Velvet has been popping up everywhere. It’s one of those fabrics that feels luxurious and rich and fitting for fall and winter. I’ve been seeing it all over fall fashion and in home decor so why not take that trend and incorporate it into what I do…stationery.
Last week at the Wedding MBA, I sat in on a session that particularly spoke to me. The session was all about thinking outside the box when it comes to wedding invitations and she urged pulling inspiration from other areas we are interested in. I’m personally interested in interior design and architecture as well as fashion so I decided to pull some ideas from these areas to inspire new designs in a more intentional way go beyond my usual comfort zone. Today, I’m starting with velvet but why not fabric, leather metal or acrylic? I’ll be exploring some new materials in the coming year!
Did you know that there are manufacturers out there producing velvet paper? There are and there are a number of colors to suite many palettes. Lately I’ve been drawn to rich burgundy colors for fall and winter so I decided to design some invitations around that color in various styles.
I started off by reworking one of my studio wedding invitations. I removed the patterned liner and added this beautiful velvet one. I then added the same velvet as a simple belly band to hold the cards together. If you don’t want to go overboard, go for just one or the other.
If you like velvet as a little accent instead of such a significant element, go for a velvet ribbon. There are nearly as many colors available as regular ribbon so your options are endless! I’ve got my eye on a pretty mint color. This design is brand new and while i wouldn’t call it rustic, hit has a more natural feel. This would be great for an earthy, natural wedding with elements like raw wood farm tables and lots of greenery.
If you love a more botanical look with golds and elegant materials, this design may speak to you. The bold vintage botanical flowers adorn both the envelope liner and the wide belly band layered over and even wider layer of the same burgundy velvet. The mailing envelope is a deep gold metallic so I tied that in with a simple gold cord which tops the layered belly band. I also love that the belly band is much wider than the typical 1.5 to 2 inch size. This wider style has more of a feel of a pocket and feels very formal. Because of the bold floral design on the envelope liner and belly band, the invitation and RSVP are more simple but equally as beautiful.
Velvet adds such a unique and unexpected texture to a wedding invitation. Whether you like just a touch or prefer it to be more of a focal point, the options and colors are vast. Whether looking for a natural or rustic style or something more formal and elegant, velvet is a great option for adding something unique to your wedding stationery suite.
So now I want to know what you think. Do you like the idea of incorporating more unique materials into wedding or other special event stationery?