PAPER TYPE FOR YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY

PAPER – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

There are two basic types of paper that you will encounter as we begin to build your suite: text and cover stock. And they both have an 80 lb weight.

So, you might be wondering – What is the difference?
It has more to do with how the paper mill produces and packages the paper then the actual weight..

Text :: 24 to 80 lb  |  Most commonly used at work/home, your basic copy/print ‘letterhead‘ paper.  Stationery Uses:  envelopes, envelope liners, program, card/bottle/candy wrappers, personal stationery.

Cover Stock :: 80 to 220 lb  |  Most commonly used for business cards, postcards paper.  Stationery Uses:  invite card, response card, program, gift/favor tags, signage…

WHAT SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR?

The GSM (grams per square meter)
This is a much better gage of the quality/thickness of a given sheet of paper. For example 80lb text might be 118 gsm while 80lb cover might be 216 gsm. Which is why you will find 500 text sheets vs. 250 cover sheets in a ream of paper.

The thicker/heavier the paper the less it bends, the more grander your suite will be. Both weights also come in a variety of finishes and textures (ex: matte, glossy, metallic, linen, felt… ). Which can also add to the overall look and feel of your stationery.

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