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Indian Wedding Invitations for 2019

Wedding invites are special and little memories that we can treasure long after the event. The invite is a first glimpse at what the wedding theme will look like and what the style of the wedding is likely to be – an opulent affair, a fun and quirky style or a destination theme and so on.

Because an invite says so much about you as a couple and about the wedding, it is important to give it proper thought and consideration. Selecting an invite which is quirky and fun, when you are a serious couple who wants a serious wedding would certainly confuse a lot of the guests. Staying true to the overall feel of your wedding is my top tip when thinking about the perfect wedding invite.

I would suggest the following process to come up with your ideal invite options,

  • Decide on the overall theme of the wedding. You do not need to know things right down to the last detail, but a general theme and style would help
  • Think about a colour scheme and theme for the overall wedding decor. If you can decide this theme already and use it for the wedding invite, I think it is fantastic and creates a sense of continuity with the wedding
  • Get inputs for the most important elements from important decision makers for the wedding. I am thinking of couple, parents, elder relatives in the case of Indian weddings
  • Shortlist the most important elements that are important for you. These could be the colour, style, layout and the language of the invite
  • Write the final details down before you start your research for the wedding invite. It is very easy to get carried away and inspired by so many amazing styles out there

Writing down the final details really helps to maintain focus and get everyone to agree on the basics. This avoids so many issues after the designs have been finalised.

Back in the “old days”, one would visit specialist vendors of invitation cards who stocked samples, and you selected a style from that and that was it. Things are so much better now, and the possibilities are virtually limited by your own imagination!

I do suggest that if possible see an actual example of the wedding invite before you make a final decision. Sometimes pictures can be quite different from the real thing!

Before I share some of the inspirations that I think could be interesting themes for 2019, I do suggest thinking about an online only invite. This is a super environmental friendly option and while it may not have a wow factor, it is perhaps what wedding invites of the future will look like.

Indian wedding invites with small gifts

These wedding invites are on the luxurious side and involve a wedding invitation card and some small gift that is neatly packaged in the same box. The options for colour and gifts are endless and there are numerous specialist stores online that you can turn to to help you create a box that is very personalised.

Traditional Indian wedding invitations

Sometimes the classics are just the right choice. They offer a familiar style that everyone is so used to (at least the ones above 50 years) and have a sense of nostalgia about them. When in doubt, I would suggest that you opt for this style as it might be the safest option. You will also find plenty of vendors for these styles, so logistics might be easier.

Fun Indian wedding invitations

I like these rather off-beat and interesting styles because they can be quite cool and really bring out the couple’s personality. These are not styles for everyone, but if you like this style then I think you can get very creative with the layout and content. My suggestion would be to find some budget friendly printing services like Vistaprint where you can customise the designs and the layouts.

Extravagant Indian wedding invitations

If you have the budget and the inclination to create an invite that is unique and memorable, then this is the section for you. While some might argue that these invites are completely OTT, I say that if you can get something like this made, you should. A wedding is a memorable life event, and if you can make it that much more special for your guests by splurging on your invite then go for it!

Discussing your requirements with a specialists is the way to go for extravagant wedding invites. Specialists will first understand more about you, the event, the theme and then present you with ideas for the invite. These could range from how you first met to something that is very personal and unique about you like your family background or profession.

Invites for the utterly romantic at heart

Nothing quite matches a beautifully composed poem that is unique and very specific for your wedding. While you might be able to spend a ton of cash on making a materially extravagant invite, for the truly inspiring and intellectual invite, I would be inclined to get a poem composed.

Check out a beautiful poem written by Rachel Hill for us. It’ll be so cool to have a poem like this on a card that is personalised for the bride and groom! You can contact her (via email on rachel [at] startur [nospace] ntuition [dot] co [dot] uk) to ask for a poem written specially for you.

The dress code is colour, anything but white,
And you’re going to have to party long into the night.
Watch out for the glitter, confetti and rice,
A day full of joyfulness, you’ll be wanting a slice …!

– Rachel Hill

I really enjoyed this post because there was so much to inspire me! I have to admit that I kept getting distracted by all the varieties of invites and the styles that are possible and it took me forever to finish this post. If you have details to share about your wedding invite or of an invite that you find particularly interesting then please do leave a comment!

Make sure you check out my previous post about Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations for other styles I liked!

Pictures: Puneet Gupta invitations, Pinterest

Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you’ve ever opened a truly elegant and exquisite Indian wedding invitation admired its impeccable finishing before reading the contents, promptly putting down the details on your schedule and then proceeded to put the card away in a drawer only to be forgotten and then eventually trashed, then that stunning invitation has met the same fate as every other invitation in history.

While an extravagant Indian wedding invite will look impressive and wow your guests, it is also a huge expense for most couples. And although some are happy to stick to convention and spend handsomely on luscious Indian wedding invitations there are just as many who would rather use the money on other things such as the food, alcohol, venue or honeymoon.

Alternative Wedding Invitations

In an age of smart phones when everyone has every detail of every social engagement on their fingertips for easy accessibility, some might consider opulent wedding invites on paper an unnecessary practice. Not to mention that Indian wedding invitations seem to follow a certain pattern of colours, damask prints and calligraphy lettering that makes anyone no different from another.

For those who want to part with the cumbersome ritual of expensive Indian wedding invitations with something a little bit more creative and practical that won’t burn a hole in their pockets, listed below are some unique Indian wedding invitation ideas, which will make fantastic alternatives.

1. Perfect Match

Create your invitations in the form of matchboxes with several different small inserts for each wedding function. Leave out lengthy text and stick to the relevant details only to save on printing and paper costs. Ensure the box is small enough to fit in pockets or small clutch bags and add some actual matchsticks into the box with instructions to your guests to bring them along to light some fun colourful candles and diyas when they arrive. Not only will it give your unique Indian wedding invitation a memorable touch but take some work off yours or your decorator’s hands to create mood lighting.

Perfect Match | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

2. Creative and Functional

Bottle Opener Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you can’t fathom spending your hard earned bucks on something that will eventually end up in the bin then put your Indian wedding invite on useful everyday items instead. Coffee mugs, handkerchiefs and bottle openers are just a few reasonably priced and practical items that can be printed easily and double up as sweet mementos after the wedding. You can also use these as unique Indian wedding ‘Save The Date’ cards so your guests think of the upcoming event every time they use them.

Creative and Functional | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

3. Ballooning with pride

Announce your wedding date on a balloon for a unique Indian wedding invitation that will instantly catapult your coolness quotient up by several notches. This also makes the sweetest alternative for a ‘Save the Date’ card or if you happen to have only one function for the wedding.

Balloon Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

4. Get Onboard

This Indian wedding invitation idea is perfect for DIY junkies who love getting crafty and can also help you save some pennies in the process. Print boarding pass wedding invitations using your own stock paper and home printer. Many websites offer the boarding pass invitation template that is also easily customisable. If you’re not too happy with printing quality of your regular at-home printer then take the design to a professional who will do the job using your own paper.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

5. Say Cheese

Photo Booth Wedding Invites | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

Get retro with some photo booth pictures as the main element of your unique Indian wedding invitation. Take some natural shots or add some funky props for some really memorable photos that will make everyone smile and go awwww in unison. Attach some printed content on unprocessed or recycled paper for a cost effective yet utterly adorable wedding invite.

Say Cheese | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

Image sources: Wedmegood.com, Bollywoodshaadis.com, Buzzfeed.com,  Thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk, Chelsi83.wordpress.com

Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

This one is for all the stressed out, sleep deprived and one step closer to ‘lets-call-this-whole-thing-off-and-elope’ brides and grooms. Wedding planning is hard enough without having to deal with the constant barrage of dated and utterly done to death ideas being thrown at you by family members, married friends, well-wishers and worse of all wedding vendors. While the others might be trying to be helpful in a mildly annoying sort of way, it’s the wedding vendors who are more than happy to stick you with their one-size-fits-all solutions that will have you screaming into pillows at the end of the day. Not to say that all wedding vendors are unimaginative copy pasters of ideas but there are a fair few of them out there and chances are that you have encountered at least one such specimen in your wedding planning adventures.

Colourful Wedding Decoration | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

If you happen to be stuck with someone who just doesn’t get your need for personalisation or are just looking for inspiration to infuse some uber fun and cool elements into your Indian wedding decorations then the fabulously talented duo at Big Fat Wedding Posters have the perfect solution for all your Indian wedding décor woes.

Big Fat Wedding Posters was ideated when the owners with their 30 plus years of experience in the web and graphic design as well as illustrating industries received special requests from couples who wanted the true Bollywood touch to their wedding with posters inspired by movies like DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge, Jab We Met etc. While the idea of creating Bollywood posters for Indian weddings isn’t exactly new, it’s the novel approach taken by these Indian wedding poster makers that sets them apart. Each poster created by them features the bride and groom in their actual wedding finery from the clothes down to the jewellery, it also includes their wedding colours, wedding dates and involves family and friends as directors, producers, cinematographers etc. However if you thought that these posters would only work as wedding invites or as a small element to add to a much larger décor then here are some truly inspired ideas to incorporate the Indian wedding posters theme throughout your wedding or for one specific venue.

1. Let your venue be your blank canvas to show off your wedding posters

It’s very very easy to get sucked into the more is more philosophy for wedding décor especially when everything is expected to be bigger, brighter and bolder at Indian weddings. However take stock of the fact that if you fell in love with your wedding venue or destination wedding location when you saw it for the first time in all its natural glory then it doesn’t need much dressing up save the bare minimum.

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Keep it simple to allow your guests to experience the beauty of your wedding venue without any flashy distractions. Contrast the soft minimalist pink décor with dreamy blue Saawariya theme posters peppered here and there to add a fairy-tale like ambiance to your nuptials.

Saawariya Poster | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

2. Colourful doesn’t have to be gaudy

If you’ve been through a few thousand decorator albums filled with red, green, yellow and gold monstrosities leaping out from every page then it’s completely understandable if you have started having nightmares about hideously colourful Indian wedding décor coming at you with a fiery vengeance. The trick with using colour is to get your combinations just right and keeping in mind that the venue being used is a fairly open space so as not to cause bouts of bright colour induced claustrophobia among your wedding guests.

Colourful Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Convert a barren open ground into an Indian mela with lots of pop-arty elements like the Monsoon Wedding posters in a similar colour palette for a seriously cool and kitschy Indian wedding decoration idea.

Monsoon Wedding | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

3. Don’t forget to make your guests smile

It’s often so easy to get completely bewildered with every little detail of wedding planning that the fun is literally sucked out of the festivities for the sake of perfect execution. At times when it all seems way too much and you think the world will spontaneously combust if that cue music for your entry song is late by two seconds, take a deep breath and think about your countless family vacations. The best memories from back then will almost always be about the missed flights, bad hotels, and horrendous food that had everyone burst out laughing at yet another mess up.

Chennai Express | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Inject some frivolity and humour into the proceedings through your wedding venue decorations like the Chennai Express Indian wedding poster that encourages everyone to get on board with the blissfully happy couple on their onward journey of life.

Our Love Story | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

While other thoughtful gestures like flat chappals so the ladies can light up the dance floor in comfort, chalkboards summarising your love story, reminders to keep calm and giant blinking lights that spell love will ensure that your wedding is filled with happy memories for all who graced the occasion.

Love in Lights | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Sources: bigfatweddingposters.com, myweddingplanning.in, wedmegood.com, kateaspen.com, bollywoodshaadis.com, onewed.com.