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This is partsix of a series called One a Day in May, where we will review one wedding stationery term every day in May!
No, I’m not talking about some Kardashian waist-training device. A Belly Band is a simple (or sometimes not so simple!) strip of paper or other material, like translucent vellum, that is used to wrap around all the cards in your invitation suite to keep them together inside the envelope.
Belly bands are most commonly made of lighter-weight paper, about 1-1.5” thick, and are a great alternative to ribbon or string. They can be printed with matching design elements, monograms, or left blank and simply be solid-colored paper. You can even get creative and have them laser cut with a matching design element!
I love using flower seed paper as belly bands, so your guests can plant the paper after your invites arrive and grow flowers that remind them of you!
One of our favorite things to pair with belly bands is a wax seal. It’s a great place to include a seal if you want to add one to your suite but using ribbon or string might not fit with your aesthetic.
May 6, 2021
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