30 Unique Ways to Use Vellum Throughout Your Wedding
As far as choosing the paper for your wedding stationery and day-of goods goes, you have a lot of options. The color, texture, weight, size, and edging are just a few of the many options you can customize, as is opacity. If you're thinking about different ways to make your big-day paper products unique, then you may want to consider vellum. The translucent paper has many uses (like tracing and making blueprints) and, in terms of wedding stationery, there's an endless number of ways to use it.
One of our favorite things about vellum is how versatile it is. Not only can you print on it, but you can also have your stationer or calligrapher write on it, tear it, fold it, or layer it. Because you can see through it, vellum makes for a great overlay or wrap for your save-the-dates and invitations, which gives your guests just a hint at what's underneath. It's also a subtle way to showcase an illustration or motif, or even a beloved quote. But there's no rule that says vellum can only be used on your stationery. Escort cards, wedding favors, ceremony programs, and menus are just some of the many popular ways couples choose to work this paper into their celebrations.
To get a truly luxe look, pair vellum paper with another color, pattern, or textile. You can layer the transparent paper with a solid color or even something unique like wood, fabric, or mabrle. Pretty Post Calligraphy backed these vellum escort cards with teal paper, then penned each attendee's name in white ink. The muted look would work with just about any color combo, and it's a nice way to introduce a subtle pop into your big-day décor.;
If you love the idea of working vellum into your wedding, click through to see even more of our favorite ways to use the paper throughout your day.
A Modern Mailer
Balance out vividly-painted invites with simple response cards and tuck both into sleek vellum envelopes, like Yonder Design did here.
Please Be Seated
Find Your Seat
Freshen up your seating chart by asking your calligrapher to write names on a scroll of vellum. Meant to be Calligraphy used a medium blue ink so the seating assignments were visible on the frosted paper.
This place setting celebrated all things white and pink. Pink + Peach designed the vellum menu with pink ink to echo the colors of the edged plate, and a pink place card was the perfect finishing touch.
A Sheer Moment
Swell Press injected a bit of fun into this suite with the addition of a vellum sheet the same size as the letterpressed invitation. The overlay explained how much the couple loved each other and that they decided to make things official—it was like a little prelude to the actual invite.
On the Menu
If you want to keep post-ceremony confetti contained while also explaining the tradition of it, vellum envelopes like these, which were made by The Favor Loft, are a great idea.
A patterned piece of vellum was the perfect finishing touch for this Aerialist Press invitation suite. To maximize its impact, the couple chose a coordinated stamp, too.
Simple stationery can be enhanced with the addition of a vellum overlay. In this instance, the single-color letterpressed Minted invitations were topped with a piece of vellum printed with an illustration of a flower. It injected a pop of color and softened the suite.
Simply Tamara Nicole and Bespoke Strokes packaged these candy favors in two different ways. Each clear box was either wrapped with a calligraphy-covered vellum band or closed with a wax seal and white ribbon. If you love the look of the first option, print any saying you'd like (a quote, your names, a favorite lyric) on a sheet of vellum, cut it to size, and wrap it around your own favors.
Can't wait for your guests to see your wedding invitation? Then do like Rachel Martin Creative did for this suite and slip yours into a vellum envelope. Unlike an opaque option, everyone can preview what's inside as soon as they pull it from the mailbox.
Confetti all over your stationery means you're ready to party. Get guests in on the fun without wasting another minute by sending save-the-dates in vellum envelopes that show off the contents. Nimble Nib Co. took it one step further with foil, too. The pros mixed candy-colored details with gold accents before sending them in the translucent envelopes.
Get with the Program
Vellum paper can be used to explain the schedule of the day. With all lowercase letters, this program felt both laid-back and elevated.
A Personal Touch
Jolie & Co used vellum to hold the components of this modern suite together and as a way to personalize each invite. Thanks to copperplate-style calligraphy, the invites included each recipient's first name.
For a favor guests won't pass up at your outdoor wedding, slip fun sunglasses into a vellum sleeve printed with a cute saying. Since guests could see exactly what is inside this package, they knew they'd want the fun shades during the ceremony.
Add a Little Something
A vellum overlay doesn't compete with a save-the-date card, it complements it in a unique way. A botanical print was used in this combo by Amber Moon Design, but you could feature anything you want, like an engagement photo or a piece of artwork you love.
A Minimal Menu
House of Modern Letters calligraphed the details of this wedding's meal in white ink and then tore the edges for texture.
Darling + Pearl added a little something extra to this otherwise classic suite in the form of a vellum enclosure that read, "He loves her. She loves him. Let's have a party."
Light and Airy
Rural estates set on rolling hills or open meadows make for beautiful wedding locations—and elements in your stationery suite. Papertree Studio created a watercolor of this wedding's landscape and turned it into a vellum wrap that was then tied with silk ribbon and a copper wax seal.
Jaclyn Lee Bergmann of Designed by Jaclyn loves vellum so much that she used it on her own wedding invitations. She printed her logo on a piece of the semi-transparent paper to create a custom enclosure and folded it asymmetrically for a geometric look that was modern and sleek. As vellum isn't the thinnest paper, a rose gold seal helped it stay flat and keep the three pieces inside contained.
Emily Rose Ink showcased a landscape painting done by the mother-of-the-bride on this save-the-date by printing it on the back of the card and loading it into vellum envelopes.
Cue the Confetti
Anne Robin Calligraphy + Design created this confetti-filled suite for a New Year's Eve celebration. To ensure guests got a hint of the party that was to come, she packed each invite into a vellum envelope.
Vellum is great on its own but takes on an entirely different look when paired with another pattern. Bliss & Bone slipped these modern invites into a vellum pocket with a marble-like look that matched an opaque envelope liner.
Upgrade Your Signs
Don't limit yourself to traditional paper signs. Label food stations at your reception with modern vellum menus between pieces of acrylic. Something like this by Yonder Design would also be great for table numbers, which would ensure guests can still see the beautiful centerpieces you select.
Show the Plates
Since these dinner plates were anything but simple, the couple wanted to show them off. This frosted paper meni, which was designed by Nice Plume, ensured that guests could learn about the meal options but still see the entire design of their celestial-style dish.
Elegant Escort Cards
Since vellum is frosted, it's lighter than opaque paper and that means you can use white ink on it. Pair that with a wax seal (they're great for giving the cards a bit of weight so they're less likely to blow off a table) for an instant upgrade, just like Plume Calligraphy did here.
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