A wedding doesn't have to be an extravagant or over-the-top ordeal to be memorable and fun. Many couples these days are opting for micro weddings, which typically have 50 or fewer guests. If an intimate ceremony and reception is more your style, scaling back your guest list allows you to invest in truly special details that will make the day unforgettable. And that starts with the invitations!
"An elopement or micro wedding is just as ceremonious and important as a traditional wedding," says Katie Fischer Cohen of Katie Fischer Designs. Whether you’re craving a luxe letterpress invite or contemplating something more unexpected, there are copious invites for every style, theme, and budget.
Meet the Expert
Katie Fischer Cohen is the founder and creative director of Katie Fischer Designs, which offers luxury custom designs and ready-to-order invitations for social, corporate, and nonprofit events.
To help narrow down your search, we've researched and hand-selected the best options available–keeping customization options, style, season, and overall quality in mind. Want to make a statement with your wedding invitations? You'll love the Jay Monique Creative Printed Origami Invitation and the Paper Studio By C "Mr and Mrs" Wedding Invitations. For couples with traditional tastes, our favorite finds are the Minted Marlowe Wedding Invitation and The Indigo Bunting Gold Flourish Invitation.
Read on for the best invitations for micro weddings.
Minted Swept Wedding Invitations
We're obsessed with the 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.
Price at time of publish: $286
Paper Studio By C "Mr and Mrs" Wedding Invitations
Kraft paper, burlap, and wood meet in this rustic invitation suite. The invitation comes complete with an RSVP card and unique detailing bundled together with a burlap belly band wrapped in twine. The invite is finished with a laser-cut "Mr. and Mrs." Customizations are available upon request.
Price at time of publish: $5 for Generic Sample
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.
Price at time of publish: $11 for Origami Sleeve
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.
Price at time of publish: $251
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.
Price at time of publish: $2
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!
Price at time of publish: $14
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.
Price at time of publish: $5
Minted Just My Type Wedding Invitation
This traditional letterpress card artfully announces the details of your wedding in fanciful calligraphy. Perfectly suited to a micro wedding, this invitation allows you to edit all of the wording, so announcing your intimate affair is easy.
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.
Price at time of publish: $247
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.
Price at time of publish: $3
Papier Minimal Wedding Invitation
This minimalist invitation is perfect for a paired-down wedding and is as chic as it is simple. Printed on warm-white Mohawk paper with a matte eggshell finish, this makes for a classic yet modern design.
Price at time of publish: $35
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.
Price at time of publish: $4
Minted Basically Wedding Invitations
"Dress up. Get hitched. Eat cake." That’s what it’s all about! This invitation is bold, graphic, and available in a range of colorways, making it easy to align with your style.
Price at time of publish: $251
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 a whimsical script, this card comes in a selection of colorways. 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!
Price at time of publish: $220
The Indigo Bunting Gold Flourish Invitation
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.
Ringleader Paper Co Bauhaus Love Invitation
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. 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 it with your own wording.
Blú 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.
Price at time of publish: $103
Paper Culture DIY Wedding Invitation
If you’re the creative type, you might just want to design your invitations 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.
Price at time of publish: $112
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.
Price at time of publish: $293
What to look for in invitations for micro weddings
If the wedding guest list is smaller, it might be an opportunity to splurge on the invites. Therefore, you can opt for things like intricate detailing, non-paper materials, or custom envelopes. On the contrary, a more intimate celebration might call for a slightly more casual invitation. A minimalist couple will love classic paper and lettering. Either way, look for an invitation design that reflects your favorite styles as a couple, your wedding theme, or your palette.
If it's important to you to send wedding invitations that are unique to you as a couple, look for invites with various personalization options. Perhaps you want to add one of your engagement photos, change up the lettering, and completely customize the colors and fonts.
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 okay to get creative with wording if you want to go with something less traditional.
When should I send my wedding invitations?
It's customary to send invitations six to eight weeks in advance of your wedding. If you're throwing a destination wedding, invitations should be sent three months in advance of your wedding date.
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