Invitations are more than just pieces of paper. Adding details to your paper products is a great way to add personality and originality to your wedding in a budget-friendly way. Think outside the box by adding or changing traditional elements for something more unexpected.

Invitations give guests a preview of the style of your wedding, as the invitation is the first piece of it they will see. Make your invitation one to keep by considering the following embellishments.

Add a belly band

A belly band (a thick piece of paper that wraps around your invitation) is both beautiful and functional. You can use bands printed in a complementary print or for a pop of color, all the while keeping your invitation and coordinating inserts organized.

Line the envelopes

Belly bands aren’t the only place to incorporate some pattern or color to your invites. Consider lining the envelopes. This can be done inexpensively by investing a little time, a lot of patience and scrapbooking paper from your local craft store.

Mix paper colors

Contemplate using different, complementing colors of paper for each piece of your invitations. Instead of white for everything, maybe choose cream-colored invitations but a brightly colored envelope. Or use a solid color for your invitation and a muted print for your RSVP cards.

Consider texture

Try out different paper samples, as not all are created equal. Linen paper provides a thicker feel and sense of luxury. Or forgo paper completely and transfer your invitations to another surface, such as wooden slats or vintage handkerchiefs.

Play with the edging

While traditionally invitations have had sharp, square edging, this does not have to be the case. Think outside the box and give your invitations rounded corners or scalloped edges.

Create a suite

There is so much more to invitations now than envelopes, RSVP cards and the invitation itself. Create a separate card for each piece of information: a card for the reception, one for directions and even a separate card for your wedding website. Expanding your invitations into a suite can make your wedding feel like the event of the season. Pocket fold envelopes can keep your invitation suite neat and organized.

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