10 Ways to Use On-Trend Velvet in Your Wedding Any Time of Year

This fashion trend has made its way to the wedding industry, and it’s not limited to winter weddings. Here are simple ways to use the classy texture off the runway and in your decor, accessories and favors.

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Table Runner

Spring and summer brides can get in on the velvet trend, too. A crushed velvet table runner adds a little bit of texture and luxury to any tablescape. And a soft neutral, such as this light grey runner from Magpie Linens, doesn’t read too heavy for any season.

Invitations

The wedding invitation typically gives guests a clue as to how fancy the affair will be and how to dress accordingly. If you’re having a formal, evening ceremony, especially black tie, up the luxe of your invitations with velvet-lined envelopes. These gorgeous, burgundy invitations from Five Dot Design were created for an evening Sonoma wine-themed wedding.

Cake Trim

If you’re not into large, fondant flowers, embellish your cake with a simple, velvet trim instead. Cascading velvet ties are also great for a bohemian look. This cake, from Smith House Weddings was inspired by a "garden blues" outdoor theme.

Guestbook

Have fun with your guestbook and choose something pretty that you’ll want to display after the wedding, not hide on a shelf. A velvet book, such as this handmade album from Bark and Berry, will look stunning in a vignette on the big day, and, after the wedding, will be the perfect coffee table book for your first year of marriage.

Bouquet Wrap

You don’t have to wrap your bouquet, but it does look a little naked without something. If you’re not into tulle or satin, a subtle velvet tie is a nice touch. Opt for matching hues, like this earthy bouquet, so the velvet blends into the arrangement.

Ring Box

If a ring pillow sounds a bit old school to you, try a romantic velvet box. These handmade, boxes from Bark and Berry are sure to make your rings stand out in photos. You can also customize with silver and gold metallic monograms.

Tablecloth

Even if you’re working with dark colors in the spring and summer, feel free to break the rules and go big with velvet. This rich, emerald green tablecloth from Lino & Co. might read heavy if it’s mixed with deep red florals but paired with white flowers and light green glassware, it doesn’t seem so winter wonderland.

Furniture

Velvet couches are having a moment in interior design, especially blue velvet. Not only do big pieces of furniture help create vignettes for in large, open-space venues, but a velvet couch can give a neutral event space a big pop of color.

Seat Cushions

If your budget doesn’t allow for extra furniture, make plain-Jane rental chairs extra luxurious with plush, velvet pillows in your wedding color palette. IKEA has velvet cushion covers in trendy mustard, navy and sage for less than $10.

Bridal Favors

Instead of tacky favors your friends will likely throw away, opt for a gift bag of essentials they’ll use during the bachelorette party and wedding as well as after all of the festivities have ended. Velvet hair ties are cute, functional and a godsend after dancing for hours with long hair.

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