When it comes to wedding stationery, you will come across many new terms, that you haven't met before- not only when it comes to the items you may wish to order, but also with the materials used to make them
Because I want you to be able to make informed decisions about all aspects of your wedding stationery, I've created a glossary of terms (which you can find in my newsletter freebie pack, so if you want this and more, make sure you sign up!)
Today, I'll be talking about card.
As the majority of the differences with card are to do with texture and finish (how it looks, specifically if a an effect has been added to the card, like the foil in mirri card), and these are all things which are very difficult to photograph with any accuracy, I've decided to stick with written descriptions only, and encourage you to ask your stationer if it would be possible for you to meet them to discuss materials, or to go to your local friendly craft shop and see what they have.
So, apologies for the very wordy post today, but photographs aren't as helpful as you might think (especially not when it comes to pearlescent/metallic card or mirri card. Go find some in real life, then look at a photo on the internet, and you'll see what I mean)
This post has been designed to give you a starting point, so that when you see a type of card you can take an educated guess as to what it might be, and also that you know what to ask for :)
The basis for 99.9% of wedding stationery
This comes in virtually any colour you with to think of, and all sorts of different finishes (how it looks, what texture it has, that sort of thing)
Flat, even colour. Could have some form of texture in the card (see below), or could be smooth. Widest range of colours. Mostly the same colour throughout (you can see on the edge, especially if you cut or tear it), but occasionally can be white cored (colour on the outside, white in the middle), colour cored (one colour in the middle with a different colour ink added to the outside) or single sided (colour on the front, white on the back)
Sparkly but not glittery- similar in look to very fine body glitter or a pot of shimmery eyeshadow, but with a dense colour. Fairly smooth texture, but usually slightly rough to the touch- again, a bit like a solid glittery eyeshadow feels. Wide range of colours, but generally slightly more limited than matte. Can be double sided with a white core (you can see this when you look at the edge), double sided and the same colour throughout, or single sided (shimmer/pearl on one side, white on the back)
Literally has glitter all over. Quite rough to the touch, and the glitter often sheds and ends up everywhere (I wish I was exaggerating with this, but it really does! You have been warned) Great for 'wow' factor and really glamorous stationery. Limited range of colours, but most of the major colours available in at least one shade. Single sided, with white on the back
Very shiny metallic card with a super smooth texture created with a layer of coloured film composed of a foil and thin layer of plastic. Fairly limited range of colours, normally in deep, rich tones, but as with the glitter, most colours have at least one shade. Single sided, with white on the back
Satin Mirri Board
Looks like brushed steel, this is the sister card to the mirri mentioned above. Likewise, this card has a metallic effect, but is more matte in finish and has a smooth but not shiny texture. Mostly the same colours at the mirri card, so deep and rich tones and a fairly limited range available. Single sided, with white on the back
Very popular for vintage and rustic weddings, this is typically a lightish brown card, sometimes made from recycled material, and usually has a fairly smooth texture and often appears 'flecked' with visible fibres. Can be a fairly smooth texture, slightly rougher, or even be ribbed (see below for textures descriptions). Occasionally available in other earthy colours. Usually the same colour throughout
Card that has had a pattern printed onto it. Usually single sided, occasionally double sided. Could be printed onto matte or shimmery card or paper, and onto a variety of colours.
Note: Whilst any card type and colour may at any point become unavailable, this problem is particularly prevalent with patterned card, as the manufacturers update their ranges regularly. If you chose to have invitations with a patterned card or paper and know you will be ordering matching 'on the day' items, let your stationer know as you order the invites, so that can obtain enough of the printed material for the 'on the day' items too
Very, very smooth surface. Particularly used for high quality, white card and ideal for printing
Slight texture, but not rough. Most coloured card is like this
Has literally been hammered during the production process to create a texture similar to hand-beaten metal
Has a texture similar to rough linen. Other cloth textures of card are also be available but linen tends to be more irregular in pattern
Has a texture of coarse leather on one side
Has lines raised evenly across the surface of the card. Great for adding texture to a design
Similar to ribbed, but the lines are less even, and are irregular in width along the length of the line. Most common as a paper, but laid card is also available.
More a paper than a card, this is a translucent paper that can be printed or stamped on. Thicker variations can also be embossed (see below)
Most card can be pressed to give a raised section on one side, with the design 'debossed' on the other side. All sorts of different designs available