Your wedding invitation card design gives your guests a sneak peek into your big day.
Plus, they provide you and your partner with an opportunity to express yourselves. What’ll it be? Vintage, retro, traditional, or unique?
These wedding invitations and card samples are perfect inspiration to jump start your journey.
Factors to consider when choosing your custom wedding invitation
Once you find a design idea you love, it’s tempting to jump in head first and place your order. Keep a few things in mind before you make your final wedding invitation card design decision.
What’s your wedding style?
If you’ve already selected your venue, flowers, food, and decor, you probably have a good idea of your wedding style. Is it modern and chic or classic and romantic? Is your wedding more casual and laid back or formal and elegant?
Make sure your wedding invitation card design matches the overall style of your wedding. Your guests should get a “feel” of the wedding when they open the invitation.
Decide on a colour scheme
You’ll want your wedding invitations and cards to match the colour choices you’ve already made. If you’re wedding colours are baby blue and taupe, you probably shouldn’t select gold and burgundy invitations.
Keep everything within your defined colour scheme and don’t forget colour choice can affect readability. Pastel fonts on cream coloured paper are difficult to read. Color blind folks may have trouble reading red fonts on pink papers.
Consider shape and size
Have some fun: test out round invitations or different sizes. 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch is the standard wedding invitation size, but lots of couples are now experimenting with different shapes and sizes.
Keep in mind that added bulk and unique wedding invitation card design shapes usually cost more for postage than standard sizes.
Make sure they’re easy to read
Like mentioned above, make sure your font and background colour aren’t too similar. You should also keep typeface in mind.
Certain elaborate fonts aren’t easy to read. Always ask for a proof before ordering your full set. Make sure all your guests will be able to read your invitations.
Organize your information
You need to squeeze a lot of information into your wedding invitation card design: your names, the dress code, location, date, RSVP information.
Decide which information is absolutely necessary for the invitation and what can go on your wedding website. Remember that you want your invitations to be legible, clean, and organized. Will you go for a minimalist or traditional approach for your invitation?
Try to order all printed materials in one sitting
Weddings require a lot of printed products: save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, thank you cards. Printers typically offer a discount when you order the entire suite in one sitting. Plus, you can ensure that the design stays consistent every step of the way.
Start early -- but not too early
You’ll need to pick your wedding invitation card design, order proofs, check the proofs, address, and send out your invitations. This takes more time than you think. (Especially with everything else you have to plan.)
At the same time, you need certain information before designing your invitations such as your venue location, colour scheme, and dress code.
Modern wedding invitations card samples
Cream paper with cursive font not your style? No problem. These modern wedding invitations card samples give an updated feel to the traditional wedding invitation design.
Geometric styles are all over this year. The rose gold foil provides a striking contrast against the dark navy blue.
These origami invitations offer a nice updated feel while still sticking with traditional colors like gold and black.
3. Black on black
Designers usually caution away from using black font with black paper, but the foiled text gives these invitations a clean and modern feel that’s not too difficult to read.
4. Neon and edgy
Going for casual and modern? These neon and white invitations are hilarious.
Simple and straight to the point. What more do you need?
6. Laser cut shapes
There are tons of amazing laser cut invitations out there but this tree wedding invitation design is just absolutely adorable.
Keep it high-class and elegant with this black and gold foil invitation set.
8. White and navy laser cut designs
Navy is perfect when you want a hint of colour and a nice contrast with white paper.
Unique wedding invitation card design
Sometimes, you just need an invitation that stands out from the crowd. Who said weddings have to be dull? Express your personality with a fun and unique wedding invitation card design.
This newsprint wedding card invitation design lets you and your partner tell a story.
10. Passport and boarding pass
Destination wedding? Yes, please.
11. Board games
It doesn’t get much cuter than this.
12. Vinyl records
Wondering where the text and information is? It’s on the record. Yes, the record plays the wedding date and venue location.
Not only is this fun, but you can deliver the invitation in unique packaging.
Give your guests an invitation that doubles as a keepsake.
Via Style Me Pretty
15. Arcade machine
Love all things retro? These foldable arcade invitations are cute and classy.
Via The Knot
16. Lord of the Rings
It’s hard to pull off book and movie-themed weddings without looking tacky but these invitations are classy and timeless.
Traditional invitation cards designs
Keeping things classy doesn’t have to be boring. These traditional invitation cards designs are beautiful, elegant, and unique -- making them perfect for your special day.
17. Rose gold with foil
Does it get any more romantic than rose gold, foil, and ribbons? These traditional invitation cards designs are soft and simple but still fairly unique.
18. Glass appearance
These see-through invitations are simple and traditional with just a touch of uniqueness.
Via Girl Yard
19. Bold floral
These striking wedding invitations and card samples provide bold colour without going overboard.
Via Hello Tenfold
20. Watercolour pastels
Watercolours and foil with a simple design never go out of style.
21. Clean and classy
The unique fonts and the envelope inlay give an updated feel to this classic design.
22. Simple and elegant with a pop of colour
The pink floral design gives these traditional invitation cards designs a soft touch.
23. Bold navy watercolour with gold accents
Navy is an excellent alternative to black when you want dark wedding invites and the gold accents offer a little spice.
Rustic and vintage wedding card ideas
When done right, vintage wedding card ideas are an easy way to get playful with your invitations while still keeping your vibe classy and elegant.
Why stop at vintage wedding card ideas? You could even use invitations as a jumping off point for your wedding theme and decor. The only question is: which era will you choose?
24. Turquoise and woodgrain
Something about the colours here is just so warm and fun.
25. Once upon a time
Is there anything more adorable than this storybook design?
Love tattoos or all things 1950s counterculture? These invitations are perfect.
27. New world
It’s hard to pick the best thing about these invitations: the fan, the map, or the keepsake box.
Via Girl Yard
28. Fairytale wedding
These fairytale wedding invitations are perfectly elegant without being cartoonish.
Via Style Me Pretty
29. Wood and lace
Soft lace provides a nice textural contrast to the wood grain background while the brown and white combination is warm and inviting.
30. Classy retro
These retro invites play with colour and design but are still elegant and classy.
Via Wedding Chicks
Selecting your perfect wedding invitations and card samples
Weddings are a unique and magical time. You get to make a commitment to the love of your life with your friends and family there to share the moment.
Planning is notoriously stressful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun, too.
Wedding invitations and card samples are a perfect opportunity to express your unique personalities without sacrificing elegance. You could even use these wedding invitation card design ideas as a launch pad for building your wedding colours or theme.
The only question is now: which direction will you take?