.
Many stores and catalogues are also equipped with samples and photos of a variety of invitation styles and themes to choose from. For the general categories of invitations, they are broken down into semi formal invitations and formal invitations, or, if your wedding is of a small intimate setting hand-written notes on beautiful stationeries are common and is usually preferred in this case.
There are a number of elements to consider when choosing your wedding invitations. Be sure to have a clear idea of the theme of your wedding before deciding on the style or color that will best suit the wedding theme. A few choices to consider are;
- Paper shades
- Paper weight
You will find that with each of these theme or elements, the prices will vary. Be sure to check with a number of vendors to compare prices, determine the length of printing and prices for theme elements as well as envelopes and inserts. It is also important that you keep samples of the stationeries you order; this will help you to coordinate the design scheme of your other printed accessories. Some print stationary services may require several weeks notice for an order to be printed and returned to them. There are other stationary services that do the printing on spot and are able to accommodate a shorter time frame. These services are likely to be able to provide you with the printed envelopes sooner than the cards themselves, this, will allow you the time needed to take care of addressing the envelopes ahead of time and therefore reducing your stress come that time.
Paper The appearance of the paper will be determined by the heaviest-weight and shades. This will a bit more in price, but its feel and look will present the bespeak formality. You may want your paper with color or stenciled design, or, you may prefer a raised plate mark or margin. Using large double sheets or small single sheets are choices determined by your style and or preference but either can be considered a good choice
Color There are a number of choice colors used in most formal and traditional wedding invitations. For the formal and traditional weddings the common color used are white, soft cream, ivory and lilac.
Typeface The typeface is best chosen after choosing paper shades and weight. For formal invitations, traditional choices are usually roman faces. You will find that simple styles are in taste than ornate and flowery styles which are quite common in weddings, this may be due to the appearance it presents within the already décor theme of the ceremony and reception locations. Simple styles are still easier to read and may make for a better keepsake should you decide to frame them with special poems or your vows. A formal invitation should not include any other ornament but that of the typeface with the exception of harms should the brides fathers family have one. The coat of harms or crest could then be used without color and placed at the top center of the invitation. This could be an added touch that will not take away from the look of the invitation as a formal.
Nontraditional alterations Should you wish to get away from the traditional design and third-person wording style, nontraditional is the way to go. These types of invitations can be quite beautiful and are usually engraved or thermographed in as formal a style as traditional ones. If the wedding is being done in a rather simple and nontraditional style, the invitations could then be printed on paper with a design or border prints. This is often done in color to carry out the color scheme of the wedding.
Invitations may be printed in several ways depending on the choice of formal or semiformal. The choice will obviously be based on personal preference and budget, but in basically the more formal the wedding then the more formal the printing style.
Lithography Lithography are imprinted lettering with ink. The results to this type of printing are neither raised nor press-through. The cost is less than standard print, thermography or engraving.
Laser Among printing options are laser prints which can be done at a professional print shop or at home. A laser printed invitation will produce the same result as that done by lithography. Blank forms can be purchased at most stationary shops or at your local office supply store. If your choice is to do laser prints for your invitations at home, take caution to ensure that the forms are placed straight and evenly in the print area. It would also be a good idea to choose a print typeface that is formal, crisp and would be easy to read, this, will work to duplicate a professional print look. Laser printing is still the most inexpensive way to print, but used for formal printing can appear inexpensive. Choosing a formal but stylish typeface will help to maintain the look of professionalism that needed. As a test run be sure to print a few samples and make changes where needed to the layout and typeface until a suitable look is achieved.
Handwriting If the wedding is to be a small one, invitations may be handwritten on lovely stationary or can also be done if the couples decision is to personalize their invitations. The use of a calligrapher might be a good idea for this type of invitation or if the couple knows someone with an art for this type of writing. The invitation is done with the recipients name written by hand on an otherwise printed card.
Thermography This type of print is raised and appears shinier than engraved prints. It does not press-through the back of the paper. Thermography prints are less expensive than engraved printing which makes for a better choice for couples looking to set an impression in details to their
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