History of Wedding Invitations and How it All Started

May 2, 2017 | By Classic Wedding Invitations

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How Wedding Invitations Started?

A bride and groom are pouring over thick wedding invitations catalog, wording guidelines, and etiquette rulebooks, wedding themes, but have you ever wondered when the tradition of wedding invitation started? Here at Classic Wedding Invitations, we wanted to share with you how wedding invitation came to be.

Prior to the invention of printing press, weddings are typically announced by a town crier: a man who would walk through the streets announcing in a loud voice the news of the day. Basically, anyone who hears the town crier is part of the celebration.

In the Middle Ages, illiteracy spread, so the practice of sending written wedding invitations emerged among the nobility. Elite families would commission monks, skilled in the art of Calligraphy, to hand-craft their notices. They often carried the Coat of arms, or personal crest, of the individual and were sealed with wax.

The invention of metal-plate engraving  brought higher-quality wedding invitation within the reach of the middle class. At the time, the wording of wedding invitation has the name of each guest individually printed on the invitation.

During the Industrial Revolution, the invention of lithography, which produced better inking without engraving, created a mass market for wedding invitations.  Invitations were typically delivered by hand or horseback due to the unreliable postal system, so a double envelope was used to protect the contents.

Since then, other printing methods – such as letterpress and laser engraving – have gained popularity.  However, as styles and tastes continue to evolve, we still see formal wedding invitation being sent with tissue paper and double envelopes, paying homage to earlier times and traditions.

The latest trend in wedding invitation is to order them online. Using the internet has made viewing, organising and ordering wedding invitation as easy as once click. There are hundreds of websites that offer wedding invitation and stationery and being online allows the customer to order from anywhere in the world.

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