Invitation Trend Report: 20 Hot Invite Ideas

Follow our paper trail for some serious inspiration.
  1. Photo by Avie Designs

    Papel Picado-Style Invitations

    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

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

  3. Photo by Hello!Lucky

    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

    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. Photo by Smock

    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. Photo by Grapevine

    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. Photo by Regas NY

    Dressed-Up Rustic

    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. Photo by Smock

    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

    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

    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

    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. Photo by Smock

    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

    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. Photo by Checkerboard

    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. Photo by 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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