9 Unique Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Invitations

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  • 01 of 09

    Start Out With Unique Wedding Invitation Wording


    Wedding invitations are the first view your guests will have of the style and vibe of your wedding. Make sure your invites are as personal and unique as your wedding will be, with these 10 ways to personalize your wedding invitations.

    Use Invitation Wording that Reflects You and Your Family

    Just because most people use the "So-and-So's parents request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their kids" format, doesn't mean you have to! Consider:

    Because you have shared in our...MORE lives with love,
    Naomi Brown
    Parker Williamson
    Invite you to share in the joy of our wedding day


    Mr. and Mrs. John H. Myers
    Joyfully invite you to
    The marriage of their daughter
    Sophia Lynn
    Carlos Antonio Hernandez
    Dinner and merriment to follow

    Custom wedding invitation poster by Etsy seller unlesssomeonelikeyou

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  • 02 of 09

    Stand in the Place Where You Live


    If the place where you live or are getting married is special to you, use it as inspiration for your wedding invitation. Ask your designer to use iconic architecture (the Eiffel Tower for a Parisian wedding,) known motifs (an apple for a NYC wedding) or your state flower or bird. You can even just ask your designer to evoke the mood of the location; one of my favorite invites used western-inspired fonts for a Montana wedding.

    Custom wedding invitation by CeciNY

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  • 03 of 09

    Picture Yourself on Your Wedding Invitation


    You can't get more personal than a picture of yourselves. And yet, a photograph probably wouldn't fit the formality or taste-level of most wedding invitations. Silhouettes are the perfect solution: modern and graphic yet charmingly old fashioned. They say "us" without being too literal.

    "Sophie" wedding invitation by Abby Jean Press. This example uses pictures of the bride and groom as children, but they can use any profile picture of the two of you to create the invites.

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  • 04 of 09

    Poetic Wedding Invitations


    Just one line of a favorite love poem at the top of a wedding invitation sets the stage for a romantic and personal affair. Consider separating the poetry from the rest of your invite text with a symbol, monogram, or insignia.

    "Yolanda and Aaron" custom designed by Ceci New York

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  • 05 of 09

    Your Handwriting Speaks Volumes

    Instead of using a computer font, handwrite the text of your invite and then scan it at high resolution. Your wedding invitations will be personal, relaxed and welcoming.

    Wedding invitation by Bird and Banner

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  • 06 of 09

    Maps with Whimsical Touches

    Carrot and Stick Press

    It's helpful to include a map with directions to the ceremony, reception, and any other wedding related events that might be happening that weekend. Why not make it more personal and whimsical? If they're nearby enough to be included on the same map, also include the spot where you got engaged, your favorite small restaurant, a cute place to watch the stars, and where to get the best ice cream cone in town. Your guests can have fun exploring your area through your eyes.


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  • 07 of 09

    Put Your Picture on the Stamp


    Not everyone has the budget to have custom-designed wedding invitations. Consider choosing your favorite mass-market invitation, but add a personal element by using your picture to make custom postage stamps through Photostamps.com. Sure, it's more expensive than standard postage but it's an affordable way to add the personal.


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  • 08 of 09

    Be as Modern or Traditional as You Wanna Be

    Eva Paul

    Tradition calls for a thick white wedding invitation engraved with black ink. Today, many couples are opting for color but still using traditional wording and formal style. I'm here to tell you that there are no hard and fast rules! Just try to match your wedding invitation to the style and formality of your wedding. Having a formal wedding? Go for the traditional engraved card, or take it a step even further and use elaborate hand calligraphy. But, if you're getting married in an urban...MORE loft with your favorite band playing, there's no reason not to use color, pattern, and texture to evoke your event.

    The invitation above was made by Etsy seller evapaul. Her store is no longer active, but consider these other Etsy sellers who combine tradition with new modern details:

    • A teal ombre invitation from CricketPrinting
    • A lovebirds wedding invitation from JoyInspiration
    • Grey and yellow invites with banner detail by asensiblehabit
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  • 09 of 09

    How Are You Printing That?

    Modern Press

    There are tons of options available to you with printing your wedding invitations – offset, letterpress, engraved, thermography. You can even print on wood or acrylic. Each of these printing techniques will lend a different vibe to your invites so think carefully about your vision and what you want to achieve. Don't know what these terms mean? Check out this Guide to the Lingo of Wedding Invitations

    Wooden invitation by Modern Press