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Premium modern wedding invitations for your 2022/2023 wedding. Customize your design in minutes. Shop new Arch and Double Arch shapes.

Premium on-trend wedding invitations for your 2021/2022 wedding. Customize your design in minutes. Shop new Half Arch and Double Arch shapes. There is no shortage of great independent designers, but finding them and their work can be hard on the internet so we have collated a great selection of unique and creative wedding invitations for you to choose from.

We love promoting the work of Independent designers; At paperlust, you will find such a wide range of wedding invitation styles. We love being able to give artists the chance to get their work online and share it with you.

Paperlust Wedding Invitations: Independent Designers

Our designers come from all over the world, each bringing with them their unique wedding design style. When you look through our gallery of designs, you can see there is a straightforward and clean aesthetic, while still being focused on every detail, which is shared through the many different designs.

Some of our designers focus on beautiful typography, creating lettering that is stylish and distinctive and personalised just for you. Some of our other designers use splashes of colour for invitations that stand out and can match your wedding’s colour palette, and others create stunning illustrations to decorate invitations and make them into works of art. Some designs are sure to appeal to everyone, no matter what your taste or wedding’s theme. 

Browse through our customizable wedding invitation gallery, and you’re sure to find a designer who has created something that is perfect for you. Our designers are dedicated to creating beautiful wedding designs that will add to the specialness of your wedding day.


Supporting Independent Designers

Many of our designers are still young, so it’s important that we nurture their talent and give them a chance to share their work and further develop their creative skills. Through Paperlust you are helping us to help support Independent designers and ensure that they always have a platform through which to create invitations and showcase their work.

We like to provide support to our designers with our Feedback Gallery and our invitation Design Challenges which allows them the opportunity to get feedback on their work and share their ideas and inspiration with a wider community. Our designers receive a commission on sales of their designs to help them develop a solid body of work and progress their design careers.

The design market can often be quite saturated with global brands, and it can be a challenge for Independent designers to break into it, so we want to make sure young creatives have a global platform to get their work recognised and put Independent graphic design on the map to showcase their incredible talent

There are hundreds of ways to get wedding invitations, from importing fancy designs to tracking down free printable wedding invitations templates, but there's no substitute for knowing you're supporting local design talent. 


Wedding Invitations - Quality now available online

All of our wedding invitations are quality assured. Produced in-house in Melbourne, we quality check our prints three times before they are dispatched to you. Many large online printers may offer the cheapest price, however they take little id no care when it comes to the quality of their paper stocks, printing or packaging. At Paperlust we pride ourselves on our quality wedding invitations, triple checked for assurance and with a satisfaction guarantee. Don’t believe us, have a look at the hundreds of five star reviews online from our happy customers. 

When it comes to wedding invitations, and all manner of design, Australia has a lot to offer, our designers have their own distinctive aesthetic to create unique designs that you are bound to love.  

We love Australian quality printed products, and we hope that after looking through our beautiful range of wedding invitations that you will too. And even better? Our cards aren't just for Aussies. We ship event and wedding invitations to the UK, USA, Canada and almost every other country around the world, and we even have styles suitable for fall wedding invitations. Sure, you'll find our vintage wedding invitations in Brunswick and our contemporary wedding invitations in Wetherill Park, but you'll also find our floral wedding invitations in South Africa and our greenery wedding invitations in Ireland. There's truly something for everyone and every place at Paperlust.

Wedding Invitations Online - Choose and customise the perfect wedding invitations template

There are a million reasons why finding your wedding invitations online is a great way to go.

  • Range of styles

Like with anything, shopping for online wedding cards gives you access to a huge range of styles and print types that may not be available to you if it weren’t for the internet. No matter what style of wedding you’re planning, there are online wedding invites that will fit your aesthetic, even if it’s well outside of the standard options. This could be anything from rustic wedding invitationsclassic wedding invitations, vintage wedding invitationsfloral wedding invitations, art deco wedding invitations, modern wedding invitations or country wedding invitations.


  • Wedding invitations Template  - Something for every budget

Whether you’re working on a tight budget and looking for cheap wedding invitations, or hoping to splash some major cash on solid gold invites, there are online wedding invitation cards for you. You can even track down online wedding invitations templates and other wedding invitations online cheap if the price is the most pressing concern.

  • Something for every taste

At Paperlust we have carefully curated our collection of designs to ensure that you have access to the very best designs from a range of different categories and styles. Whether you're specifically looking for floral wedding invitations, lilac wedding invitations, or vellum cards for delicately layered wedding invitations, we've got something for you, or you can even include a photo to create photo wedding invitations.

  • Access to the best designers

Online wedding invitation design sites like Paperlust collate the very best designs from the very best independent designers, giving you access to them without needing to do all the work of finding, reaching out and connecting with them individually.


  • Practicality

There’s nothing quite as practical as buying wedding invitations online: browse thousands of designs from the comfort of your own home and have them delivered right to your door. Wedding invitations online ordering systems take all the pressure off you and make things easy: A lot of companies even have wedding invitations online rsvp collection systems to take care of rsvps for you. Plus, because our designs are completely customisable, you can make them perfectly suited to your event, even for non-traditional weddings or wedding vow renewals

  • Customisable Designs


Wedding Invitations Canada

Every design sold on Paperlust is completely customisable, which ensures your needs and desires aren't limited by designs that are only almost perfect. Found a design you love but were also hoping to reflect your faith with Christian, Jewish or Islamic wedding invitations? Want to give a nod to your heritage with Italian wedding invitations or Indian wedding invitations? Looking to transform one of our designs into your dream medieval wedding invitations? Any of these options are just a few clicks away, meaning the same invitation can work perfectly for thousands of different events. 

Canada is a breathtaking nation filled with natural beauty and stretches of wilderness that refresh the soul. Canadian weddings deserve to be just as beautiful and stylish. To tell your love’s story your own way there are many options for unique wedding invitations in Canada. If you’re planning a spring garden wedding, try floral or botanical invites, or for a winter winery wedding consider burgundy with gold foiling. Can’t find what you like on our site? Paperlust offers the best wedding invitations Canada wide so that you can commission your dream stationery for your wedding. If you’re creative and already have an invitation design, you can also print your own design with us. If your budget won’t allow for a customised design but you love the idea of customisation, consider a monogram or a personalised couple logo to grace your invite.


High quality cheap wedding invitations in Canada

We understand that weddings aren’t cheap, and many people are searching for discount wedding invitations in Canada or ‘wedding invitations Canada free samples’. Do you want the look of DIY wedding invitations in the Canada style without all the hours of hands on work or affordable wedding invitations for Canada-based people that don’t look so … affordable? To nail the invitations on the cheap in Canada, stick to Paperlust’s digital printing options or limit the cards in your invitation suite to one or two essentials. The best way to get cheap wedding invitations is by focussing on the basics - what do your guests really need leading up to and on the day to stay informed and also feel valued? Canada’s invitations are inherently stylish but they shouldn’t have to break your wedding budget.


All in one wedding invitations

Another way to do invitations in Canada for a cheap price is to choose all in one wedding invitations Canada style, also known as pocketfold wedding invitations in Canada. They are the best all in one wedding invitations Canada wide and make everyone’s life easier - you can do away with the whole stack of invitation cards and keep things simple. You don’t even need an envelope because everything is together on the one piece of paper!


Canada loves to shop online

Shopping online in Canada has become increasingly popular for a range of reasons. First of all, shopping for theinvitations online in Canada is very convenient - get all your wedding stationery sorted without leaving the couch. Secondly, online wedding invitations in Canada are cheaper - because all of the usual overhead costs associated with a physical store are eliminated, you aren’t overpaying. The third reason to order wedding invitations online for Canada-based people is because you have far more choices than you would in store. Browsing wedding invitations online in Canada is the best way to get a product perfect for you at the right price with the least effort. Win!


Trending styles

Canadians have a true individual style and aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. There’s no difference when it comes time for them to get married, so we have compiled a list of wedding invitation styles that Canadians love (we hope you will too):



Paperlust doesn’t just have wedding invitations. We cater for all of your wedding stationery including save the dates, engagement invitations, menus, place cards, thank you cards, hens party invites and bridal or wedding shower invitations in Canada. For the best events stationery and wedding invitations in Canada choose Paperlust. Start customising your design today!

Wedding Invitations NZ (New Zealand)

NZ wedding invitations are the perfect introduction to your wedding day. They set the tone of what your guests can expect, and why not kick things off with a bang, through a stunning wedding invite design!

We have all your wedding stationery NZ needs, from your invitations, thank you cards, engagement party invitations, save the date cards, we have you covered for your entire wedding set.

Our closest neighbour, New Zealand is not so different from Australia in many ways; they have beautiful natural landscapes and the same relaxed lifestyle vibe that Aussie’s live and breathe. But when it comes to design, New Zealand have their own distinctive style that everyone can appreciate. 


Wedding stationery NZ designs

A relaxed style with splashes of bold colour to give some edge. Without moving too far towards quirky, New Zealanders like to have fun with their design. New Zealand designers are able to create designs that appeal to people all over the world, and when it comes to invitations - New Zealand designers are just as creative. 

Whether focusing on the combination of different colours, the finer details of illustrations, or elegant lettering and typography, our New Zealand designers, just like our Australian ones, know how to create something unique for your wedding day.

New Zealand can really be something special, with so much beautiful scenery, rustic outdoor weddings are very popular so rustic wedding invitations might be what you are looking for, and the landscape of New Zealand provides endless inspiration for many designs. Known for bringing the magic of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ to life, the scenery is instantly recognisable from all over the world, and New Zealand inspired invitations are just another way they can bring some magic to your day. 


Trends in NZ

Wedding trends come and go, but with so many themes to choose from, brides will have no trouble finding a style they like. And really, it’s your special day, so feel free to choose any theme you like, whether others say it’s in style or not. But just in case you were curious about what’s trending in weddings at the moment: 



New Zealand has some stunning parks and gardens, and with floral applique becoming a popular trend with wedding dresses, why not compliment that with floral themed invitations? We have a great range of floral wedding invitations, ranging from the more classic floral print to something more country inspired. You needn’t worry about a floral themed wedding being too girly for the groom either, as there are some stunning designs that are more minimal, or you choose even choose a black and white floral theme for something different. Floral and rustic themes are a popular choice, incorporating the beautiful surrounds into invitations with a handmade feel (or going for full diy wedding invitations NZ themed!). 



Watercolour prints are another trend that has shown up on the wedding scene, with florals and pastels taking place of traditional white. Perfect to tie in with a wedding in the spring or summer time, soft watercolours look pretty and romantic, and set in an outdoor venue, with lush green surrounds and multi-coloured flower gardens, creates a dreamy wedding atmosphere. You can choose any colour palette for a watercolour theme, blue, green, purple, yellow, even blacks and greys. All your wedding stationery can follow a watercolour design, whether you want something bright and bold, or soft and muted. 



From gold and silver, through to touches of copper, pewter and bronze, metallic has always been a popular trend at weddings, as it looks classy and stylish as a finishing touch. It adds a bit of shimmer and sparkle detail, whether it’s silver lining on your wedding dress, gold tableware or metallic prints on your wedding invitations. We have a great selection of wedding invites that feature metallic details, including metallic lettering and foil invites. You can match the metallic on the invites to the metallic touches throughout the rest of your wedding. A little bit of sparkle can help to really set the tone of your wedding and get all your guests in the party mood.


Tie everything together with your NZ wedding invitations

No matter when trend or style you love, when planning all the aspects of your wedding you should always think to tie everything together with complementing details. All the finer details of your wedding should work together to create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding day, don’t ever think any detail is too small or just doesn’t matter that much, because on your wedding day it all matters!

Even your envelopes can match your wedding theme, with our new envelope liners now available. Envelopes are something that people rarely give much thought too, but instead of just plain envelopes, why not choose something that will add to the overall design? 

The designs available for your envelope liners include:

  • Floral

  • Striped

  • Marble

  • Tropical

The design of your envelope liners can match the theme of your wedding, and help pull everything together. Your loved ones will really enjoy the extra attention to detail, and it will ensure that your New Zealand wedding invites really stand out. 


Shop online

Browse our huge range from the very best independent designers to find something perfectly tailored for your event. Whether you’re after something inspired by a specific location, or looking to incorporate your cultural background with your current home, we’re the place to find what you’re looking for. Shopping your invitations online gives you a range of designs, print types, styles and prices to work with. Bonus, at Paperlust we offer free shipping anywhere in New Zealand, so we’re the best choice for people hunting down affordable options. 



New Zealand definitely hold their own when it comes to design, and NZ wedding invitation cards are no exception. At Paperlust we love supporting talented designers from both Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and helping you create the wedding stationery of your dreams. 


And if you need any help with wedding invitation wording on your NZ wedding invites, our friendly Paperlust team are happy to help!


Nothing quite like Wedding Invitations from Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that pretty much caters for everyone and everything, and it is an increasingly popular place to get married. There are so many great hidden treasures in Melbourne, from beautiful parks to spacious event halls, and some truly beautiful churches and architecture. 

You can have an inner city wedding, with some great venues to choose from that offer great cuisine, and the potential for beautiful views of the city if you end up in a sky rise building. We have wedding invitation designs that fit in with a city setting perfectly, whether you are after classic style or something more trendy. 

Or for those who are looking for something a bit more laid-back, you don’t need to drive too far out of the city for you to end up in a country town or one of our picturesque wineries, often with bigger venues available. For those who are planning an outdoor or country style wedding, our selection of rustic wedding invitations will be the perfect match! 

Wedding invitations Melbourne Style

Melbourne is known for being a stylish and creative city, where people are not afraid to be themselves. Our designers understand the aesthetic and culture of Melbourne and translate it into their designs. There’s no reason why your wedding invitations can’t reflect the cool Melbourne style. 

Some may think invitations are not that important a part of weddings anymore, especially with social media providing easy communication to friends and family, but we at Paperlust still believe it is a crucial aspect of a wedding and will work as a beautiful introduction to the overall style of your wedding day. 

Let us help you find a wedding invitation Melbourne design you really love, that suits your style and the theme of your day so that every little detail can be just right. 


We have plenty of different wedding invitation styles to choose from, including:

• Abstract invitations

• Bold wedding invites

• Classic wedding invitations

• Country

• Floral

• Modern


And with so much more available, be sure to browse through all our designs until you find the perfect wedding invitation design for you. 


Wedding invitations Melbourne we’re all about the fine details

Heads up - an important thing to consider when choosing your wedding invitations is the print type. Whether you're looking for a design to match the modern surrounds of Zinc or the classic elegance of Quat Quatta, choosing the right print type can help set the scene. Great news, our creatives are print masters and know how to best combine beautiful design with premium print techniques:




Foil stamp

Metallic prints

Letterpress & Foil

Photo cards

Print on wood


The printing style you choose can be a great compliment to the overall colour scheme and style of your wedding. 

Create the ultimate matching wedding invitations package

We have your back when it comes to the finer details, our extended range of wedding invitations and matching cards such as the Save the date, RSVP, Info Card, Belly Bands, and more will ensure you have all bases covered in amazing matching designs.


Melbournian wedding invitation colour palette

Let's talk colour. We all know about Melbourne's winter obsession with black, which is cool, but this is your wedding and we say splash out with some colour. Browse Paperlust's amazing range of wedding invitations by colour.

But if you just love the monochrome palette too much, and that’s totally fine, this is Melbourne after all, then look through our collection of black and white wedding invitations for some great ideas. You could always brighten up black with subtle touches of metallic to make them stand out. 


Nothing quite like Wedding Invitations from Sydney Based designers

And the winner is... Sydney! We just couldn't help ourselves on that one :)

Sydney is undoubtedly one of the world's great cities with no shortage of extremely talented upcoming creatives to be discovered, and the best place to discover their wedding invites is on Paperlust. Paperlust collaborates with the superstar local creatives hailing from Sydney to create distinctly unique Sydney wedding invitations.

Our talented designers are masters of print techniques and know exactly how to make their designs stand out by combining design with our premium print techniques - letterpressmetallic printsphoto card and wooden wedding invitations.

For those who grew up in Sydney or in NSW suburbs like the Central Coast, Toowoomba, Paramatta, Penrith, or Campbelltown areas and know all the best spots to visit and for those who are not local but have picked it for it beautiful landscape as the place for your wedding, our designers want to show you the very best of Sydney with their locally created wedding invitations to ensure you have nothing but the best for your Sydney wedding.



Embracing the Sydney culture with your wedding invitations

Sydney has a fast-paced culture that is perfect for those who enjoy a city lifestyle, but with close proximity to some of the most popular beaches in the world. Sydney is known for its mix of city cool and relaxed beach vibes.

There’s no reason why your wedding invitations can’t compliment every other aspect of your wedding, including your location. By including details of your wedding location within your wedding invites you can really make a statement and make them a more memorable feature of your wedding.

After looking through all the designs our talented designer has on offer it is sure that one will suit the style and location of your wedding, whether it be Sydney city chic our outside in the warm Australian sun.


Create the invitation card for the wedding of your dreams

By creating wedding invitations Sydney brides love, we can help you get one step closer to creating the wedding of your dreams.

With so many lovely invitation styles and designs to choose from, we are sure you will find your perfect match for your perfect day. With perfect finishing touches like our different printing styles, or our numerous different colour schemes available, there are many different design options to consider.

Invitations are not a detail that should ever be overlooked or undervalued, make yours something truly distinctive, a memento that you and your family and friends will want to hold onto for years, as just another piece of your wedding day. It will stand as the introduction to your wedding, a crucial part, so let us at Paperlust help you by providing you with a beautifully Australian designed invitation. 


Wedding Invitation Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Invitations

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wedding invitation etiquette. It is important to include the names of who is getting married, the date, and where the wedding will take place. After that, any other information can be given by word of mouth if necessary, through additional insert cards, or by directing your family and friends to your wedding website. If you’re still worried, we’ve rustled up a few simple Invitation Do’s and Don’ts to save you the stress.


DO: Proofread and be consistent in your language

Make sure the language is consistent throughout your invitation and card suite. The language might be as simple as choosing between colons or hyphens. But there’s also nothing worse than discovering a spelling error on the invitation when it comes back from the printer.

So, proofread! Get your mum to proofread! Make sure they double check it at the printer before it gets sent off! Double check and triple check.


DON’T: Include gift information on the invitation

Gift giving is a huge gesture for people to wish you well at the beginning of a new part of your life. It’s hard to let friends and family know you’re all set for crockery. While it might seem easiest to include a link to your registry on the invitation, wedding invitation etiquette dictates that you avoid this.

There a couple of ways of getting around cluttering your wedding invitation templates: include an additional closure card in your invitation suite, or you can always use word of mouth.


DO: Imply who is hosting through the language of the invitation

While a lot of people now throw their own weddings, it is still proper wedding invitation etiquette to include a host line. The host line lets guests know who to thank when they’re at the bottom of their second bottle of free champagne. The easiest way to do this on the invitation is to say the parents of the bride or groom invite the guests to join them in the wedding of their children. For detailed examples, try here.


DON’T: Include a list of food and beverage to be served

The food list is unnecessary on the invitation itself. If it’s important to you that people know what food and drink will be served, you can include an additional enclosure card or place card, with the wedding menu. Or, you can always wait for the reception.


DO: Address guests by their name

Where you can, use full names and titles. It might seem strange to refer to your family friend as ‘Dr. Luke King’, but if your wedding is formal, wedding invitation etiquette is important. Hopefully you’re aware of the names of most of your guests, but if you’re not sure of the name of your cousin’s new girlfriend, ask your aunt. Worst comes to worst, address it your cousin and ‘guest’.

A simple, sleek invitation design often only includes the name of the bride and groom with the essential details. You can get around this by personalising the envelopes or even personalizing the RSVP cards.


DON’T: Say ‘adults only’ or ‘no children.'

This is a tricky one. It depends on the tone of conversation you want to set next time you’re talking to friends. A lot of people would suggest addressing wedding invitations to only the parents, which implies the children aren’t invited.

If you’re not sure this is enough to keep screaming toddlers away, consider talking to your friends and family. Mention that this is supposed to be a fun night out; a chance to temporarily hand the apron ties onto someone else.


DO: Give yourself and your guest's plenty of time

You can send save the date cards out six to eight months before the wedding. If you’re not so organised, it’s best to send out the wedding invitations six to eight weeks before the date. This gives your guests plenty of time to organise the details of getting there and away, and they can’t complain when you ask them to RSVP three to four weeks prior. If you've got some specific circumstances (like a destination wedding or a wedding near a holiday) check out our guide on when to send wedding invitations for more information. 


DON’T: Forget to give information for how to RSVP

Make it clear if you want a quick text message, an official RSVP on a return piece of card or a response to an e-invitation. If people haven’t got back to you by the RSVP date, you can rest assured it isn’t because they didn’t know-how.

DO: Get wedding invitation examples

Get printed examples of wedding invitations in a sample pack from your wedding stationery so that you know what to expect when purchasing your wedding invitations. You can sometimes also request that you get an example of the wedding invitation design that you specifically want or created depending on your supplier. Getting a wedding invitation example is important so that you can not only check the paper and print type, you will be able to see if your fonts, colours and design is legible.


What are the best wedding invitations sizes?

Standard Wedding Invitation sizes are 178mm x 127mm (5 x 7 inches) and the Square invitation size is 147mm x 147mm (5.78 x 5.78 inches). Our invitation envelopes sizes are slightly bigger than the invitation. Save the date card and complementary card sizes such as the Information card commonly come in a smaller 140mm  x 107mm (5.51 x 4.21 inches).

Our formats are prepared for print, however, our save the date cards can be provided in a PDF invitation format. Our standard invitations are square-edged, we also die-cut shapes such as arch, half arch, 14-degree angle, and circles. 


Where to get wedding invitations near me

Paperlust uses overnight shipping for customers in Australia and can ship globally within 2-7 business days depending on your location. For local customers, they are welcome to make an appointment in our Richmond store to discuss wedding invitations and other types of stationery.

Best place to order wedding invitations

Paperlust offers the best online wedding invitations with a large print range and design options. You can order as little as ten wedding invitations at a time for those with smaller weddings and with top-end quality print results. Here’s what previous customers are saying about Paperlust.

Create wedding invitations

If you have created your own wedding invitation design or if you can’t find anything you like, Paperlust offers custom design and print only services. Simply fill out this form with your ideas, inspiration, the type of paper and print types you are interested in and someone will get back to you with a quote.

Wedding invitations ideas

There are unlimited unique wedding invitation ideas that can be found on Paperlust or get professional wedding invites made by our designers. A wedding invitation goes beyond the standard details - like time, place, and dress code, it gives your guests a peek of what type of wedding it will be and your style as a couple. Start by collecting inspiration and refining your ideas for your perfect wedding invitation. Once you have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing - rustic and casual, classic and vintage, glam, and art-deco, the ideas for your wedding invitations should hit the same notes.


Wedding invitations sets

Paperlust offers matching stationery cards so that you can create your dream wedding invitation suite. You can pick and choose the types of cards you would like in your wedding invitations kits and are not limited to just wedding invitations and save the date packages. Mix and match wedding invitations with RSVP cards or any type of on the day stationery such as place cards, menus or wedding welcome signs for further down the track. Simply use the Paperlust quick view tool to see the additional cards to add to the wedding invitation bundle and if you can’t find a card you want, simply message the support team and a designer will create it for you. Create a wedding invitation set of three types of cards of more and automatically be eligible for a 15% discount.

Wedding Invitations UK


Couples in the UK can get personalized wedding invitations shipped express to them! Browse through our huge range of designs from traditional wedding invitations to modern wedding invitations so suit the UK wedding invitations styles. Mix and match different print types to suit all types of budgets, alter the foil color from silver to rose gold or get a designer to change the typeface on your selected design. Take advantage of our wedding bundle discounts and get all your wedding stationery like matching save the dates, wishing wells, place cards, menus delivered at the same time. Paperlust express ships luxury wedding invitations to the UK and there are no shipping fees for orders over $300USD.


Need More? Wedding Invitation Etiquette Q&A

If the etiquette surrounding wedding invitations is leaving you bewitched, bothered and bewildered, you’re not alone. This Q&A was designed to help you navigate the unspoken rules surrounding your wedding invitations: who to invite, wedding invitation timing, wedding invitation wording examples, more formal wedding invitation wording, and some of the other delicate situations accompanying this part of the wedding process.

The guest-list: Who to invite

We had a large engagement party, but are opting for a more intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Would it be rude not to invite everyone who attended our engagement party to our wedding?

Some may consider it rude to invite guests to your engagement party, but not your wedding. That’s because engagement party is a gift-giving occasion, and most guests will present you with a gift to help kick-start your new life together.

Having said that, always remember that it’s a very personal choice who you invite to your wedding, and only you can determine what’s appropriate. As with most things in life, your gut feeling should never be overlooked.


Should we allow 'single' guests to invite a date?

If you’re like most, this will surely be one of the most hotly debated questions you’ll face in your wedding planning. Accommodating your 'single' guests is considered a nice gesture, but not a necessity. If you need to manage your numbers carefully, one approach is to exclude “plus ones” for all single family and friends, but make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. One exception might be your wedding party. Also, 'single' guests in long-term relationships should be treated as married couples, and both should be invited.


Should we invite work colleagues to our wedding? Is inviting my boss “a must”?

There is nothing set in stone about inviting your work colleagues to your wedding. If you hang out with your colleagues outside of work, you’ll probably want to invite them as you would any other friend. If you are in a situation where you would be inviting all or most of your colleagues minus your boss, it may be better to have one extra guest, than to offend someone you have to see on a daily basis.


How do we cut our wedding guest list down?

This is an age-old dilemma that most brides and grooms must face to keep their budgets in check. It’s always fun to create your list, but always excruciating to start trimming it down. One helpful tip is to create two lists – one for the “must-invites” and the second list for all the rest.

From there, here are some ideas for trimming the second list: Don’t feel obligated to invite people who invited you to their wedding; don’t allow every guest to bring a “plus one”; if you wouldn’t call the friend upon visiting their town, you don’t need to invite them to your wedding; if your potential guest has never met your future spouse, you can probably skip inviting that person; for co-workers, ask yourself, “would I be friends with this person if we didn’t work together?” There’s no official wedding invitation etiquette rules about who to invite, so you’ll have to sit down with your fiance (and your parents, if they’re hosting), and work out what relationships are like and who is likely to be offended. Again, trust your own intuition.



Wedding Invitation Timing


When do we need to send out save-the-date cards and wedding invitations?

Save-the-date cards can go out six to eight months before the wedding.

Ideally, wedding invites should be sent out six to eight weeks in advance. For destination weddings, it’s best to give guests three months so they can clear their schedules and make travel arrangements.


How far in advance should guests be requested to RSVP?

Make your RSVP date three weeks in advance of the wedding. Seating arrangements, catering numbers and other details may depend on your final RSVP list.


What is the proper way to word the request or host line on a wedding invitation when it’s not the traditional case of the bride’s parents hosting?

This tends to be one of the trickier parts of invitation wording – as modern weddings are hosted by an array of different parties. Check out our post on the wording of the various hosting situations here.


Does the wedding invitation host line need to coincide with who paid for the wedding?

Not necessarily. Hosting can be used in a flexible manner – parents can be hosts in the traditional way (they planned and paid for the wedding), or in a more honorary sense.


How do we communicate that we are not inviting children to our wedding?

Despite the second-guessing, you might get from friends with kids, it’s perfectly acceptable (and common) to have an adults-only wedding. If you have children in the ceremony, you can opt to have a babysitter come to take care of the kiddies during the reception.

To make your intentions clear on the wedding invite, you can write “Adult Reception” at the bottom right of your invitation. The wedding website is also a good place to clarify and to inform guests that you’ll be providing a childcare service for their convenience if you go down that route.

If guests send in their reply card with the children’s names written in, the onus is on you to give them a call to clarify that you’re having an adult-only wedding.


How do we make it clear that we are not inviting each guest to bring a “plus one”?

Ah, this old sticky chestnut! You can do your best to communicate “no plus one” on your wedding invitation, but more likely than not, you’ll have to have some conversations with particular guests to clarify. You’ll likely have your set of rules around who can and cannot bring a guest.


A few ideas for wedding invitation wording:

On your invitation:

(Insert number) seat(s) reserved in your honour


____ of 1 guests will attend


Write out each invitee's name on the invite, followed by _____ accepts or _____ declines


On your wedding website:

Include a wedding FAQ that reads, “Can I bring a date?” Your A can read, “Not unless we know them well. Our dream wedding is an intimate one, where we can celebrate with our closest friends and family. Thank you for understanding.”


Emphasise the venue size: “Due to the intimate nature of our venue, we are limited in the number of people we can host. We are therefore requesting that you not bring a guest so that our closest friends and family can attend.”


How do we communicate that our wedding is formal, even though the venue is casual?

Include your wedding dress code on the lower right-hand corner of the invite (i.e. cocktail attire, black-tie, etc.) You can include more specifics on your wedding website. Click here for more examples for more formal wedding invitation wording.


How do we invite guests to the ceremony but not the reception?

While it’s somewhat common in Australia to invite some guests to the ceremony-only, it’s important to handle it right, so feelings and friendships don’t get hurt. Your formal wedding invitations should only be sent to guests who are invited to both the ceremony and the reception. Ceremony-only guests can be invited in a more casual manner (i.e. in person, with a phone call or email) – express regret that you can’t invite everyone you want to the reception, but that you’d love to share your special moment with them if they join you for the ceremony.

Can we include our wedding registry details on our invitation or save-the-date?

While etiquette rules certainly change as time goes on, it’s still considered impolite to include your wedding registry details on your invitation or save-the-date. A wedding website is a good way to communicate where you are registered.


Wedding Invitations on a Budget

Everyone knows weddings can be one of the most expensive events of your life, so money is often on your mind when you start wedding planning. Wedding invitations can be one of the bigger purchases you make at this early stage, so it’s understandable if you’re looking for a cheaper way of doing things and trying to find wedding invitations on a budget. Everyone knows if you're on a budget it's not the time to shop for the most premium or unique wedding invitations, or to find the most high-end letterpress pocket wedding invitations, but what are your options? You're not stuck with second rate diy printable wedding invitations are you? You can still get something beautiful right? We say, of course! Your choices are: 

  • Find wedding invitations online cheap

Many people choose to look for wedding invitations online cheap to keep to their budget, which is a great idea depending how you go about it. The best way to do this is to find a reputable stationery provider online and look for their cheapest product offerings, rather than finding a cheap, too-good-to-be-true invitation company.

  • Choosing wedding invitation print type and paper wisely

If you’re on a budget, focus on finding good quality basic digital print wedding invitations. Print types like letterpress wedding invitations, print on wood and foil stamping are usually significantly more expensive than digital print. While you can sometimes find premium print options being offered online for cheap, there’s a huge risk that you will not get what you order. Be careful anytime someone online is offering something at ridiculously low prices. If you do choose a reputable company, you can usually select the cheapest paper and print options without fear that they will be cheap and nasty. A luxury invitation business would not be offering the product unless it was of a certain standard.

If you have time to spare, you might opt for online wedding invitations templates, downloaded and printed out on your own. This takes time and requires you to find and purchase your own paper, ink, envelopes and other supplies. Templates may be available free or can be purchased from designers. With some careful shopping around for supplies and a little bit of DIY know-how, this can be a good way to save a little bit of money. That said, though, professional online wedding invitation printing companies have wholesalers and supply chains that allow them to get discounts on a lot of products and supplies, so make sure you have a plan that goes beyond ‘I can do it myself cheaper.’

  • Wedding invitations with RSVP 

There are a few different ways to present your wedding invitations and rsvp especially if you are on a tighter budget. The most traditional way is to get the rsvp printed on a smaller separate card and include it with the wedding invitations. It is ideal to follow this wedding invitation rsvp etiquette if you have elder guests who are not technology savvy. Otherwise, you could print the rsvp details on (or on the back of) the wedding invites, supply the appropriate contact information and the due-by date and check that it does not clutter the rest of the wedding invitation. The other cost-effective option is to direct your guests to a wedding website for their rsvp and dietary requirements, not only will your website be just for RSVPing, you can also upload your gifts and other little wedding details which saves you from getting extra printed cards.


  • How much do wedding invitations cost?


The average cost of wedding invitations can vary widely, anywhere from $1 to $30 per invite depending on the design, size, printing process, paper type, and quantity. Top of the line, exotic paper stocks, and formal printing techniques like letterpress and foil stamping will add to your wedding invitations costs, as well as extra accessories such as envelope liners, customized stickers, additional cards, and belly bands.




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