A wedding is thought to be one of the happiest moments in someone’s life, but when it comes to planning and deciding on design, it can also be one of the most stressful. Fortunately, there are some crafty DIY brides out there who’ve found that something as simple as a bit of ribbon can go a long way to transforming a ho-hum wedding into a stunningly memorable event.
The invitation is the first thing guests see, giving them an idea of the wedding’s colour palette and theme, while favours are a chance for guests take a piece of the wedding home with them. Sprucing up invites with satin bows or organza bands add an element of texture. If using small boxes or bags for wedding favours, wrapping them in ribbon to shows them off as bespoke gifts.
Bows with trailing ribbons help decorate the path down the aisle, while pieces of wider ribbon look great as chair sashes. Small bags tied to each chair, full of thin ribbon coils, make for unique send-off streamers in lieu of confetti. Whether outside in a marquee or inside a ballroom, wide ribbons hung from the ceiling’s centre point outward create a striking focal point. To bring focus to the head table, vertically hang variable widths behind it for an accent wall. Ribbon can also be used to accent each table, as well as enhance place settings.
Ribbon is a great way to accent a flower girl’s hair, dress and petal basket. Dress up plain ballet shoes with a bow tied around the arch, and transform a ring bearer’s pillow to carry rings elegantly as well as securely. For the bouquets, crisscrossing ribbon around the stems adds a colourful touch, as well as tying a small amount around buttonhole flowers. Lastly, wide sashes around the waist can add accent colour to bridesmaids’ dresses, along with the bridal gown itself.
The cake is the simplest way to incorporate ribbon into wedding decor. Accent the colour scheme with strips around the base of each tier, or create a multitier “present” by draping it vertically over the layers and making a giant bow cake topper.
For the Bride & Groom
Using ribbon can turn a plain wedding card box into a decorative focal point on the gift table. Also, a new feature is emerging at today’s weddings: wish trees. These are dry twigs—some are painted, some are not—in a vase that guests tie their wishes for the bride and groom to using the blank cards and ribbon provided. This is a great way to have guests create a bespoke keepsake for the couple.
Rebecca is writing for samara james.com dealing with everything that sparkles for the big day in terms of jewellery and engagement rings. Rebecca also runs her own wedding organising business in the West Midlands in the UK and has plenty of tips to make the day extra special.