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Stationery Guide Series | Week One Choosing Invitation Paper For Your Style and Budget

Whether working with a stationery professional or browsing online, it is easy to become quickly overwhelmed with all the invitation paper choices available and how different they can be. To help you decide what wedding and event invitation paper type is right for your budget and style, I’ve summarized a few options I love to work with below.

Cotton + Handmade $$

This paper features a soft finish like no other yet is strong and durable. It absorbs ink well so colored ink will appear richer. Cotton papers provide impeccable quality and is perfect for your high end stationery. If letterpress or other specialty print processes (which we will detail next week) is your choice, this is definitely the paper for you.


Vellum $

Sheer and most often layered on top of a printed invitation as an overlay, vellum can also be used as programs, menus, envelopes, envelope liners, pouches, and other invitation suite accents. Vellum is typically see-through (depending on the weight) and holds ink well.


Recycled $

For the eco-friendly, rustic-style, environmentally sound events, paper made of repurposed materials is an excellent option. Invitations made with recycled paper can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, is available in many beautiful colors, luxurious textures and also has a great print quality.


Double Thick $$

If you’re looking for a heavy invitation, double thick is your guy. Typically made with two-three layers of paper, it also has a cotton texture. A unique option/feature is that the edges can be painted for an extra ordinary flair.


Pearlescent $$

Most often used for wedding invitations to offer a little extra sparkle. Pearlescent paper has a shimmery finish that "picks up" flecks of light for an added touch of elegance. Offered in a vast array of colors, pearlescent papers are a fast favorite.

Have questions about any of the paper types or need to see and feel the papers? Email me to ask your questions or to order samples.

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