Etiquette Glossary of Terms | eInvite.com

Bavarian Flap Envelopes             

A eInvite brand exclusive, these beautiful envelopes are custom-made for eInvite's slender, vertical invitations. They feature a squared flap on the narrow end of the tall envelope and are available only as Single Envelopes.

 

Double Envelopes          

The traditional set of two envelopes used with formal invitations and announcements. The Outer Envelope is addressed to the guest and has the senders return address printed on the back. The inner envelope, with the invitation and accessories, is placed inside the outer envelope so that it arrives in pristine condition. The inner envelope carries only the guests' names. Since the Inner Envelope is thought of as the primary envelope because it holds the invitation directly, this is the one that will be lined if you choose a liner. The Inner Envelope is not gummed, therefore is not sealed shut.

 

Envelope Liners

Decorative papers used to line the inside of an Envelope or a Inner Envelope if your invitation is designed using Double Envelopes. Some brands honor the age-old craft of lining envelopes by hand and line the full length of the envelope.

 

French Flap Envelopes

Custom-made for the eInvite brand's slender, vertical invitations, these uniquely beautiful envelopes feature a stunning, long, pointed flap on the narrow end of the tall envelope. French Flap Envelopes are available only as Single Envelopes.

 

Inner Envelopes              

The traditional set of two envelopes used with formal invitations and announcements. The Outer Envelope is addressed to the guest and has the senders return address printed on the back. The inner envelope, with the invitation and accessories, is placed inside the outer envelope so that it arrives in pristine condition. The inner envelope carries only the guests' names. Since the Inner Envelope is thought of as the primary envelope because it holds the invitation directly, this is the one that will be lined if you choose a liner. The Inner Envelope is not gummed, therefore is not sealed shut.

 

Single Envelopes

A single envelope with a gummed flap into which the invitation is slipped directly and then sealed shut. Single Envelopes may be printed on the back flap for social correspondence and lined for added elegance.

 

Square Envelopes

An envelope sized to fit a square invitation. Square Envelopes are available only as Single Envelopes and require extra postage when mailed.

 

Wallet Flap Envelopes

A standard rectangular envelope, with the opening along the long side, and a square flap. Wallet Flap Envelopes for invitations are often available as either Double Envelope sets or Single Envelopes.

 

Applique

A decoration or ornament applied to an invitation or stationery. This could be a feather, a crystal or even a bell.

 

Blind Embossing

Embossing or Blind Embossing is similar to engraving in that the image is raised up from the paper. A metal plate, made from your design is then pressed into the paper from behind to create a raised or embossed image. This can be done in combination with ink or with no ink that is called Blind Embossing

 

Calligraphy

Literally this simply means "beautiful writing" but today is used to mean wording created by hand, not by machine. Many of our elegant invitations utilize calligraphy as part of the design.

 

Embossing

Embossing or Blind Embossing is similar to engraving in that the image is raised up from the paper. A metal plate, made from your design is then pressed into the paper from behind to create a raised or embossed image. This can be done in combination with ink or with no ink that is called Blind Embossing

 

Engraving

Engraving is a beautiful form of printing that often produces an emotional response. Engraving uses a metal plate which has been etched with your text and design.  Ink is rubbed into the etched area and the surface is wiped clean.  Paper is then placed on top and a heavy pressure is applied, forcing the paper into the ink areas creating a raised effect. 

 

Flat Printing

Flat Printing, also called lithography or offset printing, allows for greater customization than traditional printing methods. In offset printing, the ink appears to lay flat atop the paper. Using a black & white image, a plate (metal or paper) is created, the plate is then treated so that the ink adheres to the image and not the void. After that the plate is put on the press, and the image is transferred onto paper.

 

Foil Stamping   

Foil Stamping is colored foil heat-stamped into the paper. Foils are generally metallic in either matte or high gloss finish.

 

Letterpress

Letterpress, developed in the 14th century, is the oldest form of custom printing in existence. Letterpress is created by setting type and images in a raised letterpress plate. The plate is then inked and pressed into the paper creating an impression that is both tactile and elegant.    

 

Printing Technique

Unlike a lot of other online invitation companies who only offer one or two printing options, we offer a wide variety. Choosing a different printing technique can vastly change the look and feel of your final product, and allows for even more customization so you can achieve your ideal vision.

 

Thermography

Thermography is a contemporary form of raised printing that creates a visual and tactile impression. A clear powder is dusted onto the flat ink of lithography just after it is printed, then heated with the result being a rich raised effect. A wide array of papers are available in various textures, finishes and sheens. The combination of papers and raised ink makes thermography stand out.

 

Accommodations Cards               

Out-of-town guests will appreciate the convenience of a card that lists recommended hotels in the area, along with the websites and phone numbers.

 

Ceremony Programs

Unless your ceremony will be very short and/or simple, guests will appreciate an outline of the proceedings. You can also use your program to introduce the members of the wedding party.

 

Direction Cards

Preprinted enclosure cards providing directions to the ceremony and the reception site can be exceptionally helpful for your guests, especially those coming from out of town.

 

Informals or Thank You Notes

This is the personalized stationery on which to write thank-you notes. Most couples prefer to include both their names on their stationery. Remember sending out a Thank You Note as soon as possible 3-6 days after the gift is received is best, but it is never too late to send your gratitude.

 

Map Cards         

Maps often enhance directions. Some establishments provide maps.

 

Menu Cards

At the reception, a menu card describing the dishes you have selected will tell your guests what to expect.

 

Place Cards

If you are planning assigned seating at each table, these will inform your guests of their assigned seats.

 

Reception Cards

Traditionally, reception cards are included when the reception site is in a place other than the ceremony site. If reception cards are not used, put the reception information in the lower left corner of the invitation.

 

Response Cards               

Response cards and envelopes ensure a thorough response from your guest list, as they provide a convenient fill-in-the-blank format together with a self-addressed envelope, which the host pre-stamps. Please note the wording "will____attend" is correct, rather than "will attend_____." The line is intended for the guests either to write in the word "not" or to leave blank to indicate their presence.

 

Save the Date Cards

These preprinted notes are sent six months to a year before the wedding date and are invaluable if you plan to invite long-distance guests or if your wedding is planned for a popular vacation place or time.

 

Table Cards

If you are planning assigned tables at your reception, these cards, which guests pick up as they enter the reception, will tell them where to go.

 

Wedding Announcements

These notes formally announce the wedding to family, friends, and business associates who have not been invited. They are mailed the day after the wedding (never before).

 

Within-the-Ribbon Cards

If yours will be a particularly large wedding, you may want to designate special seating for close relatives and select guests. Those receiving this card will present it to an usher, who will escort them to a special section, usually close to where the ceremony will take place.

 

Beveled              

Used to indicate an edge that is slanted (not at a right angle).

 

Duogram

A decoration using the initials of a couples name. If you are combining the bride's name with the groom's, it would be formatted with the middle letter larger. In this case, the sequence of initials is the bride's first name on the left, mutual surname in the middle, and the groom's first name on the right.

 

Faux     

A fashionable French term to indicate something made to look like it is something else. Literally this means "false."

 

Folded 

Used to indicate paper that is folded either at the top or along the side. On a traditional, side-fold invitation, the wording is printed on the outside cover with the inside right and left panels entirely blank. If decoration is on the cover, the wording is printed on the inside right panel of a side-fold paper and the bottom panel of a top-fold.

 

Font

The font refers to the style of lettering, also called "typestyle", or "lettering style."

 

Layers

Generally used to indicate layers of paper tied or glued together. If the top layer is translucent parchment and the lower layer is decorative, you see a muted version of the lower layer through the parchment.

 

Line Spacing

Also called "leading", this refers to the space between the text lines. During the customization process, you can increase or decrease the space between the lines by clicking on the line spacing link on the customization pages.

 

Monograms      

A decoration using the initials of a name. When the middle letter of a person's monogram is larger than the side two, the sequence of initials is first name on the left, surname in the middle, then middle name on the right. When all letters are the same size, the sequence of initials from left to right is first name, middle name, then surname. If you are combining the bride's name with the groom's this is actually a Duogram and is formatted with the surname largest in the center, the bride's first initial on the left and the the groom's first initial on the right.

 

Panel

A raised section of the paper created by pressing in the middle section where the words will be printed down leaving the raised area looking like a frame or matt. Alternately, the term is used to indicate pages facing each other such as on a tri-fold invitation which, when opened fully, has a left panel, middle panel, and right panel.

 

Vellum

A translucent paper made to look like the original parchment. This lovely paper adds a softening effect to any invitation and can be used either singly or as a layer. Sometimes referred to as "vellum."

 

Parchment         

A translucent paper made to look like the original parchment. This lovely paper adds a softening effect to any invitation and can be used either singly or as a layer. Sometimes referred to as "parchment."

 

Trompe l'Oeil

A French term meaning 'trick/deceive the eye' used to describe a visual effect that looks like something it is not.