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12 Unique Wedding Invitations That Deliver Gorgeous First Impressions

A one-of-a-kind wedding celebration begins with unique wedding invitations. After all, the wedding experience starts from the moment your friends and family receive their invitation suites.

At PartySlate, we have the joy of seeing thousands of real wedding albums year after year. So it goes without saying, that we are always on the lookout for unique wedding invitation ideas. 

Jody Stein, Founder of CreateStudio, knows that “there is no such thing as the cookie-cutter invitation design.” Approaching invitation design as an art form, Jody shares, “You are unique, and your wedding invitations should express your personality and the vision you have for your wedding as best as possible.”

There is no such thing as the cookie-cutter invitation design. -Jody Stein, CreateStudio

Think of your invitation as a microcosm of your wedding celebration. “Once the wedding invitation is received, it sets the tone of your wedding and will influence the perception of what’s to come — and even what guests plan to wear,” Jody explains. She goes on to say, “A strong invitation design will easily transfer to the wedding experience.” 

We’ve gathered some of our favorite unique wedding invitations found on PartySlate that will excite guests from the moment they open the envelope. Keep reading to discover 12 top wedding invitation ideas — along with the talented print companies that can achieve the look. You won’t be disappointed. 

Jewel-Toned Unique Wedding Invitations With Gold Design Work | PartySlate

photographer: Jessica Claire Photography

1. A Bright and Bold Palette

Montecito, CA

We love how these wedding invitations, designed by Ceci New York, foreshadow the opulent and colorful wedding reception ahead. Discover how these bold colors and ornate floral designs reappear with beautiful tablescapes and sumptuous lounge areas. Even the wedding caked wowed with a similar design. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Jessica Claire Photography / stationery: Ceci New York | planner: Imagine…Weddings & Special Events | floral design: Camellia Floral Design | venue & caterer: San Ysidro Ranch | tabletop rentals: Casa De Perrin | rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | lighting & fabric: Bella Vista Designs Inc | chair rentals: Classic Event & Tent Rentals | cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | vintage car: Vinty Inc. | entertainment: RedShoe


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Unique Wedding Invitation With Blue Bird Design | PartySlate

photo courtesy of: CreateStudio

2. A Little Bird Told Me

Pittsburgh, PA

Invitations & print company CreateStudio shares on this PartySlate album: “We loved the use of painted bluebirds and gilded calligraphy on these invitations as a preview into this stunning celebration.” They go on to say, “The darling birds featured on the invitation were used as origami table numbers surrounded by light blue candles.” Click to see the stunning tablescapes that boasted delicate origami details and lush floral centerpieces. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photo courtesy of, invitations, & print: CreateStudio | floral: Hens and Chicks & LeafHopper Designs | venue: Pittsburgh Golf Club | watercolor: Ashley Cecil | printer: Multi Print Media | day-of accessories: Dina Lossi Design | calligraphy: Marianne Chijner


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Gold and White Tri-Fold Wedding Invite With Coat of Arms Design | PartySlate

photographer: Fotos by Fola

3. In Your [Coat of] Arms

Birmingham, AL

Rethink tri-fold wedding invitations with delicate, filigree paperwork that evokes a golden firework — and don’t forget to create your own coat of arms. This stunning wedding celebration, planned by Valia Rose Events, took its cues straight from the invitations. Discover a dance floor illuminated by cold fireworks, a seven-tiered wedding cake iced in silver and gold, and ornate tablescapes that carried over the golden coat-of-arms motif by Oda Creative

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Fotos by Fola | invitations: Oda Creative / planning & design: Valia Rose Events | floral: HotHouse Design Studio | venue: Birmingham Museum of Art | cinema: J McCoy Photography | linen: Luxe Linen | transportation: Coats Classic Cars | rentals: LUXE Décor & rentals | caterer: A Social Affair | drapery: Design Productions, LLC | makeup artist: Glamorized by Nina | hair: Bflu Experience | lighting & special effects: B Brian 205 | cake: Barbs Cakes | commissioned artwork: ErinLeann Works | entertainment: One Sound Entertainment & Playworx Music Group


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Cereal-Themed Wedding Invitations With Red and Teal Color Scheme for Brunch Wedding | PartySlate

photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography

4. Cereal-Ously Unique

New York, NY

There’s something fun and unique about a wedding brunch. So it goes without saying, fun and unique wedding invitations are in order. We are obsessed with this bright and colorful invitation suite by Suitesmith.

We especially appreciate the Fruit Loop colors scheme found at the one-of-a-kind cereal bar at this New York venue. Click to see other unique elements that prove a brunch wedding is just as sensational as its evening counterpart. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography | paper: Suitesmith | planning & design: Color Pop Events | floral: Blade Floral and Event Design | venue: Kellogg’s NYC | linen: Nuage Designs | hair & makeup: Whitney Green | cake: The Hudson Cakery | cookies: Cookies for a Cause NYC | confetti bowl topper & cake topper: Treat House


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Wedding Invitation With Pelican Against Black Backdrop on Inner Envelope | PartySlate

photographer: Greg Petersen

5. Bird’s Eye View

New Orleans, LA

Scriptura gave wedding guests a delightful surprise when they opened their unique wedding invitations. Other one-of-a-kind details from this French Country-style wedding include eclectic throw rugs, baby’s breath centerpieces, and five unique wedding cakes. Click to decide which one is your favorite. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Greg Petersen | paper: Scriptura | planner: Lonney Jane Productions | floral: Amanda Jewel Floral Design | venues: Felicity Church & Race & Religious | video: The Lonely Eskimo | calligraphy: Alaina Polander | entertainment: Knockaz Brass Band, The Cheeweez & Calfee Productions | caterer: Little Bushel Catering Co. | rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals & Explore Element | cake: Chasing wang | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | rehearsal dinner & welcome party: Brennan’s


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Wedding Invitations With Blue, Mauve, and Gold Water Color Work for Hawaii Wedding | PartySlate

photographer: James x Schulze

6. Paradise in Blues and Mauves

Wailea-Makena, HI

Without a doubt, every detail from this Maui wedding celebration was perfectly planned and flawlessly curated — including the invitation suite. Minted turned paper into works of art with marbled design work that captured the beauty of this beach setting.

Even the tablescapes evoked this gorgeous landscape with tones of mauve, blue, and rose gold. You can read more about the stunning wedding of The Bridal Bar’s Harmony Walton and her partner Bayo here

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: James x Schulze | invitations & print: Minted | planner: Marcy Blum Associates | floral, décor, & rentals: Steven Boyle Design, venue: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea | videographer: Elysium Productions | dance floor & lighting: Rio Event Design | rentals: Accel Event Rentals Maui | calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | custom champagne bar: Louis Roederer | sound: PSAV | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | entertainment: Alika Music & Maui DJ Services | hair & makeup: ry-n shimabuku


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Gold-Framed Wedding Invitation with Red Envelopes and Paisley-Patterned Inlay | PartySlate

photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography

7. Bella Festa

Washington, D.C.

Haute Papier kicked off this Italian-style, spring-themed wedding with a colorful (and utterly frame-worthy) invitation suite. See how the wedding bouquets and bright tablescapes continued the fresh colors and Italian vibes from these beautiful and unique wedding invitations. We especially love the Italian-style beverage stand with cheerful citrus décor.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography | invitations & menus: Haute Papier | planner & design: Grit & Grace | floral & décor: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design | venue: Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown | calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | custom labels for escort cards: Paper Daisies Stationery | rentals: White Glove Rentals & DC Rental | linen napkins: Bella Lino | favors: For Your Party | videography: Bowen Films | hair & makeup: Hair & Makeup by Claudine


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Wooden Wedding Invitations and Wedding Jewelry | PartySlate

photographer: Sonya Yruel Photography

8. Against the Grain

Sausalito, CA

Wood wedding invitations, designed by Pin Wheel Print Shop, were a perfect choice for this rustic wedding celebration. Other stunning wooden details included charming signage, escort cards, and table numbers. Click to see other unique elements. We especially adore the ribboned floral bouquets and Golden Gate Bridge wedding cake. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Sonya Yruel Photography | paper goods & calligraphy: Pin Wheel Print Shop | planner: Make It Happen Weddings | floral: Natasha Kolenko | venue: Cavallo Point | hair & makeup: Sherrie Long | cake: Pretty Please Bake Shop


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Boxed Wedding Invitation With Real Pine Needle Backdrop | PartySlate

photographer: Greer Gattuso

9. Beneath the Pines

New Orleans, LA

This stunning wedding celebration brought the forest indoors with lush greenery centerpieces, and emerald green wedding cake, and boxwood Champagne wall. Even the wedding invitation books, designed by Gourmet Wedding Invitations, wowed with a pine needle backdrop.

Click to see other beautiful details from this enchanted garden wedding. You’ll be swooning over the flower girl’s handheld basket crafted from fresh grass. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Greer Gattuso | invitations: Gourmet Wedding Invitations | planning & design: Blue Gardenia Weddings & Events | floral: Kim Starr Wise | venue: Marché | cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | lighting & champagne wall: Luminous Events of New Orleans | caterer: Creole Cuisine | music: Bucktown Allstars | place cards & escort cards: In Loft Calligraphy | rentals: Nuage Designs & Perrier Party Rentals | carriage: Royal Carriages | videography: Studio Vieux Carre | watercolor guest book: Alyson Johnson Creative | hair & makeup: Flawless Bride


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Wedding Invite With Vintage Typewriter Font Against Pink Flower Centerpiece | PartySlate

photographer: André Maier Photography

10. Just Our Type of Romance

New York, NY

It seems like technology changes (and improves) at the speed of light. Still, we will always love the vintage typewriter. We adore these elegant invites, designed by Alpine Creative Group, that hearken back to the rythmic sound of metal imprinting on paper — or raindrops falling on a tin roof. We also love how the dinner menus boast the same vintage aesthetic. Click here to see. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: André Maier Photography | invitations: Alpine Creative Group | planner: Leslie Mastin Events | design: Lewis Miller Design | venue: Canoe Studios | caterer: Olivier Cheng Catering | band: NRBQ


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Boxed Wedding Invitation With Golden Scroll Invite | PartySlate

photographer: Chasing Stills

11. A Royal Welcome

Chicago, IL

This luxe Chicago wedding, planned by P3 Events, gave guests a treat from the start with boxed wedding invitations. Friends and family had the pleasure of unrolling an ornate, royal-like scroll to learn about the details of this stunning bash. The lavish details continued throughout the actual wedding with elevated centerpieces and an open carriage ride. Click here for a closer look. 

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Chasing Stills | planner: P3 Events | venue: The Builders BLDG | cake: Bittersweet Pastrie Shop | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | band: Soundredd


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Cannabis-Themed Wedding Invitation Suite | PartySlate

photographer: Callaway Gable

12. At the Drop of a Dime

Los Angeles, CA

These unique wedding invitations by Soolip gave a subtle nod to the cannabis-themed celebration that awaited guests. We love how the beige envelopes recalled dime bags of the 70s, while maple leaf designs evoked the more dramatic cannabis leaf. Read more about this lavish wedding celebration that featured everything from cannabis cocktail tinctures to party favor vapes here

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Callaway Gable | paper products: Soolip | planner, designer, & producer: David Pressman Events | floral: Lilla Bello | venue: The Houdini Estate | cocktails: Labaratory by Scarlette | after party room block: Kimpton La Peer Hotel | lighting: Dash Entertainment | tabletop & rentals: Town & Country Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | entertainment: DJ Sherock, dj shErOck, & Fifth Avenue Gospel Church | caterer: Jennifer Naylor Catering and Special Events | makeup: MJR Makeup | hair: Kelly Cardena Salon


How Can I Make My Wedding Invitations Unique?

There is no such thing as the cookie-cutter invitation design. You are unique, and your wedding invitations should express your personality and the vision you have for your wedding as best as possible. Keep in mind that your wedding invitation suite will give your guests a first glimpse of what your celebration will be like! 

Begin by taking inspiration from things that you love. It could be a motif at the venue, your wedding palette, time of year, or an ethos that speaks to you. It can be a detail from your wedding dress or something symbolic to both of you.

Take your inspiration and express yourself by incorporating unique touches like a personal logo design, incorporating special papers, having a custom illustration drawn or painted, trimming with custom embellishments and charms, pockets for inserts, and even nesting your invitation in a special box instead of an envelope. 

If you prefer traditional wedding invitations, think about a simple personalized twist such as using a wax seal or custom envelope liner that makes them your own and no one else’s. 

-Jody Stein, CreateStudio

How Do Wedding Invitations Tie Into the Rest of the Wedding Experience?

Treat your guests to wedding décor that carries through 100%, giving them an experience they will never forget. 

Once the wedding invitation is received, it sets the tone of your wedding and will influence the perception of what’s to come — and even what guests plan to wear. A strong invitation design will easily transfer to the wedding experience

Connect your wedding back to the invitation starting with the ceremony program. Design it using the same elements; your personalized logo, typography, paper, and shape. At the reception, you can push your design to the ultimate limit by applying design elements into your seating, linens, menus, lighting, signage, and takeaway gifts. After the wedding, don’t forget to finish the look with matching thank you notes. 

The essence of your wedding will live on in your guests’ hearts forever. 

-Jody Stein, CreateStudio

Beyond Unique Wedding Invitation Ideas

See something you like? Now it’s time to find a talented invitations and print company to create your unique wedding invitations. PartySlate is here to help you find the perfect print team — along with your entire team of wedding vendors. Head to our curated directory to find the best wedding event professionals. Use the filters to narrow by pro category and location.

You can also use PartySlate to find your dream wedding venue. Click here to browse the best venues near you. Don’t forget to use the filters to narrow down your search by location, guest county, and venue type.

Lastly, PartySlate is here to connect you with the best ideas and inspiration. Browse Real Wedding Albums on PartySlate, explore the Wedding Idea Gallery, or head to our Wedding Resource Page for help planning the wedding of your dreams.