Post # 1
Hi, I’m getting married on October 2 and I’m working on the invitations. I planned on making my own invites but it ended up being more work than I expected so I ordered them off of wedding paper divas. I love the invitations but they need a little extra something. I would like to create a belly band or something to hold the invitation and enclosures together. I’m not very crafty so this is a big project for me.
I’ve tried doing a search on how to make belly bands but I haven’t come up with anything useful. Can anyone recommend a site or possibly know the easiest way to make them? Also does are there any other options besides bands? I thought about pocketfolds but they will increase the postage costs. Thanks!!
Post # 3
Ribbons are a popular choice. Once you have the invitations printed, you can take one to Michaels and see if they have a ribbon that would look good. Maybe a wide piece of lace attached in the back with double stick tape? I used a 1″ strip of red vellum and I liked that it was a bit see through, but brought some color to my invitations. Plus vellum is very inexpensive and you get several strips per sheet.
Good luck! I dont think there is any right or wrong way to make a belly band. Some people make thin ones, some are wider, some are all different (maybe leftover scrapbook paper?) Just have fun with it!
Post # 4
Belly bands are pretty easy. I used wrapping paper, a ruler, and a rotary cutter, although it probably would have been easier with a paper trimmer. I made mine an inch and a half wide, but you can decide what looks best for your invites. I just laid all the stuff out on the kitchen counter and watched TV while I cut, cut, cut. It’s a pretty repetitive task!
Post # 5
Can you post a picture of the invite and maybe everyone will be able to get a better idea of how to dress them up? I used ribbon to hold a charm on the top of my invites and attached it and kept it in place using double stick tape.
Post # 6
Great idea to use belly bands to dress up your invites . . . I think they add so much! I used ribbon, a 1″ circle punch, scrapbook paper, yellow and green Brides brand flowers and a bronze Brides brand crystal from Michaels to make mine. The ribbon is glued together underneath the circle. Good luck!
Post # 7
Depends on the size of your invitations. Mine were 6″ squares. I used 8.5×14 cardstock, printed out monogram on it and cut it into 1.5″ strips. You can buy cardstock bellybands from paperpresentation.com or envelopperinc.com if you like.