The advantages and disadvantages of printed and handmade wedding invitations are important things to consider when buying your wedding stationery.
Considering the look and feel that you want to achieve will help you decide. Along with your budget and any time constraints.
Printed Wedding Cards
One advantage of printed invitations is their uniformity, each card will be almost exactly the same. For some couples this is very important as they want all stationery to match perfectly, especially for table stationery such as menus and place cards as they will be on the same table together. However, wedding invites are only viewed by each guest and guests are unlikely to see the cards that the other guests received.
Another advantage of printed wedding cards is speed. Generally printed invites can be supplied much quicker than handmade cards. Printed wedding stationery can be printed within 5 to 15 working days on average.
Handmade Wedding Invitations
Handmade wedding invitations are all individual and no two cards are exactly the same. This can be used to your advantage if you are making the cards yourself. You could create personalised invites for each guest.
Most handmade cards have a 3D feel. What I mean by this is many printed designs are flat, with no ribbons, bows, etc. However, handmade wedding invitations take advantage of different textures and materials to create the design. Embellishments include items such as ribbon, lace, satin roses, paper flowers, 3D hearts, buttons and much more.
Hand crafted cards by their nature take longer to make, you should there for expect delivery to take a little longer. An average is around 3 to 6 weeks.
Handmade wedding invitations also tend to be a little cheaper if you are making them yourself. However, you do need to consider the amount of time it will take to assemble the cards. If you have a large wedding this can be time consuming. It might be a good idea to consult a wedding stationer as their experience means they can create the cards a lot quicker.