Announcements - Sometimes announcements can be sent out if you aren’t having a large wedding or party that can accomodate everyone, but you want to let people know about your special event. Visit our etiquette section to learn more about the proper wording and timing of announcements if you need help creating announcements for your special event.
Birth Announcements - Let people know about the birth of your baby with a special announcement card. This can include a picture and information about your little bundle of joy. To get help creating the proper wording for your birth announcements, try out the MyGatsby.com word wizard.
Blind Embossing - Printing process using no ink. Metal plates that are etched with letters are stamped into paper so what is left behind is the imprint of the letter. Popular on the borders of many invitations, addresses, and monograms.
Corner Copy - This is copy printed on the corner of your invitation usually letting people know the reception will immediately follow the ceremony. It is also used on reception cards to inform people of the dress attire, or as a reminder to R.S.V.P.
Custom Imprints - This printing option allows you to have your photos or your own camera-ready artwork placed onto the invitation. Enlarging or reducing the image can be done to fit in the invitation space.
Double Backing Layer - A double backing layer is two layers of stock that that are first glued to each other and then glued behind your printing layer to create an multi-tiered look to your invitations.
Engraving - Dates back to the seventeenth century and is the oldest form of printing. It is the most prestigous of all printing processes. It begins by etching the design and word copy into a copper plate from a negative. The paper is placed on the press face down above the inked plate. It is then printed by pressure coming down on the back of the sheet while the front of the sheet meets with the plate. This “sandwich” effect creates the raised lettering and bruise on the back of the printed paper that are both classic features of engravure.
Envelope Lining - A coordinating lining to your envelope is a nice finishing touch to the presentation of your invitation. Linings are generally in a solid color which highlights a color in the invitation. For traditional invitations with double envelopes, the inner envelope is lined. For more contemporary invitations that have single envelopes, linings are available for the single envelope.
Foil Stamping - Printing process that fuses foil to paper. A thin layer of foil is pressed between a piece of paper and a heated die. The image on the die cuts and heats the foil, binding it to the paper.
Formal Invitations - Formal wedding invitations typically include following components: the invitation, an outside envelope, a reception card, an RSVP card, an RSVP envelope, a direction card, information on accommodations for out-of-town guests and thank you cards. Formal invitations or other events may include some of the same components.
Guest Book - A guest book may be purchased for your special event to remember who attended. Have your guestbook placed in a location so each guest can sign when they arrive at your wedding or special event. Make sure to provide a pen!
Informal Card - Most commonly used as a Thank You card. Usually printed with “Thank You”, a monogram or the names of a couple. The card is blank on the inside allowing you to hand write a small message of thanks to your guests who attended your special event.
Invitation Proof - If you choose to have your invitations printed by a professional printer you may request to have a proof of your invitaitons. A proof will be an example of what the final invitation text will look like when printed so you can review and make sure the formatting, text and spelling is exactly what you want before your invitations are printed.
Letterpress - This type of printing utilizes a movable type machine. The inked raised type is stamped onto the paper. It’s not easy to find printers that will provide this type of printing but if you find one that will, the effect will look best on handmade paper.
Lithography - Also known as offset or flat print. Printing you’re probably most familiar with where an inked impression is made on a rubber cylinder and transferred to paper. The printing appears as a flat image.
Monograms - Monograms include a person’s or a couple’s initials and personalize any invitation, enclosure or thank you card they are printed upon. If the monogram is for an individual the initial (first letter) of the first name appears first, the last name initial is usually larger in the middle, and the middle name initial appears last. If the monogram is for a couple the woman’s initial from her first name appears first, the initial of the man’s last name is the middle initial (sometimes in a larger type style), and the first letter of the man’s first name appears last.
Motifs - With the advent of computerized clip art, a motif or what the printers call ornaments/logo, can be used on all your stationery items. Each supplier carriers different motifs for you to choose from or you can design your own. They can be used whenever you wish, generally they appear below the bride and groom’s name.
Photo Cards - Photo cards allow you to put a picture of your loved ones right on your card. MyGatsby.com offers a wide assortment of customizable photo cards for birth announcements and holiday greeting cards.
Programs - Helps guests understand the direction a formal ceremony is going in, what is being done next, and the explanation of any special rites that are unfamiliar to people of a different religion or faith. They can also be used for tributes to special people in your lives.
Reception Cards - Usually mailed with a formal invitation. A separate card announcing where a formal reception will take place. Usually used when the reception is at a different location than the ceremony or event.
Respond Cards / Respond Set - Also known as response card. Mailed with a formal invitation. This card allows your guests to inform you if they will be attending your event, and how many people they will be bringing with them. A return address is printed on the envelope or card to make it easier for invited guests to respond. Traditionally, sender provides postage.
Return Address - A return address is printed on the flap of the invitation’s outer envelope. It can also be printed on the front of the envelope of the respond card so your guests can easily “return” the respond card.
Seal - Seals are a perfect way to give your envelopes personality. Wax seals were once the only kind of seal to add a finishing touch, but they can be very difficult to work with. The seals available through most brands today are self-adhesive and are attached to the outer flap of the envelope to “seal” it shut.
Self-Stick Bows - Self-adhesive bows make it easy to add elegance and a handmade touch to your invitations. They are always optional and priced separate from the invitation, so you always have a choice!
Short-Fold - Sheet of paper folded once, but not exactly in half. This creates an invitation with a short front panel and longer back panel so that color or wording will show before the invitation has been opened.
Thermography - Type of printing process, similar in look to engraving. The process involves heat that joins ink and a resin-like powder together. The fusion of the materials results in the appearance of raised letters. This printing process if fast-becoming the most popular choice for invitations, because of its value and quality.
Translucent Vellum - Sometimes referred to as “vellum”. This is a translucent paper that is transparent in color and smooth in finish. You’ll see a lot of this used as overlays or sometimes invitations.
Typestyle - Also known as a font. A lettering style chosen for your wording. Many typestyles are available for you to choose from. Different printing companies may offer the same styles under different names.
Vellum Paper - Vellum was originally known only as a cream cotton blend paper with a smooth finish, less expensive than 100% cotton. There is another type of paper, translucent vellum, which is transparent and very different than a cream cotton blend. People often shorten translucent vellum to just “vellum.”
Vertical Envelope - A vertical envelope is an envelope that is designed for the invitation to slide in vertically; throught the narrow end of the envelope. Using traditional envelopes, you generally need to turn the invitation horizontally to put it in the envelope. A vertical envelope lends a nice, subtle touch to the presentation of your invitation as recipients can fully view the invitation without having to turn it.
Wedding Announcements - A written announcement of your actual nuptial date. There may be people whom you wish to inform of your wedding but are unable to invite. Wedding accouncements are usually mailed the day following the wedding.
Wording - All copy or text that makes up words inviting your guests to your special event. Wording includes the verses and text you put on your invitation. You can create whatever wording suits your needs, but you may choose to create traditional wording (sometimes referred to as Proper Wording) based on etiquette and customs for weddings.