Choosing a Paper Style for Your Marriage Invitations

by | Feb 18, 2016 | Weddings

Planning a wedding involves making a number of choices, including how you want your marriage invitations to look. One decision you will have to make regarding your invitations is what kind of paper they will be printed on. The different styles and texture choices may seem overwhelming at first, but taking the time to learn about them will help you make the best choice when you visit the printer or order your invitations online.

Choose a Weight First

Before you consider a paper style, choose the weight first. The weight of the paper also measures its thickness, and how thick the paper is will affect what is printed on it. Paper weight is typically measured in a ream of 500 sheets of paper, and different types of paper will make that measurement lighter or heavier. For example, marriage invitations printed on 110 lb. paper won’t be as thick or luxurious as those printed on 220 lb. paper stock, which results in rich, bold lettering. If you want to feel and see the difference for yourself, ask your printing company for some samples.

Paper Type and Photos

If you want to include a photo of yourself and your fiancée printed directly on the invitation, the type of paper you choose will be especially important. Not all papers will accept photo printing and as a result, the photo may come out with undefined edges or appear much too soft. For photo invitations, consider linen or shimmer paper and a flat printing style for photographs with high definitions and bright, bold colors. Your printing company should be able to advise you about specialty paper blends that are suitable for photo printing when you visit them for a consultation.

Natural Fibers

When it comes to embossing and foil printing, natural fibers are a great choice for making your marriage invitations look their best. Many paper types are made from natural cotton fibers, which makes raised embossed letters stand out while giving them a soft, brushed feel. Bamboo paper is also a popular choice for those who prefer the look and feel of natural fibers. If you want your invitations to have a delicate appearance and feel, then consider rice paper, which makes elegant black and white text and scrolled designs stand out sharply.

No matter your taste or budget, there are dozens of paper weights and types that are sure to make your marriage invitations look their best. Your printing company can help you create custom marriage invitations that will be a joy for your guests to receive. Contact Regal Cards to know more!

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