Hand-Illustrated Wedding Invitations add a Unique Touch

Hand-Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are as unique as you are and can leave a lasting impression on the lucky recipients. One way to make them different from most other invitations is to have them hand-illustrated. No two will be exactly alike and yet will reflect your personality beautifully. Wedding invites can be a great way of giving your guests a taste of what to expect on your wedding day, particularly if you are having a themed wedding and your invitations include elements of your theme.

There are many options for hand-illustrated wedding invites, and it can be difficult to choose one over another. If you have some artistic talent yourself you can choose to make your wedding invites yourself, but if you don’t you will need to hire someone else to do them for you. They can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. The person you hire to do them for you will likely have some good suggestions once you share your ideas with them. Make sure that you see some of their previous work before committing to hiring them to do yours, so that you can be assured that yours will look great.

One of the many advantages of choosing custom made hand-illustrated wedding invitations is that you can have them exactly how you want them. You can choose the colors, the artwork and even the style of calligraphy you would like for the text. You don’t have to have them all the same color scheme either. You could choose to have wedding invites made in one color scheme for the bride’s guests and another color scheme for the groom’s guests.

There are several hand-illustrated styles of wedding invitations you can choose from. One of the most popular is the watercolor painted invitation. This can be as subtle as a flower on one corner all the way up to a full page landscape. Typically the colors on a watercolor painted invitation are pastels and other soft shades, giving a romantic flair to the invitations.

Another popular style is the black pencil sketch. Again, flowers are popular but you don’t have to limit yourself to flowers. The beauty of the pencil sketch is the shading from the lightest of grays to heavier black outlines. While pencil sketches are commonly without color you can choose to have little touches of color added if that is what you want.


Stamping is another art form that is often seen on hand-illustrated wedding invitations. When used in conjunction with other art forms stamping can add an interesting element to a wedding invite. With the huge range of ready-made stamps available for purchase there is almost no end to the ideas.

Portraitures are one of the more unique elements of hand-illustrated wedding invites. You can choose from realistic portraits of you and your betrothed or if you want to add a humorous element to your invitations why not get caricatures done of you both and feature them on your invites?

The text is of course the most important element of a wedding invitation. After all it tells the guests who is getting married, when the wedding will take place, and where they need to be to share in the celebrations. The choice of writing style can also add a unique touch to your invites. For more formal weddings you may choose to have your wording written in calligraphy, but for more whimsical styles of invites you may choose something less uniform.

The fun doesn’t have to stop at the invitations either. You can also choose to have your envelopes and RSVP cards hand-illustrated to match the invitations, or at least to feature a small element of them.

With custom hand-illustrated wedding invites the sky is the limit on what you can choose. As long as the person you hire to make them for you is completely in tune with you and is capable of producing the artwork you want then your guests are in for a wonderful surprise when they receive an invitation to your wedding in the mail.