Before the big day, your wedding invitations will let your guests know what to expect for the event. If your invitations show creativity or sophistication, your guests will likely assume that the rest of your wedding will follow suit. However, if you’ve skimped out on them, your guests might worry that you’ve cut down on other important elements of your event.
Your invitations don’t have to be foil-pressed or lined with Swarovski crystals, but they shouldn’t look like they came from a dollar store either. Think about it: these pieces of paper will be hanging on the refrigerators of every single guest, and they’ll also serve as unforgettable keepsakes to show to your future kids (if that’s on the agenda, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves).
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve picked out a wedding theme yet or you’re completely starting from scratch–at least one of the invitations below should work for you or at least give you some inspiration. Finding the right one doesn’t have to be so difficult. Just as the old saying goes, “when you know, you know.”
Elegant Wedding Invitations
On your wedding day, you’re basically a celebrity. Your guests will surround you like the paparazzi, snapping hundreds of pictures and sharing it with the rest of the world on social media. Everything about the day will feel completely glamorous, from the makeup to the dress to everything in between!
While you might not be able to afford a wedding like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin (who reportedly spent $4.6 million on their big day), you can still make everything look luxurious.
The “Gatsby Deco” gatefold invitations pictured above are printed on Paperstyle’s signature matte paper, but if you’re feeling bold, you can increase the quality for an extra $0.75 to $1.35 per print. You can also choose whether to have lined or printed envelopes. Once you select the amount you need, you’re taken to a page where you can customize the font text, type, colors, and sizes. Before adding to your cart, you’ll see a proof of the final copy and have the ability to input any additional instructions.
With invitations as fancy as these, it’s unlikely anyone will come to your wedding under-dressed. It’ll be a picture-perfect wedding!
Custom Comic Wedding Invitations
Want to guarantee that absolutely no one else will have the same wedding invitations as you? At Etsy, you can get personalized comic-style wedding invitations! Just send a picture of you and your partner in crime to the seller, and he will turn you and your fiance into one-of-a-kind art.
It’s clearly not a traditional wedding invitation, but it’s definitely the type that will leave everyone talking. This product has nearly 50 reviews, all with 5-star compliments of the seller’s communication as well as the quality of his work.
If comics aren’t your thing, you can still browse through Etsy and search for “unique wedding invitations” or “quirky wedding invitations” and find designs that you never would have found at a typical store. In addition to invitations, Etsy has a ton of other exclusive wedding products, as well as the option to create a registry.
Photo Wedding Invitations
If you’ve taken professional engagement photos, either of these invitations can serve as a great excuse to show them off! The left option, from Expressionery, has an easy-to-read layout which allows the recipient to focus on the picture while also having the necessary information at hand. You can choose between 3 different colors to appear behind your names as well as the back of the card. The right option, from Shutterfly, is a stress-reliever if you’re having trouble picking just one picture. This invitation has 2 paper types and 4 different trims to choose from. Once you’re ready to check out, you can decide whether you want the cards mailed for you or sent to you with blank or addressed envelopes.
Las Vegas Wedding Invitations
Believe it or not, over 120,000 couples choose to get married in Las Vegas every year! There are a lot of perks to getting married in this city–in particular, the venues are easy to book at the last minute and much more affordable. Vegas is also known for offering really cheap flight, hotel, and combination deals, so you won’t have to worry too much about you guests getting there.
If you can’t make it to Vegas (or another city with a casino), even a local wedding venue will look dazzling with a Vegas theme if you decorate it right! Your guests will love the fun-loving, carefree atmosphere.
For the invitations, you can get a design that looks like an Ace from a deck of cards from eInvite. You can choose between a red or a black card, and customize the font, text, and other details. The envelopes have optimization options as well. It’s impossible not to get excited after receiving this invite!
Destination Wedding Invitations
Las Vegas might be the most popular destination wedding location, but some people might prefer a place that’s more quaint and intimate. Maybe you’d rather get married at an authentic Italian restaurant in Tuscany, a gorgeous vineyard in France, or on a white sand beach in the Caribbean. It might seem like an expensive idea at first, but when you really think about it, all weddings are expensive. If you cut down on the major expenses and choose something low-key, it can actually turn out to be pretty affordable. Guests can stay at hostels for incredibly low prices, and instead of paying for a caterer, you can have each guest bring a local dish. The wedding might have to be small, but it will be incredibly romantic and memorable.
For destination weddings, you can find a lot of creative designs. On the left, I found one featuring a map from Michaels Custom Invitations. You can choose any font you’d like, but they also provide a drop-down list for you to help you pick out fonts that pair well. Plain envelopes are free, and it only costs $1 extra per envelope to include addresses. The faux Passport on the right can be found at eInvite. On the inside, you can include a picture of you and your fiance. The fonts and text can also be customized to your liking.
Remember: a destination wedding isn’t just a treat for yourself…it’s also a treat for your guests!
Barn Wedding Invitations
Barn weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and there’s a good reason why. Something about getting married on the countryside feels a lot more personal, regardless of the amount of people invited. Whether you grew up on a farm or you just want to get away, a barn wedding is a charming place to tie the knot.
Both of these invitations follow the rustic theme, and, as you can see, include a picture of a barn on them. On the left, the Expressionery invitation has a great selection of font types and 3 different font colors to choose from. You can add, remove, or rearrange the text in any way that you’d like. The invitation on the right is from minted, and they have the most customization options, but they are also more expensive. One of the best features they have is the ability to add your own Pantone color! That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
After you’ve picked out your invitations, you can browse through Pinterest for a bunch of barn wedding ideas. That site is filled with amazing suggestions.
Fairy Tale Wedding Invitations
If you’ve dreamt about your wedding day ever since you were a little girl, why not turn it into a fairy tale come true? You can begin your “once upon a time” with either of these utopian invitations from the Bonanza marketplace.
The invitation on the left looks like it’s just been ripped out of a storybook, except this love story is nonfiction! The invitation has a classic font with elaborate artwork featuring a carriage, castle, horses, and more. On the right, the invitation really looks like you’re inviting your guests to a wedding hosted by a princess. It comes in a cute box that’s decorated with hot foil golden stamping. The invitation is silk screen printed on a scroll with cream colored shimmery paper.
Regardless of which invitation you choose, you’ll be on your way to a happy ending!