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

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Are engraved invitations better than regular



    Depends on the invitation that is not engraved

    I'll explain below

  • Post # 19
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think the first one looks classic and timeless. The second one looks like an invite to a circus. It’s all about personal taste. Engraved, thermography, letterpress all look much better than regular printed invites in my opinion, with the feel of the paper and the feel of the letters.

    Post # 21
    4113 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @BrideToBe14:  Invitations are supposed to indicate the style of the event. While the first one is written in a terrible font, at least it doesn’t appear to be inviting me to a childs birthday party.


    Post # 23
    6593 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @BrideToBe14:  If you’re having a super formal black or white tie wedding, a simple, elegant engraved invitation should set the right tone.  Otherwise, wild colors and fun fonts are just fine.  I have personally never received an engraved invitation, only embossed which is a cheaper alternative to engraving.

    Post # 24
    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I normally love more traditional invites, but I don’t care much for the one that you posted.

    Your invitation ordinarily says something about the event. This does not mean that it should reflect any sort of “theme” per se. (I also don’t care for themes. I think they’re a bit gimmicky.) But it should inform the guest about what sort of an affair the wedding will be.

    For example, when I receive a more “fun” invitation to a wedding that plays with colors, fonts, and the like, I know not to wear an evening gown, especially if in a more rustic location. 

    If I receive an letterpress ecru invitation and the event begins after 6:00pm, in a house of worship, with an upscale reception site, I know to dress quite formally.

    I also don’t think all of the invitations you are talking about all look the same, nor do I think they look stuffy. If having a very formal affair, a classic invitation can reflect that. In fact, I prefer the simplicity. 

    Post # 25
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @atlbride2013:  +1

    Paper was a huge deal to me, I wanted something thick, classic, and timeless, and “regular” invitations just weren’t giving that effect in my opinion.  Mine are extremely thick white paper with black letterpress, pricey but worth it in my opinion.  Invites and save-the-dates are the first thing guests will see so I want to make sure our paper goods reflected the overall feel and type of wedding we’re having.  

    Post # 26
    1225 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Letterpress and engraving are somewhat similar but not the same. Letterpress uses one “male” plate that presses into the paper, so the letters are depressed. Engraving uses two plates, a d the letters are raised up. If its real engraving, the letters will be indented on the back. If its thermography, the letters will be raised, but the back will be smooth. I love the look of letterpress, and its in between engraving and other printing methods for formality, which is perfect for our fancy but not black tie affair. And I letterpress print myself so I’m making ours. I think digital printed invites can be pretty or fun. But I love the crisp impression letterpress makes on thick cotton paper. I think my friends and intend to get more excited for fancy invitations. I love getting dressed up, and that also usually means top shelf open bar. But my excitement is much more tied to who is getting married than anything else.

    Post # 27
    8601 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Letterpress is elegant and classic. I love the weight and substantial look and feel. I love that it’s a tactile experience as well. It’s the pinnacle of paper! I totally get it. 

    Post # 31
    8601 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @BrideToBe14:  for people into paper weight is absolutely the first thing you notice- with invitations, business cards, anything. It’s about how it feels in your hand, how it holds up over Time. A bad design on thick paper is still a bad design but a great design on flimsy is definately cheapened (IMO).

    You sound like a person who just doesn’t care about paper which is fine! Why waste $$ on it if it doesn’t bring you any joy. I’d bet 90% of your guests don’t care about paper either so I would just go with what you like! 

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