Ribbon Box Events Blog

September 12, 2011

Word of the Week: Overlay

Filed under: Word of the Week — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 10:00 am
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1. something laid over something else; covering

2. a layer or decoration of something applied: an overlay of gold.

Wedding Wise:

A fabric atop another (sometimes the color of the layer underneath changes the overall appearance of the overlay itself!). Often overlays do not cover the entire table (which is why they go OVER another linen.) However some overlays can be used atop and completely cover the bottom layer.

Overlays are fabulous additions to any design schematic. Whether it’s coordinating with a chair cover sash or adding  over a  neutral floor length linen. They give a monochromatic feel when coordinated to the chair or cover.

Whether a sheer, patterned or texture, overlays give a wonderful sense of depth and style to any tabletop.

This burlap overlay was perfectmatch to bring the outdoors in for Christie & Tim’s July wedding at the Cylburn Arboretum.

image from I Do Events

This silver overlay from I Do Events gave a fabulous shimmer to the reception space.


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