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Rectangular or horizontal? Foil or letterpress? Regular cardstock or extra thick? The questions surrounding wedding invitations can quickly add up. But one of the easiest decisions to make? Using a website to design your wedding invitations. While invites may not necessarily be the category where you want to spend the biggest portion of your big day-budget, they are, after all, one of the very first impressions you can make on your guests. The type and style of your invitation can set the tone for the wedding, not to mention that it provides your friends and family with all of the most important information, like when and where to show up.
Enter the beauty of sourcing your invitations digitally. Many of the websites available today offer services and quality that rival that of high-end, bespoke stationery—at a fraction of the cost. No matter whether you want to go entirely digital or simply design your paper invitations online, these sites offer anything and everything you could want, from free chats with designers to sample boxes to etiquette guides that answer all of those confusing addressing-related questions. (And as an added benefit, they make it easy to order all kinds of other stationery you’ll need, think of day-of pieces such as menus and programs, and after-the-fact thank you cards.)
Read on for the best websites to buy wedding invitations online.
As any bride-to-be will likely tell you, Etsy is a go-to source for pretty much anything and everything wedding-related, a treasure trove of all kinds of amazing goods. Wedding invites are no exception, this shop being one of a handful of our favorites. There are over 100 different designs to choose from, a mix of floral, whimsical, and romantic designs, featuring beautiful illustrations and vibrant colors.
The cost includes an editable template that you can add all of your information and details to, though, just FYI, it is then your job to print them out. The shop also offers a beautiful array of save-the-dates, again, both printable options and even cool digital ones that you can send via a text message. Can you say ‘convenient?’
This juggernaut website isn’t just for registering—though yes, it does have great registry features. It really can be a one-stop wedding shop, with an extensive collection of invitation designs to choose from. (At last count, there were 451 choices, to be exact.) The point being, there’s an option to suit every style and taste, from classic and formal to fun and whimsical to designs that feature a photo of your choosing.
Also nice: There are unique designs for things such as elopements and vow renewals, too. Plus, you get five samples for free, always a nice thing, especially for those who like to see and feel things before purchasing. Other perks include things such as free envelopes and addressing, and, if you also create your wedding website through Zola—yet another service the site offers—you can collect and manage your RSVPs digitally, too.
If you can dream it, we pretty much guarantee you can find it on Minted. (And if it’s not there, you can create it, more on that service in a moment.) This website has been a staple for brides and grooms for over a decade, and for good reason. Their selection of invitation designs runs the gamut, including no shortage of choices in pretty much every style under the sun. That being said, for those feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices, the site also makes it easy to filter according to style, theme, color, letter type, and more. And the offerings don’t stop at invites; their full stationery suites feature every possible thing you could need, from table numbers to place cards to goody bag tags.
We also appreciate all kinds of additional services: think a free consultation with a Minted specialist, digital monogram creation, no-charge envelope addressing, a complimentary box of all their various paper offerings and letter types, not to mention an option to have a Minted designer create a completely bespoke design just for you.
Etsy: Match Set Love Design
Couples who may find that having hundreds of designs to choose from is mild to moderately overwhelming will appreciate that this Etsy shop keeps it fairly curated, offering just a small assortment of PDF templates that you can download, edit, and print.
The suites come with the invitation, an RSVP card, additional information card, and a coordinating belly band, and ring in at extremely wallet-friendly prices. Maintain a cohesive feel throughout the rest of your wedding by also purchasing the templates available for things such as place cards, menus, programs, and all other kinds of assorted wedding signage.
Shutterfly: The Wedding Shop
Yes, you can use this website to print out your wedding photos, but did you know you could also use it to design your invitations? As you’d suspect, they offer beautiful photo-featured designs, but there’s also plenty of other choices, across a wide range of styles. (And if you do want to use a photo, there’s a handy tool that pops it into several different designs with just a few clicks, making it easy to compare and contrast.)
Shutterfly is also unique in the various formats of invitations they offer; sizes are ranging from three inches by five inches, all the way up to six inches by eight inches, as well as flat, gate-fold, tri-fold, and even magnets. And for the crafty couple, there’s even a way to upload your own design. FYI, be sure to keep an eye out for their frequent promos and discount codes.
You can nab not only your wedding invitations on this digital design site but also pretty much anything else you could dream of, from custom coffee mugs to leggings, making it perfect for couples who want to also find some other fun, branded goods. The options are pretty much endless—at last count, there were over 175,000 invite designs alone to choose from—so get ready to do some serious scrolling.
That being said, the website does make it extremely easy to narrow things down by filtering according to various themes, think ‘modern,’ ‘destination,’ or ‘rustic & backyard,’ as well as a nice ‘budget’ category for the cost-conscious. You can also filter by color, and/or choose to see which invites are currently trending, a nice way to help streamline the searching process. Don’t miss their other unique add-ons, such as beautifully designed envelopes and return labels, too.
This website offers what we like to think of as a Warby Parker-style box, making it easy to ‘try before you buy.’ The Artifact Uprising Wedding Suites Sample Kit comes complete with a selection of designs and themes across several types of paper goods, not to mention three different printing styles: digital, foil-stamped, and custom-engraved.
Once you figure out the look and feel you like, it’s easy to design your own (there are 18 invite designs to choose from), and don’t forget to add on all the day-of stationery, too. Eco-conscious couples can rest easy, knowing that all of the paper used is thick, archival, and FSC-certified, manufactured using wind power to minimize any environmental impact. And, of course, the site is a great place to create a wedding photo book after the big day is over; the wedding album design services are also hugely helpful.
If sustainability and zero-waste are a priority part of your wedding planning process, this site is a must-visit. Online e-vites have never felt chicer or more special; the over 400 designs offered, created by independent artists, easily rival those of any printed invitation. On the logistical front, all kinds of convenient features will make your life that much easier. Think things such as guest messaging (including a guest tagging tool that lets you filter out certain people, like just the wedding party), auto-reminders for guests, and survey questions, like chicken or beef?.
Per the sustainability aspect, this brand is also all above giving back, donating a percentage of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a non-profit organization that maintains forests. Fun fact: To date, Greenvelope users have saved over 990,000 pounds of paper and the brand has planted 26,000 trees.
What started as the go-to spot for all kinds of photo projects naturally evolved into a destination for wedding invites. The custom templates are great if you want to include a photo of you and your spouse-to-be, though there are plenty of photo-free designs to choose from as well. This is another site that also offers a free wedding sample kit, filled with options for different paper stock, card shapes, fonts, and more.
It’s worth checking out for sure, especially because it comes with a 50% discount for a wedding stationery order. (To that point, they’re also a great source for invites for all kinds of other wedding-related events, like the rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.) And procrastinators, take note, orders tend to ship super fast from Mixbook, oftentimes in just a few days.
Given that this is one of our favorite places to pursue anything paper-related, from beautiful cards to luxurious notebooks, it’s no surprise that Paper Source also is a top pick for wedding invites. The digital site offers the same quality, variety, and level of service that you’ll find at the brand’s brick-and-mortar stores, all from the comfort of your own home.
Their online invitation design studio lets you customize to your heart’s content, choosing from all kinds of options, including unique choices from designers such as Monique Lhullier and Neil Lane. Be sure to take advantage of their wedding consultants, who can both offer helpful advice and spot check your customization, as well as their all-in-one wedding guide, filled with great inspiration if you’re not quite sure where to start.
Amazon Handmade: Pixel Impressions Personalized Wedding Invitations
You already probably buy pretty much everything else on Amazon, so why not add wedding invitations to your cart? In true Amazon fashion, these invites offer a great bang for your buck and ship extremely quickly, usually in just two to three days. The pretty, floral cards are printed on smooth, white cardstock and come with coordinating envelopes; all you have to do is customize your details.
They come in sets of 10, so just up the quantity as needed, and don’t forget that you can add the return address onto the back of each envelope, saving you major time when it comes to the invite stuffing and prepping process.
Etsy: Paper and Toys
Neutral lovers, rejoice. This minimalistic design is simple and streamlined, yet anything but boring. Why? Rather than just using paper, these combine paper, linen, and vellum, all sewn together with delicate threads to create a gorgeous wedding suite packet that’s guaranteed to wow your guests as soon as they open it.
Subtly torn edges add to the organic feel. Reviewers do note that this shop books up quickly, so get those orders in ASAP, though repeatedly rave about the finished product, as well as the shop owner’s helpful communication and attention to detail throughout the process.
Talk about special—these acrylic invites are sure to be unlike anything your guests have ever seen. The five by seven acrylic pieces can be printed with a variety of different colors and designs, ranging from floral to geometric. You can also add-on RSVP and/or accommodation cards printed on cardstock, and choose from envelopes in a rainbow of different colors and metallics.
Just keep in mind that, due to the size and weight of the acrylic invites, they will require additional postage. Also worth noting: The cost per invite decreases when the total quantity increases.
Believe it, this isn’t just a place to buy your business cards. It’s become a go-to for graphic designers seeking out high-quality printing, AKA you can feel confident knowing that your invitations are going to be absolutely gorgeous. (Case in point: Their new embossed foil collection.)
Speaking of, they offer graphic design services, where someone can help you create just an invite or an entire wedding stationery suite. One of our favorite features? Their ‘shop by wedding timeline’ option, which helps you figure out exactly what you need (and when you should buy it) during every step of the planning process.
Etsy: CZ Invitations
Not crazy about a digital nor a paper invitation? Why not go with a wood one? Yes, wood. This Etsy shop creates invitations on absolutely stunning wood grain paper—available in two finishes—with a gold, mirror backing layer. It hits the nail on the head (no pun intended) for those looking to bring a touch of elegance to a more rustic wedding.
The price of the set includes not only the invitation, envelope, reply card, reply envelope, a details insert, and a belly band in the same woodgrain paper, but also assembly of the entire thing, a major win for those who are short on time. (Though if you’d rather do it yourself, that will also be reflected in the price). We also appreciate that the shop offers an unlimited number of proofs and text changes.
Amazon: Keweis Laser Cut Wedding Invitations
Another choice Amazon find, these are perfect for the couple ready to roll up their sleeves and get involved in some stationary DIY action. You get everything you need for 20 invitations (which, it bears mentioning, rings in at less than one dollar per invite). The romantic design features an antiqued white laser-cut invitation holder, blank kraft paper on which you can print all the details, and a vintage rope to tie the whole thing together before you slide it into the included kraft envelope.
Sure, this option will require a little bit of legwork, but if you’re game for the challenge—and/or don’t have a lengthy guest list—this is an affordable way to go. Plus, if you have any blanks leftover, the design could easily be used in the future for another type of event, think a baby shower or birthday party.
Etsy: So My Darling
These handmade invites are created on 100% recycled cotton paper and come complete with a beautiful wax seal. They’re timeless and elegant, a great choice for minimalist couples looking for simple invitations, yet still special. Envelopes do cost extra, though there are a nice amount of choices to pick from, and shipping is included in the final cost, always a nice thing.
Etsy: Bread and Jaim
Another great option for the couple seeking an out-of-the-ordinary invitation, these are truly a work of art. They’re hand-painted on cotton rag paper and can be customized with an illustration of your wedding venue, the destination, or any other artwork of your choosing. They come with matching cotton rag envelopes, though you can also contact the shop owner to add wax seals, ribbons, or other additional elements.
What to look for in a wedding invitation
When it comes to the invitation design, think about your overall wedding vibe and palette. Even if you're still in the early stages of wedding planning, it's still a nice idea to give general hints of the event to come in the invite. Since you'll have your venue booked when you send out the invites, let it be an inspiration. For example, a wedding that's being held in a rustic barn setting could feature an invite with wildflowers and distressed wood textures. Or, a city loft wedding could have an invite with a modern font and minimal design.
It's also totally OK to just go with the invite you both love, regardless of where you're getting wed! the most important thing to remember is to include all the necessary information in a legible and clear manner. Luckily, many of the online invitation sites will walk you through the design process, so it's a user-friendly and streamlined experience.
When Should I Send My Wedding Invitations?
How Do You Word a Wedding Invitation?
The first line usually introduces who is hosting the wedding (whether it's the parents or the couple); the next line is about how you are inviting them. "For a formal wedding where the ceremony will be held in a place of worship, you would generally say 'request the honor of your presence" advises Cohen."
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a bride-to-be, currently in the process of planning the final details of her wedding, who sourced her wedding invitations on Minted.
Meet the Expert
Katie Fisher Cohen is a graphic designer based in New York City. Her team at Katie Fisher Design specializes in bespoke invitations and paper goods for weddings, as well as corporate and private events.