Post # 1
I am having a hard time figuring out what type of paper I should use for my invitations. I’ve designed them in Illustrator and am just looking for card stock to use.
The unconventional thing about the invites is that I’ve designed them as accordian-fold (like many of the programs that I’ve seen here on WB). I LOVED this look, but we are not doing programs. Our wedding is super casual, and this style definitely fits with the overall ambience we’re looking for.
I want heavier card stock for the front and back covers, but regular paper for the inside fold. We are not doing an RSVP card/envelope (yay online RSVPs!). Any info that would go on inserts will go on the accordian panels.
I know this isn’t typical, but I really have no frame of reference for what sort of paper I should even be looking at.
Post # 3
I’d say atleast 110lb if not 120.
Ask the print shop what they recommend.
Post # 4
@melisandescott: Can you post a link or a pic? I’d love to see them.
Post # 5
They’ll be similar to Mrs. Joey’s programs: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/07/21/and-were-done/
I’m more concerned about bulk of envelope for postage and whatnot. I’ll be having them printed at FedEx or Staples or something…
Post # 6
I’m doing accordian style invites too!! I decided to go with 80 lb paper for the inside as well as the covers. Anything heavier and you’ll have a problem trying to fold them.
Post # 7
I had initially thought of doing a heavier stock for the cover sheets and then a standard weight for the inside. But I never thought about using the same…
@YSQueen: Do you have any pictures? I’d love to see them!
Post # 8
@melisandescott: Unfortunately, no. I’ve ordered the paper, but haven’t completed everything yet.
I plan to have a few invites complete by April for my in laws to give out since they have guests coming in from out of the country. I’ll definitely post them then.
I would have used 65lb for the inside and then 80 lb/110 lb for the covers but I wanted the inside to be a linen texture and also gray colored and the only one I could find with that was 80 lb.
People aren’t really going to be holding the insides of the invite, only the covers, so it would be ideal that the covers are a heavier weight since that’s what people will actually be holding.
Post # 9
Will the covers use extensive color (so that you would have them professionally printed versus printing them yourself?) I recommend using Cat Print for your printing. They have different weight card stock and different finishes (matte, glossy, lux cotton, etc). You can specify the exact size that you would like them. We are using them to print our paper products!
You can then print the inside on regular paper (perhaps 8×14?) and cut it down to that be 4 equal sizes like Mrs Joey’s, and glue them in. That’s a super cute program, btw, and I think an invite with all that info would be great as well!