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Things I Love: Velvet

One of my favorite things about chilly weather is being able to rock velvet. I mean, c’mon…you really couldn’t wear a velvet blazer or skirt to a 4th of July picnic, could you? I absolutely adore the idea of using velvet to provide chic fuzziness to an otherwise chilly wedding!

You could wrap some pretty velvet ribbon in either a complimentary or contrasting color around the stems of your bouquet.

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{lavender wrapped bouquet by Mindy Rice, photo by Elizabeth Messina; yellow and copper bouquet by and via JL Designs}

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{zinnia bouquet by and via Handmaker of Things, pink bouquet via Martha Stewart Weddings}

For the guys’ flowers, why not tie some velvet ribbon around the base of their boutonniere too? Just a little bit will do.

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{velvet wrapped boutonniere by Denise Fasanello Floral Design, photo by A Couple of Cameras via Style Me Pretty}

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{wheat boutonniere by Sophia, photo by BWright Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; thistle boutonniere by For All Seasons, photo by Polly Alexandre Photography via Style Me Pretty}

Or, do more than just ribbon and dress up your man in a sleek velvet blazer.

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{navy blazer photo by Renaissance Studios Photography via The Bride’s Cafe; gold blazer by Brioni via Bow Ties and Beards and Thisandthatstyle}

And why should the guys be the only ones who get to wear velvet? Whether it be shoes, jewelry, or even a fabulous blazer, I love the look of velvet accessories for brides!

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{navy velvet shoes photo via Iridescence; crimson velvet photo via Fashion Geek}

When it comes to the reception, tie a neat velvet ribbon around the menus or napkins.

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{velvet wrapped menu photo by Abby Ross via Style Me Pretty; velvet wrapped napkin photo by Elizabeth Messina via La Tavola}

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{pink velvet ribbon wrapped napkin photo by Picotte Weddings via Style Me Pretty}

Even if you don’t use actual velvet on your big day, there are also a few types of flowers and plants that have a velvety feel. Colorful cockscomb and cool lambs ear are two options that give the same texture as velvet.

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{cockscomb stems and bouquet by Honey of a Thousand Flowers, photos by Heather Nan via Ruffled}

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{lambs ear table accents by Kelly D’halluin via Veranda; lambs ear bouquet by Branch Design Studio, image by Paige Winn Photography from James and Katie’s wedding}

This last velvet detail will hold the memories of your big day forever. I’ve been in love with these gorgeous albums by Velvet Raptor since the first time I saw them. How fabulous are they!?

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{velvet weddings albums by Velvet Raptor via Ruffled}

What do you think? Are there any other ways you can think of to incorporate velvet into your wedding celebration?

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