A guide on choosing the right paper type and paper weight for your wedding place cards
11 July 2019
There are many options when deciding what paper type to choose for your place cards. Below are a few examples to get you started:
This type gives a crisp, white finish to the place cards. It’s also great because it doesn’t attract fingerprints so easily. If your place card design is one with heaps of pastel tones, uncoated smooth matte paper might be a choice to consider since this paper type is great for showing off those colours.
White felt matte paper White felt matte paper is similar to uncoated smooth matte paper in that they don’t have a glossy finish, however this type adds a bit more texture, to give a slightly rustic and organic feel.
If your design is one with lots of vibrant colours then glossy paper should definitely be on your list to consider. This paper type makes colours pop and illuminates the design. A glossy finish will add sharpness to your designs as well.
This paper resembles the texture of linen fabric, in that it has a slightly cross hatched surface. It gives a very classy and elegant feel.
If you’re looking for a rustic and almost rough feel, perhaps go for kraft cardstock.
Once you’ve decided on a paper type, you can start thinking about paper weights. Below are a few bits of information to get you started in the right direction:
Paper weights are commonly measured in GSM (grams per square meter). As the GSM increases, so does the heaviness of the paper. GSM numbers range from 55 GSM to 400 GSM.
To give you an idea of what certain GSM numbers mean, here are some reference points:
This range kind of feels like what a standard newspaper page would feel like
Think of inner magazine pages
Imagine a good quality promotional poster
This might resemble a common magazine cover
This is commonly what is used for business cards