Crafty and creative wedding invitations

Apr 1, 2013 at 12:35 a.m. ET

Wedding invitation design choices range from formal to artistic and everything in between. Invitations will give your guests the initial impression of what you have in store for them and while some brides prefer to keep it simple, many brides are grabbing hold of some creative reins and sending out invitations with extra pizazz.

A wedding invite with the turn of a page

Wedding invitation

(Photo credit: Kari Dyas via Jessica Claire wedding photography)
These invites were created for a wedding with a 1920s London ambiance and after stumbling across this wedding project, we're never judging a book by its cover again. The vintage-inspired invites designed by a one woman show out of Los Angeles truly are one of a kind. Kari Dyas runs her own design studio, Two Upon Ten Letterpress, where she has made a living out of designing and customizing stationery like this.
We think her blood, sweat and tears show through on these. They're the perfect blend of modern and vintage, not to mention one of the most creative wedding invitations we've ever seen. Jessica Claire goes over all the details of these impeccably designed invitations here.

For an added vintage accent, get creative with postage stamps. Instead of traveling the traditional route with one stamp in the top right corner, create an eccentric collage with different designs or align them in a horizontal strip across the top of the envelope. This trend was sloshed all over wedding blogs when it came to unique ideas for invites and save the dates.

A hanky for your plus one

Wedding Invitation

(Photo credit: Sarah Mckenzie Photography)

Though there are many ways to get creative with paper, it's hard to top a wedding invite imprinted on a handkerchief. Plus, these creative wedding invitations are a stylish example of how a little color can go a long way. If your wedding doesn't have a country-inspired theme like this, they are easily customized with a change in the hanky fabric pattern and unique stamp selection. Inspire your inner do-it-yourself diva with more ideas from this Texas wedding via The Wedding Chicks.

A word on whimsical wedding invitations

wedding Invitations

(Photo credit: A Simple Grace via Elizabeth Anne Designs)
For save the dates with a similar feel, send out vintage postcards for your wedding location. Check out these examples on Etsy >>

A crafty lady and blog junkie named Christine spilled the details about her wedding save the dates and invitations on Elizabeth Anne Designs' wedding blog. She made them all by hand, getting down and dirty with every last inked, sewn and stamped detail. She used vintage wallpaper as the backdrop for the vellum invite and after all the other paper essentials were stuffed into a classic brown envelope, these wedding invitations were more like a miniature package welcoming their guests to a wedding vacation.

Publish your love story for all to read

Wedding Invites

(Photo credit: Merriment Design)

Here is another take on wedding invitations in book form. As a designer, the bride herself had a hand in this modern wedding idea and final product. It's a personable way to invite guests if your love story is particularly unique. We especially love this design because the bride and groom designed it with some help from a few friends in the business. The groom's friend created the illustrations and another friend put their story into words. See more pictures here >>

If you like the way it turned out, contact the bride's design studio at Caliente Creative, the illustrator Jeff Carlson and the woman responsible for the printing and writing at Steracle Press.

Invitations inspired by simple touches

Wedding Invites

(Photo credit: Scott Clark from 100 Layer Cake wedding blog)

If you're looking to create a unique wedding invitation but aren't looking to take on a huge project, there are ways to spice up simple paper goods and impress your guests. 100 Layer Cake demonstrates how to turn a simple envelope into a simply gorgeous casing for your invitation. We love the calligraphy used for the address and the stamp collage for extra vintage appeal. Learn more about this project and how to do it yourself on 100 Layer Cake's blog post.

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