Whether your dream wedding is a dazzling black-tie affair or a barefoot backyard celebration, opting for handmade wedding invitations adds a level of romance that makes the entire affair feel more precious and intimate. Plus, handmade wedding invitations tend to be much more unique and customizable. This allows you to design something that represents you as a couple and ties in with the theme you have picked for your big day.
The listings we have found offer a few different options for happy couples choosing to create handmade wedding invitations. So DIY divas, rejoice! Get ready to stamp it up and craft to your heart’s content. But if you don’t feel like you have the time or desire to craft your own handmade wedding invitations from scratch, don’t worry. The invitations we’ve shared here include options for you, too!
Read on, bride (or groom) to be!
- To DIY or to Delegate…
- Handmade Wedding Invitation Designs You'll Fall For (We did!)
- 1. Handmade Botanical Wedding Invitations
- 2. Linocut Handmade Wedding Invitations
- 3. Lace Handmade Wedding Invitation
- 4. Modern Calligraphy Handmade Wedding Invite
- 5. Handmade Seed Paper Wedding Invitation
- 6. Handmade Paper Minimalist Wedding Invitations
- 7. Burlap Handmade Wedding Invitations
- 8. Custom Stamp Suite
- 9. Hand-Drawn Wedding Invitations
- 10. Custom Wax Seal Stamp
- 11. Handmade Watercolor Wedding Invite
- Sealed With a Kiss (Or A Wax Seal)
To DIY or to Delegate…
So what exactly are you getting when you purchase a “handmade wedding invitation” listing or product?
Some shops will offer everything from custom wedding invitation design to creation. When purchasing one of these listings, you will receive complete invitations ready to address once they arrive on your doorstep. This option is nice because you won’t have to worry about the hassle of gathering materials yourself, but you’ll still have handmade invitations and a unique design.
Other shops or listings may offer design-only options, where an artist will create a unique design for you which you will receive digitally to print on your own paper. Some sellers may include the digital design along with a physical kit including the materials you’ll need to create your own invitations. (And if you really want to do-it-yourself, we’ve included some tips on the materials you’ll need to create your own version of each of our picks!)
Regardless of what approach you take, there is something so romantic about handmade wedding invitations. We love the idea of customizing the perfect invite for your special day, and we are confident that any of our picks will help you do exactly that!
Handmade Wedding Invitation Designs You’ll Fall For (We did!)
1. Handmade Botanical Wedding Invitations
These handmade wedding invitations by Etsy seller augustandwhitedesign take our breath away with their simple, sweet, and utterly romantic design. The textured cotton paper and simple hand-drawn illustrations make this look like a page ripped right out of your favorite childhood love story and are perfect for a wedding of any size or theme. There couldn’t be a better way to start your big day off on the right foot!
Try making it yourself with:
- Some cotton paper (Etsy seller AllThingsCottonPaper has a wide variety of colors available)
- Any Inkjet printer
2. Linocut Handmade Wedding Invitations
Perfect for the couple who plan on their wedding being the party of the year, these linocut printed invites are just plain fun! The bright colors and psychedelic-inspired patterns will definitely make your invitations stand out from the rest, and will have guests stoked to party with their favorite couple!
Try making it yourself by creating your own linoleum stencil! All you need is:
- A sheet of linoleum
- A linocutting tool (these can be found at any local craft store)
- A sheet of glass (should be medium-large in size)
- A brayer or small paint roller
- Some colored ink
3. Lace Handmade Wedding Invitation
The strikingly simple yet elegant design of these invitations had us dreaming of a rustic summer wedding in the country. The finishing touches on this lace wedding invitation set by LovelyRusticWeddings add just the right amount of vintage romance to make it truly memorable and one of a kind.
If you’re doing your own printing, you can add this same bit of country flair yourself by picking up some:
- Lace (This crocheted lace by HereIsTheShop would be perfect)
- Jute Twine
4. Modern Calligraphy Handmade Wedding Invite
Dripping with elegance and cool simplicity, these calligraphy-style invitations by MargauxPaperie are to die for. It’s hard to believe that something so seemingly minimalistic could seem so impressive, but you can’t deny how expensive and exclusive these look! Your guests will feel like VIPs receiving these in the mail!
If you’re thinking of making these yourself, check out this L&L post on Calligraphy Pens for Beginners.
5. Handmade Seed Paper Wedding Invitation
by Etsy: LittleGreenPaperShop
If you’re feeling guilty about all of the paper you’ll be going through when sending your invites, you can breathe a deep sigh of relief with these babies! These invites are made out of seed paper which means that after the big day, guests can plant them and watch wildflowers grow in their place. How cool is that?!
This pick is sure to brighten your day and bring a smile to the face of every one of your guests. Not only do the brightly colored flowers bring a lovely warmth and natural romance to the design, you’ll actually be helping the environment by sending them out.
If you’re making your invites by hand just pick up your own seed paper, like this one from Etsy seller LittleGreenPaperShop!
6. Handmade Paper Minimalist Wedding Invitations
by Etsy: KraftWeddingPapers
Taking the pastel color trend and adding just right amount of sophisticated edge, these stone-colored beauties by Kraft Wedding Papers are equal parts romantic and timeless. With clean lines and a flawless color scheme, this is the perfect pick for a wedding of any size and is sure to add a dash of class to your big day!
Make it yourself with:
- Cotton Paper (We’ll take the opportunity to again recommend AllThingsCottonPaper!)
- Colored Ribbon
- Some sealing wax. We found this awesome wax sealing kit on Amazon!
7. Burlap Handmade Wedding Invitations
Burlap is a really fun and unique material to use if you’re looking for something with a rustic or country touch! These two picks are great examples of how something as seemingly rough as burlap can actually look really sweet and romantic when done right.
Make it yourself by simply buying some burlap! Etsy seller Jutemill sells it by the yard.
8. Custom Stamp Suite
If you’re unafraid of a little DIY, then this handstamp suite by Etsy seller PaperLuxStationery is a great option for you. Work with designer Melissa Owen to make this beautiful floral design your own and then once it arrives grab a drink, put on your favorite song and get to stamping.
If you really want to make it personal, try making your own stamp! Make it simple by picking up this easy-to-use kit by Pixiss.
9. Hand-Drawn Wedding Invitations
I really can’t say enough about this pick! Bright, colorful, and totally unique, your guests will be talking about this invite for the rest of wedding season. Its quirky illustrations set the perfect tone for a couple who aren’t looking to take themselves too seriously and just want to have a good time.
If you’re artistically inclined, you can use this as inspiration to hand-draw an invitation all your own. Or if you’re anything like me, maybe it’s better you find an artist friend who can do it for you!
10. Custom Wax Seal Stamp
A wax seal is the perfect way to dress up even the most simple invitation, but a custom seal? Now THAT will bring your invites to a whole other level of elegance. This listing from Etsy seller WreathLoveCo can be customized to match your theme and invitations. We love the idea of using your initials, the year, a floral motif, or a classic heart. Be sure to check out the shop’s reviews for some inspiration!
If you’d rather make your own wax seal, just take a look at this wax seal kit by PAXCOO!
11. Handmade Watercolor Wedding Invite
Adding just the perfect splash of color, these watercolor invitations by JenSimpsonDesign are a true knockout! Reminiscent of crystals or marbled stone, they bring an air of sophistication and expensive taste. However, the watercolor design remains simple and accessible enough to be a great fit for a wedding of any size.
Switch up the color or the watercolor shape by making it yourself! Just buy a set of watercolors and some paper and have some fun – you may just create a masterpiece.
Sealed With a Kiss (Or A Wax Seal)
From rustic burlap designs to elegant calligraphic script, there is a handmade wedding invitation design out there for every happy couple. Something about the high-quality paper, the attention to detail, and the customization of these handmade options just exudes romantic charm.
We hope you’ve found some amazing options to consider for your invites! Your guests will consider themselves very lucky to receive such special invitations to such a wonderful event.
And don’t worry – after all of the hard work of making your own invitations, picking pre-made thank you cards definitely isn’t considered cheating.
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Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!