Wedding stationary is not just elegant font and etiquette. Stationary is about style. Every announcement, invitation and thank you will be printed on fine paper for purpose and impressions. You will likely have engagement announcements, save the dates, invitations to a few events, menus, programs and place cards. We have a few important tips to help you design your wedding invitations and other stationary.
Engraving Your Wedding Invitations
Handwritten wedding invitations were once created by monks and styled with elegant calligraphy. The paper was embellished with drawings. As printing evolved, the printing press gave us typefaces that could replicate the calligraphy styles of the monks with etched copper plates. Your font and printing method will dramatically influence the look. The quality and style of your print is everything. Engraving is an Old World technique that remains absolutely timeless. The process of creating engraved copper plates, dipping them in ink and pressing the paper against the plate to create raised letters and designs takes more dollars and time, but is worth both. The beautiful result is incomparable. The copper plates also provide a keepsake. This process can take two months; therefore, you should plan accordingly.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are cast iron plates with raised letters that press ink onto paper like stamps. The process creates an elegant impression on the paper. This vintage technique is a high-end process that requires time and a custom designer with a passion for the process. Plan ahead, because this process can take about a month to complete.
Thermography mimics engraving with far less cost and time. Resin is applied while wet and heated to cause the dusted resin to rise. The indentations will be absent, but most will never notice the difference between this process and engraving.
Offset Printing Your Wedding Invitations
Offset printing or flat printing achieves the same look as with a personal printer. A simple design saves money and time. Just keep in mind that the fonts and process will affect the aesthetics of the invitations. If you want simple and have less time to spare, offset printing could be a good choice.
Anatomy of Wedding Invitations
Invitations come in different formats. There is the standard square or rectangular card. The stark appearance requires a few touches to create a formal look. A fold-over invitation opens like a book. It was once the most formal option; however, the distinction is really made with style, and has little to do with the format. A gatefold opens like a barn door at the middle and can be made elegant with a seal placed at the center where the edges meet. A trifold invitation is folded with three panels like an accordion. One panel is designed for the invitation wording. Another panel is for the reception details. The third panel can be perforated and used as a RSVP card. Boxed invitations are created by custom designers for lavish impressions. They usually contain a series of cards. Whatever the architecture of the card might be, wedding invitations have important enclosures, such as accommodation cards for hotel information, transportation cards, program cards and RSVP cards.
Your wedding invitations might have a border or frames on the outer edge. A deckle edge can give it that rough and uneven look of the Old World. You might include a dingbat or symbol representative of your theme. Foil stamping, embossing, and embedding leaves adds texture to wedding invitations. A custom monogram can add an elegant touch.
Wording the Wedding Invitations
The wording on the wedding invitations is more important than all of the decorative details. Invitations will include the date, the hosts, the formal name of the guests, bride and groom, the location and other important details. Invitations enclose a card for the reception and RSVP with prepaid postage. You might include travel information, hotel room block information and other important details, such as the dress code. There are just a few rules to writing wedding invitations.
Always write out the dates and addresses by spelling out the details in the correct format. No shortened or abbreviated version will fly with a formal invitation. For example, write “Sunday, the twenty-ninth day of August.” Avoid abbreviating the word “Street” and “Boulevard” in an address. For example, write “2569 Lavender Street” or “5443 Orange Boulevard.”
Always use full names when inviting your guests. This means you should avoid nicknames. Always include the last name. For example, write “Alexander Duval,” instead of “Alex” or “Alex Duval.” If you are inviting a family, you could write “Duval Family.” Every guest over the age of eighteen should receive their own invitation.
Let your guests know who the celebration is for, who is hosting the event and the nature of the event. For example, write “Mark and Jenna Smith request the honor of your presence at the wedding of Lena Smith and Robert Doe.”
Include the important details. You should list the date, time, and venue on separate lines. Include reception information, if the reception and ceremony will be at separate locations. Reception information can be added on a decorative card and inserted within the fold of the invitation. If the reception and ceremony are being held at the same location, it is appropriate to write, “Reception to follow.”
The RSVP is important. Make sure your guests know how to reply. This is usually accomplished by a RSVP card with prepaid postage that lists the response deadline. You might have an option for them to bring a guest or write the number in their party. Meal selections are common with plated meals. If you are offering a choice, make a list for them to choose from at the bottom of the RSVP card
Stationary Beyond the Wedding Invitations
Your wedding day will probably involve paper beyond the wedding invitations. You will have invitations to a bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. You will have thank you notes to send to your guests after your wedding day. Programs are not required, but they provide important information about your ceremony. You might include a timeline with readings, prayers, rituals and share a special thanks to guests or short story. A menu is an optional added touch to introduce a gourmet meal. Table cards help guests find their table. Place cards help guests find their seat.
Designing Your Table
Wherever you set your tables, design them with a fine dining experience provided by 5 Senses Restaurant & Catering. Bring your sophisticated palate to the table and customize your elegant menu to excite all the senses. Impress your guests with a menu that plays to your crowd. Choose your choice of appetizers, entrees and interactive food stations that will entertain your guests and leave them talking about the experience. Schedule a tasting with 5 Senses Restaurant & Catering and begin planning what will be one of the most unforgettable elements of your wedding day.