How to choose paper for your DIY wedding invitations

How to choose paper for your DIY wedding invitations

Creating your own DIY printable wedding invitations can be quite a fun and rewarding process from selecting the best cardstock to seeing the final invitations that you created. 

If you are going the DIY route putting a little extra investment into paper can make a big difference. Everything from the color chosen to the thickness and texture will make a difference towards setting the tone for your entire event.

Here is a guide to selecting the best paper for your printable project!

Paper Color 

We recommend you first identify what color paper cardstock you want for your wedding day. As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless. This decision is key to creating invitations that give your invited guests a feel for you and your partner's personality and the theme of your wedding. Here are some of our favorites:

Kraft - we recommend for a rustic, country, boho or beach wedding theme. 

wedding invitation paper kraft

White - we recommended for clean, modern, or simple wedding theme. 

white invitation paper

Cream - we recommended for classic and timeless wedding theme. 

cream wedding invitation paper

Paper Weight

Choosing the paperweight depends whether you will be printing your wedding invitations using your home printer or working with your local printing shop. 

There are two important terms you will need to know when choosing the weight: cover and weight

You will probably see two paper weight types, cover and text. Cover weight is constructed to be thicker than text weight, so cover weight is ideal for invitations. 

Then you will have to choose the weight. You will see two types of cover weight lb. (pounds) or GSM (grams per square meter).

  • Light weight cardstock is 60 to 70 lbs. (around 160 cover GSM)
  • Medium weight cardstock is 70 to 80 lbs. (around 190 GSM)
  • Heavy weight cardstock is 90 lbs. or more (240 GSM or more)

If you are printing at home we recommend using 80 to 110 lb. cardstock. The higher the weight, the thicker the stock. If you are printing them at your a local printing shop you have more flexibility and can choose a thicker stock. 

Paper Size

By default all of our DOUBLE  templates are formatted to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5 “x 11”) and will require you to trim the page using a paper cutter.

If you are working with a local printing shop or online printer the paper size will not matter as much and you can use the SINGLE template provided. To learn more about DOUBLE and SINGLE templates, see our How to Guide. 

Paper Texture 

The texture you choose will depend on how you want your invitations to feel. These are some of our favorite paper textures and speciality paper 

Pearlized or Metallic - For some sparkle and shine 

If you are purchasing this specialty paper make sure that it will work with your printer.

Smooth - For a sleek and clean look 

Linen  - For a upscale and classic look 

You can also use this tutorial for selecting the paper for your bridal shower or save the date invitations, basically any wedding stationery you want to DIY!

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