Invitation Trend Report: 20 Hot Invite Ideas

Follow our paper trail for some serious inspiration.
by Jaimie Dalessio
  1. Papel Picado-Style Invitations

    Avie Designs
    There's something so festive and fun about papel picado banners, making them the perfect invite inspiration. Avis Wampler of Avie Designs hand-cut papel picado decor for her own wedding -- inspiring this amazing and (thankfully) laser-cut invitation.
  2. Hand-Drawn Illustrations

    The Nic Studio

    Even ready-made sets of hand-drawn invitations feel really personal.

  3. Mix-and-Match Motifs


    Don't be afraid to incorporate multiple ideas and motifs into your invitation. In fact, it's en vogue to mix and match, as long as everything ties together. This invitation does so with keys, pens, and scroll borders.

  4. Retro Invitations

    Pistachio Press

    With all things vintage so in style right now, it makes sense that the new airplane ticket invite would emerge. Here it is -- the marriage telegram.

  5. White-on-White Texture


    We love this idea: Choose one bold color and then accent your invites with texture, like this white-on-white zigzag piece.

  6. Royal-Worthy Designs


    We've been seeing more and more elegance, opulence, and intricate designs. This amazing invitation looks pulled straight from a storybook.

  7. Dressed-Up Rustic

    Regas NY

    Lately, we've seen a lot of buttoned-up rustic wedding details. This invitation suite is a perfect example of taking something that feels a bit casual (like kraft paper) and adding formal elements (hello, calligraphy and stripes).

  8. Bold Envelope Liner Motifs


    Patterned envelope liners add a nice personal touch and make your invitation seem more special. Check out this new twist: The sea horses look like they're swimming right out of the envelope. It’s a little simpler but still a fun surprise for guests opening the invite.

  9. Playful Fonts

    Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design

    Yes, the formal look is on its way up, but you can still have fun with playful fonts. The funky typeface on this brand-new design softens up the mod pattern.

  10. Foil Design Invitations

    Storkie Express

    Texture plays a major role in the whole guest-invitation experience, and the newest way to get it is with foil. Metallic bursts say modern, urban, and old Hollywood all at once.

  11. White Space

    Shine Wedding Invitations

    Invites don't have to be chock-full of text, artwork and accents. In fact, invitation designers are using white space as an important part of the design. We love this eye-catching, dotted invitation -- perfect for an art museum wedding.

  12. Die-Cut Invites


    You don't have to get crazy with patterns or colors. A fresh shape packs just as much punch.

  13. Childlike Designs

    Night Owl Paper Goods

    Whimsy is a win lately, and we're loving this new finger-paint font save-the-date, printed on a thin piece of wood.

  14. Old-World Motifs


    This old-world, carnival-style theme is one of our favorites. See the matching hot-air balloon escort cards? We love.

  15. Monograms

    Crane & Co.

    Blame it on Catherine and William, but traditional invitation elements like this classic monogram are back. Make it the center of attention on a simple invitation for the formal look that’s in style.

  16. Parisian-Inspired Invites

    Momental Designs with paper from Envelopments

    Few things say romance like Paris, and invitation designers are pulling wedding inspiration from that European vibe. Case in point: this pretty-in-pink invitation with hand-drawn illustrations (hot trend alert!) and accoutrements.

  17. Non-Cheesy Photo Cards

    Night Owl Paper Goods

    Photo cards don't say cheese like some of them used to. They're cooler than ever, like this thank-you note printed on wood.

  18. Pretty Printables

    Sesame Letterpress/Jen Causey

    With at-home printing becoming easier than ever, invitations and save-the-dates you can buy and then print all the wording on your own are huge.

  19. 3-D Accents

    Plum Blossom Press

    Grosgrain ribbon is a sweet touch, but here's a new twist: letterpress illusion. Letterpress-printing a grosgrain ribbon pattern onto an invitation suite gives it the look and feel of that accent without the cost.

  20. Matching Monogram Napkins

    William Arthur

    Now that it's trendy to have a monogram and love it, put it on your napkins too.

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