Colorful Wedding Invitations That Will Stand Out

In a sea of invitations each wedding season, these bold beauties are sure to wow.

When selecting the style for your invitation suite, most brides and grooms choose classic, neutral designs; however, more and more couples are embracing color when it comes to their wedding décor, and the same is true for the invitations!

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Photo: Lauren Cate Photography

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Summertime is arguably a favorite season for many people due to the sunshine and all the happy memories it brings. For your summery soirée, choose wedding-invitation suites that evoke these same joyful feelings! 

Keep in mind that the invitation is the first hint your wedding guests will have at what your wedding will look like, so you’ll want to impress your loved ones. It’s your chance to show off your personalities, your love story, and more, so be creative and have fun with it! 

From gorgeous gold-foil elements, a mashup of bold hues, striking hand-painted watercolor designs, and even a die-cut of the bride’s feline best friend, these stationery suites illustrate what is possible in invitation personalization. 

While we of course love timeless, elegant invitation suites in black, white, and neutral tones, color is one of this year’s biggest wedding trends. Don’t be afraid to choose bright tones, mixed patterns, unique fonts, and artful concepts for your stationery suite, like many of these looks from couture stationers and online retailers. 

The colorful designs can then be repeated throughout your wedding décor, from wedding-party attire to day-of paper goods and ceremony florals to reception linens. Should you wish for the invite itself to lean more traditional, add fun accents to the overall suite by way of a lively envelope liner, bold enclosure cards, or even vibrant postage stamps. Your guests will surely smile and look forward to your memorable summer celebration!

Bold, Colorful Wedding Invitation Ideas

Modern Minimalist Wedding Invitation with Pops of Color

Modern Minimalist Colorful Wedding Invitation

If you know the color palette of your wedding before you send out your invitations, incorporate the hues of the celebration throughout your invitation suite! We love the pink, purple, and orange hues of this invitation for a modern wedding in Vermont. Modern minimalist wedding suite with vibrant pops of color, including a matching envelope featuring a striped design and floral motif by More Than Words;; Photo: Alisha Faith Photography

Bold, Tropical Wedding Invitation

Vibrantly Hued Tropical Wedding Invitation

Even if you're having an October wedding, if your theme features a tropical feel, your wedding invite can scream summer. The unique mix of patterns, colors, and artistic elements of this invitation surely excited guests! Ceci Couture vibrantly hued invitation featuring blind embossing, watercolor artwork, letterpress, foil details, a custom converted envelope, and a tinted, bevel edge by Ceci New York;

Golden Wedding Invitation

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If the rest of your invitation suite is a bit more neutral (think envelopes, response cards, etcetera), don't be afraid to add some vibrant color in the invitation itself – after all, that's likely what will be displayed on your guests' fridge leading up to the big day. Go for bold prints and deep hues for a lovely look. Sophia” wedding invitation in the color Sunshine featuring large painterly florals by Ani Somi for Minted;

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Custom Invitation with Cat & Butterfly Details

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Your wedding invitation is a wonderful place to add some personality into your paper goods. This couple had a cat-shaped response card and butterflies throughout the invitation and envelope liner, which their guests surely loved as they opened the stationery. Wedding invitation suite highlighting California sunset-inspired hues of pink, orange, yellow, and lilac, as well as intricate butterfly and feline designs that are both modern and playful by The Native Lion;

Hand-Painted Watercolor Wedding Invitation

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For this destination wedding in San Miguel de Allende, the couple made use of color and artistic elements in their custom invite. “Casa Chorro” invitation suite featuring an invitation illustrated in watercolor with hand-painted details, coordinating enclosure cards, a gatefold presentation folder with additional watercolor illustrations of the surrounding areas of the venue, and a silk ribbon wrap by Momental Designs;

Fuschia & Teal Patterned Invitation

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Don't be afraid to mix and match! When using online retailers to put together your invitation suite, consider pairing an envelope that complements your invitation – but doesn't completely go together – for more of a couture look for less. “Peacock Pattern” wedding invitation paired with punchy-hued “A7 Fuchsia” envelope featuring “Gold Metallic Eyes” liner printed on Dark Teal handmade paper by Paper Source;

For more wedding invitation ideas, see some of our favorite online wedding invitations from Minted, Shutterfly & Zola, take a look at timeless invites with monograms, view floral-print wedding invitations, and browse shimmering invitation designs!

This story was originally published as a You're Invited feature in the Summer 2023 issue of Inside Weddings magazine. To order a copy of the Summer 2023 issue, visit our library of Inside Weddings back issues available for purchase.

Opening photo by Lauren Cate Photography; Invitations, Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements; From Real Wedding: Colorful Outdoor Wedding Inspired by the California Venue's Spanish Tiles