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Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

 

Letterpress is an art form dating back to the 15th century. It has a three-dimensional feel that is unmistakable and unique. Letterpress wedding invitations are the result of a classic typography method invented and used by Guttenburg during the 1400s and is become a lost art only done by a few printers. It takes more time, skill, and requires special equipment. Not that it’s high-tech, it’s actually the opposite. Letterpress is done using hand-made metal type and custom engraved plates and is pressed into thick paper leaving a three-dimensional impression.

You’ll find that letterpress wedding invitations typically cost more since they are made through a slower process and require high quality, thick paper as well as somewhat rare equipment and the labor involved. But, letterpress wedding invitations have a unique vintage, high-quality feel you can’t find anywhere else.

This video is a great explanation of the letterpress process and demonstrates really how special having letterpress wedding stationery is.

Here are some beautiful examples of letterpress wedding invitations all offered in our letterpress shop. Just click on each for details!

This invitation is ideal for a beach wedding you can see the three dimensional detail pressed into the heavy white stock. Designed and printed by B Designs, this letterpress invitation is offered exclusively by eInvite. Just click on the images to find out more!

beach letterpress wedding invitations

beach letterpress wedding invitations

Here’s another invitation with bamboo details into the heavy cream stock. This invitation is also designed and printed by B Designs, and offered exclusively by eInvite. Just click on the images to find out more!

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It’s Save the Dates Season!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

It’s Save the Date season!  According to The Knot, 20 percent of couples get engaged over Christmas and New Years making this the most popular time of year to get engaged.  That means it’s time to start planning your wedding!

One of the first things on your plate is to set a date.  This can’t happen until you decide on a venue and make sure that it is available for your wedding.  You may have to do this around a year out to ensure you get the date you want.  Once your date is set you need to think about your wedding theme.  Are you thinking about a vintage wedding, a beach wedding, a winter wedding, the options are endless and should be in accordance with your taste.  Once you figure out your theme, it is now time to look for wedding stationery to match your theme.  First stop, Save the Dates!

You can find some unique Save the Dates but the most popular format are Save the Date cards, Save the Date Magnets, and Save the Date postcards.  Here’s the currently best selling Save the Dates in each category from Wedding Paper Divas.  If you are interested in finding out more about them just click on them.

Save the Date Postcards

Save the Date Postcard from Wedding Paper Divas

Save the Date Card

Save the Date Cards from Wedding Paper Divas

Save the Date Magnets

Save the Date Magnet from Wedding Paper Divas

Save the Dates are an important way to help prepare your guests for your wedding. They are important if your guests will have to travel and are very important if you are having a destination wedding. Vacation and travel plans need to be made long in advance to ensure your guests can attend. You don’t need to include a bunch of information on your Save the Dates at this point but it is they should at least include your wedding website address along with the date and location of your wedding.

Eco-Friendly Invitations for a Vintage Wedding

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

I was reading Ruffled Blog’s Best of 2012 Receptions post this morning and loved their picture of the Heirloom and Lace wedding shown below.

vintage wedding

I love vintage weddings and the incorporation of natural elements and antique touches while also keeping it elegant and stylish.  The homemade programs shown below incorporated well into the natural elements of the theme.

Vintage Wedding Invitations

I thought it would be a great idea to use eco-friendly wedding invitations for a wedding like this due to their natural look and texture, not to mention they are environmentally friendly.

Harvesting tree-free fibers does not disrupt natural eco-systems. Also, processing of tree-free fibers to produce pulp for paper-making requires considerably less energy and chemical input than does the processing of wood-based fibers.

Here are some great eco-friendly wedding invitation options from eInvite that I think would be a great.  These wedding invitations are made by Cast Paper Art of 100% recycled cotton fibers, fresh flowers, and wildflower seeds. Your guests bury them in ½ inch of dirt and keep them moist and they will bloom!  Just click on them for more information.

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Vintage Postage for Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

vintage postage for wedding invitations

Vintage Weddings are in!  A great way to include your vintage theme in wedding invitations is the use of vintage postage stamps.  Vintage postage stamps are unique, colorful, and the fact that they are in small denominations, means they will cover a good portion of your envelope.  This is especially true since wedding invitations typically require extra postage due their weight.  They will definitely get your guests’ attention when they show up in their mailbox!

Vintage postage isn’t very hard to find if you know where to look.  One of my favorite places to find them is on ebay.  You will be able to see a wide variety of stamps some of them collectables that can cost a significant amount of money but you will also see there are a lot of vintage stamps that can be bought at or near their face value.  These stamps do not expire but you want to make sure they are unused!

Here’s a beautiful example of vintage wedding invitations along with their envelope including, of course, vintage postage.  I found both of this examples on Style Me Pretty.   As you can see these envelopes also include some amazing calligraphy.  If you are using calligraphy to add that classy finish to your wedding invitation envelopes, it is critical to leave room for your stamps.  So, I recommend placing your stamps before providing your envelopes to your calligrapher.

vintage postage wedding invitations

I personally think Letterpress Wedding Invitations make the best match for a vintage wedding.  Letterpress has that old feel and the great texture and three-dimensional feeling that comes with the text and graphics being pressed into the thick paper.  Here’s a couple of my favorite options from Wedding Paper Divas.  To find out more about them just click on them.  If you want to see a bunch more letterpress wedding invitations just go to our invitation shop!

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Unique Wedding Invitations that will Impress

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Everyone wants their wedding to be special and unique.  If you are like most other brides, you want your wedding to be original as well as memorable, not only yourself but also your guests.  You are scouring the web for inspiration and looking through wedding blogs and Pintrest at pictures of other real weddings so you can pull elements into your theme.    Well, if you really want to make a big first impression on your guests and build the anticipation for your wedding then you might want to send some unique wedding invitations.   Here are some examples of unique but also tasteful wedding invitations that are sure to impress your guests.

If you’re having a tropical themed wedding this Cabana wedding invitation is completely eco-friendly and is sure to get your guests attention. The invitation includes a bamboo wood gift box with ivory cardstock and a cabana leaf motif.

unique wedding invitationsIf you are having an Asian themed wedding these unique Asian themed wedding invitations in the form of a tube of actual bamboo is a great idea.  Your customized invitation is rolled up inside the actual bamboo tube and your names and wedding date can be engraved on the outside.  Click here to find out more: Unique Message in a Bottle Wedding Invitations from HansonEllis.com

unique wedding invitations

In addition to your unique wedding invitations, here’s an idea for unique wedding favors.  If you are having a beach wedding or a tropical destination wedding around Christmas, here is a very unique wedding favor idea.  This Beach Wedding Ornament comes with fine sand and real mini seashells.  Inside you can see there’s a Thank-You Note scroll and additionally you can have your names and wedding date engraved in the glass.  Click here to find out more: Unique Message in a Bottle Wedding Invitations from HansonEllis.com

unique christmas wedding invitations

Finally here’s a great destination wedding invitation idea that can be mailed in an envelope.   Checkout these passport wedding invitations from eInvite. These unique wedding invitations actually have the look and feel of a real passport, they even have visa stamps!  The cover of this wedding invitation is actually made using silver offset printing on a dark blue 90lb paper booklet cover. One of the really creative parts of this wedding invitation is the perforated tear-out response card and silver response envelope.  For more information click here:
Saika & Lars Passport Invitation

unique destination wedding invitations

unique destination wedding invitations

Five Tips For Buying Wedding Invitations Online

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

buying-wedding-invitations-onlinePicking out your wedding invitations is one of the most important decisions you will make during your wedding planning process.  Not only will they make one of the first impressions your guests have about your wedding, they will relay a lot of important information, and they will be one of your treasured keepsakes for years to come.   So you are not alone if you have some apprehension about buying this critical part of your wedding online.  Up until about 10 years ago, the only option you had was to go to your local wedding stationery shop and look through massive books of invitations.  When you found the one you liked, you had to provide your wedding details, including your names, wedding date, wedding venue, and the RSVP date to the person helping you at the shop which was then sent to the wedding invitation designer.   Then you had to wait for the invitations to be sent to the shop and you had to hope all the information you provided was correctly printed on the invitations.  This was a lengthy and cumbersome process and in this day of online shopping is kind-of outdated.  The one positive thing about the old way of doing things was that you got to actually handle the invitation and see the quality first hand as well as compare with other invitations, side-by-side.  Well, not to fear, there is a way to get all the benefits of shopping online, and there are many, and also be able to handle and inspect the invitation before you make the big purchase.  Here’s five things to think about before you click the “Purchase Now” buttons on your big wedding invitation order.

1. Selecting the Style:

Wedding InvitationsThere are many things that go into wedding invitation style selection.  The biggest thing is the wedding theme.  The type of wedding you will be having will have the biggest impact on the style of invitation your choose.  An obvious one would be if you are having a beach wedding you will want a beach themed wedding invitation by picking one with imagery including ocean blues, sand dollars, palm trees, etc.  But, there are wedding invitations in almost every style to match your tastes for more informal weddings to traditional wedding invitations.  Think about what you want your reception to be like, or your wedding color pallet when choosing your wedding invitations.  Selection is one of the biggest advantages of shopping online.  You can search through literally thousands of invitations from multiple wedding invitation designers and search for specific style points that you are looking for very quickly.

2.  Finding a Reputable Online Invitation Retailer:

The internet can be a scary place.  You’re not really sure who you’re getting involved with and you may have doubts about the level of customer service you will receive.  Here are some tips to help you avoid a wedding invitation disaster!  Check the “Terms of Service” on the company’s website.  The link to the “Terms of Service” typically is found in the website’s footer.  In the “Terms of Service” you will find details about the company’s policies for making changes to your invitations if there is an error and the all important refund policy.  You want to make sure that if your order comes in with an error that you are not stuck.

Another important requirement is the ability to actually talk to someone on the phone.  Look for a customer service phone number on the company’s website.  Call the number and ask any questions you might have and make sure you are comfortable with the response you get and get a feeling for how easy it was to actually get a real person on the phone.  You don’t want to be dealing with voice mails when you have an issue that needs to be taken care of fast!

Finally, and I think most importantly, search the web for independent reviews about this wedding invitation company.  There are numerous wedding blogs and wedding forums out there where you can typically find people talking about their experience with the most popular wedding invitation designers.

3.  Actually handle the invitations

The major weakness of shopping online is the inability to actually handle the product.  In the case of invitations, the feel of them is a major piece of the puzzle.  You want to know how thick the paper is and what is its quality.  Most of the top online wedding invitation vendors offer samples of their products for a small fee.  You typically can find out details of how to get samples in their “Terms of Service” or in their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the website.  I encourage you to order several samples to make sure you are comfortable and happy with them before you place the big order.  It’s also a good way to test out the companies speed and responsiveness too!

4.  Customization of your Wedding Invitations

Here’s another one of the big advantages of shopping for wedding invitations online.  The major and most popular wedding invitation designers offer some level of online proofing.  You can customize your invitation online by entering the required information and then you can actually see what it will look like on your invitation.  Some vendors will take the information you enter and then have one of their experts manually typeset your information into their printer while one vendor in particular, eInvite.com, uses a patented process called Checkmate ™ technology to electronically pass your information to the printer system.  Additionally, some companies will send you a hard-copy proof of your invitation before going to the presses, if you request it.

The most important part of customization is to check, double check, and triple check that the information on the invitation is perfect!  Don’t do all the checking yourself, have a fresh set of eyes look at it also.  Have your fiancé, your bridesmaids, and others check all the details including name spelling, dates, venue name and address, and RSVP date.

5. It’s time to “Pull the Trigger!”

By this point you’ve done your homework by following the four points above.  Now, you need to figure out how many invitations to order before you place it.   Make sure your order more than you think you will need.  Typically up to 25 more.  This is so you have some for keepsakes and in case you have late additions to your guest list.  It is typically cheaper to add invitations to an existing order than placing an entirely new order.

Following this list should keep you out of trouble.  Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any lessons you learned the hard way.

Also, I’d like to point out, in your search for a reputable wedding invitation vendor you can start by looking through our stationery shop.  We are affiliated with some of the top online wedding invitation designers with outstanding customer service.  Check them out!