Everything to Know About Acrylic Wedding Invitations

Learn about styles, costs, and ideas for acrylic invites.

Invitation suite with acrylic inserts and pressed florals

Photo by Olivia Richards Photography; Calligraphy by Shimmer and Stain; Floral Design by Pineapple Petals Studio; Design and Ribbon by Party Crush Studio

After you nail down the details your wedding venue and date, it’s time to send invitations for the big day. But you can’t just send any old invitation—your wedding invitation should offer a glimpse at the style of wedding you’re planning while giving guests the most important information, all wrapped up in a beautiful design. If you want to have a unique material within your wedding invitation suite, acrylic wedding invitations may be just the sleek, minimalist option you’ve been searching for to make a statement.

Acrylic is a transparent plastic material, like lucite, that is stiff in texture, clear to the eye, and looks just like glass. However, it’s far more transparent, and of course, it weighs less than glass. With that adaptability, an acrylic invitation can be dressed up for a super-luxe design or dressed down for a more minimalist approach, ultimately providing an option to fit any wedding’s aesthetic.

“Modern weddings tend to gravitate toward acrylic more than any other,” says Chris Neubauer, owner of Yonder Design. However, with acrylic’s potential for adaptation, Neubauer says the material can take on many other different forms. “We can soften up a design by incorporating moss, sand, florals, and other natural elements,” he says. “Acrylic invitations run the risk of being kitschy and theme-based if they aren't done with a certain level of polish.”

Meet the Expert

Chris Neubauer is the owner of Yonder Design, a boutique graphic design firm specializing in branding for social events, with a focus on creating luxury invitations by combining a variety of materials. 

Want to learn more about how to create a stylish acrylic wedding invitation for your nuptials. Read ahead for expert advice to pick the perfect suite, as well as ideas to inspire your own designs.

How Do You Choose the Design?

According to Neubauer, at the most basic level, an acrylic invitation is a rigid, cut piece of acrylic with printing on it. But because acrylic invitations come in so many different forms, it’s important to weigh the many design and material options as you make a selection.

“For weddings, acrylic is usually clear in color or a custom blend to make it seem like marble or quartz,” says Neubauer. While a simple color option is a more popular choice for weddings, acrylic can be created in virtually any color. According to Neubauer, an eighth-inch thickness is standard for acrylic invitations. However, the thickness of the materials can vary depending on preference. 

For many weddings, acrylic is a great material to pair with other options for a more polished look. “More complex acrylic invitations involve sandwiching multiple pieces of acrylic together with other materials to create framed or layered effects,” says Neubauer. Acrylic invitations may feature two pieces of the material sandwiched together with pressed dried florals, beautiful green moss, or even a hand-painted design in-between. 

Overall, it’s important to discuss your design goals with the designer and ask plenty of questions to be sure you’re getting the best fit for the wedding’s aesthetic. “Something that looks pretty in a photo may be entirely different in person,” Neubauer notes. 

How Much Do the Invitations Cost?

Just like with any invitation suite, the cost of an acrylic invitation will certainly vary. A simple, printed acrylic invitation will be more budget-friendly than a more polished option with multiple pieces or layered effects. Pricing will also depend on the quality of the acrylic and the cut. Some of the cheapest options may be cut with a saw blade, while higher quality finishes are cut with lasers and edge polishers.

“The price point ranges dramatically, based on the level of complexity and finish,” says Neubauer. “We generally suggest budgeting $50 as a minimum for acrylic invitations per piece.”

For a more budget-friendly take on this trend, consider searching independent retailers on Etsy or sites such as BasicInvite for premade designs.

How Do You Mail the Invitations?

If you’re choosing an acrylic option, be prepared to spend a bit more on mailing costs to ensure your invitations arrive intact. The cost associated with mailing acrylic wedding invitations will depend on the size and thickness of the invitation, as well as the number of other invitation suite pieces being sent out with it. For this reason, it's important to consider mailing costs in your original budget to avoid unexpected expenses come mail time. “Mailing these gets complicated and more expensive, as they need protective packaging,” says Neubauer. “Special boxes or padded envelopes are usually used when sending these out.”

Acrylic Invitation Ideas

Want to get ideas for your own acrylic wedding invitations? See real invites from weddings ahead for some stylish inspiration.

Minimalist Printing

gray and white acrylic invitation

Photo by Taralynn Lawton; Invitation by Made Divine; Planned by Roxanne Bellamy

Keep you invitations simply chic with a faded gray acrylic invitation that lets the minimalist white font pop.

Floral Framing

Wedding invitation suite with acrylic and pressed flowers

Photo by Our Story Creative

Acrylic can often appear like a picture frame to create a solid foundation around a paper invitation. But, you can take it a step further by including pressed florals as a pretty detail to add color and personality to your suite.

Bold Blooms

Pressed floral acrylic invitation

Photo by Olivia Richards Photography; Calligraphy by Shimmer and Stain; Floral Design by Pineapple Petals Studio; Design and Ribbon by Party Crush Studio

Your floral details don't have to be minimal either. This suite used an array of big blooms in their acrylic suite.

Include Greenery

floral boxed wedding invitation

Photo by PS Photography and Films; Invitation by the invitorium

Greenery can also be a great addition to an acrylic invitation. Filling this boxed design with leaves and blooms makes the invitation feel as if it has a living backdrop.

Opt for an Illustration

acrylic floral invitation

Photo by Chi Chi Ari Love

You don't only have to print words on your invitation. Consider including a print of an illustration onto your acrylic design. This pretty suite uses the same floral motif to tie the whole set together.

Pattern Play

boho yellow, brown, and pink invitations with acrylic

Photo by Lauren Miles; Invitation by Letters & Dust 

Incorporate your acrylic invitation in with the entire aesthetic of your suite with a fun pattern. For this retro bohemian invitation suite, a wavy pattern on palette ties the acrylic design to the wedding's aesthetic.

Beautiful Borders

acrylic invitation suite with pastel design

Invitation by Yonder Design

Create a beautiful border for your wedding details on your acrylic invites. This design used a cool watercolor pastel print to highlight the hues that would be featured at the wedding.

Create Balance

butterfly wedding invitation with acrylic

Photo by Mike Radford

In an invitation suite full of color and design, a sleek acrylic invitation insert can be a nice way to balance the color and prints showcased with something more minimal.

Gilded Accents

Brittani and Jared's glamorous acrylic invitations with gold font

Photo by Elizabeth Austin Photography

If you're hosting a traditional elegant wedding, you can still use acrylic for your invitations. Gold writing and a gilded monogram on acrylic brings a classic style into the modern era.

Let the Palette Shine Through

acrylic invitation with pink and green paper and envelope

Photo by Sanaz Photography

A bright palette of pink and green is highlighted in this invitation suite. The clear acrylic invitation with the wedding details and a motif in white print allows the colors to shine through.

Send a Boxed Invitation

invitation suite with brown box and monogram

Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography

When sending your acrylic invites, consider the packaging. For a glam Miami wedding, the couple sent guests acrylic invitations within a custom suede design.

Create a Invitation Sleeve

white and acrylic boxed wedding invitation

Photo by Christy & Co Photos; Invitation by the invitorium

Since your invitation has some weight to it, consider placing it in a designed sleeve to have your acrylic protected in a pretty package. This design uses modern lines to add a chic touch to the suite.

Make It Moody

black, gold, and floral acrylic invitation

Invitation by Yonder Design

Acrylic is originally a clear material, but it doesn't have to be light and airy. Consider using black and moody floral prints to bring some drama to your design.

Have Fun With Font

gray wedding invitation with acrylic inssert

Photo by Elena Pavlova

While acrylic is a sleek and simple material, consider having fun with the font to add in personality. Here a handwritten calligraphy print brings tons of style to this suite.

Play With Shape

Joi and DeAngelo's red invitations with acrylic

Photo by Terri Baskin Photography

You don't have to have a rectangular design for your acrylic invitation. In this colorful suite, the couple chose to use a curved acrylic insert to showcase the important details for their Baltimore wedding.

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