Invitation etiquette can be confusing -- whose name goes where? Is it OK to use colored ink? Are RSVP cards and maps necessary?

To see what real wedding invitations look like, we turned to the best wedding experts we know -- our readers. From the photos they sent us, we learned that the days of formal invites, french flap envelopes and tissue are gone for many couples. Instead, we saw brides and grooms choose modern designs that reflected their personalities -- and the results are lovely.

So put away that leaking calligraphy pen and click through the slideshow to see invites that are full of color, playful type and, yes, even some very attractive maps and RSVP cards.

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  • @b_tay: We had the most fantastic wedding invitations EVER. Hands down.

  • "The wedding took place on Nov. 23rd in Dubai, UAE. The design was put together by my husband and I, and was inspired by the template we used for our website (stache kiss). It's not customary to include an RSVP card, but a registry card with bank details for deposits is common practice. We created our own, and also had a personalized rubber stamp made for the envelopes. We used an old typewriter to address the invitations." Submitted by Rania Turk

  • @TheOpenBarr: for our (Middle) East Meets South wedding October 13

  • @km0t0: our wedding invite

  • @melissarochelle: My sister designed our invitations!

  • Submitted by Ashley Schinzel

  • @zacharywright

  • @skincidentally: the #hubby actually picked this one out for our savannah wedding

  • @LanairBaker

  • @BrianaMcNulty

  • @AjoyPDX: here's ours. #putabirdonit

  • "Save the Dates my fiancé designed for us" Submitted by Andrea Fowler

  • "Wedding invite! (3 weeks away!)" Submitted by Audrie Paris

  • "Here are the invitations for our wedding that is happening this Saturday!" Submitted by Tracy St.Pierre

  • "We had our invitations done by Loft Life Press on Etsy- we loved Rifle Paper Co's invitations and these were the budget friendly alternative :)" Submitted by Amanda Burnett

  • slickbrad: Our wedding invitations. A message in a bottle. Got married in Negril.

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