20 Summer Wedding Invitation Ideas for Every Couple

From destination drawings to pastel portraits!

summer wedding invitation

Photo by Julia Wade

Summer weddings are such a popular choice for good reason. From incredible weather and vibrant hues to fresh, in-season bites and blooms, the summer months truly offer an abundance of beautiful options for your big day.

As you’re planning your summer wedding, whether you’re hosting a garden soirée, a waterfront party, or you’re heading to a tropical destination, your wedding invitations will help set the tone. Summer can always mean vibrant, sun-soaked hues, but there are plenty of other options to consider as well. A textured paper can make your invitations all the more romantic, while choosing a gilded design will add a touch of elegance. It’s all about creating a suite that matches the tone of your big day to communicate the key details your friends and family will need to know.

Ready to find the perfect suite to share your wedding-day details? Ahead, find 20 of our favorite summer invitation ideas from real weddings.    

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Showcase a Destination

destination illustration wedding invitation

Photo by Amber Gress

A custom illustration is sure to set the tone for your summer wedding, especially when a portrait of your ceremony location is front and center. We love the way this design created a seaside vibe, with other charming nautical details incorporated throughout the entire invitation suite.

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Incorporate Warmth and Greenery

tropical greenery wedding invitation

Photo by Alex Bramall

Convey a summer vibe with a tropical-inspired design. Even if you're not hosting your nuptials in a tropical location, you can certainly still mimic the scene and set the tone with an invitation featuring plenty of warm-weather greenery.

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Celebrate With Cactus Details

cactus wedding invitations

Photo by Erich Mcvey

A wedding celebration in the desert is guaranteed to be soaked in sunshine. Draw from desert elements when designing your invitation as well. A beautiful cactus illustration gave the ideal nod to a destination wedding in Mexico for this couple.

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Include a Pastel Portrait

pastel wedding invitation

Photo by Etcetera Photography

Summer isn't all about bold hues. You can absolutely opt for pastels instead if you'd prefer! Consider a soft, romantic palette with a hint of texture, and make you and your partner the star of the show with a sweet illustration.

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Mimic a Pattern

tile inspired wedding invitation

Photo by Erich Mcvey

If you're hosting a destination wedding, chances are there's a textile or pattern that might symbolize the locale. Consider incorporating that detail into your invitation design, as one couple did for their celebration in Portugal.

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Channel Natural Beauty

nature inspired wedding invitation

Photo by Henry + Mac

Summer means plenty of natural beauty, no matter where you look. Celebrate the season's abundance with a simple sketch. We love the ethereal-meets-organic design of this invitation suite featuring a mixture of different fonts, paired with simple hues and natural illustrations.

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Take It to the Tropics

tropical wedding invitation

Photo by Asia Pimental

Think bright, hot pinks and greens are the only way to convey a tropical vibe? Think again. This invitation suite utilized a palette of cool blues with a pop of gold to share the important details for a tropical destination wedding.

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Keep It Simple

simple wedding invitation

Photo by Henry + Mac

There's certainly no shame in keeping things simple with your invitation design, and it still applies in summer. Choose a great paper and a pretty hue as the base for all of your paper goods. Consider adding a small logo or monogram to make the design your own.

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Choose a Colorful Monogram

colorful monogram wedding invitation

Photo by Julia wade

Your monogram can be such a great touch to personalize your invitation suite. One couple chose to switch things up from the typical single-hued monogram and swapped it for a bold palette for summer instead. With pretty hues and floral details, this design perfectly set the tone for a chic garden wedding.

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Add a Hint of Boho

modern pastel wedding invitation

Photo by Katie Ruther

This modern-meets-boho design was the perfect fit for a destination wedding in Tulum. From the packing list to the tropical greenery embossed in the paper, this invitation suite certainly didn't lack detail.

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Turn to Romantic Texture

romantic wedding invitation

Photo by kurt boomer

A summer wedding in Tuscany definitely calls for a hint of romance. This design incorporated calligraphed information, gilded details, and textured paper edges for an elegant look.

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Look to Neutrals

neutral hue wedding invitation


Celebrating a summer wedding date with a desert-inspired color palette? Look to neutral hues and creative patterns for your invitations. This invitation suite was designed to mimic the topography of a desert wedding location in the most stunning way.

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Make It Moody

moody wedding invitation

Photo by Liz Banfield

Moody hues for a summer soirée? You bet! Incorporating floral illustrations paired with jewel tones and black-penned illustrations is such a beautiful way to set the tone for an outdoor wedding.

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Go for Green

green print wedding invitation

Photo by Melissa Oholendt

A gorgeous emerald green will always be a great choice, especially if you're hosting a classic country club wedding during a summer month. This invitation suite offered all of the important details in a simple design, with a bold green as the perfect pop of color.

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Choose a Vibrant Palette

vibrant summer wedding invitation

Photo by Sasithon Photography

There's no denying a summer wedding may mean plenty of sunshine, water, and bright hues for you and your partner. Capture that energy with a vibrant design featuring charming seaside details.

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Wow With Watercolor

watercolor portrait wedding invitation

Photo by Olivia Leigh

A lakefront wedding on a beautiful summer day is certainly an appropriate occasion to bring watercolors into the mix. This stunning suite featured a lakeside illustration paired with a portrait of the couple for a beautiful touch.

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Make It Fun

whimsical wedding invitation

Photo by mark spooner

If you and your partner love whimsical details and hope to make your wedding a day of lively fun, showcase that! This charming invitation suite hinted at the celebration's location and activities with clever illustrations in a vibrant palette.

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Pick Polished and Posh

posh wedding invitation

Photo by Imogen Xiana

A summer wedding in the English countryside calls for a posh invitation, and this design pulled it off flawlessly. We love the calligraphed fonts, navy hues, and elegant illustrations included in the mix.

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Feature a Floral Envelope

floral envelope invitation suite

Photo by Samm Blake

The details incorporated in this design, from the hand-drawn venue illustration to the handwritten lettering, are incredible. But what really makes this summer wedding invitation pop? The couple chose to send it with bold blooms on the envelope liner for a truly special touch.

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Keep It Classic

gold wedding invitation

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Keep things classic with plenty of gilded detailing. This invitation suite welcomed guests to an elegant summer wedding at a chateau in France. The gold detailing paired with an illustration of gold blooms made for a stunning design.

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