How to Choose Your Engraved Stationery
Engraved stationery seems like a luxury, but in fact, the cost per card is generally much less than you’d expect. Engraved stationery will last a lifetime and it is an investment in yourself. It encourages correspondence, tells people with whom you write to that you are a serious individual (especially crucial when applying for jobs/schools/clubs), and it’s an elegant nod to a more refined past… at least, communication-wise.
With so much meaning imbued in a single piece of paper, how do you choose?
Cards or letters? Do you find yourself writing brief notes or longer letters? If the former, try a simple correspondence card. If the latter, letterhead is a good investment.
Should I engrave the envelope? If you’re in your “forever” home, or your “for a while” home, I would recommend adding engraved envelopes. If you aren’t sure where you will be in a few years, it may not be the best investment for you.
What color ink should I choose? Do you have a favorite color, or a color that is specifically meaningful to you? If so, I would recommend choosing that. I love blue, and I always choose a deep navy–timeless, elegant, and always appropriate.
What color paper should I choose? I far prefer ecru to bright white; I find bright white too jarring, and ecru softer.
Should I engrave my name or my initials? It depends on how you use your cards. If they are for primarily informal notes, your initials are fine. If for more professional correspondence, I would recommend your full name.
What font should I choose? Something easy to read, simple, and that fits you both now and in the future.
Do I choose an edge treatment? I always feel that a card looks incomplete without an edge treatment. Choose a color that coordinates (but doesn’t necessarily match) the ink you choose for your name.
Where do I buy my stationery? There are so many wonderful places to find engraved stationery. Dempsey & Carroll, Mrs. John Strong, and The Printery are my three favorites. The Printery offers beautiful custom designs, as does Mrs. John Strong. Dempsey & Carroll does as well, and offers a very reasonably-priced option for your first engraved stationery.
Do you have engraved stationery, and if so–tell me how you chose yours!