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Once you’ve sent your save-the-date card, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding invitations! Since one of the hardest parts of wedding planning is organizing your guest list, which is likely done when you send out your save the date (since everyone who receives a save the date should also receive a wedding invitation), you can finally relax and have fun with the design process for your wedding invites.
As you’re discovering your vision during the wedding-planning process, you’ll likely come across a variety of online invitations and paper invitations to choose from. While some modern couples choose to send online invitations via text or email, we always encourage couples to have save-the-date cards, invitations, and other wedding stationery items printed and sent through the mail to ensure the invitation suite not only fits your personal style but also matches the formality of the big day. Plus, there’s no better time to send beautiful stationery to loved ones, than to invite them to attend your big day! To add an online component, we suggest couples pair save the dates and wedding invitations with custom wedding websites that will offer even more information about you and your celebration.
When shopping at Minted, you’ll know that you’re getting a high-quality product that will match the formality of your wedding day. With the finest quality paper stocks and the best artisan printers, your custom wedding invitation will be the perfect first impression for your big day. Minted also offers free guest address printing in stylish designs and script fonts that will wow your guests as soon as they see the envelope.
Since your wedding invitation will set the tone for the entire celebration, it’s important to choose a design that fits your wedding style, color palette, and reflects your personalities. Minted offers unique ways to customize hundreds of invitations from independent designers. Choose from standard printing, luxurious letterpress printing, shimmering foil-press printing, and an elegant gloss-press printing technique that’s exclusive to Minted.
Minted offers a free sample kit so you can see the high-quality printing methods, paper types, and finishing touches up close and personal in order to help you choose a look before you purchase your wedding invites! Couples can also access free designer assistance to further customize their wedding invitation suite, and for a more couture feel, Minted offers a completely custom design starting at just $100. Need more help? Minted provides free virtual consultations to find an impressive invitation suite that fits your style. You’ll shop in real time with your Wedding Concierge to find the perfect invite.
Once you have your dream invitation design selected, you can complete the suite with RSVP cards, reception and direction cards, vellum overlays, belly bands, and wax seals to add the perfect finishing touch. Be sure to also check out the matching day-of wedding stationery, including place cards and escort cards, table numbers, menus, programs, wedding signs, seating charts, and thank-you cards!
The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly is an online destination for stationery designs, as well as a wide range of decor, gifts, and keepsakes. Shutterfly wedding invitations include a range of foil-stamped cards, glitter cards, gate-fold cards, and more that will fit your desired theme – from artistic and whimsical to modern or vintage.
If you’re looking for curated, luxe designs, the Wedding Paper Divas collection is a great place to start in order to buy quality wedding invitations with distinctive patterns and trendy color schemes. The Wedding Shop also offers wedding photo books, wedding-day décor, thank-you cards, wedding announcements, premium wedding albums, and an array of keepsakes and gifts, so you can create wedding invitations and more on the site.
Many couples use Zola for their wedding registry as the online registry can gather gifts, experiences, and honeymoon funds in one place; however, the website also offers a number of wedding invitations to choose from! In addition to the ease of being able to order wedding invitations online, couples love that Zola has free shipping, free guest addressing, free envelopes, and free change the dates (in the unfortunate case that your wedding date changes).
Perfect for DIY brides, Zola also offers an option for pairs to upload their own design, which is ideal for savvy graphic-designer couples who want to take advantage of the industry-standard printing while using their own design files. For brides and grooms who want help with their wedding stationery, you can also sort an array of stylish online wedding invitations in landscape and portrait orientations by style and color, as well as by options with photos, foil designs, or letterpress printing!
While some couples hire a couture invitation designer or stationer to create their wedding invitation and paper goods, many modern couples design personalized wedding invitations themselves online! With so many options to choose from – from classic letterpress wedding invitation styles to shimmering foil-pressed designs – some of the best wedding invitation sites allow couples to create the perfect invitation in a one-stop shop that covers invitation design, paper type and paper thickness, and an impressive range of enclosure cards and chic accessories to complete the look.
Whether you’re searching for unique invitations with a minimalist aesthetic, foil-stamped custom elements, or a specific theme that fits your distinct wedding style, take a look at some of our favorite wedding invitation designs from online wedding invitation websites, below:
"Cosmopolitan" - Letterpress Invitation in Soft Black by Meagan Christensen for Minted
"Rose Garden" - Invitation in Autumn Rose by Susan Moyal for Minted
"Ethereal" - Foil-pressed Invitation in Almond by Lori Wemple for Minted
"Brushed Blocks" invitation in Gold by Petite Alma for Wedding Paper Divas at The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly
"Floral Sweep" - Foil-pressed Invitation in Powder by Susan Moyal for Minted
"Emerald" - Invitation in Emerald by Andrea Cernin for Minted
"Blooms" - Foil-pressed Invitation in Mauve by Everett Paper Goods for Minted
"Oval" - Invitation in Natural by Leah Bisch for Minted
"Lyons Script" invitation in Rust from Zola
"Kirsch" - Invitation in Sand by Chocomocacino for Minted
"In the Country" - Rustic Foil-pressed Invitation in Chestnut by Paper Sun Studio for Minted
"Poised" - Letterpress Wedding Invitation in Dusty Rose by JoAnn Jinks for Minted
"Elegantly Delicate" invitation in Green by Magnolia Press for Wedding Paper Divas at The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly
"Love Garden" - Invitation in Potpourri by Petra Kern for Minted
"Lovely Day" - Foil-pressed Invitation in Rose Quartz by Leah Bisch for Minted
"Octavia Script" Invitation in White from Zola
"Textured Times" invitation in Copper by Magnolia Press for Wedding Paper Divas at The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly
"Warm Love" - Foil-pressed Invitation in Wine by Lucrecia for BHLDN x Minted
"Gilded Woods" - Gloss-press® Invitation in Alps by Robert and Stella for Minted
Most couples mail their wedding invitations out six to eight weeks before the big day; however, if you’re expecting a lot of out-of-town guests or you’re hosting a destination wedding, you may want to mail invites out even earlier so everyone has time to make travel arrangements.
While you can personalize your wedding invitation wording to match your specific circumstances, be sure to include the date of the nuptials, the location of the ceremony and reception, the time of the wedding, and the names of the couple getting married. Many couples also mention who is hosting the nuptials and the dress code. Don’t forget to include an RSVP card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope!
While some couples may want to send online wedding invitations to save money or be more eco-friendly, your guests will expect a paper wedding invitation in the mail to reply to for your nuptials. While we live in a modern world and most things tend to be available online, email invitations may never reach your guests’ inboxes if they’re marked as spam, or it may be extra difficult to communicate with elderly guests who don’t regularly communicate via the internet. Since your wedding day is such a special event, printed wedding invitations are highly recommended. If you want an online element, consider a wedding website!
If you’re looking for free online wedding invitations to browse, there are a number of websites that offer wedding invitation templates for you to customize in an array of styles to match your unique wedding theme. From wedding invitations designed by independent artists at Minted, to DIYing your own wedding invitations at Zola, to personalized wedding invitation templates at Shutterfly, you can create unique wedding invitations that fit nearly any theme for your wedding day.
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