Wedding Invitation Embellishments
Add a bit of flair to your wedding invitations! A common wedding invitation embellishment is the use of ribbon which is a great way to add a splash of colour to your invitation design, usually to match the theme colour of your wedding, or just to accentuate the invitation design itself. Wedding invitation embellishments include rhinestones & pearls, diamante buckles, ribbon & bows, lace, pins & fasteners, specialty papers, and backing card.
Rhinestones are available in a wide range of colours. The invitation below was a black and white design printed on a white metallic card featuring three silver rhinestones situated on the curls of the design. A similar option is pearls (smooth, shiny finish rather than the edges a rhinestone piece has).
Round and square diamante buckles to decorate. They have a bar in the middle to feed ribbon through as shown in the images below. 15 mm diametre on the outside, and 10 mm on the inside where the ribbon is fed through.
Ribbon & Bows
The first two wedding invitations below are a great example of two similar designs with a very different look. The invitation on the left was a very simple, classic, and elegant invitation design with a cream ribbon to match the cream card. The invite on the right uses a bold design for the invitation with solid panels of black and white inside & out, and with a bright red ribbon to tie in the theme colour of the wedding and to add a splash of colour to the invitations. Both are square invitations folded in half. The third invitation on the right is a gate fold invitation with a plain cover and thick cream ribbon to match the card. The ribbon can either be tied around the invitation, or attached so not to come loose.
Lace can add a very elegant feel to wedding invitations. With the invitation below a banner of lace was a main feature of the cover of a 3x panel invitation that was folded in a Z shape. A small separate piece of card with the black border was attached on top of the lace featuring the couple's name and their wedding date. The images below that show a variety of lace on ivory invitatons. A variety of lace, ribbon and card colours are available.
Pins and Fasteners
Pins and fasteners are available in a range of colours (gold and silver metal as well as clear or coloured plastic) and also in a range of shapes. The invitation below shows the use of heart shaped pins to hold a translucent piece of paper on to the inside of a folded wedding invitation. Stars and circles are also available.
Translucent Paper can be used as an overlay on card. The invitations below show two different examples of ways use this - the invitation on the left has a subtle grey design on the card behind the translucent paper. The translucent paper has the invitation text and border printed on the design. The invitation on the right has the reverse, with the image on the translucent paper and the text in a solid, bold font behind to show through the invitation clearly.
Below: The invitation below uses a few extra touches to add to their invitation package. The theme was a deep purple with silver. The purple invitation featured a subtle fine design, and this was wrapped inside a piece of translucent paper with a fine vine pattern on it. This was wrapped in a matching purple organza ribbon and sent out to the wedding guests in a white metallic butterfly fold envelope.
Below: The invitation below was for a couple with a wedding that had a burgundy and gold theme. The invitation was a square folded design that was held closed with a gold ribbon. Inside the fold was a sheet of matching gold paper with a metallic finish used as a lining and in the centre of this was the info card.
Using a piece of backing card is a simple and economical way to add something extra to your wedding invitations. The examples below show a piece of complimentary card slightly bigger than the invitation that is glued together to add a little something extra. These can be printed like the blue example, which has waves to fit in with the beach theme.