Post # 1
I know a lot of you have been through the invite ordering and whatnot already so I’m hoping to solicit advice/opinions on invitation types. My FH and I are a bit torn on what type of invites we want to go with. Since it’s the first thing people will see in regard to the wedding we want to set the right "tone" and all that . So here go the questions:
How can we get digital/flat printing to still convey a formal tone to the wedding? (What types of paper do the best job of that/what are good & bad experiences with digital printing?) I’d like to try DIY but still keep it more formal.
Is letterpress typically done on heavier white/cream paper? Is there a good source for alternate colors & would it even turn out well?
How does gocco printing feel? Is it flat? Slightly raised? And is the print dull or shiny or textured?
Do guests even pay attention to whether it’s engraved/gocco’ed/done at kinko’s or is it something the bride/groom obsess over because it’s yet another decision we have to make?
Also, any recommendations for Seattle/Portland/Washington State vendors that are reliable/resonable?
I know there are a lot of questions here but hopefully my fellow bees can at least answer bits and piece. Thanks for all your help!
Post # 3
I was one of those brides who was crazy about stationary. I felt like the invitation sets the tone for the wedding. Looking back on it now, I don’t think it matters. People will remember the wedding and spending it with the two of you.
Post # 4
I personally love stationery too and love pretty papers and different textures in print. For me, we splurge on letterpress (just for main invite) with a specific design in mind because we wanted our guests to get an idea of what our wedding will be like. Looking back, yes, it was a lot extra cash I didn’t need to spend, but I don’t regret it. It’s all about your preference. Some people will spend more money on photographers, caterers, or their dress. I chose to go with letterpress, but didn’t get crazy bouquets or a crazy cake.
It’s your choice. Most guests won’t care what your invites will look like- only recent brides or brides to be- or snobby people who would criticize everything anyways. 🙂 As for a vendor referral, I went with White Aisle (whiteaisle.com) and Rebecca was a doll to work with.
Post # 5
You can definitely get a formal look with flat printing. I’d start with using linen-textured paper, or at least something with a texture of some sort. It really makes the whole thing look more finished, somehow. Other things that convey "formality" to me: Monograms, borders around text, symmetry, calligraphic flourishes, rounded corners, dark colored inks.
If you want something more elaborate than printing but less expensive than letterpress, you could think about thermography. It’s raised but pretty inexpensive. I used http://www.nwprintedsolutions.com (it’s based in Portland, but I did all my ordering online) for my thermographed invitations and they turned out great.
Guests won’t really notice the technique you use unless they’re soon to be or recent brides. But they will notice the overall feel of the invitation, so put some thought into it. Have fun, it’s not supposed to be stressful! If you don’t want to worry about it, then don’t. Just order some basic white invites or get a kit from the craft store. Or pay someone to design them for you. You’ll be fine.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
Biggest thing for me is the language and the text. Script says formal to me, "request the honour of your presence" or "pleasure of your company" says formal to me. We’re doing flat printing but think that we have come up with a way that conveys the "mood" and fairly high level of formality pretty well- I’ll be posting about it within the next couple of weeks or so.
The most formal invitation, to me, is black or navy script on white or ivory paper. This is also the cheapest sort of inivitation to get printed.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for your help, you guys are great!
Post # 8
do not know if this applies to you, but we are on a SUPER TIGHT budget and I am a stationary JUNKIE, so I wanted to splurge on the invites. Everything with folds and fancy paper was going to cost me $1000 or more. We actually found folded invitations that were super formal at TARGET online of all places. I used the flat square cardstock to print in thermography then I embellished the folding cardstock exterior myself and personalized each invitation with caligraphy. We embellished the RSVP cards with purchased ribbon and glass beads. I used the ivory and black satin lined envelopes as they were and they turned out almost identical to the ones I wanted at Papyrus.
If you are able to splurge, I highly recommend Papyrus for invites. They are beautiful. They have them online, but the ones in the store are to die for. Their fabrics and papers are amazing!
Post # 9
I’ve been looking into which type of printing to use as well. I’m on a strict budget and I really want to do pocket folder invites, but I think the cost of the stationary alone will put letterpress/engraving out of the question. I got a few quotes from some of the local printers, and was floored by the price!
Our wedding is going to be formal, so I want something that looks formal as well. My Future Mother-In-Law has a really good color laser printer at her office that she will let me use for the invites, it also will print on the A7 size envelopes which is a plus. After printing some test invites on it and seeing the results, I don’t think the guests will notice the difference. As someone commented above, the formality comes from the wording and the font used. So in the end, I’m just going to do the printing myself.
Post # 10
one thing to think about when you’re considering the price of invitations is postage– if your invitation is a standard envelope size you’ll save a lot on postage. the square invitations are very cool but also much more than .41 to mail. same with inserts that add weight and so forth. just some things to keep in mind that are easy to forget about when drooling over neat designs!
Post # 11
The great thing about letterpress is that you can print on thicker stocks that normal printers wont touch! I just ran a really cool wood veneer through my presses.
you can get a really classy look going with a black ink on black textured paper for a wrap around you invite. Very understated! As long as you can get enough contrast between ink and paper you can letterpress on just about anything.
Don’t forget about metallic inks on darker stocks they usually show up nicely. With letterpress you get some reveal with the ink. Reveal meaning opacity or show through. That is why letterpress is typically done on white paper or a natural/creme. You get a more vivid print.