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The Beginners Guide to Wedding Paper

It goes without saying…we LOVE wedding stationery! Choosing color palettes, exploring typography, stamping wax seals – we love it all. But if we’re being truly honest, the heart of a stationery suite (you guessed it) is the paper! We love looking at paper, feeling paper samples, ogling over colors and comparing different weight thicknesses. Paper is also the backbone of a beautiful stationery suite and immediately sets a precedence for your wedding style.



But before we get too far into the details, we have to say this: not all paper is created equal or meant to serve the same purpose. Different types of paper have different looks, uses, and applications, so picking the right paper for your stationery suite is of the utmost importance! Luckily, we’re here to guide you through that process and pick the perfect paper that completely embodies your wedding aesthetic. Today, we’re introducing 5 of the most common wedding papers you need to know about; so let’s dive in!


HANDMADE PAPER

Handmade paper has a beautiful hand torn edge, AKA, a deckled edge. It’s made by hand with old world techniques so each piece is unique and slightly different. Handmade paper has a rich and toothy texture so it provides a luxurious look and feel. This paper is great for soft, whimsical and romantic aesthetics.

COTTON PAPER

Cotton paper is pillowy, soft and often paired with letterpress printing. The deep thickness allows typography and illustrations to be elegantly impressed into the paper, creating a noticeable depth. Most cotton paper comes in a white or off-white color scheme. It’s great for high-end, classy and luxurious aesthetics.


CARDSTOCK WEIGHT PAPER

Cardstock is a classic paper option that is thicker and more durable than normal writing or printer paper, but less thick than cotton paper. It’s found in a large variety of colors, weights and textures and is regularly utilized for invitations because of its versatility and wide-availability. This paper can be used for any style or aesthetic.

VELLUM PAPER

Vellum is delicate paper that you can slightly see through. It comes in different colors, weights and finishes. It may also be referred to as “transparent” or “translucent” paper. It has a look similar to frosted glass, so it’s not crystal clear. It’s delicate, yet durable, and has a smooth, plastic-like finish. This paper is great for a light, airy and modern aesthetic.


LINEN PAPER

Linen paper looks and feels like fine linen fabric because of its subtle embossed texture and crosshatch pattern. It comes in a variety of weights and colors but is typically used in the color white. It pairs well with bold illustrations and typefaces that enhance the texture of the paper. It’s a great choice for classy, sophisticated and high-end aesthetics.

Which paper style is your favorite?! Comment below – it’s one of our favorite topics and we would love to keep the conversation going!

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