(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 # 32
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @BrideToBe14:  paper thickness is definitely a personal choice, I LOVE thick papers esp. for invites so that’s what I wanted, but I have a ton of samples on thin (regular) paper that are 100% cotton and what not and they’re gorgeous as well :-)!!! To me it said “this is an elegant affair” so that’s what I went with, just get whatever “speaks” to you, if that’s a DVD (which would be awesome in my opinon) or thick paper and letterpress get what you want!!! There’s definitely no “right” or “wrong” with any part of a wedding :-)!! 

    Post # 33
    2409 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @BrideToBe14:  the first one because Barry and Michelle. The other ones are super informal to me – I would feel like I could wear whatever and it be fine. The formal invite implies a certain level of dress and decorum. 

    Pick what fits your event and personality. I suspect your boss may be more formal and buttoned up than you are and is comfortable with the cost. 

    Post # 34
    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    @BrideToBe14:  Yeah, sort of. I mean again, I don’t think formal invitations are stuffy. I think they are formal. They are the first impression of an event. If I attend a formal event but received a glittery purple invitation, I wouldn’t know how to dress for the occasion. If you don’t want to spend your money on paper, all the more power to you! I think that invitations unlike the ones you find to be stuffy can be elegant, modern, or pretty, but I don’t expect the same level of formality out of the event. Hosting a very formal or black tie event does not make it stuffy. It’s simply a different way of hosting your guests and your guests can have certain expectations going to an event like that.


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    @MrsBuesleBee:  +1. The tactile experience definitely makes a difference in my book.



    Post # 35
    8601 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @BrideToBe14:  sorry I replied to another post before I read yours to me. But YES I do think you can have a lovely elegant invite with out letterpress. You can also have an artsy designy invite with it- it doesn’t have to look presidential and stuffy. Per your invite if you don’t get the appeal enough to spend 1000s+ then don’t! Just get a nice heavy cardstock and a good design. No one will judge or care – I wouldn’t and (obvi) I loooove paper. 




    Post # 36
    1742 posts
    Bumble bee

    I prefer the traditional invitation for the same reason I prefer traditional clothes–I personally see my individuality as such that I don’t need to draw attention to it.  My individuality speaks for itself and I do not believe that it requires “creative” fonts and colors to announce itself.

    Post # 37
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Engraved? People are carving their invites out of metal? Yeah, that’s totes stuffy.


    Post # 38
    8601 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    For example: here’s a non stuffy letterpress invite 


    Post # 39
    492 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I did two color foil letterpress on 220pound paper. I got so much positive feedback! And husband had but one request: a good thick paper. (He had seen invitations to Buckingham Palace, so I had to ask myself “what would the Queen do?)

    Post # 43
    5360 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Like others have said- the invitation sets the tone for the wedding. Most likely all those people sending out thick white letterpressed cursive invitations are having black-tie gold ballroom receptions with big white centerpieces. 

    You could ask the same about why people want a designer ballroom gown or a cathedral length veil or big fancy flower centerpieces…. because that’s what says “fancy” to them and they want a fancy wedding. 

    Me? My intivations are going to be DIY books that are fairly funky and I might not even have flowers on my tables. But that’s the kind of wedding I would want regardless of my budget. 

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