Invite delight

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A friend recently told me that she purchased the most inexpensive, generic wedding invitation she could find because "everyone just throws them out anyway." Little does she know, the invite she sent to me is perfectly intact and safely tucked away in the desk drawer where I keep every wedding invitation I've ever received. For me, they're keepsakes, whether or not the bride and groom find them meaningful. (I don't think you have to spend a lot to announce your wedding with flair, by the way. One of my favorites to date was printed from the bride's own computer.)

In my collection at home: an elegant letterpressed card slipped into a calligraphed envelope, a flat-printed, tri-fold design with a colorful floral graphic and a beautiful DIY invitation with a fern motif. I love looking at the lining of the envelope, the texture of the paper and the color of the type when a new one arrives in the mail. My fiance thinks I'm nuts when I ooh and ahh over stationery. What's your take? Do you give wedding invites a thorough examination or do they serve an informational purpose only? —Michaela Garibaldi, assistant managing editor, Modern Bride

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