For couples looking to make their wedding invitations really stand out, foil stamping is a great option.  Foil stamping, also referred to as foil application, is when metallic colored foil is applied to the surface of the invitation through heat.  The foil then attaches onto the surface permanently, leaving behind a stunning metallic writing on the invitation.

The Many Options that Foil Stamping Offers

The metallic foil used for invitations comes in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red and blue as well as the more traditional silver and gold.  Having some or all of the text on your wedding invitation foil stamped will ensure that your invitation stands out, and the metallic look will give it a more luxurious, high-end feel.

Foils are eye-catching and can create unusual effects in various light.  Foil stamping can be done with any font, making this a viable option for any wedding theme or style.  The level of elegance with your foil stamping can be further enhanced through the font used, making this a more up-scale event or a more casual affair as best suits the wedding.

Foil printing can also be used as part of the invitation design. It may be used in a border or as accents to highlight the design. However foil is used, it’s sure to be noticed as an elegant touch.

Foil Printing May Not Be for Everyone

While it provides a stunning look on any invitation, foil stamping is a labor-intensive undertaking.  A custom stamp must be created for your invitation.  This makes the price significantly more substantial than printing a standard invitation.  The additional work involved in the foil stamping process also means that the turn-around time for your invitations is longer.  For those couples that are under a deadline, the additional time needed for the foil stamping process may rule out this option for their invitations.

While foil stamping may not be for everyone, if you are looking for that special invitation that will leave your guests talking, foil printing is certainly an option to consider.

A previous blog post explains the many different styles of wedding invitation printing processes in addition to foil stamping.

Be sure to browse our entire selection of wedding invitations, including foil printed as shown here, to find your perfect design.

Flower Patterned Romance | Foil Stamping Wedding Invitation
Flower Patterned Romance

To Invite or Not to Invite

The question of whether or not to invite children to a wedding is a very polarizing topic for many guests. Will you allow your guests to bring their children?  If so, any and all ages?  Or will your event be couples only?  To prevent any hurt feelings, you need to tread very lightly on this topic, setting the groundwork in your wedding invitations, as well as any save the date cards.

If Inviting Children, Make this Clear on Wedding Invitations

The envelope of the wedding invitation should include ‘and family’, as opposed to just Mr. and Mrs.  This implies that the children are also invited. If your invitations come with two envelopes, refer to the blog post specific to addressing inside or inner envelopes.  To prevent plenty of questions from your guests, it can be helpful to clearly state on the invitation that children are welcome.  You can also include a section on the RSVP card for children.

How to Convey the Adults Only Request

For weddings where children will not be in attendance, your guests will need to know as far in advance as possible.  They will need to secure childcare, and because many parents rely on family members, this may be more of a challenge than usual.  Unless stated on the invitation, parents will often just assume that their children are included with the invite. 

You need to clearly state that the event will be for adults only.  Referring to the “adult” event or “adults only” should be sufficient.  However, if you want to be certain that everyone is clear, you can also include a line at the bottom of the invitation that states “We respectfully request no children” or “We are unable to accommodate children at our wedding”. 

It is not unusual for a wedding to not include children.  The key is to give your guests enough time that this restriction does not impede their own ability to attend the event.

Either way, once you have made the decision you must stick to it.  Otherwise you risk allowing some guests to bring their children, while others have been told not to.  This can lead to hurt feelings that can put a cloud over the entire wedding.  Being clear up front in the wedding invitations can prevent a lot of these bad feelings, and ensure that your big day runs seamlessly.

All of our available wedding invitation designs give you the option to customize the wording to fit your celebration.

Wedding Invitations | Darling Greenery All 'n One Invitation
Darling Greenery All ‘n One Invitation

Save the date cards are ideal for many couples planning their upcoming nuptials.  This allows you to send the wedding date and location to friends and family even before the invitations go out, encouraging them to leave the day open on their calendar.  This is particularly important when guests are traveling from out of state.

Mailing the Card at that Sweet Spot

Typically sending save the date cards six to eight months prior to the wedding is a good idea.  It can be tempting to mail save the date cards as soon as the wedding date and location have been finalized.  A gut reaction may be the sooner the better, however by sending the cards too soon you risk your guests forgetting about the event until the invitation arrives.  In general, anything extending nearly a year or longer will risk being tossed aside because the date is so far in the future.

When the Save the Date is Critical

A summer wedding, when guests are making vacation plans, destination or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend are all times when it is important to send a save the date card ahead of time.  Allowing your invited guests that six to eight months to plan their own schedule around the wedding can go a long way to making sure your family and loved ones are able to attend.

A mistake that some couples make when sending save the date cards is to send it to both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ guest list, before paring it down for the official invitations.  Be sure to only send a card for those guests that will definitely be invited to the wedding.  It is a major faux pas to send a save the date and then never follow-up with an invitation.

By finding just the right time for sending your save the date, you can be sure that your nuptials will be in the calendar of those friends and family in plenty of time.  This will ensure that they will be able to celebrate with you on your big day.

Check out our blog post on FAQ’s for more helpful information.  You’ll also enjoy browsing our selection of unique save the date designs.

Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date
Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date

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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Each year Carlson Craft®, the nation’s leading wholesale printing company, presents only a few select businesses with this prestigious award for outstanding performance and exceptional sales achievements.

This is the 5th consecutive year that Printed Creations has been honored with this award.

As your wedding invitations will be the first piece of correspondence your guests receive, they will set the tone for the style of your celebration. If your wedding will be held in a church with a traditional reception to follow, a classy card will showcase that style. In the alternative, if you are having a fun and casual beach wedding, your invitations will feature a laid back, breezy style.

Along with the crucial importance of your wedding invites comes a list of do’s and don’ts 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.

Ready to find out some of the best invitation do’s and don’ts?  Read on!

When sending your wedding invitations, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • 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 them over. 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 printed on 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.  There are 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 invitation. It is much easier for your guests to simply check off ‘yes’ or ‘no’, seal it back in the envelope, and drop it back in the mailbox already with the stamp on it. You will be more likely to get the responses back faster when guests do not have to hunt down a stamp of their own.

Now that we know some of the things you should do, how about a few 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 you or your parents to request that information.
  • Always take the time to hand write your envelopes rather than stick on pre-printed labels addressed to your guests. This will 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 addressing 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 that go into wedding invitations, 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 the mailing addresses will go a long way in the overall presentation of your invite.

Wedding Invitations Wooden Roses

Wooden Roses Wedding Invitation