Hey gorgeous paper lovers! In my new blog series, Invitation Finishing Touches 101, we're going to go over all of those fine, luxe details that can be added to any invitation suite to bring in personal elements, glamour and charm! The first installment is all about one the most popular finishing touch I offer - the Belly Band!
So I know many of my couples usually have the same question - what in the world is a belly band??? Simply put, its like a belt that wraps around your invitation suite, in order to keep all of those extra pieces (response card, info inserts, maps, etc.) all snuggled up inside! They're constructed out of any number of awesome materials, like the above pictured glitter, metallic shimmer paper, lace, satin or silk ribbon, twine - or my favorite new option - vellum!!!
Belly bands can be used as shown above, simply wrapped around the individual pieces of your invitation suite, or they can be used with our ultra-popular pocket fold designs.
They can also be used with our trendy laser cut enclosures - although I don't recommend them for use with really delicate designs, as we don't want to run the risk of your guests accidentally tearing the laser cut when trying to remove it.
Not all belly bands have to have multiple layers for the "topper" piece. The top pieces can also be customized with any design or wording that you'd like, popular choices are custom monograms, names and dates, "You're Invited", "Join Us" or even a simple decorative element. This is one of the simplest opportunities to really set your invitations apart from everyone else's invitations, even if you're choosing from our house collection.
Other die cut shapes are available as well - and shapes can be turned on the bias to create a totally different look!
So what if you're looking for something other than paper, or ribbon? Lace is a great option! It's so classic and romantic, and really gives a touch of elegance to any design. Lace is often a bit of an upcharge, but it's sooooo worth it when you get nothing but compliments from your guests.
Do you want to know what one of my favorite top 10 trends for 2018 is? VELLUM Belly Bands! Metallic shimmer, matte, colored... floral designs, monograms, white ink - I love it all, especially these beauties.
Whether you're purchasing belly bands as part of your invitation package, or adding them on à la carte, your belly bands will come to you fully constructed, simply slip them on over your pieces, and tuck them into the envelope, and wait for your guests to be delighted! Don't feel like doing that much work? Then purchase our Posh Package, or add VIP stuffing services to your order and we'll do the work for you. Whatever you choose, I am confident that you and your guests will be so excited to receive these! Love what you're seeing? Want to order any of the above for your big day - shop now using the Shop tab of my site, or contact us for more info!