A wedding card might seem like a mere piece of paper to many, but it is steeped in significance. Handed out to friends and family, it is the first public announcement of your marriage. It gives others a glimpse into the themes and color schemes for your wedding as well as the style of the ceremony. Not only this, it will serve as a memento of this day which is the most special day in your life. Hence, it is important to get it right for your wedding invitations.
The cards may be specialized to your needs and style by mixing and complementing numerous factors such as the paper, tones, and textures as well as a variety of embellishments.
The paper for the wedding card should be more opulent; it should be thicker and must have a subtle marbled finish. It should be suitable for hot-stamping. However, given that people are moving away from conservative styles to styles that are modern and carefree, your choice of paper can reflect it too.
Colors and Designs
There is no hard and fast rule about the colors you can and cannot use for your wedding card invitation. Speaking about colors, there are two things to consider, the color of the invitation and the color of the print. You can keep the first to match the color scheme for your wedding. You can add stamped and imprinted motifs and styles such as filigree, floral and toile or even use foil and metallic print ideas to accent them on the card to provide a polished look. Ribbons are another great way to spice up the look of your invitation.
Black, brown, dark gray, gold and silver are some of the commonly used ink colors. The color of the print should be coordinated with the background. You don’t want people struggling to read what is written. It is not possible to get the metallic inks on a regular computer printer; you will have to get it done on with a professional printer.
The printing style you use can also add that extra edge to your wedding invitation. The four most common printing styles include hot-stamping, offset printing, blind embossed printing and digital printing. Each style has its own tone and feels. Digital printing is the type of printing you get from your regular digital printer. The other three leave an indentation on the paper making it look more luxurious.
The wedding invitation is not only about the card, but also the envelope that contains it. Traditional invitations have two envelopes, an inner and outer one. The inner envelope contains the actual invitation. The outer envelope was added only to protect the inner envelope from getting dirty. Therefore, it was larger, heavier and thicker. You can choose to go the traditional way or opt for just one envelope.
The envelope can be decorated to co-ordinate the embellishments on the invitation. There are three main shapes namely square, rectangular and pochette. You can also choose from among heavy paper, vellum and parchment to add an extra touch of luxury to your card.