30 Modern Wedding Invitations We Love
We've all seen the traditional wedding invitation—plain white background, black cursive writing, and an ornate border. While there's nothing wrong with sticking to the classics, we can't blame you if you crave something a little different. Wedding standards are constantly evolving, as are rules of contemporary style. As the years have passed, wedding stationery has transformed, and modern renditions are constantly being dreamt up. From creative colors to abstract designs and everything in between, today's wedding invitations looks starkly different from those popular in the years past.
Depending on the formality-level, theme, or dress code of your upcoming nuptial celebration, you might be more inclined to switch up your paper goods and opt for something contemporary. Ahead, you'll find a range of modern suite inspiration that real couples used to invite attendees to their wedding. With tropical-inspired palm leaves (like this suite by Bonomo Paper Co.), abstract prints, minimalist text, and muted color palettes, the following invitations are the definition of contemporary style.
Although many people consider "modern" and "minimal" to mean the same thing, you shouldn't confuse the two. Our interpretation of contemporary paper goods definitely includes color and plenty of detail. We were particularly taken with swirly watercolor hues, gold-foil accenting, and splashy, retro-inspired shades. But if bold isn't your style, you will find plenty of subtle suites here, too, including typographical styles that emphasize text and textural designs made to mimic marble and agate.
Ready to discover all of these unique notes for yourself? Click through for tons of inspiration. These new variations on the typical or traditional wedding paper suite might just spark an idea for your own.
Connect the Letters
This note, by Gather and Co, was a bit of a metaphor—the letters of the couple's names were connected, symbolizing their union.
The New Black and White
Modernity's new neutrals—blush and gold—added softness to a punchy black-and-white suite.
This transparent invite, by Prim & Pixie, conveyed just the basics: the couple's name, the date and time, venue location, and dress code.
A rough edge gave contemporary white notes from Spread Love Events just a hint of old-world charm. The burgundy envelope—complete with a gray, merlot, and jet watercolor liner—brought it right into the 21st century.
Illustrated palm and monstera leaves brought a touch of Maui to this barely-blush stationery by Odd Daughter Paper Co.
Photos of the couple, dressed up in wedding-style clothing, made these otherwise simple invites a bit more personal.
Sophia Loves Letters mixed leather with prints typically found on mud cloth to create this adventure-inspired suite.
Mid-Century Modern Shades
Canary yellow and rust envelopes (lined with a state map) brought '70s vibes to an otherwise natural set by Saffron Avenue.
This paper suite wasn't a paper suite at all—instead, an ultra-thin acrylic square, embossed with gold lettering, did the job.
The blush, cream, and cognac hues of this Goods Gang suite dressed up the straightforward, blocky text printed on the invite's translucent paper.
Paper & Posies added model "sketches" to this fashion-forward couple's suite—a touch that was both personal and modern.
Skinny, contemporary text and a pale-blue color palette gave these notes, by Lupa and Pepi, a calming vibe.
Teal and Cerulean
This suite's vintage welcome and post-wedding brunch cards were welcome juxtapositions to the bright modern colors and blocky text of the invite and RSVP slip.
The couple went for a minimal, all-white set by Refine Studio, but wrapped the suite in ribboned leather for a touch of warmth.
This watercolor stationery suite featured a painting of the bride and groom. Lace and Lettering created the invitations.
Shades of Blue
Sans-serif text, bright, bold blues, and a faded design made these invitations pop.
This modern, whimsical suite featured a brushstroke of purple, but an otherwise-minimalist design.
The interesting design on this berry-and-metallic suite featured a fresh take on florals.
Simple and Sweet
Taupe and white were the starring colors in this geometric stationery suite by Lazaro Press & Design.
From the envelope and the artwork within to the salmon seal and the unique stamps, this creative, fashionable invitation suite was certainly memorable.
A quirky timeline marked with different icons made this suite fun and modern.