Customizing Your Own Minimalist Wedding Invitations With Help From the Experts at Bliss & Bone
Picture this: You just got engaged and have no idea where to start when it comes to planning the most epic day (or days!) for you, your partner and your favorite people. There are quite a few “musts” that you will need to do in the leadup to saying, “I do,” and Bliss & Bone is here for all of your stationery needs. And when it comes to design, a modern minimalist wedding invitation is a perennially popular choice among couples who gravitate toward an ultra-chic and contemporary style and aesthetic.
As you start to envision your minimalist wedding invitations, we understand there are a lot of questions you have, including what “minimalist” really means. In this guide, we will walk you through every step of the way before, during and after you design your contemporary wedding invitation. Plus, we will offer even more insights about our minimalist Save the Date ideas, wedding website designs and more.
What Is a Minimalist Wedding Invitation Aesthetic?
When it comes to a modern-focused wedding day, it is often associated with the phrase “less is more”—and that goes for everything from your wardrobe choices to minimalist wedding invitations. That effortlessly chic look is a top choice among celebrities, and a clear departure from over-the-top glam weddings that thrived in the 80s and 90s. Sleek silhouettes, some retro flair and more are all a part of this category, and it even applies with minimalist wedding invitations.
In a more contemporary wedding invitation, you can expect to see solid colors, bold fonts and little to no designs or extra movement. It is all about keeping it simple—but trust us, these options are far from boring. And with an emphasis on modern minimalism, you can always go a different route in your overall wedding design. However, when it comes to your stationery suite, you simply can’t go wrong with a minimalist wedding invitation.
Wording Ideas for Minimalist Wedding Invitations
Minimalist wedding invitations prioritize only the important details and feature thoughtful, carefully placed design elements. With this in mind, you will likely not see overly wordy, text-heavy features on a minimalist wedding invitation. Per wedding etiquette, these are the must-haves that all invitations—minimalist or otherwise—should include:
The name of the host or hosts. First things first: Who is hosting your event? In traditional cases, the bride’s parents host, but it is becoming more common for the wedding couple’s parents to host it together or for the wedding couple to host it themselves. For example, if both families are contributing financially, you can write something like “Together with their families…” to start the minimalist wedding invitation.
Requesting the honor or your presence or pleasure of your company. If you are getting married in a church or other religious place, you should say that the hosts “request the honor of your presence.” For all other venues, like hotels or classic event spaces, you can write “pleasure of your company” in that space.
The name of the wedding couple. It goes without saying that your and your partner’s names should be the most prominent feature on your minimalist wedding invitation. You can keep it formal and etiquette-approved with your full names and titles, or you can opt into a more modern version with only your first names.
Date and time of the event. While your Save the Dates give your guests a window into where and when your event will take place, your simple wedding invitations offer up even more details about your special day. You should detail the timing that guests should arrive for the ceremony, and it is recommended to pad the timing by about a half hour. This will allow guests to make their way to your celebration without missing any part of the event. While etiquette prioritizes spelling everything out, more minimalist wedding invitations might lean on numbers.
RSVP details. If you send out a printed wedding invitation, you can include a printed RSVP card and pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope. You could also provide details on a printed minimalist wedding invitation that encourages guests to visit your RSVP wedding website to submit their responses. And for the most modern minimalist wedding invitations, you can design online templates that lead guests directly to the online RSVP platform.
Requested attire. You can ask your guests to dress in specific ways, from black tie to casual. Think about the venue, your style preferences and more as you consider the best option for your particular event.
These are the key elements to include in your minimalist wedding invitations. Beyond these basics, you can also get creative with the wording and style of your simple wedding invitations. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Minimalist Wedding Invitations Wording Example #1:
Camille and Bradford
Your Presence is Requested
At the Marriage of
Camille and Bradford
08 May 23 at 4pm
Adreena in Carool, NSW
This one keeps it clear and casual with the couple’s first names only. Their names are featured twice in this example, but the first one can work more as a headline in a larger font.
Minimalist Wedding Invitations Wording Example #2:
your presence is requested at
The Marriage of
Brie and Lucas
August 15th 2023
5pm Villa Botanica
In a similar way, this one breaks it down to only the necessary details. You are more than welcome to get creative here, but this is the perfect setup for ultra minimalist wedding invitations.
Minimalist Wedding Invitations Wording Example #3:
09 17 21
Now, this minimalist wedding invitation keeps it as simple as possible. In fact, it does not even mention the word “wedding” or “marriage.”
From wording ideas to examples to start thinking about the copy on your own, these guidelines should help couples take the guesswork out of the writing process. Talk everything out with your partner before creating your own simple wedding invitations.
When Should You Send Out Your Minimalist Wedding Invitations?
Your wedding planning timeline involves everything from selecting your venue to mapping out your stationery designs. Within that timeline, you need to make sure your wedding invitations are sent out at an appropriate (and yes, etiquette-approved) time. You need to be as courteous as possible to the friends and family you are inviting to your event. Guests will need enough time to make travel arrangements and handle work- or family-related responsibilities in the leadup to your event. You should plan to send out the following stationery items during these specific timeframes:
- About six to nine months before your wedding day: You should plan to have your wedding website and Save the Dates at this time. This is your first formal form of communication to your guests about your event, so it is important to get it out as soon as possible. If you are hosting a destination wedding, you should send them out even sooner. For an out-of-the-country event, for instance, some guests may need time to find more affordable flights or renew their passports.
- About six to eight weeks before your wedding day: You should have your wedding invitations completed and sent out about two months prior to your special day. Plus, you can find a template that perfectly coordinates with the website and Save the Dates that you previously created.
- About two to three weeks before your wedding day: By this time, you should receive all of the responses back from your wedding invitations. From there, you can finalize your guest count and start fully preparing for your celebration.
It will take some time to complete these pieces of stationery items, so give yourself the freedom to explore your ideas and get creative. You and your partner should be on the same page about the design, text and everything involved in the process. And beyond your wedding invitations, you can also prepare rehearsal dinner invitations and wedding menus for the reception.
Examples of Minimalist Wedding Invitations at Bliss & Bone
We could talk all day about our minimalist wedding invitations, but it is even easier to show you. Below, we have rounded up some of our all-time favorite options for couples interested in a simple wedding invitation. You may also want to explore our many minimalist Save the Dates and other parts of the stationery suite prior to selecting one of our top invite options.
Minimalist wedding invitations with shadows: Sometimes, all you need is a little dimension to add a lot of interest. To give you an example of this minimalist wedding invitation, the Angie design has a simple serif font, a custom logo and a tasteful shadow looming over it. Our online minimalist wedding invitation designs all come with the option to add three-dimensional objects and shadow, so your message can really bounce off of your guests’ screens.
Minimalist wedding invitations with texture: Another pro to Bliss & Bone’s extensive minimalist wedding invitation collection? Those three-dimensional objects. If you look at the Blair option, it shows a simple wedding invitation with a twist: It looks like there is an actual ribbon wrapped around it. Even more, the background appears to be the movement-filled texture of a piece of fabric.
Minimalist wedding invitations with neutrals: Another contemporary wedding invitation couples love is the Farrah template, which shows varying textures and shapes with different shades of cream. This elegant yet simple wedding invitation is ideal for those couples planning a modern affair. Pro tip: The Farrah minimalist Save the Date is the perfect pair!
These are just a few of the many minimalist wedding invitation ideas available to you and your partner. Look through all of them and decide which one of these minimalist wedding invitations fit the vibe and desired feel of your celebration. The best part is that these simple wedding invitation designs will work for practically any type of wedding imaginable.
Finding Coordinating Minimalist Save the Dates and Wedding Websites
Now that you have sifted through the many minimalist wedding invitations, there are other pieces of your stationery suite that are a must. Before you can design your invites, in fact, experts recommend that couples create minimalist Save the Date cards and design a wedding website prior to sending anything else. And if you are not quite sure which of the many minimalist wedding invitations you prefer, choosing one of these will definitely help move the process along.
Your minimalist Save the Date is the first thing guests will see about your wedding, so it is important to focus on this first. At Bliss & Bone, we are confident you can find a minimalist save the date template that truly speaks to you and your partner, and one that matches your vision. With a simple Save the Date, you can easily find a cohesive design for the rest of your stationery suite too. Some of our absolute favorite minimalist Save the Dates include:
Shira: This bold and punchy blue provides couples with a modern minimalist Save the Date that is easy to read and super memorable. With all-caps and a unique font, you and your guests will love this modern Save the Date. Bonus: There is a contemporary wedding invitation within this collection.
Aubrey: A clear example of how a simple Save the Date is anything but a snoozefest, the Aubrey design shows an on-trend see-through card with the couple’s initials, wedding date and venue information. The modern minimalist Save the Date is accented with a round plate and rock.
Quinn: Another minimalist Save the Date template idea is this one, which features the couple’s name in a bold, all-caps text and a smaller section showing the details. We also love the pop of color in the yellow stripe on one side.
Emmy: Who knew fruit could pack such a punch on your modern Save the Date? These minimalist Save the Date cards show half-cut pears, the couple’s initial and a smaller section with all of the details.
Hendrix: For a minimalist Save the Date template that “rocks,” we highly recommend the Hendrix design. This modern Save the Date looks like a piece of concrete with aggregate, and the template is softened with a script font showing the couple’s first names.
These simple Save the Date ideas are fun and the process to customize them requires just a few clicks, and they will inevitably inspire your contemporary wedding invitation choice too. And before you are ready to hit “Send” on your minimalist Save the Date cards, try and set up your wedding website. Minimalist wedding website designs are also available on our site, and many are included in various collections. So, once you have found your modern minimalist Save the Date, you can seek out a website template that fits the aesthetic. For example, the Hendrix minimalist wedding website option has that same textured, aggregate-looking background. Another top minimalist wedding website design is the neutral toned Damien.
Start Designing Your Minimalist Wedding Invitations
At Bliss & Bone, we are here to help with everything from your website to minimalist wedding invitations. Now that you know a little more about these simple wedding invitation styles, we hope you find your match within our curated collections. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you and your partner are happy with the minimalist wedding invitation you have chosen. For further assistance with your minimalist wedding invitations order, visit Bliss & Bone online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.