Royal Wedding Invitations

Kate and Will's wedding invitation, though appropriately formal, was disappointingly vanilla in terms of design. If you ask us, these regal invitations would have been a better choice and prove that "formal" can be conveyed with lots of flair

Updated 02/28/11

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Queen Elizabeth sent out 1,900 invitations to the wedding ceremony of her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton, to be held on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. The invitations feature St. Edward's crown atop the royal cypher of Queen Elizabeth II, embossed in gold. For the non-Anglophiles out there, the "EIIR" insignia stands for "Elizabeth II Regina" ("regina" means "queen" in Latin).

Courtesy of Betsywhite Stationery Boutique

This thermography-printed invitation suite features a regal crown-and-shield motif. Love Logo #21 invitation, $434.50 for 100 invitation suites, Betsywhite Stationery Boutique

Courtesy of Atelier Isabey

A hand-applied Swarovski crystal adds a touch of sparkle to this rich navy blue invitation. Versailles invitation, $1,300 for 100 invitation suites, Atelier Isabey

Courtesy of Crane & Co.

These luxe engraved invitations feature hand-beveled edges and are gilded in 24-karat gold. Martha Stewart Crown invitation, $2,569 for 100 invitation suites, Crane & Co.

Courtesy of Invitations by Ajalon Printing & Design

This letterpress-printed suite displays the couple's monogram surrounded by a refined wreath. Cathryn invitation, $1,280 for 100 invitation suites, Invitations by Ajalon Printing & Design

Courtesy of The Wedding Chicks

Bargain alert! This regal invitation is a free download available through The Wedding Chicks. Customize the text and colors, then print the invites from home. Free matching response cards, menu cards, and programs can be downloaded, too. Crown invitation, The Wedding Chicks

Courtesy of Wedding Paper Divas

This elegant-yet-affordable option features a similar crown and monogram combination surrounded by ornate flourishes. Crown Monogram invitation, $179 for 100 invitations, Wedding Paper Divas

Courtesy of emma j design

This invitation suite features a crown motif atop a custom monogram of the couple's intertwined initials. The entire design is letterpress-printed in gold onto ecru-colored paper. Royal Crest invitation, $925 for 100 invitation suites, emma j design

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The text on this simple-yet-sophisticated design is framed by a string of tiny embossed white pearls. Pearl Strand invitation, $189.95 for 100 invitations,

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