How to Make Your Wedding Invitations Stand Out

Get inspired by these unique wedding invitations and find out how to make yours pop!

How to Make Your Wedding Invitations Stand Out

Photo: Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends

As couples are increasingly using save the dates as an opportunity to share their engagement photos, wedding invitations have become the first opportunity for your family and friends to get a taste of what to expect from the wedding itself. For guests that only know one half of the happy couple, invitations are also a chance to understand the style of the two sweethearts as a unit.

Everyone likes to have an idea of what to expect when going to an event, and invitations are an ideal way to set the tone for the whole affair. No matter what style or theme you've chosen for your wedding, a unique invitation will reflect the event and get your guests excited for the celebration.

See our tips below on how to make your invitations pop! For further inspiration, click on the images from real weddings to see more of these stylish celebrations.

1. Showcase an Interesting Locale 

Beverly Hills water color wedding invitation

If the venue is a highlight of your wedding, a watercolor painting or photo of the space on your invitation will up the anticipation factor for your guests. Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Paso Robles map wedding invitation
Whether you’re having a destination or hometown wedding, a map of the city is a cute way to feature an interesting location. Photo by Elisabeth Millay Photography

2. Share a Hobby or Passion 

passport airplane ticket travel themed wedding invitation
Quirky, themed invitations based on a favorite pastime shared by you and your future spouse will beautifully reflect your personalities on paper. Photo by Troy Grover Photographers

nautical themed wedding invitations
A subtle touch to hint at your shared interest allows you to have some fun with your invites, while still sticking with a traditional aesthetic. Photo by Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends

3. Reveal Your Theme or Color Palette

black, yellow, and white wedding invitations

If you have a distinctive color scheme for your reception, matching invitations are an effective way to both stand out and tie everything together. Photo by Christine Bentley Photography

dragonfly garden wedding invitations

Introduce your friends and family to your wedding theme with illustrative invitations that show off your desired motif. Photo by Melissa Mermin | Love Stories

4. Set the Mood for a Formal Affair 

laser cut wedding invitation with damask details

Elegant details, such as a laser-cut damask sleeve, tell your guests to expect an ornate and romantic wedding. Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography

two-fold wedding invitation with crystal detail

For modern opulence, look no further than a dramatic two-fold design with deep neutrals and a crystal detail. Photo by Nadia D. Photography

Discover additional wedding invitation ideas from real weddings in our photo galleries! Questions about wedding invitation wording? Click here, and find more helpful articles from our experts.