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Black Wedding Invitations

If you want a moody, romantic aesthetic for your big day, black wedding invitations bring a tasteful contrast to any ideas you might have for your stationery. These online invites are all about a modern, edgy look, and they can really help set the scene for your wedding guests in the lead-up to your event. Plus, there are special touches like shadows and dimensional objects to make your wedding details shine online. After making your top choice, you can also consider finding complementary save the dates and wedding websites to make everything as cohesive as possible.

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Creating Your Own Black Wedding Invitations With the Experts at Bliss & Bone

With your wedding coming up, there are a lot of things up in the air. Where you are getting married and when, what you and your partner are wearing and so much more. In addition to this, you will want to consider your wedding stationery suite. And if there is one modern, chic option to go for, wedding couples love the look of black wedding invitations.

These moody and romantic black wedding invitations are the perfect addition to your decor and design elements. Ideal for couples who lean toward ultra-sleek, modern styles, black wedding invitations are available in different color combinations as well. You can decide between the always classic black and white wedding invitations, or go for a more bold hue like red, gold or purple. 

In this guide, we will walk you through designing your own black wedding invitations, and provide details on other items in your stationery suite.

Examples of Black Wedding Invitations 

There are so many different interpretations of black wedding invites, and one of the most popular ways to distinguish your own is to choose a unique color combination. From modern black and white wedding invitations to a bold metallic, we love any opportunity to explore this popular style. Here are some wedding color combinations to consider:

  • Black and white wedding invitations: Just like peanut butter and jelly, black and white just works. And with black and white wedding invitations, there is no better option for a black tie function. These instantly translate to a glamorous, chic event. Other black and white wedding invitations might also come with a pop of color, which would work particularly well for super modern aesthetics.

  • Red and black wedding invitations: When we think of romance, we instantly think of the color red. Whether it is a unique red rose or bold border, there are so many different styles for red and black wedding invitations.

  • Gold and black wedding invitations: Glam up your black wedding invitation template with a metallic like gold. Whether you are opting for print or digital invites, you can easily incorporate metallics to any design. Gold and black wedding invitations work for practically any theme too, so you can get creative with your other decor ideas.

  • Purple and black wedding invitations: Bring the royal color purple into the mix with purple and black wedding invitations. There is a blend of romance and edginess with this unique color combination.

  • Hot pink and black wedding invitations: Similar to purple and black wedding invitations, a pop of hot pink is a fun addition to any template. For a totally original and lively vibe, you can’t go wrong with these black wedding invitations.

As you can see, black wedding invites are wide-ranging—and far from boring. From red and black wedding invitations to the classic black and white combo, you can go for an original or more unique design that truly speaks to you and your partner. There is the perfect black wedding invitation out there for you, so we highly recommend looking through Bliss & Bone’s collection for more inspiration. 

Other Considerations for Black Wedding Invitations

Black wedding invites come in a variety of forms. You can find black wedding invitation templates that have black paper and white or colorful lettering, or you could opt for one with a bold black border. By far, black and white wedding invitations are the most popular and generally work perfectly for a black tie wedding. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Venue: Are you planning an event at a modern art museum? If so, a black wedding invitation could be ideal for this venue style. Think about the environment and aesthetic of your chosen venue before confirming whether or not you want black wedding invites.

  • Attire: Like we mentioned, wedding attire matters. If you are planning an elegant, black tie gala, look no further than the ultra-classic black and white wedding invitations. But if you are leaning toward a more semi-formal event, why not try customizing your own red and black wedding invitations? There is practically no limit when it comes to designing your own black wedding invites.

  • Season: The time of year that you are getting married is also connected to your black wedding invitation ideas. For example, gold and black wedding invitations would work so well for a late December, New Year’s Eve wedding. This might not be the best color combination for a spring or summer wedding, but fall and winter are ideal for these black wedding invites.

These are just a few of the facts about your wedding that you should consider as you design your invitation suite. From the “when” to the “where,” all of these details should factor into your black wedding invites.

Wedding Themes That Work with Black Wedding Invitations

Because black is such a versatile color, there are near-countless wedding themes that would work well for your upcoming celebration. If you are still unsure about the best wedding theme for you and your partner, these are a few of the most beloved ideas:

  • Black wedding invitations for modern minimalist events: Modern minimalism is often associated with black and white weddings. It’s chic, simplistic and all about celebrating your love. If you are planning on hosting a modern minimalist wedding, a black wedding invitation would pair so well with it. 
  • Black wedding invitations for black-tie functions: Black tie weddings are a reference to the requested attire for the event. It’s not always listed as a “theme,” but it is a traditional, elegant and extremely popular option for couples. And when you plan such a formal event, it can inform many of the decisions you make about your special day. Of course, black tie weddings would also match perfectly with almost any black wedding invitation. 
  • Black wedding invitations for city weddings: Bright lights, big city! If you are getting married in a big city, black wedding invitations are an elevated option for any couple. These weddings bring a modern, metropolitan feel, and black is the perfect complement to that aesthetic. 
  • Black wedding invitations for industrial venues: Industrial weddings typically feature exposed beams and brick, making it a unique, ultra-chic space to say, “I do.” Many couples who gravitate toward these types of venues also love the idea of black wedding invitations.  

Black wedding invitations are a popular option for so many couples, and there are plenty of themes that work with it too. You and your partner should talk through everything and factor in where and when you are getting married, too. After that, make sure your attire, decor and other design ideas coordinate well with your theme and black wedding invitations.

How to Word Your Black Wedding Invitations

There are components that are required—or at the very least, recommended—for the text in your black wedding invitations. As you are making design decisions, you should also consider what you need to share with your guests. These are the basic questions most guests will have about your upcoming event, and you should answer them all in your black wedding invitation wording:

  1. Who is hosting the event? Most wedding invitation wording starts with the hosts of the wedding. It is most common for the bride’s parents to host, but that is becoming a more outdated rule. These days, many families decide to split the costs or the wedding couple may even pay for their upcoming festivities.  
  2. Whose wedding is it, anyway? Yours, of course! Your guests should know that it’s your big day, so your name and your partner’s names should be featured prominently on your black wedding invitations. It is more traditional to include your titles and full names, but you can also share your first names only. 
  3. When is it happening? Your Save the Dates likely shared the basics about when and where your wedding is happening, but your wedding invitations will dig into the details a bit. You should include the exact timing of your ceremony and be sure to mention the day of the week and date. Per wedding etiquette rules, you can also write it all out. For example, “Friday, the twentieth of November, 5 o’clock.”
  4. Where is it happening? Similar to “when,” the “where” should also provide more clarity than what was provided in your Save the Dates. So, while you probably shared the city, you should now add the name and address of the venue. And if you are relocating to another spot for the reception, you should also make that clear in your wedding invitation. If the ceremony and reception will take place at the same venue, you can simply write, “Dinner and dancing to follow.”
  5. Is there a dress code? In most cases, couples present their guests with the requested attire. A few popular ones are cocktail, formal or black tie. You only need to include that, unless you are asking for a more complicated, less common dress code. If that’s the case, it might be helpful to include more details about what you’re asking for in the invite or on your wedding website.
  6. How can guests RSVP? This all boils down to the type of wedding invite you choose. If you are creating printed black wedding invitations, you have two options: Send a RSVP card and envelope to each guest, or provide information about how to RSVP on your wedding website. Alternatively, if you are designing virtual black wedding invitations, you can seamlessly connect a RSVP form to your wedding invites. 

Designing your wedding invitations isn’t challenging, but there are a lot of steps involved. By ensuring you have all of the above details, you can feel confident about your invites—no matter what design you choose in the end.

Deciding Between Printed and Digital Black Wedding Invitations

Throughout your stationery design process, your stationer can present you with two main options: print or digital. There are plenty of pros to both, but there is usually one that best fits a couple’s preferences when it comes to budget and style. In this section, we will share the benefits of both, so you can understand why so many couples select one over the other.

Here are the pros to digital black wedding invitations: 

  • They are more budget-friendly. Digital wedding invitations are sent via email, so they do not require any paper products or printing techniques. Because of this, the costs are considerably less for digital invites, even if you choose the most premium features. By contrast, printed invites have a wide range of costs depending on the type of paper, printing technique and number of invites in your order. 
  • They are better for the environment. With paper taken out of the equation, you are also doing a favor for Mother Nature. There are a lot of paper products you can order for your wedding, so eliminating the need for them in your invites is one of the most popular eco-friendly decisions. 
  • They are easy to connect to your wedding website. If you want to direct your guests to your wedding website, there’s no easier way to do that than with your digital invites. You can automatically connect them to your wedding website, and you can even create a RSVP form for guests to fill out after receiving their invite. 

Here are the pros to printed black wedding invitations: 

  • They are the most traditional invitation style. For generations, people have prepared and sent out printed wedding invitations. These are beautiful, traditional pieces that are delivered through the mail. You will need to dip into your wedding budget more, but many couples think it is worth it to create these special invites. 
  • They are keepsakes you can hold onto for years. Physical invites can ultimately become keepsakes that you and your partner (and other loved ones!) can store in a special box or other secure spot. Then, you can return to your invite and reflect on the memorable day you shared with your spouse and all of your favorite people. 
  • They are a better option for less tech-savvy guests. While most people have adapted to the high tech world, some of your guests might feel more comfortable receiving an invitation through the mail and submitting their RSVPs in that manner as well. Think about your guests and how they might react to a printed versus digital invitation, and then go from there. 

Digital and printed invites are both excellent stationery solutions for couples, and there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” one. You should also consider your wedding planning timeline. Printing will require more time, since your stationer will need to prepare and send over proofs before you place your official order. You can send out digital ones, however, the same day you design them. You and your partner should weigh all of these benefits before you make your final decision. 

How to Build a Virtual Black Wedding Invitation

Picture this: You’ve decided to create virtual black wedding invitations. Now what? Below, we’re breaking down all of the steps required to send out a digital black wedding invitation to each of your guests through the Bliss & Bone online builder. 

  1. Look through your options of black wedding invitations and select your favorite one. Then, Click “Customize.” This will take you to the online builder.
  2. Choose the background images. With Bliss & Bone’s templates, you have two different background choices. The appearance of the black wedding invitation shows a background that the card rests on. After making that decision, you can also alter the background of the card itself. There are near-countless patterns and colors available, and you can even make changes to the texture. So, you can still give it a lot of life, even though it’s a digital template. 
  3. Make changes to the text. The content of your card is also adjustable, of course. You can make changes to the text size, letter spacing, line, spacing, color, orientation and font of your black wedding invitation. As you make these edits, you should also consider the wording for your black wedding invitations and see how it appears in the preview section of the online builder.
  4. Add a border, drop shadow and/or shadow overlay. Next up: Factors you might be surprised to see on a digital invite. You can add more dimension by incorporating a border, drop shadow or shadow overlay. Shadows are a particularly easy way to give more movement to your digital black wedding invitation.
  5. Move or add three-dimensional objects, illustrations and/or graphics. Feel like your black wedding invitation is missing something? Bringing in more texture and movement through three-dimensional objects is a popular way to do that. There are existing three-dimensional objects on some premade templates, but you can always move them around, remove them or switch them out for other options. In addition to three-dimensional objects, there are also more creative and artistic illustrations and graphics you can incorporate into your black wedding invitation too. 
  6. Upload a custom logo or monogram from Bliss & Bone or elsewhere. When you are happy with your design, you can click on the “&” symbol if you preordered a logo or monogram (more on that later!). If you’ve already created your own logo, you can add that in the final section of the online builder “Car” page. From there, you should select “Next” in the bottom right-hand corner.
  7. Edit your Email. If you choose to send out your black wedding invitations via email, your guests will receive it via email. And before opening up your card, you should provide them with all the information they need in the Email section of the online builder. Here, you can include the date, time, venue name and address and the name of the hosts. When you’re done with this phase, click “Next again.
  8. Make preferences for your Event Page. The Event Page features the card you designed in the first few steps. At this point, you can also make decisions about whether or not you want to collect RSVPs, collect addresses (a good idea for your thank-you notes!) and share any other details about your celebration. Following this step, click “Next.”
  9. Upload your guests’ information. In this penultimate section of the online builder, you need to add in your guests’ details. You’ll want to make sure you have their email addresses, and in most cases, you only need one per household. 
  10. Pay for your black wedding invitations and send. Once you have followed steps one through nine, you are ready to send out your black wedding invitations! Submit your payment information and then click “Send.” Within seconds, your invites will go out to all of your loved ones.

Your wedding is just around the corner and having a grasp of the steps required to send out your invitations is crucial. By following this process, you can more easily complete your stationery suite within a reasonable timeframe.

When to Start Designing Your Black Wedding Invitations

Your wedding planning timeline is crucial to ensuring that you remain organized and—for lack of a better phrase—relatively calm during this sometimes hectic time. There are plenty of pieces to this puzzle that need to be completed before and after you have sent out your black wedding invitations. 

Here is the to-do list that all couples need for their black wedding invitation creation: 

  • Talk candidly with your partner about your budget. If you and your partner are paying for your wedding, only the two of you need to have this conversation. But if any family or friends have offered to contribute financially, you should also get together with everyone to discuss how much you plan to spend on every aspect of your wedding. 
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. Already feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done before your wedding day? If your budget can accommodate one, we highly recommend enlisting a planner or coordinator. A wedding planner can help you through every step of the planning process, and most have access to vendors that they already know and love. Some venues come with their own coordinator, but these individuals typically help only with day-of to-dos. That’s why some couples love the idea of a month-of coordinator, who can come in and handle everything in the month leading up to the celebration. 
  • Decide on the appropriate number of guests to invite. Are you envisioning a massive wedding with hundreds of guests, or a more intimate celebration with your nearest and dearest loved ones? Either way, you and your partner need to get an idea of how many people will attend your event. In most cases, couples should expect that about 85 percent of their guests will ultimately attend their wedding. With this figure in mind, you can get estimates from potential venues and vendors and determine whether it aligns with your wedding budget.
  • Research venues in your area. Another question you and your partner need to answer is, where are you getting married? Some people dream of saying, “I do” close to home, while others want to jet off for a fabulous destination wedding. There are plenty of pros and cons to both, and so many options for either. Once you have narrowed it down to a city, you can start researching the top venues in that particular area. After doing your research, you should schedule in-person site visits to get a feel for every space. And, if the venue works with your budget and has a date you like, put down your deposit as soon as possible.
  • Design your wedding website. About six to nine months before you walk down the aisle, you should have completed your wedding website. This is the information hub for all things related to your wedding, and you can use it to share photos, details about transportation and lodging and much more. You can also find a template that coordinates with your black wedding invitation. 
  • Customize your Save the Dates. Around the time that your wedding website is completed, you should also design your Save the Dates. These give just a few basic details, namely the “where” and “when.” You do not need to include the exact venue name, but you should include the city. And if you are hosting an event that will go on for several days, you should also detail that here. 

At this point in your timeline, you should create your black wedding invitations. You need to give yourself enough time to create your black wedding invitation before sending out one to each guest about six to eight weeks prior to your wedding day. You should also make sure to give guests a deadline to reply. RSVPs should be sent back about two to three weeks prior to the big day.

How Much Do Black Wedding Invitations Cost?

The cost of your black wedding invitations really comes down to two major factors: the style and the number of black wedding invites you plan to order. Printed black wedding invitations, for instance, will cost significantly more than their digital counterparts. That’s because the printing process will cost extra, and you will need to purchase several paper products, including the card and envelopes. Not to mention, stamps will also increase your total. Most digitally printed invitations, often considered the most cost-effective printing option, will run for $700 to $1,200 for 100 cards. By contrast, digital wedding invitations generally cost about $1 per card. 

At Bliss & Bone, you can expect to see similar pricing available for your black wedding invitations. For printed black wedding invites, 25 A7 (5 x 7 inches), one-ply cards with a flat print style start at $257.50. Prices will go up for more premium features, like letterpress (starting at $527.50) and metallic foil (starting at $655). For those interested in crafting their own digital black wedding invitation, those will cost $1.20 each for one to nine recipients or $0.90 each for 10 or more recipients.

With these details in mind, you should bring these figures into your initial budgeting conversation. Because there is a major price difference between the two styles, it is important that you and your partner agree on everything. For some couples, it will make more sense to splurge on black wedding invitations and save elsewhere. And for others, the unique digital designs are a perfect alternative to traditional printed invites.

Why You Should Consider Adding a Custom Wedding Logo to Your Black Wedding Invitations

While you can match your black wedding invitations to the rest of your stationery suite, there is another way to truly make your mark. Consider ordering a custom wedding logo or monogram, which can include the wedding couple’s names, initials, wedding date or anything else you would like. At Bliss & Bone, you can order a custom logo or monogram for use on Bliss & Bone products exclusively, or you can opt in to use them on other products. Here are some popular ideas for couples interested in designing their own wedding logo or monogram:

  • Wedding aisle: Strut your stuff as you walk down an aisle adorned with your one-of-a-kind logo or monogram. For this application, you should probably go with a more simple one with your first initials or new shared last initial.
  • Cocktail napkins: Put a special touch on your cocktail hour with a design printed onto your cocktail napkins. This is a small but mighty way to incorporate your and your partner’s names.
  • Signage: It’s possible to transform a print-ready file with your custom logo or monogram into a show-stopping sign displayed at your reception. These can light up and show your names, initials and more.

Of course, the most popular use is in your stationery suite. You can add your logo or monogram to your black wedding invitations and anything else prepared on the Bliss & Bone website. You can get creative or keep it simple, depending on your taste and the overall look of your wedding.

What to Do After Receiving RSVPs From Your Black Wedding Invitations 

Picture this: You have finally sent out your black wedding invitations, and the RSVPs are coming in the mail or through to your account online. Since you asked your guests to reply by two to three weeks before the wedding, you should have about three weeks to finalize your guest list. From there, you need to do some outreach and make a few more decisions.

First, you want to make sure that everyone has RSVPed. If your guests have received your black wedding invitations and sent through their replies as “yes,” you can add them to the final guest list. For those who have received their black wedding invitations but have not yet responded, you may need to call or text them. This can be frustrating, but it may also serve as a good excuse to connect with your favorite people. By the end of this, you should have your final guest list.

Next up, you need to reach out to the appropriate vendors. Most notably, your venue coordinator, planner and caterer should know the final numbers of how many people replied “yes” to your black wedding invitation. This can allow everyone to prepare with the proper number of seats, meals and more. Plus, you will also want to decide where everyone is seated at the wedding. You and your partner can sit together at a sweetheart table, or you can dine at a larger table with your close friends or families.

In addition to the seating assignments for you and your partner, you also need to decide whether you want to assign each person a specific seat or a specific table. The former option gives you total control over who sits where, while the latter provides your guests with the freedom to choose their seat. If you are running short on time or simply do not care where people sit, this might be the best option for you. 

Matching Your Black Wedding Invitations With Other Parts of Your Stationery Suite

Before you select your dream black wedding invitation template, you may want to consider coordinating other elements of your stationery suite. For example, there are plenty of black Save the Date and wedding website templates that couples often gravitate toward. Think about these two items and customize your own before you start designing your black wedding invites.

In addition to Save the Dates and wedding websites, you can also find cohesive ideas for rehearsal dinner invites, wedding menus and much more at Bliss & Bone. For example, if you are interested in red and black wedding invitations, you should choose other items for your stationery suite that match or coordinate with your desired color scheme.

Start Designing Your Black Wedding Invitations and More

Now that you have learned more about black wedding invitation ideas, you are more than ready to start the customization process. From creating your very own wedding logo to exploring Save the Date options, Bliss & Bone is here to help with every step of this part of your wedding planning journey. Iconic black and white wedding invitations are the most common choices, but you should feel empowered to personalize any of our templates with pops of color or metallic too. If you need more assistance with your black wedding invitation ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out by contacting us online or emailing us at hello@blissandbone.com.