27 Unique Wedding Invitation Ideas for Every Couple and Wedding Style

These are not your parents’ paper goods

Updated 10/11/19
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It's OK to say goodbye to simple typefaces and heavy card stock! Invitations set the tone for a wedding, and you don’t want to call on your guests with something that's not your style. So if you're open to surprising your guests with an invitation suite that feels more personal than traditional, consider using fun shapes, mixed materials, and hand-painted artwork to create the vibe you want.

There are endless ways to amp up the creativity level in your wedding invitations! In fact, you can customize every detail of your invitation suite, selecting everything from the paper it's printed on to the stamp that seals the envelope. But remember: There's a lot more to your invitations than what they're printed on! So, don't be afraid to get creative with the shape and presentation, color palette, and illustrations, and even extra embellishments like tasseled envelopes, raised type, and engraved designs. Even classic brides can get creative without throwing tradition out the window. It's possible to keep the mainstays of a timeless invitation suite while elevating it with simple effects, like metallic foil lettering or gilded beveled edges. 

After all, designing your invitations is all about crafting your personal style. What kind of statement do you want to make when they land in your guests’ mailbox? If you don’t know the answer to that quite yet, these unique wedding invitation ideas are sure to inspire you. These 27 invites are everything but your parents’ paper goods!

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Consider Color Blocking

color block invitation

Photo by Meaghan Brianne Photo; Invitation by Double Dipped Calligraphy 

Color blocking is in. A warm color palette of sunny hues puts a retro spin on this modern style. 

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Mix Linen and Leather

linen invitation

Photo by Hey Beloved; Invitation by Isidore and Augustine 

Linen and letter pressed invitations are all understated elegance, complete with torn edges that exude vintage romance

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Find Inspiration From the Outdoors

woodsy invitation

Photo by Hazelwood Photo; Invitation by Subi Snacks

A Pacific northwest wedding calls for a woodsy inspired invitation suite that comes alive with adventure and fun. 

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Think Transparent

acrylic invitation

Photo by Taralynn Lawton; Invitation by Made Divine; Planned by Roxanne Bellamy

A transparent acrylic invitation with simple white lettering achieves contemporary minimalism.

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Consider Chinoiserie

floral invitation

Photo by Josh & Dana Fernandez; Invitation by Nib & Pixel; Florals by Mibellarosa  

This colorful invitation suite is inspired by a Chinoiserie, the European interpretation of Chinese motifs. A teal and aqua color combination with hints of pinks illustrates cherry blossoms and bas relief birds. 

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Have Fun With Illustrations

illustrated invitation

Photo by Experimental Vintage; Invitation by Wide Eyes Paper Co. 

Illustrated fold-out watercolor invitations are full of fun and whimsy. This one features the bride and groom and a scenic landscape of the vineyard where they’ll tie the knot. The fourth panel is perforated so guests can tear off and send in the RSVP

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Create an Indie Print

desert invitation

Photo by Joe + Kathrina; Invitation by Minted

Desert nuptials? An indie cactus print will do.

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Design Your Own Royal Wedding

blue invitation

Invitation by Penny Lane Papery 

An invitation suite fit for a princess. Complete with illustrations and a custom-designed crest, these invites give off enchanting garden vibes. 

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Work With Watercolor

watercolor invitation

Photo by O’Malley Photographers; Invitation by Momental Designs 

These green watercolor invitations were inspired by a woodsy canopy of trees—and they’re completely magical. 

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Forgo Paper

leather invitation

Photo by Ash & Stone; Invitation by Paper Birch Design 

Forget paper—leather invitations add an unexpected texture and get major points for originality. Plus, they’re the perfect complement to the free-spirited bride’s indie wedding.

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Use a Rustic Palette

rustic invitation

Photo by Dawn Derbyshire; Invitation by Oh Joyful Day

A violet and copper palette is rustic and elegant when combined with wax seals and silk ribbon. 

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Carve Your Details on Wood

wooden invitation

Photo by Aly Barnett; Invitation by Cut Above Stationery 

There’s no better invite for an outdoor bohemian wedding than one fashioned from wood. An envelope with a fern print stamped on will seal the deal.

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Bevel The Edges

invitation suite

Photo and Invitation by Kara Anne Paper  

Watercolor art, gold beveled edges, and engraved butterflies evoke a fairytale dream.

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Get Eclectic with Cut-Outs

crystal invitation

Photo by Alex Mari Photography; Invitation by Pen and Fold  

Crystal inspired invitations are edgy and eclectic—perfect for the bohemian bride. 

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Embrace Warm Tones

Indian inspired invitation

Photo by Jenny Collen; Invitation by Minted

Burnt tones add a splash of color in this Indian inspired invitation complete with gilded lettering and patterned corners. 

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Stick With Patterns

art deco invitations

Photo by Rouxby; Invitation by Ink & Ivory

Bring the roaring ‘20s to life with an Art Deco invitation suite. Crisp lines, geometric patterns, and a black and gold palette strike a chord. 

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Use Your Venue as Inspiration

playful invitation

Photo by Ashley Paige Photography; Invitation by Curate Events and Design

Playful and fun, this retro print is reminiscent of a postcard—and so Palm Springs

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Try Desert Glam

desert glam invitation

Photo by Lauren Mihae Photography

Dreamcatcher, feather, and desert landscape artwork combine for a desert glam invitation suite. 

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Throw It Back to the 70s

disco invitations

Photo by Lauren Miles; Invitation by Letters & Dust 

Acrylic invitations are taken to new heights when they sparkle with glitter. This disco inspired invitation set puts a modern twist on the 1970s.

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Make It Personal

spunky invitation

Photo by The Nichols; Invitation by Vine Island

We’re loving the modern desert vibes in this spunky invitation suite, which get points for a personal touch—the groom, a graphic designer, created them himself. 

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Keep Your Colors Minimal

botanical invitation

Photo by Jen Huang Photo; Invitation by Paperfinger  

A black-and-white color scheme marks a botanical print with minimalism.

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Allude to Your Destination

map invitation

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Destination wedding? A watercolor map drawing will give your invitations some local color in more ways than one.

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Think Vintage

wedding invitation

Photo by Noel Perrone; Invitation by Elins Art Studio 

An invitation suite with a color palette of warm greens, blues, and gold is inspired by the Bethesda Terrace in New York City’s Central Park. Watercolor splashes, elegant calligraphy, and parchment paper are reminiscent of a vintage painting.  

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Incorporate Geodes

geode invitation

Photo by Green Antlers Photography

Create an edgy, earthy feel with a geode inspired print in vivid turquoise and metallic gilded edges.

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Stick With Simplicity

minimalist invite

Photo by Eleanor Jane Photography; Illustrations by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy; Calligraphy by Nikki Whiston Inks

Rustic wedding stationery goes minimalist with a bold type and evergreen artwork.

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Remember Less Is More

simple invitation

Photo by Miss Gen Photography; Invitation by 

Melanie Johnsson

 

Less is more. Bold and clean, the simplicity of this invitation suite is understated with beauty.

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Play With Shapes

circle invitation

Invitation by Swell Press Paper

Invitations can’t get much more fun than these. Circular shapes topped with holographic foil on vellum are whimsical and playful.  

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