Wedding Invitation Accessories

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Accessories in the world of wedding invitations are the same as they are anywhere -- small touches that add extra pizzazz to the overall ensemble. They provide that wow effect that the basic invitation lacks. A splash of color maybe, a customized tidbit that makes the guest look twice or just something small ... read more

Accessories in the world of wedding invitations are the same as they are anywhere — small touches that add extra pizzazz to the overall ensemble. They provide that wow effect that the basic invitation lacks. A splash of color maybe, a customized tidbit that makes the guest look twice or just something small that enhances the elegance of the design. Consider what the right accessory might bring to your wedding invitation.

The Accent Layer
Put simply, an accent layer, sometimes called the back layer, is a piece that goes behind the invitation to create a frame. Accent layers come in complementary colors to draw the eye inward towards the text. The concept is not difficult. The point of any frame is to focus the attention. This added layer accomplishes that task.

The accent border is a piece of card stock mounted to the back of the invitation. Imagine cutting out a square of fine colored paper and gluing it to the back of each initiation. That essentially defines the accent layer. Ideally, you would choose a color that enhances the invitation in some way. For example, it might match the ink or coordinate with another design element.

Although, this layer is not heavy, it will increase the size and weight of each invitation –something to keep in mind if postage is a cost consideration.

Wedding Invitations Accent Layer

Pocket Card
Pocket cards are an extension of the accent layer concept. The pocket serves as an envelope to hold all the different pieces of the ensemble in one package. It is slightly bigger than the actual invitation so it works as a border layer, but folds over to enclose the invitation. As with the accent layer, you select a color in sync with the design. What the guest gets is a coordinated package that includes everything they need to attend the ceremony including the invitation and any additional cards.

Some pocket accessories come with inserts for each card. The inside pouches hold additional cards while the pocket serves as a frame for the invitation. As with the accent layer, this piece goes into the envelope and adds to the bulk of the invitation.

Pocket Wedding Invitations

Belly Band
At this point, you might ask yourself what holds the pocket card closed? That would be the belly band. A belly band is a pretty little strip of decorative paper that wraps around the pocket to secure it. Each band had an adhesive the pins the two ends together once in place. Bands typically come in patterns that add sophistication to the ensemble.

Wedding Invitation Belly Bands
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Envelope Seals
Monogrammed envelope seals are an inexpensive accessory that adds posh to the package. One version of the monogram seal is the initial of the groom’s last name, so when John Smith is marrying Mary Q. Public, the seal would have a scripted “S” for both. These seals can go on the back of the envelope as a final flourish. They are sometimes put over the belly band, as well, to hold it in place.

Seals come with themes other than the basic monogram. You can custom order seals with the bride and grooms name, the wedding date, a special color or even a wedding icon such as a bell or love bird.

Invitation Seal
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Envelopes Liners
Some envelopes come with a liner, but the ones you buy separately tend to be more impressive. They can come in patterns that create a delicate environment inside the envelope or be foil inserts to add coordinated elegance to the presentation. Purchasing the liners separately and inserting them as you stuff the envelopes gives you more control over the design, as well.

Invitation Envelope Liner

Wedding Stamps
Wedding stamps are probably one of the more extravagant invitation accessories on the market but an impressive touch. This is the actual postage for the invitation. When selecting a wedding stamp, you have two options: Pre-designed postage stamps made with a wedding theme or Custom made stamps.

Pre-designed postage stamps are available at any post office. They might have a linked pair of wedding rings or a heart under a wedding arch — some imagery that says we are getting married. This is the least expensive option. You may actually pay around the same price as a regular postage stamp when ordering in bulk.

Customize stamps get a little more costly. These utilize a design you create. It might be a picture of the happy couple along with an inscription. You can add names or the wedding date to the stamp, as well. Custom stamps may cost more than the average postage but add a distinctive touch to the invitation package.

Vintage Wedding Stamps
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So, you have put together an inspiring invitation for your wedding. Congratulations, that in itself is an accomplishment. Now, make it even better by tacking on the right accessories.

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