Friday, May 23, 2008

What invite suits you?

One of our specialties is our custom invitations. What's great about a custom invitation is that its designed for only you. In the early stages of planning out your invitations and obtaining pricing, it might be confusing as to what sort of invite you want. There are so many styles and options to choose from, that it's easy to get carried away--especially if you are working with a budget. So here is a little breakdown of styles to guide you through the decision process of selecting an invitation style that suits you!Flat invitation: This style invitation is perfect for almost any type of wedding. The cost for a flat invitation is much less than say a pocketfold (see below). It can easily be dressed up with fancy ribbons or rhinestones or dressed down by printing on a more casual type of paper, like recycled or post-consumer waste stock. Really the possibilities with a flat invitation are endless. There are so many shapes and many sizes to chose from that is difficult to make a bad decision with this style and if you don't have a ton of additional inserts that need to be included, this is a great option. Adding a cardstock backing layer is a great way to introduce a pop of color in an unexpected place.Pocketfold invitation:By far one of the most popular invitation styles around these days, it can be costly to produce, especially if you have a large number of inserts that need to be included. This invite style is ideal for weddings that need to convey a plethora of information to their guests (such as for a destination wedding) prior to the wedding: directions, accommodations, reception location, schedule of events and in some cultures a list of those participating in the wedding ceremony. If your budget doesn't include extravagant wedding invitations, try adding the necessary information to a wedding website to eliminate the number of inserts needed for your invitations.Tentfold invitation: While this invite style isn't as common, in fact it isn't even a style we typically provide pricing for, it can still be done. This style doesn't have the same bulky feel as the pocketfold and would be suitable to use for an elegant affair. Because of the nature of this style, invites that require additional inserts, aren't really recommended. The most this style could tolerate is the response card and the reception card.{photo courtesy of Two Paper Dolls}
Z-fold or Tri-fold invitation: This invitation has a very contemporary feel. Its clean, modern and different, which is probably why it is one of my favorites. Because of the panel limitations, this style is recommended for events that don't have a lot of inserts and the maximum number of items it could hold is 4, including the invitation and response card. Much like the tentfold invitation, a reception card and response card are probably the limit on inserts. This style could easily get costly by adding layers of cardstock and ribbon to keep the elements closed.{photo courtesy of}
Petal Invitation: This is a fantastic alternative to the pocketfold invitation. It costs slightly less than the pocketfold and can still hold as many inserts as necessary. Because it comes in so many size and shape options, it is very easy to play around with the formality. This style can easily be dressed up with ribbon or perhaps utilize a petal folder in a metallic stock. Much like the flat invitation, there are endless possibilities when designing this style.{photo courtesy of Red Bliss}
Boxed invitation: While this is one of the more unique invite styles to become popular lately, buyer beware. These invites can be quite costly not only to produce but also to mail. While most invites require traditional postage, each boxed invitation should be weighed at the post office to ensure proper postage. The great thing about these boxed invitations is that there are a few variations. For a couture style invitation, silk boxes can be utilized. The only downside to the silk box is that this needs to be placed into a mailing box at the post office. The cardstock style mailers, which cost less, can be mailed without being inside another box. The box edges must be sealed but coordinated stickers or wrap around mailing labels will do the trick.

While we have only provided a few, custom invitation style options are truly endless. One general rule of thumb when seeking out custom invitations: The more inserts and layers of paper the more costly to design your invites, the more costly to print your invites and possibly the more expensive to mail your invites.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend and we will be back on Monday with an inspiration board.

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