# Showcase of beautiful invitations in TeX

I'm interested in using TeX and friends to produce beautifully typeset invitations (for parties, weddings, and especially thesis defences). I understand that there is a package gcard for making folded greeting cards, but it's fairly simple. I would love to see a list of, or links to, more sophisticated-looking examples for inspiration and motivation. (If the complete source code is freely available and adaptable, so much the better.)

I made an invitation using Xe/LuaLaTeX and a TikZ fading over an OpenStreetMap generated map excerpt. Here is a link to the map I used (I don't know how long it is valid).

\documentclass{article}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage{geometry,fontspec,tikz}
\geometry{a6paper,landscape,hmargin={1cm,1cm},vmargin={1cm,1cm}}
left color=transparent!0,
right color=transparent!100]
\setlength\parindent{0pt}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[overlay,remember picture]
\node[anchor=east,inner sep=0pt] (pic) at (current page.east)
{\includegraphics[height=\pdfpageheight]{map}};
\coordinate (pin) at (12,-2.5);
\filldraw[ultra thick,draw=red,fill=red!50] (pin) -- ++(70:.5) arc (-20:200:.18) -- cycle;
\path (pin) -- ++(0,.5) node[draw,fill,red,circle,inner sep=1pt] {};
\end{tikzpicture}%
\obeylines%

\bigbreak
\textit{%
Dear friend,

I'd love to invite you to my party.

}

\vfill

\textit{%
December 24\/\rlap{,}\textsuperscript{th} 2015
8\kern.5pt:\kern.5pt30 pm
}
\medbreak
\textit{%
Times Square,
London E1,
UK
}
\end{document}


• Very nice, simple, and lovely. How would you do it in a Lua version ? – Julien Dec 8 '15 at 23:47
• @Julien I edited the file to also work with LuaLaTeX, i.e. I replaced \XeTeXpdffile with \includegraphics. Also I set inner sep=0pt for the picture to get rid of the ugly white stripe on the right. – Henri Menke Dec 9 '15 at 8:13
• In my latex its telling that, fontsec package needs xelatex.. but how can I use this in my latex ??@HenriMenke – David Dec 9 '15 at 11:31
• @David As noted in this showcase, you have to typeset this using either xelatex or lualatex. Furthermore you need to have the “Adobe Garamond Pro” font installed. – Henri Menke Dec 9 '15 at 11:57
• I've just ran a test, awesome, this work perfectly. To be noted, I had to remove the font line specification (\setmainfont[Ligatures=TeX]{Adobe Garamond Pro}), since I don't have it on my laptop, still, it's looking very nice. Thanks. – Julien Dec 9 '15 at 14:08

Thanks to everyone who's posted a sample invitation here. For my own purposes, I decided in the end to go with something a bit different. I'm posting it here in case anyone else would like to adapt it for themselves.

The invitation is printed on textured, A4-size card stock, folded in half to make A5 pages. The inner page of the invitation uses a decorative border from the frontispiece of Quadrans Astrolabicus, a 1534 book written by Oronce Finé and printed in Paris by Simon de Colines. The text is set in EB Garamond with occasional use of fancy ligatures and coloured initials. Here's what it looks like:

I also used the labels package to produce personalized RSVP cards.

The complete and freely licensed XeLaTeX source code is available on GitHub.

• Fantastic! Only for this you deserve the Ph. D. :-) – TeXtnik Feb 15 '16 at 14:08
• This is beautiful and sadly too nice to just pick up and reuse... Great work nevertheless. – XXX Mar 20 '17 at 19:34
• A bit off-topic, but your thesis is actually very interesting!! I'm a huge fan of puns btw :) – DLJ Dec 23 '17 at 7:21

This is not an invitation, but Paulo sent me this really nice christmas card. Thank you, Paulo!

• Yours didn't get rained on ;). – cfr Dec 4 '15 at 3:22

I wrote one up in my article on using Zapfino in Omega: http://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb24-2/tb77adams.pdf

This is more like a poster, but would work for a flyer as well: