Finish: Your paper finish will affect how you’re able to print and how much ink your invitation will take. Glossy papers take a lot more ink and longer to dry. Linen papers and papers with more texture have a much higher tendency to bleed, and so they won’t work with some at-home printers where you can’t change your ink settings. If you’re not interested in researching finishes because you’re not a weird nerd (like myself) who likes to feel on paper, a matte card stock is an easy, relatively foolproof option that will more than likely work for the printer you’re using.
My husband and I will be celebrating our 40th “Ruby” wedding anniversary in January with a blow-out bash, and we’re as excited as soon-to-be newlyweds. We wanted formal invitations that reflect a winter theme and RED (because, you know, “Ruby”). We were fortunate enough to find Elegant Wedding Invites with the perfect glittery, snowflake effect, but it was advertised in blue. No worries! Within 24 hours, Elegant Wedding Invites was back with me assuring us that the invitation card could be in red. It’s everything we’d hoped for. EWI worked closely with me as we tweaked some things (our changes, not anything they’d done incorrectly) and were very prompt with our proofs. The quality of these invitations is very good, the price is more than fair, and EWI’s response time is immediate. We’re thrilled with their end product!
Even though we're serious stationery lovers, it's okay if all you really want out of your wedding invitation is a piece of paper that informs guests of a date, time and a location. If a simple invite is more your style and you want to keep paper costs low you can go the DIY printable template route—just remember anytime you take on a sizable wedding task solo there may be a couple more headaches in store. For example, if you don't have access to a high-quality printer or a hefty ink supply you're going to run into some issues. If you have an extra long guest list, you'll be camped out at the printer feeding it paper for a couple solid hours.
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