35 Stylish Wedding Invitations That Won’t Blow Your Whole Budget


Paper you can afford, in designs you won't hate

by Najva Sol, Brand Director

cheap wedding invtiations

The thing about choosing to have a wedding with guests is that you then have to actually… get them there. Hence, the importance of the wedding invitation: without it, nobody would know you’re getting hitched. So where to start? There’s not really a wrong way. Anything goes: from pressing send on a simple evite, to commissioning a renowned calligrapher who hand stamps each invite with a custom wax seal and has them delivered via the owl postal service (oh wait, sorry, that’s only for wizards). That being said, for some of us, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi to getting a tangible letter in the snail mail. (Yes, even ordinary USPS.)

There’s generally four ways to get a physical wedding invitation: you can DIY from scratch (minimal $, but more effort), edit and print templates at home ($), commission an artisan ($$$$), or have someone else print from a modified preexisting design ($$). If dealing with glue guns and Photoshop and paper jams and toner cartridges isn’t your cup of tea, that’s totally okay. It’s not mine either. Having someone else print your invitations is both super easy (no papercuts) and pretty affordable. (Win!) There’s just one problem: the overwhelming number of wedding invites out there in the wild wild Internet. How to find the best ones? Not to worry. After strenuous hours of searching, I humbly present to you a collection of stylish yet cheap wedding invitations, all under $250 for a set of one hundred, designed and printed by someone else to show your guests the adventures that await them. Plus, hopefully these will inspire people to RSVP by the deadline so you can finalize that head count. (Just kidding! Nothing you can do will make that happen. But at least your invites will be super styling.)

Pro Tip: Almost all of the invitations below are available in a wide assortment of colors, so if you don’t see what you like here, click through and you can usually update the colors. Also, remember that many of your guests will be invited in pairs or family units, so a hundred invitations will cover way more than a hundred guests.

Now it’s your turn. Did you love your invitations even if they weren’t $$$$? Were they way less expensive than you expected? Do you have an awesome resource for affordable wedding invitations that we missed? Tell us all your secrets!

TYPOGRAPHY: Clean & Simple

Passionate Promise from Shutterfly ($248)

Funky Names from Minted ($234)

Modern Monogram from Paper Source ($218)

Pen-and-Ink-780x780 (1)Pen & Ink from Printable Press ($213)

Modern Palms from Shutterfly ($229)

Slated Forever from Minted ($234)

Studio from Paper Source ($218)

GATSBY: Gilded DECO Decadence

get_composer_image (2)Dynamic Lines from David’s Bridal ($183)

Elegant Lines from Minted ($234)

MIN-8F3-INV-001_A_PZAscot Chic from Minted ($204)

Deco Nouveau from Minted ($234)

Roaring Twenties from Designed With Amore on Etsy ($210)

Modern Deco from Minted ($234)

All Around The World: Places and Spaces

Skyline – New York from Minted ($234)2947_DB28699mnGlobal Romance from David’s Bridal ($183)

Mountain View All-In-One from Minted ($175)VintageDestination-780x780Vintage Destination from Printable Press ($213)Persian Poppy from David’s Bridal ($132)

Destination Union from Shutterfly ($249)

Blue Moroccan via Woah Nellie Press on Etsy ($250)

Abstract Art: Shapes and FormsGilt Agate from Minted ($234)

Sunrise from Paper Source ($218)

MIN-YMP-INV-001_B_PZAbstract Jewel from Minted ($234)

MIN-6TL-INV-001_A_PZMulberry from Minted ($234)

MIN-6TG-INV-001_C_PZMinimal Mod from Minted ($234)

Au Natural: Birds, Beasts, and BloomsDramatique from Printable Press ($209)il_fullxfull.688626145_6uqy

Woodcut Mountain Rustic via Paper Heart Company on Etsy ($200)

Eden All-In-One from Minted ($175)

Waverly Florals from Minted ($204)

BearingGifts-780x780Bearing Gifts from Printable Press ($213)

MIN-6TP-INV-001_A_PZOrangerie from Minted ($234)

KindredSpirits-780x780Kindred Spirits (choose your own animals!) from Printable Press ($213)

Simple Sprigs from Minted ($234)

Najva Sol

Najva Sol is a queer Iranian-American writer, photographer, branding consultant, artist, and ex-poet.  She’s the token staff Slytherin and—while formally based in Brooklyn—tends to travel as much as possible. Storytelling is her life, but making chicken broth is a close second.

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  • Lauren from NH

    Najva this is an amazing collection! I’ll have to check out if any of these have coordinating Thank You’s.

    Here’s our custom invite. Done by NestingProjectWed on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/nestingprojectwed?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav

    Skipping the other side for information privacy, but check our their other STDs for examples. We used these postcards as our invites to save on paper, inserts, envelopes etc. We’re getting married at our former college and this scene will be very familiar to our old classmates. The sunsets over the river are magical so I hope this makes a nice keepsake.

    • Lauren from NH

      Oh disqus…

      • jubeee

        gorgeous!

  • jubeee

    I want to find a really beautiful art nouveau (not deco, nouveau and deco art not the same people of etsy!) but I’ve turned up nothing. I might hire a graphic designer….unless anyone has seen one around???

    • Lena S

      http://www.minted.com/product/wedding-invitations/MIN-18P-INV/champagne-french-cancan?

      This is the only one I could find with a quick search. Not as intricate as maybe you’re looking.

      • Вера Капустина

        Despite what your wedding! if modest home invite all, surely and without an invitation. I ordered for my wedding handmade invitations, we had a two-day in a country hotel and wedding invitations without in any way: there was and directions, and instructions on the program of activities for people to know what clothes to take! so in my opinion without invitations anywhere! ! What a memory! Addressed here – http://www.nexgendesign.com/3d-rendering-modeling

  • aa

    I highly recommend Wedding Paperie: http://www.weddingpaperie.com/

    1) Lower price (our invite is currently $174 for 100, plus they almost always have a 20% off sale going, and will send you a coupon for 20% off when you order a free sample kit (because they have that!) just to be sure you get it)

    2) Super-duper, easy-to-use, highly-customizable editing tool for invites. This was a big part of our decision making process, since other sites, including ones in this post, either don’t let you customize, or just let you do very minimalist, bare-bones customization.

    We did our save-the-dates and invites with them, and ended up ordering address labels (for the return address) because they were inexpensive, looked nice, and were easy to edit to match the invites.

    I’m not sure I love the defining of “cheap” as “under $250,” but that’s just my thought. These are super stylish, to be sure, and less expensive than some options…just not “cheap.”

  • AllieKat

    Custom designs don’t have to be pricey– We found an artist whose work we loved on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/PiebirdDesigns) and commissioned a custom invitation design for $100. We had Catprint print the invitations on beautiful textured paper and had enough room left over in the budget to get fancy colored envelopes!

  • Elizabeth

    We cheated and had a very wonderful friend design our invitations for us and got them printed at a local copy shop on plain card stock for $25. We didn’t need rsvp cards since those were electronic so we just had our RSVP email address and website with more info on the bottom of the invitation so there didn’t need to be anything else in the envelope.

    Though they may not be able to replicate our design process, I would encourage anyone who is worried about not doing fancy paper to trust that the design is enough. I can honestly say it has not affected anyone’s decision to come to the wedding.

    • Lisa

      Yes to the design being enough! We sent out something like yours (no RSVP cards, just a single invitation) that was printed on decent cardstock, and I was so concerned that our invitation felt unsubstantial stacked up against other friends’. A few weeks after receiving our invitation in a conversation about a different person’s wedding, one of my friends who’s fairly traditional said, “Your invitation is so beautiful! It’s one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.”

      The invitation is just to get the information out there. As you said, I don’t think anyone chose not to attend our wedding because the invites weren’t letterpressed with everyone’s name in calligraphy on the envelopes.

      • Elizabeth

        Yes! However, I did forget to mention which city and state the wedding was in… so there is a danger in not going with a pro.

        But luckily the location was listed on the save the date so I think people will figure it out!

  • Sarah E

    We ordered our invitations from Printable Press (excellent, personal customer service), but we opted for their non-wedding “Modern Carnivore” party invitation. It held all the info we needed, we nixed any additional paper (no response cards or info cards or anything), and just ordered the design online. So our design was $55, we printed at a local print shop for a little over $30. The design fit in multiples on each page, and the print shop cut them all for us nicely. What really saved us money was buying envelopes and paper about a year ago from a local print shop that was clearing out inventory. We got an excess of paper and envelopes for about $15. The paper is regular printer-weight, but softly patterned for fanciness.

    In sum, including stamps, we spent just under $150 for a guest list of 176 adults.

    • Elizabeth

      That is serious saving right there! High five!

      Also I just want to echo the whole “nix any additional paper” thing. It’s a great way to save some money.

    • Laura C

      We did Printable Press (same experience as you re customer service), though a wedding invitation. Got the PDF, sent it off to the local copy place (union shop, all recycled paper) and … I don’t remember how much it cost, but I do remember saying “holy crap, that’s all?” And I mean, they gave us proofs of how it was coming out, etc, and even made up envelopes with our return address in the font used on the invitation.

  • Alison M

    I highly recommend buying a digital design and having them printed. We paid $15 for our design on Etsy, and using Vistaprint I’m guessing our total cost will be around $60, maybe less. I love some of the designs above, but $200+ for paper stuff that’s mostly going to be thrown out just seemed crazy to me. But this is coming from someone who dropped more than $2K on my dress, so I guess crazy is totally relative.

  • Alison O

    sigh, i love paper goods…

  • Julia

    Has anyone used Basic Invite? Been doing a lot of research on invitations, and was wondering if anyone has used them.

  • ETD

    The watercolor-looking invitation from Minted is actually called Mulberry (not Sandstone as noted here, although that is also a watercolor themed design). I only know because I’m considering it for my invitations. :) My customer experience with Minted so far has been great. I really like how they let you customize so many elements of the design without making a huge fuss about it.

  • Kristin Anne

    No love for Zazzle? We purchased 75 invitations, custom stamps and 75 thank you cards for only $285. All of these sites are constantly having sales. Be added to the e-mail lists so you know when there is a sale.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      I didn’t realize Zazzle had such cute invitations until someone from their team emailed us. They have got some CUTE shit.

  • Вера Капустина

    Despite what your wedding! if modest home invite all, surely and without an invitation. I ordered for my wedding handmade invitations, we had a two-day in a country hotel and wedding invitations without in any way: there was and directions, and instructions on the program of activities for people to know what clothes to take! so in my opinion without invitations anywhere! ! What a memory! Addressed here – http://www.nexgendesign.com/3d-rendering-modeling

  • Rahul Jain

    I strongly recommend http://www.arihantcards.com for Luxurious wedding Invites for less than 1$, Elizabeth you wouldn’t require to cheat anymore.. They have traditional ones and the Modern laser cut designs too, Along with matching RSVP and thank you cards, Some of their designs are really amazing !! – if you have a theme or want your design, mail them or chat with them on their 24X7 Live chat ..

  • wilfredo

    Nice. But it will be better if you adjust these wedding cards in proper and systematical position. #amoyshare

  • ElwoodAngstadt

    Nice. Thank you sharing. Wedding invitation is the first glimpse guests have into what the wedding will be like. Here you can create impressive animated invites with timely and special RSVPs. Just have a try! https://goo.gl/tdUVbq

  • Mitchel Terrible

    Thanks for sharing. I like designing digital wedding invites with timely and special RSVPs. Just like this https://goo.gl/e98EHg.

  • Foster Dicharry

    So beautiful. Would you like to try designing impressive animated wedding invites with timely and special RSVPs? https://www.amolink.com

  • Sangeeta

    Awesome. Some of the beautiful designs of wedding invites. Thanks for sharing them. I really liked the ivory ones.

    https://www.lotuscardstudio.com/wedding-cards-online