Wedding Invitation FAQ (Part 4): Paper

In this article, we will discuss the different types of paper used to make wedding invitations.  Paper is one of the most important parts of your wedding invitation.  So quality paper is very important.  Always, get samples of the invitations you are interested in before buying a larger quantity.

There are many types of paper that can be used for invitations.  One of the most popular is recycled or post consumer paper. When purchasing this type of wedding invitation, check out how much of the paper is recycled.  There will be a percentage given.  The greater the percentage the more post consumer paper that was used to make the invitation.  Some invitations can be made completely (100%) from post consumer paper.  Also, the paper mill may use renewable energy and properly managed forests in the processing of their paper.  This type of paper is a great way to put some eco chic into your wedding day.  There can be some disadvantages to using post consumer paper.  There can be some natural flecking but I think this adds to the charm of the invitation.

post consumer paper wedding invitation

Translucent paper is often used as an embellishment for wedding invitations but sometimes it is printed on as an overlay.  This type of paper is lighter weight allowing it to be somewhat see through.  When translucent paper is printed on the ink color needs to be dark for the best results.  Lighter ink colors like silver, yellow, or white just fade into the back ground.

translucent wedding invitation

Ultra heavy paper can be found as the pocket your invitation tucks into.  This paper can be any color and is of greater weight than your invitation.

ultra heavy pocket wedding invitation

Shimmer paper has a shinny sheen that can be seen in the light.  Usually, shimmer paper has a metallic coloration or off white.

shimmer paper wedding invitation

Textured paper has a bumpy feel.  Often, this type of paper is used for embellishment of your wedding invitation.  In this case it is the wrap around the card invitation.

textured paper wedding invitation

Linen paper is high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish (1).  It is often white but can accept colorful designs printed on it.

linen paper wedding invitation

I hope this post has been helpful to you.  If you are interested in other wedding invitation topics or have a question.  Please post a comment below or send me an email.  Look for my next part of this series on inks used in printing.

1.  http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=linen%20paper

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