Wedding Invitation Paper for Your Perfect Invitation Suite

Planning a wedding is an intricate process filled with decisions both big and small. Among these choices, selecting the paper and material for your wedding invitation suite might seem like a minor detail, but it can greatly influence the overall aesthetic and feel of your wedding. The invitation serves as the first impression of your special day, setting the tone and conveying the style of the event to your guests. Therefore, choosing the right paper and material is essential to creating a memorable and cohesive invitation suite.

Dainty Flowers Invitation. Available in Fluorescent White or Pearl White. 100% Cotton 220 lb. Paper.
Dainty Flowers Invitation – 100% Cotton 220 lb. Paper

1. Consider Your Wedding Theme and Style:

Before diving into the world of paper options, take a moment to consider the theme and style of your wedding. Whether it’s a rustic outdoor affair, a glamorous ballroom celebration, or a romantic beachside ceremony, your invitation should reflect the essence of your wedding. Think about the colors, textures, and overall vibe you want to convey.

2. Paper Types:

There is a myriad of paper types to choose from, each offering its own unique look and feel. Here are some popular options to consider:

  1. Cotton Paper: Known for its luxurious feel and durability, cotton paper adds a touch of elegance to any invitation. It’s also environmentally friendly, making it a sustainable choice.
  2. Linen Paper: With its subtle woven texture, linen paper exudes sophistication and refinement. It’s a classic choice that complements both traditional and modern wedding themes.
  3. Recycled Paper: If eco-friendliness is important to you, consider opting for recycled paper. Not only does it reduce waste, but it also adds a rustic charm to your invitations.
  4. Handmade Paper: For a truly unique and artisanal touch, consider using handmade paper. Each sheet is crafted individually, resulting in variations in texture and color that add character to your invitations.

Acrylic Invitations: Clear acrylic wedding invitations are made from transparent or translucent acrylic material instead of paper, bringing a unique and modern alternative twist to the traditional wedding format. Clear acrylic offers the appearance of glass while being lighter and more durable, allowing recipients to see through the invitation for a truly memorable experience.

Why use Acrylic? The best reason to choose acrylic wedding invitations is the lasting impression they will make on your guests. Their distinct texture and feel set them apart from traditional paper invitations. Their transparent nature gives them a modern, minimalist aesthetic that complements many wedding themes and styles. The durability of the acrylic ensures that the invitations can be preserved as a memento of your special day, becoming treasured keepsakes for you and your guests.

A classic floral design frames the wording on this beautiful acrylic wedding invitation. The crisp look of white ink on clear acrylic brings a touch of modern romance to a timeless design.
Classically Floral Invitation – Clear Acrylic. Paper: Clear Acrylic, 1/8″ (3.175mm) thick

3. Weight and Thickness:

The weight and thickness of the wedding invitation paper can impact the perceived quality of your invitations. Thicker paper tends to feel more substantial and luxurious, while lighter-weight paper can have a more delicate and ethereal quality. Consider how you want your invitations to feel in your guests’ hands and choose accordingly.

The average cardstock for wedding invitations is between 110 lb and 120 lb.
Paper weight and thickness comparison. Image credit:

4. Finish and Texture:

The finish and texture of the wedding invitation paper can also contribute to the overall look and feel of your invitations. Common finishes include matte, glossy, and textured. Matte finishes lend a soft and understated elegance, while glossy finishes add a subtle sheen and vibrancy. Textured papers, such as embossed or letterpress, offer tactile interest and visual depth.

5. Printing Techniques:

Certain paper types and finishes are better suited to specific printing techniques. For example, letterpress and foil stamping work beautifully on thick, textured paper, while digital and thermography (raised ink) printing is more versatile and can be used on a variety of paper types. Consider your desired printing method when selecting your paper to ensure optimal results.

Paper: Fluorescent White 100% Cotton 220 lb. Rose Gold Foil and Debossed Letterpress.
Love Embraced Invitation – Foil stamped and Letterpress

6. Budget Considerations:

Finally, keep your budget in mind when choosing your paper and material. While luxurious options like cotton paper and letterpress printing can elevate your invitations, they may also come with a higher price tag. Consider what aspects of your invitations are most important to you and allocate your budget accordingly.

In conclusion, selecting the perfect paper and material for your wedding invitation suite is an important decision that should not be overlooked. By considering your wedding theme and style, exploring different paper types and finishes, and keeping practical considerations like budget in mind, you can create invitations that set the tone for your special day and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Remember, your wedding invitation is more than just a piece of paper—it’s a reflection of your love story and the beginning of your journey together as a married couple.

Promises West has been a wedding stationer for 25 years!  Please visit my website Promises West and make an appointment – I’m located in Playa del Rey, CA.  We make wedding planning simple and fun!

All the best,