nuptialstv.com We're talking about the hottest trends in wedding invitations, and to really make your invites stand out, you've got to think about everything... even the belly band that binds your invitations, reply cards, and maps together. A bellyband takes the place of an “inner envelope,” and even this utilitarian part of your invite set can add style to your presentation. A classy and traditional approach to the belly band is a rich velvet strip with an antique brooch as a flourish. Or choose a binding that will give your guests a clue to the wedding's theme... if you are going for a country style wedding, use twine or ribbon interwoven with a sprig of thistle, creating a lasso effect. Or use palm tree leaves to give your guests an early taste of your upcoming tropical wedding. Just make sure the bellyband strikes a nice balance with the rest of your invite materials... if the invitations are busy, keep the bellyband simple, but if you have very simple invitations, go a little crazier with the bellyband. It's all about striking a harmonic balance in your wedding invitation, the first step towards striking a harmonic balance on your wedding day... and in your marriage.