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Clockwise from top left: Invitation on cotton ivory paper with two-process printing (letterpress and foil stamp), gold leaf-painted beveled edges and metallic liner, $2,999 for a set of 100-125 (includes invitation, response card, reception card, accommodations card, liner and envelopes), by Be U Brides, 312.265.0513. Restoration invitation on 100 percent rag cotton paper with three-color letterpress printing, $2,600 for a set of 100 (includes invitation, reply card, envelopes, wrap and canvas ribbon), by Pulp & Ink, 312.475.1344. Custom-designed royalty-size invitation letterpressed in two colors on premium weight cotton paper with red edge painting and silk ribbon, $4,200 for a set of 100 (includes double envelopes, reception card and RSVP set), by Elizabeth Grace, 773.477.9830. Vintage Marquis wedding invitation, $176 for a set of 100 (envelopes sold separately), at Paper Source stores and

Maybe it’s the boom of citywide bars serving up Prohibition-style cocktails, or the fact that what’s coming down the runways has us in a retro state of mind. Whatever the reason, we like the effect all these throwback trends are having on wedding invitations. From fancy fonts that evoke silent movies and marquees to metallic liners reminiscent of Chicago’s old tin ceilings, these invites get the word out loud and clear that your big day is going to have one heck of a roaring reception. Southside and Sidecar cocktails, anyone?