Color Trends

You can set the tone and style for your wedding by the colors you chose. Of course, you want the invitation you create to fit right in. Paper and More! can help you make the right decision.

Start by picking the colors you love! After all, it is your special day! We can help you chose that perfect combination. Remember be unique! Be what you feel!

Here are some color trends and some Paper and More! paper selections for the upcoming 2011 Bridal season:


Trend: Warm – Oranges, Mocha, Gold

Bronze Brown Orange Flame Gold Champagne Cappuccino Brown

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Champagne, Bronze Brown, Gold, Gold Leaf, Cappuccino Brown, Peach

Solid: Chocolate Brown, Sunset Orange, Gold, Orange, Salmon, Sunflower, Lemon Yellow

Linen: Natural Cream, Dandelion Yellow, Metallic Gold, Metallic Cream

Vellum: Metallic Light Gold, Yellow Gold, Orange, Papaya Orange, Tangerine


Trend: Luxurious – Purple, Cranberry, Wine

Lavender Kunzite Burgundy Orchid

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Ruby Purple, Purple Punch, Lavender, Kunzite

Solid: Purple Grape, Dark Purple, Burgundy, Pink, Orchid

Linen: Red Wine


Trend: Classic/Holiday – Black, White, Red

Jupiter Red Onyx Black Crimson Red Pearl White Cherry Red

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Crimson Red, Jupiter Red, Onyx Black, Pearl White,

Solid: Bright Red, Black, Bright White, Cherry Red

Linen: Epic Black, Red Pepper, Bright White, Metallic White Linen


Trend: Sparkle – Gold & Champagne

Gold Champagne Gold Linen Antique Gold http://www.paperandmore.com/images/products/paper/patterns/mod_gold_1_150p.gif

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Champagne, Gold, Gold Leaf

Solid: Gold

Linen: Metallic Gold Linen

Vellum: Yellow Gold, Metallic Light Gold

Patterned: Mod Gold Patterned


Trend: Tropical – Orange, Pink, Yellow, Lime, Aqua

Orange Flame Pink Azalea Lemon Lime<br />Laid Cardstock

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Orange Flame, Rose Pink, Pink Azalea,

Solid: Orange, Sunset Orange, Cotton Candy Pink, Pink, Razzle Pink, Salmon, Sunflower, Yellow, Lemon Yellow

Linen: Dandelion Yellow,

Laid: Lemon Lime

Vellum: Papaya Orange, Orange, Tangerine, Blush Pink, Violet Pink


Trend: Classic – White, Cream

Natural Cream Pearl White Champagne White Linen Cream Linen

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Pearl White, Champagne

Solid: Bright White, Sand

Linen: Bright White, Natural Cream, Metallic White, Metallic Cream

Vellum: White, Cream


Trend: Crisp – Green & Cream/Your favorite color & Cream or White

Botanic Green Metallic Cream Chocolate Brown Natural Cream

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Botanic Green, Emerald Green, Green Fairway, Champagne,

Solid: Green, Golden Green, Meadow Green, Sand

Linen: Ponderosa Pine, Natural Cream, Metallic Cream

Vellum: Cream, Leaf Green, Pastel Green


Trend: Chic – Gray & Yellow

 

Gray Dandelion Yellow Steel Gray Lemon Yellow

PAPER AND MORE! Colors:

Metallic: Silver, Steel Gray

Solid: Gray, Yellow, Lemon Yellow

Linen: Charcoal Linen, Light Gray, Dandelion Yellow,

Vellum: Yellow Gold, Platinum, Shadow Gray


For our eco-friendly customers, we also have a line of Recycled Paper products.

Timber Green<br />Cardstock Electric Red<br />Cardstock Brick Red<br />Cardstock


Other recent popular color combinations include Aqua & Brown, Pink & Brown, Dark Blue & Light Blue, Fuchsia & Green, and Brown & Cream.

Bronze Brown Rose Pink Aqua Chocolate Brown Dark Blue Sky Chocolate Brown Natural Cream Pink Azalea Green Fairway

Whatever colors you chose, remember Paper and More! is always here to help!

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Napkin Rings – Martha Stewart

Napkin Rings - Martha StewartOur vellums were featured in the print magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Edition 2010. Here are instructions on making the Draped Garland.

What You’ll Need:

Pastel Blue Vellum

Steel Blue Vellum

Turquoise Vellum

How to Make the Napkin Rings:
  1. Cut vellum into a 3/4-by-5-inch strip
  2. Cut 1-inch slit lengthwise in one end using a craft knife and metal ruler.
  3. Calligraph name on other end.
  4. Slip calligraphed end through slit to make a ring, and slide over napkin.

Link to article at Marthastewartweddings.com: Pop-Up Wedding Decorations How-To

 

 

Votive Centerpiece – Martha Stewart

Votive Centerpieces - Martha StewartOur vellums were featured in the print magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Edition 2010. Here are instructions on making the Draped Garland.

What You’ll Need:

Pastel Blue Vellum

Steel Blue Vellum

Turquoise Vellum
How to Make the Votive Centerpiece:

  1. Cut vellum into rectangles of various heights. Each should wrap around votive holder and overlap by 1 inch.
  2. Wrap vellum around votives. Secure overlap with double-stick tape, then slip vellum sleeves off the votives.
  3. Set candles on table, light, slide on vellum sleeves, and arrange.
Link to article at Marthastewartweddings.com: Pop-Up Wedding Decorations How-To

 

 

Draped Garland – Martha Stewart

Draped Garland - Martha StewartOur vellums were featured in the print magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Edition 2010. Here are instructions on making the Draped Garland.

What You’ll Need:

Pastel Blue Vellum

Steel Blue Vellum

Turquoise Vellum

White 29# Vellum

How to Make the Draped Garland:

  1. Cut vellum into 3/4-by-5-inch strips in a variety of colors.
  2. Run strips through a sewing machine, one after the other, until the banner reaches your desired length.
  3. Secure ends to a wall or ceiling with thumbtacks.


Link to article at Marthastewartweddings.com: Pop-Up Wedding Decorations How-To

 

Hanging Lantern – Martha Stewart

Hanging Lantern - Martha StewartOur vellums were featured in the print magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Edition 2010. Here are instructions on making the Hanging Lantern.

What You’ll Need:

Turquoise Vellum
American Crafts mini brads

How to Make the Hanging Lantern:

  1. Cut vellum into 10 strips. For small lanterns, use 8 1/2-by-1-inch pieces; for large ones, use 11-by-1-inch pieces.
  2. Stack strips, perforate each end with a hole punch, and secure with brads.
  3. Fan strips out to create 3-D shape.
  4. Wrap monofilament (or heavy clear thread) around one brad, and secure to ceiling with a thumbtack.


Link to article at Marthastewartweddings.com: Pop-Up Wedding Decorations How-To

Vellum Luminarias – Martha Stewart Weddings

From Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine Spring 2009

Vellum Luminarias - Photo by Ynhee Kim, Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2009

Photo by Yunhee Kim

Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2009

Our White 29# Vellum Paper was featured in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine as part of a featurette on Lace. The vellum paper was used to make a beautiful luminaria with a lace pattern as described below.


Article Text:

“When printed on translucent vellum in soothing colors, lace appears even dreamier and more ethereal than it already is. To make square luminarias beautiful enough to be centerpieces, we simply magnified the lace pattern. Placed in a row, with no extra flourishes, the presentation positively glows with sophistication.

It doesn’t get any easier than this: Just print, cut, and wrap to make the projects here. To make square luminarias beautiful enough to be centerpieces, we simply magnified the lace pattern. Placed in a row, with no extra flourishes, the presentation positively glows with sophistication.”

Link to Article


Items:

Paper: White 29# Vellum Paper

Clipart: Tall Luminaria Clip Art | Short Luminaria Clip Art

Theme Accessories

Don’t forget all the items you’ll need after the invitations! Once the invitations and response cards have been mailed out, the accessories for the wedding itself remain. Many of our customers choose to keep a consistent theme and use the same papers and colors for the invitations during the wedding and reception as well.

Here’s just a few items that can be created to keep a consistent theme:

  • Wedding Programs
  • Reception Table Cards
  • Reception Menus
  • Wedding Favors
  • Thank You Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guestbook

We’d love to hear about any ideas out there. Please be sure to drop us a note.

Common Cutting Sizes

The following tables shows some popular cutting sizes in order to obtain the proper sizes of cardstock and vellum for their appropriate envelopes.

Bases are traditionally cardstock weight papers. Overlays can be vellum, text weight paper, or a different colored cardstock. The overlay can either be the same size as the cardstock or it can be smaller. If choosing a smaller size, we recommend a gap of ¼” on each side between the overlay and base.

Panel sized cards are single cards with no fold. Folder sized cards can be folded along the middle. Please note that our papers are not pre scored for folding.

A7 Envelope (5 1/4” x 7 1/4”)
Panel Base 5” x 7” Overlay (Smaller) 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”
Folder 10” x 7” Overlay (Smaller) 4 1/2” x 6 1/2”
A6 Envelope (4 3/4” x 6 1/2”)
Panel Base 4 1/2” X 6 1/4” Overlay (Smaller) 4” X 5 3/4”
Folder 9” X 6 1/4”
A2 Envelope (4 3/8” x 5 3/4”)
Panel Card 4 1/4” X 5 1/2” Folder 8 1/2” X 5 1/2”
A1 Envelope (3 5/8 ” x 5 1/8 “, 4 Bar)
Folder 7” x 4 7/8”
A9 Envelope (5 3/4” x 8 3/4 “)
Panel Base 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Overlay (Smaller) 5” x 8”
Folder 11” x 8 1/2”

Understanding Paper Weights

It can be very difficult and confusing to understand the terminology behind paper weights. We have put together this guide to help understand and clear up the measurements. There are two basic systems in use; the U.S. system which denotes the weight in pounds (#) or the Metric system which indicates the weight in grams / meter square (g/m2). The U.S. system is more difficult to understand because the same number in #’s can be used for thicker card stock or thinner text papers. Whereas the metric system is standard across all weights of papers. For example, a card stock may be a 80# Cover or 80# Text. But in the Metric system, the same papers would simply be 216 g/m2 and 104 g/m2, respectively (the first being twice as thick as the second) Therefore, we have provided the following chart to help see how the #’s translate to g/m2. We have also tried to provide reference points with things you can find in your house. For example, regular copy paper and a standard 3 x 5 Index Card. Arranged from Lightest to Heaviest Papers

Paper Pound (#’s) Metric (g/m2)
LIGHTEST Vellum Paper 17# 17# 64 g/m2
Reference: Copy Paper 20# 75 g/m2
Solid Text 60# 60# 90 g/m2
Parchment Text 60# 60# 90 g/m2
Vellum Paper 27# 27# 101 g/m2
Vellum Paper 29# 29# 109 g/m2
Vellum Paper 30# 30# 113 g/m2
Solid Text Paper 70# 70# 104 g/m2
Recycled Text Paper 70# 70# 104 g/m2
Linen Text Paper 70# 70# 104 g/m2
Embossed Metallic Text Paper 70# 70# 104 g/m2
Pearlescent Metallic Text Paper 80# / 81# 80# / 81# 118 g/m2
Vellum Card Stock 36# 36# 135 g/m2
Solid Card Stock 65# (Opaque) 65# 175 g/m2
Parchment Card Stock 65# 65# 175 g/m2
Vellum Card Stock 48# 48# 180 g/m2
Reference: 3″ x 5″ Index Card 110# Index 200 g/m2
Solid Card Stock 74# (110# Index) 74# (110# Index) 200 g/m2
Solid Card Stock 80# (Opaque) 80# 216 g/m2
Linen Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
Laid Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
Recycled Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
Embossed Metallic Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
Patterned Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
Canvas Card Stock 80# 80# 216 g/m2
HEAVIEST Pearlescent Metallic Card Stock 92# / 105# / 107# 92# / 105# / 107# 249 / 284 / 289 g/m2

Putting Everything Together

Now comes the final task. Once you’ve printed out the invitations and sized them accordingly, only a few steps remain.

Inserts

With the invitation, you will want to include various inserts depending on the type of ceremony you are having. Some of these can include the following:

  • Reception Cards, Time and address for the Reception
  • Maps & Directions, Visual guides for guests to ease the way for guests
  • Quotes or Poems, A memorable note from the bride and groom to their guests

Binding

If you’re affixing a vellum overlay on top of the card stock or have several loose papers that need to be binded together, there are different ways of attaching the vellum. Here are a few of the methods that can be used.

Glue Vellum can be attached to card stock using the appropriate glue. View our article on Gluing Vellum for more tips.
Hole Punch You can punch holes in your paper and run ribbon through the holes in the card stock and vellum to tie the items together
Eyelets Just like hole punches, eyelets can also serve as a very elegant method in keeping the papers together with ribbon. You’ll need a special eyelet kit in order to do this.

Addressing

Once you have your invitations put together, now the envelopes need to be addressed with the recipients information. Many people choose to handwrite the addresses or print labels off their computer to save time.

If handwriting the labels, be sure to use a pen that will write well on the envelopes. Ballpoint pens work fine on all our envelopes except for the vellum envelopes. For those, we recommend Gel Pens. In fact Gel Pens, look great on any type of envelope and there are many colors available to match your invitations.

To save time, many customers use printed labels. If you are using a colored envelope, clear labels work great and look very nice. If you are not using a clear label, be sure to use a label that matches the color of the envelope you are using to mail the invitation.