What's ALL THE HYPE with Engraved Invitations?! They Seem Stuffy

posted 3 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Are engraved invitations better than regular
    Yes : (13 votes)
    17 %
    No : (42 votes)
    55 %
    Depends on the invitation that is not engraved : (21 votes)
    27 %
    I'll explain below : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 4
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    What I hate about the first one is the font. My eyes are bleeding.

    But other than that, I don’t really mind. I expect invitations to be coherent with the wedding. Ex.: the first example you posted wouldn’t go with a rustic wedding, and the CD invites wouldn’t go with a black tie event, I would imagine more of a casual, urban wedding with a Photobooth, etc.

    The invitation is the first thing your guests will see about your wedding. It has to be appealing and to reflect what the event will be like. If it’s luxuous and flashy, it should be reflected on the invite as well.

    Post # 6
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m pretty old school and traditional, so we are going with a formal, timeless look.  However, we’re not planning to do engraving, but rather thermography, which is much cheaper but gives the same look.

    The main invitation text will be in black block print, with our names in script, in gold.

    I actually think too FEW people do the traditional route anymore!  My brother got married last summer, and they did a traditional invitation, and multiple people actually told my mom that it was so nice to get a traditional invitation, as so many these days are…not.

    I also want an invitation that I can display in my home in a pretty silver frame for years to come.  Traditional never goes out of style 🙂  I know I’ll never look back at my traditional invitations and wonder what on earth I was thinking.

    There’s my two cents!!!

    That said — when shopping for invitations, there were certainly times when I saw some more ‘modern’ invitations that were just beautiful.  So I’m not hating on them!  Just not the right choice for me.

    Post # 7
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Oh and hey — we’re date twins, OP! 🙂

    Also – mine look nothing like the formal one you posted.  That script is terrible 🙂

    Post # 8
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @BrideToBe14:  For the same reason you look down on engraved invites.

    It comes down to personal taste.  I don’t think many people spend that much time thinking about invitations they either send out or get in the mail.  It’s just under a microscope when you’re a bride.

    And for a lot of brides, myself included, we don’t place so much time, energy and effort in making our invitations say something about our wedding.  It’s a wedding.  We’re getting married.  I don’t need invites to convey to guests that my wedding is elegant chic, or rustic farm barn dance, or modern vintage mason jar extravaganza.  For me, it’s an invite.  Guests can figure out what “type” of wedding we’re having when they get there.

    Post # 10
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We are doing a pretty traditional (thermography) invite because I want our older guests to feel like they are welcome at our extremely non-traditional wedding weekend.  We’ve already convinced the younger people that it’s going to be a blast, so they don’t care what the invites look like, but I definitely want to communicate to my aunts and grandparents’ friends that we’re going to be having a “real wedding”.

    Post # 12
    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @BrideToBe14:  Engraved invites are fine. So are so many other kinds. I love stationary but I hate the price of engraved invites so I will be going a more economical route with my traditional invites.

    Post # 13
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @BrideToBe14:  Maybe because they go to some bridal or print stores and choose their canevas through basic or traditional wedding invites ? I don’t know. Many websites like VistaPrint offer various styles, colors and fonts. You can even create your own patter/color palette. I know my FI’s cousin’s wedding was more rustic and his invites were on recycled paper, almost like papier mâché. I’ve not seen that many engraved invitations, but they do appear more formal. 

    Post # 14
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @BrideToBe14:  i don’t know if I’ve ever seen an engraved invatation – is it the same as letterpress?  I debated doing letterpress because I love the look and feel of it, but wasn’t willing to fork over the money.  I think there’s something very formal and elegant about the first invite you posted.  I would assume it was a black tie affair.  Second one is also formal, a little younger feeling and more party feeling than strict black tie.  The other 2 are super cute as well but have different feels and purpose.  I think the CD would confuse a lot of people to be honest.  The last one is nice and I’ve seen a lot of those lately.

    Post # 15
    8513 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m not a fan of the font used in that one but I like some simple white/black font invitations.

    I think it’s nice if you’re going for a very formal, timeless look.  But they certainly aren’t the only thing that can give that effect.

    By engraved, do you mean letterpress?  I think letterpress is absolutely gorgeous, much more than regular printing.  I didn’t do letterpress because I didn’t think it was worth spending that much $ but I still think it’s more beautiful than typical printing.  Letterpress isn’t limited to such traditional styles though, there are PLENTY of modern letterpress invites.

    I like the typical engraved one (in a different font style though) or the last one is ok too.  I really dislike the 2nd one!  Reminds me of a 16 year olds birthday party.

    These aren’t letterpress but they’re still script style invitations and I think they’re gorgeous

    Promising Harmony - Signature Custom Wedding Invitations - Jenny Romanski - Baltic - Blue : Front

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