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Ultimate Wedding Invitation Guide

Your wedding invitations are like the preface to the story of your wedding day. They set the tone for what's to come. So what's your style? From the paper to the font, colors and design, follow our top printing pointers and design tips to pull off the perfect invites.

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The Classic Wedding

From the grand ballroom or country club setting to the timeless, elegant decor, you're all about a classic, black-tie wedding.

Design details: Traditionally, formal wedding invitations are designed with an elegant script. And while you don't want to sacrifice readability, a font with a lot of flourish -- in black, navy or gold -- is usually the go-to for classic invites. If you want to bring in another brighter color, edge painting (where the stationer paints the edge of your invitation) is a sophisticated option. Finish off the look with a custom-designed monogram or motif and ivory envelopes with hand-calligraphed addresses.

Printing pointers: Go for a hefty white or ivory paper. The more upscale printing methods (like letterpress and engraving) and details (like foil monograms) require it. "Thicker paper communicates that this is an important event -- it literally feels special," says Ceci Johnson, founder and creative director for Ceci New York, a luxury stationery company in New York City. "It's all about visual effect -- you want your invitation to stand out from the rest of the mail."

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