Are you planning an anniversary party for yourself or a parent? If so, you just might be on the hunt for anniversary invitations. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the 5 best websites for anniversary invitations. For this blog post, we’ll look at PurpleTrail, Invite Shop, Wedding Paper Divas, Tiny Prints, and Zazzle and see how they compare when it comes to designs & variety, customization options, and pricing.
PurpleTrail, which has a retail presence in Issaquah, WA, is a top choice for anniversary invitations. PurpleTrail sets itself apart through its wide variety of designs that can be fully customized and its commitment to superior customer service. Let’s break down PurpleTrail’s perks:
Designs & Variety
PurpleTrail is hard to beat when it comes to designs and variety. While other invitation sources think of anniversary invitations as an afterthought, PurpleTrail has multiple categories on its website devoted exclusively to wedding anniversaries. For example, you have tons of design options specifically for major wedding milestones, including 10th, 20th, 25th, 35th, 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversaries. Beyond this, PurpleTrail has design categories for golden, silver, and diamond anniversaries. This makes it easy to find exactly what you want.
PurpleTrail has put a lot of effort into designing specific types of wedding anniversary invitations to meet every need, including designs for wedding anniversary barbecues and surprise anniversary parties. We loved that you could get folded, trifold, quadfold, and booklet style cards that allowed you to share multiple full-sized photos of the couple with plenty of room for celebration details and sharing the couple’s unique love story.
PurpleTrail allows you to fully customize all aspects of its anniversary invitations. When you select a design and hit the “Personalize” button, the built-in design tool allows you to change not only the background color, but also the layout itself by adding any number of small, medium, or large text boxes or as many photos as you please.
You can also add unlimited embellishments and shapes to complete the look you want. Last but not least, you have the ability to clear the canvas of a design and build your own graduation invitation completely from scratch. Talk about creative freedom!
On PurpleTrail, the price per card goes down as the size of your order increases and basic envelopes are included. We experimented with one of PurpleTrail’s basic flat cards (the Elegant Lace Silver Anniversary Invitation) to gauge pricing. A 50-card order for this design came out to $73.50, or $1.47 per card. When you upped the size of your order to 100 cards, the price per card went down to $1.31 per card for a total of $131. We thought this was helpful for those planning large anniversary parties.
2.) Invite Shop
Another great source of wedding anniversary invitations is Invite Shop. Catering to the frugal buyer, Invite Shop is a particularly good choice for people on tight budgets.
Designs & Variety
Invite Shop has design categories for 10th, 25th, 40th, and 50th anniversaries, including a helpful category for anniversary thank you cards. We thought the thank you card category was useful because the couple celebrating often wants to personally thank their friends and family members for attending.
While Invite Shop didn’t have as many designs overall as PurpleTrail, we found that Invite Shop periodically adds new designs to provide ever-increasing variety to their customers. Invite Shop features only flat card designs for its anniversary party invitations and did not feature any multi-page designs, like the quadfold and booklet style invitations we found on PurpleTrail.
Like PurpleTrail, Invite Shop has a built-in design center that allows you to modify any wedding anniversary invitation design as little or as much as you want. Since each invitation design is 100% customizable, you can slightly tweak one of the many available designs or scrub the entire template and build exactly what you want from scratch.
At any price point, you have the ability to choose any font or background color, add in photos and embellishments wherever you want, and add in text boxes anywhere you want. We liked that you didn’t have to pay more for complete design freedom.
With Invite Shop, you get the same price per card no matter what size your order is, which provides a distinct advantage for those planning smaller anniversary parties. Invite Shop’s anniversary invitations start at $0.49 per card, but the bulk of the designs fit into the $0.69-$0.89 per card price point. To gauge pricing, we chose a basic flat card from Invite Shop (the Modern Lemon and Asphalt Wedding Anniversary design). At $0.49 per card, a 50-card order amounted to $32. This pricing factored in envelopes, which are included at an added cost of $0.15 each.
You pay an added fee of $4.95 if you want your invitation to be reviewed prior to printing to ensure your design and spelling are up to snuff. While this brings your order total to $36.95, we think you’re more likely to be pleased with your order after it’s had a second look by a team of design specialists.
3.) Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Paper Divas, a division of Shutterfly, is best known for making wedding invitations. However, they also offer a wide array of anniversary party invitations. The Wedding Paper Divas website lets you filter its anniversary party invitation designs by style, theme, color, size, price, and designer, saving you lots of time in your hunt for the right invites.
Designs & Variety
Since the primary focus of Wedding Paper Divas is wedding invitations, we weren’t surprised to find fewer anniversary designs overall than we found on PurpleTrail, Invite Shop, and Tiny Prints, all of which have a broader invitation focus. Even so, we found a good variety of options to choose from, including vow renewal designs and plenty of then-and-now photo designs.
Wedding Paper Divas primarily features flat card designs for its anniversary party invitations. While we did find a handful of trifold card options for showcasing multiple full-size photos of the couple, Wedding Paper Divas did not feature any quadfold or booklet style invitations like we found on PurpleTrail.
With Wedding Paper Divas, customization options vary from design to design. The lowest priced cards have practically no options to customize, but if you’re willing to pay a little more, you gain more options. When personalizing a card, two tabs guide your design choices, which allows you some creativity while keeping the overall template intact. You can easily change the font type, size, alignment, and color. Background color is also fairly flexible as long as you stick to their custom color palette; if you need a more exact color, you may need to contact a designer.
We had a harder time making changes to the layout, however. For most card designs, you could only make significant layout changes to the back of the card, not the front. Back panel layout options allowed us to add photos and text to the back of most card designs, but there was no built-in means of creating your own custom layout like we found with PurpleTrail and Invite Shop.
Wedding Paper Divas offers lower prices per card for large orders. To gauge pricing, we chose a basic flat card from Wedding Paper Divas with standard square trim (Sparkling Comparison Party Invitations). A 50-card order came out to $54.50, or $1.09 per card with envelopes and designer review included. When we upped the quantity to 100 cards, our price per card went down to $0.89 for a grand total of $89.
4.) Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints, also a division of Shutterfly, is best known for their holiday photo greetings. One of their many card design categories is wedding anniversary invitations. The Tiny Prints website is set up similarly to that of Wedding Paper Divas with similar customization options and pricing. However, Tiny Prints offers significantly more anniversary designs than Wedding Paper Divas and more advanced printing options.
Designs & Variety
Tiny Prints has an extensive number of designs and a variety of formats, including trifold formats for displaying multiple photos of the couple, and postcard formats for more streamlined mailing. However, Tiny Prints did not offer any quadfold or booklet style invitations. Notably, Tiny Prints offers two specialized types of printing, thermography and letterpress, among its anniversary designs for adding pleasing textures to your invites.
As with Wedding Paper Divas, Tiny Prints did not have many customization options at its lowest price point; Tiny Prints’ cheapest designs only allow you to change the text type, size, color, and alignment. However, if you select designs that cost slightly more, you have access to a variety of background colors and layout options that allow you to add different combinations of photos and text to the back of your card. As with Wedding Paper Divas, you couldn’t change much about the layout of the front of the card designs.
Tiny Prints offers lower prices per card for large orders. To gauge pricing, we chose a basic flat card from Tiny Prints with standard square trim (the Light Stripes design). A 50-card order came out to $54.50, or $1.09 per card with envelopes and designer review included. When we upped the quantity to 100 cards, our price per card went down to $0.89 for a grand total of $89. Tiny Prints periodically offers coupon code specials that can drive this final price down further.
Zazzle is a website that lets people buy and sell custom products, including apparel, home goods, paper goods, and more. Zazzle’s invitations marketplace is one of the most extensive we’ve ever seen, with anniversary invitations among the many categories available.
Designs & Variety
The sheer number of anniversary invitation designs available through Zazzle is staggering. An initial search turned up 33,000+ options in this category alone, making Zazzle’s filtering tools an absolute necessity. Card formats included flat, folded, postcard, and magnetic, but we did not see trifold, quadfold, or booklet designs. We liked that there was a selection of anniversary save the dates, since many people wish to send these out in advance so that large families can get a head’s up on significant milestone anniversary celebrations.
With so many unvetted designers contributing to Zazzle, the quality of each design is certainly not equal. In other words, some designs are modern and compelling while others are clearly outdated. You may need to dig to find the diamonds in the rough. That said, we spotted invitation designs for virtually every type of anniversary party, from surprise parties, to open houses, to wine and cheese parties.
Zazzle allows you to add photos and text to the front or back of most of its flat card designs, but the flexibility of each template varies according to what each designer allows. We were impressed with how you could easily change not only the shape, but also the size of the card when you hit the “Customize It!” button.
Zazzle also provides a wide variety of background color choices for many designs. Those who want more creative freedom can design their own card by selecting one of Zazzle’s blank invitations, uploading their own photos, and adding text boxes to the front and back of the card.
Zazzle offers lower prices per card for large orders. Pricing varies widely for anniversary invitations on Zazzle, but to give you a general idea, we priced out a 50-card order for a blank, customizable 5×7 invitation. The grand total came to $74 at $1.42 per card. When you increased the quantity to 100, the grand total came to $114 at $1.14 per card. Zazzle also periodically offers coupon code discounts that can drive this price down further. We did not see an option for designer review.
When it comes to anniversary invitations, PurpleTrail, Invite Shop, Wedding Paper Divas, Tiny Prints, and Zazzle are all great options with different perks. PurpleTrail and Invite Shop stand out because of their unique built-in design center, with PurpleTrail offering more multi-page invitation options and Invite Shop offering unbeatable pricing. Both Wedding Paper Divas and Tiny Prints websites have nifty filters to help you find the theme you’re looking for, with Tiny Prints offering specialized printing types. Last but not least, Zazzle wowed us with its sheer volume of available designs. We hope you’ll explore your options for all five and make an educated choice for your anniversary invitations!