Class of 2019 Graduation Invitation Ideas that are artsy + chic

Senior Photography shot in Excelsior MN

The summer after graduating high-school can be almost as overwhelming as planning a wedding. There are so many things to do and think about, still - have you decided on a University yet? Dorm room decor? Graduation party planning?

One of my favorite “senior summer” activities before college was writing out my save the date graduation invitations. It was so much fun finding a design that worked well with my senior photos, and then handwriting (I was super into calligraphy at the time), all of the addresses on the envelopes! There’s something so personal about receiving an actual invitation in the mail. If you are expecting that people bring gifts for your party, I would highly recommend sending invites in the mail. It shows that you are thoughtful, and really care for their presence!

Basic Invite asked me to share some of their beautiful cards with you. They have some gorgeous graduation card invites (also some fun options for my seniors graduation from Med School looking for medical assistant graduation invites!) that especially caught my eye. My photography style is very airy and focused on using stunning lighting, so finding a card that highlights this mood helps create a stand out invite. I’m a huge sucker for pale pink and pastels - which makes Basic Invite perfect because you can customize every color on each card! Seriously - give me all of the pastels ;)

A little summary of my tips for grad cards!

  1. Choose a card that complements your photo. If the lighting is light and airy (most of my senior portraits), and you’re wearing pale pinks, yellows, pastels, don’t choose a card that is dark and busy. Find complementary colors and work with these when designing your invite.

  2. Be picky about your font choices. Choosing a card with a beautiful font goes a long way in making it look professional. Let me know if you have any questions about font’s - I geek out over things like this!

  3. Simple stands out. Opting for just one or two photos leaves room for all of the party details, and creates a classy, minimalist, mature, feel to your invite.

  4. It’s classy to mail cards. Just sending a FB invite for your grad party feels a little impersonal and makes people less likely to bring gifts! I love when people mail invites, and set up a FB party to collect RSVP’s. Helps you know how much food to prepare, and is good party etiquette!

  5. Choose a card that can be framed! So many people will hold on to your senior grad invites and frame them as a little keepsake from this special part of your life! Choosing a card that is slightly higher in quality, goes a long way.

  6. If you are struggling with picking a favorite photo/designing a card/choosing a font - I’m happy to help :) Just shoot me an email and we can work on it together!

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Anyways - Basic Invite has some of my absolute favorite invitations for both high school graduation, as well as invitations for college graduation - and they are offering 15% off your order right now :) I would love to know which one is your favorite!

Reyna Meinhardt