Today’s post is a guest post by Danielle at Six Modern Paper Goods with a topic near and dear to my heart — how to pick the right paper when printing your own invitations!

Printable wedding invitations have become a great option for couples that are looking to keep a trim wedding budget. Companies like A Printable Press, e.m. papers, and my own company, Six Modern Paper Goods offer boatloads of fun and modern stationery options that you would never see in a standard invitation binder. Now its easy for any couple to select and customize a design that suits their personalities and their event. Depending on how much work you want to take on, you can print them at home, at an online printshop like VistaPrint, or in a local print shop. Print-your-own invites can be especially economical for large invite lists, since you generally pay once for the design and then you can print as many pieces as you like.

If you are going the DIY invitation route, it probably means you are on a budget of some sort, but putting a little extra investment into paper can make a big difference. If you don’t work with paper often, it can be difficult to decide on the best stock for your chosen invitation design. This is a guide to selecting the best paper for your printable project!

A few general guidelines:

  • Use at least 80lb stock. 110lb is better. Once you get over 160lb, you may have trouble feeding it through your printer. You can see a chart comparing different paper weights here.
  • Keep in mind that if you have too many pages of thick stock, you may end up paying more for postage. You can get the cards weighed at the post office.
  • Be aware of your whiteness level — do you want it to be warm and ecru-ey, or crisp and cool?
  • Make sure you can get envelopes in the size and colour you like before you print.

A Paper Comparison:
The following is an unscientific comparison of several papers that I use in my shop. Prices below don’t include shipping or taxes, which if like me, you are in Canada and are ordering from the US, can be a big factor.

(In Photo – 110lb. Crane Lettra in Fluorescent White)

This 100% cotton stock has a lovely heft and feel in the hands. It is durable and takes ink well. Most bank notes (aka dolla billz) are actually made out of 100% cotton paper, so as you can see it adds a certain touch! Crane Lettra is designed for letterpress, but if your printer can accommodate it’s thickness it takes inkjet ink well. This paper will make any invitation design look great, but large coloured areas may not print evenly.

Price per sheet

  • Around 60 cents


  • Questionable environmental record on cotton.
  • Absorbent surface can suck up more printer ink.
  • Doesn’t accept laser printing well.
  • May have difficulty printing large flat areas of colour.


  • Feels lovely in the hands.
  • Strong and durable.
  • Tree free!.

(In Photo – .022″ thick Kraft Chipboard from

With a warm neutral colour and enough texture to keep it visually interesting, this Kraft stock is a great choice for a natural or rustic wedding.

Price per sheet

  • Around 15 cents.


  • This particular stock is very thick and may not feed through all printers, but more average stock weights (110lb) are also available.
  • Darker paper colour requires darker inks for proper contrast, restricts design choices.


  • Up to 100% recycled!
  • Great texture and presence.

(In Photo – 110 lb. Cover Stock from Staples)

This smooth white paper is an inexpensive and practical choice. It takes large areas of colour well, and is neutral enough to go with any invitation design.

Price per sheet

  • Around 6 cents.


  • Pure white paper has no recycled content.


  • A lower cost alternative.
  • Versatile smooth surface.
  • Economical use of ink.

So there is no short answer — the best paper for you will depend on your project. If you are going to have large areas of colour, you’ll want a smoother paper like the standard cover stock. If you want to make the invitations feel a little more special, perhaps splurge on cotton stock, and be sure to choose a design with less ink coverage. A coloured or kraft paper can make a big impression, but you have to be sure to co-ordinate your design with the paper colour, and be sure to test it out on your printer first!

If you have more questions about choosing paper, or printing your own wedding invitations, feel free to shoot me a note at [email protected]!

Thank you Danielle! Go check out Six Modern Paper Good’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or go directly to their website.

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  • Robert Johnson

    These invitations could be used in absolutely any season! Great job

    • weddinglovely

      Thanks so much!

  • invitesweddings

    Sending out printable wedding invitations to guests is a good idea. Very personal.

    • weddinglovely

      Agreed. :)

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  • Mia Ken

    These are great invitations. I am going to see if there is a place that does printing in Sunnyvale ca like this.

  • Printing Wholesale

    Thanks for sharing this as I am always confused with the type of paper to choose for printing purposes.

    • weddinglovely

      You’re welcome!

  • MagpieAndWren

    Love this blog post! This is great info I’ll share with all my customers about printing their graphic invitations. Thanks!

    • weddinglovely

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Laura

    Great post! I find that the texture of the paper is very important in choosing the right one.

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  • Rebecca Kearns

    Love this post and is so helpful right now as I decide whether to invest in special order heavier paper or rely on Staples cardstock. I think I’ll e-mail Danielle because I am wondering how easy (or difficult) it will be to find matching envelopes?nnnXOXO,

    • weddinglovely

      Good idea, I’m sure she can help!

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  • Alison

    Great post! What font did you use for your logo? I absolutely love it!

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  • Verlon Blair

    what kind of paper you use for wedding programs if you want to make them your self?

    • weddinglovely

      I would head to a local paper or craft store like Michaels or even an office store like Office Depot and ask someone there u2014 they can show you their selection of thick/professional paper that you could use!

  • Iliana Sanchez

    I am looking for a paper for my sisters Quinceanera. I am not sure which to go with since I will be rolling the invitations around a rose. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Miss Sanchez

    What time of paper would be best for making scroll invitations with printing a photo on it as well? Thanks

    • weddinglovely

      I’d take this question to a local shop with paper and get their recommendation from their in-stock paper! Scroll invitations would be hard with thick paper, which is best for printing a photo, so maybe they’d have recommendations for thinner paper that would be good for a photo. Best of luck!

  • Resa T.

    Where could I go to have my invitations printed if I have my own paper ? n

    • weddinglovely

      What about a local print shop? Try for recommendations in your area!

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