The Paper Game – Selecting a Style of Invitation

Once the holidays were over we got super busy here at The Persnickety Bride.  It’s interesting how every year there are new trends in weddings including paper products.    Normally when we have a new bride make an appointment with our office we have a bridal check list that goes out to her.   It runs down a number of key items she needs to think about before meeting with us.

I find that by “cutting to the chase” we know exactly what the bride is looking to achieve in a wedding invitation suite.  It also helps us if she is looking to also use us for other customized favors and products.

It is always best to get started on your save the dates 9 months before the wedding.  That way hopefully you are getting them out at least 8 months before your date.   As for invites you should purchase invitations at least 5 months before the wedding.  It is going to take time to get your wedding guest list together, get your wording together and also find what you really love (and that is in budget).

Speaking of which we work with all types of brides with all types of budgets.

Our average bride who is having a wedding of 100 people with a church wedding and a reception venue on average spends between $1,500.00 to $1,700.00 on paper.  We do specialize in customizing all types of paper products and work in thermography, letterpress and engraved invitations.  We also create fabulous boxes and folios for a very formal and elaborate weddings and events.  We are currently working on a silk shantung folio in a deep jewel tone red with jeweled clip with feather and silver and cream invitation.  Topping it off with a silver sparkle ink.   We have photographed in this blog a black moire folio and the pink silk shantung box in the back of the picture.

We also have brides that  are putting smaller, and more budget friendly weddings together and need to purchase paper  in the range of $300.00 to $1,200.00.  Keeping cost down is determined by the type of invitation you create and what types of embellishments you chose to put on it.  So much can be done with fonts and colors that a great looking paper can be created with the right paper stock, interesting motifs and great ink colors.  A simple pearl already applied to a paper can create a beautifully elegant invitation without a big ticket price.

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