Wedding invitations are a beautiful and exciting way to set the tone of your wedding while providing important details regarding the day of. Traditionally, wedding invitations were created without a great deal of customization. However, in recent years, there are endless possibilities when it comes to designing and customizing your wedding invitations. Some people have even begun to create a DIY wedding invitation to add their own personal style. To give you inspiration, we have put together a list of 25 unique wedding invitation card ideas. Read on to discover a variety of wedding invitation ideas you can use.
Key information to include in wedding invitations
The names of the bride and groom
Traditionally, the name of the bride is placed before the name of the groom. For LBTQ+ weddings, names can be arrangted in alphabetical order or whatever the preference is of the happy couple.
Where and when the wedding will take place
When including the time you can write it out (the 5th of April, or even “the fifth of April”) or use standard time and date formatting.
Invitations typically list the venue’s full address, which includes the zip code as well. A helpful hint would be to include the official name of the venue so that guests can easily map their way to your special day. (When you choose wedding invitations from Paperless Post, you can even link to your location directly through Google Maps.)
The wedding request phrasing
Some common introductions to inviting guests to a wedding include the following phrases:
— Kindly join us for the wedding of [NAME] and [NAME]
— You are invited to joining the lives of [NAME] and [NAME]
— The couple requests your attendance
— Please join us to celebrate
The cocktail hour and reception timing
It is extremely helpful to let your guests know what time each piece of the wedding will be taking place for planning purposes. Listing the cocktail hour and reception starts will allow guests who can’t make it to the ceremony arrive on time.
Adding the dress code on your wedding invitations is optional, however, if you are not planning to create a wedding website this is a great way to ensure guests are looking their best. Options to include on your invite can be listed as follows:
— Casual Attire
— Dressy Casual Attire
— Semi Formal Attire
— Black Tie Optional
— Black Tie
— White Tie
Wedding RSVP details
It is very important to include instructions on how to RSVP on the bottom or back of your invitation with your respective cutoff date. Nowadays, many RSVPs are digital so providing a link to the wedding website is a great touch as well to ensure quick RSVPs. If you choose online invitations from Paperless Post, guests can RSVP on the very same page with the click of a button.
1. Include an engagement photo
Adding a photo of the happy couple is a surefire way to make sure your wedding invitation is unique. Engagement photos aren’t only reserved for save-the-dates. If you’re looking to personalize your wedding invitation, what better way than to add a picture of you and your partner? Including a photo of the bride and groom is a great way to showcase your relationship, especially if you’re inviting guests who haven’t had the chance to meet your significant other quite yet. It’s also a great way to get creative with matching engagement photos for your save-the-date card and wedding invite.
If you had an engagement photoshoot, consider using a picture from your engagement collection for your wedding invitation. Otherwise, an older treasured picture from the early days of your relationship is a great option as well. Including a picture of you and your significant other on your wedding invitation is an innovative and personal take on the classic wedding invitation that your guests will cherish.
2. Add an overlay
Want to make your favorite photos stand out even more? Pick a photo invitation designed to highlight the pic with a unique border overlay, like trailing flowers or bits of gold foil. It’ll make your design look that much more dynamic, thoughtful, and customized.
3. Use your venue as inspiration
Using your venue as inspiration for your wedding invitation is a fun and exciting way to carry out the wedding theme. There are plenty of ways to get creative with using the venue as a wedding invitation inspiration. That said, here are a few of our favorite ideas:
— Skylines for city weddings (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, etc.)
— Light and woodsy themed invitations for farmhouse style weddings
If you’re planning a destination wedding, using your venue as inspiration is a fun way to highlight the travel aspect of the event. You can also showcase the destination, country, or city wedding invite. It’s memorable and unique, allowing your guests to look back on the destination wedding invitation afterward and reminisce on all the memories created on your special day.
4. Go green
Who doesn’t want to be a little greener these days? Give a nod to your love of planet earth—and hint at your floral arrangements—with wedding invitations that put a spotlight on greenery. Bonus points for sending out online invitations instead of printed ones, obviously.
5. Make it minimal
Not every wedding invitation needs to be filled top to bottom with design. If you’re wondering, “How much do wedding invitations cost?”, you’ll be pleased to know that a minimalistic invitation and wedding stationery can help you save costs significantly. In fact, some of the most beautiful wedding invitations are simple and straight to the point, yet still elegant in composition.
Creating a minimal wedding invitation truly highlights the idea that less is more. With that in mind, a minimalistic wedding invitation also helps to ensure that the invitation itself doesn’t get cluttered or take away from any important information or wedding details.
For a unique and stylish look, consider playing with negative space, or the space around and in between the subject of the invitation. You’ll want to call attention to important information such as your names, venue location, time, and date of the event. The negative space surrounding the information will make the content stand out eloquently on the invitation. Be sure to play around with the font sizes to find the perfect balance of negative space and wording for your invitation.
For a truly memorable wedding invitation, steer clear of paper and head straight to the source—wood! Printing your invitations on wood (or sending digital invitations with a wood look) will give guests an immediate vision of your wedding to come: Rustic, outdoorsy, and out of the ordinary.
7. Send sustainable invitations
Looking to send out your wedding invitations but want to make sure you’re doing so in an environmentally friendly way? Sustainable wedding invitations are the way to go and are easier to create now more than ever, especially with a little help from technology and digital creators.
Online invitations are not only a sustainable and eco-friendly option, but they are also more affordable than traditional printed wedding invitations. When it comes to digital invitations, Paperless Post provides a variety of elegantly crafted online invitations with customizable designs for any themed wedding at a cost-effective price. We ensure that your wedding invitation ideas come to life through an easily accessible online platform.
If you’re also wondering how to save money on wedding invitations, online invitations are a great option. Typically, customization and designing wedding invitations can be a bit pricey. However, when you opt for online invitations, you bypass any shipping and printing costs that are typically tacked on to the wedding invitation process. Skipping paper entirely not only saves you money but also saves trees at the same time: a win-win! And you can still create a custom wedding invitation while saving money through a digital invitation.
Add subtle depth to your wedding invitations with a design that features blind embossing. (Or, if your invites are digital, choose a style inspired by the technique.) It adds a subtle air of sophistication to your design, without adding color that might take away from your party details.
9. Embrace warm tones
Embracing warm tones and hues in the color palette of your wedding invitation is a great way to communicate feelings of warmth and love.
Warm colors evoke happiness, love, and bliss-all emotions that should reflect that of a wedding day. The best part is, that you can use any combination of warm colors you’d like alongside a beautiful design of your choice, from flowers to gradients.
10. Art Deco
Kick off a roaring good wedding with invitations Gatsby would envy. Gold foil and bold lines are a winning combination—there’s a reason this style has survived a whole century. Very nice, Old Sport.
11. Incorporate watercolor
A fairly recent yet unique trend in the world of wedding invitations is the use of watercolor. This artistic touch included on a watercolor wedding invitation adds a creative flair to any simple invitation. The best part about using watercolors is that there are so many ways you can incorporate them. Watercolors can be used as a simple stroke, a gradient, a word, or as a minimal illustration in the invitation.
You have the ability to work with any color, allowing you to match your wedding invitation with the overall theme perfectly. You can also decide to go neutral with your watercolor wedding invitation as well, which can complement every wedding theme beautifully.
12. Make it personal
Want to make sure your wedding invitations are truly one-of-a-kind? Paperless Post’s Personal Design Services team can make it a reality with original artwork inspired by your own photos and taste. Whether you want a portrait of you and your spouse-to-be, or a sweet painting of your pets, we can help you bring it to fruition.
13. Add an element of shine
Adding metallic accents to your wedding invitation pop and stand out a bit more. Similar to watercolors, elements of shine can come in a variety of options to best suit your wedding invitation needs. Whether it’s a silver border or a rose gold confetti, metallic touches are a beautiful way to turn a classic wedding invitation into a luxe-themed invite with a stand-out finish.
For a love that’s written in the stars, look for invitations with intergalactic, celestial imagery. From moons and twinkling stars to astrological references, there’s no denying that the night sky is filled with wonderment and romance—just like your upcoming wedding.
Even if your own handwriting isn’t so great, you can make your wedding invitations stand out with beautiful calligraphy. Hire a professional to do some fancy writing for you, or choose a script-inspired font for a formal and timeless look.
If you’re getting married in a temple, church, mosque, or another place of worship, you may want to consider wedding invitations that display a religious symbol or sentiment. Likewise, if you’re interested in including text on your invitations using a different alphabet (such as Hebrew or Arabic), Paperless Post can make it happen. Just contact our Personal Design Services team for assistance.
Add some subtle color and depth to your wedding invitations with text in an ombre effect. Depending on the vibe of your nuptials and the colors you choose, your ombre can evoke the ocean, a sunset, and more—all by using slight variations of colors in the same palette.
Riff on old school technology and communication with wedding invitations modeled after vintage telegrams. Just like telegrams of yore, it’ll display all the information your guests need to know in a way that’s charming and full of personality. If you ask us, a digital telegram-inspired wedding invitation is the perfect mashup of old and new. Stop.
19. Just your type
If you’re a straightforward kind of person—or you just love typography—go for wedding invitations that put your celebration details front and center in bold, daring font. It’s at once modern and classic, with newspaper headline vibes that feel fitting for a front page story—which is exactly where coverage of your wedding deserves to be.
20. Go modern
If you are looking for a clean and sleek wedding invitation, consider going with a contemporary and modern design. Modern wedding invitations typically adhere to geometric designs, bold colors, and sans serif-esque fonts. With a modern wedding invitation, the overall design will be similar to a minimalistic invitation, with a dash of bold.
Modern wedding invitation designs are a great option for couples who want a more contemporary feel as opposed to a classic or traditional wedding invitation. Including a link to your wedding website is a fun way to carry out the modern style of this type of wedding invitation. By directing your guests to your wedding website, you can keep a clean, sleek look while directing your guests to a webpage for more information.
21. Eastern art
For an Indian wedding, choose an ornate invitation with patterns and flora inspired by the Eastern Hemisphere. Festive, elegant designs in beautiful colors will get your guests excited to join in on all your celebrations.
22. Give me a ring
Remind guests what your wedding’s all about—no, not just free food and dinner!—with an invitation that features rings. You can even choose a design that mirrors your own specific wedding bands to give your attendees a sneak peek at the jewelry that’ll soon be adorning your fingers.
23. Your something blue
Not sure what to use for your “something blue?” How about your invitations! A design with plenty of blue hues is an elegant choice for any wedding—whether it’s inspired by an oceanside wedding, or one with blue skies for days.
24. Show off your hobbies
If you want your wedding invitations to really reflect you and your future spouse as a couple, send a design that features a hobby or activity you enjoy doing together. Do you love riding bikes? Cooking fun meals for each other? Going to jazz concerts? Your guests will love seeing your personalities shine through in the invitations you choose.
25. Include a seal
A kiss at the end of a wedding ceremony may seal the deal, but it’s a real seal that makes it official. Add a monogram-style seal to your invitations for a classic, preppy look. If you use Paperless Post invitations, you can upload your own—or contact our Personal Design Services team and they’ll make a custom seal just for you.
Which wedding invitation to choose?
With a variety of fun and unique wedding invitation template options, it can be difficult to decide on a specific wedding invitation idea. But who says you have to choose just one? If more than one of the above wedding invitation ideas speak to you, get creative and pull designs from different themes to create your own personalized wedding invitation. Or let us help you do just that!
Feature a photo of you and your significant other while embracing warm tones through the color of the invitation wording. Or, choose a modern-style wedding invitation with a simple watercolor stroke to add a pop of color. You can mix and match any of the wedding invitation ideas listed above and include any other visions you have for your wedding as well. Get creative with our easy-to-use customizable wedding invitation designs and craft your perfect invitations today.
Not sure what to include in wedding invitation wording or how to correctly format your wedding details? Check out our guide to wedding invitation etiquette as you anticipate your big day! Ready to start planning the other wedding events leading up to your big day? Follow our timeline for every party, from bachelorettes and bridal showers.