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14 Modern Wedding Invitations That Prove Less Is More

Six modern wedding invitations laid out with their envelopes

Your wedding invitations are your guests’ first glimpse into your wedding style. Before they see you walk down the aisle, before they read your wedding program, and before they admire your center pieces at the reception, they’ll see your invitation. So we’ve collected 14 gorgeous, modern wedding invitations to fit your contemporary style.

If your Pinterest boards are overflowing with minimalist wedding ideas, these designs are both simple and sleek. Plus, they’re modern in their delivery as well as their aesthetic. By sending your wedding invitations through Greenvelope, you’ll skip the old snail-mail route and land your invitations directly in guests’ inboxes. You’ll not only spare the environment, but your own time and energy.
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Funny Wedding Invitations That Will Have Everyone RSVPing “Yes!”

Funny wedding invitations that read "Great love, good music, & bad dancing"

From your first conversation, you knew it was meant to be. The number one thing that attracted you to your soon-to-be partner for life was their sense of humor. And now that your big day is just a few months away, you’re thinking that funny wedding invitations would be extremely fitting for your love story.

As you both get older together, the humor and light-hearted conversations you have together isn’t going to fade. You’ll be able to smile your way through the most stressful situations. You’ll laugh at your mistakes rather than criticize one another for your shortcomings. And when life gets tough, you’ll be able to follow the motto, “If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry,” to get through it. Together.

So it’s only appropriate, as you’re surrounded by your family, friends, and other loved ones on your wedding day, that you keep the humor rolling. Below you’ll find several examples of how to create your own funny wedding invitations.
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How Online Wedding Invitations with RSVP Can Streamline Your Nuptials

A laptop, planner, coffee cup, and flowers

A growing number of couples are leaving traditional wedding etiquette to the wayside — guests can sit on either side of the aisle, Mom and Dad can walk the bride down the aisle, and you can skip throwing the bouquet if you choose. Another tradition to loosen up? Sending paper invitations. Today’s digital wedding invitations with RSVP are just as beautiful as their printed counterparts, and they save a ton of time and hassle.

Online invites cut down on waste and carbon emissions, and they’re a lot easier on your wallet. Invitations with response cards and a pre-stamped envelope can cost a fortune. Paperless wedding invitations, on the other hand, are a low-cost, green alternative. And with impressive RSVP features, they can take a lot of pressure out of planning. Here’s how.
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Save the Date Wording: How to Announce Your Big Day

Save the date wording: three cards and a pen

One of the most magical things about weddings is seeing all your family, friends, and other loved ones gathered together in one place. To ensure your favorite humans are standing with you on your big day, you want to get your save the dates out as early as possible. So what’s the next step on your soon-to-be-wed to-do list? Determine your save the date wording, and get the calendars of your loved ones blocked off — stat.

A save the date card is your opportunity to give your wedding guests a heads up about your upcoming nuptials. Sent months before your big day, a save the date card gives your guests ample time to request off work, make the necessary travel plans and lodging arrangements, and ensure they don’t overextend themselves with other plans. It also helps you, the happy couple, to ensure everyone you love is standing with you on your big day.

If you’re deciding on what to say on your save the date, here’s the golden rule: Short really is sweet. Below, we’ll explain what information to cover and give some sample language to use on your save the date cards, but first, some etiquette.
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6 Elegant Wedding Invitations for a Show-Stopping Affair

Three elegant wedding invitations laid out with greenery and fine china

A wedding invitation isn’t just an invitation, it’s an introduction — an introduction to the evening you’ve spent months, perhaps even years, planning. It sets the tone for your special day, laying the groundwork for all the intricate details you have in store. And if your heart is set on throwing the wedding event of the year, you’re probably on the hunt for beautifully elegant wedding invitations.

Your invitations offer guests the first glimpse into your wedding details, so it’s time to make a few decisions on how to proceed. Should you go with sans serif fonts or calligraphy? Will you select a photo card of the happy couple or a more minimalist background? And of course, will you opt for the rose gold or blush floral accents?

Selecting an elegant wedding invitation is no different from choosing the decor for your reception. As a good rule of thumb, trust your instincts, and follow the patterns and designs that speak to you. Whatever you choose will surely carry an air of sophistication (mixed with bits and pieces of your personality, of course).

But to help you out, we’ve collected a few of our favorite, elegant designs. Below, you’ll find six show-stopping wedding invitations that offer the perfect introduction to your formal wedding. But first …
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How to Design and Word Your Wedding Reception Invitations

A table set for a wedding reception

According to etiquette, everyone invited to your wedding ceremony should be invited to the reception. However, it’s perfectly okay to have a small ceremony with a select few guests followed by a big party with all of your friends and family. Just take care that your wedding reception invitations are smartly worded so that guests know which aspects of your big day they are welcome to attend.

Having separate invitations for the ceremony and reception can be a big sigh of relief for couples who don’t like the spotlight or who would rather their ceremony be a private affair. You can also use wedding reception invitations to follow a spur-of-the-moment elopement or destination wedding with a big bash back home. Here, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about reception-only wedding invitations.
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Formal Wedding Invitations: Designs, Messaging, and Etiquette

Formal wedding invitations laid out with an envelope, a wax seal, and an engagement ring

Your special day is fast-approaching, and you’re deep in the white trenches of wedding planning. You set your sights early-on for an elegant affair — black ties, wedding cake tiers, and a live band. There are still plenty of decisions to be made, and deciding on a formal wedding invitation is at the top of your list.

You’ll need to pick out your stationery, decide what to write, and finalize your invitation wording. And while this is your big day — and therefore you, and only you, make the rules — we have a few suggestions for formalizing all of the above. Below, you’ll find wedding invitation etiquette, selected messages to include, and a few sample designs that make an excellent fit for a formal wedding.
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When to Send Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates, and RSVPs

When to send wedding invitations: Guest's hold up their glasses to cheers at a wedding reception

Your big day is fast approaching. You’ve taken your engagement photos and set a date. Now you just want everyone you love to block that day off on their calendar. But how soon should you send out save the date cards? What about invitations to your bridal shower? And what about the actual invites — do you know when to send wedding invitations?

All these questions (and more) are about to be answered. We’ll help you construct the perfect wedding day timeline to give your guests enough notice with save the dates, wedding invites, and RSVP deadlines. You’ll also learn suggested time frames on when to send out invitations to bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the rehearsal dinner, and we’ll cover what deadline to set for RSVPs.

So grab your white wedding planner or open up your Google calendar because we have a special timeline to construct. At the end of this virtual wedding planning session, you’ll know exactly when to notify your guests about your big day.
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Put a Ring On It! 15 Perfect Engagement Party Invitations

Three engagement party invitations laid out with a wax-sealed envelope, greenery, and ribbon

You said yes and finally put a ring on it, congratulations! You and your fiancé have an exciting season of planning and celebrations ahead of you. Soon enough, you’ll be attending a bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner. Kick off this time with a fun engagement soiree. There are festive engagement party invitations for every kind of affair.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, sophisticated intimate dinner, or all-out bash, these engagement invitations will get friends and family excited to take part in your journey. Cheers!
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Invites 101: How to Address Wedding Invitations

How to address wedding invitations: A wedding couple gets confetti thrown at them by their guests

It’s just two months until the big day. The bridal party is chosen, the menu selected, and the cake taste-tested. Now is the time to send out the invitations — but how does one address wedding invitations? Don’t worry — this is our territory.

There is a formal way to address wedding invitations, and we’re happy to walk you through it. The questions may already be bubbling up in your own mind: Whose name should you write first? How do you tell single guests whether they’re welcome to bring a plus one? How do you invite a whole family?

All of these questions — and probably a few others — are about to be answered. But before you write the addresses for each person on your guest list, let’s talk about envelopes.
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