How to Choose the Right Paper for Your Wedding Invitations
Your budget, style, and printing type all make a difference in your choice.
For the vast majority of couples, a stationer will be the person helping you choose the right paper for your wedding invitations. If you're designing them on your own, then your budget, style, and the printing method you've selected for your invitations will help you determine which type of paper is right for you. If you've chosen to make your own invitations or you're ordering them through a website, here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind to make your selection.
Types of Paper
Paper types range from cotton and linen styles to parchment, cardstock, or vellum. The papers that are most commonly used for weddings are those that have a heftier weight or more natural feel. Something like mylar wouldn't be appropriate because it's very lightweight, very glossy, and is more likely to be used for a kid's birthday party invitation than for a formal event like your ceremony and reception.
As you can imagine, paper types run the gamut of pricing depending on their formality and the materials they're made of. As such, if you've received a quote from your stationer and think you'd like to find ways to trim the budget, you might ask for recommendations of other paper types that are more affordable.
Your wedding invitation is the first thing guests will see that hints at your celebration's aesthetic. Your overall invitation look, including the paper, should represent your wedding style. For example, if your wedding style can be described as earthy, organic, feminine, and textural, you'll want to select a paper that matches that style. In this example, something like a deckled-edge paper or handmade paper might be the right fit.
A paper's weight can really transform its formality. Think of the last business card you received. Was it on a floppy, lightweight paper or a thicker cardstock with an embossed logo? What did you think of the company as a result? Most likely, the thicker paper would lead you to believe the company puts more care into small details. Similarly, a wedding invitation's paper type can give recipients an idea of the event's grandeur.
If your invitations will include any letterpress, embossing, or engraving, you'll need to select a thicker paper. You'll most likely be working with a stationer if you've chosen this style of printing, and they'll have exact paper requirements in order for the design to properly be executed.