Welcome to our second installment of our 1 Invitation, 3 Ways series. Jen and I really love thinking up alternative ways to “finish” our designs to make them work for different budgets and styles. This week’s installment is a little bit different in that we are only showing you differences in how the invitation is finished. By simply swapping out the style of belly band, this invitation takes on three very unique looks.
This week’s design is our “Man in Uniform” wedding invitation set. The original invitation was designed for a sweet local couple who are planning a rustic style wedding with a more formal flair. The groom will be wearing his dress blues so the bride really wanted something that looked more formal but still had some rustic touches.
The original design is a navy blue pocketfold with cream linen cards and envelopes. The design is simple and neutral and on it’s own, makes the perfect backdrop to be finished a ton of different ways. This particular version though, was to include some rustic accents so the bride chose to wrap her pocketfold in a layered burlap and lace belly band topped with a two-layer tag. The look isn’t too masculine or feminine and includes just enough polished and rustic elements to work perfectly for this great couple.
Jen, having such great vision, saw how easily just changing the belly band would make a huge impact on the overall style of this suite. Version 2 is my personal favorite and includes a gold shimmer paper belly band layered with ivory lace and a navy ribbon, topped with a 2-layer tag. This look looses the rustic touch and takes on a more classic, elegant look for a more formal affair.
The last version is all about romance. The wide, lace belly band paired with a tag is more soft and feminine. I could see this invitation working for a wedding at a Victorian mansion or old estate somewhere in the country.
So, we’d like to know what version you prefer or if you have another idea for a belly band.