If you’ve ever fancied yourself a long-lost princess, just without the bankroll, you’ve probably dreamed up a wedding that’s something worthy of The Crown. Jewel tone-dressed guests, golden table settings, and luxurious fainting couches fill your Pinterest wedding board, and you’ll be dammed if someone tells you that it’s a little too lavish for your budget.
You don’t have to deck out the entire event in velvet to bring the elegance, style, and sophistication to your nuptials. A few well-placed touches will add just the right amount of elegant flair without looking like the set of The Tudors.
1. Slinky velvet bridesmaid dresses
Your ladies in waiting will feel like red carpet goddesses when they’re draped in rich, floor-length velvet.
Katia Dress from BHLDN in pine tree or black
2. A romantic velvet cape
The bride and/or bridesmaids can keep bare shoulders warm for outdoor photos in these sweet boleros that tie with a satin bow.
Velvet Bolero with Hood by Modcloth
3. Blushing bridal shoes
These gorgeous Alexandre Birman ‘Clarita’ ankle-tie pumps add a hint of glamour when they peep out from under a long dress. But if you can’t afford the price tag, the “Promise” Sandal from Steve Madden makes a lovely alternative.
Photo by Branco Prata Studios
4. Whimsical groomsmen’s bowties
Just a little 007-style suave can be gained by suiting the men of the party in velvet bowties. These velvet adjustable bow ties from Mrs Bow Tie will be a hit among the trendier crowd.
Photo by Alea Lovely
5. Sweet velvet monogram clutches
Give your bridesmaids a timeless gift they can use for the big day, and for years to come.
Monogrammed Envelope Clutch Purse from SEmbroideredBoutique on Etsy
6. A sensual velvet garter
Surprise him at the end of the night with a sexy, soft, garter he can slide off.
Customizable velvet garter from GryphonsAcquisitions on Etsy
7. An enchanting velvet sash
Add a pop of color to the bride’s otherwise monotone look with a textured sash.
Photo via chrissymarie98 on photobucket
8. A charming velvet sportcoat for the groom
This burgundy velvet sport coat is so chic, you won’t be able to take your hands off him all night… as if you needed the excuse.
Super Skinny Blazer from ASOS
9. “Something blue” groomsmen boutonnieres
The men of the groom’s party can don your something blue for you.
Photo by Sarah Hannam via B.Loved
10. Ethereal velvet ribbon on the bouquets
Ask your florist to keep the flowers in your bouquet long-stemmed, and wrap colorful velvet around them. The ribbon draped down the length of your dress and through your fingers will add a sweep of romance to your photographs.
11. Luxurious velvet tablecloths
If you can do velvet in the desert, like this incredible wedding, there’s no reason why you can’t use it for just about any style or theme.
Photo by Lauren Goldenberger
12. Luxurious velvet seating
Pamper your guests by giving them reception and/or cermony seating with velvet accents. Many rental companies can acquire fancier rental pieces for you for the day – just ask!
Photo by Found Vintage Rentals
13. Creative velvet table numbers
This DIY project by Martha Stewart Weddings creates a crushed velvet look by impressing a number stamp onto the fabric with heat from an iron. Easy as pie!
14. Extravagant velvet draperies
Drape everything from the altar to the aisle, the tablescapes and perhaps even a photo booth, in velvet (or it’s less-expensive velveteen counterpart) you can pick up from your local fabric store.
Photo by Andie Freeman Photography
15. A personalized velvet guestbook
Once the day is over and done with, you’ll be so glad you have your guests’ words of advice to read and reflect on in the years to come. Plus the sophisticated design makes a lovely display in your home together.
Acrylic Guest Book with Modern Etching from Marry Me Wedding Accessories & Gifts
16. A surprising Blue Velvet Cake
A bold new take on the classic red velvet is sure to get everyone excited for desert again. Plus, the pretty color is a pop of surprise worthy of some incredible photos.
Photo by Add A Pinch