Wedding Invitation Paper Tips
Where can I get wedding invitation paper?
There are a variety of places where you can get wedding invitation paper. Before you even start looking for paper though, you need to determine how thick of a paper the printer in which you are going to print the invitations can handle.
Can you print on thick card stock on your home printer?
Maybe, but most likely not. Most commercial wedding invitations are printed on thick paper which falls under the paper category of coverstock or index paper. The paper weight range for these types of paper will typically be 60-110 lbs. Usually, this is much thicker than a home printer can handle.
You need to check your printers manual or specs before purchasing your paper. Most printer manuals and / or specs can be found online and should give you a paper poundage or thickness that it can handle. The printer spec for which you are looking may say something like recommended paper weight or media weight range. It should display a number range such as 16 lb. - 24 lb. Unless otherwise specified, this weight range should be talking about text, bond, or writing paper.
The higher the poundage of the paper, the thicker the paper will be. 24 lb. paper is still pretty thin, but much less flimsy than 16 lb. paper. If you a seeking a do-it-yourself, home printed invitation, and want a nice thick look and feel, we recommend considering doing a backing. You print your wording on at thin paper your printer can handle, but then paste it onto a thicker 80lb coverstock paper. Check out our backing page for examples.
Now that I know what thickness of paper my home printer can handle, where can I buy wedding invitation paper?
Below are some links to stores that carry a variety of fancy paper that can be used for wedding invitations. Unless your printer specifies that you can print on coverstock, you will need to search for text, writing, or bond paper and make sure the weight of the paper fits your printer's media weight range. If you are planning on doing backings, you will need to search for a bond, writing, or text paper to print on as well as a coverstock paper (we recommend 80 lb) for your backing.
The Paper Mill Store
If you don't see anything you like under their wedding category, you can always do a more specific search. For example, if you really want red wedding invitation paper, type "red paper" in their search bar. Again, filter the results under the Basis Weight filter to what is appropriate for your printer.
The other great thing about The Paper Mill Store is that once you select a paper you like, generally, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, it will have the matching envelopes displayed.
Sometimes, the paper you want will only come in what is called a "carton." A carton is usually 5,000 sheets of paper and generally sold to a printer. If the paper you are desiring is only sold as a carton, you may have to find the paper elsewhere unless you want a lot of extra paper!
Kelly Paper or Xpedx
One great thing about Neenah paper is that you can order samples of paper, generally for free - although you do have to pay for the shipping. The samples are a great way to make sure you like the look and feel of the paper before ordering an entire pack.
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