Paper wedding stationery is SO yesterday. As we look toward 2017, we’re predicting more unique and non-traditional wedding paper, or should we say, anything BUT paper. Couples are now using materials that aren’t normally associated with weddings — we’re talking acrylic, wood, lucite and even a dreamcatcher — to put a unique spin on their wedding invitations and signage. It’s one of our fave wedding trends. You’ll quickly say goodbye to traditional paper invites after getting a glimpse at these inspiring and unconventional ideas.


1. Acrylic: This versatile and modern material sure makes a statement. Whether you decide on clear or colored acrylic, you can have it calligraphed or laser engraved with your personal design. (Invite via CHARD Photo / Mr. + Mrs via Song & Pen, HoneyFitz Events, Anna Delores Photography)


2. Mixed Materials: Your wedding should reflect your personal style as a couple, and sometimes that means mixing elements and designs together. The sky is the limit when it comes to stationery, and this gorgeous acrylic and wood table number combo is proof. Or, if you’re looking for an elegant, modern twist on a menu, go with vellum paper on acrylic. (Table Number via Momental Designs, Jose Villa Photography, Canvas & Canopy, Studio Fiore / Menu via Kate Siegel Fine Events, Soulflower Design Studio, Yonder Design)


3. Wood: Ranging from a gorgeous light shade of birch to a solid walnut (plus colorful dyed wood!), there are so many beautiful shades and grains of wood that you’re sure to find one that aligns with your wedding vibe. Whether you engrave, paint or laser cut it, this material is a great, natural resource for your invites, menu, seating chart and escort cards. (Invite via 21twelve Designs / Painted Invite via Gretchen Berry Design Co., Cadence & Eli / Escort Card via Red Letter Day, Tiffany J Photography / Menu via Anna Delores Photography, Prim and Pixie / Seating Chart via Regine Danielle Events, Maha Studios)


4. Fabric: For a super unique and memorable alternative, print your invitation on fabric! It even doubles as a lifelong keepsake for you and your guests. (Hanky via The Handkerchief Shop, Love Me Do Photography / Invite via Shindig Bespoke)


5. Leather: These leather goods will truly wow your guests. Its expensive, sophisticated look will totally set the tone for an ultra-chic wedding. (Invite via Five Dot Design / Seating Cards via Callista & Company, Hanwriting)


6. Marble: Marble is all over the current wedding space. It’s translated onto cakes, runners and venues, and now even on invitations. This sophisticated and modern look adds a sleek edge to your day. (Invite via Infinite Events, Sarah Pudlo, The Paper Perfectionist / Menu via Gretchen Berry Design Co. / Invite via Cherry Blossom Events, Jenna Kutcher)


7. Metal: Industrial-inspired weddings have been a huge hit recently for the modern couple. If your wedding is taking place at a chic loft or brick venue, incorporating metals into your details is a must! (Menu via All You Need Is Love Events, Wildflowers Photography / Invite via Hoopla! Events, Melissa Kilner Photography)


8. Non-Traditional Materials: If you really want to push the envelope when it comes to your wedding invite, use items that wouldn’t normally be thought of as an alternative to paper goods. Whether it’s a dreamcatcher, hand-lettered tambourine or even a lightbulb escort card display, you’ll definitely make a lasting impression. (Lightbulbs via Wild Heart Events, Mi Belle Photography / Dreamcatcher via Valorie Darling / Tambourine via Wild Heart Events, Cara Robbins Studio, Sophia Loves Letters)


9. Greenery: Incorporating nature into your wedding stationery is a super unique and refreshing way to add some texture to your table and overall look. For a more tropical look, palm leaves make for great name cards, and for a rustic aesthetic, greenery like moss can be added to a beautiful, laser-cut invite. (Name plate via Krista Mason Photography / Invite via Moana Events, Anna Kim Photography, Shindig Bespoke)

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(Featured photo via Valorie Darling)