You’ve found the perfect venue, hired the best vendors, and chosen the most beautiful cake. Now, 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.
What is an Acrylic Wedding Invitation?
Acrylic is a transparent plastic material that is stiff in texture and clear to the eye. The material can be used for wedding-day details such as invitations, signage, and more.
Acrylic wedding invitations may be just the sleek, minimalist option you’ve been searching for to make a statement. However, there are definitely a few things to consider if you’re going this route.
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.
Read on for the ultimate guide to acrylic wedding invitations.
Which Wedding Styles Work Best?
The beauty of acrylic is that it’s incredibly adaptable. Acrylic is a plastic material that 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. And with that typically come sleek lines. 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.”
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. And while a simple color option is a more popular choice for weddings, acrylic can be created in virtually any color. According to Neubauer, an ⅛-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 Wedding Invitation Inspiration
1. Keepsake Photo
As they say, a photo is worth a thousand words. Elevate your acrylic wedding invitation by customizing it with a keepsake photo of you and your spouse-to-be. Make it your own by selecting a design that fits your aesthetic—the one shown above features a decorative vintage floral border.
SHOW NOW: Etsy, $47.60 and up
2. Professional and Elegant
One of the most important parts of any wedding invitation suite, besides the invitation itself, is the RSVP card. With metal foil letters on quality acrylic, this RSVP boasts a clean and beautiful design. Simply select your template and personalize it with your wedding day details. Bonus: You can even order it with a QR code if you're feeling extra tech-savvy!
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $89.94 and up
3. A Touch of Gold
For a black-tie affair, we recommend this stunning gold foil-printed acrylic invitation. Not only is the design visually stunning and timeless, but it can be printed on either clear, matte, or frosted acrylic. Complete your wedding suite with contemporary RSVP cards featuring a QR code to seal the deal.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $180 and up
4. Colorful Borders
An attractive border can help accentuate your acrylic invitation. In this example, the combination of border lines and colorful florals strikes a nice balance between whimsical and charming.
SHOP NOW: Stylish Wedd, $113.25 and up
5. Mirror, Mirror
This acrylic invitation begs the question, who's the fairest of them all? The die-cut acrylic is shaped like a mirror, with a matching mirror-like surface. This invite will have everyone doing a double-take.
SHOP NOW: Golden Moments, price upon request
6. Contemporary Square
Sometimes being square can be an advantage. Going with an invitation that's not a rectangle adds another dynamic to make your acrylic invitation even more unique. Of course, you can add many of the above-mentioned designs to your square acrylic invites.
SHOP NOW: Cards & Pockets, $9.80 and up
7. Minimal Medium
With this example, the elegant envelopes and inserts rely heavily on gold accents. The acrylic invitation itself is mostly minimal and direct in its presentation.
SHOP NOW: Margo&Bees, $9.50 and up
8. Glossy Black
Behold, proof that an acrylic invitation doesn't have to be clear. This luxe black acrylic invitation will get your attention with its glossy appearance, gold text, and fancy embellishments.
SHOP NOW: Your Wedding Invitation, $106.50 and up
9. Ocean Waves
This acrylic design really stands out with the simple addition of ocean waves lining the bottom of the invitation. It's a nice touch for those with a beach wedding, or perhaps near a countryside river.
SHOP NOW: Polina Perri, $9.55 and up
10. Frosted Acrylic
For this invitation suite, the acrylic is designed with a frosted matte appearance that's both subtle and sophisticated. Bonus: It really makes the green eucalyptus design pop! One benefit of this medium is that it'll attract fewer fingerprints than some of the super glossy-clear options.
SHOP NOW: Clarity & Co, price upon request