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.

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

Believe it or not, you can save time and money by avoiding a few of the biggest don’ts when it comes to wedding invitations.

Click on this link to read all about these don’ts for wedding invitations.

Savannah Wedding Invitation

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Photo Save the Date CollageIf you’re debating whether you should send out save the dates or not, the questions and answers below should help enlighten you and answer some of your own personal questions centered around sending them.

What are save the dates? A save the date is usually sized smaller than wedding invitations and oftentimes include a picture of the bride and groom. They announce the date of the wedding and are sent preceding the actual invitation.  A neat design for save the dates is a magnetic one that hangs on the fridge so guests will have a constant reminder to not plan anything else on your special day.

What is their purpose? Save the Date cards serve the purpose of making guests aware of your wedding date months in advance so they will not plan anything else that day if they wish to attend. Wedding invitations are usually sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. If any of your guests have a big vacation or event coming up, it is usually already going to be planned by that time. Save the Date Cards are usually sent out 4-6 months in advance allowing your guests plenty of time to schedule around your date.

Is it mandatory to send them? It is your wedding so nothing is mandatory if you don’t want it to be. It is entirely up to you but remember if your wedding is going to be during a holiday weekend or a time when people frequently travel, a save the date really comes in handy and might be expected by your guests.  Some people might even view it as proper etiquette so if you like to stay up to par when it comes to etiquette you might want to send those save the dates.

Who do I send them to? Out of town guests are your most important ones as they will obviously need more time to plan their trip. They will need the extra time to book a hotel, save up gas or flight money, book flights or book a rental car. Plus time to shop for a new dress is always nice! Local guests will enjoy the courtesy of being informed as well.  Keep in mind that everyone who receives your save the date must also receive your wedding invitation.

When do I send them out? Choose a time that you feel will most benefit your guests but 4-6 months in advance is standard. Remember that if you are having a destination wedding guests will need even more time to prepare.

Save the Date Scratch-Off CardWhat are the benefits of save the dates? A few have been listed previously but as a reminder, your guests have more time to prepare. Save the dates can also serve as a form of engagement announcements for those who might be out of the loop and have no idea you are engaged. It serves as a little warning so to speak that the invitation and big day are coming soon!

Are there any cons associated with them? Not really, other than the fact that you are going to pay a little more for postage. But if you get them in a postcard form you’ll save on mailing. And in the whole realm of things, the cost of save the dates as compared to other wedding costs are quite minute.

Now that you have reviewed the FAQs, feel free to browse our online selection of unique Save the Dates.

Vision in Black InvitationAs your wedding invitations will be the first piece of correspondence your guests receive regarding your wedding, your invitations will set the tone for the style of your wedding. If your wedding will be held in a church with a traditional wedding reception to follow, a classy card will showcase that style. In the alternative, if you are having a fun and casual beach wedding, your wedding invitations will feature a laid back, breezy style. Along with the crucial importance of your invites comes a list of do’s and dont’s of wedding invites which you may not even realize! The last thing you would want to do when sending out your invites is to make some sort of mistake which may offend your guests – or even worse – cause some of them not to come.

Ready to find out some of the best do’s and dont’s when it comes to your wedding invites? Read on!

When sending your wedding invitations, some of the following pointers to keep in mind should be:

  • ALWAYS spell check your invitations. Even if all the wording looks correct on the invite, it is always a great idea to have another set of eyes read over the invite. Your eyes may be so trained to see the information and may miss the tiniest of misspellings or grammatical mistakes. You will want to make sure all the information contained inside your invitations is completely correct.
  • You will want to make sure all the pieces of the invitation are assembled correctly prior to sealing the envelopes. We have heard many stories of frantic brides calling the post office after all their invitations were dropped off for mailing, once they realized they had forgotten the return envelopes inside. Always take the time to ensure each and every piece is accounted for when assembling, saving you any tears at the post office once you realize you have made a mistake.
  • On the topic of response cards, always remember to include return postage. The response card is the tiny card which your guests send back to you, either confirming or declining your invite. It is much easier for your guests to simply check off ‘yes’ or ‘no’, seal it back in the envelope, and drop it back off in the mailbox already with the stamp on it. You will be more likely to get the responses back faster when the guests do not have to hunt down a stamp of their own.

Now that we know what you should do, how about the things you should NOT do on your invites.

  • NEVER email your wedding invitation to your family and guests. Yes, this is the age of technology, but just emailing your invitation, or sending your wedding details in an email is a definite no-no. Your guests will appreciate the time you took in sending out formal invitations.
  • Where it was once standard to send your wedding gift registry information inside of the wedding invitations, it is now considered tacky. It is almost like you are sending the message, “Hey – buy me a present!”. Should the guests want to know where you are registered, it is easy enough for them to pick up the phone and call the engaged couple to find out where they are registered, or to ask the parents of the bride or groom.
  • Always take the time to hand write your envelopes, rather than stick pre-printed labels addressed to your guests. This will also show you took the time to hand-write your invitations and will show your pride in the finished product. Also, another point to remember when writing your envelopes is to write them out before they are sealed. Once you write on the envelope with the invitation already inside, you run the risk of making unsightly indentations on the actual invitations.

Obviously, there are a lot of factors which go into the wedding invitation, some you may not have even thought about before. Always remember that spell checking your invitations, proofreading to ensure absolute correctness, and taking the time to hand write your invitations will go a long way in the overall presentation of your invite.

Planning a wedding is a lot of work and there are many important details that though very little, make the wedding just perfect. Choosing the wording on your wedding invitations is something that should be thoroughly thought through to make sure that all parties who need mentioning are included. It can be hard to word an invitation if you have a tricky family situation but with a little time and research you will no doubt come up with something perfect.

You have lots of things to take into consideration when choosing the correct wording for you invitations. Follow this simple check list before you order wedding invitations to narrow down the best possible wording for your situation!

Bride and Groom Hosting the Wedding

If the bride and groom are hosting and paying for the wedding their names will appear in full but the parents’ names may not be. It is still polite to mention the parents so many times the invitation will appear as:

Together with their Parents
Patricia Belle Marrow
&
Matthew Hank Simmons
Invite you to share in
Their special and sacred day
As they vow their love to each other…

Notice, as a rule of thumb the girls name always appears first.

Parents Hosting

Most of the time it will be the bride’s parents who are hosting the wedding. Even if this is the case, it is still polite to mention the grooms’ parents as well. The wording could look something like this:

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marrow
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter
Patricia Belle Marrow
To
Matthew Hank Simmons
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Simmons

If both sets of parents are hosting, you can include the grooms parents’ names directly under the brides parents’ names.

Split Parents Hosting

There are many different cases and one wording will not work for all. You will need to get creative and pick something that will include everyone without offending anyone. One option that is very general but includes everyone without getting into names is:

The families of
Patricia Belle Marrow
&
Matthew Hank Simmons
Invite you….

If you are going to include names be sure to mention who is doing the inviting and whose child the bride or groom actually is. If only one set of parents is divorced and they are hosting the wedding, simply state their names separately:

Mr. Frank Simmons and Mrs. Cindy Keys
Request the honor of your presence
At the marriage of their daughter….

Once you decide on which wording you are going to use for including names, you will need to make sure a few other important details are included:

Date:

Make sure you include the date of the wedding including the year, all written out as words. Also include the day of the week as people usually get married on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Stating the day of the week will help as some people may just remember the weekend you are getting married and just assume it is on a Saturday.

Time:

Decide on what time the wedding will take place and include it on your invitation, again all written out in words instead of numerically.

Address:

It’s also important to list the name and complete address of the location so guests know exactly where your wedding will take place.

RSVP

If you will be hosting a reception or dinner for everyone who comes to the wedding, an RSVP is very important. You will need to know ahead of time how many people are coming. Make sure the RSVP date is set enough in advance so you have time to prepare.

Reception Invite

If you are having a private dinner reception that does not include all of the guests at the wedding, be sure to include a separate invitation for those who will be invited. Important details can include if it is an adult only reception or casual attire.

Save the Dates Magnet | Save the DateAs part of your wedding invitation planning, have you given any thought to sending save the dates to your wedding guests?  Sending them is, of course, not mandatory but can be extremely helpful in certain cases.

One example is if your wedding location is going to require many of your guests to make travel arrangements.  We are invited to a wedding this summer that is being held in another state.  Having already received the save the date has been very helpful since we now know the exact date and location.  It has allowed us to start our planning well in advance.

By also listing your personal wedding website on the save the date, you can provide guests with lots of fun and important information.  In our case, we found information on nearby hotels via their web page allowing us to make our reservations for the wedding weekend.

Another example might be if your wedding will be scheduled around a holiday weekend.  Many guests may make other plans well ahead of time so letting them know in advance of your wedding date could be the difference in their being able to attend.

Keep in mind that sending save the dates is not limited to just these scenarios.  With everybody’s busy schedules today, they really are the ideal way to announce your upcoming wedding date months in advance.  This will ensure that your family and friends will reserve that day on their calendars even before they receive your official wedding invitation.

Be sure to include a line of printing that states your wedding invitation will follow since save the dates aren’t designed to list all of your wedding details.

Read more about save the dates and then browse our large selection of designs.