It’s all about the package, really. Wedding stationery gets an extra dose of refinement when it’s “packaged” with ribbon and envelopments. It’s an easy DIY way to add design elegance to your day. We promise. Here are two ways to do it, in a few easy steps.
DIY #1: The Layered Pocket
Fold in some sophisticated magic with this menu pocket fold and ribbon. Using a thick ribbon in a contrasting color will convey style and confidence.
How to Get the Look:
1. Cut one long piece of ribbon.
2. Center the ribbon evenly on the front of the envelopment, and apply with double-sided tape.
3. Apply double-sided tape to each corner of the menu and place evenly on the front of the envelopment and the ribbon.
4. Tuck the additional pieces in the pocket (we used a song request card and an advice card) and tie the ribbon in a bow to complete the look.
DIY #2: The Pocket Fold
How to Get the Look:
1. For your invite, use the “Around the Corners” ribbon method explained in this post.
2. Apply double-sided tape to each corner of your invite and place evenly on the center page of the envelopment. Place your response and enclosure cares into the pocket.
3. Using a long piece of thick ribbon in the same color, center the ribbon on the outside of the envelopment’s center page, and secure with a small piece of double-sided tape.
4. Fold, or close, the envelopment and tie the ribbon in a smart and sassy bow. Ta-da.
Ready to get your invitations ribbon-fabulous? We have four ways to do it. Grab your girls and get a DIY evening on the calendar. (Your guests will never know how easy these touches were to add.)
DIY #1: Around the Corners
This DIY packs a stylish punch and is easy as can be. Make sure to choose a thin ribbon that complements your invitation’s color palette. Quick tip: a ribbon that matches the color of the invitation’s text always looks polished.
How to Get the Look:
1. Cut one long piece of thin ribbon.
2. Start with one end of the ribbon at the back of the invitation and use double-sided tape to secure it.
3. Wrap the ribbon around the front corner, loop it to the back and then around the opposite corner.
4. Now loop it back to where the two ends meet. Snip away excess and use double-sided tape to adhere ends.
5. Take a small piece of ribbon and tie it around the front left corner. This creates a fake bow effect. (We won’t tell if you won’t…)
DIY #2: Bow on Top
This DIY is a simple, yet stunning, pop of style perfection. You’ll need thin ribbon in a gorgeous color and an X-acto knife for this project.
How to Get the Look:
1. With the X-acto knife, make two small slits at the top of the invitation. Make sure they’re just wide enough to thread your ribbon through.
2. Thread your ribbon through the two slits until there’s equal ribbon on both sides.
3. Tie a double knot and cut the end of the ribbons into small, elegant “v” shapes.
DIY #3: Ribbon Band
Looking to use the thick ribbon as well? We can’t blame you. It’s a luxurious statement. For this DIY, choose two colors that match back to your invitation.
How to Get the Look:
1. Cut two strands of ribbon, one thick and one thin.
2. Start with the thick ribbon at the front of the invitation. You can choose where to put the ribbon band—in the center, lower, higher, wherever works best for your design.
3. Wrap the thick ribbon around to the back. Snip away excess and match up the two ends. Use double-sided tape to adhere.
4. Gather the middle of the thick ribbon and tie with the thin ribbon.
5. Snip away excess thin ribbon with a clean angled cut.
DIY #4: Tied Together
Give layered invitations an added air of elegance with this DIY. You can have ribbons of two different colors or just one. For our example, we’ve chosen one color that highlights the back layer and one that complements the invitation’s shade of blue.
How to Get the Look:
1. Cut two strands of thin ribbon.
2. Tie one strand around the other and create a knot. If you’re using two different colors and have a preference on the color of the knot, use the preferred color as the ribbon you tie around the other.
3. Pull the ribbons to the back of the invitation, creating a chic “x” design on the front. Like the Ribbon Band DIY, you can choose the best placement for the knot.
4. Tape the ribbons securely to the back. (Remember, since this is a layered card, no one will see the tape!)
5. Now you just need to attach the layers together. Apply double-sided tape to each corner of your invitation and place it evenly on the back layer. You now have a beautiful representation of tying the knot.
Ta-da! That’s it: four chic and easy ways to DIY your wedding invitations. Now the question is… Which DIY do you choose? Be on the lookout for more DIY posts in the upcoming weeks!
What can we say? With clean lines, romantic fonts and Southern charm, The Southern Living Collection has us pining for mint juleps and wrap-around porches. Whether you’re well-versed in sweet tea recipes or just need to kick off some wedding day inspiration, these invitations are sure to bring out your inner Southern belle.
We’re very excited to add another elegant DIY dimension to Wedding Paper Divas—ribbons! Since you’re preparing to tie the knot, why not literally tie them around your wedding invitations, favors and gifts—oh my.
Whether you’re inspired to create a bold accent or more of a refined embellishment, our ribbons will add a lush layer to your wedding theme. They make a charming statement, go the extra mile, a decadent piѐce de résistance, if you will.
Now that you’ve been introduced to ribbons, stay tuned for future DIY posts on how to incorporate this graceful style with your big day. The possibilities are sophisticated, romantic and oh so je ne sais quoi.
Delicate lace, lush florals and whimsical flourishes—these are the hallmarks of fashion label Marchesa. And now, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the design duo behind the beautifully crafted gowns, bring their stunning designs to paper. Designed exclusively for Wedding Paper Divas, the Marchesa Collection is pure romance and decadent details—perfect for wedding stationery.
“The Marchesa bride is someone who wants a dress that is romantic, timeless and makes her feel her most beautiful.”
Abbie and Matt will be married on July 12, 2014 and today she is sharing her inspiration behind her wedding invitation choice.
Invitations convey the tone of your wedding and give your guests a glimmer of your style as well. When picking out invitations, we wanted to make sure that we found one that complemented both of our personalities and showcased our wedding’s aura.
Below are our top four picks for our winery wedding:
I love how these invitations fold out like a book. Their rustic appeal also complemented our wedding’s venue (a winery) perfectly. If we had purchased these invitations, I most likely would have added in our wedding color by customizing the black writing for Tiffany blue.
I was drawn to these invitations by the overall fancier feel that they seem to take on. These invitations have a beautiful damask pattern that I am constantly coveting. I also love that they can be customized to our wedding color (Tiffany blue) if desired. Finally, the ability to use pocket folds with them makes them extra desirable in that they automatically showcase a fancier vibe.
This invitation & response card set completely stole my heart. Honestly, if the wedding was only about me, this probably would have been the one ordered. They are fancy and fun at the same time. I am in love with the fact that they can be used with pocket folds (I believe that they make any invitation a lot more glamorous). However, they did not fully fit the future husband’s personality or our wedding colors in a way that I loved so I had to pass. That said, I am hoping to use some of the Effervescent Sparkle pieces somewhere else in our wedding as I find them so very beautiful. They remind me so much of the chandelier that will be hung above us as we get married and would add a fantastic touch somewhere later on in our wedding paper journey.
These invitations and response cards screamed out to me as a perfect fit. They have the perfect combination of classic appeal with modern characteristics. The invitations are unique in that they fold like a book (something not typical of most that we receive). They are also a completely fabulous representation of our wedding’s overall theme: rustic chic. I love that we are also able to utilize more of our engagement pictures with this invitation and response card set. In addition, I’m a complete sucker for anything that is monogram-esque (the front cover of these lovely pieces are perfect!). Furthermore, once made with our wedding colors, it came to showcase both our personalities and our wedding style perfectly. We are ecstatic with the finished product and I cannot wait to put them all together for our guests!
Be sure to visit Abbie on her Blog and Instagram for more wedding and fashion updates!
We’re taking a tip today from our Bright Cobalt Inspiration Board and showcasing invitations that give us the blues in the very best way. The following designs remind us of moonlit strolls, storybook forests, royal announcements and the happiest of beginnings.
I am ready to order my wedding invitations, but I am not sure what details to include for my guests. Other than the date, time, and place, what other information should be on the invitation? Our wedding venue is a little tricky to find so I would like to give detailed directions to my guests, but I don’t want the invitation to look cluttered.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that will help to keep your wedding invitation chic and stylish, and still get all of the information to your guests: Enclosure cards! Enclosure cards are the perfect way to share wedding day details like directions, special requests, and your wedding website with guests. While much of this information should be listed on your wedding website, it should be remembered that not all guests will be internet-savvy. Here are a few ways you can use this handy stationery trick.
Including directions with your wedding invitation is absolutely necessary if you have a difficult-to-find location. After all, you invited your guests – you want to make sure they can find the venue! However, your wedding invitation is not the place to include these directions. Simply list the directions on an enclosure card that accompanies the wedding invitation. Enclosure cards can even be customized to include a map of your location.
Special Instructions and Details
Listing nearby accommodation options is also helpful for out-of-town guests. Be sure to note if you have reserved a block of rooms for your wedding. Sometimes a bride will want to share useful information with her guests, like “The reception will be outdoors, so please bring something warm”, or “Shuttles will provided to and from the reception venue.” An enclosure card is the perfect place to convey these messages, and will save you multiple calls or emails to your guests.
Wedding Website and Social Media
Include your wedding website information on an enclosure card, so that guests know where to find these details, and more. For couples who are encouraging guests to use Instagram or Twitter to share photos during their wedding, including a personalized hashtag on your enclosure card is a fun touch. Alternately, you could include a request for no sharing of photos on social media sites. Our new Mini Enclosure Cards are the perfect size for any extra-special details!
Your wedding registry should never be listed on your invitation. Instead, an enclosure card can be a simple way to announce your registry, or to direct guests to your wedding website for more information. You may prefer that guests do not send or bring gifts, but instead send a donation to a chosen charity. Use an enclosure card to be specific about your preferences.
I hope this helps, Angie! There are so many fun ways to customize enclosure cards, and to share the details of your wedding day.
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