35 Ideas for Unique Wedding Invitations

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Erich McVey

Getting mail that isn't an advertisement or a bill is usually seen as a pleasant surprise. But don't you want the members of your guest list to be downright excited when they open up your wedding invitation? Of course, the reason behind it should be exciting enough—you and your spouse are getting married! But the design can offer its own sort of thrill by being as one-of-a-kind as your relationship.

You'll likely spend a significant amount of time selecting, wording, and distributing the stationery for your big day, not to mention deciding on who to send it to. Make the process worth it by picking a style that you truly love, and that your nearest and dearest will want to put on display on their fridges, memo boards, or somewhere else in their homes. One of the best ways to guarantee both? Choosing paper goods that are truly unique.

Your wedding invitations are one of the first representations of your celebration's vibe, whether it centers around a color palette, destination, season, or some other theme. They're meant to inform your attendees of the event's details, but they're also a good way to get everyone excited about your big day. So, don't be afraid to turn to the rest of your wedding's elements for inspiration, even if that leaves you with a stationery suite that isn't quite "traditional." The more creative, the better!

For ideas, turn to real couples like you. The following invitations were more than just pieces of paper—they were works of art.

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Wedding invitations created by groom
Lance Nicoll Photography

The groom designed these geometric invitations, which were printed and laser-cut out of cardstock. The result was unique, beautiful, and dynamic.

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sunset hues wedding invitation suite
Kelly Brown Photographer

One Darling Day created desert-inspired wedding invitations using earthy tones and turquoise, which helped drive home the couple's theme for their Palm Springs wedding.

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Pretty Pinks

wedding suite with pink floral accents and wedding bands
Jen Fariello Photography

Arney Walker provided the invitations and calligraphy for these pink and gold invitations. While the color palette and scripting are totally classic, the dahlia illustration helps make them different.

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elegant wedding invitations with cake topper
Nikki Santerre

Chloe from English Tea Paperie crafted this gorgeous floral-inspired invitation. The handmade deckle-edged paper, which featured charcoal blue calligraphy by Sophia Loves Letters, actually contained dried pink flower petals.

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blush and blue toned wedding invites
Abby Jiu

Laura of Grit & Grace worked with Steph B & Co. to create these striking invitations, which featured dusty grays and blues for a calm, beautiful design. Arches and sharp lines added extra visual interest.

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A Nod to Palm Fronds

wedding invites with palm-frond green text, a jute tie, and a printed vellum wrap
Hunter Ryan Photo

Luster Designs created these tropical-inspired wedding invitations, which featured palm-frond green text, a jute tie, and a printed vellum wrap that offered a nod to the wedding's tropical theme.

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Illustrated Wedding Invitations

illustrated wedding stationery
Karen Hill Photography

Illustrations covered everything from the itinerary to the envelope liner in this stationery suite by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

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Wedding Invitations with Monogrammed Envelopes

vivi yoga bali wedding stationery
Erich McVey

These ocean-inspired Papillon Card invitations were adorned with Veronica Halim calligraphy and watercolor accents. The couple's initials were also placed in the top corner of the envelopes.

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Colorful Wedding Invitations

wedding stationery
Larissa Cleveland Photography

This Lena Tramutola wedding stationery (with Barbara Callow calligraphy) featured a blend of Turkish and Californian elements (including lanterns and citrus), much like the rest of the couple's celebration.

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Tile-Inspired Wedding Invitations

jeannette taylor wedding portugal stationery
Abby Jiu Photography

A tile print decorated this meaningful Haute Papier stationery suite, which was inspired by Lebução, Portugal, where the bride's father grew up.

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Moody Wedding Invitations

stationery suite
Samm Blake

This bride based her entire wedding off of her artsy invitations by The Wells Makery, which showcased a mix of deep and muted shades.

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Mountain-Inspired Wedding Invitations

stationery suite
Carrie Patterson

Everything about this Rock Paper Scissors invitation suite was inspired by the mountains near the couple's wedding, from the watercolor landscape to the shape of the die-cut festivities card.

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Passport-Inspired Wedding Invitations

passport wedding invitation
Blue Rose Photography

Vintage passport-inspired invitations by Destination Wedding Invitations clued guests in on the location of this wedding.

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Floral Wedding Invitations

stationery suite
KT Merry

Cheree Berry Paper dreamt up the floral design that was used throughout this couple's wedding, including all over the stationery suite.

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Wedding Invitations with Cutouts

rae rob wedding casual stationery
Joel Serrato

A Day in May designed this stationery suite, which was personalized with the couple's overlapping initials. The front page of the papers also featured their names cut out.

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Bordered Wedding Invitations

wedding invitation with botanical border
Ether and Smith

Elements of the botanical border used on the wedding invitation were used in smaller ways on the rest of the suite.

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Watercolor Wedding Invitations

allison aimee wedding watercolor stationery
Lucky Malone Photography

These brides enlisted Jolie & Co. to design their watercolor invitations, which were finished with a lovely deckled edge. "The stationery was one of the elements of the wedding that I felt really strongly about," one woman shared with us.

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Warm Wedding Invitations

wedding stationery suite
Henry + Mac

We love the prominent font used on this Gus & Ruby Letterpress stationery suite, and how its warm colors—bronze, red, and pink—go surprisingly well with the dark-blue accents.

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Wedding Invitations with Swatches

marianne patrick wedding stationery
Lacie Hansen Photography

This bride and groom included something unique on one of their Written Word Calligraphy inserts—five circular swatches meant to represent the shades that they wanted their guests to dress in.

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Wedding Invitations with Velvet

shelby barrett wedding invite
Corbin Gurkin

For this Christmas wedding, the couple added a religious accent to their Lettered Olive invitations—a green, velvet band bearing a debossed cross.

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Postcard-Inspired Wedding Invitations

wedding invitation
Sara Weir Photography

This groom drew inspiration from 1960s postcards to design his invitations. He then worked with Cards of Wood to print them on wood veneer.

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Gold-Leaf Wedding Invitations

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Elizabeth Messina

Stationer Alissa Bell hand-applied gold leaf to this letterpressed wedding stationery.

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Photography Wedding Invitations

photograph wedding invitation
onelove photography

Photographs of the couple made these Minted invitations one-of-a-kind. The shimmering pink accents helped it pop.

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Fern-Inspired Wedding Invitations

adele seth wedding michigan stationery
Olivia Leigh Photographie

Hand-painted flora and fauna were paired with fern cut-outs for these woodsy Yeti and the Beast invitations.

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Striped Wedding Invitations

striped wedding invitation
Melissa Jill Photography

Stripes made for a modern accent on these Union Press & Paper invitations.

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Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Envelope Liners

wedding invitation with blue envelope liner
Katherine Miles Jones

Watercolor blues lined this suite's envelopes, and the cards themselves included metallic text.

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Folio Wedding Invitations

grant lance wedding africa stationery
Mia Collis

Custom raw-silk folios by Regas held the wedding invitations for this cool wedding. They also contained booklets that listed the rest of the celebration's details.

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Eclectic Wedding Invitations

unique stationery suite
Emily Delamater Photography

Pieces of this unexpected stationery suite boasted different designs, making the mix uniquely eclectic.

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Rustic Wedding Invitations

wedding stationery
Jose Villa

"I stared at the invitation box for an hour when I got it," shared this bride, who was that impressed. The Amber Moon Design suite included calligraphy by Curlicue Designs, plus the couple's crest by Emily J. Snyder.

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Painted Wedding Invitations

lindsey william wedding dc stationary
Abby Jiu Photography

Talk about custom. Ellen Weldon Design created these invitations using the bride's stunning paintings.

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Marbleized Wedding Invitations

wedding stationery
Hunter Ryan Photo

Colorful, marbled paper and feather adornments made these August Blume invitations so memorable.

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Creative Wedding Invitations

unique wedding invitation
Brett Heidebrecht Photography

Details were creatively framed on these pink, white, and gold wedding invitations.

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Wedding Invitations with Rough Edges

wedding stationery
Erich McVey

The colors contrasted gorgeously on this timeless, moody wedding stationery by Tara Spencer.

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Old World-Inspired Wedding Invitations

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Mariel Hannah Photography

Matinae Design Studios prints of the English landscape lined the light-blue envelopes holding the Kelsey Malie Calligraphy invitations for this Jane Austen-inspired event.

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Winter Wedding Invitations

Yellow and Gray Wedding Invitations
Lacie Hansen Photography

Wouldn't It Be Lovely looked to vintage ski posters and postcards before designing this bright, fun, and seasonal stationery suite.

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