These Classic Wedding Invitations Prove That Tradition Can Be Trendy

Monograms, calligraphy and minimalist layouts will never go out of style.
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Jamie Kravitz - The Knot Contributor.
Jamie Kravitz
Jamie Kravitz - The Knot Contributor.
Jamie Kravitz
The Knot Contributor
  • Jamie writes e-commerce articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on gift ideas, registry and planning advice.
  • Previously, she was a dating writer at Elite Daily and a contributing writer for Martha Stewart Weddings.
  • Jamie holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.
Updated Sep 13, 2021
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If you're going to go the traditional route with your wedding stationery and you want to send out classic wedding invitations, you've come to the right place. Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your celebration but, more than that, it's a keepsake you and your spouse will treasure forever. For this reason, traditional wedding invitations are that much more timeless. You can choose to continue with a formal theme throughout your wedding stationery suite, or go more modern with paper details like place cards, table numbers and wedding programs on your wedding day. Classic wedding invitation designs can—and should—still feel fresh, which is why we've selected these 19 options straight from The Knot Invitations. While each invite incorporates tried-and-true elements, many of these picks also embrace trendy, modern details like playful patterns or faux gold foil embellishments.

In addition to the ability to customize your wedding invitation wording, all of these invites include the option to either stick with our signature paper (a sturdy card stock with a slight texture and matte finish), add a hint of glam and a lightly lustrous shimmer with our pearlescent paper, or be eco-conscious with our recycled paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. Not sure which one best suits your wedding style? You can always order a sample of any of the templates before you commit.

The Knot We Do Wedding Invitations

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This modern wedding invitation comes in four classic color themes (gray, black, navy or blush). The top reads "We Do" in sophisticated calligraphy, with your personalized wedding details below in a mix of typography styles.

The Knot Elegant Accent Wedding Invitations

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A minimalistic frame outlines this stylish invite's serif type, but our favorite detail is the back, which can be customized with your initials in an elegant script.

The Knot Rich Greenery Wedding Invitations

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Detailed greenery arcs around your wedding day details on this pretty invitation. The font and layout of the text are super classic, but the greenery definitely adds a sweet, romantic touch.

The Knot Classically Elegant Wedding Invitation

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This aptly named classically elegant invitation includes spots for all your important details, separated by decorative lines and otherwise free of distracting designs. Bonus: The envelope liner features a grayscale botanical for a surprising and dramatic touch.

The Knot Classic Crest Wedding Invitations

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Your initials take center stage on this classic wedding invitation, which features a sophisticated crest flanked by sprigs of greenery. The rest of the template is otherwise minimal, serving up your big day details in style.

The Knot Simply Elegant Wedding Invitations

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What makes these wedding cards special is that there's a place to offer your guests a virtual attendance option, in addition to the standard in-person ceremony details. This way, all of your loved ones have the opportunity to share your special day.

The Knot Graceful Botanical Wedding Invitations

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Add floral flair without sacrificing a classic look with this graceful botanical invitation design. Choose from six pops of color or opt for gray to really let the wildflower illustrations shine.

The Knot Elegant Photograph Wedding Invitations

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Adding a photograph of you and your soon-to-be spouse is a more modern choice, of course, but it works as the centerpiece of this otherwise classic wedding invitation suite. The reverse features your initials in a monogram on one of four solid neutrals.

The Knot Simply Adorned Wedding Invitations

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Tasteful line work and a clean monogram are the only accents this stunningly simple stationery needs. A black and white envelope liner dotted with blooms completes the timeless look.

The Knot Simply Classic Wedding Invitations

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Sweeping, romantic script puts a modern spin on these classic wedding invites, which come in a selection of four color palettes. The same script is used on the RSVP cards for continuity.

The Knot Romantic Minimal Wedding Invitations

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Invite your guests to join you for your big day without an overwhelming amount of information. These minimal wedding cards showcase both your names and include the date, time and location of your wedding. They're basically the paper version of a breath of fresh air.

The Knot Classic Floral Wedding Invitations

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Sketched peonies adorn the corners of this classic wedding invitation, available in an elegant blue, cream or gray. The suite comes with everything you need for your big day, like table numbers, thank-you cards and a coordinating save-the-date card.

The Knot Elegant Marble Wedding Invitations

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These rose gold foil wedding invitations may not use real metallics, but the faux foil frame and marble back (complete with your monogram) still feel super fancy and luxe.

The Knot Minimal Geometric Wedding Invitations

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Go for gold with these geometric wedding invites that pair classic serif type and simple script with an elegant diamond pattern on the reverse.

The Knot Elegant Monogram Wedding Invitations

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This wedding invitation comes in several shades, so you can keep it super traditional or match your wedding colors. Your names sit at the center of the card in large type, overlaid against a cursive monogram of your initials. This day is about the two of you, after all.

The Knot Timeless Typography Wedding Invitations

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Traditional wording plus timeless styling and a black and white palette equal an instant classic wedding invitation. There's even a spot to personalize the invite with your wedding website on the back.

The Knot Ampersand Flourish Wedding Invitations

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Get your family and friends excited for your formal wedding celebration with this flourish-filled invitation. An illustrated ampersand takes center stage beneath your names, perfectly tying together the otherwise traditional layout.

The Knot Classic Landscape Wedding Invitations

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You have the choice between three illustrated venue options for this invitation: a rustic barn, a formal estate or a vineyard landscape. Select the one that best represents the location you've reserved for your big day, along with a color scheme that matches your palette.

The Knot Vintage Luxe Wedding Invitations

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This vintage-inspired frame wedding invitation features decorative swirls in each corner that surround your wedding details. The luxe swirl pattern on the reverse and a navy or burgundy painted background add even more sophistication to this already lovely invite.

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