Are you thinking about creating your own wedding invitations? Today’s bride is modern and unique, and it’s no wonder that many brides are now choosing to express their own design desires. But, before you begin printing, there are just a few things you should know about creating your own invites, especially on pearlescent paper!
First things first – don’t rely upon your old inkjet printer to get the job done right. Why? Inkjet printers can smudge the lettering that you have worked so hard to perfect. Instead, this is one job that should be tackled with a laser printer.
Next, think about the type of paper that you want to use. Up until this point, you may not have thought about all the different types of paper available. Chances are that unless you have helped plan a wedding once before, you probably had no reason for knowing the difference between vellum and card stock.
Now, since you will be printing your own wedding invites, it will help to understand the fundamental differences between each paper type. This way, you can choose the right kind of paper for the job. Let’s begin with traditional card stock paper.
- Card Stock: Card stock is stiff, tough, and it is usually a great paper for the body of any invitation. This type of paper can also make great place cards, menus, and save-the-date cards.
- Vellum: Vellum is the thin paper that you often find covering an RSVP card. Most of the time, printing on vellum is not recommended, though it can be done. Traditionally, vellum is simply placed inside of the invitation in order to cover the response card.
- Pearlescent Paper: This lovely paper comes with a pearl-inspired sheen that is perfect for any wedding day. Most of the time, the pearlescent paper can be ordered in numerous shades and colors. You will find that many professional invitations are made from this form of paper.
Typically, vellum is used inside of each invitation, while the invitation itself is generally printed on pearlescent paper. If you opt for these professionally-recommended papers, you can then decide how you want to create your own unique invitations.
You can embellish your invites with initials, bows, little jewels, pockets, raised lettering, and many other small details. If you have some time before the big day, you can try different styles. Keep the theme and ambiance of your wedding in mind, ensuring that your invitations reflect the plans you have.
In terms of design, experiment with a few invitations through sample packs before settling upon the right style and design. Choosing the proper paper will help make that decision a lot easier when the time comes.