5 Ways to Incorporate Custom Illustrated Portraits into Your Wedding

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Have you and your partner ever wanted to get a custom illustrated portrait made of yourselves? We’re seeing custom illustrations pop up more and more in weddings, and we absolutely love the variety of options available to create fun and personal artwork for your wedding decor and for your home.

Need help envisioning how a custom illustrated portrait can be used for your wedding? Here are 5 ways to use artwork to add a personal touch to your wedding day.

1. Custom Illustrated Save the Dates

Save the Dates are usually the first thing that you’re sending out to your guests announcing your wedding date. This is also the first time that your guests will get a sense of the tone of your wedding. By including an illustrated portrait of you and your partner, you’re able to get a few things across to your guests — a sense of who you are as a couple (especially for distant family who have maybe yet to meet your partner) and a sense of your style and vision for your wedding day. Whether that’s a more formal vibe like this Save the Date design by Henry James Paper Goods, or a more playful vibe like this wooden coaster design by Wide Eyes Paper Co., your guests will be in awe.

2. Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Including a custom portrait on your wedding invitation suite is an obvious choice, especially because a full invitation suite allows you to really get creative and showcase your whole family! If you and your partner already have kids, are merging families, or if you just want to celebrate all of your furbabies (especially those that aren’t well behaved enough to actually attend your wedding), custom portraits of the whole family are not only a wonderful keepsake for you and all of your guests, but again, it really showcases what’s most important to you as a couple.

3. Welcome Signs

Want to provide a personal welcome to all of your guests? Including a portrait of you and your partner on your welcome signage is a wonderful way to greet your guests, especially since you might be pulled in too many directions to actually greet your guests in person.

4. Wedding Guestbook Posters

We love a fun and creative guestbook idea! And bonus points if you can take your guestbook and turn it into art for your home! Not only will you be able to look back on all of the kind words that your friends and family had to share on your wedding day, but you’ve got a piece of artwork that captures all the joy of you and your partner during this exciting time.

5. Portraits of All Sorts for Your Home

Even if you don’t choose to use an illustration in your actual wedding paper goods or decor, having a custom portrait created of you and your partner during your engagement or based off of your wedding day photos is a way to celebrate this time in your lives and remember it fondly for years to come. It’s an imaginative way to bring your love story into your home, and to remember the love you share and your commitment to each other every day of your married lives.


Jen Siomacco is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Wedding Co. She works to mesh together her love of feminism, love stories, accessibility, equality, and design into the Catalyst brand. When she’s not traveling the country working to make the wedding industry a more inclusive place, she’s writing on her couch and snuggled up with her husband and SUPER lazy cats.

Photo by Tiffany Josephs Photography