Friday, January 14, 2011

Choosing Your Wedding Invitations

When it comes to the most anticipated event in your life, there are many different types of formal stationery to choose from. Due to the variety of printing techniques, there are literally thousands of styles and layouts to choose from. The cost of invitations, programs and other fine stationery is directly relevant to the time spent designing the item, the paper stock it is printed on and how it is printed. Also reflected in the cost is the type of equipment and the techniques used, as well as how it is trimmed and folded and the level of experience of the individual producing them. Many engaged couples and their parents are shocked to see the cost of some of the designs available. So how do you know what designs will fit your budget? An experienced printer will be able to provide information about the types of items they have to offer.
Custom Digital Invitation featuring layered pull out design with detachable reply card. All these pieces are tucked neatly in place by the custom printed pocket.
The exquisite designs available from album dealers such as Carlson Craft, Birchcraft, McPherson’s and Stylart include selections that are produced using thermography (raised ink) offset lithography, (flat ink) and letterpress techniques. They also produce many products that are embossed, including blind, foil and pearl embossing. All of these methods require ink and chemical clean up, as well as metal plates, some of which are very deeply and ornately engraved. Another distinguishable characteristic of wedding invitations are the cut designs. Round corners, ornate edges, angled cuts and die cuts (shapes cut out of the invitation) add to the cost of the invitation. Pocket invitations and petal folds are also more costly due to their construction.
Digital printing is the least expensive form of production for wedding invitations. It is cost-effective for smaller quantities, while it also enables them to be completely personalized. This process provides full color or grayscale printing that is comparable to traditional offset lithography. Using heat, wax and organic pigment toners, this process is efficient and environmentally friendly. King Designs currently uses a Konica Minolta C5501, an EnergyStar digital printer. This process does not require the use of chemicals or metal plates, but can provide the same beautiful results. King Designs has produced a line of Eco-Friendly Ensembles that are created just for each couple, using the least amount of waste. There are a variety of styles and layouts to choose from. All of these products come with customizable options for complete personalization.
So how do you know what fits your budget?
The first thing to consider is your guest list. How many invitations do you need 50? 150? 550? The guest list, along with the formality of the event determines how your invitation should be ordered.
Custom Photo Save the Date Seal-n-Send.

Is it formal, semi-formal or informal? Are you having a reception with dinner or a backyard barbecue or just a brief cocktail hour with desserts? These details impact your stationery needs If you need to have guests seated for the reception, you may need escort or place cards, table numbers menu cards or seating charts. Are blocks of rooms being reserved at a hotel? Your guests will need Accommodations Cards to assist them in receiving the group discount. Is it a destination wedding? Your guests may need passports and make travel arrangements.   If many of your guests are coming from out of town, you may need Direction Cards or Save the Dates. Save the Dates are also suggested when your wedding falls near or on a major holiday or travel season.
If you are having a reception with meal choices, you will need a customizable response card for this. If you are having a small buffet, you may not even need a reply card. If you are having over 100 guests, or have limited seating available, your event requires a response card. Chances are, you won’t be able to handle 300 RSVPs by email and phone and still keep them organized.
Invitation features personalized verse and meal option response cards.
This level of personalization is completely stress free.

If the guest list is extensive, you need responses to be handled with an even more personalized method. King Designs offers a complete personalization process in which we print the individual names of your guests onto the invitations and matching respond cards for you. The ensembles are printed together, keeping the sets in list order. You will be able to easily assemble your sets in order, and track your responses without any stress. Now that you know how to find the perfect wedding invitation to suit your style and budget, you can browse with confidence. Just like your fiancĂ© and the dress, you will know “the one” when you find it!