15 Unexpected Invitation Trends You’ll Love

Need a little invite inspo? Take a look at these ideas we love right now.
by Andrea Fowler

We love a good old-fashioned wedding invitation, but we also love trendsetting stationery that's totally personalized. Everything from the stamps to the RSVP card can be made into something unique. Custom illustrations, motifs or monograms, creative color palettes, paper alternatives, or even funny wording can inform guests of how much fun they're about to have at this one-of-a-kind celebration. Here are some of our favorite wedding invitation trends right now.

  1. 1. Destination Envelope Liner

    Desert themed wedding invitation suite
    Elyse Hall Photography

    Hosting your nuptials in a fun, faraway destination? Give a nod to the scenic local on the envelope liner.

    From: A Vibrant, Desert Wedding at Boulders Resort and Spa in Carefree, Arizona

  2. 2. Local Wildlife Illustrations

    Whimsical wildlife illustrations on a rustic wedding invitation suite
    NBarrett Photography

    For a rustic outdoor wedding, introduce your guests to the natives with a few illustrations of wildlife they might see during their visit.

    From: A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding at Golden Homestead in Golden, Texas

  3. 3. Geometric Inserts

    Mismatched wedding invitation suite
    Philip Ficks

    Have fun with different shaped inserts. As long as the invitaton envelope follows the usual postal guidelines (to avoid extra postage charges) you can fill the inside with any shapes your hearts desire.

    From: How to Pull Off a Playful Watercolor Wedding Palette

  4. 4. Laser-Cut Paper

    Laser-cut papel picado wedding invitation idea

    For a really creative take on your invite, go for a custom laser-cut design. 

    From: A Wine Country Wedding in Calistoga, California

  5. 5. Cootie Catcher

    Blush and gold wedding invitations with a cootie catcher
    Abby Jiu Photography

    Treat your guests to a blast from the past with a pre-folded cootie catcher tucked inside the invitation. Have a few ceremony details printed on the inside.

    From: A Chic Metallic Wedding at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC

  6. 6. Love Timeline

    Love story timeline wedding invitation idea

    Walk your guests through your love story with a fun timeline of events (think: first date, first kiss and the proposal story).

    From: A Country Chic Wedding in Galloway, Ohio

  7. 7. Passport Save-the-Dates

    Anita Calero

    If you're hosting a destination wedding, it's nice to give guests the 411 on local restaurants, attractions or recomended activities for their stay. Label it their personal "wedding passport" to round out the theme.

    From: An Elegant Island Wedding in Maui, Hawaii

  8. 8. Non-Paper

    Wood wedding invitation idea
    Jackie Cooper Photo

    Trade out paper and surprise guests with an invitation printed on a different material, like wood. 

    From: A Rustic Boho Vow Renewal at Bear Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado

  9. 9. Pennant Flags

    Creative wedding invitation idea printed on pennant flags

    How fun is this? Print some details on different colored pennant flags—your invitation will totally steal the spotlight come wedding season.

    From: A Fiesta-Style Wedding in Scottsville, Virginia

  10. 10. Handkerchiefs

    Vintage wedding invitation on a handkerchief
    onelove photography

    You know, for all those happy tears. (And how perfect is this for a vintage wedding?)

    From: A Romantic, Vintage Wedding at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California

  11. 11. Playful RSVP Cards

    Bright and colorful invitation set with custom illustrations
    Lauren Fair Photography

    If you have a furry friend who's part of the family, incorporate them into your stationery. An illustration of your pet with a fun speech bubble and a bit of dialogue about how fun the event will be insures an RSVP "yes" rate of 100 percent.

    From: A Bohemian Barn Wedding at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania

  12. 12. Creative Address

    Fun RSVP cards and a unique way to address wedding invitation envelopes
    Milou + Olin Photography

    Make the envelope stand out with a unique way of addressing them. Another fun idea: If you're hosting a few different events, it's helpful to put them all on the same RSVP card—along with a "How excited are you?" fill-in thermometer. 

    From: A Bright, Blue and Gold Wedding at Viansa in Sonoma, California

  13. 13. Bold Prints

    Nautical wedding invitation suite idea
    Love + Light Photographs

    A suite can have multiple different patterns in it as long as they hold true to a clear color palette. 

    From: A Preppy Wedding at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, New Jersey

  14. 14. Nod to the Proposal

    Southwestern wedding invitation idea
    We Are Diamond Eyes

    If you want to print something personalized on the back of the invitations, pull inspiration from your proposal. Include a picture or illustration of the location. 

    From: A Modern Wedding With a Southwestern Style at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California

  15. 15. Calligraphy

    Camp-inspired wedding invitation idea
    Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

    We love what calligraphy can do to an envelope. Case and point: This gorgeous navy and gold invitation.

    From: A Camp-Inspired, Country Wedding at a Private Residence in Condon, Montana

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