When searching for wedding invitations, one of the first things you’ll want to start thinking about is how they’ll fit into your wedding theme. Are you having a backyard wedding? Or maybe a Saturday brunch? What about a formal ballroom wedding? The style of wedding you’re having will definitely influence the style of wedding invitations you’re looking for. The good news is that these days it’s fairly easy to find wedding invitations online or in-store for pretty much every type of wedding theme and budget imaginable. So whether you’re having a casual farm wedding or a romantic springtime garden party, the wedding invitation resources listed below will likely have exactly what you’re looking for at the price you want. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time to find and mail the perfect wedding invitation set (learn more about when to mail your wedding invites here).
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Boutique Paper Goods Stores
You may have to do a little research on this one – but we love a great mom and pop paper shop. Not only will you get the TLC you deserve, but you’ll be able to search through many different designers while thumbing through albums of stationery ideas. It always helps to meet a stationer in person, as this is where you’ll really get that personalized experience. Plus, you can touch and examine the paper before buying, which is always helpful when determining the quality of a product. Check out this list of Los Angeles Stationary Stores here.
Chain Retail Stores
We’re a big fan of stationery stores like Papyrus and Paper Source for our everyday greeting card needs. But did you know they also have wedding services where you can meet with a professional consultant and pick your wedding invitations out right in the store? It’s super-convenient, especially in large cities where these stores have several locations. Plus, you can customize each style with aspects such as the weight of the paper, print method, envelope color and embellishments, meaning your invitations will be truly unique.
Though we must admit we were once skeptical about ordering wedding stationery from Etsy, the affordability, ease of use, and quality products has us convinced this is one of the best places to source your invitations from (Editor’s Note: This is where I got my wedding invitations!). But where to even begin in a sea of charming designs? We suggest keeping your searches as specific as possible like “Rustic Letterpress Invitations with Sage Green” so you filter down the 116,072 items currently listed in the Wedding Invitations category. Still feeling overwhelmed? Check out the Etsy Blog, which regularly features specific shops. Just remember the following tips: 1. Always ask for samples. 2. If you don’t love a specific invitation, you can always customize. 3. Definitely make sure you have enough time to place an order.
We’re always a fan of going to the source itself, so if you’re located near your favorite design shop, set up an appointment to meet with a specialist in store. This will allow you to see the full collection, and really provide you an unparalleled creative process. Such examples include Bella Figura, Dempsey & Carroll and Connor who all have retail outposts in major metropolitan cities.
Custom Graphic Designers
Have an idea in mind and simply want to start from scratch? Graphic design houses that specialize in wedding stationery (for example, Ceci New York and Alpine Creative Studio in NYC) can help you with just that. You can source from one of their existing designs, or simply start from the beginning, choosing high-end finishes like laser-cutting and custom belly bands. Check out a few of our favorite wedding invitation designers here.
Aside from Etsy, there are a number of websites specializing in wedding invitations, such as Paperless Post (not so paperless anymore), Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, and Zazzle. Each of these websites have exclusive collections across a variety of budgets. And you can shop by themes, which makes narrowing down easier. We also love the designer collections on Paperless Post, like the whimsical Mr. Boddington’s Studio that’s perfect for a less formal design.