The paper you use for your wedding invitations speaks volumes and sets the tone for your entire event. Here, a list of common printing and paper terms to know when selecting wedding invitations.
Calligraphy -- A method used for addressing invites with a fancy, handwritten script.
Corrugated -- Paper designed with thick, rigged grooves.
Cotton -- Fibers used for creating invitations. Pricier because of it’s natural quality, cotton paper is generally used for formal events.
Die-cut -- Process used to cut shapes into paper.
Embossed Finish -- embossing or “pressing” images onto the surface of a card stock.
Engraving -- process where letters appear raised or etched into the paper.
Glossy -- Paper with a shiny, reflective finish.
Jacquard -- Paper with a layered effect.
Letterpress -- Similar to engraving, letterpress refers to when images or typeface appear “pressed” into the paper.
Linen -- Paper designed with a cross-weave texture. A popular example is resume paper.
Matte -- Paper with a flat, dull finish.
Moire -- Gets its namesake from the popular fabric.
Offset-printing -- Common (and basic) printing method. Offset-printing is generally with copy paper.
Parchment -- Paper created from animal linings. Gives an old-fashioned look and feel.
Rice Paper -- A lightweight paper stock with limited printing capabilities (it’s only used with letterpress).
Stock -- Term used to describe all paper types.
Thermography -- A widely-used method which is also a less-expensive alternative to engraving.
Typeface -- How letters and numbers are rendered on paper (fonts).
Variegated -- Term which describes the appearance varying colors in stock.
Vellum -- A smoother cotton-blend, less expensive than papers made of cotton fibers. Translucent vellum is a transparent paper used for overlays.
Watermark -- Subtle appearance of a company’s emblem blended within the paper.