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Belt

An invitation paraphernalia designed to be wrapped around an invitation set to ensure that it stays together or for decorative purposes

Bi-fold

A two-paneled invitation created when a sheet of paper is folded once. The most popular style of invites, it is often used to craft very formal invitations with monograms or crests.

Blind Emboss

Also known as dry emboss, is a raised impression made without using ink or foil. Thus, the three-dimensional image is the same color as the paper

Bright White

The purest shade of white

Brocade

A rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread

Calligraphy

The art of decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering

Card

In this context, generally refers to the enclosures other than the main invite

Color Embossing

a print process used to make colored texts or designs a raised or three-dimensional impression.

Damask

A reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns

Debut

a Filipino tradition that celebrates the transition of a young lady into a woman. In Latin America, the equivalent of this is the Quinceañera, which happens on the day the girl turns 15.

Despedida de Soltera

a Filipino custom similar to a bachelorette party, except that it involves the family of the bride. In this event, Filipino values are outpoured such as hospitality and family ties.

Die-cutting

The use of sharp metal dies to cut specific shapes and designs into paper. Die-cutting includes cut-out shapes and sculpted edges

Digital Printing

Methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large format and/or high volume laser or inkjet printers

Double Envelopes

The use of an inner envelope and an outer envelope for added protection or design to a wedding invitation

Ecru

warm, creamy beige color of the type of paper often used for classic invitations.

Embossed Monogram

A monogram rendered in three-dimension, usually placed on the envelope flap of the invitation or as a heading in the main invitation

Embossing

The process of creating a raised or three-dimensional image or design with or without color in paper and other materials.

Engraved

(a design, texts, etc.) inscribed onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other processes. 

Entourage Card

A card in a wedding invitation set, which details the names of the entourage, and their parts in the wedding ceremony

Envelope Lining

A sheet placed inside the envelope covering the inside of the flap up to the bottom of the inside of the envelope, envelope lining is an additional option or space for you to convey the theme of the invitation, via color or graphic design.

Envelope Printing

printing the invitation recipient’s name on the envelope of the invitation set.  

Escort Cards

Cards placed at the entrance of the event venue that contain the names of guests and their table number assignment.

Fabric Folder

A hardbound fabric-covered folding cover or holder where the main invitation is usually mounted inside. Some may have pockets where the other loose cards of the invitation set could be inserted.

Favor and Gift Tags

personalized tags attached to favors or gifts given by couples to their guests.

Foil Stamping

Hot-stamping colored foil onto paper or accessory items for decoration

French Fold

A four-paneled invitation created after folding a sheet of paper twice. This fold is most common with parchment invitations.

Gift Tags/Souvenir Tag

Personalized enclosures to be sent with gifts.

Gsm

“grams per square meter”, the thickness of a sheet of paper indicated by its weight.

Laser Cut

the use of laser to precisely cut complex patterns in metal, plastic, wood, cardboard, paper, and practically any other material that man works with.

Layers

paper tied or glued together often used to create more texture and design to a regular or classic invite.

Letterpress Printing

a traditional printing method (the oldest method dating back as the first Gutenberg press) in which a surface with raised letters is inked and pressed to the surface of the paper, giving greater visual and tactile definition to the texts and design.

Luxe Invitation

An invitation which has fabric as its main element; it is usually adorned with crystals, brooch, beads and ribbons.

Main Invite

The part of the invitation set that contains the “WH”’s of the event.

Map Card

Usually a card in the invitation set which contains a map of the venue where the wedding and/or reception will be held, and instructions or an illustration on how to get there.

Missalette

a liturgical booklet containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass as well as the whole wedding ceremony up to the pictorial.

 

Monogram

A motif of two or more letters, typically a person’s initials, usually interwoven or otherwise combined in a decorative design, used as a logo or to identify a personal possession.

Offset Printing

also called flat printing; a printing technique whereby ink is spread on a metal plate with etched images, then transferred (or offset) to a rubber blanket before finally applying to paper by pressing the paper against the intermediary surface.

Parchment Paper

Translucent paper used as a layer of covering. It gives invitations a look of antiquity and importance.

Pearlize

The process that applies a luminous pearl-like finish to any part of an invitation

Place Cards

Cards containing the names of guests, usually placed at the respective guests’ place setting at the reception.

Pocketfold

An invitation design characterized by folded card where the main invite is mounted, with a pocket in one or more sides containing loose cards such as entourage card, map, RSVP card, accommodation card, etc.

Quinceñaera

– originated from the Latin Americas, the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday marking the transition from childhood to womanhood.

RSVP Card

A card in the invitation set that contains RSVP (répondez s’il vous plait, or request for response) details of the event, like the number of seats reserved for the recipient of the invitation and the contact details of the person to whom the response should be made.

Save The Date Card

a card usually given out a few months before the wedding day for your invited guests to block off their schedules.

Sealer

An invitation paraphernalia that seals the envelope containing the invitation. It is sometimes placed on a belt.

Short Fold

A paper with a short front panel and longer back panel created after folding it once, not exactly in half.

Stamping

– a print execution wherein metallic sheets are transferred to a specific design on paper.

Table Numbers

Indicate the number of the table for the guest to easily find their seat assignment and for easy tracking of some parts of the occasion’s program.

Thank You Card

– traditionally, a card allowing you to thank the guests who attended your special event. For weddings, thank you cards are sent to express gratitude for the gifts you received from them. It is usually printed with “Thank You”, a monogram or the names of the couple. 

Thermography

A printing technique in which a wet ink image is fused by heat or infrared radiation with a resinous powder to produce a raised impression, similar to the result in the embossing process (in thermography, the quality of the text is more uneven). In the Philippines, thermography is often referred to as embossing

Tri-fold

A three-paneled invitation created when a sheet of paper is folded twice.

Z-fold

A tri-fold created when a sheet of paper is folded twice in an accordion approach. It is shaped like a ‘Z’ from top-view.