Stationery that announces the marriage without issuing an invitation, normally mailed within two weeks of wedding. Typically an announcement is used in place of an invitation in the case of private or religiously-restricted ceremonies. An announcement may be combined with an invitation to a Reception held in the couple’s honor after the ceremony.

Bright White

Term used to describe very white paper stock. The lightest of white paper stock listed. (See also soft white and ecru.)


A beige color somewhat similar to that of a manilla folder.

Envelope Liner

The glossy coating on the inside of envelope flap. A liner is typically used to improve paper weight, add color complimenting the ink color and add formality to the invitation. It most often is applied to the inside of the invitation’s inner envelope, but may be on the outer envelope if invitation only has one envelope.


The spelling of “favor” used in formal stationery; i.e. “the favour of a reply is requested”.


The formal spelling of “honor” used in formal stationery; i.e. “the honour of your presence”.

Informal Note

A small folder with name(s) on front and blank inside. Can be used for casual correspondence or as a thank-you note.


The invitation itself, with all pertinent information. (See Invitation page for additional information.)


Long Hand

The writing of numbers and dates in alpha form used in formal stationery; i.e. “on Saturday, the fifteenth of December, Two thousand and seven”.


Printed Return Address

Address printed on back of outer envelope for return mail in font and color to match invitation. Note: return address is required by the United States Postal Service since 9-11. The address can be handwritten, by sticker affixed to the envelope, or printed; but must be present to ensure delivery. USPS may file all mail without return address as “undeliverable” in a dead letter file.



A handout handed out to guests at the Wedding Ceremony listing the wedding participants, i.e. wedding party, musicians, soloist and clergy. May also include notation of sponsors and/or thank you notations to specific parties.


Reception Card or Folder

An enclosure used to let guests know where the reception will be. Typically, a reception card will only be required if the wedding and reception will be on two different locations, i.e. the church information is included on the invitation, but the reception card lists the banquet hall’s name and address.


Response Card or Folder

An enclosure asking the guest to confirm or decline attendance at the event; a.k.a. RSVP card. It may also contain menu choices, if applicable. Prices include printed self-addressed envelopes for return.



The title given to an individual, i.e. “Mr.”, “Mrs.” and “Ms.”. May also refer to professional title; i.e. “Doctor” and “Esquire”.



A magnet or stationery item informing guests of upcoming wedding; normally sent out 6-18 months before the wedding.



Adhesive seal used to close the outer envelope of the invitation; typically in style and color to match invitation paper. Seals may be personalized with the bride and groom’s name; the term “blank” used to describe a seal featuring a decorative design but not bride and groom’s names.


Soft White

Used to describe paper that is ivory or off-white, but lighter than ecru. See also bright white and ecru.


Thank You Note

A small folder that normally reads “Thank You” on front. May include a verse on the interior, or be left blank to write your own message.


Stationery that folds out in three panels. May be used to describe a vertical or horizontal style.


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Blind Embossing

Blind embossing is a printing method where an image is pressed into paper resulting in a raised design. The embossing is termed “blind” because the design is formed without ink or foil. (Debossing is an image stamped onto paper or a napkin without ink or foil; it appears “indented.”)

Bright White

This shade is the ultimate in white, very crisp, pure and bright!



Invitation cards do not fold, your wording is printed on the front


Deckle Edge

An uneven, feathery edge on a piece of paper is called a deckle edge. This edge is most commonly found on parchment invitations; however, other papers may also have deckle edges and will be noted in descriptions.



The process of using sharp metal rules to cut shapes and designs into paper. Die-cutting includes cutout shapes and sculpted edges.

Double Envelopes

The traditional set of two envelopes is used with formal invitations and announcements. The outer envelope is addressed to the guest and may have your (the sender’s) address printed on the back flap. The inner envelope, with the invitation and enclosures is enclosed inside the outer envelope. The inner envelope carries only the guests’ names. The inner envelope is available with a coordinating liner; it is not gummed and is not sealed.


This color is a warm creamy beige.


Embossing is like blind embossing above, only this type of printing uses ink or foil on the raised area to add drama and dimension.

Foil Stamping

This effect is achieved when colored foil is hot-stamped onto paper (perhaps a Christmas card) or accessory items, such as napkins.



Invitation folders are folded once, either to create a top or side fold. Your wording is printed on the front.

French Fold

A sheet of paper folded twice to create a four-paneled invitation is considered French-folded. This fold is most common with parchment invitations.



This term indicates layers of paper tied or glued together. If the top layer is translucent and the lower is decorative paper, you’ll see a muted version of the lower layer through the translucent top.


This term refers to the decorative paper used to line the inside of an inner envelope or a single envelope.


A panel is the center section of your invitation “framed” by a raised area of paper. It also refers to pages facing each other. For example, a tri-fold invitation when opened fully, has a left, middle and right panel.


This translucent paper is made to look like original parchment. This distinctive paper adds a softening effect to any invitation.


The process that applies a luminous pearl-like finish to part of an invitation, usually to an embossed design, is called pearlizing.


A short-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded once, not exactly in half, forming an invitation with a short front panel and longer back panel.


This type of printing is created by adding a resin powder to wet ink, which when heated, creates a raised surface.


A tri-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded twice to form a three-paneled invitation. Both outside panels are folded inward to cover the center panel.


Vellum is a paper with a rich, smooth finish.


This shade is a soft white, like wedding gowns. It is a delicate hue.


A z-fold is created when a sheet of paper is folded twice in accordion fashion to form a three-paneled invitation.