Did you know there’s a lot of terminology when it comes to wedding invitations.  In past blog posts, we covered basic invitation termsmore modern day terms and terms related to different invitation printing processes.

With new wedding trends popping up all the time, many of them also carry over to invitations therefore introducing even more lingo to learn.  So here’s some additional terminology you may want to become familiar with for your invitation shopping…

All ‘n One invitation – convenient design combines all of your wedding celebration information on a single invitation piece that folds up for easy inserting into its mailing envelope.  Printed on this two-sided design are your ceremony, reception, accommodations and response details.  The response portion is an actual postcard that is removed by guests to simply mail back without the need for an extra envelope.  Many of these designs also include room for a favorite photo or two.

Picture Perfect Love All n One Invitation

Picture Perfect Love All n One Invitation

Backer Card – an additional blank card, in your color choice, that is slightly larger in size compared to your invitation card.  It requires some assembly to attach it underneath with provided glue dots so that the edges of the backer card create a contrasting color border around your invitation card.

Modern Decadence Invitation with Backer

Modern Decadence Invitation with Backer

Flat printing (also known as digital printing) – a printing process by which ink is deposited flat onto the paper surface by a digital printer.  Your color options are vast with this process as it may also provide flexibility in being able to change the color of the design as well as the wording for a truly custom look.  Printing of photos and full color designs are very popular uses of flat printing due to the accuracy and clarity the process provides.

Beach Bliss Valstyle Invitation

Beach Bliss ValStyle Invitation

Glitter printing (glitter ink printing) – a process of printing that adds extra shine and glam to your invitation design.  Real glitter is mixed with thermography powder and then heated to coat lettering and designs.

Glitz and Glam Invitation

Glitz and Glam Invitation

Laser cut – the process of cutting designs into paper with a laser beam.  Laser cut wedding invitations are beautifully unique with their intricate details that are often times used in corner, border or wrap designs and are occasionally even accented with color.

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations Sumptuous Rose

Sumptuous Rose Invitation

Watercolor – a refreshing, elegant trend featuring soft washes of color as part of the design.  Often times it may appear as though the color was brushed onto the paper.  Watercolor wedding invitations are a versatile design choice that can fit a variety of wedding themes.

Affordable Wedding Invitations Watercolor Beauty

Watercolor Beauty Invitation

Now that you have these helpful explanations, why not start putting them to good use while doing some wedding invitation shopping.

Having unique wedding invitations doesn’t have to just refer to the invites themselves.  Why not start with the outside which is what your family and friends will see first when they arrive in their mailboxes.

Here are a few creative ways you can make the outside of your mailing piece as unique as your wedding invitations…

  • Size – There are so many different designs from which to choose that can also include different sizes such as tea length and square.  Whatever the invitation’s dimensions, the mailing envelope will be sized accordingly to reflect the unique size and shape.
Unique Wedding Invitations Vintage Pearls and Lace

Vintage Pearls and Lace Invitation

  • Self-Mailing Style – Choosing this style actually eliminates a separate mailing envelope altogether.  Commonly known as seal n send wedding invitations, this all-in-one style is conveniently designed to fold up into its own self-mailing piece.  A response postcard is attached to the invitation along a perforation for easy removal and return by your guests again without a separate envelope.  Since it’s folded and sealed, the ready-to-mail piece will actually show the back side of the invitation printed with the design you chose making it a truly unique piece of mail.
Seal n Send Wedding Invitations Lacy Rustic

Lacy Rustic Seal n Send Invitation

  • Color – With certain designs, you may be presented with the option of choosing colored inner and/or outer envelopes in place of the standard white for an additional charge.  You can make your color selection from the choices listed to match your invitation design.  A more recent trend has some designs including the outer envelope made from kraft paper.  Color is sure to bring attention to your invitation mailing.
Unique Wedding Invitations Flowery Boho

Flowery Boho Invitation

  • Decorative Seals – To add a special touch to the outside of your invitation mailing piece, a decorative seal can be placed on the back of the envelope giving the appearance that it is sealing the flap down.  For seal and send invitations, the seals are included since they really do seal the invitation for mailing.  When purchasing your own decorative seals, you’ll find many design choices from monograms to first names to specific themes.
Decorative Seals Love Seal

Love Seal

  • Custom Wedding Postage Stamps – Creating your own personalized wedding stamps is another creative option for mailing your wedding invitations.  You can choose to upload your favorite photo or select a ready-to-use wedding design just adding your names and wedding date.  Another great way to reflect your own personal style.

Today’s couples are eager to add their own personal touches to all aspects of their wedding.  So why not make the mailing of your unique wedding invitations a little more special using any of the above ideas to start building your guests’ excitement even before they open them.

When it comes to invitation shopping, do you know the differences in the processes of wedding invitation printing as they relate to the design and wording?  You don’t necessarily need to know all the details to know what you like, but isn’t it better to be informed when you are shopping for your wedding invitations and come across certain terms such as these…

Embossing: This is a process that creates a raised design by pressing an image into the invitation paper. The addition of ink or foil to the raised design area gives it dimension and drama.

Blind Embossing: A type of embossing where the image is not highlighted with ink or foil but is left as simply an elegant raised design on the paper.

Debossing: The opposite of embossing since the image stamped on the paper appears indented without using ink or foil.

Pearlize: In this printing process, a shimmery pearl-like finish is applied to part or all of a design on the wedding invitations. It is usually applied to an embossed design area.

Foil Stamping: This method is also used on items such as wedding napkins. A colored foil is hot-stamped onto the paper to create its effect.

Letterpress:  This time-honored process starts with the creation of a special metal die that is used to make letterpress imprints when the die strikes the paper with enough force to create a depression on the paper.

Alluring Style Ombre Invitation

Alluring Style Ombre Invitation
with Letterpress Printing

Thermography: This a very common printing process for the verse area of wedding invitations since it is quite economical. This printing type is created by adding a resin powder to the wet ink which is then heated to melt the powder creating raised lettering on the invitation paper.

Vision of Love Invitation

Vision of Love Invitation
with embossed design and thermography printing

 

A while back we covered some of the basic terminology of wedding invitations…terms that always seem to be relevant.  This time we are defining techniques and items more related to today’s modern trends for invitations.

Accommodation Cards:  Very handy for guests who will be traveling from out-of-town and will need overnight sleeping accommodations.  You can list all the arrangements you have made with a local hotel so they can easily make their own reservations, if needed.

Embossing:  A printing technique done by pressing an image into a print surface to create a raised design. Ink or foil is then applied to the raised design to add drama and dimension.  There are also various styles of embossing.

Seal ‘n Send Invitations:  Also known as seal and send, this economical and convenient all-in-one design has a response postcard attached for easy removal by guests.  It quickly folds and seals into its own self-mailer piece using pre-marked folding lines eliminating the need for mailing envelopes.

Sep ‘n Send Invitations:  This unique sep ‘n send style has your invitation, response card and reception card arriving to you all printed on one convenient sheet with perforations for easy separation before mailing to guests.  The price for the quantity you choose includes all 3 pieces along with the single invitation mailing envelopes and response card return envelopes.

Envelope Icing:  A printed label, often matching your invitation design, that wraps around one side of your mailing envelopes from front to back.  It provides a pre-printed return address on the back and a space on the front for handwriting the mailing addresses of your guests.

Name Tab/Printed Tab Card:  Commonly used with pocket invitations, these are typically printed with a matching design and your first names.  Provided glue dots will fasten the cards to the outside of your pocket securing the flap for insertion into the mailing envelopes.

Typography:  A term that simply refers to the style and appearance of the wording that is printed on your wedding invites.  There’s a lot of creative typography being incorporated into today’s trendy designs.  Different typeface styles are being combined as well as using varying letter sizes and even highlighting or separating certain details with unique graphics, all coming together for some very unique wedding invitations.

Hopefully this information will give you some helpful insight when doing your own online invitation shopping.

Typography Details Invitation

Typography Details Invitation

When you are putting together your guest list and figuring out how many wedding invitations to order, make sure you consider the following:

  • Gather everyone’s list of guests (bride, groom, bride’s parents, groom’s parents) to create a master guest list.
  • Make sure all those involved in your wedding are on your guest list – bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, officiant, etc.
  • Only one (1) invitation is needed per married couple.
  • Order a few extra invitations to allow for last-minute guests and for keeping at least one in your wedding album as a momento (including more in your original order is less expensive than ordering a few more later).
  • If you are also sending out Save the Date announcements, make sure all those guests also receive your wedding invitation.

Here are a couple of tips related to your final guest list.

  1. Be sure to keep your original guest list so you can mark off each guest’s name as you receive their response card back. This will help you to know who didn’t reply and who you may want to contact to make sure they received your wedding invitation.
  2. Be sure to also make a copy of your original guest list for using when recording your gifts and writing thank you notes.

Finalizing your guest list is just the beginning when it comes to completing your wedding invitation checklist.

Vintage Pearls and Lace Invitation

Vintage Pearls and Lace Invitation

Although it’s quite easy to get caught up in the trends and designs of invitations as you plan your wedding, you may want to take a few minutes to learn more about some of the basic terminology you could encounter while browsing.  As the saying goes, ‘the more you know, the better’.

Double Envelopes: Traditionally, formal wedding invitations come with two large envelopes. The slightly larger outer envelope is actually the mailing envelope that will contain the name and address of your guests. The inner envelope is hand addressed with only your guests’ names and contains your invitation along with any insert cards but remains unsealed for placing inside the mailing envelope.

Ecru:  Often used to describe the base color of invitations, ecru is a creamy, pale yellowish brown.

Engraved Invitations: These are created using a time-honored printing method of raising ink on paper through a process of etching metal plates, filling the etches with ink, then pressing paper into the plates. Engraved wedding invitations tend to be more expensive.

Envelope Seals: Decorative self-adhesive seals that can add a finishing touch to the outside of your mailing envelope. They are available in many styles and create the illusion that they are sealing the back flap down but in reality the envelope has already been sealed.  Self-mailing invitations offer an exception in that their design requires the seal to actually hold the piece together due to the absence of a mailing envelope.

Informal or Note Cards: These are typically used as your thank you cards since they are printed with your names on the front and blank on the inside for your handwritten personal message.   It is a good idea to order them when ordering your wedding invitations since they are often available in a maching design and this will save you on separate shipping costs.  Any extra cards can be used long after the wedding for other purposes. Blank mailing envelopes are also included.

Lined Inner Envelopes: For a small extra cost, you may have the option of including a colored or even patterned lining on the inside of your envelopes to add a special touch to your ensemble. Choices will vary depending on the invitation design you choose.

Map Cards: Out-of-town guests will appreciate having cards included with your invites that have directions and/or a map as a convenience if they are not familiar with the location of the church and/or reception.

Printed Envelope Flaps: Having your return address printed on the back flap of your mailing envelope can save you time and ensure that undeliverable invitations are promptly returned to you. A return address also provides information to any guests who might not be able to attend but still wish to send a card or gift. There is usually a small charge for this option.

Reception Cards: Insert cards that reveal all the details of your wedding reception can be included in place of having this information printed on your invitation. They can be ordered in a matching design and then be included as a separate insert.  Please keep in mind that including this card may add to your mailing cost since postage is based on weight.

Response Cards: Guests are asked to return these cards indicating whether they will be able to attend your wedding. Response cards provide you with the accurate guest count you will need to properly plan for your dinner/reception.  This card along with its return mailing envelope will be inserted with your wedding invitation. Remember to include a postage stamp for return mailing since it will already be printed with an address so your guests can easily send it back by the date you have requested.

Thermography: A printing process whereby invitations are printed in ink and then a special powder is sprinkled over the wet ink.  The invitation is then sent through a heater which melts the powder and “raises” the ink.  Thermography is more commonly used in printing since it is more cost effective than engraving.

Watch for a future blog post that will explain some additional terms that have become popular when it comes to modern wedding invitations.

Tied Trifold Invitation

Tied Trifold Invitation

In reading this post, you are probably in the midst of planning the wedding of your dreams.  One of the things on your checklist will undoubtedly be selecting your wedding invitation design.  Online shopping can be a great convenience, especially for invitations.  The key to a smooth shopping experience can be as simple as following these helpful tips…

  1. Start Early – Shopping well in advance will give you time to browse for the perfect design and best pricing, order samples, and place your actual order avoiding the need to pay rush shipping charges.  Plenty of time should also be allowed for addressing and preparing your invitations to be in the mail at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding date.
  2. Testimonials – Review the website you plan to order from for positive reviews from previous customers, the more the better.
  3. Contact Information – Make sure the online retailer you are ordering from lists contact or customer service information, especially a phone number in case you have questions or concerns.
  4. Product Images – Look for the option to enlarge or zoom in on each individual wedding invitation image. This will let you see design features and coloring up close.
  5. Product Descriptions – Read them carefully for specific details about the paper and design colors since colors may appear differently on your computer than in reality. Also be aware of what exactly is included in the invitation price and what you may need to purchase separately. If any customer assembly is required, this should also be listed.
  6. Samples – Even if there may be a small charge involved and they are not personalized, consider ordering samples of your favorite designs so you can see them up close to narrow down your choices.
  7. Proof – Carefully inspect all information that will be printed on your wedding invitations AND have another person also proof before your order is finalized.  You may be able to forward an online proof to family and friends via email.
  8. Extras – Order a few extra invitations to prevent running out and having to order only a few more later which can be costly.  If offered, also purchase a few more envelopes to allow for addressing errors.
  9. Ordering – Include everything you will need when placing your online order to save on separate shipping costs later.  Even though some of these items are not included when mailing your invitations, they may be necessary before, during or after your wedding so why not order them all at once to save time and money.  Depending on your wedding, additional items to order may include response cards, reception cards, thank you cards, direction or map cards, accommodation cards, menu cards, table cards, place cards, even rehearsal invitations if you already know all those details.

As you probably already know, there are many online wedding stationery retailers so be sure to do some comparison shopping when it comes to styles and designs as well as pricing and customer comments.  Remembering the tips listed here while you are shopping and finalizing your online purchase of wedding invitations will keep you on the right track for a smooth and successful buying experience.

Why not start your online shopping experience now by checking out our great selection of invitations including the design shown here (Antique Hydrangea).  You can also review some of our customer testimonials.

Antique Hydrangea Invitation

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Savannah Wedding Invitation

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Laser Cut Flower Invitation

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Pearlized-Filligree-and-Leaves-Invitation