Are you looking for Custom Printed Invitations?  Whether you’re planning a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or business gathering, invitations can convey the character of your gathering and determine how many people will attend.

There are several kinds of paper you can use for your invitation cards, the standard blank paper stock and a complete range of designer papers. The 3 most popular paper stocks are 65# cover stock, 90# index card stock, and 60# – 70# vellum Bristol stock. Most companies that specialize in custom invitations and stationery will have a wide selection of paper types to choose from. They’ll be able to help you find the right type of invitation for your occasion.

Invitation Ethics

Functionally, an invitation is a printed way of asking someone to attend an event.  Your invitation should match the occasion.  Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Start with the envelopes.  You want to make sure your invitations fit.
  • Invitations should be sent four to eight weeks prior to the event. If its on a Holiday, send them 10-12 weeks in advance.
  • Always order an additional ten to twenty five invitations for any last minute additions to your guest list.
  • Make sure you check the spelling on your invitation, especially names of people and places. If you are having your invitations made for you, count your invitations and proof read them before you take delivery.

Printing Invitation Cards

There are two common methods for printing invitation cards: Thermography and Engraving. Thermography uses a printing plate made of a thin flexible metal or plastic sheet.  Not getting into too much detail, three drums cylinders are used to drive out the printed images in mass quantity like for birthday invitations or party invitations. It is much less expensive than engraving. Engraved invitations are more traditional and formal and are mostly used for special wedding invitations. This process involves etching the type into heavy cotton paper and is generally more expensive. Whichever type you choose, it should match the degree of formality of your event. Engraved invitations were sent with small pieces of tissue separating the enclosures to keep slow-drying inks of the time from smudging. Today, tissues remain a lovely tradition that enhances the rich, elegant look of the invitation.

Guidelines for creating impressive invitations

For someone printing their own invitations on a home printer

  • Several online invitation design applications use invitation templates to assist in invitation design.
  • Make sure the invitation design reflects the mood you want to set for the occasion
  • The invitation design should be done in such a way that when you are printing on your home printer the ink does not smudge or spread.

If you are using a professional printing service for your invitations

  • They use their own invitation designs for printing the invitations.
  • It would cost you more if you wanted to customize these invitation designs.
  • The printer can suggest designs that would suit the type of scheme you want and match it with the type of paper and the type of printing to use.

Invitation Wording Tips

The following suggestions may help you when wording invitations.

When titles are used, the husband’s title always comes first:

  • Doctor and Mrs. Warren T. Wilson
  • Judge and Mrs. Warren T. Wilson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Warren T. Wilson

Without titles, the wife’s name should come first:

Susan and John Smith, not John and Susan Smith

With children’s names added, the father’s name should come first, then the wife’s name, followed by the children’s names, listed according to age (oldest first):

The John Baker Family or John, Teri, Lee and Anna Baker

For a Widow or Married Woman

Mrs. Daniel York or Emily York (never use “Mrs. Emily York” unless she is divorced

Only use an apostrophe to show ownership, never to form a plural:

  • Happy Holidays from The Halls is proper (not the Hall’s)
  • Come to the Halls’ beach house (not the Hall’s)
  • Meet at Jane Hall’s beach house is proper.

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