If you’re not a wedding professional, all the different terms can be quite confusing! You may be asking yourself, “Should my invitations be embossed, on matte paper with laser cut belly bands and do I invest in unique envelope liners?”

​Lucky​ ​for​ ​you,​ ​we’re​ ​here​ ​to​ ​help. From​ ​printing​ ​techniques,​ ​paper,​ ​to​ ​detailed​ ​designs​ ​we​ ​have​ ​some​ ​terms​ ​that​ ​might​ ​make​ ​your stationery​ ​selection​ ​process​ ​a​ ​little​ ​easier!

Printing​ ​Techniques:

Digital​ ​printing

This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​printing​ ​technique​ ​that​ ​can​ ​save​ ​both​ ​time​ ​and​ ​money.​ ​Without​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​a printing​ ​palette,​ ​digital​ ​printing​ ​can produce ​high-quality results​ ​from​ ​a​ ​digital​ ​document​ ​like​ ​a​ ​PDF. This​ ​technique​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​flat,​ ​non​ ​textured​ ​image.

Embossing

Embossing​ ​is​ ​a​ ​technique​ ​that uses​ ​press​ ​plates​ ​to​ ​imprint​ ​designs​ ​and​ ​lettering​ ​onto​ ​your stationery.​ ​This technique​ ​can​ ​make​ ​even​ ​the​ ​simplest​ ​pieces​ ​works​ ​of​ ​art​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used on​ ​a​ ​multitude​ ​of​ ​surfaces.

Laser​ ​cutting

This​ ​technique​ ​uses​ ​lasers​ ​to​ ​cut​ ​out​ ​words​ ​and​ ​designs​ ​producing​ a ​delicate and elegant result.

Letterpress

Known​ ​for​ ​being​ ​the​ ​oldest​ ​printing​ ​technique,​ ​this​ ​utilizes​ ​elevated​ ​letters​ ​and​ ​designs which​ ​are​ ​then​ ​ink-pressed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​stationery.

Offset​ ​printing

This​ ​technique​ ​uses​ ​premixed​ ​ink​ ​and​ ​is​ ​transferred​ ​onto​ ​the​ ​material​ ​through​ ​a stamp-like​ ​machine.​ ​It​ ​creates​ ​a​ ​distinct​ ​and​ ​clean​ ​look​ ​for​ ​your​ ​designs.

Screen​ ​printing

Most​ ​often​ ​used​ ​on​ ​fabric,​ ​this​ ​technique​ ​utilizes​ ​ink​ ​being​ ​pressed​ ​through​ ​a​ ​mesh​ ​onto the​ ​material​ ​by​ ​a​ ​roller.

Typeface​ ​Terms:

Calligraphy

This​ ​style​ ​of​ ​writing​ ​is​ ​a​ ​step​ ​above​ ​beautiful​ ​handwriting.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​the incorporation of a​ ​design​ ​that flows​ ​through​ ​the​ ​word​ ​to​ ​create​ ​an​ ​elegant​ ​look.

Flourishes

Flourishes are the​ ​detailed​ ​design​ ​and​ ​scrollwork​ ​incorporated​ ​with​ ​Calligraphy. Think all the beautiful little flicks and whisps that make the writing a little extra special.

Typeface/Font

Typeface and font are often used interchangeably, but they still have two slightly different meanings. The typeface refers to the actual design of the lettering or type while the font takes into consideration the size and weight of the particular type.

Typography

Typography is the arrangement of letters and words to make everything look beautiful and easily legible. It is definitely an art in its own right. 

Paper​ ​Terms:

Backer

A​ ​simple​ ​way​ ​to​ ​add​ ​to​ ​your​ ​design,​ ​a​ ​backer​ ​is​ ​the​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​paper​ ​positioned​ ​behind your​ ​invitation.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​another​ ​way​ ​to​ ​accent​ ​your​ ​color​ ​scheme​ ​or​ ​theme.

Beveled​ ​Edge

This​ ​term​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​showing​ ​the​ ​dimensions​ ​of​ ​your​ ​paper.​ ​Using​ ​the​ ​thickness​ ​and cutting​ ​edges​ ​at​ ​45-degree​ ​angles give a unique accent to your paper.

Corrugated

Corrugated paper has​ ​ridges​ ​and​ ​grooves​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​cardboard-like​ ​look.

Cotton​ ​Fiber

This​ ​paper​ ​has​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​texture and is usually made from 100 percent cotton. It is​​ ​one of the most traditional options for wedding stationery.

Deckled​ ​Edge

This​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​the​ ​rough,​ ​uncut​ ​edge​ ​of​ ​paper.​ ​It​ ​creates​ ​the​ ​look​ ​of​ ​homemade​ ​paper before​ ​it​ ​is​ ​cut.

Handmade​ ​Papers

Handmade paper is often made​ ​from a variety of​ ​natural​ ​materials​ ​and​ ​usually has an uneven texture.​ (See​ ​Deckled Edge​ ​above)

Liner

A​ ​decorative​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​paper​ ​placed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​your​ ​envelope​ ​that​ ​usually compliments your​ ​theme.

Matte

A matte finish is flat and​ ​non-reflective​.​ ​A​ ​new​ ​trend​ ​is​ ​Matte​ ​Glitter,​ ​which​ ​adds​ ​an elegant,​ ​rough​ ​textured​ ​sparkle​ ​to​ ​your​ ​stationery.

Vellum

A​ ​high-quality​ ​paper​ ​that​ ​was​ ​originally​ ​made​ ​from​ ​calf’s​ ​skin.​ ​Vellum​ ​includes​ ​all translucent​ ​paper,​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​parchment​ ​that​ ​has​ ​a​ ​smooth​ ​finish.

Watermark

Watermarks are a translucent emblem only​ ​visible​ ​when​ ​held​ ​against​ ​the​ ​light,​ ​watermarks​ ​are​ ​an​ ​emblem​ ​of​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​that usually indicates​ ​the​ ​maker.

Packaging​ ​and​ ​Presentation:

Bifold

Folded​ ​in​ ​two​ ​parts,​ ​it​ ​often​ ​resembles​ ​a​ ​greeting​ ​card.​ ​People​ ​often​ ​add​ ​pockets​ ​or similar​ ​details​ ​to​ ​the​ ​inside.

Envelopes

The​ ​traditional​ ​way​ ​of​ ​packaging​ ​your​ ​stationery.​ ​Envelopes​ ​can​ ​be​ ​kept​ ​simple​ ​or​ ​you can​ ​add​ ​your​ ​own​ ​personal​ ​touch​ ​to​ ​match​ ​your​ ​color​ ​scheme​ ​or​ ​design.

Trifold

Folded​ ​in​ ​three-parts,​ ​it​ ​resembles​ ​a​ ​brochure.​ ​This​ ​style​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​give​ ​more information​ ​to​ ​your​ ​attendees​ ​such​ ​as travel​ ​and​ ​accommodation​ ​plans​ ​while​ ​you​ ​keep one​ ​panel​ ​for​ ​the​ ​event details.

Design​ ​Terms:

Belly​ ​Band

A​ ​design​ ​accent​ ​to​ ​wrap​ ​around​ ​your​ ​stationery.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​use​ ​ribbon,​ ​string,​ ​lace​ ​or​ ​even​ ​laser-cut​ ​designs.

Edge​ ​Painting

A​ ​way​ ​to​ ​add​ ​more​ ​color​ ​to​ ​your​ ​stationery,​ ​this​ ​element​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​painted​ ​or​ ​inked edges.​ ​This is often​ ​seen​ ​with​ ​beveled​ ​edge​ ​stationery.

Monogram

A monogram is the​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​you and your partner’s initials.  ​Monograms​ ​are​ ​typically​ ​used​ ​as a​ ​wedding​ ​motif​ ​and​ ​are​ ​custom​ ​made​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​the​ ​theme​ ​and​ ​style​ ​of​ ​your​ ​wedding stationery.

Motif

A​ ​reoccurring​ ​design​ ​or​ ​image​ ​that​ ​is​ ​used​ ​throughout​ ​your​ ​wedding​ ​theme,​ ​and​ ​most commonly​ ​on​ ​all​ ​of​ ​your​ ​wedding​ ​stationery.