There are many things to think about when planning a wedding. Many future brides are very concerned about their invitations. Most future brides do not know where to start. The invitation sets the tone for the wedding. There are two types of wedding invitations. The genuine engraved invitation and the thermography type. Both invitations have raised lettering on the front of the invitation. The difference is the genuine engraved invitation has etchings on the back of the invitation. If you hold the engraved invitation up to the light, you can see the etchings. With the genuine engraved invitation, you will receive cooper plates of the invitation, reception card, respond note, informals, or whatever you might order. This is the same type of invitation that Prince William of England and his wife, Catherine had for their wedding. Since both invitations look the same on the front of the invitation many future brides go with the thermography, because it is less expensive. The difference in price is approximately $150 for 100 invitations. Remember this is the most important day in your life and if you want the very best and if it is within your budget go with the genuine engraved. Remember that the genuine engraved invitation comes with cooper plates. Only a few invitation companies are able to create this process.
If you have a set budget and are having a formal wedding and cannot afford an expensive invitation, look for a simple invitation. Stay away from imprinted flowers and borders. This will add more money to the price of the invitation. Take a hint from the invitations that are engraved. The paper is usually white or off white or ivory with no flowers, maybe a very simple border. This is considered very elegant and formal. A thermography invitation on plain off white paper will cost approximately $70 per 100 invitations.
Always remember when purchasing an invitation, make sure it is not too large, because this will add more postage to the envelope. Concerning postage, make sure the stamp is in black and white. Colored stamps take away from the invitation. Your eye will go directly to the stamp instead of the name on the envelope. The wording of an invitation takes time; so make sure you purchase your invitations at a place where someone will spend time with you and help you word your invitation. In wording invitations make sure the person helping you know proper etiquette. One thing to beware of is that many people who sell invitations might tell you all their invitations are engraved. Always ask if the invitation will be engraved on a cooper plate. If the answer is no, remember it is not a genuine engraved invitation.