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There are a myriad of reasons that micro weddings trending these days and so it’s no surprise if you’ve decided to go mini. But seriously scaling back your guest list doesn’t mean you have to buck time-honored traditions. In fact, it's the opposite! While you're trying to stay within a budget or just have a more intimate event, a micro wedding allows you to invest in truly special details that will make the day unforgettable. And that starts with the invitations!
With a smaller guest list, you'll potentially have more budget available to higher end and more personalized invites. Whether you’re craving a luxe letterpress invite or contemplating something more unexpected, we’ve got you covered!
Read on for the best invitations for micro weddings.
Minted + Brides Swept by Hailey Maddox
We're obsessed with the new Minted + Brides collection, which offers 30 different unique, customizable designs to choose from. This watercolor-inspired invite is especially ideal for a micro wedding—it's the perfect combo of laid back artistry paired with chic, modern fonts.
Paper Studio By C "Mr and Mrs" Wedding Invitations
Kraft paper, burlap, and wood meet in this rustic invitation suite with unique detailing. The invitation is printed on kraft paper and comes complete with an RSVP card.
Bundled together with a burlap belly-band wrapped in twine, the invited is finished with a laser-cut "Mr. and Mrs." Customizations are available upon request.
Jay Monique Creative Printed Origami Invitation
Contemporary and modern, this elegant invitation is enveloped in artful origami. Hand-folded, the sleeves resemble the sun and are available in a wide variety of paper colors. Choose from a selection of invitations or request a bespoke design to suit your style.
Minted Marlowe Wedding Invitation
This invite is elegant and formal without being over the top—the perfect vibe for a smaller wedding. It comes in a variety of paper options, color themes, and silhouettes so that you can create a look that matches your style. And with additional cards available to add on, you can send a full invitation suite that captures the formality of a full-scale wedding.
Zola Augusta Invitation
Delicate details seem apropos for an intimate wedding invitation. This lay-flat card has intricate designs with a folksy style and an old-world typeface that give it a vintage feel. But this invitation is anything but out-dated—there are tons of modern options for customization, including a selection of colorways, silhouettes, and paper.
Pearly Paper Design Gatefold Wedding Invitation Template
If you’re feeling the urge to design your own invitation, but hesitant to start the process from scratch? This invite is the perfect solution. Not your average photo card, this gatefold style invitation arrives as a digital template that is completely customizable. Play with layout and design elements to create an invitation that’s all your own!
Cricket Printing Real Wood Wedding Invitation
Traditional with a twist, this wedding invitation features contemporary calligraphy on an unexpected material—wood! The invitation and RSVP card are printed on real cherry wood veneer and come complete with an invitation envelope and return envelope, both of which are pre-addressed. Customizations for wording, font, and design are available upon request.
Shutterfly Elegant Embellishment Wedding Invitation
With graceful lines across the front and a chic black marble pattern on the back, this invitation is both understated and sophisticated. Easy to customize, you can choose colors that suit your palette as well as customize your own wording. A range of silhouettes and paper options are available to choose from as well.
Holidayday Design Micro Wedding Burgundy Invite
There are a host of reasons to let your guests know that your wedding is set to be a smaller affair. And this card spells it out—it’s a micro wedding! The lay-flat card is available in a range of colors, with additional cards available as add-ons to create a full suite.
Adore Paper Co. "Nothing Fancy Just Love" Wedding Invitation
Regardless of the size of the wedding, it’s all about the same thing—love! This lay-flat invitation lets your guests know that, even though it’s a more intimate affair, the sentiment of the day is still the same. Choose from a variety of paper or silhouette options—and make sure to include a cute photo on the back.
Paper Source Letterpress Garden Wedding Invitation
If you’re hosting a micro wedding and getting married in a jiffy, this invitation is perfect for you. A classic invite with sweet floral details and whimsical script, this card comes in a selection of color-ways. It’s available in just five days from the time you order. So if you need your invites in a snap, they’ll be there!
The Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post Gold Flourish
With delicate flourished and elegant script, this digital invite has the feel of a traditional wedding invitation in a modern format. Completely customizable wording lets your guests know that they’re part of the select few invited to this special event.
Greenvelope Bauhaus Love Invitation by Ringleader Paper Co.
Since you’re only inviting your closest circle of friends and family, taking a more casual approach to your invite is totally acceptable. This modernist card has a playful, contemporary vibe— plus, it’s digital! So you’ll be saving trees while you plant the seeds for a fabulous wedding!
Rifle Paper Co. for Paperless Post Floral Silhouette Invitation
Photo cards and traditional invites come together in a delightful harmony that’s sure to charm friends and family. This digital evite allows you to choose from gold, silver, and rose gold detailing and personalize with your own wording.
Blu Rose Designs Geometric Art Deco Wedding Invitations
Inspired by art deco designs, this invite has a geometric frame with contemporary lines and is anything but old-fashioned! Highly customizable, choose from a selection of paper stock options and a range of font and design colors. Personalize with your own words and have the cards sent as a digital file or as fully-finished invitations.
Paper Culture DIY Wedding Invitation
Since you’re only inviting your nearest and dearest, in some ways, the pressure is off, allowing you to send an invitation that’s outside of the norm. And if you’re the creative type, you might just want to design it yourself!
This service makes it easy to upload your own design and have it printed as a high-quality invitation. Bonus—the invitations are printed on 100% recycled paper and a tree is planted for every order printed, making it a perfect choice for an eco-friendly celebration.
Beacon Lane Pink Peonies Boxed Wedding Invitations
Think outside the box—by sending your invitations in a box! This exquisite set comes complete with a full invitation suite that includes stamped and addressed RSVP envelopes—all prettily packed in a box and wrapped in a colorful belly-band. Practically a gift, your guests will be in for a treat when this package arrives.
What to look for in invitations for micro weddings
"An elopement or micro wedding is just as ceremonious and important as a traditional wedding," says Katie Fischer Cohen of Katie Fischer Designs. If the wedding guest list is smaller, it might be an opportunity to splurge on the invites. On the contrary, a more intimate celebration might call for a slightly more casual invitation. Either way, look for an invitation design that reflects your favorite styles as a couple, your wedding theme, or your palette.
What is a micro wedding?
A micro wedding is a small event, usually with fewer than 50 people. All of the wedding guidelines for a larger wedding would apply, just on a smaller scale.
How should I word my wedding invitations?
"If you've always dreamed of having formal wedding invitations, the wording should follow the traditional etiquette guidelines," advises Cohen. She says it's ok to get creative with wording if you want to go with a something less traditional.
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