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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:03

Choosing Your Wedding Invitations

When choosing your wedding invitations, select an invitation type that is appropriate for your wedding style and formality. For example, if you are having a barn theme wedding, it would be fitting to choose a western or country invitation. There are many design options from which to choose including destination wedding invitations.

The paper on which your invitations are printed reflects the quality of the invitation its’ self. They are usually printed on a heavy weight paper called card or cover stock. Card stock is measured in pounds. A larger number indicates a heavier paper. Invitations are available in 80, 100 and 110 lb card stock.

There are several paper finishes available. Most invitations will have a smooth or a linen finish. The choice is a matter of preference. A recipient should have the impression that their invite was professionally printed rather than one printed from your home computer.

How your invitations are printed will play a big role in the price you’ll pay. There are several invitation printing types that are traditionally used. Some are more economical than others. Engraving and calligraphy are the two most expensive choices available.

There are many places in which to purchase your invitations such as printers, party supply stores or online invitation stores. Look through the wedding invitation catalogs at your local store. Online invitation stores will usually have an online catalog and a printed catalog that can be mailed. Online stores can also send you samples. When ordering your invitations, a good rule of thumb to go by is to choose the best product within your budget.

Generally it takes 3 to 5 days to process and print your order. Another 3 to 5 days is needed for shipping. Overall you are looking at 1 to 2 weeks for completion. It is always a good idea to review the stores policies on shipping, handling, and returns. Lastly, ask what happens if you or the store make a mistake.