Truth be told, we weren't in love with the royal wedding invitation. So we asked top stationery designers from around the country to dream up some more luxurious designs—feel free to steal inspiration for your own grand affair.

"The color palette was inspired by Kate's sapphire engagement ring," says Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York. "I wanted the design to reflect the couple's modern style, while still maintaining the traditions of the royal family." The resulting invitation is a gatefold-style design embellished with a custom royal crest; the folder opens to reveal the engraved wedding details and enclosure cards. Formal hand calligraphy adds to the regal feel. Invitation design by Ceci New York Photo: Courtesy of Ceci New York

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