25 Unexpected Invite Ideas You’ll Love

Need a little invite inspiration? Take a look at these ideas we love right now.
  1. 1. Tea Towel Invitations

    You don't have to be an avid tea drinker to love these unconventional invites, which are actually screen-printed onto towels. Buy them online at WeddingTeaTowels.co.uk or ask a stationery designer to create them for you.

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  2. 2. Doodle-Style Invites

    We just can't get over this doodled wedding invitation by Rudi de Wet, a fun twist on the traditional boy-girl silhouette that takes personalized illustrations to a whole new level.

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  3. 3. Engagement Announcement Idea

    Michelle and Mike announced their engagement with an interactive Candy Land-inspired relationship timeline (complete with photos and embedded videos). Check it out at MikeMichelle.us

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  4. 4. Watercolor Invitations

    Paint your own invites. Really! Letterpress printing in color is pricey, so opt for a single-color design, then watercolor paint them at home.

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  5. 5. Stamped Stationery

    Embrace your inner craft goddess and use stamps to deck out your stationery. The beauty is that you can choose anything -- from a custom-made monogram stamp to fish for a lakeside wedding and stars for a glam theme.

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  6. 6. Vintage Postcard Save-the-Dates

    Pay tribute to your wedding locale (whether it's the beach or the Big Apple) with a vintage postcard-style save-the-date.

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  7. Photo by Anita Calero

    7. Napkin Save-the-Dates

    This idea works for the invites too: Have a calligrapher or an artist illustrate one, then digitally print the rest yourselves.

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  8. 8. Foil Stamped Invitations

    Foil stamping (the printer uses heat, pressure, and metallic paper) makes this black-on-black invite possible and super-swanky.

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  9. 9. Illustrations…of You!

    You can't get much more personal than this. Ask your stationery designer to draw in your dog or add other fun details to make it truly "you."

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  10. 10. Matching Favor Bags

    Your wedding day stationery need not end with the invites. Ask your stationer to tie in your favor packaging too.

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  11. 11. Shadow-Box Signage

    Skip the typical tented cardstock label and make shadow boxes to showcase your signature drink menu as well as other signs around the ceremony and reception.

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  12. 12. Family Trees!

    Honor your union with a family tree guest book. Have friends and family sign around the edges for a meaningful keepsake you can hang in your house.

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  13. 13. Crests (aka Coat of Arms)

    Ask your stationer (or an illustrator) to design a family crest for you and your groom. Work it into all your wedding stationery.

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  14. 14. Stickers

    Jazz up simple stationery elements (like envelopes) with stickers. Get them custom-made with your monogram or pick up simple ones at the craft store.

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  15. 15. Poster-Style Invitations

    Rethink the shape of your invites and consider a poster-sized design. Send them rolled up in poster packaging for an extra-memorable touch.

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  16. 16. Button Details

    Buttons add an unexpected homespun feel to any piece of wedding day stationery, even the seating chart.

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  17. 17. Stationery Games

    Surprise your guests with interactive stationery like crossword puzzle programs or cootie catcher menu cards (so that guests have to play to find out what's for dinner).

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  18. 18. Seeded Paper

    Say thank-you to your guests and the environment with paper they can take home and plant. It works for menu cards, favor tags, or the invitations themselves.

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  19. 19. Cocktail Stirrers

    It's all about the details. Deck out the bar with super-cute drink stirrers. Ask your stationer about making them or do it yourself with stickers from a craft store.

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  20. 20. Pop-Up Invitations

    Here's a stationery idea your guests won't see coming. One of our Knotties, Katherine, actually made these pop-up invitations herself!

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  21. 21. Video Game Save-the-Date

    A save-the-date your guests can play? Now, that's a winner.

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  22. 22. Within the Ribbon Cards

    Within the ribbon cards, which help designate reserved ceremony chairs for family and other special guests, are a great idea if you're having a big wedding. Send them out with the invites or just add them to the chairs on the day of.

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  23. 23. Patterned Envelope Liners

    Even if you opt for a more traditional black and white design, make a statement from the minute your guests open the envelope.

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  24. 24. Circular Invites

    Switching up your invitation shape is an easy way to do something different without changing the design you had in mind.

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  25. 25. Vintage Invites

    Let guests in on your wedding style from the start with a vintage-inspired invite like this one from Wedding Paper Divas.

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