How to Make a Ribbon Bouquet for the Bride During the Wedding Rehearsal
So the tradition goes like this: on the bridal shower day, the maid of honor will gather all the ribbons, bows, and embellishments from all the opened presents. And then when the wedding day rolls around, the maid of honor will have to present the bride with a bridal bouquet prop made from all the ribbons, bows, and embellishments collected from the shower. The bride is to practice walking down the aisle during the rehearsal with her beautiful ribbon bouquet. This tradition is thought to bring good luck to the couple and the bride for their big day. And it is also, a great way for the bride to practice handing over her bouquet to the maid-of-honor during the rehearsal.
To be a friend and life-saver to our maid-of-honors out there, we wanted to show you how to make a wonderful ribbon bouquet using a paper plate, scissors, and tape. Read below for the full instructional on how to make a ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal.
Materials for a Rehearsal Ribbon Bouquet
- Strong paper plate (use a thick cardboard paper plate)
- Scissors or Xacto Knife
- Ribbons, Bows, flowers, keys, emblems, etc. from the shower
- Scotch tape (double-sided or single sided) or low temperature glue gun with glue sticks
- Ribbon rolls or long strips of the wedding colors (*optional)
Directions for Making a Rehearsal Ribbon Bouquet
- Using your scissors or Xacto knife, start making holes around your paper plate. You’ll want to make holes the size of a pea to easily thread the ribbon through. Make the holes about 1/2″ to 1″ apart from each other.
- Take a 3/8″ to 5/8″ size ribbon where you have a good long piece like 15″ long. Thread your ribbon piece through one of the holes (this will be your starting point), and knot the end on the back of the plate (so it is not visible).
- Once you’ve knotted the ribbon, start threading the ribbon around the paper plate at every other hole (you’ll want to skip one hole for another ribbon).
- Once you thread the ribbon around the plate, tie off the ribbon where it started from. If you have a long strip of ribbon still to work with, just cut off the remainder and use it on top of the plate (we’ll explain later on).
- From the holes that you skipped, you are going to use a different color of ribbon to thread into those holes. This gives your bouquet more color and dimension. You will follow the same steps #2-#4 for the second ribbon.
- Use your scissors or Xacto knife and make four pea-sized holes in the middle (like a diamond).
- If you have two ribbon rolls of the wedding colors (green and yellow, for the one we are making), you will want to use them for this step. We are creating the ribbon bouquet tail. Cut two 25″ strips of the ribbon. Thread one color through the top hole and thread to the bottom hole (remember to go through the back to the front). Once you have two even sizes of ribbon (pull the ribbon and roughly measure), secure the ribbon with a basic knot. Repeat this process for the second ribbon (just use the other two holes for the ribbon).
- Grab both strings and start to braid the ribbon together. Once you get about 12″ down, add any embellishments or metal objects you have from the shower (there was a Love keychain and a key from Pottery barn). We slipped both items to the end of the tail. Use another piece piece of ribbon to tie off the braid. Make sure you tie tightly to avoid the embellishments falling off.
- Put your plate away for now and start turning your ribbon into bows. See photo below on different types of ribbon bows you can make (Click on the image to enlarge).
- Once you have transformed all your ribbon into bows, start attaching the bows to the cardboard plate. You can use glue, double-sided tape (or just folded single-sided tape), glue dots, or low temperature glue gun. As you add layer over layer, it may be hard to use tape to keep the bows from falling off (tape works good for taping to the cardboard, but not so great for taping poly ribbons onto poly ribbons).
- Lastly add any flowers on the top by just placing them down. There should be enough ribbons to hold the flowers in place. If not, use a small dab of glue.
- And now your ribbon bouquet is complete and ready to walk down the aisle with the blushing bride, of course!