If there’s one wedding trend I’m loving right now, it’s the move towards everything transparent and translucent, from sheer wedding gowns to perspex signs, glass table accents, ghost chairs, and even glasshouse venues! It’s so pretty and yet so contemporary. My favourite way to incorporate this look into your wedding day is through the use of vellum wedding stationery. Vellum really is one of the loveliest invitation suite finishes around, which is why I’ve incorporated it into many bespoke pieces, as well as some of the White Olive house collections. Both Eucalyptus and Olive include vellum wraps, while Geo includes a foiled vellum layer (love foil on vellum!).
So what is vellum? This semi-transparent paper is made from cotton and wood pulp, and is processed until there is no air trapped between the fibres, which gives it that gorgeous translucent effect. It’s similar to tracing paper (and has often been used in crafts for tracing work), but unlike tracing paper, is made to withstand printing, cutting, and is versatile enough to work with hand written calligraphy, foiling, or wax seals. As a result, it has a dreamy, ethereal quality to it that enhances everything from invitations to on-the-day stationery, and adds a modern, luxurious finish to your paper goods without breaking the bank!
One of my favourite recent vellum wedding invitations is this bespoke suite for a destination wedding in Spain, which included a vellum bellyband with the bride and groom’s first dance song lyrics printed on it in Spanish (above). Another way I love using vellum is as an envelope, which adds an alternative, modern finish to both invitations and save the dates. Vellum envelopes addressed with custom calligraphy were a pretty part of these custom save the dates for a coastal beach themed wedding (below).
You can also include vellum in your wedding day stationery – for example, layered vellum and card tags or foiled menus. Here are a few more examples from the White Olive portfolio: