Wedding Traditions and Other Information To Help With Your Wedding Plans

Knowing More Terms for Unique Wedding Invitations

Learning terminology related to paper, design, size, color and printing will no doubt be part of wedding invitation shopping experience. Who knew there was so much to know beyond the wording and what enclosure pieces to include.

Here are the details for just some of the terms you may come across:

  • Invitation Card – Simply a flat card with no folds and the verse printed on the front.
  • Embossing – Creating a raised design by using a printing method that presses an image into the paper. Colored ink can then highlight the design. If no ink is used on the raised design, it is referred to as blind embossing. Debossing is created by actually indenting the design into the paper.
  • Foil Stamping – The special technique of hot stamping metallic colored foil onto paper.
  • Deckle Edge – A unique, feathery edge on a piece of paper commonly seen on parchment wedding invitations.
  • Ecru – A familiar invitation paper color that is a warm creamy beige shade.
  • Pearlize – The addition of a shimmering pearl-like finish usually to an embossed design area of the invitation.
  • Filigree – Lacelike decorative pattern that can appear as part of a wedding invitation design.
  • Tea Length – A style of invitation that is either horizontal or vertical and is typically 9 ¼” x 4″ in size.
  • Translucent – A term that is used to describe paper that is somewhat see-through and is often times used in layered invitation designs.
  • Vellum – Common type of paper with a rich, smooth finish.
  • Linen – Another type of paper featuring a cross weave texture.

As the saying goes, the more you know the better, especially when it comes to unique wedding invitations. Knowing what these terms mean is one thing, but even better might be seeing actual samples to know which ones you may want included in your wedding invitation design.

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