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If you’re beginning to think about what your wedding invitations will look like, chances are you’ve made a few key decisions about the style of your event — things like whether it will be a formal affair or a casual fete, whether you prefer vintage or modern details for your special day, and if a theme is to be followed. These choices can help you decide what type of impression you want to make on your guests as they receive the invitation. This primer on invitation styles can help you send the right message.


Formal weddings often have simple, clean invitations with just the pertinent information and simple design to emphasize the formality. Decorative flourishes and stylized curls in solid colors are often used. Script fonts are common, though some serif fonts may fit the tone as well.



The wonderful thing about a casual wedding is that when it comes to the invitation, almost anything goes! Invitations can be simple and clean, soft and romantic, or bold and colorful. You can follow the traditional wording, or come up with your own creative way of telling your love story. Pick and choose elements you like from other invitation styles, such as a floral motif or simple design, or go bold with patterns such as polka dots, chevrons, and swirls. Your font choices will depend on the other decisions you make about the design of the invite card, but rest assured there is a perfect font fit no matter your style.



If you’re marrying in a quaint chapel, a rustic barn, a field or somewhere out in the country, you may be inclined to include vintage or classic touches to your invitations. With rustic weddings, designs tend to be softer and emphasize earthy elements, such as florals, pastels, and natural textures. The perfect fonts will be romantic and timeless; perhaps a script or handwriting-style font, like a love note.



Modern wedding invitation styles are similar to formal invitations, though they may have bolder design elements and fonts. Brighter colors — or several color options — are common, as are more angular patterns, such as damask and bold floral flourishes. Many types of fonts can be used, depending on the design, but both serif and sans serif fonts are commonly used. For extra style emphasis, text can be all caps or all lowercase, if you desire.



If you choose to set a theme for your wedding, you can bring in elements of that theme for your invitations — as much or as little as you’d like. Your invitation can be loosely based on your theme or can tie directly into it. Similar to the casual wedding, your invitation design can be bold and fun or personal and intimate — it will depend on what the theme is, and how closely you want to stick to it. Your font choices will follow suit.



Whether you’re planning to marry on sandy shores or snow-topped mountains, your invitation can reflect not only the formality of your wedding but also the feel of the entire event. Frosty winter weddings may choose warm cream or pale gold invitations to bring a sense of warmth or may choose to focus on the chill with diamond white paper and icy colors. Beach weddings might utilize cool colors that bring the sea, greenery, and flowers to mind or bold brights that emphasize lush tropics. You can pull elements from the other invitation styles to create an invitation that complements your style and your planned event perfectly.


These are just a few of the most popular styles of invitations. Of course, your wedding is your own special day, and Lavandula Design would love to help you create your own unique invitation style to reflect the look and feel of your dream wedding.

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