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Elizabeth Fogarty

While it may not seem like the most important detail when you’re checking off a mile-long to-do list, figuring out how to choose your wedding invitations is super-important, as these paper products are the first hint guests will receive of your special day’s style. And your wedding invitations are designed to make your loved ones want to attend your wedding, and to give them all the info they’ll need to arrive on time and in style, so you want to get those invites right!

Here are a few things to consider when it comes how to choose your wedding invitations.

Consider the price point.

As you’ll see on our examples below, the price of wedding invitations can vary wildly, from a few cents per invite to upwards of $50 per invite! So be sure to consider your budget when deciding which invitation to send. That also means you’ll need to have your guest list nailed down first, so you’ll know if you need 20 invites or 200.

Incorporate your wedding’s theme and color scheme.

If you’re keen on having a particular theme for your wedding day, one fun way to incorporate that is to select a wedding invitation that goes along with that theme. Below, we’ve included lots of fun examples to check out. Or maybe you want your invitation to herald the dominant colors you’ve selected. You’ll need to nail those down before purchasing your wedding invitations.

Figure out the inserts you’ll need.

Most wedding invitation suites can be customized to include just about anything, like RSVP cards, direction cards, cards where guests can note special dietary needs, and more. When thinking about how to choose a wedding invitation, be sure you have an idea of which types of cards you’ll need to include in your paper suite.

Here, we’ve outlined several different wedding themes, and provided an example of a wedding invitation to match. You’re sure to get some inspo here if you’re considering how to choose a wedding invitation. Note that pricing is listed per invitation. 

Modern

Modern weddings are all the rage! So if you’ll be pulling together a chic, contemporary affair—think lots of black and white, maybe some touches of gold, understated but elegant floral arrangements—you’ll want to choose a modern wedding invitation that reflects your taste.

For a beautiful and minimalist-inspired look, we love these black and white invites. With simple wording and nothing but the facts, they’re the perfect compliment to a wedding with a minimalist vibe. Clean, horizontal lines draw the reader’s eye to the information they need to know about your wedding day, without much distraction.

That Girl Press Ordered Grace wedding invitations

That Girl Press Ordered Grace wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

Shoshin Studio Palm Springs wedding invitations

Palm Springs-inspired vibes are so on-trend right now, and this invite combines that tropical feel with the oh-so-chic pink-and-gold color combo. It's modern and fresh, with a touch of femininity and glamour. 

Shoshin Studio Palm Springs wedding invitations, $270 for 100 invitations, Minted

midcentury modern wedding invitation

If you’re wanting to incorporate some mid-century elements into your modern wedding, you’re in luck—there are so many amazing options. This beautiful invitation displays a gold geometric design—the type found often in mid-century modern design. Green eucalyptus softens the invitation and frames the wording inside.

Zazzle Modern Geometric Frame Wedding Invite, $114 for 100 invitations, Zazzle

Country-chic

It’s all mason jars and burlap when you’re planning a country-inspired wedding. So if your dream reception involves a hoedown in the hay, be sure to get your guests in the mood with a country wedding invitation. These country wedding invitations are totally appropriate if you’ll be incorporating mason jars into your country wedding decor.

Paige Rothhaar Fireflies wedding invitations

Paige Rothhaar Fireflies wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

mason jar wedding invitations

Invitations by Dawn Country Canning Jar wedding invitations, 108 invitations for $271, Invitations by Dawn

Karidy Walker English Floral Garden wedding invitations

Here’s another shabby-chic-style wedding invitation we simply couldn’t pass up. The hand-drawn florals give this invitation a casual-yet-romantic feel with a hint of preppiness thrown in (hello striped invitation liners!). 

Karidy Walker English Floral Garden wedding invitations, $270 for 100 invitations, Minted

Rustic

Barns are totally having their 15 minutes right now, having become the must-have backdrop for wedding receptions across the country. And we can totally see why; there’s something so peaceful about a rustic setting; and let’s face it–you can do just about anything with it. String up some Edison bulbs for an elegant affair, mix burlap with lace for a feminine touch, or just keep things rustic with some beautiful wildflowers as centerpieces. Either way, remember to choose a rustic wedding invitation to give guests a hint about your day. Here are a few of our favorite rustic wedding invitations.

Design Lotus Midnight Vineyard wedding invitations

Design Lotus Midnight Vineyard wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

Hooray Creative Woodland Wreath wedding invitations

Hooray Creative Woodland Wreath wedding invitations, $270 for 100 invitations, Minted

string light wedding invitations

Zazzle Rustic Mason Jar String Lights Wedding Invite, $114 for 100 invitations, Zazzle

Johanna McShan Modern Barn Wood wedding invitations

Johanna McShan Modern Barn Wood wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

rustic wood frame wedding invitaitons

Invitations by Dawn Rustic Frame Wedding Invite, $189 for 100, Invitations by Dawn

Formal

Planning a black-tie soiree? You’ll certainly want your invitations to give your guests a taste of luxury. Most couples planning black-tie weddings tend to lean toward more formal invitation wording, high-end materials and even custom touches like hand-written calligraphy. Here are some beautiful examples featuring classic lace motifs with luxe letterpressed calligraphy.

Lauren Chism White Lace wedding invitations

Lauren Chism White Lace wedding invitations, from $234 for 100 invitations, Minted


silver lace wedding invitations

Atelier Isabey Paloma wedding invitations, pricing upon request, Atelier Isabey

Classic

No matter what type of wedding you’re dreaming of, it’s never a bad idea to send a simple, classic wedding invitation. The good news is, you can find them pretty much anywhere; from online shops to your local stationer. These examples include gold details for a traditional and elegant feel, ideal for a more formal wedding. 

Snow and Ivy Dapper Amper wedding invitations

Snow and Ivy Dapper Amper wedding invitations, $270 for 100 invitations, Minted

gold and cream crane wedding invitations

Crane Ecru Beaded Border wedding invitations, $591 for 100 invitation sets, Crane

Beach

If a oceanfront wedding is your style, give your guests a taste of that warm, summer breeze when they open your beach wedding invitation. From ultra-formal to super casual, there’s an invitation out there suitable for every outdoorsy wedding. We love these beach wedding invitations, featuring seashells and seaside-inspired color palettes.

Paper Sun Studio Deep Blue wedding invitations

Paper Sun Studio Deep Blue wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

 

seashell wedding invitations

Lemon Leaf Prints and Design Rustic Beach Seashells wedding invitations, $139 for 100 invitations, Lemon Leaf Prints and Design

Garden

For your garden or other outdoor wedding, we’ve chosen two invitations adorned a gorgeous watercolor-inspired garden themes. We think either of these would make a perfect choice for an elegant backyard wedding.

Lori Wemple Southern Garden wedding invitations

Lori Wemple Southern Garden wedding invitations, $234 for 100 invitations, Minted

greenery wedding invitations

Paperlust Garden Estate Wedding Invite, $322 for 100 invitations, Paperlust

Budget

When you’re a budget-conscious couple, every dollar counts. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have amazing wedding invitations that speak to your unique wedding style. We love these unique all-in-one invitations for an affordable option. Starting at just $1.25 per invite, these cards allow guests to tear the RSVP part off of the bottom of the invite, which means you only need to send one item in the mail. Easy peasy, and inexpensive too! What could be better than that?

Kelli Hall Botanic wedding invitations, $150 for 100 invitations

Kelli Hall Botanic all-in-one wedding invitations, $150 for 100 invitations, Minted

Roxy Cervantes Scripted Ampersand wedding invitations

Roxy Cervantes Scripted Ampersand wedding invitations, $150 for 100 invitations, Minted