(Closed) HELP! We just got our invitations, what is the tissue paper for?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

On top of the printing – it keeps it from smudging!

Post # 4
57 posts
Worker bee

You can take them out when the ink is dry (which it is by the time you get them). Leaving them in is sort of like not taking those tags off the pillows (the tags that say “don’t remove these tags” but they’re for the vendors, not the customers).

Post # 5
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

traditionally, they were used to keep the ink from bleeding.  with modern ink, they aren’t actually needed.  often, however, you include the tissue paper as a nod to the days when it was needed.  more like an extra touch to your invites (if you want to use it).  i’m assuming yours wasn’t included to actually keep your ink from bleeding.  my tissue paper actually came in a separate envelope so that we have the choice whether or not to include them with the invites.

Post # 6
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ditto to Amani

Post # 7
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Yep, it’s just a fancy and unnecessary addition… but I like fancy and unnecessary things. 🙂

Post # 8
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ditto spaniel.. love the fancy and unnecessary things 😀

Post # 9
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve received invites with the tissue paper in them and wondered if the bride and groom did that on purpose or if they even looked at the invites before they sent them out.  (That was of course before I had to worry about any invites for my own wedding.)  It’s up to you to put them in or not between the printed text and the envelope.

Post # 10
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

its actually not supposed to be included at all!

it used to be that ink smeared and the tissue was sent in the invitation from the printed until the ink had completely dried.  you then removed the tissue and sent the invite because the tissue was TRASH! 

then, along came digital printing and tissue was no longer necessary.  however, printing methods where tissue is still used became more expensive (letterpress, embossing, foiling).  including the tissue in the invitation became a stature thing, “look, mine are real letterpress, not the fake thing.” it was lilke a braging right.

similarly, real letterpress used to just kiss the page, not creating an indentation on the paper.  now, since digital is so ubiquitous and essentially looks the same, letterpresseres have begun to let the machines dent into the page to prove that it is actually done by press not printer.

the tissue is trash, toss it.

Post # 12
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ditto to claire!

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