DIY Invite Bellyband

Part of our invite design incorporated one of our monograms onto a belly band around the invitation. When our guests started receiving them, I heard from so many people they didn’t know what to do with it- slide it off, cut it off, tear it off. Who knew belly bands were so uncommon in the land of non-weddingbee readers!? I thought I would share with you how I created our belly band.

I used one of our pocketfolds and taped it together to allow me to easily wrap the band around it.

I cut 8.5 x 11″ sheets of gold vellum paper into 2″ strips and wrapped them around the invitation, taping them together with double sided tape.

I cut small squares of black stardream cardstock and taped stardream opal text onto it, and gocco’d our monogram on each one.

To attach the monogrammed card, I used mounting tape to raise it up a bit. I found that two pieces held it on securely. Excuse the little dog hair- I think several of our invites were probably sent out with a little “hello hair” from our dog, Max.

Attach the monogram square, and you’re done! I actually assembled the belly bands before assembling the invitations to break things up a bit. It worked out really well to just be able to put them on and send them out as opposed to assembling each one all at once.

Did anyone else use belly bands to hold your invite together? Did you guests know what it was, or did they cut it off as several of ours did?!

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Mrs. Champagne

Location:
DC/Vail/Colorado
Wedding Date:
February 2009
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    MrsEdamame 2337 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:51 pm

    That looks beautiful! I just may be making a similar design now for my own invites – thanks for the design idea!

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    brie2403, Guest @ 10:07 pm

    This looks fantastic, and I definitely want to try something like this.

    Miss Champagne, knowing that it did cause a bit of confusion among guests, if you had the choice would you do it again?

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:34 pm

    @brie2403: I think I probably would, only because I loved the way it tied everything together and I can’t think of another way to do the same. I’m actually doing the same belly band to hold our cd favors together, and I’m hoping that guests will see other guests take it off and know how it works! We’ll see!!

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    Marcela, Guest @ 10:49 pm

    it looks so easy! i love it :)

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:00 pm

    Pretty pretty!!

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    lilmissd, Guest @ 11:42 pm

    cut ?!?! **gasp**

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    LauraJerry 45 posts, Newbee @ 5:53 am

    We are having a similar problem with our invitations. They have and outer green velum jacket (like a belly band, but across the whole invitation) and on one end is a pull cord to pull on to slide the inner invitation out.

    We haven’t sent them out yet, but so far all the people we’ve showed them to, had trouble figuring out how to open them.

    I think it doesn’t really matter though, I still think many people will do it correctly, and if they don’t — so what? — I probably won’t know the difference, and I’m sure they will open it either way!

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    lovejones, Guest @ 11:24 am

    How did you make the monogram? I love it!

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    helen, Guest @ 11:48 am

    so exactly, how do you open it? you just slide it off, right?

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 pm

    @lovejones: I actually gocco’d the monogram from an image we got from creativemontage.com. There are great choices there, and we’ll use a lot of our monograms for the water bottles and stuff like that.
    @helen: yep! Just slide it off :)

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    pinotnoir 799 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 pm

    They turned out great!

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    Clohee, Guest @ 12:41 am

    Hi, your belly band is really pretty and elegant! do you have any recommendations on how/where to get a gocco machine? do you recommend it? is it expensive? Thanks!

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    Jeana, Guest @ 9:48 am

    Those are so great!

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    olelucky 59 posts, Worker bee @ 4:33 pm

    I made belly bands to hold our pocketfold invitations closed, and people don’t know what to do with them. They can’t figure out how to open the invitation! It’s funny, but I still like the invitation. I am sure they will figure it out.

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    Christy, Guest @ 2:22 pm

    What are the exact dimensions of your invites. I’m planning on making my own but am trying to decide sizing and what size paper would be best for that. I love your monogram! I have become totally obsessed with the whole monogram concept and hope to incorporate it wherever I can. Thanks!

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    Belly Band, Guest @ 8:25 pm

    Belly bands are also important for expecting woman.

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    Wendy, Guest @ 3:14 am

    DIY,perfect!Bellyband is always popular in China.

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    Gozamos » Old, New, Borrowed, Green, Guest @ 9:02 am

    [...] envelopes from your invitation suite. Get rid of the inner envelope. Many invitations come with belly bands (thin strips of paper or ribbon wrapped around the middle of the invite) that take the place of the [...]

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    Sarah, Guest @ 12:53 am

    These comments are funny! I am putting our wedding invitations together, and am experiencing the same problems!

    We have square petal-fold invites that I put a belly band ribbon around the outside, with our monogram secured on top of it. With the petal folds, the sides all interlock, so you have to unfold them…how you’d open a cardboard box top. People want to unfold it before sliding the belly band off. It drives me nuts!! Oh well…they look awesome…why should I care what they look like once our guests’ get ahold of them, right?? :)

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    maskelunass 246 posts, Helper bee @ 1:42 pm

    I’m beginning my venture on my DIY invites and love this idea… now I just have to figure out the mini box and what type of Monogram. I know every invitation is different, but listing the dimensions would be so helpful for people in the future!

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    SizzleC 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:48 pm

    I lol’d about the dog hair haha! I have a pomeranian and sometimes when I’m taping up a package he runs over and tries to lick it or somehow manages to wiggle into my arms while I’m doing stuff like that… I’m totally saving this article!!! I have pocket folds, made my own square monograms and LOVE LOVE how easy this seemed!

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    lovelykitty 82 posts, Worker bee @ 1:40 pm

    I would like to make a monogram but not sure how to do this. Did you use a square puncher? Did you make a template with certain dimensions, create the monogram, and then have it cut somewhere??

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    Kskretny 9 posts, Newbee @ 1:31 pm

    Thanks for this post!! I found that making the bellybands out of ribbon made it very loose fitting and altogether looking sloppy (perhaps I could have used a thicker ribbon! Looking forward to trying using cardstock!

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    Launda, Guest @ 2:31 pm

    Can you please let me know where you got your monograms done or suggest a company.

    Thanks!

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