Trends come and go in wedding stationery just like fashion, home decor and wedding themes. While there seems to be a never ending surge of beautiful new materials available to make wedding invitations more unique and beautiful, I was surprised when I first started seeing vellum making it’s way into wedding stationery. This trend in wedding invitations probably wont be going anywhere because it’s not only beautiful and versatile it’s also very affordable.
I have to admit, when I first started hearing wedding pros talking about vellum making it’s way it wedding invitations I wasn’t sold. When I think of vellum, I think of the architects I used to work for drawing on layers of this stuff as they were creating their sketch plans. In my mind, vellum is the junk paper they drew on until they were ready to send it off to the CAD guys to start drawing in AutoCAD. While the vellum I’m seeing in invitations is really the same thing, I also must say I was quickly converted to a believer. As I’ve been testing it here at Raspberry Creative, I’ve also sourced vellum in some different colors as well as a beautiful metallic that we now have in stock!
A few things I’ve found in working with vellum should be noted. As of yet, I have not been able to source vellum in thicknesses that equal the card-stocks we typically use. That means the paper isn’t as heavy and that may not be for everyone. On the other hand, vellum has a different texture and you may even think of plastic when you touch it.
One think I do really love is how it prints. While I wouldn’t recommend vellum for letterpress, it prints on our digital quite nicely. Just like the paper itself, the printing also takes on a softer, almost transparent look that is soft and delicate. It’s even pretty without printing.
It can also be punched up with bold color and pattern if desired.
If you aren’t sold yet, vellum is also used for envelopes! We’re working on a new marketing piece using these pretty vellum envelopes. You can see through them so I may not suggest using as your mailing envelope unless you are using a pocketfold or inner envelope.
Vellum, while not a new product, has been given a new life through it’s use in wedding stationery. While it’s weight and texture may not be for everyone, it is extremely versatile and affordable making it a great option for someone wanting a more unique look to their wedding stationery without a lot of added cost.
I’d love to know if vellum is something you’d like to try for wedding invitations or other stationery. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.