10 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

12 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

A newspaper is a versatile alternative to traditional wedding stationery. You can keep things clean and classic or have some fun with the design – think custom crossword puzzles and pull-out posters. They're also a practical way to share details about the day or tell the story behind how you met.

Below, some inspiration for creative wedding newspapers – from invitations to programmes to thank yous (and even a proposal!)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

A  warm wedding welcome

For their Las Vegas wedding – which, yes, featured an Elvis impersonator – Matthew and Hollie included a newspaper as part of a welcome pack to greet their guests. "It was the perfect chance to share what we'd be getting up to that weekend and why we chose Vegas as the location," says Matthew.

Read more about the celebration at Buckets and Spades.

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Surprise at the ceremony

To kick of their wedding ceremony, Jemma and Sam surprised guests with a sing-along to Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere." "Nobody was expecting it until they sat down and saw the running order in the newspapers we had printed," says Jemma. "But to see everyone singing was a real highlight of the day." Another unexpected element: the paper airplanes that guests threw in the air at the end of the ceremony.

Photo by Alex Miller via Rock My Wedding

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An invitation to remember

Dean and Fran used a newspaper to invite guests to their wedding in Leeds last year. "Our guests thought the idea was amazing," says Dean, who used his skills as a designer to put the newspaper together himself. "It was unlike any other wedding invite they'd received and it became a keepsake." Inside the newspaper was a blank banner to fill in the guest's name, and each invite was packaged in a bright yellow envelope sealed with a bespoke stamp. (See more photos)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Photo via @mrs.e.dawson
Fish 'n' chips...with a twist

"A lot of the traditions around weddings really put us off of the idea for a while," says artist (and Tunnock's teacake cushion maker) Nikki about her marriage to Michael. "We wanted [our wedding] to be informal, colourful and full of joy and creativity." For their wholly DIY reception, Nikki made hundreds of meters of fabric garlands, countless paper pom poms and printed a custom newspaper to wrap the fish 'n' chip suppers. (Read Nikki's blog post about the day)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Make the front page

Erica and Robert both have backgrounds in journalism, so putting their wedding on the front page of a newspaper was a perfect fit. We love this cute design by Gingerland, which folds into a neat (and easy to mail!) booklet.

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers
Photo via PapaKåta and Ruth Atkinson Photography
Share family history

Guests flipped through The Cookley Chronicle ahead of the meal at Hannah and Oli's wedding. The newspaper brought a dose of family history to the table, with a poem and message from Hannah's grandfather and lots of old photos of family and friends. (Read more about the day on Love My Dress)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Set the scene

For their weekend-long destination wedding in Olympic National Park, Emma and Scott gave guests a preview of the view (of beautiful Lake Crescent) on the front cover of their wedding invitation. "It was a completely unique invite and could fit all the necessary information," says Emma. "We've received so many compliments!" (Designed by Will Thomas)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Wrapping paper is for lovers

At Zoe and David's wedding, guests got gifts too – wrapped in this lovely custom newspaper, and sealed with a sticker, they designed themselves.

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Photo-filled thank you

Like many couples, Leah and Adam had hundreds of beautiful photos from their wedding day and didn't want them to end up "trapped in a screen." Instead of a traditional thank you card, they sent their guests a newspaper filled with their favourite images from the day – including a lovely pull-out poster of the wedding party.

"We loved putting the newspaper together," says Adam. "It was great to re-live our day and share the photos in this unique way with all of our guests. One of them even said it was the best thing they had received in the mail for years!"

(If you want to make something similar, Adam wrote a detailed step-by-step guide to his design process.)

8 Ideas for Creative Wedding Newspapers

Show where you've been

Mike and Jo's wedding invitation is part travel diary with punchy, two-tone photos from their 7,500 mile trip across the country together.

Wedding proposal newspaper

Bonus idea: Propose with a broadsheet!

For writer and photographer Cal King, the decision to propose was easy. The difficult thing, he says, was figuring out the next steps: "How would I pull it off in a way that’s meaningful but cheese-free? How do I make it unique and memorable, while also ticking all the classic “incredibly romantic proposal” boxes?"

He landed on the idea of printing a newspaper and (as far as we know!) it's the first time a digital broadsheet has been used for a proposal. Cal told us how it all came together – with some adorable GIFs to prove it.


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