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There is something truly magical about a winter wedding. Maybe it’s the chance of snow on your big day or the crisp winter greenery and blooms that deck the halls of your venue. Perhaps it’s the elegance of winter textures like faux fur and velvet. Or, the decadent desserts and cozy cocktails. Whatever the reason, celebration is embedded in the spirit of the season, and you’ll want guests to feel that cheer from the moment they say yes to your winter wedding invite.
In addition to the invite itself, response cards are also an important part of the wedding paper suite.Katie Brownstein, a wedding expert at Joy, recommends giving response cards some flair by asking winter-themed questions, or more general queries like, "what song will get them out on the dance floor?" It's a great way to add some personal touches and include guests in your big day.
Meet the Expert
- Katie Brownstein, a Director of Marketing & Communications at Joy, a wedding planning website.
Wedding invitations are the perfect vehicle for not only establishing your event’s theme but also tying everything together. Whether you’re going for a touch of elegance with foiling or pulling inspiration from nature, we’ve got your winter wedding invitations covered.
Read on for the best invitations for your winter wedding.
Minted Painted Woods by Anne Kostecki
This artisanal watercolor wedding invitation from the Minted + Brides collection is perfect for a bohemian winter wedding And, it’s completely customizable. From the color theme to the silhouette shape, you can craft your dream winter wedding invitation and tailor it to your style. Available in three luxe paper types, there's also the option to add additional corresponding pieces, such as RSVP cards, direction cards, and even matching folded thank you cards.
Zola Camden Invitation
This elegant design features a dreamy forest setting. This rustic, watercolor invite boasts a mix of sophistication and playfulness, and is ideal for a couple with a love for the great outdoors. Choose from a range of hues like velvety green, sage, or smoke and eight different paper types—including recycled for the eco-friendly couple. The timeless typewriter-style font can also be customized with gold, rose gold, or silver foil.
Sincerely By Nicole Eira Winter Wedding Invitation
Take a budget-friendly, DIY approach to your winter wedding invitations with this holiday-inspired template. The downloadable, three-part template is beautifully adorned with holly berries and sprigs of evergreen that feel festive, yet ultra-elegant. The best part? Once you customize your event details, you can print them on any paper type you choose.
Greenvelope Whimsical Botanical Invitation
If you're looking for the equivalent of a whimsical winter wonderland on paper, this invite will do the trick. Designed with foil-pressed artwork and available in six different color themes (including a stunning green and gold foil option), this chic design is a great choice for the big day. For a cohesive wedding suite, this invitation also has matching RSVP cards and thank you card counterparts.
Zazzle Simple Calligraphy Rustic Greenery Wedding Invitation
This wintery invitation features pretty calligraphy framed in sprigs of greenery. The watercolor illustration of olive leaves are perfect for an Italian wedding, or any other rustic-chic destination. With six sizes to choose from, plus 12 different paper type options, this completely customizable wedding invitation offers great flexibility based on your needs—and will be sure to wow guests upon receipt.
Zola Bethany Invitation
When we think of winter weddings, a few things come to mind: crisp winter greenery and cool palettes highlighted with velvety jewel tones. This sophisticated invite from Zola checks all of our design boxes. Available in four different color themes, it features romantic artwork with a combination of florals, greenery, and feathered detailing. The modern mix of typography, framed in a diamond shape, adds a touch of unique sophistication to your wedding correspondence.
Papersource Herrgarde Wedding Invitation
With its rich green floral design and eye-catching bold type font, this invite has a bold, masculine vibe that we love. While the design isn't as customizable as some of the other options out there, It's printed on Mohawk superfine white 130 lb. card stock (the best of the best). On top of that, you can add matching invitation suite items like response and invitation cards.
Minted Frosted by Susan Moyal
This striking foil-pressed winter wedding invitation from the Minted + Brides collection has a frosted look with a foiled frame and detailing (and includes the option to add foil to names and text). The design comes in a variety of botanical styles and is available in eight color themes and foil options—including garnet with gold foiling, a favorite for a winter. wedding In addition to the invitation, you can choose from five matching accessories, including RSVP cards and reception cards, plus receive a matching template for your wedding website.
Greenvelope Shimmering Confetti Invitation
For the New Year’s Eve wedding, confetti is a must. We love this shimmering winter wedding invitation for its dazzling foil detailing and elegant type font. On top of that, this invite is a great option for anyone concerned about color choice—it's possible to completely customize the color theme—and add matching save the dates and thank you notes, too.
Zola Woodland Invitation
For the vintage-loving couple, this woodland-inspired wedding invitation from Zola is what winter dreams are made of. Available in five color themes with the option to add gold, rose gold, or silver foil for added elegance, this artisanal design would pair beautifully with a barn wedding. In addition to invitations, the woodland design also comes in thank you cards, menus, and RSVP cards.
Artifact Uprising Modern Wedding Invitation
If minimalism is more your vibe, you can still add a touch of winter to your wedding invitation without going over the top. We love this modern design for its sleek font type and placement. It's printed on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper and available in three wintery hues—white, blue, and green—with different envelope options to choose from for further customization. We're also fans of the matching correspondence cards.
Minted Fairy Forest by Kristen Knechtel
This Fairy Forest design from the Minted + Brides collection is an enchanting take on winter wedding invitations. Available in eight color themes, plus the option to completely customize colors, the whimsical invite is paired with a sophisticated diamond frame and modern font type. In addition to invitations, the collection also includes RSVP cards, direction cards, belly bands, reception cards, and thank you cards, plus you have the option to match your wedding website to your invites.
Zola Saranac Invitation by Baumbirdy
When we think of winter weddings, we automatically envision twinkling lights and greenery, and the Saranac invitation from Zola captures that vision perfectly. It's available in six color themes—including a wood grain that adds the right amount of rustic—and eight paper types, plus the option to add foiling in gold, silver, or rose gold.
Setteundici Christmas Wedding Invitation
If you’re planning a Christmas wedding, festive holiday-inspired invitations are a must. This sweet invite leans into the Christmas theme, but still keeps the overall look feeling elevated. It offers a great value with 11 pieces included in the total suite—the invitation, RSVP card, detail card, gift registry card, and decorated envelopes.
Minted Cascading Arch
This arched wedding invitation from the Minted + Brides collection features just the right amount of sparkle and art deco-inspired charm. Available in five silhouettes, plus five paper types, six color themes, and the option to add foil (with eight color options!), this customizable wedding invite is simple, modern, and oh-so-chic. And, like other options from the collection, it's possible to match your wedding website to your invitations and add on additional matching accessories like RSVP cards, too.
Greenvelope Suede Invitation
Bring in soft, wintery textures with this suede-inspired invite from Greenvelope. Available in rich colors like amber, emerald, olive, and black, plus the option to completely customize the color, this modern design is simple and modern. Thee design also comes in save the dates and thank you cards so you can keep your whole suite cohesive.
Zola Hopewell Invitation
With handwritten font and botanical line art, these winter wedding invitations from Zola add a personalized touch to the occasion. Choose from rich winter colors like deep burgundy wine, pine green, and dark teal—and then add some extra glitz with foil. Choose from a selection of eight different paper types and two silhouette option, and then complete the suite with matching RSVP cards, save-the-dates, menu cards, and thank you notes.
Minted Abstract Seaside by Alexandra Dzh
With a mix of deep watercolor hues and foiled sparkle design, these invitations bring the magic of winter alive. Choose from five dreamy hues, including seaside blue, green, and plum, and the customize the foil color and silhouette to find your perfect match. To stick with the theme, the design is also available in RSVP cards, direction cards, reception cards, belly bands, and even table numbers.
What to look for in winter wedding invitations
The design of your wedding invite is, of course, at the top of the list of considerations. You'll want to make sure that the invite fits your wedding theme and, in some cases, dress code (this is especially true for black tie events). Additionally, you want to make sure that the design allows for adequate room for the invite details, such as the location, your wedding website, and, of course, your names.
Another important thing to look out for is whether or not the invite comes with a response card (or if you can purchase one separately with the same design). “Whether including response cards for guests to mail in their RSVPs or requesting that guests RSVP on your wedding website, keep all RSVP details on a separate card,” says Brownstein.
When looking for a winter wedding invitation, calculating the cost per card is a helpful way to stay within your budget.
What should wedding invitations include?
According to Brownstein, you should “only include the most important details on a wedding invitation.” This includes the “couple’s names, the names of anyone helping host the wedding, the actual request to the wedding, the wedding date and time, the location of the ceremony and reception (if different), and, in some cases, the dress code,” Brownstein adds. “The last thing you want to do is clutter your beautiful invitation with too much information.”
In addition to these details, Brownstein recommends including a link to your wedding website “on the back of the invitation or on an insert card” to advise guests where they can find additional information for your wedding day.
How many weeks in advance should you send out wedding invitations?
“Wedding invitations are typically sent two months ahead of the wedding date, or six months in advance of the wedding date for a destination wedding to allow guests to make travel plans,” says Brownstein.
That being said, the pandemic has changed the timeline for sending out wedding invites. “We are starting to see couples send invitations further ahead of their wedding to ensure their date is reserved on guests’ calendars," Brownstein explains.
When should you send out save-the-date cards?
Save-the-dates are like a wedding invite appetizer and an important part of your paper budget. When sending save-the-date cards out, Brownstein says to mail them “six months ahead of the wedding date, or eight months to one year ahead for destination weddings.”
How many days do you give guests to RSVP to a wedding?
“Set an RSVP deadline at least two weeks ahead of the wedding, so you can finalize details such as seating charts and pass along information like headcount and meal selections to your vendors,” advises Brownstein.
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