What You'll Need
Offset Printed Invitations
Hand Lettering Envelopes
Computer Generated Lettering
Tips on Ordering Invitations
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What you'll need
Your invitations will
The outer invitation
A reception card
A response card
An envelope for the response card
Information for guests on where to stay,
how to get there, and important phone numbers
detailed directions and addresses for the church and reception.
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Engraved Invitations is
an age old process where the paper is stamped with a plate, leaving
an indentation or imprint on the paper. Ink is then applied to
the imprint and allowed to dry. Engraved invitations are by far
the most difficult to prepare. Plan on six weeks or more for
delivery of the final product once you've approved the design
and content. For the most formal of weddings, engraved invitations
are usually a must, and are certainly the most expensive of all
Thermography is a popular
alternative to engraved invitations today and is a less expensive
alternative. Thermographed invitations are prepared by using
a glue based solution to set the lettering and design of your
invitations. The ink and very fine powder, or "dust",
is then applied to the glue based solution and heated. As(the
drying process takes place, the lettering becomes raised for
an attractive and elegant look.
Offset Printing is another
cost effective solution but is not used usually for wedding invitations!
is elegant and stylish and has a flair of the "old fashioned".
Invitations prepared this way are hand-written in a script lettering
that takes time and effort. Usually special training is required
for that "perfect" look. Allow plenty of time if you
choose to go this route, and remember, calligraphy ink is usually
not waterproof and may smudge or streak with minimal moisture!
Addressing and hand
lettering envelopes are done 3 different ways. Addressing can
be done by hand or by computer. Tell your fiancée "no
labels!". Hand lettering by a professional provides both
a personalized and elegant appearance to your invitation. Calligraphy
is beautiful but also challenging and requires some practice.
If you've never done calligraphy before, and really want to address
the envelopes yourself, pick up a book at the library or take
a short course. When addressing the envelopes, you don't have
to use calligraphy. If you have nice hand writing that will work
Computer Generated Lettering
that computers and high quality printers today offer have a variety
of calligraphy fonts. Computers also offer quality and consistent
results. Some invitation shops have a calligraphy machine that
is actually a pen that is moved by a computer. This is certainly
a time saver!
Tips on ordering
1...Invitations set the theme and the mood for your
wedding. So, keep that in mind when you make your selections.
2...Invitations need to be sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior
to your wedding date!
3..Yes, you must put the appropriate postage on your
return envelopes. This is not a place to try and save money.
4...Be sure to ask to see some samples of recently
performed work or printed invitations when shopping for your
5..Order 25 more invitations than you think you need.
It can be very expensive to order additional invitations at the
last minute because of another type setting fee, and you may
not get them in time! You'll need extra invitations for any mistakes
made in addressing the envelopes, any "last minute"
additions.to the guest list, and a few for keepsakes.
6..Thermography looks very much like engraved invitations
except in price. The biggest difference is that Thermography
is a lot less! This is the more popular avenue to seek because
of savings. Just make sure you have "raised printing"
for your wedding invitations.
7..Review your guest list to make sure that all the
names are spelled correctly and addresses are up to date. Also
check with your post office to make sure you have proper postage
according to weight and size. Proper postage should also be put
on the reply envelope.
8. Count your invitations and proof them before leaving
the place that prepared them for you.
9. It's likely, and appropriate, that a deposit will
be requested by the printer.
10. Take an invitation that you will be sending to
your guests to the post office and have it weighed. Some invitations
are larger and heavier. Be sure to apply the appropriate amount
of postage stamps so that your invitations are delivered on time
and with no postage due.
Go to a real postal station so they can give you the correct
information. Another point, invitations weigh more if it's humid
because paper retains moisture.
11. All Children over the age of 16 should receive
their own invitation.
12. When addressing invitations, draw 3 dark straight
lines on a sturdy piece of board cut to fit inside the envelopes.
Insert the board inside the envelope and you will be able to
see the lines through the envelope. Use the lines as a guide.for
addressing them straight.
13. The wording of the invitation depends on who is
"hosting" the wedding. Years ago it was always the
bride's family, but, today it varies. It can be a joint combination
of bride and groom's family, the groom's family or the bride
and groom themselves. Make sure you get help with the "proper"
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