September 27th 2011 in Tips by .

Paper for Invitations: How to Choose the Best Paper for Your Invitations

Paper For Invitations As you may know, paper is important to make your invitations stand out. It is like the canvas where beautiful art is built upon and we don’t want to start with an inferior canvas, do we?

Bad analogy aside, I suggest to get the best quality paper you can find to print your invitations on. Here are some points you’ll want to consider when picking your paper for invitations that will wow your friends:

1. Thickness

Thicker is better, no pun intended. Remember, your invitations are going to be processed by the mail system and you definitely don’t want them to look the less for wear when they arrive on your recipients’ doorstep. Cardstock or Cover paper is what they call the thicker paper and this is the kind you’ll want to get for your DIY invitations. They are usually labeled by weight. Ordinary text or copy paper is 24 lb or 24# – that is the flimsy kind. The bigger the number, the thicker the paper. We would want invitation paper that is at least 65#. My preference is between 80# to 120# paper for invitations.

 2. Color

The most practical paper color to print invitations on is white. Cream, ivory, silver, gray also works great. The rule of thumb is to pick a light color so the print and designs would pop up. I would reserve bright colors for embellishments or if the design is to be printed in black ink. Remember, home printers CAN’T print white or light colors on black paper.

3. Size

Most home printers will take paper that is either 8.5″ x 11″, Legal or A4. With this standard in mind, the free invitation templates downloadable on Printable Invitation Kits are designed to print on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

4. Texture

Texture will make invitations look interesting and classy. There are several textures to choose from and it all boils down to your preference. Personally, I love metallic paper or those that have a bit of a shimmer and I usually just stick to matte paper – those without texture. Some stores carry papers that feel like skin – soft and buttery and those are one of my favorites.


  • If you’re not sure how your printer renders the print on your paper choice, just buy a small stack first and do a test print.
  • If you want a metallic/iridescent/shimmery paper, do a test print and rub the print lightly. On some shimmery paper, the ink doesn’t stick well on it and will smudge and fade when rubbed against.
  • Online stores carry more variety than the office supplies aisles on most stores.
  • Consider buying paper swatchbook for samples if you plan on buying from an online store. This way, you can inspect the paper first-hand before doing bulk orders.
  • Look out for coupons!
  • Test print, test print, test print!

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