Ordering your Wedding Invitations
What you should know before you order your
Every bride knows that for her Houston wedding celebration her guests
first impression of her wedding comes from the invitation. Invitations
not only set the tone for the event but also convey the couples
personalities. While searching through hundreds of invitation styles,
brides may find themselves being overwhelmed by the choices not
to mention the etiquette that should be followed. If you are planning
to have a calligrapher address your envelopes your choice of invitation
can affect the cost and appearance of the hand lettering. Calligraphy
means the art of beautiful writing. You have spent time and money
choosing your invitations; adding lovely hand addresses to them
is the special, personal touch that will turn your invitations into
keepsakes for your guests.
Often, your best bet in ordering invitations comes from visiting
your local stationery expert. Houston wedding celebration stationery
experts will listen to your thoughts and plans and help you pull
all the pieces together so your guests will receive the perfect
invitation to the event you've spent so much time planning.
So how do you find your local expert for your Houston
wedding celebration? Look in the yellow pages under Invitations.
Now that you've found someone local who can help you with your invitations
you make plans to stop by the store one afternoon on your lunch
hour only to find ordering invitations is not something you can
do in 15 minutes. Even with your stationery expert guiding you through
multiple invitation albums and writing your order, you can plan
on spending a good 2 hours at the store.
Tips to ordering your invitations:
-Bring all the necessary information. This includes
the name & address of the ceremony site, reception site, any
artwork you need for a map.
- Know how many invitations to order. Remember when
counting this number to only count the number of invitations, not
the number of guests.
- Make your stop all inclusive. Your stationery store
provides a lot more than invitations. Look over your "to do"
list, as you will be able to cross off many of these items. Some
of these include: thank you cards, informals, programs, napkins,
table favors, reception decorations, albums, pens, glasses, garters,
flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, unity candles, gifts for
your wedding party, etc.
- Have fun! This is the most important step. Plan
on making an event out of it. Bring your mom, maid of honor or maybe
even your fiancee. Your wedding is a time of joy and should not
be rushed or stressful.
Which ever style of wedding invitations you choose
for your Houston wedding celebration, be sure to let your local
invitation expert assist you with every step of the process. After
all, your wedding is the most important event, so don't just flip
through impersonal catalogs and web sites when there is a wonderful
person in your town waiting to offer you years of experience.
The Facts about Invitation
Design and reation
Ink/paint may bleed or run and the calligrapher may
have to take extra steps to treat the paper beforehand in order
to write on it. These extra steps may prove either costly or affect
the finished product. When shopping for your invitations, take a
fountain pen with you. Ask to sample an envelope - if the ink bleeds
on the envelope or it is difficult to write on, the calligrapher
may face the same problem.
Color of the envelope itself may increase the potential
problems. If you choose a dark/opaque envelope, the calligrapher
will not be able to use a light box to see the liner he/she uses
to guide the writing - each envelope will have to be 'lined' separately
and then the guidelines erased . . . another potential glitch.
Even those calligraphers who use a 'phantom liner'
to project guidelines onto their project may be stymied by a very
dark paper. Color of the writing itself can vary. Calligraphers
use inks and paints to letter, depending on your choice of color
schemes in your invitation. You can request basic black - flat or
glossy - or a color can be mixed to coordinate with your invitation.
If you want a 'total look; before you place your order with your
printer, you can ask the calligrapher to write out your return address
for the back flap, thus having it match the envelope when the calligrapher
does each address.
Envelope liners will present an extra challenge for
the calligrapher as the liner must be gently pulled out, the guidelines
inserted in the envelope, and then the liner must be gently replaced.
This extra handling will increase the cost of each
envelope addressed. If you like a lined envelope, there are lovely
choices of tissue or pale liners that will not make the envelope
too opaque to work with. Not certain? Try placing a dark lined index
card in the envelope and holding up to the light; if you can see
the lines, then the calligrapher can too.
Fonts Vs Hands. Your computer and printer use
fonts to present text - calligraphers have various 'hands' that
they write in. If you wish to have your invitation and envelopes
to be coordinated, choose several 'fonts' that you like at the printer
and show them to your calligrapher. Not every calligrapher can match
or write in every font a printer can use . . . it may be easier
to match your printer's font to the calligrapher's hand than trying
to find a calligrapher that can do a very specific hand - or finding
yourself having to pay additional calligraphy fees to do so.
Wedding Invitation Tips
On this site we have many wedding tips.
Four of the tips are related to Wedding Invitations. Click on the
links Below to learn more about what you need to know.
Invitation Theme and Content
for your Wedding Invitations
Type of Wedding invitations
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