# (Closed) Is 80 lb way too flimsy for invites?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
• Wedding: November 2010

80# is thinner than the heavier uber luxe designs… however, it could definitely save on postage.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2010

Those numbers always confuse me!!! 80 lbs? 80 lbs of WHAT?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
• Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

Mr. Snow, the designer, says, “Borderline.” He says he’d go for 110.

He says it refers to the weight per case (a case being 5000 sheets). So 5,000 sheets of 80lb. paper weighs 80 lbs. (But then he said, “I might be wrong, but I think that’s it.”)

Post # 6
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2010

… I was thinking how much weight the piece of paper would hold. Like those bridge buliding contests you did in physics or the paper towel commercial where they put something on top of a wet paper towel to show how strong it is.

How much the case weighs makes SO much more sense. *slaps forehead*

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
• Wedding: February 2011

@KMSull- I totally thought that too haha. WB taught me something tonight ðŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2010

I’m so glad I’m not the only one. It made total sense to me, but I figured that couldn’t be right. Thanks Miss Snow!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
• Wedding: August 2010

Paper weights are measured depending on the most popular end use of a particular grade. Examples include “text paper,” “cover paper,” “bond paper” or “writing paper” to name a few of the more common paper basis weight categories. Each of these paper weight categories has its own “basis size” from which to calculate its weight. The weight is determined by weighing 500 sheets of each basis size. For example, a text paper is based on the basis size 25″ x 38″ x 500 sheets = “x” lbs. and is referred to as an “x” lb. text paper. Cover paper is based on the basis size 20″ x 26″ x 500 sheets = “x” lbs. and is referred to as an “x” lb. cover paper.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2010

Ah, so 500, not 5000. Close, though! That extra 0 is pesky…

Post # 11
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Helper bee
• Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

Paper is heavy! This was informative for me too! I thought it had to do something with the pressure used to press it into paper from pulp…lol.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

So, 80lb might be good for thank you notes!!!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
• Wedding: August 2010

… OMG that would make sense too! That actually makes more sense than what I was thinking. Wow. I was so wrong.

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