10 Summer Color Palettes to Make Your Wedding Invitations Pop

Hi friends! Lately, I’ve been getting a few invitation inquiries for 2020 Summer weddings, and it got me thinking about color palettes that would make for some really fun and unique invitation suites!

Here are 10 of my favorite summer color palettes and how they could translate to your invitations. Moral of the story: don’t be afraid of color, people!

All of the gorgeous photography you see below has been sourced from Unsplash.com!

Color Palette 1: Blue Tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Pale gray-blue outer envelope with navy calligraphy on the front

  • Navy blue invitation card with white ink printing

  • Seafoam RSVP envelope with navy return address

  • Teal RSVP card with white ink printing

  • Design elements: simplistic hand drawn ocean wave pattern

Color Palette #2: Summer Cocktail

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Peachy-orange outer envelope with white calligraphy

  • Orange invitation card with either white ink printing or foil printing

  • Seafoam RSVP envelope with a summery design printed with the address in white ink

  • Green RSVP envelope with either white ink printing or foil printing

  • Design elements: pieces of the cocktail illustrated and printed on each card (mint leaves, pomegranate, peaches, etc.)

Color palette #3: Flamingo float vibes

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Bright pink outer envelope with letterpress return address on the back flap, white calligraphy on the front

  • Soft coral invitation card letterpress printed in a deep pink or dark gray color

  • Jade green RSVP envelopes with white ink printed return address

  • Lagoon-green RSVP card letterpress printed

  • Design elements: blind letterpress printed geometric pattern on the envelope flaps and the border of the invitation & corners of the RSVP card

color palette #4: Floral Tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Bubblegum pink outer envelopes with deep purple calligraphy & blind embossed return address

  • Either a lavender invitation card or a white card with a lavender watercolor wash

  • Aubergine RSVP envelope with white ink printing

  • Sour apple green RSVP card with white ink

  • Design elements: florals, florals, and more florals!

Color Palette #5: Grapefruit & Lemon tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Chartreuse outer envelopes with guest addresses printed in white ink, return address design incorporating citrus fruits

  • Sorbet yellow invitation card letterpress printed with a deep yellow color

  • Sun glow RSVP envelopes letterpress printed with a full citrus design on the front and back flap…#nomoreboringenvelopes!

  • Citrine RSVP card letterpress printed

  • Design elements: hand drawn citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, star fruit, kiwi, etc.)

Color palette #6: very miami

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Coral outer envelopes printed with white ink and a full printed design on the front - think Miami architecture & palm leaves

  • Sky blue invitation card flat printed with dark green

  • Deep forest green RSVP envelopes printed with white ink

  • Spearmint green RSVP card printed with architectural design and/or palm leaves on the border

  • Design elements: Miami/South Beach architectural or geometric pattern

Color palette #7: shady beach tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Deep green-blue outer envelope with gold calligraphy

  • Dusty blue invitation card with gold foil printing

  • Paper bag RSVP envelopes with deep green printing

  • Light moss RSVP cards printed with deep green ink

  • Design elements: hand-illustrated trees and leaves

Color palette #8: Sunset tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Progression from light to dark

  • Peach outer envelope with dark purple calligraphy

  • Citrine invitation card with white ink printing

  • Mauve RSVP envelope with white ink printing

  • Aubergine RSVP card with white ink printing

  • Design elements: dark purple palm tree silhouettes, thin line drawings of rippled water

color palette #9: surfboard tones

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Sand outer envelopes with copper calligraphy & copper letterpressed return address

  • Mint green invitation card letterpress printed with copper ink

  • Light gray RSVP envelopes letterpress printed with copper ink

  • Soft stone RSVP cards letterpress printed with copper ink

  • Design elements: simplistic, smooth shapes, no sharp corners

Color Palette #10: summer nomad

Ideas for the invitation suite:

  • Dusty blue outer envelope with sand colored calligraphy

  • Sunny yellow invitation card with a border of illustrations of your favorite activities

  • Sand RSVP envelopes printed with dusty blue ink

  • Curry yellow RSVP card with a full pattern of illustrations printed on the back

  • Design elements: line drawings of summer activities made into a custom pattern