Unconventional Wedding Invitation Ideas

Some years ago, I saw a large x-ray film of two hips (two hip bones actually) curiously standing side by side like they were stuck to each other taped to a friend’s window. (Yes I did mean film, it was the real deal). The unusual image baffled me. Upon closer inspection, I learned that it was actually a wedding invitation. That was when I realized that invites didn’t have to be or look like what they’re expected to be!

Now, in the age of D.I.Y, nontraditional invites (at least not the ones you see in a regular catalog) have popped up everywhere so I rounded up some innovative wedding invitation trends and other creative invite ideas by inventive brides, grooms, and vendors to inspire you into designing one that’s sure to make your invitees go WOW.

* Please note that apart from hand delivery, you will have to find a way to send some of these to your guests without spending a fortune on postage and shipping!

1. A Viewmaster Wedding Invitation

viewmaster wedding invitation
Viewmaster invite via melangerienyc

The unique wedding invite features a retrotastic viewmaster with a picture reel and insert card for additional information. Just send in 7 high-res images, include a brief description of each and Brooklyn-based Melangerie NYC will customize the funky toy invites for you. Awesomesauce! I know I’d love to receive one for sure. 😉

2. A Vintage Storybook Wedding Invitation

vintage book wedding invites

Vintage book invitation via mismikado

Storybook invites are wonderfully nostalgic and can be used to effectively tell the bride and groom’s story in its pages. Etsy shopkeeper mismikado had the idea of converting previously-loved hardbound books into one-of-a-kind wedding invitations your guests will absolutely treasure.

3. Laser Cut Wedding Invitations

laser cut wedding invite

Papel Picado Laser-cut wedding invite via avie

I see a lot of exquisite laser-cut invites these days as it seems to be a fast-growing trend. The lovely Papel Picado invite by avie (above) is one of those that caught my eye, and the breathtaking Into the Woods rustic laser-cut invite is worth taking a look as well.

4. Handkerchief Wedding Invitations

handkerchief wedding invitation

Handkerchief wedding invites by Bird and Banner

I mentioned fabric wedding invites in my non-paper wedding invitations entry before because I think they’re a great eco-friendly alternative to paper and are easy and economical to ship too. Influential design blogger Grace Bonney (of Design Sponge fame) took the idea a step further and had paperie Bird and Banner screen print their invitation on 75 different vintage handkerchiefs which were then wrapped with a letter pressed band printed with a faux bois pattern and the couples initials. The result is simply beautiful.

5.  An Origami wedding invitation

Origami Heart Wedding Invitation

DIY Origami heart invitation via Eat Drink Chic

Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic created these lovely little origami hearts for her wedding. The hearts open up to reveal the invitation message inside and have an attached string so that guests can also use them as a keepsake decoration. They are then inserted in little translucent paper pockets with sewn edges. Amy has also generously provided downloadable templates and instructions on her lovely blog, do check it out.

6. Tying the Knot invitation (literally)

tying the knot wedding invitation

Tie The Knot by Christina Moralego via ReCraft

I love how simple and ingenious this idea is! Once you open the invite, you see a loop that ties into a knot to symbolize the union of couple Lois and Cris. (The knot kind of looks like a heart too, don’t you think?)

7. The Message in a Bottle invitation

message in a bottle wedding invitations
Message in a bottle wedding invites via Project Wedding

The invitation-in-a-bottle idea has been around for sometime but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with it. One crafty couple designed their bottle labels and scroll invites to look like ancient maps. They inserted these along with seashells and sand inside the bottles which were then individually sealed with pieces of cork. You can read all about how they made them on Project Wedding.

7. Newspaper Wedding Invitation

art nouveau newspaper wedding invitation

Art nouveau “newspaper” wedding invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations created this newspaper inspired wedding invitation for bride and goom  Lindsay and Jos who met at a comedy club and wanted to infuse their wedding invitations with both their sense of humor and the old-world romantic charm of their wedding venue. The newspaper invitation suite came complete with classified, horoscope sections and funny pages and the actual invitation was placed under “Society”. Read more about this impressive invitation set here.

8. Jigsaw Puzzle wedding invitation

jigsaw puzzle wedding save the date invitations

Puzzle save the dates via nicegiftsBrainFry, and tuccipaperco

A jigsaw puzzle is a charming and interactive way to announce your union to your invitees. Take inspiration from these cute puzzle invites I found on etsy (12, and 3).

9. Pyramid Wedding Invitation

pyramid wedding invitation

Pyramid wedding invitation via Color Noun

Here’s a fun 3D wedding invitation idea from graphic designer Saaleha. She fashioned these pyramid-shaped boxes adorned with glitter accents and hand-cut elements glued on foam raisers for a 3D effect. Folded square inset invitation cards went inside the boxes and address labels were stuck to the bottom of the boxes.

10. A Box of Chocolates invitation

Chocolates in a Box wedding invitation

Box of Chocolates invitation by Natoof Design via Lovely Package

Who can resist receiving a sweet treat? The bride wanted her guests to indulge so she came up with an invitation in the form of a box of chocolate. It had pull-out drawers containing the candy and a chocolate-colored custom wax seal with the couple’s monogram.

11. An  8-bit Wedding Invitation

8 bit wedding invitation

8-bit wedding invitation via Mashable

A pair of German gamer geeks programmed two versions of a Mario-inspired 8-bit video game as their wedding invites and sent them in the form of compact discs in jewel cases along with matching 8-bit artwork. Guests, who can play as either the bride or the groom, are challenged to beat the game in order to unlock the wedding details. Amazing!


Thank you to everyone who purchased invitations from the Poptastic Bride Boutique during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend sale! If you got the announcement late, don’t worry because you can still purchase our cards and invites at 75% off  (on orders of 75 pieces or more). Use the promo code: LOVEPEACEJOY

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  1. I really like the game wedding invitation and the laser cut ones! I’ll better think of more original ideas for invitations for my wedding!

  2. Hi Rowena, I love the laser cut invites too, and wasn’t that game invite mind-blowing? BTW good luck with your wedding planning! If you come up with something unique, feel free to let me know so I can feature it on here 🙂

  3. Wow! I love all of these ideas! As a photographer, designer, and “crafter” I feel that I have to have fun with all of these ideas!

  4. I love the invitations you included here! They are so innovative and beautiful! I feel totally honored that you included my book invitations with them 🙂 Thanks a million! It’s blogger like you who totally make my day! 😀

  5. @Mariam I’d love to see what you come up with! 🙂

    @Mismikado It’s totally my pleasure! Love your work! 🙂

  6. Hi, thank you for sharing these ideas! Very diverse and inovative ideas. You can take a look at some of my ideas. Thanks! Best of luck to you. Keep up the good work!

  7. Love the wedding handkerchief invite. I love all things wedding, especially custom hankies for such a momentous occasion.


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