Regardless of season or size, a wedding should reflect what’s most true of the couple’s taste. Simply put, a wedding invitation is an introduction to what awaits come wedding day. Modern florals, unexpected minimalism, and breathtaking typefaces all have a way of exuding certain levels of elegance within your invitation suite.
Stationery designer Lisa Zachery believes that, more often than not, elegance is synonymous with timelessness: “Every invitation we design has in its nature the ability to be considered an elegant invitation because of its unique design features and the attention to intricate detail.”
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Lisa Zachery is an event branding expert and owner of Papered Wonders, Inc., an Atlanta-based event branding studio.
“Elegance can be described as anything that is set apart or distinguished—it not only captures one's attention, but it holds a person's attention and often stays in the mind long after it is seen,” says Zachery. “An elegant wedding invitation sets the tone, but leaves a lasting impression long after the event has ended.”
Gold foil accents, custom monograms, hand-painted illustrations, and even delicate calligraphy all have the ability to take an invitation design to the next level. When it’s all said and done, additional elements such as these will not only elevate but truly reflect a unique and one-of-a-kind design. Add-ons mean additional pricing, but don’t be deceived: “The overall design and attention to detail of the invitation create the elegance of the invitation, not its price point,” says Zachery. “Exuberance does not equal elegance; however, excellence does.”
Read on for 20 elegant wedding invitations you should definitely consider.
Regal Gold and White
A striking take on classic elegance, this couple’s invitation suite featured gilded florals and thematic artwork befitting the nuptials at a Chateau in France. Gold foil always serves to elevate even a simplistic design, for everything from the RSVP card to your wedding weekend’s itinerary.
SHOP NOW: Fourteen-Forty, price upon request
A custom watercolor invitation is always going to hit the mark. Ruffled edges and a bright, summer floral envelope liner create the perfect combination of easy elegance.
SHOP NOW: Momental Designs, price upon request
Hand-Drawn Floral Wreaths
The fine art of letterpress is undoubtedly one of the more refined ways to send an invite. While the details are printed in single color ink, the simple, hand-drawn laurel wreath wrapped around your initials can blind-letterpressed, meaning without ink. Opt for a two-color print for the entire invitation suite to change it up.
SHOP NOW: Cardinal and Straw, $1100 and up for 100 invitations
This blush-hued invitation suite is equal parts watercolor accents, deckled edges, and gold leaf accents, creating a stunning design inspired by the couple’s request for “sugar plum romance.” Sweeping calligraphy is Veronica Halim’s specialty.
SHOP NOW: Veronica Halim, price upon request
Margaux Paperie’s Annelise Collection is marked by sophistication, a design available for invitations, a response card, a details card, and even a reception and website card. Opt for a simple envelope in a variety of colors, or add a touch of elegance with a liner, like this french art-inspired print. Each design includes unlimited proofs, which means you’ll be able to work until you get every detail just right.
SHOP NOW: Margaux Paperie, $302 and up for 100 invitations
A beautiful option that will set the stage for a truly luxurious affair, Ece Design Studio’s acrylic and velvet invitation suite are available in a variety of colors. Stylish floral patterns and wax seal options vary based on available designs.
SHOP NOW: Ece Design Studio, price upon request
Blonde & Brindle’s Flora invitation suite is a neutral, modern design that’s semi-custom. Pick and choose your preferred ink color, type, envelope, and liner, while selecting either single standard ply or thick double-ply eggshell paper. Add-on special touches, from belly bands to venue illustrations at an additional cost.
SHOP NOW: Blonde & Brindle, $290 and up for 100 invitations
"In order for an invitation suite to remain elegant, it should never include registry details or be cluttered with information that can be included on a wedding website," encourages Zachery.
This ink and foil design by Làrach Creative Print boasts clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, perfect for a modern fete. Foil stamped by hand, the typeface, which the company describes as “groundbreaking” is a neoclassical serif that combines timeless elegance with modernity. Choose between gold, silver, and rose gold foil with black ink.
SHOP NOW: Làrach Creative Print, pricing begins at $142
Choose between lined or unlined envelopes in this classically elegant invitation suite by Betty Lu Paperie. The design is sold as a set that includes the invitation, selected envelope, and RSVP card and envelope, printed on 120-pound paper in either white or ivory. Add-on charming details such as a details card and full guest name and mailing address printing for a cohesive design that puts this calligraphy in the spotlight.
SHOP NOW: Betty Lu Paperie, $505 and up for 100 invitations
A great accessory can take a wedding invitation suite from just okay to over the top. Sweet Dates Prints’ Tropical Leaves Wedding Invitation has the ultimate extra touch: A silk tassel that coordinates perfectly with the entire suite for a bit of extra flair. The set includes the 5x7 invitation with Euro-flap lined envelope, an RSVP card, and an insert card.
SHOP NOW: Sweet Dates Prints, price upon request
The Amelia Ribbon Wedding Invitation suite is one of the hallmarks of Shine Wedding Invitations. Customization options include classic ink or letterpress printing, a variety of floral envelope liners, an optional vellum jacket, and 18 different custom-dyed color selections for the ribbon made of 100% silk.
SHOP NOW: Shine Wedding Invitations, $485 and up for 100
Simple Monogram Wreaths
Sophisticated and simple, Shine Wedding’s Wreath-Monogram-Floral Wedding Invitation is a study in fresh imagery and stunning floral closeups. Flat printed on professional-grade cardstock, customize the invitation and envelope liner in your choice of 12 different floral combinations, some comprised of garden roses and eucalyptus, dahlias, and anemones. Double envelopes are included to preserve the floral lining upon guests’ opening the invitation.
SHOP NOW: Shine Weddings, $654 and up for 100 invitations
Vintage Floral Illustrations
Warm tones are a must for a fall wedding, and this suite is just the ticket. Its vintage-inspired botanical illustration with berries and greenery can be customized according to color, should your wedding day color palette include more reds or oranges. Choose between over 300 color options for the pocket that houses the entire suite or opt-out for more simplicity.
SHOP NOW: Invited by LamaWorks, price upon request
Monogrammed for a perfect custom look, this floral invite is a perfect ode to a spring or summer garden wedding. Intricate floral details are replicated on the suites RSVP card, which comes alongside the 5x7 invitation and envelope with your return address printed, RSVP envelope with guests’ addresses printed, and an additional information card to round out the perfect invitation.
SHOP NOW: Invited by LamaWorks, price upon request
A custom monogram is a great way to celebrate. Small Printer avails eight different paper options for the letterpress print including cotton, linen, and smooth recycled, along with 30 ink colors, and countless script styles.
SHOP NOW: Small Printer, $450 and up for 100 invitations
Gold Foil Script
The We Do. Invitation Suite by Eric Clegg for Minted is available in six different color theme options. As a flat card, choose from five silhouette shapes, including a scalloped edge option, and up to four of Minted’s signature paper options: signature, pearlescent, recycled, or doublethick.
SHOP NOW: Minted, $278 and up for 100 invitations
Hey Lovely Co’s digital download invitation suite comes as a PDF for easy editing of all of the suite’s components. Change the font color, size, and style for all aspects of the 5x7 sized invitation, favor tag, RSVP card, and details card.
SHOP NOW: Hey Lovely Co, $17 for digital download
Modern Greenery Sketch and Calligraphy
Truly Inspired Paper Co’s modern wedding invitation suite is available for double-sided printing, which means you can definitely get more bang for your buck. Their signature paper is white stock that’s thick and durable yet soft for an elegant finish.
SHOP NOW: Truly Inspired Paper Co, $105 and up for 100 invitations