Invitations set the tone for a wedding, and you don’t want to call on your guests with something that's not your style. So if you're open to surprising your guests with an invitation suite that feels more personal than traditional, there are endless ways to amp up the creativity level in your wedding invitations.
You can customize every detail of your invitation suite, selecting everything from the paper it's printed on to the stamp that seals the envelope. But remember: There's a lot more to your invitations than what they're printed on. Consider using fun shapes, mixed materials, and hand-painted artwork to create the vibe you want.
Read on for unique wedding invitation ideas to help inspire you.
Consider Color Blocking
An invitation suite with a sunny disposition. A warm color palette consisting of sunshine hues puts a retro spin on this mood-enhancing color block style.
Mix Linen and Leather
Make your invitations match the theme of your garden party wedding with a Jane Eyre-inspired design. Linen and letter-pressed invitations are understated elegance, complete with torn edges that exude vintage romance.
Find Inspiration From the Outdoors
A Pacific Northwest wedding calls for an outdoor-themed invitation suite that comes alive with adventure. We can't get enough of Tracy Subisak's quirky woodland-inspired illustrations.
A transparent acrylic invitation with simple white lettering achieves contemporary minimalism. The "less is more" aesthetic uses a visual hierarchy of text to highlight only the most important details.
This colorful invitation suite is inspired by a Chinoiserie, the European interpretation of Chinese motifs. A teal and aqua color combination with hints of pinks illustrates cherry blossoms and bas relief birds.
Have Fun With Illustrations
Illustrated fold-out watercolor invitations are a fun alternative to the traditional wedding invitation suite. This whimsical design features the bride and groom alongside a scenic landscape of the vineyard where they’ll tie the knot. The fourth panel is perforated so guests can tear it off and send in their RSVP.
If you're looking for a way to personalize your wedding invitations, hiring an illustrator may be your best bet. Illustrated wedding invitations not only add artsy flair, but there's something so special about having an invite that's truly one-of-a-kind. Anything from a custom portrait of you and your partner to a hand-drawn family crest can be turned into an illustration.
Create an Indie Print
Desert nuptials? The indie cactus print on this all-in-one invitation is sure to set the tone for your wedding day. Bonus: The perforated RSVP postcard is ready to be dropped in the mail.
Forget paper—leather invitations add an unexpected texture and get major points for originality. Plus, they’re the perfect complement to the free-spirited bride’s indie wedding.
Use a Rustic Palette
A violet and copper palette is rustic and elegant when combined with wax seals and silk ribbon. Deckle-edge invitations and calligraphy wedding envelopes really make this suite stand out.
Bevel the Edges
Watercolor art, gold beveled edges, and engraved butterflies evoke a fairytale dream come true. The lavender envelopes featuring an ornate gold seal will give guests something to remember.
Depending on the complexity of your wedding invitation suite, you should contact stationery designers nine to 12 months before your wedding. If you're looking for a custom seal or illustrations, then you may want to reach out even sooner.
Get Eclectic With Cut-Outs
Crystal-inspired invitations are edgy and eclectic—perfect for the bohemian bride. The foil-pressed lettering and dynamic laser-cut design lend an artistic touch.
Stick With Patterns
Bring the Roaring ‘20s to life with an Art Deco invitation suite that exudes class and sophistication. Crisp lines, geometric patterns, and a black and gold palette strike a chord.
Use Your Venue as Inspiration
Playful and fun, this retro print is reminiscent of a postcard. Everything from the vibrant color selections to the mid-century modern design capture the spirit of this Palm Springs wedding venue.
Throw It Back To the '70s
Acrylic invitations are taken to new heights when they sparkle with glitter. This groovy disco-inspired invitation set puts a modern twist on the 1970s. Our favorite part? The RSVP cards prompting guests "Ready To Dance?"
Make It Personal
We’re loving the modern desert vibes in this spunky invitation suite, which get points for a personal touch—the groom, a graphic designer, created them himself. We're also partial to the eye-catching palm frond-covered envelopes that appear to be handpainted.
Allude To Your Destination
Destination wedding? A watercolor map drawing will give your invitations some local color in more ways than one. Even the tile patterned liner found inside the envelope hints to a Positano wedding.
An invitation suite with a color palette of warm greens, blues, and gold is inspired by the Bethesda Terrace in New York City’s Central Park. Watercolor splashes, elegant calligraphy, and parchment paper are reminiscent of a vintage painting.
Stick With Simplicity
Sometimes simple and understated is best, especially when it sets the tone for a barn wedding. Rustic wedding stationery goes minimalist with a bold type and evergreen artwork.
Remember Less Is More
For this bold and clean invitation suite, layered elements combine for a design that's ripe in simplicity and beauty. From the couple's mantra (Who Loves Wins) to the modern palette consisting of black and deep burgundy, no detail goes unnoticed.